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Electronics Tech, Linux Geek, Beer Brewer Extraordinaire.

Another thing that you should be aware of, the single most logical fallacy that will engender a sometimes epic reaction is the phrase `begs the question`. There are usually a lot of unproven stances or sheer simple assumptions that have to be true to have `begging the question` have any valid meaning at all. Simply put I will feel the need to destroy not only your assumed position but the positions that you had deemed beyond reproach as well. _petitio petipii_ is one of those triggers to me that make really live up to the comment `stupid people annoy him`. Take it as fair warning one and all.

More and more I find that I must warn people that I am a social libertarian. Which means that I believe government has no reason or rights to interfere with anyones private live. 

1: be civil. You can disagree with me all day long, I enjoy a lively debate and will even admit when I am wrong. However, since this is not real time, you have all the time in the world to compose your responses. If you can not be civil I will infer that neither can you be rational nor logical. I'll give you a warning first, as everyone slips now and then, but if you persist, I have no problems choosing whom I will or wont associate with. I will block you.

2: The occasional animated gif is fine, 6 in a row is abusive spam. Like all spam, I will make the effort so that I don't see it anymore (read unfollow).

*3:* Fill out at least some profile information. If there is nothing there for me to determina anything about you odd are that I will assume that we have no common interest. If I see a Guy Fawkes mask, I'll assume that you have some form of brain damage and do not feel you should be held accountable for your own action.
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I have but one thing to say about how this is turning out, Chip are you listening?

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L+100, L+101: Logbook

The Logbook is back!

Sorry for the very long Loss of Signal, it’s been a busy time: three spacewalks in 8 days can really fill your days and I felt that I needed to focus on my task 100%.

Having to run several hours of airlock ops and get two crewmates “out the door” safely and as quickly as possible is something that commands attention: by far the most demanding thing I have done on orbit and, the first time, definitely somewhat stressful.

Spacewalks are usually covered quite in detail on the internet, so I’m sure you guys already know more than I could possibly tell you. And as far as my job as IV is concerned, if you’re curious you can take a look at some training logbooks about Prep-and-Post classes, where we train airlock ops and pre-breath protocols. Check out for example Logbook L-70:

https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaCristoforetti/posts/HhCxe72awiq

Of course, some things are hard to practice on the ground. Take the SAFERs, for example, the jetpacks that are attached to the EMU suits for an emergency self-rescue in case of detachment from structure: on the ground we learn how to operate the latches that keep them secured to the suit, but it’s a whole different story to actually handle suit and SAFER in space. Heavy, bulky things don’t have weight up here, but they sure still have mass, hence inertia!

Anyway, everything went well, Butch and Terry did a stellar job outside, Anton was a precious help in the airlock and now we’re all catching our breaths as we settle into a less hectic work pace.

Also, we’re approaching fast the end of Expedition 42, which means that Butch, Sasha and Elena are getting ready for their fiery ride back to planet Earth next week.

Terry, Anton and I will be on our own up here for a couple of weeks, before Scott, Misha and Gennady join us towards the end of March.

Yesterday our soon-to-depart crewmates actually put on their Sokol suits for their pre-reentry leak checks and I have spotted Elena and Sasha practicing the Soyuz manual reentry on a simulator in the Service Module.

And we’re getting return cargo ready: today, for example, I took water samples from all our potable water delivery stations and stowed them for return on Soyuz.

Preparations for the next crew’s arrival have also begun. Yesterday I worked on stowing some cargo delivered on the Russian Progress resupply vehicle, which included Scott’s clothes and hygiene items.

We have our little space wardrobe in Node 2, close to our sleeping cabins: each one of us has a big rigid bag with our personal clothing supplies, mostly organized in Ziplocs that cover two weeks each (we call those “bricks”).

Butch, efficient as always, had already cleared his bag, so Scott… if you happen to be reading… your clothes are already nicely organized in Node 2 overhead! Not sure that they are enough for a year, though: I bet you’ll have more coming along the way.

Hey, by the way, yesterday was our 100th day in space! Well, technically that’s true only for me, since Terry and Anton had been in space before, but for sure it was our 100th day in space together. A bit scary, isn’t it? Compared to the time behind us, the time we have left already looks little, only a couple of months left.

Of course there are things from my Earthling life that I miss – a shower being pretty high on the list – but it will be really hard to leave the Space Station. In the past 100 days I have gone from uncontainable excitement and constant discovery to familiarity and a sense of quiet affection for the Station itself, our crew and the teams on the ground spread all over the world with whom we interact every day. It feels like home and, by the way, a home in which you can float and that offers an unbeatable view out of the window!
 
Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
avamposto42.esa.int

#SamLogbook #Futura42  

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiNEWS qui:
http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook

(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa ici: https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha

(Trad ES) Tradducción en español por +Carlos Lallana Borobio  aqui: http://laesteladegagarin.blogspot.com.es/search/label/SamLogBook

(Trad DE)  Deutsch von http://www.logbuch-iss.de
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The difference a knot can make. Both of these lanyards are one single solid length of 5/50 cord. Both are done so as once you get a free end you can pull the whole thing loose with no effort.

The blue one is the one I normally wear, but it has no release. Although I can weave it do that, it will only be a stiff friction lock. The camo one, I had a clasp for.

The huge difference though is in the length, the blue is 34 feet of cord while the camo is only 17 feet. That's the difference that a knot can make.
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find it, buy it, drink it. 12% imperial stout and aged in rye barrels that pours like cold molasses. - Drinking a Garden State Rhapsody by Clown Shoes on Untappd
James is drinking a Garden State Rhapsody by Clown Shoes on Untappd
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Holy crap, that's my Center, I could literally hit this guy with a paper airplane from where my station is on the control room floor and I didn't know this story. All in all the controllers I work with are an awesome bunch of guys.
An Anchorage air traffic controller's quick thinking saved a Kansas pilot from possible tragedy near Juneau last summer. Now that controller, Parker Corts, is being honored as a hero by his union. 
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Nope not a Controller, Technical Operations. Command, Control, and Coordination between ATC and everything and everyone that they need to accomplish their mission.
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So this trip to New Jersey has shown me something awesome that we don't do in Alaska. mix and match six packs. On deck for the weekend ...
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Finally! New Jersey is good for something!
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A free series of documentary style shorts about economics. 
"Everyone is talking about the economy, but who can explain it? From that morning cup of coffee to y...
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I'm on Alaska time, which means I watch Walking Dead at least an hour after you do. Anyone posting spoilers will envy Merle.

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