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by Tom Ligon
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2041
Views: 203336

Re: SpaceX News

They did the burn about six hours after launch. It ended up not being a proper Trans-Mars-Injection burn, however. Its more like a Trans-Ceres-Injection burn, clear into the Belt, if not quite to Ceres orbit . I'd call that a success on showing off what its heavy lift rocket design can do, even if ...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 317
Views: 45467

Re: EMC2 news

It's been some years since I have read of your accounts of it, and I recall it fascinated me greatly at the time. Your description of what happened did indeed sound like it had managed to store up quite a charge before the magnetic field was cut. It made me think the basic theory of well formation ...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2041
Views: 203336

Re: SpaceX News

TDPerk wrote:They got the boosters back!

2nd stage coasting nominally to TMI burn.


I've found nothing yet to see that TMI was actually executed. Which could mean there's a nice Tesla Roadster a couple of thousand miles up, just for the taking.
by Tom Ligon
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ursula K. Le Guin has died
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Ursula K. Le Guin has died

The following book review of Orphans of the Sky is not by me, but by Linsay 4926, a young girl from the Generation Starship Heinlein. I have permission for my Orphans of the Sky report to be late, considering how busy I have been on more important things. Synopsis: Heinlein was pitching manure. He g...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 317
Views: 45467

Re: EMC2 news

What about handing the hardware over to other scientists to allow them to confirm the findings and/or explore the concept further with additional experiments that might not have been contemplated during their original testing of the concept? I'm sure there are other people who would love a chance t...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47581

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

So, does this mean you only want to hear one side, and you are as likely to listen to Russian trolls as reliable sources? You mean Tom "Russian trolls" like the one the former MI6 agent got from such a source about supposedly (among other things) Trump and prostitute(s) in a Moscow hotel?...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47581

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

I wouldn't know. I get my news from various websites around the net. Some of them function as veritable "Bussard Collectors" of information. Bussard collectors pick up only lightweight stuff of one polarity (in his later years, he concluded they should be just electrostatic). But otherwis...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ursula K. Le Guin has died
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Ursula K. Le Guin has died

I barely have enough time to read my technical manuals and keeping up to date on change letters. Maybe when I retire I can read more for pleasure again. :wink: But I would love to get some old school SCFI again. I have Time Enough for Love in front of me at the moment, using the Intermissions as so...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ursula K. Le Guin has died
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Ursula K. Le Guin has died

Well you are in the business, surely you've read some new talent that approaches Heinlein, or Asimov, or de Camp. Do you have any recommendations? Me? A blog should come up next month on Analog's website in which I tell prospective writers that I got into writing SF after reading a couple of Heinle...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ursula K. Le Guin has died
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Ursula K. Le Guin has died

Diogenes wrote:
paperburn1 wrote:Title says it all :(



It is a shame to see another big name in the Science Fiction world passing.


Yes, but inevitable with the passage of time. We had her for a very long time.

The genre is wide open to new talent.
by Tom Ligon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47581

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

Diogenes wrote:Mainly those who get their news from New York and Atlanta.


... but others instead prefer Instagram.
by Tom Ligon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47581

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

And a hard hit on the deficit.

When I was a boy, real Republicans were deficit hawks. This fakir has a history of running outfits bankrupt and finding a way to personally profit from it while leaving wreck and ruin for everyone else. And now he's got an actual country to ruin.
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47581

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

Diogenes wrote:Or the buoyancy of his critic's empty heads.


Some of the people, all of the time.
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2041
Views: 203336

Re: SpaceX News

I've been wondering about that. We don't know what the payload was ... possibly a test of a re-entry system? But I don't want to speculate too hard ... If I guess right, they may have to kill me.
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 766
Views: 47581

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

paperburn1 wrote:He is 260 plus if he is a pound. :D


You are not accounting for the buoyancy of hot air.

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