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Phil Plait, as usual, dripping with thoroughness.
In early June, Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt was asked to speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations at a science communications meeting in South Korea. What he said there is now Internet history. He made a series of sexist comments, saying that...
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I've been running a small Rogue Trader campaign, when I get the time, and one of the first systems the players travel to is described as having a dying star and a single huge gas giant, gradually venting off gas into space. This creates a foggy system that keeps things hidden from the players more than they'd normally expect.

I thought that was a fun idea, but I wondered if it was at all realistic.
 
An immense cloud of hydrogen is seen bleeding from a planet orbiting a nearby star: http://go.nasa.gov/1LCgNPM
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Indiana Jones is how I've always envisaged it, if it did hve the other elements you mention I'd be very interested in playing. Think I'd have a job running it though. 
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"The only problem was that it was only capable of a purely ballistic re-entry, which means 8 G's for the occupant from earth orbit and 20 G's from the moon. Mercury was ballistic, but Gemini, Apollo, and Soyuz all had the center of gravity offset, so they could produce lift, lower the G forces, and maneuver somewhat to vary the landing point."
 - from the Encyclopedia Astronautica page about Vostok

Can someone explain to me, in Kerbally terms, exactly what that difference is? I can guess that a ballistic reentry is just falling however gravity demands, but how does a cone-shaped capsule generate lift? And how is the offset center of gravity related to this?

(And can I use this to keep my Kerbals more alive?)
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Hmm... I'll have to try it
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As I go through career mode, I find I'm mostly just making it all up as I go along, and it works more often than not (because I've been playing for years and I've got a fair idea of how things work now). But I'm uncomfortable with it. My mind wants to have a system, a sensible way of pre-planning my builds and getting an idea, at least on paper, of what I should expect from a design and what would be impossible.

Because when things go wrong (everything from crashes to missed targets to running out of fuel), it's usually because I didn't even know that I was about to push a design beyond its limits, because I didn't know what those limits were. To compensate for this, I've also wasted a lot on over-powered designs, which bites in career mode.

So, does anyone have a good, logical approach to rocket design I can learn from? What's your process?
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Thanks, I'll definitely have to give these mods a look.
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It's not the absolute most eloquent explanation of these concepts ever, not as to the point as Scalzi's Easiest Difficulty Setting. But it has the advantage of reasonable thoroughness disguised as brevity, through the magic of lists.
What I am finding as time goes on is that we are all secretly Billy Joel.
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If I had R10 for every time I've seen "Women choose not to enter the <whatever> field"....
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It's a decent enough article, but focusing on the single issue of sex difference, it misses a lot of detail. Throw in race, for example, and SA's income differences widen even more, so that the top 5% of white males are earning, on average, 84 times as much as the bottom 5% of black females. (And that's only counting incomes from the employed; unemployment rate differences skew the gap even wider again.)
South Africa's gender wage gap is among the world's worst, with women earning a third less on average than men.
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So, spoilers, I guess. But I really didn't get the Jamie/Cersei rape scene, from a pure story-telling point of view. Nothing led up to it, nothing flowed out of it, it was just this pointless, unpleasant thing for no apparent reason. It's so nebulous and disconnected that I almost forgot that it might count as a spoiler.

This article suggests that the reason could simply be that someone thought it was cool, which is disturbing if they understood it as rape, and disturbing if they didn't see it as rape. The idea of being edgy for the sake of being edgy leads nowhere interesting, and is probably why I've found the more recent seasons of GoT decreasingly worth my time. Actual plot has to be the front edge of any good story, and they've neglected that for a while.

But all of that is just artistic, subjective stuff. The more serious stuff, about legitimising rape, that's what really matters. And I think the useful connection between that and my opening point is that the throw-away, "life goes on" approach to that scene is a reasonable mirror of a problematic real world attitude.

But the points about Fury Road were good.
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Hooray for Captain Janeway!
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Easily my second-favourite astronaut.
 
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels…”  ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti marks #TowelDay on the International Space Station #TheAnswerIs42

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A good and important point, but I mainly post this to give context for the Twitter link in the last paragraph. That is a fascinating and varied collection of photos of "toys". Feel free to play Name The Instrument as you go through it.
I’ve just come back from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was wowed and stunned by the amazing projects and smart young men and women from all over ...
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WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!?!

The whole reason given for adding the army to the police's campaign was to get violence against foreigners under control, and now they're just helping to clear out (the most down on their luck and vulnerable) foreigners?! Fuckers. I was uncomfortable enough with using the military for a civil matter at all, but this is clearly way over the line. (It would be over the line if it were a purely police operation too; now it's two problems at once.)
Johannesburg's Central Methodist Church was for 15 years home to mainly Zimbabweans fleeing Robert Mugabe's regime, but was forcibly cleared by riot police and soldiers in anti-crime operation
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  • University of Johannesburg
    BA (Hons) (Development Studies), 2006 - 2006
  • University of Johannesburg
    BA (Politics), 2003 - 2005
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"He is in fact the conversational equivalent of those late-night tv ads for kitchen implements that brutalise vegetables in entirely unforeseen ways as demonstrated by actors with too much chin pretending to be chefs but that utterly fail to do more than mildly disfigure equivalent vegetables in the comfort of your own kitchen (and with a much smaller chin) in the assuredly hypothetical circumstance that you were watching said ad in a state of altered consciousness to the extent that the device (whichever one it was) looked kinda cool. In the cold grey light of the revelation that you've been ripped off (again), you leave the infernal toy in the second drawer with the blunt knives and mismatched chop sticks in the hope they'll fight it out among themselves.

And that's why we call him 'Spatula'."
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  • Concord College
    Science Teacher, 2014 - present
  • Urban-Econ
    Junior Development Economist, 2013 - 2013
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    Senior Tutor, 2010 - 2013
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  • Alzheimer's South Africa
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  • Landulwazi Comprehensive School
    Science Teacher, 2009 - 2009
  • Pop! Art & Culture
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  • Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg
    Student Assistant (Administrative), 2006 - 2006
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