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We're up all night to write code.
We're up all night 'til brains glow.
We're up all night TO BEAST MODE!
We're up all night to get data.
We're up all night to get data.
We're up all night to get data.

Glee fills our hearts
Data comes, sleep ignored
So get back to work
With your brain and your cords!
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I don't regret this. But I both rue and lament it.
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Nadia Drake -- daughter of the man behind a famous equation, and an astronomical powerhouse -- has started blogging for one of my favorite science blogging salons: Phenomena, hosted at National Geographic. Long have they lacked an astronomy blog, though their other blogs are quite good (particularly Ed Yong's "Not Exactly Rocket Science"). Anyway, Nadia Drake has popped up in several places with excellently written pieces about all sorts of strange things. Now she's writing excellent pieces regularly for Phenomena.

You should all give her a read, especially her inaugural piece "Why There's No Place Like Home."
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Voting closes March 1! Make sure you get your votes in (and do it for KSP, while you're at it ;) ).
 
Vote for Kerbal Space Program  http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/audience.php
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Space Station Potassium-40 (or "Space Station K^40" for short... get it?!) is in orbit! This is the improved version of the proof-of-concept launched and assembled recently. There will be at least one more iteration before sending this puppy on a fully-designed mission. Due to the low-gravity requirements of the landers, we're likely going to see a trip to a high orbit around Jool (so I can do science there, and the surrounding moons). If things work well, this one may head to Duna to hit up Ike and Duna before returning and jettisoning the science bays?

The new version boasts tri-coupled docking ports, and attachments for interplanetary drives immediately opposite all moments of inertia.

The down side is the requirement to design both new stackable-interplanetary drives (due to lateral space limitations), as well as design narrow science stations. This may allow me to build science stations designed to return to Kerbin, though, thus eliminating the transmission penalties. Finally, the landers are at MK-II, but at least MK-III and likely MK-IV will need to be finished for a trip to Jool.

I've also learned an interesting lesson: If you block the first panel of a 1x6 solar array, the entire array will produce 0 electric charge. The final version of the space station (Space Station K+) will address that... somehow.

Enjoy some photos of the assembled station! The large fuel tanks will be coming off once the nuclear drives come up (currently planning 5 drives of 3 nuclear engines each, plus stacking). Currently it's the central section (which also provides power) and two low-gravity landers.
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Many thanks thats awesome. My Son  (3 years old) currently admires each kind of shuttles and rockets. perfect motivation for me to play this :-')
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+Netflix puts Venture Bros. season 2 up. And completely fucks up the order. The order of a season following a cliff-hanger.

If anyone cares, you start watching again at Season 2, Episode 7. Which resolves the cliff-hanger from the end of season 1.

Is that completely, unspeakably retarded? Yes. Should someone, somewhere, be slapped in their dumb, mouth-breathing face because of it? TOTALLY. I just don't know who, or for what company they work. They don't need to die. We don't need a lynching. Let's not go crazy.

But I'd love to give them five across the eyes and ask what, precisely, was going through their head. This isn't fucking rocket science; the episodes are numbered. A quick slap is sufficient.

But you know what's even better? We can finally watch season 2 of Venture Bros. on Netflix! How boss is that?!

Very.

It's very boss. Just start at Episode 7 in Season 2, then do 1-6, then 8-13. Because idiots exist, and they apparently can't fucking count.
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Look. I'm a fan of Wil Wheaton. Everyone is just going to have to accept that about me. Wil Wheaton: Great. Just accept that fact and my enjoyment of that fact.

Tabletop? Yessir.

The Guild? Holy crap, what a perfectly smarmy bastard. Loved it.

Big Bang Theory? Almost watched it because he was present. Didn't, but through no fault of his own.

Next Gen? Shut up, you guys. Wesley stays. (I mean, yeah "Shut up, Wesley" and all... but no, you can all shut it)

There Came An Echo? Yeah, not out yet. Still stoked. Bought into the Kickstarter. But actually, that game looks like what I've always wanted PLUS contains Wil Wheaton.

VandalEyesPA (the beer): Got 5 gallons fermenting in the office to be enjoyed none-too-soon. Someone forgot to account for our sugar-loss in the Brew-in-a-Bag system, though, and thus it'll be a little light. Whatever. Still happy to have it. Yeah, some ne'er-do-well labeled the bucket with "Will Wheaton's IPA", but uh... Dammit.

Now the man gets his own TV show. We (and by that I mean "those of you who get the SyFy channel, because I don't even have a television) should all watch it. It's 12 episodes over the summer... hardly a commitment! It'll be a paltry 4 hours. Do you have any ideas how many hours that man has been streamed into my eyeballs?

No. You really don't.

Watch the show, thereby we will get more of it. Also, if you work for SyFy (no you don't; stop trying to impress me): Get the episodes online. I will put them in at least two of my faceholes.

Also, if you want to impress me: Don't claim to work at the SyFy Channel. What is wrong with you?
 
