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» The Assassin (Go to post)23-07-2019 @ 17:06 
Not very. I do go out walking when the weather's suitable, but just up and down the local streets (many of which are steep) for a bit of trad cardio.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)23-07-2019 @ 10:19 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:Rick, would you entertain the idea of shortcuts through space (extra dimensions)?

I'd entertain all sorts of ideas; almost the best way to summarise the state of modern physics is an incredulous shrug Wink. But the reason SF is full of FTL gimmicks is that it is a great plot device for widening the canvas, not because anybody thinks it's likely. I suppose some sort of FTL combs tech might explain why we're getting all this radio silence, but at that point we're talking theology and "wanting to believe". As I understand it the best guess at the moment is short wormholes are kind of possible, like quantum entanglement and action at a distance is a thing, but very possibly not ever a usable thing, in the same way you can generate heavy elements in a lab but not get them to stick around long enough to be useful.

Yeah, maybe they all have FTL up the wazoo and we just happen to be only visited by the equivalent of college drunks going cow-tipping. And maybe there are ghosts and vampires and reincarnation ESP and precognition and Elvis is alive and well and playing weekly gigs on the dark side of the moon to the real John Kennedy and Marilyn.

I shall try to stick to believing in things for which there's mountains of evidence and enjoying stories about things for which there isn't.
» The Assassin (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 19:39 
FitNotes Workout - Monday 22nd July 2019

** Flat Barbell Bench Press **
- 20.0 kgs x 15 reps
- 70.0 kgs x 5 reps
- 100.0 kgs x 3 reps
- 120.0 kgs x 3 reps
- 130.0 kgs x 3 reps
- 130.0 kgs x 3 reps

** Superman Row **
- 40.0 kgs x 8 reps
- 40.0 kgs x 8 reps
- 50.0 kgs x 8 reps
- 55.0 kgs x 8 reps
- 55.0 kgs x 8 reps

** Seated Machine Fly **
- 50.0 kgs x 10 reps
- 50.0 kgs x 10 reps
- 50.0 kgs x 10 reps

** Dumbbell Curl **
- 12.0 kgs x 12 reps
- 14.0 kgs x 10 reps
- 16.0 kgs x 8 reps

** Superset Interval **
- 04:00

Pleased. Got through 30 seconds per pair of sets faster than my recent norm, and put a little more weight on the pathetic rows too. And didn't unexpectedly s**t. Damned hot, though.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 19:36 
AMH_Power said:Rick, do you believe in extraterrestrials?

Neil Armstrong said they warned him off the moon. You can see this on interview (loads of videos on it), it goes hand in hand with his story of landing on the moon. You can listen to the original broadcast too, where he says they are on the crater edge watching him.

I'm amazed at the amount of people that say we landed on the moon, but do not believe in ET's...

Yet the freemason who landed on the moon, is the same freemason that reports menacing alien craft intimidating him on the moon.

What are your thoughts on this?

As far as I know, and a quick search seems to back it up, the story that Armstrong encountered aliens on the moon is a hoax perpetrated by a prolific comic book writer (Captain Marvel, and many others) named Otto Binder. UFO sites often refer to him as a former NASA employee. This is simply not true, he wasn't.

I think it is extremely likely, verging on certain, that there's alien life; bacteria-like, yes, and I personally think it very likely that there's multicellular life, but there's no evidence for the latter that I know of. It's not clear that multicellular life arose more than once here, whereas simple life seems to be almost inevitable in an atmosphere like that of early Earth. I think it plausible that there's intelligent, tool-using alien life. But either we've missed some technology that's obvious to everybody else or there aren't many of them, because otherwise their radio emissions would be obvious.

But the cool sexy stuff - visiting us? You have to assume that they can cross truly unimaginable distances relatively easily, using not just engineering but physics which contradict everything we think we know. You have to assume that we are somehow interesting enough to look at and occasionally abduct, but not interesting enough to talk to. You have to assume the sudden drop in the numbers of alien "sightings" when everybody started carrying cameras in their pockets at all times, and their tendency to appear to the drunk and confused in the middle of nowhere and on their own, are all cunning and apparently unmotivated attempts to freak us out (which they could do incredibly thoroughly by simply revealing themselves). No. Unexplained things, strange lights in the sky, certainly happen, but they are just that - unidentified, not alien.

