That Russian Progress Issue, Part 2

Last month, almost to the day, I posted a really neat video of a Russian Progress launch gone awry.  Today we get this headline:

International Space Station shifts orbit position after glitch, Russians say

A glitch at the International Space Station on Tuesday caused its position in orbit to change, but the crew was not in danger, the Russian space agency said.

Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure……

I’m curious what the chances are the two situations are related?  Russia seems to have a problem with premature ignitions.

 

National Air Conditioning Initiative

( From June 6, 2007 on space.moonagewebdream.com )

From The Onion ( of course ):

“Climate change is real and it demands a real solution,” Bush said. “Therefore, I am committed to dedicating all of the technology, all of the brainpower, and all of the resources we need in order to keep America cool and comfortable well into the 21st century.”

I have as much faith in this as I do the carbon sniffer thingy that’s supposed to suck all the bad greenhouse gases out of the air and dump it in the ground like nuclear energy.

However, I am wise enough to know one’s a joke, and one’s not. Tell me what you think.

Which will work better to solve man-made global warming?

Best I can tell, eight years later, there still is no winner of the carbon sniffer competition.  But several of the finalists truly are promoting carbon sniffers.

Is Man-Made Global Warming a serious problem?

Elastic Heart

Nah, I’m not TOTALLY stuck on music from decades ago.

Creepy video, but the song is fantastic!

And the lyrics are pretty fun as well:

And another one bites the dust
Oh why can I not conquer love?
And I might have thought that we were one
Wanted to fight this war without weapons

And I wanted it, I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
Yeah, let’s be clear, I’ll trust no one

You did not break me
I’m still fighting for peace

Well, I’ve got thick skin and an Elastic Heart,
But your blade – it might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an Elastic Heart

I’ve got an Elastic Heart
Yeah, I’ve got an Elastic Heart

And I will stay up through the night
And let’s be clear, won’t close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I’ll walk through fire to save my life

And I want it, I want my life so bad
I’m doing everything I can
Then another one bites the dust
It’s hard to lose a chosen one

You did not break me
(You did not break me, no)
I’m still fighting for peace

Well, I’ve got thick skin and an Elastic Heart,
But your blade – it might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an Elastic Heart

Oh oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh

Well, I’ve got thick skin and an Elastic Heart,
But your blade – it might be too sharp
I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
‘Cause I’ve got an Elastic Heart

I’ve got an Elastic Heart

Houston’s first flash flood?

Was watching CNN’s coverage of the Texas floods this weekend with someone else, who’s a little more liberal than I am.  They ran a blurb basically with this headline:

Houston Issues First Ever Flash Flood Warning

There, you have it, yet another nail in the global warming square-Earth haters.  Never ever in the history of the world has Houston had to issue a flash flood warning.  Ever.  Implication made, it’s never rained like this in Houston.

I immediately did a “huh?”.

It floods all the flipping time in Houston.  It’s perfectly flat.  It doesn’t take much rain to flood a perfectly flat place.

Chron has a 53 slide presentation of historical Houston area floods.  That’s 53 slides.  This, according to the NOAA, is the wettest May going all the way back to 2008.  It’s beat that record tho.  One of the greatest US disasters was the Galveston flood of 1900 that killed anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000.


Galveston is less than an hour from Houston.

The reality here is that the rains in Houston are not that unusual.  When it rains there, it pours.  And about every decade or so, you’ll have floods.  Some worse than others.  A city officially declaring a flash flood warning has absolutely no relevance to the amount of rain that part of Texas gets.

Next.

 

Rand Paul ends his presidential bid

I know from experience that politicians have people that work for them that have the most useless job on Earth, political advisers.  I say this partly from experience, mostly from observation.  Take for instance this week’s example:

I don’t think Rand’s political adviser told him it was a good idea, in the middle of a crowded Republican primary, to go on MSNBC and trash Republicans.
Just call that a hunch.

Another hunch:

See that sixth place position?  Kiss it goodbye forever.

 

Romulans invading Mercury?

( Originally posted December 8, 2011 on space.moonagewebdream.com )

This is just too cool. Jump straight to the 34 second mark.

That’s right. That’s what you saw. Romulans de-cloaking next to Mercury!

NASA has the usual cover-up, this time’s it’s some crazy far-fetched fantasy like an echo ( ghost ) image on the camera. That takes a lot to buy in order to believe. It’s just so much more obviously Romulans.

UPDATE:

Actually, upon closer examination:

It’s obviously the Enterprise.

Whatcha think?

Is this an actual alien spaceship?

Reality is just a thought?

This has been all over the net for years.  I still love it tho:

In the article Scientists Claim the Universe is a Giant Brain, they rely on a whole bunch of circumstantial evidence that the universe, as we know it, is actually a huge brain.  Well, a lot of stuff in the universe does look like brain stuff.  But, a lot of it looks like sand and dirt as well.  Hard to go terribly far with that concept.  But, it’s still cool to ponder.  And, oddly enough, that concept has actually been around a while in slightly different formats. 2001: A Space Odyssey, the book, basically implied that the “gods” were merely a body-less mind with super-powers.  Their desire to become physical was embodied by Dave Bowman’s transformation into the Starchild.  In essence, they were nothing more than a brain.  They probably looked like that pic up there.

Thoughts?

Is the universe a giant brain?