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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Orion Spacecraft

Orion as it will appear in space for the Exploration Flight Test-1 attached to a Delta IV second stage.

Vostochny Cosmodrome

Russian is building a new space launch facility in their Far East to accommodate the new Angara rocket.

The new site is being built over Svobodny 18, a former strategic missile base. The base was originally built in 1968 and shut down in late 1993. As many as 100 silos were built in the region, with coal mining as a cover story.


New British bayonet. The blade sits to the right of the barrel, and the hilt is designed to allow the round to travel through it. I dunno bow dis, deyz messin wid tradition, and I'z purdy sure daz not good.

Jerry with Gun

Jerry Miculek shoots a balloon at 1000 yards with a Barrett 50 caliber rifle.

Jerry is an impressive shooter. He also makes a good video. Yada, yada, shut up and shoot, he shoots, and then gets in his golf cart and drives down to look at the target. The video of the drive is run at high speed and it still takes minutes to get there. How fast does a golf cart go? At 10 MPH it would take 3 minutes to cover the half mile to the target. And notice where he is at the end of the video: it's a real gun nut's paradise.

Girls with Guns

Pistol Packin' Mamma - Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters

A different version of this song (perhaps this one) was playing when at the doctor's office this morning, Sirius Radio, the receptionist tells me. I hadn't heard it in like forever. Did we used to sing it in elementary school? I wonder if anybody sings it anymore, anywhere. I think I prefer the original version of this tune but the slide show on this one is simply breathtaking. Every one of my girlfriends is up there!

Corita Kent and the Reptilian Humanoids

If you use the Google, then you know that today is Corita Kent's 96th birthday. Corita seems like a clever person. She penned this little ditty.

To understand
is to stand under
is to look up
which is a good way to understand

When I Googled the first part of this, I encountered this phrase:
The word understand does not mean "to comprehend" as we use it, but to stand under (authority), which is why
under the Merriam Webster listing in the search results,

but when I went to their definition it wasn't there. What gives? So I Google that phrase which takes me to a discussion on David Icke's website, where I find that this phrase is blamed on someone named Freeman and since Freeman is all bullshit all the time, this explanation of 'understand' is also bullshit. 

So who is this David Icke? From his website we have:
A series of amazing synchronicities or ‘coincidences’ . . . led me to becoming a newspaper, radio and television journalist, a sports presenter with the BBC and a national spokesman for the British Green Party. These experiences helped me to realise what an irrelevance the mainstream media and politics are at informing the public what is really going on in the world.
He's a little full of himself but that last sentence really resonates with me. On the other hand we have this bit from Wikipedia:
He nevertheless continued to develop his ideas, and in four books . . .  set out a worldview that combined New-Age spiritualism with a denunciation of totalitarian trends in the modern world. At the heart of his theories lies the idea that a secret group of reptilian humanoids called the Babylonian Brotherhood (including George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Kris Kristofferson and Boxcar Willie) controls humanity, and that many prominent figures are reptilian.
Shades of Weird Al. (Boxcar Willie? Oh, no! Not Boxcar Willie, whoever he is). Then there is this:
Richard Kahn and Tyson Lewis argue that the reptilian hypothesis may simply be Swiftian satire, a way of giving ordinary people a narrative with which to question what they see around them.
I like the plain meaning of statement, I mean, it explains so much, but if the 'satire' explanation makes you feel warmer and fuzzier, well don't blame me when our Reptilian Overlords invite you over for lunch and you find that you are entree.

P.S. The discussion mentions FOTL, which doesn't stand for anything other than Fruit Of The Loom, but what that has to do with understanding is beyond my comprehension.
P.P.S. I have no idea who Freeman is either.

Rosetta's Orbit

I am wondering how long it takes Rosette to make one orbit about the comet. The approach was done with numerous course corrections, but once you've actually matched velocities and are happy with your distance, I think that a nice stable orbit would be a really good idea, mostly because you wouldn't be using any of your limited supply of fuel just to maintain your position. But the comet has very little gravity, the escape velocity is less than one MPH. You could probably leave the comet if you jumped hard. Right now they are somewhere around 20 to 30 kilometers from the comet. If we assume one half mile per hour as the speed you need to maintain your orbit, and you run the numbers:

It's going to take Rosetta ten days to make a single orbit.And this is while the comet (and Rosetta) are hurtling around the sun at several miles per second.