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So now you can put Boba Fett in your personal sarlacc put.

(That sounded dirty.)

#starwars #bobafett
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"All of that looks good on paper – but getting it to work in the real world is a lot more difficult. Flying wings have proved to be a headache for aircraft designers stretching back almost to the time of the Wright Brothers. All of which makes the achievements of the German Horten brothers so impressive."
In the last months of World War Two, Nazi Germany tested an experimental fighter more spaceship than aircraft. Only now are we realising how inspired it was, writes Stephen Dowling.
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It was an unstable platform before the B-2 and all it's computers. Edwards AFB is named after a pilot who was killed flying a Northrop YB-49. The Air Force decided it was too complex in the 1950's and cancelled the YB-49. I think early versions of that bomber were propeller designs.
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Chameleon Boy is absolutely the worst boyfriend, ever! Report the abusive cad to the Science Police, Proty and drop him like a hot potato!

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Time for the Ape of the Day!

Fun fact: In the United Planets, WHEN SUPER-ANIMALS ATTACK was a top-rated reality show, its audience rivaled only by those of KEEPING UP WITH THE KHUNDS, SPACE CABBIE’S 9-PLANET TAXI CONFESSIONS, and SAY YES TO THE DRESS OR GRANNY WILL HAND YOU OVER TO DESAAD.
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Ooze, Proty, ooze!
(Since running isn't Proty's best move)
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Kris looks at the Author Earnings Report" I linked earlier this week.
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Last September Sphero set the bar impossibly high when it comes to BB-8 toys, but at the 2016 New York Toy Fair this weekend, Spin Master might actually have the last word. Not only does its new remote control BB-8 stand over 16-inches tall, it’s the first to respond to your voice commands.
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Today's Business Blog looks at the future of publishing by casting a wary eye on another part of the entertainment industry...
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Though it isn’t that big, this is one of the more elaborate sets that I ever built. It’s also unusual in that it has a room with an actual ceiling, and am upper “street” lev…
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The $L$ should be canceled, in favor of privatized launch contracts. But SLS is deeply entrenched politically, both from within and without NASA.

SLS provides pork contracts to key congressional districts, and politically strong old-guard aerospace contractors.

The solid rocket boosters are not only part of this, but they also help keep plants producing solid rocket fuel busy and open between military contracts, providing an invisible subsidy (that relatively small NASA is propping up part of our already huge defense budget shows just how screwed up this situation is.)

Within NASA it provides many jobs and props up many bureaucratic fiefdoms. It's essentially keeping the last of the Apollo infrastructure (one of the pads, the crawler transporters, and the Vertical Assembly Building, for starters) alive, as they currently have no other users that I'm aware of. (That could change if SpaceX gets its Mars Colonial Explorer super-rocket up and running, which would almost certainly render SLS completely redundant.)

It's also tied into the Orion program, as the potentially useful Orion doesn't currently have any other carrier vehicle. (It MIGHT be possible to adapt it to Falcon Heavy, but I've never heard that possibility discussed.)

SLS, is like a tick. It has its sucking parts dug in pretty deep, and it's hard to say if forcing it off will make things better, or worse.

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"  Although NASA is proceeding with development of the SLS, a number of outside panels have questioned whether NASA can afford to build, fly and, sustain the expensive program, especially with projections of low flight rates of one launch or fewer per year. The biggest concern is that the rocket is so expensive to fly it precludes a meaningful exploration program within NASA’s existing budget.  "

Via: http://nasawatch.com/archives/2016/02/nasa-is-buildin-1.html
Keith Cowing opines;
"  The net result is that NASA will not know for certain what its budget will be and this uncertainty will cause launch dates to slip to the right. With these slips the overall cost of the SLS and Orion programs will increase - and commercial crew will take longer to happen than might otherwise be the case.  "
Budget battles likely over Earth science, and the Space Launch System
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I think, I dream, sometimes I write it down. People seem to enjoy it when I do. www.YorkWriters.com
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(Check out my "Panorama Beach" Florida mystery series, and my "Clockwork Cowboy" steampunk western series, plus other work, at your favorite book or ebook vendor...)

I tell stories.  I'm not a writer.  That's secondary.  I tell stories, and I can tell them in may forms.  Sure, mainly I write prose fiction, novels and short stories, but I could have made movies, or computer games, or shoot photo-cartoons using action figures (and in fact, I've done all those things too.)  It's all storytelling to me.

I am fascinated by the world around me.  I love science, technology, and the way they fit in with the world of people and emotions,

In particular, I have, since I was in infant, been fascinated by space exploration, and I'm a keen observer and commentator of those efforts to this day.  I hoped I'd live to see us land on Mars.  Now I'm just hoping my grand-kids might see it, or something as profound.  

But I see signs of the long log-jam breaking, of new light that might get us off this lovely little ball of rock that we take for granted as our eternal home, and that excites me.

Science, tech, and the human equation, those things are frequently the subjects of my stories, but not always.  I love characters: the quirky, twisted, fascinating possibilities of human existence.  Give me a couple good characters in an interesting setting, and I can run all day without a Big Idea in sight. 

I can be cynical, and I am always sarcastic, but I still believe in the future.  I still believe in truth, justice, and the American ideal.  I believe we can be better than we are.  I believe someday we will be.  I believe in heroes, because they remind us what we could be, if we only tried a little harder.

My wife, Christina F. York tells stories too.  She's written science fiction, fantasy, and romance, but these days she mostly writes mysteries under the names Christy Evans and Christy Fifield, with the second book in her cozy mystery novel series about to hit print.

Two writers, several cats, and a house by the sea.  Now that's an adventure.  Let me tell you the story...

#writer #mystery #space #sciencefiction #fantasy #steampunk #spaceenterprise #future #engineering #makers
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National-best-selling author of over a dozen published books and many short stories.
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    1975 - present
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Everything is good and prices are reasonable. Run by a professional diver who knows where the good local fish is (though quality and selection will depend on what is available). Check the specials white-board, as there may be something fresher and tastier than the standard cod and halibut available (fresh rock-fish is my favorite). Recommended for take-out as the dining room is small and not especially comfortable. Food is cooked to order and the kitchen is small, so service can be slow when they're backed up, but generally worth the wait. Definitely the best take-out fish on this part of the coast (tourist favorite Mo's is vastly over-rated). Only the lack of better indoor dining prevents me from giving this five stars.
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