Ten Key

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  1. It would probably be a good idea to figure out what's going on first. . .otherwise the same thing could very easily happen to the replacement threads.
  2. Am I the only one imagining what's going to happen if one of these people can't get back into their seat in time?
  3. I would add, there's value to be had from other forms of media as well. . .movies, TV shows, graphic novels, and even more abstract things like paintings and music. They may not teach you anything about writing, but they can teach you a bit about storytelling. And if nothing else, they can be wonderful kindling for your own imagination. I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree here. In some ways creative writing is an exercise in contrasts, and a good piece of story can become a great piece of story if it's properly supported by the writing on either side of it. A happy scene will land harder if it's preceded by a sad one. A serious scene will be more poignant if it follows a humorous one. Love and cruelty, hope and despair, light and dark. Descriptions of violence have a role to play in this, but they should be used sparingly-- if used continuously the reader will become numb to it, and that contrast won't be available when you need it. Sometimes though, you need to convey violent and/or dark events to the reader without necessarily delving into them. In these instances I prefer to keep the events in question "off camera" and focus instead on the aftermath.
  4. I love solid rockets. As long as we're sharing videos, this one's fun.
  5. I use Irfanview for basic image editing. It's fast, free, and very good at cropping, rotating and resizing/resampling images. It will also do color correction and a bunch of other stuff, but at that point I usually jump into Photoshop.
  6. You may be thinking of a different accident.
  7. That fairing picture is incredible. I would love to have that one up on the wall.
  8. You know what? When I was reading through that draft, I figured you'd just smashed random chemical sounding things together and fired for effect. Never mind the actual compound. . .that word looks like it's going to erupt into a rapidly expanding cloud of vowels and consonants at any given moment.
  9. Seconding this. Windows has gotten increasingly protective of anything installed in the "Program Files" folder(s) over the years. . .try reinstalling Steam somewhere else.
  10. I'm not sure that nose cap was there for aerodynamic reasons-- it looks more like a protective cover to me. It doesn't seem like there are many decent pictures of it. . .all of the pictures I can find of the Gemini spacecraft on the launch pad are from below, and that makes it hard to see the cap on top. This was the best I could do. . . It looks like the fairing is perfectly flat except for that small raised bit that accommodates the UHF antenna. It doesn't seem to significantly change the shape of the nose.
  11. The second Soviet satellite launch had a dog aboard and was non-recoverable. I think subsequent flights with dogs were test flights of the Vostok spacecraft (under the name Korabl-Sputnik) and were designed to be recovered.
  12. If I had to zero in on one single part to throw out and redo, it would be the 2.5 meter decoupler. It works well enough as part of a rocket, but it's also the obvious linkage between the Mk 1-2 command pod and its service module. And in my opinion, those two parts just do not work together.
  13. I think at some point the additional weight and complexity of a streamlined cover overwhelms any aerodynamic gains you might see from rounding that blunt nose off. It's worth noting that the Mercury escape tower also had a more or less flat nose.
  14. Vostok had a parachute for the capsule, but even with the chute it hit the ground hard enough to potentially injure the squishy human inside. The follow on, Voskhod, had a braking rocket on the parachute line to soften the landing. NASA mostly sidestepped this problem by bringing their capsules down in the water, but even then hard landings were a problem. If memory serves, Gemini 9 was swinging on its parachute and punched into the side of a wave hard enough to rupture one of the internal water tanks. There was enough of a leak that the crew had a brief moment where they thought the capsule was sinking.