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I'm looking to commision a UI designer to help design the 250x122 bitmap interface for my e-ink public transit timer. Send me your rate sheet and let's talk!

Since "spirit animal" is off limits for most people, and now "patronus" has the taint of its vile author, I put forth "theriomorph" as a solid replacement. It's a real word, and sounds great!

wordnik.com/words/theriomorphi

Need to take the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack off my playlist for the year. It's a little too spot on.

@tsturm I was obsessed with it when it first aired, rewatching each episode, and the bingeing each season when it was done. But I haven't touched it since and I've kind of forgotten how it all went together.

Thank you for reminding me of it!

Don't get shamed into disabling your adblocker to "support creators".
Ads pay so little, it really doesn't matter.
If you want to do the financial support, just donate to them. That is the equivalent of multiple thousand ad views.

@tsturm Ah, I've got to back and watch that again! I was so disappointed it didn't get a third season.

space tether physics 

Ultimately the simplest idea(?) is to tether them together. You could run a tram on the wire, or you could just throw stuff back and forth!

That would work with a tether because the tether would make all of the stations part of the same physical system. The thrower would push away, but would drag the catcher along. When the catcher catches, it would arrest the movement of both sides.

I'm just unsure if the system would slinky up and how to prevent it if it does.

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space tether physics 

Having stations throw stuff between them won't work in the long run either. It will push the thrower & catcher apart, which will eventually put them into different orbits. The only way to prevent that is to burn some rockets to put them back in the right orbit, which has the same problem as the last toot.

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space tether physics 

I've been trying to figure out how (in one of my fictional worlds) to get mass between independent space stations "for free"

Rocket engines are no good. Rocket exhaust burns a lot of things space inhabitants like to have (like oxygen) and is impossible to reclaim. And over the years/decades would probably start fogging up the orbit.

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space tether physics 

"Without propellant" needs a big footnote. It's ultimately trading momentum from itself to the spacecraft. Ideally it would be throwing stuff to higher orbits and catchings stuff and slowing it to lower orbits in equal amounts so it would stay in orbit.

Which makes it less useful for things like Earth orbiting satellites, but more useful for round trips like crewed Moon and interplanetary missions.

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A good write up on space tethers. (Not just for space elevators anymore.) but a way to get stuff between orbits without propellant.
toughsf.blogspot.com/2020/07/t

The hacker known as "Alex" (because that's his name) has been at it again ...

mango.pdf.zone/finding-former-

For security reasons, we try to change our Prime Minister every six months, and to never use the same Prime Minister on multiple websites.

Very often historical films actually exclude certain details because, though they may have actually occurred, they seem too exaggerated to be true.

I learned today that there is actually a name for this in film production: the Tiffany Problem. It comes from the idea that naming a character Tiffany in, say, the 14th Century, feels out of place. But the truth is that the name Tiffany has origins in 12th Century Greece. So it's entirely likely to be true.

Wild.

"Didn't think it was anythingโ€ฆ" (covid) 

@tsturm It's impossible to be perfect, and dammit, I'm tired of being isolated. But ... *frustrated noise*

(At some point I'll share how things are going for my nephew in Denmark. Short version: They've got it beaten so well that no one wears masks anymore.)

"Didn't think it was anythingโ€ฆ" (covid) 

@tsturm Fingers crossed. They're not in *super* high risk groups, but I'm kind of furious with the friend.

"Didn't think it was anythingโ€ฆ" (covid) 

Sister and her husband had friends over last weekend, one had a cough but "didn't think it was anything."

No prize awarded if you can guess who all have covid now.

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