CatastrophicFailure

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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    This old scene. I did my homework. Tho between googling "most reactive chemicals" and recently researching a plausible way to synthesize ANFO using medieval technology, I'm probably on a list somewhere. Wouldn't be the first time... As I recall, that was the paper's general conclusion, attempts to do so ending with the rather simple chemical equation "BOOM."
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Valentina sure didn't. Jiminy Cricket, it even looks like a screaming guy! With four arms. Or maybe waving them that fast. Wonder what it would look like with one more nitrogen group. I'm sure they tried, which led to even more screaming. Seriously. It's in like literally everything and you're already addicted! Go on, just try and go a few days without it!
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Well, you should march right back in there and ask him what the reaction would have been if, instead of Hexametaphosphate, he’d used hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane. Bonus points if you can say it all in one breath. I sure can’t. Other names that are far much more fun to say than, say, go swimming in*: chlorine trifluoride, azidoazide azide, and the ever popular dioxygen difluoride. And don’t even get me started on dihydrogen monoxide, that stuff will kill you ded in so many ways.
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    Don't Click This

    Snort them? I plant them! My lawn is a fragrant field of yellow! or would be, if not for the snow. [clicking of restless bees intensifies]
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    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    *slight chance of spending sub-freezing night in the taiga fighting off wolves. do Soyuz crews still get that neat little gun?
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    The Saga of Emiko Station - Volume I - Complete

    Well, one does have to admit... there are some similarities...
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    Don't Click This

    I suspect Smurfs. They're tricky like that... they click when you least expect it.
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    Don't Click This

    So... not you then?
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    Don't Click This

    No, this is the definition of a joke taken too far.
  10. My memory is still foggy... all of ours are. No one remembers exactly what happened. The greatest minds from all over the Union were gathered together for this, and now, they are stranded here the same as the rest of us. Andrei and Vladislav are convinced the Empress herself was somehow involved. Me, I'm not so sure. Our prospects now are mixed, at best. We can breathe the air, there is something on the ground that looks like grass, but I don't think we're on Kerbin anymore. And who the PЦҬЇЍ is Toto?? At any rate, we can live here... and the Machine keeps spitting out food. Although honestly the term "food" is a bit of a stretch. But the skies... They are like nothing any of us have ever seen before. An enormous moon hangs in the sky, painted blue and green and red. Other travellers beckon too, but the stars... there are no stars. Only angry, burning clouds of crimson. Somehow, it is fitting. It seems we have all we need for the mission, to build a glorious space program for our glorious Union. But we have not heard from them in... I'm not sure how long. I'm beginning to doubt we ever will again. Yet we will press on, if only for lack of anything better to do. The work will keep idle hands from thinking too long on the situation. From the ground up, we shall forge a space program! We shall reach out to the strange sights in the sky, and learn about this, our brave new world! And perhaps, in doing so, we shall find our own way back to our glorious Union. Could it be so simple? Could these constructs of fire and metal become the bridge between worlds, the vessels to carry us on the long journey home? ЍЧЄҬ.
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    Don't Click This

    Cccccccclick.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Even moreso, then. Remember, they ditched the idea of RTLS-ing the FH center core because it's just not worth the performance hit. Even if you recovered the SH core downrange, what's the benefit? The only advantage I could see in this stack vs orbital refueling is if you had some time-sensitive, Armageddon-esque, ERMAGHERD WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE let's launch B-list celebrities to save us! type disaster and needed that thing up there now. But you'd still need months or years to develop it, during which time you could refuel multiple Starships, so...
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Probably not, not with orbital refueling, anyway. You’d essentially be throwing away the center core when you could get the same result (a fully or near-fully fueled Starship in orbit) for (presumably) less by just launching multiple tankers. Rapid reuse really will be quite the paradigm changer. Also, it’s bugging the crap out of me that the “bottom” of that Starship is point off in some weird direction instead of in line with the booster mounting axis.
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Woke up to a Charlie horse. One of those paralyzing, mind-staggering, brings-the-Rest-of-the-nervous-system-along-with-it monsters that leaves you twitching and screaming and utterly unable to actually do any of the known things to relieve it until your wife is also screaming, convinced you’re dyng, and at that point it’s starting to sound more and more appealing. And you’re entirely out of bananas. *pokes @Vanamonde with a stick*
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Now that’s metal.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Is that the one that has a little galley, latrine, and sleeping bunk in back?
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    The first Electron has arrived at the launch site

    Still wanna know how they plan to pull off 20 launches this late in the year...
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    So do you get like a huge boost to reliability for (successfully) running the engine that long now?
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    First Flight (Chapter 96 - Humilisia Falls)

    Glorious. Glorious, indeed, as much as tragic. But very Glorious. “Get as close as you can, and engage those Star Destroyers Doreni ships at point blank range!“ And of course, “Madness? THIS! IS! KOLUUUUUUUUUUS!” They fought in the shade that day. ...and then the strings come up.. Which brings the question of what’s next? An overwhelming counterattack to cries of “remember the Shield!” or the Return of... a more civilized age? And also, apologies from a certain editor who kinda flaked...
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    Ask the Mods questions about the Forums!

    When did @adsii1970 become a mod?? I always thought he was perpetually under the ban hammer...
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Sadly, the pedants I work for think a snazzy hat would give us too much dignity. It’s a regulation ball cap or nothing.
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    ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

    Year 13, Day 157... Here, at long last, we finally have a daylight shot of the new med-lite Otho-based lifter. This, being the 2.5-stage variant. ...seems a bit underwhelming at this point. This uncrewed launch drops off another massive mess of modules to an increasingly schizophrenic station... Hey, who left the lights on? You were supposed to turn those off after you poked your heads in! Just look at that spotlight lighting up the surface of Gael like a second sun, no wonder we're having power issues! First order of business in the newly reshuffled construction sequence, the interim power and propulsion module is prematurely separated... ...and just stuck back on wherever we could find a spot, since still need all the solar panels we can get some someone left the dang lights on! The universal docking ports are proving quite the worthy investment, though. Now the next modular mess moves in, moving in, well the mess. As in food. And right away, we have another little problem. It seems somewhere in all the chaos over the last few weeks, someone completely mis-read the docking port blueprints and neither welding port is the right size! Really, guys? You're supposed to be rocket scientists! Why does this keep happening?? But, since it's been working so well up til now, we decide to stick with the conventional wisdom of "just get it close enough then hit the EXPLODE button." Which, oddly enough, works. Now the standard-issue tug detaches, and moves over to one of our new greenhouse modules... Which is then carefully plucked... ...and relocated to the mess node, and... hey! The docking ports actually worked this time, we've got a solid soft dock! Maybe our luck is finally changing... Now wash, rinse, repeat... And, of course, it doesn't work. Someone misread something again, and now the two modules are making contact before the second greenhouse can dock. So for now, we stick it on the opposite side. Once again, it's time for rocket surgery! Time to give Bob another shot at it...
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    What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Pretty much like that, but without the snazzy hat.
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    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    Somebody must have made an offer... they couldn’t refuse. *cue mandolins*
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    Don't Click This

    Lewis Carroll clicked here.