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Dilbert Does NewSpace

All week so far. Here's Monday's installment, yesterday's and today's.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 05, 2007 09:04 AM
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The second strip in particular brought back memories of my "Army" days. I put "Army" in quotes because some people have a hard time believing I spent two years in the Army in the late 1960s and not only did not go to Vietnam, but basically worked on a screwed up R&D project at Lawrence Livermore.

Back in the 1950s some people got the bright idea of using small nuclear devices as explosives to do things like dig a new Panama Canal in a hurry. The civilian project was fairly well funded, had a large staff and knew what they were doing. The project was eventually abandoned because the technology to do it safely wasn't there yet.

The Army Corps of Engineers started their own group. It was quite small. Most of us were draftees. I was fortunate enough to be assigned there. Fortunate? Consider the alternative.

At the time I had just obtained a physics degree from Rutgers. I had never taken even one geology course. My initial assignment was to develop a model for the distribution of radionuclides after an underground explosion. They gave me three months. I went to the library and started reading. The more I read, the more difficult the assignment looked. Two months into my research, I saw the Project Plowshare (the civilian group) people were giving a lecture on my topic. I went. I found out that they had had 20 people -- all of whom started out knowing far more than I did -- working on this effort for two years. They were making a progress report. Yes, I hit the ceiling.

People sometimes wonder why I can be sometimes skeptical of government.

Posted by Chuck Divine at December 5, 2007 02:10 PM

I expected something more topical from Scott, perhaps completing the shuttle up to "80% percent by weight" before the scapegoat comes along. As it is, it's too nebulous.

Posted by Pete Zaitcev at December 5, 2007 04:00 PM

"I expected something more topical from Scott, perhaps completing the shuttle up to "80% percent by weight" before the scapegoat comes along. As it is, it's too nebulous."

Well, he does pretty good considering he only has three frames on weekdays to work with.

Posted by Norm at December 5, 2007 08:29 PM

Here's todays:

Posted by Anonymous Hoosier at December 6, 2007 10:18 AM

Awesome co-pilot ;>_>

Posted by Habitat Hermit at December 7, 2007 09:44 PM

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