In an hour or so, I’m heading up the coast for the day to see Caesarea, then this evening, back south to Ben Gurion to go through the supposed lengthy flight check in, then a 13-hour flight to Philly, then a layover, then a five-hour flight back to California. Not looking forward to any of it, other than the initial sightseeing.
Anyway, probably off line until at least early Saturday morning, eastern time. I may use wifi on the flight to LA, if I’m sufficiently conscious.
Well, I seem to be sufficiently conscious (despite not really having gotten anything resembling sleep for over 36 hours). From the plane over eastern Tennessee, heading west.
I missed linking this article at The Space Review by John Strickland.
The real problem with space policy is not that we can’t decide where to go, but that we can’t decide why.
Jonathan Chait has kicked one off within the Left.
Good. These people view the world as a re-education camp, with them as the instructors. And guards.
[Update a while later]
A few observations from a “mansplainer.”
“The obvious thing to say about Jonathan Chait’s war against the Left is that we are rooting for casualities.” Yup.
…was a lie.
Which surprises me not at all. It goes part and parcel with Stalinism.
His latest energy-tapping battle, abandoned.
…say national sororities:
This is what feminism has come to.
[Update a few minutes later]
Moral panics won’t end campus rape.
This year’s version is out.
I haven’t read yet, but I’m sure I will. It will be useful fodder for a new edition of the book. Note that while it criticizes Commercial Crew for a lack of transparency, SLS/Orion come in for more substantive criticism from a safety standpoint.
Manufactured by directed self assembly.
Just realized that it’s almost thirty years since Eric’s book was published.
How Marine LePen is winning it.
Gee, who could have thought that gays might have a problem with a religious movement that pushes stone walls down on them?
[Update a few minutes later]
Related: Looking away from Europe’s Muslim problem.
It’s a little surreal to be in Israel (for my first time) during the seventieth anniversary. But considering the past (and the subsequent almost complete loss of all the Jews in that country), it was touching and poignant that Poland allowed Israel to do an overflight of that now-sacred ground. I’m sure they wish they’d had that kind of military capability seventy years ago. It would have been a bombing run on the chambers and ovens.
Yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the loss of three astronauts on the launch pad, in preparation for the Apollo missions. A child of the space age, I remember it particularly well, because it occurred the day before my twelth birthday. A little over nineteen years later, on my actual birthday, Challenger was lost. I recollected it on the sixteenth anniversary of the event.
Today is the twenty-ninth anniversary of that tragedy, and while I commemorate it, I also celebrate the completion of my sixtieth trip around the sun, over eight thousand miles from home. I’m in Israel to attend a conference named after Ilan Ramon, an Israeli hero who died a dozen years ago on February 1st, when Columbia disintegrated in the skies over east Texas. That anniversary coming up with Sunday, by which time I’ll be home, if all goes according to plan, to celebrate with friends and family, but also grieve for the losses. Yet as I point out in my book, such losses are inevitable, and necessary, perhaps even at a faster rate than once per generation, if we wish to accomplish much greater things than we have in space over the past six decades since my birth.
Is he really trying to argue about climate and weather with Joe Bastardi? #Idiot
The guy who showed me how to use the television turned it to Fox News without my even asking. “It’s our favorite in Israel, they’re the only ones who report what is really happening. Well, until the past few days…”
Anyway, I’ve been seeing these little segments called “Fox News Extra,” with people like Patti-Ann Brown or Laura Ingall doing little interviews, and wondered if they were a new thing. Then I realized that I wasn’t seeing any commercials.
A nice animation, but I question the economics of bringing all three cores back to the pad. That has to be big performance hit, particularly on the center one. That one might continue to be barged, or at least there would be trades for each flight, depending on customer needs.
A lot of info on their plans. You know, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was modified with twin tails for a reason. Hope that vehicle doesn’t clip the vertical stabilizer.
I am going through an experience that I would find hilarious if it were happening to someone else. Maybe future me will laugh at it and write about it, after it’s stopped happening to current me.
…about important things.
A little too close to home in my temporary circumstances of being in a country surrounded by murderous savages and religious fanatics whose Venn diagram has a high overlap, and want to drive its inhabitants into the sea by which I’m staying.
[Tuesday-morning Tel Aviv update]
Sorry, here’s the link. Posted that on ~27 hours sans sleep.
I’m flying there tomorrow on business, back next Saturday. I’m thinking about renting a car. The rates seem pretty good (though I don’t know what the surcharges will be), and I can get supplemental insurance for $40 for the week. Anyone have any experience?
OK, gotten a lot of useful feedback. Sounds like it would be manageable for me if it’s really no worse than south Florida with all the Haitians, but my new info is that they have a pretty good train system. If I were on vacation and wanting to explore, and into a terrifyingly entertaining experience, I’d definitely rent the car, but I’m there on business, and not moving around much. It looks to me like the best bet is to take a train from Ben-Gurion to Hertzlia, then a short cab to my hotel, and get around locally with cabs (and colleagues with whom I’m there on business). On Friday, my main day off, I could take train to airport to drop bag, then another to Jerusalem for sightseeing, then back to airport for flight home.
…is taking over flight test from Scaled Composites. Sounds like they already know pretty much what the NTSB report will say. When it comes out, I may do a new edition of the book to incorporate the accident and investigation.
…is George Costanza:
She had so much promise. She’s rich. She always knows when someone is uncomfortable at a fundraising gala. But it’s just not working. Every decision she’s ever made in her entire life has been wrong.
She would be an awful president. Only marginally better than Obama.
…and the culture war. As Glenn notes, Brandeis charges $60,000 a year to live in an environment like that.
No, not Elon’s. The other one.
I wonder though, how realistic it is to think that Virgin Galactic can deliver the satellites, given their track record to date?
[Second link was wrong, fixed now.]