We used to explain thunder by saying the gods were angry. Now some people explain things with aliens. Same tune, different lyrics.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 16:25 
ChrisMcCarthy said:
I'm 40.

Then I'm genuinely unsure what you're talking about. In fairness it's been a long time since the 90s and I wasn't paying attention for all of it.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 15:31 
ChrisMcCarthy said:
Out of all the Anti-*insert Conspiracy Theory of Choice* arguments I will be honest I find this one of the LEAST compelling - after all, we are talking about a lot of them...
You and I are about the same age Rick and so will remember a time where there were lots of people who were told they were making fuel injectors for Tractors when really they were making "a Thingamibob That's Going to Win the War", to quote Gracie Fields...

Yes, we are (unfortunately) talking about them, but not because any insiders have come forward to spill the beans!

As for the second bit, I'm not sure I do remember that. I'm 44.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 13:07 
slimsim said:I've got a friend who works for the relatively newly formed British Space Agency. He was selected for a role when there were 2,000 applicants so he's pretty clued up.

I asked him what his thoughts were and he's convinced we did go. One thing he said, which is pretty compelling,is that there are reflectors place on the moon which enable you to shine a laser at them from earth to determine the exact distance between us. Obviously, you need a pretty powerful laser so it's not something which can be done from home, but if this is the case is it not a strong argument that we have sent rockets out of LEO and beyond?

Denialists (of all kinds, climate change is another excellent example) don't tend to address the mountain of positive evidence, but instead invite us to explain pieces of what they see as negative evidence.

I still think the most convincing argument comes down to Sherlock's dictum: eliminate the impossible, and whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth. It is certainly unlikely, a priori, that we put men on the moon and brought them back with 1960s technology. But it is IMPOSSIBLE that a six-figure number of people colluded to keep a non-boring secret for fifty years.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 13:00 
AMH_Power said:I hate it when I'm skyping and stand behind a door and it glitches, and they can still see me! Damn error correction...

Skype isn't designed for fixed cameras (or for bandwidth that low, for that matter). When you optimise for fixed cameras, you photograph and send a background, and then, basically, compress and send a diff stream. When your camera is likely to move, as Skype cameras are, this doesn't work well for reasons that I trust are obvious.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 08:22 
ChrisMcCarthy said:
I don't know enough about the way the technology involved here turns the received information into a visual display to know it's definitively impossible and I am guessing you don't, looks like the algorithm is replacing the missing / damaged information with what it "expects" to be there or what it is told to default to, which in both instances might look like a still image taken before the astronaut enters the frame...

Almost like smart visual error correction and interpolation over noisy narrow data channels is an absolutely standard practice, eh.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)22-07-2019 @ 08:18 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:Having used Google... apparently most moons are 'tidally locked' to their planet. Didn't know that Happy

This is an extremely cool piece of physics. If it weren't for tidal locking effects the earth would still be spinning much closer to the six-hour day it had shortly after coalescing. Eventually we would slow down enough that we would lock to the moon also, so it would just hang in the sky (or, from the other side of the world, never be seen), like Charon and Pluto, and there would be no significant tides, but that would take rather longer than we have before the sun swallows us all up.

You don't always get this 1:1 lock, either. Mercury's locked to the sun 3:2 (it spins three times over two rotations), which means that if you lived on Mercury you'd see one "day" every two "years" (this is confusing because of the way the rotations interact). People used to think Mercury was 1:1 locked, and Larry Niven wrote a story called "the coldest place" set on the "dark side of Mercury" which got published at about the same time we figured out there actually wasn't one.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)21-07-2019 @ 11:17 
WILLSAN said:when someone comes off as condescending in their posts or starts including ad homs in their arguments some people assume they are getting triggered. I know thats not true but some people dont.

