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Everything posted by Calvin19

  1. There were several excellent clips of ejection seat parachutes and their pyros to assist in deployment.
  2. I was just trying to be funny. And I agree. Any nuclear exchange would be bad news.
  3. I can't tell if that comment is a nod to the tin foil hat people or a patriotic battle cry.
  4. If you liked this, recommended is "Infinity Chamber", 2017. DAMN good.
  5. Lets pretend this isn't Dimension C137 and they are correct. If it is a NASA conspiracy, I'm fine with living out my life in this epic fantasy of rockets and exploration.
  6. They are not that advanced. And there is a portion of them merely trolling, but its hard to keep up that farce. My guess is 75% of people joining the 'flat earth' groups only do so for the LULz and to laugh at idiocracy(I did), and that 95-99.9% of the media-creating promoters of it believe they are preaching scripture. It's a thrill in 'debate', an illusion of 'knowing' something others don't, fabricating their victimization and projecting it on others while feeling vengeful toward a fabricated boogieman is what gets these people high. They are truly fascinating and an excellent case study in crowd psychology. This is true for everything from the vaxxers, hoaxers, truthers to flat earthers and any conspiracy theory touting idiot privileged enough to have one. It's REALLY easy to win a debate with idiots. Walk away.
  7. Had a chat with some friends who run a dive charter from HNL. They got the warning while out on the water. Hearing about the reactions from locals vs whuffos was interesting I think a vast majority of people don't understand what a nuke is. If it had NOT been an idiot mistake and there was a NK 50kt(generous) party favor inbound, it's not going to vaporize the islands and all humanity for a hundred miles. It's a death sentence for people within certain ranges, but if you're on the opposite side of the island you will be fine. Just don't get the warning and excitedly go LOOK for, with your fragile bubbles of fluid and nerves, the wrath-filled energy of a tiny star. It will be the last thing your eyes see.
  8. I can't say I would take it seriously either, if there is an atmosphere of reminders of the government starting to test warning systems (like there is in Hawaii I gather). -SPACE-
  9. I'm very curious. Is that a common thing in Hawaii? because some people that I know that live there either have absolutely zero trust in such a warning system(now obviously far less useful than it was 24hrs ago), or a complete misunderstanding of what "incoming ballistic missile, take shelter, this is not a drill" means. This is not Pokemon Go. You get that warning, don't go take a selfie. Get. THE FUCK. underground. (now). There is a lot you can do to hide from an incoming nuke. And since it's traveling through space at mach 10, there is no time to question the authenticity of such a system. But now there is a reason to question it. Great.
  10. Wow! And he owned it. Good pilot. Thanks for that share. Risk an ejection or essentially defect to civilian shipping company. Tough one.
  11. This is for sure the takeaway from an event like this. It's for sure stupidity, malice could be an included contributing factor.
  12. I'm baffled by the 'just give up' attitude they displayed. They're on a functional sail boat. Bobbing around for 5 weeks because a spreader got damaged makes no sense to me. I can think of half a dozen ways to get under SOME sail without even trying. Open ocean sailing needs skill, preparation and determination. These girls were way out of their league. And I disagree with you about the EPIRB. Total loss of steerage and power is a no shit emergency. I'd trigger it. Drift into a big storm or a shipping lane and it's game over... Agree that they were in over their head. Agreed that open ocean sailing requires honed skill and a mental steadiness that they did not appear to have. Also agreed that the 'give up' attitude that they conveyed after 'rescue' was concerning. I did not look too far into what 'stranded' their boat, but I'll revisit the statement that they were in over their head. Sailing is not rocket science. Assuming your sailboat can maintain buoyancy without constant manual bailing any reasonable sailor should be able to make their boat move in the general direction they want it to go. Even with a mast broken in half I am confident I or any skilled operator could make 1/2 VMG to anywhere in the Pacific given FIVE MONTHS. I'm not defending the women in the sense that I would EVER want either of them on a boat with me, I'm defending their reasoning in not pushing the EPIRB. All i'm saying is that they are really, really, REALLY bad at sailing or figuring shit out. Granted, none of us were there. The only relay of the damage to their boat and their experience must me seen through the filter of emotional 'victims' in shock from their failed voyage. If you look at what vessels have been able to navigate across open oceans safely, I cannot see any reason why their sailboat drifted for months in ambiguous directions. Hell, I can sail a canoe upwind with a space blanket and some properly placed paddles as keel and rudder. Give me or any competent sail driver a keeled hull, functioning tiller and only minimal rigging and you will have a steerable, sailable vessel in less than a days work. Granted without a full sail you will be slow and inefficient, but thats the nature of sailing. Also keep in mind that being in the open ocean like that you have literally NOTHING to do but keep food and water stores available and ALL DAY AND NIGHT LONG TO RIG THE BOAT TO SAIL WHERE YOU WANT IT TO GO. I've done 300 mile open ocean sailing legs with a known inoperable engine and a destroyed main sail. You just figure it out and go. Had the boaters pushed their button, I doubt any news would come from it. they would have been rescued and maybe towed. End of story. But I do respect their resilience by NOT pressing it for the reasons they gave.