This is the story of how my new series, The Wil Wheaton Project, came to be.

>About a year ago, I had a meeting with a production company, who wanted me to host a show for them. The concept was simple, I thought it had the potential to be incredibly funny, and I really liked the people I met with.

>“I can’t just be a host, though,” I explained. “I’ve been producing Tabletop for two seasons, and if I’m going to be the public face of a show, I need to have a hand in its creative direction. I want to write for it, and I need to be a producer.” Over the last couple of years, I’ve done more and more work off camera, and I’ve learned a lot about how shows come together and develop in the writer’s room and the editing bay. I love being an actor on camera, but it feels very much like I’m doing a small part of the overall production. If I was going to host a show, and if I was going to be the face of that show, I needed to do more than just stand in front of the camera and read lines. I wanted to help make the show.

>“Of course,” the head of the company said to me, like I’d just told him that I’d need to breathe air during production. “We want to do this together.”

>That was all I needed to hear. We agreed on the general idea, and spent the next several months working out the specific details of the show. About six months later, we went to the network to pitch it.

[...]

>The show will be on the network formerly known as Sci-Fi, and it is called The Wil Wheaton Project. It premieres on May 27th at 10pm.

>The Wil Wheaton Project is a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen. It’s sort of like Talk Soup for geeks, with a heavy focus on those hilariously bad paranormal reality shows (in fact, that’s where the whole thing started a year ago, but as we worked on the show more and more, we discovered that there were lots of scripted paranormal shows that provided a ton of comedic material. When we expanded to cover the scripted shows, we discovered that nobody was doing a show like this that was just focused on the genre shows that nerds like us love, and we decided that we’d make that show because of reasons.)

>The official network announcement will be coming out a little later this morning, but I’ll put a little bit of it here, because I can:

>>Syfy has greenlit the 12-episode summer series, The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), a weekly topical comedy show hosted by actor and champion of geek culture Wil Wheaton.  The 30-minute show will offer a funny, fast-paced exploration and celebration of science fiction and genre entertainment.  The series premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy.

>>Each week, Wil provides his insider point-of-view, sense of humor and expertise as he dissects the week’s most popular and trending topics across sci-fi film, television and pop culture, as well as video games, viral videos and news. Wil is on his feet for the rapid-fire half hour, delivering sharp, straight-to-camera commentary as he riffs his way through content clips. The result is a fun appreciation for all things science fiction.

>I really love that I get to be part of something that brings Science Fiction back to Syfy, and if I read correctly between the lines during our meetings with the Syfy executives, this is just the beginning of the network formerly known as Sci-Fi returning to its science fiction roots, which is awesome. Developing the show has been incredibly fun, and like I wrote last week, when I met the full staff of writers and producers, I was floored by how talented and funny they are. We’re going to make something that I just know you’re going to love, and I hope that so many people love it, we’ll get to make it for years to come.

Much, much more, including some FAQs, at the link below.
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Okay... I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that +Sam Ley has already seen this. But it's pretty wild.
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I have seen that, but it is very cool! I've got some books on automata and have always wanted to build some.
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Space Station Potassium continues to run over schedule. Further design complications were discovered today with the lander docking ports.

As you can see from the images, it takes very precise (or extremely lucky) docking to dock all 3 landing ports together. The reason being that there are several ways to appear to be lined up correctly, but there are minor differences in the symmetry. In one image, you'll see a lander, by all rights, ought be fully docked, but only a single port is attached. The other lander shows a fully docked connector.

Further complications are the ridiculously difficult docking procedures when using 3-way symmetry. The four-way (I-J-K-L) translations don't properly translate the craft, making for odd combinations when attempting to go in a cardinal direction.

Ultimately, I've decided that, in the absence of the Clamp-o-Tron Sr., I'm switching to 4-way symmetry for both the docking ports and the landers. This should help alleviate many off these pains. But all is not lost: The current plan is to detach the landers and send them to the Mun (most likely) or Minmus, before having them return home, as a test of their low gravity functions.
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Another evening of learning in KSP:

Stackable interplanetary drives are AWESOME. But they need to push directly against the mass, and having long, heavy levers hanging out to the side is a recipe for frustration, if not disaster. The solution?

We all know already, so say it together: More. Docking. Ports.

Speaking of...

Clamp-o-trons are excellent, but I forgot the lesson I learned months ago: Get a quad or tri coupler, and put docking ports on all of them. THREE TIMES THE DOCKING, SUCKERS! Much better for large construction.

Finally, we take a moment to remember a brave Kerbalnaut who died at my foolish, foolish hands: Germin Kerman. The details aren't important. What's important is that we all learn that once you've landed, just cut your engines. Also, it's not usually safe to try to land on a cupola module... but if you manage it, TURN YOUR ENGINES OFF. Poor man. He was all courage and no stupidity, but it was stupidity that eventually killed him.

There's probably a lesson in there. Something like "more docking ports".
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