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This reminds me of my time as a rocket engineer intern

Yes, for those of you who weren’t around here in early 2011, I was an actual honest to goodness rocket engineer for a few weeks.

And the engine I helped ready exploded quite spectacularly.

Much like SpaceX’s Falcon 9R
just did (though ours was just on the ground in a test stand).

But the thing I remember most was that when it blew up, taking the metal building it was in with it, with debris landing a half mile away, the head engineer just sort of nodded and said “Interesting.”

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Question of the Day

“…are all the ‘droids equally malfunctioning?”

I think LSP has the best explanation for the insanity in our biggest smartest strongest fastest et cetera-est leaders I’ve heard yet.

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What is this I don’t even


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Quotes and Links of the Day

I did meet a real racist once in my life, who actually thought the ‘White’ race (by which he meant Prussians) were superior to all others. Perhaps I could count this as an accurate accusation, except for the fact that he was accused of being a racist on the grounds that he was a conservative (he was not) and not because he was a racist (which he was).
–John C. Wright

While other countries might be happy suckling on the benevolent teat of a neo-Marxist government, those countries are not filled with Americans, and we have a different dream for how our lives should be.
–Weer’d Beard

Not a quote, but go look at this from Borepatch. And then remember that I have a whole category for Bacon. And then I might remind of this situation four years ago. That was at least a year off my life, right there in one box.

And then, SpaceX has released some fragmented video that shows their lower stage actually firing it’s engine right before splashdown, and are inviting the internet to try to patch the data together a little better. Crowdsourcing space!

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All you guys talking about zero tolerance rules can feel better now.



March 26, 2014 · 07:05

You know you’re a gun nut when…

…you read this:


And your first thought is “only seven?”

Don’t get me wrong, this whole case is tragic, but it definitely illustrates the difference in perspective from the breathless press and the average American.

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It’s a rocket with legs, because SpaceX is cool that way. I’m super psyched for this next launch!

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Local defensive gun use


Daughters in parking lot attacked by loose dog. Dad pulls gun and kills dog. There are more than druggies and thieves out there. Be prepared.

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Have no fear, citizen, the economy is at full strength once again


Because THAT’S a good sign of recovery.


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Two in a row

SpaceX is on a roll with their high-orbit stuff.

Did I mention that they’re up to about 50 missions with 5 BILLION dollars worth of satellite launch contracts? I have only two words for that–

Boo. Yah.

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All of which means if you live in the polar regions you’re going to have some pretty lights in the sky.

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Straws, grasping at



November 7, 2013 · 07:03

I don’t like any of it.

Lies, damned lies, and anything that Obama has ever said.


As for me, it’s already changed (for the worse) once, and will change again sometime next year, according to the letters I keep getting from the health insurance company, begging me to sign up for something or another.

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Your Shutdown News of the Day

From Robert Zimmerman coming from the Great Smoky Mountains.

Welcome to the Petty Fascist States of America.

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