Remember these? Ah, good times….
You know what sounds like a bad way to die? Drowning. What sounds even worse? Drowning in your own space suit, while on a spacewalk. That’s what almost happened to Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on July 16, 2013, when 1 to 1.5 liters of water made its way into his helmet. By the time he made it into the airlock he was blind and couldn’t breathe through his nose, as the blob of water had covered them.
While a report has been released on the incident, investigation is apparently still ongoing:
In summary, the causes for this mishap evolved from (1) inorganic materials causing blockage of the drum holes in the EMU water separator resulting in water spilling into the vent loop; (2) the NASA team’s lack of knowledge regarding this particular failure mode; and (3) misdiagnosis of this suit failure when it initially occurred on EVA 22.
The source of the inorganic materials blocking the water separator drum holes had not been experienced during an EVA before and is still undergoing a concurrent investigation. The results of this investigationwill ultimately lead to resolution of this issue; however, since the concurrent investigation into the source of the debris is expected to continue for many months, the MIB does not yet have the required data to determine the root causes of the contamination source, which must ultimately be determined to prevent future mishaps.
Here’s a PDF of the report, with it’s snappy and catchy title:
Note that this report is seriously redacted, with a *lot* of pages, illustrations and text, simply blacked out. I don’t suppose that the obscured portions might be recoverable as has happened with previous half-assed-redacted documents, since they have *got* to have learned their lesson about such things by now… but it’d still be interesting to see what NASA wants the public to not see. My guess would be stuff that would point towards legal liability. But also obscured are things like suit schematics; what could be the problem there? It’s not like the Russians or the Chinese don’t know how to make their own space suits.
5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Tuesday, surrender or get stomped.
I’m sure this will end well.
More specifically, the Ukrainian airport at Sevastopol has been occupied by Russian military forces.
Seems to mesh nicely with:
Because if there’s anything bullies and tyrants respect, it’s weakness.
One of the most legendary Movies That Didn’t Get Made is “Dune.” Granted, “Dune” did get made… twice. Once in 1984 by David Lynch as a theatrical flick, and again in 2000 as a made-for-Sci Fi Channel miniseries. But the first serious effort to put “Dune” on the screen was in the early/mid 1970′s by French director Alejandro Jodorowsky. A *vast* amount of work went into this effort, which eventually failed due – shockingly – to financial reasons. But had it come to pass, it would be describable by two words: In. Sane.
The script would have worked out to a 14 hour movie
Baron Harkonnen: Orson Welles.
Emperor Shaddam IV: Salvador Fricken’ Dali
Music: Peter Gabriel and Pink Flloyd
Design work: H.R. Giger (went on to design the “Alien”) and Chriss Foss and Jean Giraud (“Moebius”)
After all the work and money, it fell through. If you read Jodorowsky’s description on the project HERE, you can kinda see why… Jodorowsky was an unfortunate combination of Self Important Dick and Crazy Artistic Lunatic, just the sort of thing that can, if all goes well, produce pure genius, but more often creates failure. Still, it’s interesting to contemplate.
A new documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, is about to be released. It would be interesting if a good-sized book of the art created for the movie – thousands of illustrations – would also be released. See the trailer HERE.
So I was flipping through the channels and had the misfortune of landing on CNN during the Piers Morgan Propaganda Hour. For the few seconds I was there, the guest yammered something about how she’s “a fierce advocate for whatever the hell I’m yammering on about.” Fierce? Hmmm.
In the past few years I’ve heard the word “fierce” being tossed around more and more. And it seems like every time I hear it, it’s in the context of some political activist… seemingly almost always a leftie (I don’t recall Ted Nugent, say, claiming to be a “fierce advocate of gun rights” or Rand Paul being a “fierce advocate for lower taxes”). And something about the usage of “fierce” just grates on me. When I think of “fierce,” it’s something like this:
But it seems like what “fierce” is being used to describe is “someone who just won’t shut the hell up about their particular hobbyhorse until they browbeat you into declaring that you, too, think it’s just completely awesome and fantastic.”
There are four definitions for it on Dictionary.com:
1.menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
2.violent in force, intensity, etc.: fierce winds.
3.furiously eager or intense: fierce competition.
4.Informal. extremely bad or severe: a fierce cold.
I suspect the “fierce” abusers are going off definition 3, but it just doesn’t seem to work quite right.
It just sounds… lame. Like they’re trying too hard, or trying to convince themselves that their obsession is something special.
So, the winter Olympics are soon to burst forth in the Russian city of Sochi. The press is starting to show up, and is putting the new hotels and other accommodations to the test. And finding that the accommodations FAIL.
I think this sign posted on a restroom stall pretty much sums it up:
Please do not flush toilet paper down the toilet!
Put it in the bin provided
Plus the fake power outlets, the tap water that’s not only unsafe to drink it’s unsafe to *touch,* hotel room doors that lock from the *outside,* manholes in sidewalks missing covers.
At some point you’d have to wonder if perhaps this isn’t so much due to laziness, sloppiness or bad planning, but is actually Putin trolling the world media.
Short form: in 2002, doctors in Fremont, Nebraska, started putting pieced together and realized that a whole bunch of recent Hep C cases had one thing in common: oncologist Tahir Ali Javed was the common link. So, one of his doctor friends asked him about it. Dr. javed promised to help look into it.
Two weeks later, he hopped a plane and ran off back to his native Pakistan, never to return.
And now, he’s just been elected a public health minister in Pakistan.
The source of the hep C outbreak doesn’t seem intentional, rather the result of *incredibly* (and I’d imagine criminally) shoddy medical practices… basically sharing needles between patients. Bleah. That he ran away from what he apparently knew to be his responsibility says much about him. That the Pakis put him in charge of medical things says much about *them.* Is it “we don’t care that you’re lazy by American standards, that’s just fine here”? Or is it “you sickend and perhaps killed many Americans? Say, that’s neato!”?