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About IncongruousGoat

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  • Location On a river in upstate New York
  • Interests KSP (obviously), programming, and fine literature.

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  1. IncongruousGoat

    Tales from the Hike

    @Gargamel Are we doing tales from the Dacks now? I haven't got anything quite that good, but I've got a couple of fun anecdotes. 5 college buddies of mine and I decided it would be a good idea to hike Giant, early last May. What we didn't realize was that any trail in the Dacks in early May is going to be covered in a foot of sheet ice, where it isn't 2 feet deep in snowpack. And none of us had brought crampons or spikes, and three of the six didn't have a great deal of experience walking on ice. Somehow, we made it as a group to about 3/4 of a mile from the summit (somewhere around the turnoff from Rocky Peak Ridge), but at that point those aforementioned three decided that the going had gotten too hard, and turned back. The remaining three (myself included) forged on to the summit, but it was slow going. Eventually, several falls and one minor cut later (after one of the guys slipped and fell on some rocks), we made it up to the summit, and then back down to where the other three had retreated. Upon re-union with the rest of the group, we discovered that one of the guys who had turned back had injured his arm (sprained it, or pulled a muscle, or something - we never quite worked out what). So we had to make the remaining 2 1/4 miles of icy, slippery trail with a guy with only one working arm, a poor sense of balance, crappy shoes, and not much experience with ice. I count myself lucky that I made it to the summit without slipping and falling, but even that didn't stop me from falling down 3 times on the descent. Somewhat less exciting (from a things-going-wrong perspective) was our trip up the Dial/Nippletop loop. Nothing bad happened, but the weather conditions made several sections of the hike very creepy. It was really cloudy that day, and the summits of Dial and Nippletop (as well as the whole ridgeline between them) poked up into the clouds, which means we got several miles of trail with ~30 feet of visibility through the mist. It genuinely felt like something out of a cheesy horror movie, with the way the ground seemed to drop off and vanish to either side, disappearing into the clouds. Easily one of the most surreal places I've ever been.
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    Tales from the Hike

    Out of the Great Range, I've only done Gothics so far, although I'd like to do at least Upper and Lower Wolfjaw once the weather warms up a little. I'm going to be going on something of a hiking spree in the coming months; I'm moving to the West Coast in late May, so I've got a limited window of opportunity in which to bag as many of the High Peaks as possible. It's amazing how much a hard deadline motivates you to go out and do things.
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    Photography Showcase Thread!

    Huh. Must come down over a longer period of time than it does here, then. We typically get our whole allotment of snow for the month in one or two big storms.
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    Photography Showcase Thread!

    15? And that's a record? Once again, I'm reminded that I live somewhere that's really snowy by most people's standards. I can count the number of years we haven't had a storm at least that big on the fingers of one hand. In other news from the lands of ice and snow, here are some more pictures from the Adirondacks: It was a beautiful day for a hike. Temperature in the 10's to 20's F, with almost no wind and clear skies. The crisp, clean mountain air, the snow-covered trees, the near-complete silence... I wish I was still there. Alas.
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    Put a Face to the name

    My last post in this thread was rather lower detail than I would like, so here's a (somewhat) better one. Once again, coming to you from the top of a mountain.
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    The Ultimate Challenge Continued (originally by Just Jim)

    A reusable lifter is fine, so long as you don't go using it to launch stuff halfway through the mission. Again, (because someone already got bit by this), once you leave LKO, you can't launch anything.
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    The Ultimate Challenge Continued (originally by Just Jim)

    I don't see why not. It's not like recovering (or not recovering) hardware on the surface of Kerbin makes much of a difference for a challenge that effectively starts and ends in LKO.
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    Weather Chat Megathread

    Like @Snark, I'm in the lands of getting snowed on, and will be spending tomorrow morning shoveling snow off of my car. Whoopee. Fun. That's... not the word I would use to describe cleaning ~6 inches of snow off my car. For the third time this year.
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    What does everyone think of my wood computer?

    Oh, that's very pretty. I like it. I like it a lot. ... I think that I'm going to make me a custom case whenever I next re-build my desktop.
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    So what song is stuck in your head today?

    For several weeks now. I just can't stop listening to it...
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    The KSP Caveman Challenge 1.4.x - 1.6.x [re-booted]

    You don't. At least, you don't use a cage like that first one I built. The more aerodynamic, lower-mass way is to just use a "cage" made out of two capsules. There should be screenshots of such cages in any of the NCD reports (we all ended up using them). They're still not great to fly, but at least they can be put in orbit without Terriers.
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    The Ultimate Challenge Continued (originally by Just Jim)

    @Xurkitree Congratulations on completing the challenge! Everything seems to be in order. Your entry has been added to the Hall of Fame, and you may claim the badge at your leisure. I found myself very impressed with your mission. The temptation is strong, when confronted with the problem of a non-ISRU grand tour, to just throw ion engines and/or moar boosters at the problem, but you did neither. A healthy mix of single-use and re-usable landers, of nuclear, chemical, and ion propulsion, and lots and lots of clever piloting makes for a good mission indeed. And all of this after having a submission rejected. Most people don't do the challenge once; I think you're the first to ever have attempted it twice. Take your badge and wear it with pride. You've certainly earned it.
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    Apollo 11 Movie

    Just out of curiosity, but do you have a citation for this?
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    Out of curiosity, what's your craft naming scheme?

    It's different in every save, and often highly random (for example, I had a save where every craft name was the name of a Simon & Garfunkel song). The only exception is my naming scheme for RSS/RO/RP-1, where spacecraft are named after figures from Ancient Greek history and mythology. Even there, though, I pick something random for my booster/upper stage naming scheme (for example, I had a save where boosters were named after birds of prey, and upper stages after songbirds).
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    The KSP Caveman Challenge 1.4.x - 1.6.x [re-booted]

    Both of those hurt it pretty bad. It's actually the reason I farmed the Mun so hard in my NCD run before setting off for Duna - I was trying to get all the high tech I would need to build my ship. Now, some of that tech proved unnecessary in the final analysis (lander cans come to mind), but the nosecones were really important.