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The Eagle Has Landed

A month before my second birthday, man landed on the moon. Yes, I know some people argue that it was faked, but unlike so much science today, it wasn’t. There is an app that I can’t access here –

that lets you experience the landing. A shorter, film version, is below. The one below is plenty tense to me. There is also a couple sims out there that let you try to land yourself.

I’m not bothering to embed the codes, lazy day.

Just remember that three men risked their lives for this. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Neil died last July, but Buzz and Michael are still with us. We think about how easy it looks, but frankly it was a life or death struggle. You hear them call out a 1201 error – computer malfunction. 1201 means you ain’t getting data. These guys planned on operating through at least 1 abort signal, they wouldn’t quit for just a minor emergency.

I’ve seen all kind of trolling on the moon landings. Just remember that hundreds of people contributed to these things, there could no more be a fake moon landing than you could fake an Appalatian trail walk while visiting your mistress in Venezuela. People aren’t stupid and there are a hundred details you have to get right or it all comes out in the media. Thousands of people have tracked their work on this and it is all consistant. “Bad Astronomy” covers this and other issues, if you are interested.

Frankly, you have to realize that most people who make these comments aren’t actually ignorant. (Ignorant is an old man who had a dream that the magnetic fields would repulse the Voyager and it would come crashing back to Earth. Yes, he believes something that isn’t true, but it doesn’t hurt anyone for him to believe it.) The guy who confronts Buzz to make him swear on the Bible that he walked on the moon isn’t ignorant, he is a troll. He got a well-deserved punch in the nose. Most trolls just want to exploit pain, become famous, or hurt people. When you see people doing that, just ignore them (or punch them in the nose.) Ya’ll have a good day.

Weekend Geomagnetic Storm

In the excitement of my wife returning from vacation, I missed a nice coronal mass ejection (CME) which had a very high velocity >700 kms. There are some videos I’ve recovered from SOLARHAM.COM which show the CME and the resulting magnetic storm. Ok, you can’t see a Geomagnetic storm, but a big ole storm tends to cause a large dump of charged particles into the Earth’s atmosphere where the magnetic field lines terminate in the atmosphere. You will recognize this as Aurora. A fellow named Mike Criss posted the following aurora pictures and music on YouTube.

ps. sorry for missing a week. Wife went of vacation and I’ve been playing single dad. Between working and the baby I’ve been too busy to play on the internet.

View from a Mountaintop in Spain

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

Terje Sorgjerd writes:

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3715m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.

I have been here. When you are working you don’t have time to really appreciate the natural beauty of Tenerife. I hope to go back as a tourist someday. Lovely place.

Naval Lasers

The Navy is testing a new laser. Now, overall, I’m not sure the Navy has need of a laser, but that isn’t really my job. I assume there is some commanding officer that wants a relatively short range directed fire weapon. Sure, you can shoot at anything you can see, but given the curvature of the Earth, that is actually fairly limited range. Say you could put your laser emitter 100′ above the ocean, you could hit a target on the ocean approximately 12 miles away. They have guns with a range of 50 miles, and missiles with ranges greater than 100 miles. 12 is pocket change. On the other hand, the laser is a lovely scalpel for slicing the engines off of a small boat. – As seen below in a video borrowed from Danger Room:


Well, the laser they are still planning is the serious electron beam cannon of Sci Fi lore. Not really a beam of electrons (once it leaves the gun) but an x-ray laser – frequency tuned and powered by synchronous electron beams.  They do this at electron accelerator facilities now, but they could be installed on a ship, and powered up from the kWatt levels to MWatt. Not an easy task, especially on a ship, but I can see the math working out. (Not going to bother DOING the math, that would be very much like working for a living.)

As a side note, sometimes little things get in the way between big ideas and working equipment. Lasers have a LONG history of little problems making big disasters. I, fortunately, haven’t been a part of laser history, but rail guns and thermal chemical accelerators are a different story. LOTS of different stories. Not any I feel like sharing today.

I will share the movie Megamind!

Bloody Hilarious. Only a few aggravating areas, and I won’t bother you with them. You probably don’t have my mindset. (umm, yeah, I get crazypants about various storytelling elements, and thats probably the nicest way to put it. Ya know, they have taked about cliche’ from the beginning, they need to look at points when normal people do impossible things and … ok, crazypants it’s a cartoon.) Watch the movie, it is a 1-beer movie for adults, significantly less for children. There are a lot of funny parts, most of the parts are funny, they don’t ham the potty humor or the social akward humor. Those parts move fast and let you enjoy a fun and funny story. I most love the way he misspronounces Metro City.. accent on the wrong sy LA ble.

The beer/vodka shot system for rating movies was developed over many years by my good friend Runolf. 1 is pretty damn good, but you need to relax and forget your various crazy elements. 2 requires you to forget all politics, and 3 requires you to forget basic physics, history, and law. If you have 4 during the movie, you didn’t really want to remember your name or the plot, these were hours you couldn’t get back, and had no desire to remember.

There are 0 movies out there, but not everything can be Casablanca. There is also a waiver for hot chicks. A hot chick in your arms is worth at least one drink, making out could be worth a couple. I vaguely recall watching Alien with a girl in my arms…