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by Tom Ligon
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 945
Views: 72614

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

She didn't shoot him, but you could still call this Crime and Punishment, Florida Style. When Natalie Holloway vanished in Aruba years ago, two young men were suspected. Van der Sloot is in prison for another murder. This is the other guy ... claimed to have helped bury her body but none was found. ...
by Tom Ligon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: MIT claim they will build the SPARC
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: MIT claim they will build the SPARC

This should be fun to watch.

If nothing else, the magnets will benefit several fusion efforts, Polywell included.
by Tom Ligon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 945
Views: 72614

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

Which is why some communities HAVE gone with arming some teachers. They can't afford guards. In small rural systems, it may not be as hard to find wiling teachers. This is a local decision. Some schools are depending on stats. If there are 125000 public schools in the country, and two a year are hit...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 945
Views: 72614

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

I recently visited my old high school. I got in via the metal detector with 3-4 uniformed guards present. I dropped off some materials I was donating in the office. The principal is an interesting fellow ... he has two Master's degrees, but his first degree is: Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2069
Views: 215106

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: 321
Views: 49153

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: 2069
Views: 215106

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: 529

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: 321
Views: 49153

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: 775
Views: 53333

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: 775
Views: 53333

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: 529

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: 529

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: 529

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: 775
Views: 53333

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

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


... but others instead prefer Instagram.

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