He announced today a contest through his game company to "carry" sequenced dna of couples up with him to the space station and then (I guess) throw it into orbit. I had been mildly amused, but now that it looks like he's really going, I have to say I'm a bit disturbed and disappointed with the guy. He's spending a good bit of his 30 million fortune on this. Anytime I see things like this, one part of me feels "well, it's his money to waste as he wishes". However, the larger part of me feels very very sad that he would do this instead of spending it on helping others or charitable organizations (something that his games tend to insist are "good".) For instance, he could have made a trust dedicated to promoting spaceflight and science activities for young students through grants and activities. Or foodbanks, or vaccinations or helping the homeless who want help. Or even a small school for "world generation" in gaming and promoting it to kids for future games. I just feel really sad. Not angry, just sad.