Ouch. Fair enough, I could have been more polite. It's also hard to point out that "everything you just wrote is simply not true" without potentially sounding condescending. The wilful disregard of evidence in favour of conspiracy theory does irritate me, I confess.

I would defend myself against the allegation of ad hominem, though. An ad hom would be "what you're saying is wrong because you're X". I'm saying "what you're saying is wrong because of fact Y, which makes you sound X." It's not ad hom, it's bonus free invective.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)21-07-2019 @ 10:17 
My assumptions about your former work are based on your own statements about the science, which are basically all wrong. Unless, of course, you are asserting that every piece of widely-shared public knowledge about GPS, comsats, and for that matter satellite TV is faked and part of the masonic NASA conspiracy.

I'm not "triggered" by your allegations about masons, dear. I know a few, as most of us probably do, which makes your frothing pretty hard to take seriously. The idea that Clarke was a mason is both irrelevant and about the only thing you've said which isn't definitely factually wrong (as far as I know; I haven't investigated, because, irrelevant).

Blue Marble. Sigh. Google summary: "The Blue Marble is an image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, from a distance of about 29,000 kilometers from the planet's surface. It was taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its way to the Moon, and is one of the most reproduced images in history". The composite is NAMED AFTER IT. I have now told you this, what, three times? "Confused" seems a fair word, yes.

Your last paragraph reads like an attempt to back away from your nonsense with a "but anyway!". Which is a start. And also, hopefully, an ending. I'm not triggered, I'm bored.
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)20-07-2019 @ 23:02 
AMH_Power said:

As for geosynchronous; these are a bit of a misnomer. The idea from these came from a guy called Arthur C. Clarke (a masonic, science fiction writer). The idea was supposed to be for GPS type comms. Instead we used Loran/Gee positioning towers until we implemented GSM/Cell towers in place of these. Some older GPS systems do use the geostationary birds but need at least three and aren't very accurate. But again, it's all HA helium/hydrogen balloons. Some sit at about 30 mile up!

All modern systems use satellites. All consumer ones use the American GPS system, which uses 32 satellites. The accuracy currently sits at significantly better than a metre. They're not geostationary, they only sit about 20,000km up.

Unless you are suggesting that this is a conspiracy of lies colluded in by tens of thousands of engineers for no apparent reason, you are confused. (Actually, either way you're confused.)
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)20-07-2019 @ 22:43 
As I wrote, "the blue marble" is the name of the 1972 photograph from the last Apollo mission. It is not the last photo of the whole earth, though there aren't many because you have to be a really long way away. It is the last human-taken one, because after Apollo we haven't sent people that far. It is also the name of the composite series you're referring to, which is named after the 1972 picture.

It's interesting that you've worked in space-adjacent industries, though evidently not in the relevant bits. Low earth orbit is typically between 300 and 600km up. Geostationary orbits are 35,786 km up, that's simple A level mechanics. The balloon altitude vrecord is 53km. Your theory seems to have gaps. (I was interested enough to search on balloon satellite launches; several companies are talking about it. They all seem to be in testing.)
» First Man Film, Did The USA Go To The Moon ? (Go to post)20-07-2019 @ 19:39 

"No photos of the earth". You seem, by citing that website, to be conflating the Blue Marble project that started in the the early 2000s, which is a composite rendering of a 3D Earth, with the Blue Marble photograph from 1972, which is... A PHOTOGRAPH. Thinking about it, if this argument held water, it would be an argument that we have not launched actual satellites, which is so absurd that I can't credit it being held by anybody not mad enough to believe the earth is flat.

I watched about half of your video "exposing NASA fakery". I am unsurprised to see it was posted by a flat earther. All I can say on that is, I do not think it shows what I think you think it shows.

The Masonic argument is new to me. Insane, but new. Quite apart from anything else, it massively expands the size of the conspiracy needed, and that size would be implausible already even if purely internal to NASA. Humans in numbers can't keep cool secrets.

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