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by Tom Ligon
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 783
Views: 54068

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

The rifle used fires the Browning .50 cal, but it is not the Barrett. I think I need one of these. What a plinking rifle! Keep the tin can population under control. McMillan TAC-50. At 26 pounds, this is no hunting rifle. http://a57.foxnews.com/images.foxnews.com/content/fox-news/us/2017/06/22/canad...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Crime and Punishment: Oklahoma (& Texas) style!
Replies: 783
Views: 54068

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

This is military, not civilian, but it bears on gun control: hitting what you aim at.

This ups the bar on marksmanship by a whole kilometer.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/22/ca ... ghter.html
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: tokomak startup?
Replies: 3
Views: 824

Re: tokomak startup?

Bringing this one back from oblivion ... When this strip came out, I was not yet reading Freefall. I'm a die-hard fan now, and at least three other Talk-Polywellers follow the strip. It is surprisingly technically rigorous in science and fusion. http://freefall.purrsia.com/lastthree.htm Read the fin...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Attn: Tom Ligon
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Attn: Tom Ligon

Ah, you noticed!

How many TP participants are also Freefall fans? I know Kunkmeister is.

Jerry Pournelle got me into it.
by Tom Ligon
Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer

This day always makes me remember the 116th Infantry, the Bedford Boys, and the 111th Field Artillery. My dad lost a good friend that day.

http://www.tomligon.com/Toms/Dad/FA111.pdf
by Tom Ligon
Wed May 17, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1762
Views: 153457

Re: SpaceX News

I knocked around some numbers a few years back when Arlan Andrews, Stephanie Osborn, and I were working on our scheme for an ejection seat that could make an orbital re-entry. We concluded it was possible. We were looking at a variation of the inflatable heat shields (IRVE) NASA has been experimenti...
by Tom Ligon
Mon May 01, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1762
Views: 153457

Re: SpaceX News

Neatly done!

Notice the nice distraction. Get everyone watching the landing and ignoring the payload. I wonder how often this one will pass over NK? The real news on this one is that this particular payload was not launched by ULA.
by Tom Ligon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 1762
Views: 153457

Re: SpaceX News

Yes, indeed, this is a watershed moment in the space business. The birth of the used rocket business! :D Think about it ... for years now these things have been throwaways. How can that possibly be considered a mature technology? Now when you pick a rocket, you're making an investment, and you have ...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: How to terraform Venus and provide fast transportation through out the solar system with this one weird trick
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: How to terraform Venus and provide fast transportation through out the solar system with this one weird trick

Fixing the atmosphere of Venus is the easy part. That chunk of rock has a day longer than its year. This could be even worse than being tidally locked to always have on side facing the Sun. In that condition, at least there could be a narrow habitable band at the terminator, between a side constantl...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Naturally occurring geomagnetic EMP?
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Naturally occurring geomagnetic EMP?

It is important to distinguish between EMP and geomagnetic storms. One is transient, the other is a long-lasting DC phenomenon. What the article describes is not an EMP. I recorded magnetic field strength variations in Northern Virginia over the course of the Halloween Storms. At one point I got a 7...
by Tom Ligon
Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: God and Math
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: God and Math

That sounds like a good theoretical basis for Omniquantilism

http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fv01386.htm
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Liquid semiconductors
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: Liquid semiconductors

This makes me recall something that was under development back in the late 60's, but seems to have fizzled: microfluidics. They were making small-scale fluidic gates (elements that toggled between two stable paths of moving fluid) to implement logic chips on postage-stamp sized devices. The idea had...
by Tom Ligon
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 424
Views: 25201

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

As I understand history, the first few terms were pretty divisive, with major disagreements along party lines. Jefferson and Hamilton could not stand each other. John Adams would have had very low approval ratings due to the Alien and Sedition Acts. Jefferson was the butt of jokes due to his poor pu...
by Tom Ligon
Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 424
Views: 25201

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

That video is darned revealing.

I wonder if they could find the data to extend it back to 1840 or so? I would expect a similar pattern leading up to the Civil War.
by Tom Ligon
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump
Replies: 424
Views: 25201

Re: Sell The Whitehouse to Trump

All I can say at this point is: https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-10-32-18-am.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&w=780 My feelings about this are pretty much summed up by this article. The pee story probably is no more true than the fake news stories that Tru...

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