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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Sunday greetin’s, GN!

Sounds like the Svens have been adopted.

It certainly does; that’s rather sweet. Based upon personal experience with Teh Svens’ kindness, I’d have to say that Jack Tatum’s no dummy. 😉

Re weight loss: Inverting the food pyramid the gummint’s been pushing for decades frequently seems to be an excellent starting point. 👿

Sven -- Very much hope the doc can sort-out what’s going on with your eye and that there’s a salutary resolution.

Mac -- Pretty awesome that you’ve been able to dramatically reduce your insulin usage; teh yay!!1!

AoSHQ had some excellent Apollo 11-related links yesterday. I especially enjoyed the 20-minute “real time” video of the LEM de-orbiting and lunar landing. As a 13-year-old space nerd, I had some understanding of what a daunting task that was. As a jaded old man, I have an exponentially greater appreciation for that accomplishment.

As well the dozens of pairs of brass cojones including not only Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, but all of the mission controllers who mostly sounded so damned calm talking tersely to one another during the descent.

That was a truly miraculous accomplishment. All the moreso given our level of technology at the time. Holy flurking schnitt!

Also found the article re NASA’s institutional culture during that era worth reading.

Linkage: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/382368.php

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

The articles that Ace linked were indeed worth reading and watching. As a youngster, I never could understand the attitude that soon pervaded our culture of “Why did we spend so much money for a bunch of rocks?” Of course those are the same people who today would say “Of course the government must fund basic research! Who else would do it?”

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Good morning Fatwa and Paddy -- and happy Sunday, GN! Well, at least be as happy as you can be while residing in the most racist country in the world.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

When I hear that, I reflect on how ignorant of life and culture outside of the United States the speaker is.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

No. We are the worstest thing ever complete with an original sin, toxic masculinity, and a fascist racist POTUS spouting hate and division on a daily basis.

On the other hand, as Uncle Ted spouted off last night: “Sure, America sucks, but we sure as f*ck suck less than any other country in the world. Oh, does that offend you? F*ck you.”

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven 2-0

I hope a few heads ‘sploded at that.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Good time last night at the Nugent fest although two of our friends that work in Hollywood and lean somewhat liberal were put off somewhat by some of Uncle Ted’s rhetoric. On the other hand, an Irish friend who is also a talented guitarist and seeing Nugent for the first time pronounced him as “fooking great.”

Oddly, Nugent opened with Stranglehold. But he’s 72 years old and been performing for 55 years, so I guess he can do what he wants.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hiya, Paddy and Sven!

“Why did we spend so much money for a bunch of rocks?”

As a snotty and space-happy NerdLad, my usual response to that sort of thing was that we spent the money to go to the Moon; the rocks were basically souvenirs with a lot of scientific value.

Even back then, too many folks couldn’t comprehend the value of basic scientific research. (Which I reckon has always been the case; sad!)

Sven --

Glad you enjoyed Nugent.

Oddly, Nugent opened with Stranglehold.

Well, IIRC, that was pretty much the tune which “put him on the map” as a solo artist post-Amboy Dukes. So perhaps not all that odd, but I ain’t a rock ‘n’ roll guy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago