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by Tom Ligon
Mon May 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 1st Superconducting High-beta Device
Replies: 25
Views: 2497

Re: 1st Superconducting High-beta Device

In my personal opinion LN2 is going to be the necessary coolant do to availability and cost restraints and usability. He2 is just too hard to manage in an industrial environment. No argument there. While I was at EMC2 in San Diego, I ordered a sample of high-temperature superconducting ribbon. Prio...
by Tom Ligon
Mon May 07, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: 1st Superconducting High-beta Device
Replies: 25
Views: 2497

Re: 1st Superconducting High-beta Device

Way cool! Wait, I guess "way cool" would be liquid helium. But pretty darned LN2 cool, anyway, and I'd love to see a Polywell built like that!
by Tom Ligon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

Crime and Punishment, Mexican style ...

Don't mess with guys in cowboy hats. They don't even need a steeenking gun!

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/25 ... -shop.html
by Tom Ligon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

Doing a little background checking, that tweet with the shot of confiscated tools is apparently the result of British police work, not US. One still must wonder how hand tools qualify as illegal weapons. If they ever found my tools, I'd probably be in for life! Just the chain saw would surely be eno...
by Tom Ligon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

ladajo wrote:Ahh, one of my prefered weapons of mass mayhem, a file.
The memories...


Hmmm, the FBI has files on you!
by Tom Ligon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2096
Views: 227992

Re: SpaceX News

More notable, the judges who have been bored with so many recent launches just slept in.

This is victory. Space travel is becoming routine.
by Tom Ligon
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

A sweep turned those up and did not turn up a far more dangerous weapon? Surely they found ball point pens!
by Tom Ligon
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

She didn't shoot him, but you could still call this Crime and Punishment, Florida Style. When Natalie Holloway vanished in Aruba years ago, two young men were suspected. Van der Sloot is in prison for another murder. This is the other guy ... claimed to have helped bury her body but none was found. ...
by Tom Ligon
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: MIT claim they will build the SPARC
Replies: 4
Views: 1270

Re: MIT claim they will build the SPARC

This should be fun to watch.

If nothing else, the magnets will benefit several fusion efforts, Polywell included.
by Tom Ligon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

Which is why some communities HAVE gone with arming some teachers. They can't afford guards. In small rural systems, it may not be as hard to find wiling teachers. This is a local decision. Some schools are depending on stats. If there are 125000 public schools in the country, and two a year are hit...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 961
Views: 78506

Re: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!

I recently visited my old high school. I got in via the metal detector with 3-4 uniformed guards present. I dropped off some materials I was donating in the office. The principal is an interesting fellow ... he has two Master's degrees, but his first degree is: Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2096
Views: 227992

Re: SpaceX News

They did the burn about six hours after launch. It ended up not being a proper Trans-Mars-Injection burn, however. Its more like a Trans-Ceres-Injection burn, clear into the Belt, if not quite to Ceres orbit . I'd call that a success on showing off what its heavy lift rocket design can do, even if ...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 321
Views: 53349

Re: EMC2 news

It's been some years since I have read of your accounts of it, and I recall it fascinated me greatly at the time. Your description of what happened did indeed sound like it had managed to store up quite a charge before the magnetic field was cut. It made me think the basic theory of well formation ...
by Tom Ligon
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2096
Views: 227992

Re: SpaceX News

TDPerk wrote:They got the boosters back!

2nd stage coasting nominally to TMI burn.


I've found nothing yet to see that TMI was actually executed. Which could mean there's a nice Tesla Roadster a couple of thousand miles up, just for the taking.
by Tom Ligon
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ursula K. Le Guin has died
Replies: 8
Views: 1021

Re: Ursula K. Le Guin has died

The following book review of Orphans of the Sky is not by me, but by Linsay 4926, a young girl from the Generation Starship Heinlein. I have permission for my Orphans of the Sky report to be late, considering how busy I have been on more important things. Synopsis: Heinlein was pitching manure. He g...

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