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The space shuttles, wow!
Posted: 22 May 2011 03:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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I just love the comment I heard from someone quite a few years ago.  “Why don’t the rockets fly straight up instead of the wiggly path you can see here?”

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Posted: 22 May 2011 05:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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Occam. - 22 May 2011 03:56 PM

I just love the comment I heard from someone quite a few years ago.  “Why don’t the rockets fly straight up instead of the wiggly path you can see here?”

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Posted: 22 May 2011 06:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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I’m amazed they can get a rocket/plane to fly even as strait as that!  It must be a wild ride.  Did you ever try balancing a baseball bat vertically on your hand?

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Posted: 23 May 2011 06:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 22 May 2011 06:20 PM

I’m amazed they can get a rocket/plane to fly even as strait as that!  It must be a wild ride.  Did you ever try balancing a baseball bat vertically on your hand?

I believe Occam was entertained by the fact that the person making the statement actually perceived the contrail to be an accurate representation of the rocket’s path. (it is not)

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Posted: 23 May 2011 05:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Right.

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Posted: 23 May 2011 07:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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traveler - 23 May 2011 06:14 AM
jump_in_the_pit - 22 May 2011 06:20 PM

I’m amazed they can get a rocket/plane to fly even as strait as that!  It must be a wild ride.  Did you ever try balancing a baseball bat vertically on your hand?

I believe Occam was entertained by the fact that the person making the statement actually perceived the contrail to be an accurate representation of the rocket’s path. (it is not)

Jeez i get that rolleyes , but what confuses me . . .

citizenschallenge.pm - 22 May 2011 10:11 AM

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Stefanie Gordon: “after the final liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour near Cape Canaveral Kennedy on Monday, May 16, 2011”
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. . .  why does it have to make that hard left hand turn?  grrr

PS. anyone know how to instruct this image to downsize?
yippy it works [~~.jpg height=420px alt=420px]

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Posted: 23 May 2011 09:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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This forum won’t let one access the height and width attributes of the IMG element, not without a patch.  You have to resize with a picture editor and then attach the image or upload it to a web site.  downer

Accuracy: He’s hit the target (maybe high, maybe low, maybe middle, maybe left, maybe right), it’s a hit; 365 days in a year; you have to get it right, or it’s wrong.

Precision: Bull’s eye; 365.2425 days in the Gregorian calendar (365 days, Feb 29 is the leap day added once each 400 years, not on most 100 years, and each 4 years); right but its a little off.

The contrail is accurate, precise enough for me, and distorted by the wind.

The hard left turn?  I think the pilot sneezed.  smile

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Posted: 24 May 2011 05:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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It’s when the shuttle leaves multiple contrails that you know things are not good.

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Posted: 24 May 2011 06:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 23 May 2011 09:05 PM

This forum won’t let one access the height and width attributes of the IMG element, not without a patch.  You have to resize with a picture editor and then attach the image or upload it to a web site.  downer

Accuracy: He’s hit the target (maybe high, maybe low, maybe middle, maybe left, maybe right), it’s a hit; 365 days in a year; you have to get it right, or it’s wrong.

Precision: Bull’s eye; 365.2425 days in the Gregorian calendar (365 days, Feb 29 is the leap day added once each 400 years, not on most 100 years, and each 4 years); right but its a little off.

The contrail is accurate, precise enough for me, and distorted by the wind.

The hard left turn?  I think the pilot sneezed.  smile

I don’t want to dwell on high school science, but this definition of precision is a bit misleading because it misses an important point. If by some method, a person measures the length of a year to be 6.45 days long and they can do that repeatedly, then the measurement is precise.

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Posted: 24 May 2011 06:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 23 May 2011 09:05 PM

This forum won’t let one access the height and width attributes of the IMG element, not without a patch.  You have to resize with a picture editor and then attach the image or upload it to a web site.  downer

Accuracy: He’s hit the target (maybe high, maybe low, maybe middle, maybe left, maybe right), it’s a hit; 365 days in a year; you have to get it right, or it’s wrong.

Precision: Bull’s eye; 365.2425 days in the Gregorian calendar (365 days, Feb 29 is the leap day added once each 400 years, not on most 100 years, and each 4 years); right but its a little off.

The contrail is accurate, precise enough for me, and distorted by the wind.

The hard left turn?  I think the pilot sneezed.  smile

I don’t want to dwell on high school science, but this definition of precision is a bit misleading because it misses an important point. If by some method, a person measures the length of a solar year to be 6.45 days long and they can do that repeatedly, then the measurement is precise.

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Posted: 24 May 2011 12:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 23 May 2011 09:05 PM

This forum won’t let one access the height and width attributes of the IMG element, not without a patch.

Oh, so obvious, now I see how to resize a picture:

itty bitty rocket trail, 30px super small rocket trail, 90px quite small rocket trail, 150px very small rocket trail, 210px

To do it type the [img][/img] bbcode, put the URL for the picture in between, follow that with a space, and also a space separated list of the attributes and their values that you want.  That’s the same as in HTML.  Some attributes for img are “height=?”, and “width=?”, or “alt=?”.  See the W3C HTML 4.0 recommendation for more attributes.

If the image URL has spaces, then you’ll need nested encodings to make it work, using the SGML character entities helps, so replace each ” “, or each “%20” with “%20”.

[img]http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/110516-shuttle-stefanie-gordon-9a.photoblog900.jpg height=210px alt=“very small rocket trail, 210px”[/img]

Precision - the number of significant digits.  365 days per year is less precise than 365.2, is less precise than 365.24, is less precise than 365.2425, but all are accurately the Gregorian standard.  10.00001 days per year would be very precise, but is inaccurate.

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Posted: 24 May 2011 12:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 24 May 2011 12:44 PM

Precision - the number of significant digits.  365 days per year is less precise than 365.2, is less precise than 365.24, is less precise than 365.2425, but all are accurately the Gregorian standard.  10.00001 days per year would be very precise, but is inaccurate.

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Edit to change Yes! to almost. (Precision is not simply the number of sig digits)

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Posted: 03 July 2011 10:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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jump_in_the_pit - 20 May 2010 10:38 PM

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It is bitter-sweet, the shuttles will be gone soon. 
docked_1640835i.jpg

http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre75r7ks-us-space-shuttle/
NASA clears last space shuttle for July 8 blast-off

By Irene KlotzPosted 2011/06/28 at 6:23 pm EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL KENNEDY, Florida, June 28, 2011 (Reuters) — NASA managers cleared space shuttle Atlantis on Tuesday for a July 8 launch, approving it for a cargo run to the International Space Station and the final flight in the 30-year-old shuttle program.
Lift-off of the shuttle manned by a minimal crew of four astronauts is set for 11:26 a.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Interesting to recall that that song I linked and those images were made at the same time the Shuttle was being born.

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Posted: 03 July 2011 10:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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very cool, thanks for the lesson jump_in_the_pit

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Posted: 08 July 2011 08:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Atlantis final launch

Wow.  smile  downer  Good-bye Atlantis.

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