August 4th, 2005
If I somehow failed to spam you with this: This is the coolest thing I've seen (and heard) in a while. That's a camera mounted atop the left solid rocket booster of Discovery starting roughly from takeoff until splashdown. Takeoff isn't too exciting. The real fun begins when it breaks off, you see a glimpse of the shuttle go by, and then it tumbles slowly down. You hear the sound pick up as it falls faster and the atmosphere becomes denser.
You see the parachutes deploy.
*sighs* I wanna have this ride SOOOOOOO badly =(
I think I'm going to start writing a space simulator. I want off this rock, so I damn well better get used to how spaceflight works. What better way?
Lots of work. Lots of KoL. Lots of driving back and forth. Not lots of sleep. I could do with more of that.
relsqui and I have taken to making our own burgers. They've got a long way to go before they challenge Jack's, but we're being lazy about it and not using hamburger buns and so on. They taste good anyway.
My officemate continues to rock. I continue to fail to get work done on account of interesting conversations. For example: If I asked you what Gauss was famous for, what would you say? Most of his discoveries were in proving things that were assumed (e.g. the fundamental theorem of algebra: that any polynomial has at least 1 root).
Know what's cooler than that video? Whilst I was watching it, my dad was watching Solaris downstairs (the George Clooney one.) It has all that big echoey space music. What a perfect background. I kept on not being too certain what was from the movie, and what from the video..
I might say Gauss' law, but Gaussian elimination is also so famous.
My officemates are cool too. At 7PM today we decided to order $80 of pizza for the 6 of us and charge it to Google (apparently Google likes to provide us with free pizza). Then we brought up Wikipedia on a projector and browsed it until 10.
Gauss' law isn't really so important. It's only when it's put in combination with Maxwell's equations that it really means anything.
If Gauss were alive today, he'd laugh that we named Gaussian elimination after him. To him, that's just adding up numbers. It just happens to be a fairly decent way to diagram and solve corelated equations.
What Gauss really did was come up with the basic ideas which blossomed into various fields. He himself didn't really do a lot that wasn't an observation on the nature of particular data.
I think I'm going to start writing a space simulator.
Oho -- "Lunar Bus", 1978. Gimbaled engines, maximum 1G thrust (about six times Lunar gravity), detailed instruments, and a son of a gun to take off, go anywhere, and land. It took a long time to keep from massively overcorrecting -- and I wrote the damned thing.
I had simulated the Moon as a flat surface, though ... You can do better.
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Now _that_ sounds like fun! 8)
I believe my spacecraft at the moment will be capable of relativistic flight. Mostly because I'd like to play around with Lorenz contraction.
I'm going to need to do something for long travels, of course. I suspect I'll choose time compression as a more viable option for relatively FTL travel.
Well -- Lorenz-Fitzgerald contraction will let you go anywhere, as long as you're not concerned about when you arrive. All legal, of course.
The trick is coming back.
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Born in 1777, Gauss invented the heliotrope and came up with the basic principles of geodesy. He died in 1855.
All I can remember. I sat next to his poster in mathematics lessons.