My t-shirt arrived
Last year I made a sizable donation to the Brother Rice Robotics team. This was after meeting Maggie’s family when they were here for the MATE ROV competition at the NASA “swimming pool” in Houston. With great pride I point out that Contrafactual.com is a listed sponsor.
Elon Musk and SpaceX aren’t the only ones with their “eyes on the prize” of replacing the Shuttle for commercial U.S manned space launches. Boeing has unveiled a new streamlined light-weight space suit for it astronauts to wear aboard its CST-100 “Space Taxi”.
See also my post Bras In Space, the story of the Apollo spacesuit
Compare and contrast the Boeing CST-100 to the SpaceX Crew Dragon (aka Dragon V2)
I had no idea such things existed.
These are beautiful beyond words (and priced accordingly).
Please watch the video …
A mashup of Crochet and et al. Pronounced more like Crōsh et al or Crōshā al … and less like crotch et al … although sadly the latter sticks in my mind. I made up the name so I have no one to blame but myself.
Croch et al. Is the business name I just created on eBay to sell the afghans, scarves, hats, etc. that Mrs has been working on lo these many months. We have been led to believe that they are high quality, the yarn itself certainly is. I am not looking to get rich from this as much as offset the cost of the Mrs hobby. Regulars to this blog know that she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and diabetes. Since she can no longer drive, she is a shut-in. The crocheting keeps her busy.
The et al. (Latin for and the rest) is for anything else we want to sell. Of immediate interest is her Grandmother’s Fostoria glassware and tableware that we have rarely used and would like to sell to someone who appreciates it.
I am clueless regarding selling stuff on line. I guess that WordPress also offers payments through PayPal … and I may eventually go that route … but for now I figured that eBay has the edge. I am just looking for a way to assure that I get paid and a way to assure potential buyers that I’m not going to rip them off. This will be pretty low volume stuff. Once the Fostoria is dealt with, the volume of crocheted goods will be small.
Stay tuned for more details …
I found this on the WordPress blog Late to the Theater (see previous post)
ANTONIO MARIA DA SILVA AMDSFILMS
Minnetonka Men’s Double Deerskin Softsole Moccasin
No not Mini Tonka,
Why did I wait so long to buy a pair of these. Well, I admit that the Internet in general and Amazon in particular has made it really easy to find and buy stuff not generally in stock at local stores. In the last few months, since I sprung for the Amazon Prime membership, I have been been checking Amazon first for EVERYTHING I want or need. No longer do I have to go from store to store looking for that particular thing that no one has in stock or in the right size. Now I check on Amazon first and if they have it … I don’t leave the house. The other day a delivery man looked at all of the boxes and asked the Mrs if we were moving in. “Yes, yes we are,” she lied. 🙂
My god, are the Minnetonka Men’s Double Deerskin Softsole Moccasins comfortable. But don’t take my word for it, read the other people’s reviews.
Go ahead. Splurge. Treat yourself or a loved one. Think early Christmas shopping.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/abd4/ (out of stock)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/176132788/a-day-without-fusion-is-like-a-day (text only)
Which reminds me of a story …
The astronomy professor just completed her lecture on the life cycle of the sun and had commented that the latest theories suggested that the Sun would run out of hydrogen in 2.8 billion years, killing all life on Earth.
A hand frantically waved in the back of the lecture hall.
“Question?” the professor asked.
“How much longer until the sun runs out of hydrogen?”
“Approximately 3 billion years.”
“Oh thank god,” the student uttered in obvious relief. “I thought you said million years.”
The Tim Cook Interview Part 1
“There are products we are working on that no one knows about. Yes. That haven’t been rumored about yet. Yes.”
Unless you have been living under a rock … a rock without internet, cell phone, TV, cable, satellite or radio access … you know that Apple announced the Apple WATCH today. What you may not have seen are the videos. WATCH is a thing of beauty which mere words cannot do justice.
Clicking the image below (or the link below it) will take you to the official Apple site. WATCH the videos
Based on a true story …
The man is a commando
No underwear at his command
The creation of the Apollo AL7 Pressure Garment is one of the great American stories of the past forty-plus years. […] NASA turned the creation of the spacesuit into a competition (largely dominated by military contractors)—and it was assumed a military contractor would win the day.
Instead, pitted against the military-industrial complex, Playtex created the 21-layer spacesuit, each layer distinct yet interrelated in function to the rest of the whole—a masterly combination of elegance, complexity, and form. […] Traditional engineering firms could not figure out how to meet all the mission requirements and create a functioning suit that would keep the Apollo astronauts alive. The seamstresses at Playtex, with their years of experience fashioning girdles and bras, could, and did.
It was the same materials. It was bras in space. It was literally the same materials that were used in the bra-making process. The straps from bras were reused to hold the thing into shape and the Nylon fabric that a bra-cup is made of was used to give strength to the Latex so that it didn’t expand under air pressure. Then the Latex itself was the same, as they say it started out as exactly the same Latex as went into the girdles […]
Continue reading Bras in Space
And now for something completely
C’mon, everyone’s got an HD vidcam in their phone. You’d think someone would have gotten a picture of him (or her) by now. Certainly not those fools running around in the dark while Bigfoot is fast asleep in his squatch cave.
Time for a new approach.
Continue reading Finding Bigfoot
The Date 2012
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Jaan Pechan Ho, Mohammed Rafi,
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I couldn’t have done it without you.
And now for something completely different …
This one goes out to Thomas Cochran at Covered in Beer
To be truly covered in beer …
Photo courtesy of Chug Buzz (click on the image to see the article).
I got mine from ThinkGeek.com, but sadly they don’t appear to offer it any more. I had the Heisenberg thing going on before it was cool to break bad.
Ain’t science wonerful?