stuff that’s hard to do (crushed like a soda can)

The SpaceX Starship SN3 cryo pressure test didn’t go well (w/vid)

My analogy (vacuum crush) was wrong.
Here’s a decent explanation
It was clearly column failure due to heavy NH4 tank (above) being too heavy for the LOX tank (below) which was insufficiently pressurized to provide rigidity.
(See: crushing a beer can on your forehead)

I’ll bet on procedure error (oops! wrong valve) or fitting failure (leak)
Rapid-prototyping gets us back to the good-ol’ days of rocket development (’63 Atlas depressurization collapse vid and story)

just sayin

how about dog toys?

some kinky dog

Tuesday is Monday’s repair or do-over

Story (Japan)
Story (wings)
Source (fortune-teller cartoon)
#1 & #2 & #3 & #5 picked up by Pookie’s Toons

Not April Fools Pranks

Historical ref (fear, itself)
Historical ref (SOTU)
Story (9-11)
#1 & #2 & #3 picked up by Pookie’s Toons


This has got to be the best one you’ll see all day.
They’ve translated Linear A ! They’ve translated Linear A !

(What? Yeah, I’m a sucker for ancient civilization stuff, so they had me goin’ right up until “Nubian Prince”)
Title cultural ref


Story (Maxine)
Story (Cuomos)
Historical ref (Fredo Cuomo)
Story (LA restaurants)
#2 picked up by Pookie’s Toons

ToDaZeD WetBat™ WTF


Apparently one of he side effects of this virus is to make people behave like a-holes.

“What the World Health Organization [WHO] and the CDC [The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do not recommend the general public wear masks.”

I wonder why they would say that, since a sneeze can spread droplets [eww] up to 26 feet [and beyond] at 100 mph*, and hang in the air for …well, longer than it took me to lose that article I won’t quote now. [but it's 2 hours +]

Here’s one answer from U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams:

“On an individual level, there was a study in 2015 looking at medical students and medical students wearing surgical masks touch their face on average 23 times,” [like regular people]

“We know a major way that you can get respiratory diseases like coronavirus is by touching a surface and then touching your face so wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your risk of getting disease.”

That’s some dang twisted logyk, there, son. …Unless whatcher sayin’ is we here in the non-medical world are too stupid to use masks? Yer telling me that – even if masks are worn improperly – an imperfect reduction of the amount of airborne virus taken in is more dangerous?

The initial dose of virus and the amount of virus an individual has at any one time might worsen the severity of COVID 19 disease.


…Adams went on to say that wearing a face mask “can also give you a false sense of security.” … “you see many of these pictures with people out and about closer than six feet to each other, but still wearing a mask.”

Again: 2 stoopud + any imperfect improvement is …what, now?

Dr. K.K. Cheng, director of the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.

…”The important thing about this coronavirus is that some patients start to shed virus, and become infectious, even before they have symptoms,”

the elusive George Gao, head of China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention [FWIW:

"You've got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth. Many people have asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others."

Butttt, if they've all been taken off the Free Market by Chairman 'Winnie the WetBat' Xi, not so much.

oh, wait. Here we go:

“We still have PPE [Personal protective equipment] shortages across the country,” Adams noted.

There ain’t no masks available for the likes of us to wear, however improperly. Because a] no one thought to restock the CDC supply post swine flu and 2] they’re all made in Chiner, now [*stupid*stupid*stupid*], and Chairman ‘BatSnax’ Xi confiscated them all for himself. After which he threatened to confiscate all the prescription meds we — in our high demand for cheap and our high ignorance of quick & dirty — manufacture there, too [*stupid*stupid*stupid*stupid*stupid*].

[Adams, again:] “The WHO mentioned this in their statement so we want to make sure we are reserving PPE for the people who most need it. That’s how you are going to get the largest effect because if healthcare workers get sick, they can’t take care of you when you get sick.”

I believe I could have grasped that concept without the condecention, thankyouverymuch.

Oh, the other thing that was new [to me, at least] is the idea that them germs can linger on your shoes. [oh, yeah *duh*]. So leave those store-shoes outside when ya come home.

Change your shoes; change save your life!

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Meanwhile, in the People’s Republic of NYC

Story (de Blasio) TheBigHarry comment
Note: history and foreign events demonstrate that Freedom of Religion
is important to the non-believer as well as to the devout
#3 picked up by Pookie’s Toons

Royal pains

Story (Harry & Megan)