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Old 12-11-2007, 01:30 PM   #11
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Drat, I was trying to come up with a clever I-Robot quote myself.

neener neener, prob'ly all that sunshine gittin' to ya'......
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:41 PM   #12
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neener neener, prob'ly all that sunshine gittin' to ya'......
I've been hinking dreavily all morning.
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Drat, I was trying to come up with a clever I-Robot quote myself.
That's probably because the screen writer edited out all the decent quotes from the book for a dumba$$ screenplay. Some books are better off left alone. Well, most of them actually. Especially after they hacked "Dune" to pieces, ripped "A Sound of Thunder" to shreds and don't even think about bringing up "Nightfall". I hear that Asimov tried to hire contract killers after he saw what Hollywood did to his story.
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That's probably because the screen writer edited out all the decent quotes from the book for a dumba$$ screenplay. Some books are better off left alone. Well, most of them actually. Especially after they hacked "Dune" to pieces, ripped "A Sound of Thunder" to shreds and don't even think about bringing up "Nightfall". I hear that Asimov tried to hire contract killers after he saw what Hollywood did to his story.
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I don't know, they can make a feel-good kids movie about one of Victor Hugo's exercises in misery.

Besides what does Asimovs IRobot have to do with the movie other than a title?
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I don't know, they can make a feel-good kids movie about one of Victor Hugo's exercises in misery.

Besides what does Asimovs IRobot have to do with the movie other than a title?
I liked the movie. And they did at least pay attention to the book. It's cool how the 3 Laws have become so widely accepted. Looking at that Honda robot makes me think it may be relevant sooner than later.

Here's an interesting fun fact: Did you know that communication satellites were "invented" by Aurther C. Clarke in a Sci Fi novel? Pretty cool, huh?
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Why I didn't know that Ken.... did you know that I was involved in testing the positioning rocket motors on the Leros 2 satellite that was featured on a recent Discovery Channel show on the Eros astroide that's supposed to pass close to the Oiyth in a few years?.....


I enjoyed the movie too, I thought it was pretty well done
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Why I didn't know that Ken.... did you know that I was involved in testing the positioning rocket motors on the Leros 2 satellite that was featured on a recent Discovery Channel show on the Eros astroide that's supposed to pass close to the Oiyth in a few years?.....


I enjoyed the movie too, I thought it was pretty well done
Nope, I did not know that. But since we're on the topic: after I graduated from college in 1980, my first job was at Kennedy Space Center. I worked in Launch Control, configuring engineering stations in the Firing Rooms for the various contractors - Rockwell for the Orbiter, USBI for the SRBs, Mac-Dac for the ET. I worked every launch up until Challenger...at which point I moved on. What a cool project, ruined by the government. It's a damn shame we're punting on the Shuttle and going back to what amounts to Apollo capsules.

Then again, if we'd stuck with Saturn V's, we probably would be on Mars by now with the cost savings etc. What wrong with us, we've lost our zeal for space exploration. I think that program made America great in the 60's. Now we're quickly becoming an also-ran there too.
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British Aerospace, Royal Ordinance Division built and tested the motors along with DASA at**(secret defence installation)** under contract, I operated the boilers and controls used to create a vacuum in the high altitude chamber that was originally built to test the luner Rover.

The vacuum chamber worked by passing high pressure steam through a series of convergent/divergent nozzles across the chambers venturi. On a good low humidity day they could replicate up to around 90~120k feet in altitude. Pretty interesting work.....
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Pretty interesting work.....
KSC was very interesting work. What I learned there had me ahead of the curve in the "corporate IT" world for years. I was talking about Unix servers, Ethernet, microcomputers to a bunch of mainframe guys in the mid-80's. They thought I was nuts! (ok, we know K-K-Ken is nuts already)

You mentioned classifed operations. We had Air Farce "DOD" flights early on before they decided KSC wasn't secure enough. We built entire duplicate facilities, all with Top Secret clearance required. Then they took the OMIs for Launch Processing and "secretized" them. It was nutz! We actually had to configure a line printer (remember those giant mofos that spewed green-bar paper) to print real-time telemetry data, and then feed the resulting printout directly into a paper shredder. I kid you not, and that was just 1 example of many.
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