How mockable? Well, Space.com reports an "Exclusive: Mars Rover Curiosity Featured in MAD Magazine."
Not mockable, per se, but entirely random: how about this archival image of the SR-71 Blackbird? I can't begin to guess why, on New Year's Eve, Space.com dredged up this photo. (The SR-71 fleet was retired in 1998.) No matter why ... that image is seriously cool.
(The National Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center) has an SR-71 among its many fine exhibits. In a word, "wow." The SR-71 is so streamlined, it appears to zoom even while standing still. IMO, it's the best exhibit in the museum -- which also has the space shuttle Discovery, a Concorde, and the Enola Gay. Quite by coincidence, I was in a plane, taxiing to my gate at Washington-Dulles Airport, at just the right time and place to see the SR-71 taxiing on its way to the museum.)
Beginning the year-end list category, we have Wired's "And the Winner Is… Reader’s Choice for Top 10 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Movie Quotes." Some great quotes, to be sure, and a trip down memory lane. You may also enjoy comparing your favorite movies with Wired's "Reader’s Choice Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies."
And we wouldn't want to miss the Onion's take on "2012 In Technology."
Meanwhile, PC World had its "High-tech 2012: The 10 biggest news events of the year." Their definition of "tech" is expansive, dealing as much with the business and legal issues surrounding some key products and their ecosystems as with the technology itself. So: while I can't bring myself to believe Windows 8 deserved its #1 spot on the list, I found this an interesting article nonetheless.
What about Windows 8? We have, from Computerworld: "Windows 8's uptake falls behind Vista's pace." The article's says-it-all subtitle: New OS can't keep up with Vista, Microsoft's 2007 OS flop.
And why would that be? From IEEE Spectrum, and a human-interface expert, "Is Windows 8’s Lack of Windows a Mistake?" (Umm, yes.)
Next time ... something more forward looking. I promise.