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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Back at the family home for a short stay, I had no choice but to get back to the good ol' manual transmission. Some apprehension after nearly five years driving full-auto then CVT, but the good old Peugeot 307 of 2002 and her terrible 1.6 spared me. Just some shifts a little rough but nothing terrible, until I go home where many were waiting for me on the parking lot... just to stall the engine in front of everybody! Anyway, a birthday present was waiting for me: they offer me a one hour trip in Honda S2000, one of my favorite cars! I will never forget the sensations behind the wheel of this little gem, so reactive and nervous. The small local country roads add a good touch with their constant turns and relief.
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    Is guacamole a sauce?

    Its main role is to act as a complement to an entrée, a term pretty often misused to define the meal and not the appetizer. "Normally" (I don't like this term, but it's the only one passing through my minds), you could consider it as a pâté, supposed to be spread on different slices/chips and crisps.
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    Photography Showcase Thread!

    Really nice shots! They are real brothers indeed. Engines, fuel system, and many other common parts, but I always gave a preference to the 50 which I'm finding more "elegant" with its slim lines inherited from the Mystere/Falcon 20. --- 9 hours later everything has been proceeded, finally... Some pictures of today's launch (I bought a new camera yesterday and its performances are way better than my older Panasonic, but imgur is destroying the resolution, as usual): First stage and a portion of the fairing. Globally, this new camera is way better than the old one, but much more greedy in term of light as well, so not particularly excellent at night.
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    Photography Showcase Thread!

    Some pictures recently taken at Orlando Executive while a medium-sized cell was coming from the North-West:
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    I had a good laugh today while passing through a legendary local place: Alas, nobody was wearing any stetson around here.
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    The Ctrl+V thread!

    Не доходя до зоны сильного радиоактивного заражения, пересекли дорогу, по которой перед нами прошли колонны наступающих. Было пусто и тихо, лишь пощелкивали радиометры, отмечая повышенный уровень радиации. Войска проследовали мимо эпицентра вне зоны сильного заражения. Непосредственно в зоне, примыкающей к эпицентру взрыва, земля была покрыта тонкой стекловидной коркой расплавленного песка, хрустящей и ломающейся под ногами, как тонкий ледок на весенних лужах после ночного заморозка. И на ней не было видно ничьих следов, кроме моих. Я ходил спокойно по этой корке, так как радиометр регистрировал уровень радиоактивности, не превышающий 1 Р/ч. Strange, this is 24 hours old now. I looked after some information about the Totskoye military exercise in 1954, but the testimonies were only in Russian.
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    Google Picture War RELOADED

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    United Airlines discussion

    Flew with them just a single time, from TNCM to KEWR. It was about 3 years ago now, and nothing was really particular on this flight (excepted the fact that the 737-724 was recently refitted with split scimitar) As usual, Newark was a real mess but it was not really the fault of the company (and still less annoying to transit by than KJFK) Now, from my personal aircraft-addicted point-of-view, I simply started to hate United the day they took over Continental and decided to repaint their aircraft with COA's livery. I really liked the old Continental and United liveries, but I hate the mix of both.
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    Google Picture War RELOADED

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    Has anyone seen a launch?

    Agree with this. Locally, many people are going on a famous beach near Cayenne, or are stopping on roads shoulders to look every time there is a launch happening. Alas, the tourism industry is extremely "quiet" in French Guiana, far away from most of the Caribbean islands, the economy relying mainly on the the primary and secondary sectors here. Many people are still considering this land as the "Green Hell", maybe a space-related tourism attraction could help to fight this image. About it and more personally, one of my uncles used to work for the C.N.E.S. for about 40 years, frequently being sent to different launch locations between the 80's and the 90's for common programs between the E.S.A, the N.A.S.A., and at the time the Soviets for the Interkosmos program. One day he told me, "I could take you to see a launch everywhere, but in Kourou" Even the closest relatives being forbidden to approach the spaceport.
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    Has anyone seen a launch?

    I'm realizing what a huge chance it is. It amazes me when I'm talking with some people who lived around here for more than 20 years and telling me they never went to see a single launch since. But, weren't you present for the Falcon Heavy launch? I (falsely?) remember you were mentioning to attend the launch from Playalinda Beach in late January. Since the Dragon 13th flight in last December there is something I'm thinking about: I would like to create some kind of a group or an association to give the opportunity to people to see a launch in their life. I know that one assoc' is already acting over here, but it's reserved to U.S. veterans. Some don't have the means or the time to afford a trip here, I guess it could be nice to help them complete a dream. I found a way to bring each of my parents to attend a launch when they came to visit me (CRS-13 and T.E.S.S.), and both of them told me they will never forget what they saw and heard these days.
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    Has anyone seen a launch?

    Some since the last autumn: I. 2017-08-14 (16:31) - Dragon CRS-12 - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SCL-39A II. 2017-10-11 (22 :53) - SES 11/Echostar 105 - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-39A III. 2017-12-15 (15:36) - Dragon CRS-13 - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-40 IV. 2018-01-08 (01:00) - Zuma (USA-280) - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-40 V. 2018-01-20 (00:48) - SBIRS GEO-4 (USA-282) - Atlas V 411 - SLC-41 (I held the camcorder at full concentration for about 2 minutes until I noticed that the recording mode was off...) VI. 2018-01-31 (21:25) - SES 16/GovSat 1 - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-40 VII. 2018-02-06 (20:45) - Tesla Roadster - Falcon Heavy - SLC-39A VIII. 2018-03-01 (22:02:00) - GOES-17 (GOES-S) - Atlas V 541 - SLC-41 IX. 2018-03-06 (05:33) - Hispasat 30W6 ( + PODSAT) - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-40 X. 2018-04-02 (20:30) - Dragon CRS-14 ( + RemoveDEBRIS / Overview 1A / UBAKUSAT / 1KUN-PF / Irazu) - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-40 XI. 2018-04-14 (23:13) - AFSPC-11 ( + EAGLE) - Atlas V 551 - SLC-41 XII. 2018-04-18 (22:51) – T.E.S.S. (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) - Falcon 9 v1.2 - SLC-40 XIII. 2018-05-11 (20:14) - Bangabandhu-1 - Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5 - SLC-39A I recently missed SES-12 due to a professional travel, but considering the others I was lucky to see I will not complain at all, it's already wonderful. I just hope to attend Parker in early August, it's really the launch I'm waiting for.
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    Google Picture War RELOADED

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    Weather Chat Megathread

    Doesn't smells good for the Atlantic season too. Temperatures raised back quickly this year, this usually announces a larger number of "natural radiators". Just in the northern hemisphere we already got 19 active systems in 2018.
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    Weather Chat Megathread

    I just made a small .gif with different image took by GOES-R during the last 72 hours, Bud's degradation is easily noticeable: