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  1. Not just some words encoded on a supersonic parachute.. this is literally underfoot in my "office".  (It is in a shadowbox built into the floor of the SFOF.)


  2. For anyone wanting to follow the Mars 2020 (aka Perseverance) landing tonight here’s all the links.


    In related news, Krispy Kreme has a limited-time offer.  🍩

  3. Is it wrong that I've had the 18th of Feb. 👾 marked on my calendar for 6 months now but didn't realize that tomorrow is 💘 day until about 20 minutes ago?  :D


  4. UAE, US, and China all have spacecraft coming up on Mars in the next couple weeks.  I gotta go to work a 2am local tonight for Al-Amal because the DSN is handling their downlink, then again for M20's "7 minutes of terror" next week.  China's doing their own thing on the 10th.  Lots of activity at Duna, er, Mars this week!  When all the dust settles there will (hopefully) be two more orbiters around and another lander and two more rovers on Mars.  And a helicopter.

  5. So much this...


  6. There is no such thing as too many books!


    1. Ohayotaku


      Yomiko agrees



    2. kamomesan


      Recently came across the Japanse concept of 積ん読 (tsundoku) that perfectly describes the pile of reading material I've acquired. One can never have enough books...

  7. Got to go on my yearly trip to Ft. Irwin next week.  5 hr round trip drive to the middle of nowhere halfway to Vegas to spend 5 minutes getting my work badge renewed.  Was this trip really necessary?  :veryangry::veryangry::veryangry::veryangry:

    Hope at least the weather clears by Monday.  💨 and 🌧 and maybe even ❄️ and 🧊 in the desert would make the trip “perfect”.

  8. Feeling very entertained at the moment..


  9. One of my co-workers just tested positive for C19.  😨   Fortunately he's on night shift and I haven't even seen him in almost a month, but our workspaces do somewhat overlap.  So far I've managed to stay healthy even in LA and even having to continue going to work several days a week.  If I get sick after all this I'm going to be quite annoyed.

    Not that I have any time for that with the m20 landing coming up in about a month.  I haven't even seen a data flow diagram for EDL or post-landing ops yet, never mind done any training on it.

    On top of that my tax person sent me a "friendly reminder" yesterday that taxes are coming up and I should make an appointment early this year, just in case.

    No pressure. 😱

    OTOH I have to admit a week or 2 in bed sounds quite attractive at this point.  Except for that you-could-die part.  That would suck.

  10. 2021 just told 2020, “here, hold my beer”.


  11. Yep.. that's me  :D


    1. Ohayotaku


      I can relate. The way I’m wired definitely ain’t “up to code”. :P 

  12. Mmmmmm donuts...


  13. Getting ready for the midnight toast.  Didn't have any champaign so I'm having to make do with what I have.   GTF out 2020!  🥃👍🥳🎉

    And of course, Happy New Year to all...


  14. Oh sure.  It's all fun and games until someone invents the T-800.

    Actually, this has a kind of Star Wars thing goin' on in my head too.


  15. I don't know about you all but personally.. 2020 sucked.

    2021 isn't looking too good either.  That's the year that the movie Children of Men was set in, and the year that Kyle Reese from Terminator says he joined the human resistance. 

    Then comes Soylent Green in 2022.



  16. Merry Christmas everyone!

  17. Currently listening to people in the other room say things like, "it broke the spatula", "I can't pack any more in there", and "I can't do this sober".  I think they're making cookies.   :D 🎄🍪

  18. We finally got our “new” Linux workstations out of the boxes where they’ve been sitting for the last year and installed!  CentOS 7 and a 3.10 kernel but I’ll take it.  It may be older tech - I’m running a 5.4 kernel at home - but it beats the Sun-branded ultra-80s they’re replacing.



  19. Cleaning up some of the leftover debris from last week's plumbing repairs and chopped out a ~3 foot section of pipe around the leaking section just to see how bad looked.  I could barely see down the length of the pipe due to all the mineral/rust build up!  Surprised that a) there was any flow at all through the ~25 foot stretch that I wound up replacing and b) it hadn't started leaking before this.  Well, at least I shouldn't have to worry about this particular stretch for another couple decades.


    1. Wedgy


      Was it just that section? Damn.

    2. efaardvark


      There were a couple of spots that were rusted and leaking in a drip, drip sort of way.  This section was the only one that was actually spraying water out a pinhole leak.

      This run has been there at least since I moved in in ‘76 and I’d actually been planning to replace it last year but I didn’t get to it before the virus hit.  After that I didn’t want contractors coming in unless it were serious.  This section is all outside along a cinderblock wall from the house to the pool area in back so a few drips here and there weren’t a problem in and of themselves.  The leak in this section was another matter however.

    3. Wedgy


      That's a long time. Now you've got it on my mind to check my own plumbing before we sell the house.

  20. Too much to do but still dedicating a few cycles to monitoring this morning's SpaceX hop in the background ...


    1. efaardvark


      Nooooooo!  Abort at T-1 second!  I hate it when that happens.  :D 

      Maybe tomorrow.

    2. efaardvark


      2nd try was a RUD on landing.  Very Kerbal.  Looks like it ran out of fuel just a few yards short of the landing pad...

      Elon tweeted: "Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed! Congrats SpaceX team hell yeah!!"  Not a successful test unless you find a problem, right?  :)



  21. 🎵 It's Friday!  🎵 It's Friday!  🎶 Even though it's Wednesday!  :D


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    2. Ohayotaku


      Always feel out of sync returning to a regular work week after a holiday :P 

      Made even worse because I was off Thursday, half day Friday & then 2 days off.

    3. efaardvark


      I (finally) got a couple additional days off this week so I'm already on my weekend.  Had to spend it getting estimates for and scheduling some semi-emergency plumbing work but I'll take what I can get.


    4. Ohayotaku


      There’s the work you get paid to do & then there’s the work you don’t get paid for but still have to do 😂 Spent a good part of my weekend on car maintenance which will hopefully save me some trouble once winter begins in earnest.

  22. Getting close to the 10 million mark, score-wise.   But then what?  🤔 



  23. Hayabusa-2 is coming back Sunday (Japan time) with a piece of Ryugu!


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