12 thoughts on “English As A Second Language”

  1. 1. Clearly the authors are not native english speakers
    2. They really have no clue what is going on.

  2. I thought the bit about Boeing conducting *unscrewed* test launches of Starliner was rather appropriate.

  3. Mars and Moon. What about Venus?
    Not the hot rocky surface. Venus orbit.
    Venus orbit has twice as much solar energy as Earth orbit.
    What Venus orbit lacks is water.
    Eventually, Venus orbit can get water from other places than Moon,
    Mars, or Earth. Space rocks have a lot water, and solar system in general has Earth oceans of water.
    Now, the main thing about the Moon as far as I am concerned is that the Moon can start a market for water in space other than getting water from Earth.
    Though I long thought it would a good idea to start a market for water in space by shipping Earth water into space. And I think that is still a good idea. I think Space Force should try doing it. But I mainly focus on lunar water, but I think it’s a good thing for NASA to do. A good thing for NASA to explore the Moon to determine whether there lunar polar regions has mineable lunar water.
    Mineable lunar water has *nothing* to do with NASA mining lunar water. Minable anything has to do with price and markets and production levels- which has nothing to do with NASA- Congress would/or should “outlaw” NASA doing this. Nor is it NASA’s job to make human settlements on Mars. NASA is not in the real estate business. And Congress has stated that NASA should not do this.
    Government are always trying to do stuff, they not suppose to do,
    like WHO, thinking it’s job is to create universal health- and fail utterly with their job which is to prevent global pandemics- and not just fail because incompetent, but actually commit war crimes.
    So, government creature should not commit hideous crimes against humanity. That should be, job one.
    Anyhow, NASA should explore the lunar polar regions, they should done this decades ago. So explore Moon, forget about lunar drinking water and lunar bases, just look for lunar water, and NASA might not find mineable lunar water. Or NASA may find stuff which eventually leads finding deposits of lunar water which is mineable. Or what they bring back as lunar samples may mean the lunar water will be mineable at some point in time. There job is exploration and maybe their job will involve making harbors which found from the exploration. But job is to quickly explore the small region of the Moon, and then explore the very large region of Mars.
    But part of Mars exploration program. I think could involve Venus.
    And not only is Venus related to Mars, it’s also related to the mineability of lunar water. Because Venus orbit needs water.
    What Venus orbit does is increase launch windows to Mars, and from Mars to Earth. So this relates to Mars Exploration crew safety. And other things.

    1. What could space force and NASA do?
      Space Force could buy water payload delivered to somewhere near Lunar orbit [or High earth orbits} and will pay $1000 per kg of water delivered. And rent the container it’s send in, plus option to buy container in future and/or buy containers to put water they got deliver, into. Or Space Force is buying water, and assumes it’s coming from Earth, but will buy water from anywhere, at $1000 per kg. And they are willing to buy up to 1000 tons of water within a couple decades, maybe more later, but will buy up 1000 tons in total. Or 1 billion dollars of water. Plus rental costs of stuff needed to safely store the water. And if use or no longer need that storage, cease paying rent for the zero amount of water they need to store.
      NASA should make a space station which create low artificial gravity. So as test article, NASA could make a station do 1/20th of Earth gravity. Learn lessons, then build one which do lunar gravity or say 1/10 of 1 gee. This could also involve a LOX depot station- so 1/20th gee is more enough for depot. So test item could retired into depot station as could 1/10th gravity. But main purpose of station is to house crew. And human effect of low gravity on crew, and etc. Ultimately for Venus orbit, an artificial gravity station equal to Mars gravity is what you want. And it seems all the above
      is not something SpaceX wants to do, or is could be more suitable for other companies.

  4. Bezos would have a much stronger case if he actually had a working rocket. His pace of development doesn’t give me confidence that he would have a lander in time for a mid ’20’s landing.

    Of course, there won’t be any mid ’20’s landing if NASA has anything to do with it. Why keep him off the gravy train just because he will never produce a lander to fly on a rocket that will never launch?

  5. I’ve noticed a lot of these recently. As SpaceX has grown in popularity, lots of fake youtube channels pop up with a robot reading a script. There could always be that one person that thinks a robot reading their script will allow them more reach than their own accented voice but most of these look totally automated. TBH, it is better than the stuff they were doing to kids videos and if they were better made, might actually attract an audience. But it looks like they are just drive by channels sucking up some ad revenue and marketing data.

    1. This one, at least, made more sense then most of the pure click bait. Whoever wrote the script seemed to have some knowledge of what he was talking about, even if it was pretty superficial.

    2. There are people whose videos I avoid because I can’t stand their voice, or delivery. Not sure the robot voice is better.

      Non-native speakers get a pass on errors and odd pronunciation, and respect for working in a second language. With the robot, maybe it’s ESL, maybe it’s someone who doesn’t really understand what they’re trying to say, or what words mean.

      What I wonder about is someone like Drachinifel, who used the robot voice at first. His normal accent is fine, delivery is good, and there’s nothing wrong with the language usage. Why the robot?

  6. I have to admit, I’m very impressed with how text-to-speech has evolved since the days of Rand’s bunnies. And I’m amazed at how much effort-particularly clip selection–went into this video, compared to how little effort went into running the script through an English grammar bot like Grammarly.

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