Category Archives: Technology and Society

Yesterday’s Launch

We drove up to Lompoc yesterday to watch not just the launch, but the landing. We had clear skies for both events. When I saw the boosters land from the Falcon Heavy flight in Florida, I didn’t see them until they were almost down, but yesterday, we could see the deorbit burn, and then follow it all the way down to the pad. After entry, it dropped like a rock until it arrived near the pad, then rapidly decelerated and set down. We weren’t as close as we wanted to be, but it was on a hill by Vandenberg Village that gave us an unobstructed view. Despite the distance, the sonic boom of the booster coming in was impressive but, unlike the ones in Florida, where I was much closer and heard a pair of triple booms, I only heard a single one. I suspect the other two were too weak to carry as far.

[Update a while later]

Interestingly, this story doesn’t even mention the landing, even though it was historic. I think it was the first time they’ve landed there in the day time.

[Friday-afternoon update]

Here’s video of the landing.


Voter Fraud

The crime that must not be mentioned.

Well, it’s understandably a touchy subject for Democrats.

[Update Friday morning]

This is a pretty bold claim. I hope they’re right, but some have pointed out that if they don’t have the proof, they’ve opened themselves up to a defamation suit from Dominion. On the other other hand, this doesn’t look suspicious at all.

Meanwhile, nearly half the electorate thinks that the election was stolen from Trump, including a third of Democrats. And is election fraud possible in America? Sadly, yes, because as he notes, there are no political incentives to eliminate the possibility.


[Update a few minutes later]

Are Trump’s lawyers big enough to back up their claims?

[Monday-morning update]

Well, this doesn’t seem good. Has Powell gone off the deep end?