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Space X Mars Plans

September 29th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

I love a feller who boasts until he is blue in his fizzyognomees.  I do the same mahself.  Why, many o’ mah most specktackulary feats wuz accomplished by dint o’ wakin’ up the next  morning and feeling obleeged to foller through on mah boastins o’ the night afore.

I don’t expect as wut he kin achieve his braggin’s in every partickular.  I do reckon as how Boss Musk is a savvy patron who’s done himself right proud heretofores.  There’s gold in that thar ore.  He kin ride with Pecos Bill any time.

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September 29th, 2017 14:27:00

Ambiguity

September 20th, 2017 by Vader

The other day, His Majesty and I were in a bit of a rush to get to a formal dinner and fund raiser. We don’t attend many such events any more — for which I am deeply grateful — but His Majesty insisted on this one. It was a Greenpeace dinner, whose purpose was to raise funds to oppose the use of chemicals to control mosquito populations in the areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

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September 20th, 2017 16:20:06

One Weekend, Two Launches, One Refurbished Stage, Two Recovered Stages

June 27th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

I like a feller who tain’t afeared to swagger.

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June 27th, 2017 22:16:27

Washington Ballet’s Frontier

May 23rd, 2017 by John Mansfield

This may appeal to others besides myself. I wish I could see it. From the Washington Post:

“Okay, you walk — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven — and kneel on eight,” Stiefel tells Sarah Steele, a willowy, dark-eyed 22-year-old. She was recently hired as an apprentice, and Stiefel plucked her from that bottom rank to star in his ballet. Her courage at the outset of rehearsals attracted him. She possesses, he says, “the essence of a strong, brave artist.”

“You have a full eight counts to zip,” he continues. “Then you’ll get lifted. Turn on four, arms on five. Four counts for the gloves. . . . Lift on five; six, you get into the backpack.”

Sarah Steele

Miss Steele, ballet astronautrix

Steele and the dancer-crew members who are helping her dress eye him intently, tallying up the counts in their heads. The first few run-throughs are rocky — Steele’s zipper snags on the waistband of her tights, the gloves don’t cooperate. The helmet strap must be snapped — oh, where is it, where’s that dang other end? — and, meanwhile, the cyber beats in the commissioned music are racing on. Ah, at last, success! Well, the helmet’s a little askew. But Steele stands triumphant, ready for takeoff, fists clenched at her sides in the ready position.

“This is going to work,” Stiefel assures his dancers. “This will be absolutely no problem. We have two weeks to work on it.”

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May 23rd, 2017 06:31:30

Islamic Scholar on Neanderthals and Aliens

April 09th, 2017 by Zen

My discussions with mainstream Christian theologians about aliens usually leaves me disappointed.

But this discussion by an Islamic scholar did not. A thoughtful discussion of where Aliens and Cavemen fit into God’s plans, even if we are not given all the details.

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April 09th, 2017 22:58:24

*ELON’S NEW and USED ROCKETS* (Buy Here / Pay Here)

March 31st, 2017 by Bookslinger

‘Scuse me for scoopin’ Pecos Bill who usually posts these news bits. (Ah’ll try ta give it sum Pecos-isms to give it the raht savor.) But this is a big, big, BIG thang. And I couldn’ contain mysef. 

 A private space company has done, 15 years after its foundin’, what gubmint fellers hain’t done in thar 60 years o’ bein’ in bizniss. They done sussessfully shot a USED rocket inta space orbit! 

This, mah frens, is a game changer. An’ if the compy-tishun don’t play ketchup, an’ do it raht quick, Mister Musk is gonna be moocho very richer. Well, he’s gonna be richer any which way. But compy-tishun is good fer the customers. 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-spacex-launch-20170329-story.html

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March 31st, 2017 08:05:31

Pecos Bill Should Be Released from Jail Shortly

January 19th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

[Editor’s note: the following is transcribed from a message received via prison telegraph.]

 

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Lookit that there pitcher, pardners.  Ain’t she a beaut? (more…)

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January 19th, 2017 07:48:00

Rock Guitarists Get Older Too

October 05th, 2016 by John Mansfield

From an interview with Dave Keuning, Killers guitarist:

In 2008, Rolling Stone said you were saving money to book a trip on Virgin’s first commercial space flight. Is that something you’re still wanting to do?

It’s something I’m still interested in, but Virgin has kept pushing that date back. They said it was going to be 2010, and then ’11, and then ’12, and they still haven’t done it. It’s actually made me a bit nervous about being on the first one. Whenever it happens, I’ll probably let other people do it first for a few years because I don’t want to be the one who blows up.

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October 05th, 2016 13:29:03

SpaceX to Mars

April 28th, 2016 by Pecos Bill

2018 ain’t near as far off as them fellers think. Unless they figger to run their rocket outfit on Mormon Standard Time.

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April 28th, 2016 05:23:54

Rocket, Ship, Some Assembly Required

April 11th, 2016 by Pecos Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPGUQySBikQ&feature=youtu.be

I haint posted about this dadgum landin’ earlier seein’ as how I spent the weekend stupefacted.   Halleluyer.

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April 11th, 2016 07:34:18

Ken Mattingly Turns 80

March 22nd, 2016 by John Mansfield

On Thursday Ken Mattingly, the youngest man among those who ever ventured beyond low Earth orbit, turned 80. A couple others were younger than Admiral Mattingly at the time of their respective launches, but Mattingly’s mission, the next-to-last Apollo mission to the moon, was later than theirs, and he was born last. As Apollo 16’s Command Module Pilot 44 years ago, he is one of seven men to have ever been isolated by a couple thousand miles from any other person, three days orbiting the moon alone.

To repeat, the couple dozen men who have ever seen Earth from a thousand miles away are all 80 years old or older or dead, and they all did so on their way to the moon. Another decade or so left till such feats become legend.

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March 22nd, 2016 12:39:42

Project Orion

January 27th, 2016 by Pecos Bill

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January 27th, 2016 16:09:10

Surprised by Grief

January 15th, 2016 by G.

Grief is a form that love takes.  In the distinction that C.S. Lewis has popularized between enjoyment and contemplation, grief enjoys love.  In grief, one contemplates the loved one and enjoys the love.

I have mulled over grief lately.  My conclusions may be best expressed by an analogy to Lewis’ concept of Joy.  It is a longing for one knows not what, painful but desired, and the longing for Joy can itself be a form of Joy.  It also cannot be forced or manufactured.

Grief though painful is desirable.  When you grow out of a grief,you cease to actively feel that love for the departed–the memory of what is being grieved has worn thin.  When you notice that you have stopped grieving, you experience that as a loss also and therefore also as a grief.  That is the second grieving.  And the second grieving usually awakens the first.  After both are done, the grief is rare.  But when grief still stabs, it is painful but also very desirable, because it brings back the one you miss and your love for them.

At the same time, you mostly cannot and certainly should not aim for the feeling of grief.  It is hard to do.  And when it is done, it dulls both your ability to do it in the first place and your memory and relationship with the one you grieve.  It deadens not only your access, but what is accessed.  Grief should never come to substitute for the subject of the grief.

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January 15th, 2016 07:19:37

Rootin’ Tootin’ SpaceX

December 21st, 2015 by Pecos Bill

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December 21st, 2015 21:31:26

Bezos’ Re-usable Sub-orbital

November 25th, 2015 by Pecos Bill

I’m so proud I’m fit to bust. That there contraption, she’s a pert little mare. (more…)

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November 25th, 2015 10:16:23