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StrandedonEarth

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  1. Something like that, yes, but wanting to use text instead of email. Since not enough people check email often enough. Although there is at least one whose phone is off unless out of the house, so we'd end up using both anyways...
  2. As simple as possible. Text message to phone, primarily for urgent notifications. No app for the strata members to have to get, just whichever council members decide to use it.
  3. Oh fer.... why does everything have to be so difficult....? My wife is on our 88-unit strata. Strata is wanting to shift away from archaic email that nobody* checks regularly anymore. A text-based solution is considered optimal. Ideally not a typical group message where all the numbers (if not names) are shared (privacy concerns) and any replies go to everybody. It's like I'm so close to the solution I can taste it, yet device/tech yanks it out of reach like Lucy pulls the football from Charlie Brown**. There's a setting in iPhone that should send group texts individually, although a family test still appears to be a shared group message. I can create a group of contacts, but the messaging app won't find the group to add, although the mail app can find the group. *** I've found a workaround, disabling iMessage appears to allow sending multiple SMS messages in a BCC fashion. But still no contact group and can't name the message thread, need to pin it to keep the "strata message thread" easy to find. But wasting "pinned contact" space on strata biz? Yuck. And turning iMessage on and off is a hassle, affecting other communication. We found one commercial solution, Project Broadcast, which is sort of what we're looking for, but not ideal. What I envision is a platform similar to PB, which provides a "Contact number" (cell/mobile number) to broadcast from. This number would be accessible from an app or webpage, by those with the proper login credentials (strata council members). News (water turned off, work being done, snowplow due, etc) could be broadcast to everyone in the strata via text (iMessage, SMS, MMS, whatever). Questions or issues could be presented to strata council by messaging this number, without every resident getting pinged and seeing the message. Note that the number not be tied to an actual phone for one person to monitor, but all strata council members could be pinged by an app. Does anyone here know of a solution that doesn't cost an outrageous amount, or feels inspired to build a solution for this sort of situation? *close enough to be accurate ** I think I need to create a meme for that. *** I seem to have found some older how-to's (5+ years) for doing this, but I can't seem to make it work, I dunno if the info was out-of-date and things have changed or what the heck.
  4. Very high apogee? how does that affect trip / return time?
  5. Two thoughts: 1. They could shut down three chambers to remain symmetrical. Or the asymmetry of losing one chamber may be within the control authority to handle. 2. Probably get more control authority with gimballing than throttling close-together small chambers. But that’s just a gut feeling that I haven’t backed up by doing the math (no numbers to work with…)
  6. When we bought a house with my mom she liked the backyard, saying if times went tough we could grow food!
  7. Any landing that you don't walk away from is a crash...
  8. That's gonna cost ya, Mr Bezos. A shame, really. But think of all that new data....
  9. Not a bad idea; however, I'm assuming these would be used in remote locations where there is no power grid connection. Granted, the first cargo hauled in could be generators...
  10. I believe that the particles in the hot coolant get sucked toward the hole and gum it up.
  11. Always worked for me... Your mileage may vary....
  12. Cover the top half of the gasbag with flexible PV panels...
  13. Is solar power at 23W/g good enough? https://www.nature.com/articles/nmat4388#:~:text=d%2C Power-per-weight,g−1 with PU).
  14. I see, an orange Moon arising.... Wildfires in the area have smoke blowing down the valley, making for an orange moon... Once I saw it, I had to wait to get home to pull out my Canon to get a decent pic, as my phone wouldn't zoom in enough and just showed an bright orange disc. As a result, it wasn't as deeply orange as when I first saw it. Had to play with settings to get a decent exposure. And then I messed around with a really long exposure setting...
  15. My birthday had always been marred by the fact that it is the last possible day for the first day of school to land on in BC. Now I will always remember the date of the Queen's death, for it also happened on my birthday...
  16. Thanks for the vidtweetpost, I had tuned in just in time to see a muted wall of smoke, and had to wait for it to clear to make sure it was still standing… Couldn't scroll back; quicker to find your post than the replay tweet lol
  17. Wow, I heard rumbling on the webs this morning and then heard “God Save The Queen” on the radio (I don’t hear much of the radio here at work, but I heard that!), The Queen is dead, long love the King! She was Queen for as long as my mom could remember…. Sorry, Mr Bernard Shaw, but you have been royally upstaged….
  18. Woot! Hopefully a static fire on my birthday! I wonder how many engines this time...
  19. Nice! Now the fun part: to launch it, and more importantly, to recover it intact so it can fly again...
  20. If it’s still on the pad for Hallowe’en, someone has to paint a jack’o’lantern on the big orange rocket…
  21. 24hrs apart at the Cape. I wonder just how close together they can launch...
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