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  • DParker's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I kept that feed running in the background all day at work, listening to the radio chatter between Mission Control and the crew of Apollo 11. After they began the burn of the main engine in order to decelerate for lunar orbital insertion they passed around the far side of the moon, initiating LOS (Loss Of Signal), during which the spacecraft was cut off from radio communication with Earth. I was surprised when this triggered a memory of the tension that ensued as Mission Control and the world had to wait for Apollo 11 to complete that initial pass around the far side of the moon and emerge on the other side, resulting in AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) and confirmation that the burn had been executed successfully, and that the astronauts were successfully in lunar orbit...rather than having crashed into the moon or slingshot past it toward the sun. I was too young to really understand it, but my father...and Walter Cronkite...explained it to me well enough that I got that it was a critical moment. I was surprised at how viscerally the memory of those minutes of collective breath-holding, and the sigh of relief after hearing the crew finally responding to MC's hails came back while listening to it replayed a half century later.
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  • crookedeye's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    I heard they wanted to send a monkey to Mars, I said where do I sign up!
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  • DParker's Avatar
    18 Hours Ago
    We should send all of the Kardashians to the moon...one-way.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    18 Hours Ago
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ykza4L41N4s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>lol...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    20 Hours Ago
    This might be fun to start watching (or in my case, re-watching) later tonight when they get closer to the landing: I was 8 years old at the time and was glued to the TV every second that I could be for the entire mission. I don't think I averaged more than 4 hours of sleep per day.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Swamp Fox replied to a thread Friday music vids in Podunk Corner
    Remastered ...As if the original wasn't good enough... :omg: <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NjofshOBV5s?list=RDNjofshOBV5s" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    It's hard to believe that @Luv2Bowhunt and all those guys have nothing to say about any of this ... Maybe I should check one of the other forums,,,
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    <iframe width="480" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SFiv9M577a4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> ....
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I hate Donald Duck. Donald Duck should be shot by Elmer Fudd during rabbit season and dressed out on an instructional Youtube video for millennials, with no warning about graphic material. I wouldn't listen to a word Donald Duck says.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You never saw Donald in Mathemagic Land? It's the only reason I know anything about math at all. They covered geometry by calculating the angles of bank shots on a pool table. But it was released in 1959, and math is racist, sexist and homophobic...so I probably require some time in a reeducation camp.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    This is why almost no one reads the NYT anymore ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I missed that lesson completely... LOL ....Prolly was playing with Hot Wheels ... Or maybe Matchbox ...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Is that the Temple of Hephaestus? Basically, the temple of arts and crafts... Never made it over there but it would be something nice, and not too expensive.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    How soon you forget...
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I think you can also take a bus that drops you right off. Now my head hurts. When I was there no one ever explained this. Bastards!
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Did he ask, "Do you mean a device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity, esteemed and very desirable American tourist?" If not, I think you were justified gypping him on the tip ...
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Every time I think I've read the most stupid thing a "news" organization could possible put out, the WaPo and NYT step up with a hearty, "Hold our beers..." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it. <a href="https://t.co/Mt7rVLgAaf">https://t.co/Mt7rVLgAaf</a></p>&mdash; The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1151494027809886213?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit <a href="https://t.co/DrTZYxvbD7">https://t.co/DrTZYxvbD7</a></p>&mdash; The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1151854186386153473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The culture that put men on the moon was intense, fun, family-unfriendly, and mostly white and male <a href="https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN">https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN</a></p>&mdash; The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) <a href="https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1151170151427006464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  • DParker's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I asked how the were able to cut all that stone and the guide said with chisels. If you look at the massive blocks it looks like they were cut with a high-powered saw. I just can't see a chisel being that precise. I'm going with the alien theory personally.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    If you look carefully you can see another structure with columns in the picture that sits below the acropolis.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Looking down at the amphitheater where several performances are given each year.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Athens Visited the Acropolis. Acropolis simply means city at the top of the mountain (acro = top) (polis = city). There are many Acropoli (?) in Greece but this is most famous. After a steep climb. This is the parthenon which sits at the top of the hill. Massive. Probably the most impressive thing was what you didn't see. Apparently within the parthenon, there was a 40-foot gold statue of Athena. Can you image that! It was taken down and melted years after but just the thought of that great statue inside the columns is breathtaking. The guide mentioned that if the columns were perpendicular they wouldn't look straight at a distance. So the Romans used the mathematical constant "phi". Phi for “Neo-Phi-tes:” Phi ( Φ = 1.618033988749895… ), most often pronounced fi like “fly,” is simply an irrational number like pi ( p = 3.14159265358979… ), but one with many unusual mathematical properties. Unlike pi, which is a transcendental number, phi is the solution to a quadratic equation. By using this constant the columns appear perfectly straight from a distance. Amazing. Have no idea what any of that means but just wow. The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. Wikipedia
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I think I said to the waiter, "Can I get one of you guys' wrap thingies?"
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    My Sharona. Please tell me you pronounced it "jī-rō", just to screw with them. Seriously though, that looks like it was a fun trip.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Mykonos Another beautiful sleepy little island. Enjoyed a real gyro at a little restaurant by the water. It was so much better than the gyros I've had here.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Don't worry Swampy, there will be plenty of naked people pictures to come.
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  • DParker's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Gas, grass or ass...nobody rides for free.
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  • bluecat's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    If you see cabin 1642 a rockin' don't come a knockin'.
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  • Swamp Fox's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Lifetime and MaxCold vs. Yeti and Orca https://www.cnet.com/reviews/lifetime-55-quart-high-performance-cooler-review/
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