Category Archives: fun & curios

Observing the Holiday

Missed opportunity

(What? Nah, too late to make a good topical joke, now) _____ Cultural ref (Game of Thrones)

Happy Thanksgiving

Be careful out there Just noticed that it’s been 400 years!Me? Heck, I’m just thankful that I have things to be thankful for, whether I’m aware of ‘em or not. Also thankful that my ancestors who were there survived those perilous times (Stephen Hopkins and daughter, Constance) More traditional fare

Stuff That’s Hard to Do (Falcon9 DART*, Vandenberg SFS, SLC4**)

Successfully injected NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft into a heliocentric orbit (above escape velocity, ~24,000 mph). It should arrive at the asteroid pair in about 10 months, when it will attempt to punt the smaller one into a measurably altered orbit. You know, the Newtonian brute-force method Alas, no vid of Stg-1 successfully [...]

Stuff That’s Hard to Do (Astra, new kid on the block)

From Kodiak, AK, to orbit_____ Previously, at Astra

Ye Olde Tyme Schtick

…in the woke era Sorry, past my bed time No excuse, this time

Smooth move, Vlad

Russian jackasses destroyed one of their own defunct satellites with a conventional-warhead A-235 Nudol ground-launched direct-asscent anti-satellite weapon (DA-ASAT), Monday Now, there are thousands of pieces of debris speeding around in low-Earth orbit, endangering the crewed ISS and Tiangong stations and other satellites Note: switched videos due to availability_____ Story 1 Story 2 Historical tidbit [...]

Nobody really cares what a celebrity thinks…

…except that Cher’s even more of an entertainer when she tweets _____ Story (Cher’s tweets) Story (the takedown)

Stuff That’s Hard to Do (Falcon9 Starlink)

Cool videos of a routine success (the landing vid cuts out again)

If climate change and pandemic don’t work…

…what trumped-up threat will they use next to justify authoritarianism? My money’s on space-aliens (What? Nope, no idea where that came from) Just found this 11/20