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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-26 05:45
Subject: [links] Link salad wonders what lies beyond the sky
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Walt Disney Surrenders to Navy's SEAL Team 6 — A glimmering of sanity over at the Mouse House?

Ceci N’est Pas Une Roquette — Hahahahah. Symbolism, ah symbolism. A snaky look at art and sexy magic through the ages. Very mildly NSFW, though mostly through coffee spit-takes on the keyboard. (Via David Goldman.)

Streamlining — 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia. Gnuh. Why am I not a multibillionaire so I could experience this in person? (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Cities as Software — A fascinating article on hacking urban infrastructure. (Snurched from [info]rekre8.)

Goodbye, Spirit: An Explorer of the Red PlanetAfter three months of trying to contact the Mars rover, NASA is calling it quits. Rest in peace, little dude.

Turbid Waters Surround New Zealand — An orbital photo of the Cook Strait. Hey, I've been there...

How the Rise of Apple Is Just Like the Rise of MammalsAn afternoon in the National Museum of Natural History yields some unexpected connections. From the really odd metaphor file.

Harold Camping wrong again, but what if 200 million people did disappear? — Snerk. What if 200 million people were gullible idiots, how much money would Harold Camping make?

Federal government must not skimp in rebuilding Joplin — What, wait? The government can do something good? Rush Limbaugh to the news room, stat. The liberal media strikes again. (Via [info]danjite.)

Franklin Graham goes the Full OlaskySlacktivist Fred Clark on the conservative/evangelical myth of faith-based social services. With, you know, actual data and stuff. From reality. That surprisingly does not conform to the conservative viewpoint.

Scalia Misstates Facts in Dissent — Imagine that.

Medicaid a Big Deal Too — More on the wide-ranging human and family costs of the Republicans' proposed cuts.

The Defeated — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Palin's new movie, and her presidential ambitions. Ah, it's loon season in America.

Selective Outrage about WarThis poster at reddit.com compares the various costs of Bush’s illegal war in Iraq to those of the UN /NATO intervention in Libya (which is not illegal in internationaL law) and asks you to guess which one Republicans are angry about. It's not like either one of those wars had a damned thing to do with 9-11 or national security.

The Crazy, Inexplicable Demand for a Paul Ryan Presidential RunThat should raise some questions about how short conservative memories are, underscore how easily many conservatives are swayed by the right rhetoric, and remind everyone how remarkably malleable the GOP’s new heroes are when Republicans had unified control of the government.

Bush Policies Dominant Cause Of National Debt — Tell me again where the Tea Party was with their great concerns for fiscal responsibility back when we had a white conservative present creating the mess they're so angry at Obama about?

?otD: Would you like to be Raptured?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (1,100 more words on a non-fiction project)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Weight: 232.4
Currently (re)reading: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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User: shsilver
Date: 2011-05-26 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
After three months of trying to contact the Mars rover, NASA is calling it quits.

Actually, the last time NASA heard from Spirit was March 22, 2010, so they've been trying to re-establish contact for 15 months, not three.

Since the Rover as designed to operate for three months and we got five years from it, I think we could call it a success.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-05-26 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Or they followed Scotty's advice, designed it to operate for five years and said it would only last for three months.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-26 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, that's pretty much what a member of the Mars rover team told me a few years ago.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2011-05-26 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They more or less confessed to that. They told Congress that they wanted a 90-day mission, with an option to rebudget automatically if the rovers were still viable at the end of that period. Then they designed various components with 18 month, 3 year, and 5 year lifespans. That Opportunity is still running 7 years later is freakin' amazing.

What disappoints me is that the websites for the rovers are neglected. The Opportunity Flight Director's update was last updated in 2007. Do they think people no longer care?
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scarlettina: I've been reading
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-05-26 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: SEAL Team 6
Keyword:I've been reading
Here's my theory: Disney actually tried to trademark it because they're planning an animated movie about a team of seals, harp seals, specifically, that go hunting in exotic parts of the ocean. Crazy hijinks, songs, and seal tap dancing ensue.
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