  13. I did see that. Fun stuff! What I gathered was no substantial danger to environment, they were merely able to detect these trace contaminates.
  14. I've been on some multi-week sailing trips, never as far out as they were but I have some points to make that I think are well informed. 1-They did have a emergency sat beacon. They decided, consciously, not to use it in their circumstance because they were not in immediate danger. They had food stores and a functioning desalinator. I respect their decision, their reasons for it and would have done the same under the same conditions. You're not going to hit you SPOT device for a sprained ankle. If they were within a week of running out of food I'm sure they would have used it. 2-They're exaggerating in the heat of the moment. If there was not a premeditated plan for a book deal or just a morning show appearance I still give them a pass. No other human contact for months can make a person do stupid things.
  15. Took my dosimeter (radiation measurement tool, pretty much a computerized geiger counter) on an airline flight with me to highlight the ionizing radiation received while on an airline flight. I have yet to bring a dosimeter up on a skydive, but my assumption is that the dose rate at 18,000' would be under 1uSv/hr. N America standard background at surface: .05-.15 uSv/hr At 30,000' measured inside B737: 3.05-3.55 uSv/hr Walking around the exterior of reactor 4 Chernobyl, Ukraine: 2.5uSv/hr Just thought people might be curious about that.
  16. Not a common thought these days but I feel bad for that cop, it did look like an accidental discharge and that looked like a real armed robbery! As for the actor and producer, WTF bro? Even if the prop weapon is not obviously a toy(orange barrel cap, etc) it's even more WTF. Filming stuff like that with a "real", pro, amateur or other film production would employ a supervising weapons manager if there is a chargeable weapon even if no blank ammunition is on set. AND there would be a closed area, law enforcement awareness, etc. Curious as to what was actually being filmed. It was a real bank? Did anyone in the bank know and approve it? W. T. F.! Everyone involved on the 'filming' side deserves a solid backhand slap across the face. I hope it hurts.
  17. Clearly a badass, but smiles a bit too much in the face of imminent and certain doom for me. Why not Val? The D heavy is an amazing machine! And accidental KSP screen grabs to represent actual launch vehicles is just a testament to how awesome KSP is.
  18. What I do instead of sleep. Calcite, Quartz, Caliche, Manganese, Fluorite. Self collected, Socorro, NM. Abandoned mine. Fluoresced using UVA/B/C
  19. Friend's father's rock shop in La Veta, Colorado. He snagged a few dozen 70 million year old fossil bone and soft tissue fragments from a dig in Utah. Significant radioactive output (for surface rock) @ ~70,000 CPM, ~3.7mSv/hr. Also fluorescent, showing uranyl inclusions and an unidentified deep-fluorecent red. (deep meaning input of 256nm, output ~700nm)
  20. Theists claiming that atheists 'believe' that there is no god is easier for theists to cope with compared to them(theists) -understanding- that atheists came to a rational, unbiased conclusion that there is no evidence of any deity existing. It's a red herring tactic.
  21. That's it, I'm throwing out my sextant. What a scam. A popular model from flat earth believers provides a theoretical system where a sextant provides accurate latitudinal navigation. I would hang on to it.