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  1. Things You Can’t Tow with a Tesla, Episode… er, 3. 4200lb bucket lift. Ok, this one I actually felt. High CoM, narrow track, and surge brakes makes it a bit but a new personal best for the “glorified golf cart.” And then a weekend of risking life and limb to do things I prolly shoulda just hired a professional to do, but tree limbs can’t be that heavy, right? let me just lean way over with this here chainsaw in one hand, what could possibly go wrong? Tho I’ll say I dunno how those SpaceX guys on the 150-foot lifts do it, I was never more than maybe 20 feet up and just… yeesh…
  2. So you’re saying… someone needs to start a “what funny/interesting thing happened in some random stranger’s life at some point in the past” thread?
  3. BO's former PR guy: BO's new PR guy: [ominous heavy breathing]
  4. Wow… So… got an email from the Through the Looking Glass forum about a reply to an old post of mine… very old… If anyone’s ever played the Thief series of sneak games (kind of created the genre), originally from Looking Glass Studios, back in the day I cobbled a few fan missions together.* Apparently people are still playing and enjoying them… one week shy of twenty years since the first release. Mind blown right now. Also I feel really, really old right now. My illegitimate digital child is almost of drinking age. *and by “cobbled” I mean slaved over for hours and hours a day in virtually every minute of my spare time
  5. Brings a whole new meaning to the term “spicy fly.”
  6. Hey y’all, dinner @StrandedonEarth’s house, @Puggonaut’s driving!
  7. If you look just right you can see two wheels, a seat, and some handlebars.
  8. You should cover it in tinfoil. Y'know, complete the look...
  9. Just sayin… Just paint it black olive drab…
  10. Sooooo… how long til Russia gives control of their nuclear missiles to a highly advanced AI which begins learning at a geometric rate? Asking for a friend… by the name of Ivan Connorski…
  11. Well… at least we know what really happened with Nauka…
  12. Took the puppy on his longest adventure yet today. First he went to the pet store where he was instantly fawned over by mobs of random strangers. Which he loves. I mean, c’mon, just look at that face… [file photo… silly amount of new ones following…]
  13. Not even moderators can escape the all-seeing Eye of Sauron Google…
  14. Ok, now I’m curious…. my notification email said “grammar bad person thread”, but this says ‘pedant’; but it,s not been edited? I”m confused… What?
  15. I still remember how floored I was by SN8's flight. The descent, using a control method never before used, especially at that scale, was absolutely rock solid. No oscillating, no wobbling, it was under complete control the entire way up and down, to the point of engine ignition. That kind of control can only come from extensive and exhaustive simulation. The ultimate failure was a hardware issue, of the sort of thing that's extremely difficult to properly simulate and only rears its head in actual testing.
  16. Er... Vostok/Voshkod? Pure spheres... Not quite a rock, they've already demonstrated pure aerodynamic control during terminal descent: close enough to the pad for the engines to get it the rest of the way. F9 also has a 1:1 LD ratio as just a cylinder with fins.
  17. Hmm, so all this time I’ve been writing in Russian, no wonder I can’t even read my own handwriting.
  18. It’s a really cool concept if you’re unfamiliar, basically the back of that suit “docks” to the hab/rover/crashed lander etc. Ivan climbs in, hatches close, then goes around slaughtering his enemies like Death incarnate with that scythe (FITTING HOW RUSSIAN ONLY HAS CAPITAL LETTERS, Death grinned), docks again, climbs out, then goes on to celebrating and/or pondering his own impending demise without tracking the blood of his foes that tricky regolith all over the nice clean space carpet.
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