Out of the Blue

40 years ago today on August 1, 1981, video killed the radio star, and MTV was born. Working there was one of the best jobs one could ever have, second only to operating a gaming news website. I got to meet some amazing people, many of whom remain friends to this day. So here's to 40 years of MTV. And to, I don't know, almost 20 years of playing music videos? This combines with something else near and dear to my heart. Today is also apparently Spider-Man Day. Though this may technically be a mistake. I'm sure they're right about August being wrong. When I was a kid buying comics, the month of the current issues was always about four months in the future.

Commemorative Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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"The space station spun 540 degrees and flipped upside down when Russia's new module mistakenly fired its thrusters"

The highly trained professionals handled it.

Does any know the procedure when a marble size piece of FOD
punches through causing the station to depressurize.
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Medusa-NYC wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 16:52:
Yes Comics come out a few months before the cover date. I know this but doesn't mean I haven't put any effort into ownling my birthmonth comics. For Marvel Superheros there are only 4 books from that month. Sept 62, so luckily I don't have to afford an amazing fantasy 15 to have them all. not to say any of the ones from sept are cheap in any condition. Incredible Hulk 3 FF6 TTA 35 JIM 84 are all fairly pricy books but not as much as even the worst copy of AF15....

I actually have what is probably the worst copy of AF15. Got it years and years ago along with a pile of other Ditko Spideys. The whole pile was $100 because the eccentric comic dealer liked me and new of my love for Spidey. Besides dings and folds, all the coupons are filled out and various other crimes have been committed against it. But it's mine. I have a bunch of Silver Age comics of particular interest in terrible condition. That's fine, I'd rather be able to touch them than have to curate them like museum pieces.
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Re: Out of the Blue
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Yes Comics come out a few months before the cover date. I know this but doesn't mean I haven't put any effort into ownling my birthmonth comics. For Marvel Superheros there are only 4 books from that month. Sept 62, so luckily I don't have to afford an amazing fantasy 15 to have them all. not to say any of the ones from sept are cheap in any condition. Incredible Hulk 3 FF6 TTA 35 JIM 84 are all fairly pricy books but not as much as even the worst copy of AF15....

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Aug 2, 2021, 10:50
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The Flying Penguin wrote on Aug 2, 2021, 09:44:
Back around 1980, there was a huge record store in the Omni mall in Miami, and they had a big projection screen video running MTV all the time.

Nothing more hilarious that walking by while The Tubes' music video "TV is King' was playing, and there's lead singer Fee Waybill, dry humping a TV on the big screen.

Loved The Tubes. Fee Waybill is an underrated frontman.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 09:44
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2021, 09:44
Aug 2, 2021, 09:44
 
Back around 1980, there was a huge record store in the Omni mall in Miami, and they had a big projection screen video running MTV all the time.

Nothing more hilarious that walking by while The Tubes' music video "TV is King' was playing, and there's lead singer Fee Waybill, dry humping a TV on the big screen.
- "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 2, 2021, 09:22
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Aug 2, 2021, 09:22
 
Wow, I didn't know you worked there. Very cool!

I loved the whole MTV era of music videos. It was so new and exciting that my whole family used to get together after dinner and watch it almost every night! Those were the days...

The interesting thing is that I never got the same feeling with youtube. I've been on youtube every day since its inception, but it just never generated that "wow factor" like music videos did from the 80s
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Space Station
Aug 2, 2021, 09:19
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Space Station Aug 2, 2021, 09:19
Aug 2, 2021, 09:19
 
"This is how we fix Russian space station!"
https://youtu.be/Et8Tixucou0

But all kidding aside, NASA has been downplaying it, but that was very nearly a total disaster, as anyone who understands the physics involved will tell you. The fact that they couldn't turn off the Russian module's thrusters until they ran out of fuel, and that they had to fire the station's attitude control module and attached Progress module's rockets to counteract the thrust, that's just crazy. Torque could have easily destroyed the station, and they may well be finding small leaks, bent components, and other problems related to this for years to come. That's a lot of stress on components not designed for them.

From this more detailed article:
https://astronomy.com/news/2021/07/international-space-station-saved-from-out-of-control-spin

Mission Control declared a loss of attitude control. Control authority of the station was then handed off to the Mission Control Center in Moscow, which called the station’s Russian-built Service Module into action, firing its thrusters to counteract the stuck thruster on Nauka.

However, Nauka’s position, sticking out from its docking port outside the station, gave it more leverage than the Service Module could handle. “The ISS brought a knife to a gun fight,” as Scoville put it. This prompted controllers to call upon a Progress module that was docked at another port to fire its thrusters, bringing “more ‘muscle’ and moment arm to the force fight,” Scoville tweeted.

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MTV - I fell for Blondie in the Rapture video.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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That aint workin' Blue. That's the way you do it. Guitarist
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The Half Elf wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 21:19:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 20:13:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 17:40:
I still can't get a fucking rocket into orbit or how to do the retrograde blah blah stuff and get into the proper orbit with something else.

MechJeb 2 is the answer you seek.


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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 20:13:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 17:40:
I still can't get a fucking rocket into orbit or how to do the retrograde blah blah stuff and get into the proper orbit with something else.

MechJeb 2 is the answer you seek.


Wuv you 3000!
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Re: Random Question
Aug 1, 2021, 20:35
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Aug 1, 2021, 20:35
 
Is there a good reason Dressage is included in the Olympics? Shouldn't the medals be awarded to the horses?
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The Half Elf wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 17:40:
I still can't get a fucking rocket into orbit or how to do the retrograde blah blah stuff and get into the proper orbit with something else.

MechJeb 2 is the answer you seek.
"No matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Banzai

There are two types of computer users: Masochists and Linux users.

If you would like help or further details on a technical discussion we're having, email me at bnhelp (at sign) keepusiel.net .
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eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:45:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:24:
Armengar wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:04:
I play enough KSP to be a decent internet rocket engineer, designer and astronaut. Just put more boosters, more struts and give it more delta V and it will be fine.

And know the difference between your 1.0 and 0.1 RCS control blocks.

Every noob KSP player also knows to turn RCS and SAS off shortly before docking ;p


I still can't get a fucking rocket into orbit or how to do the retrograde blah blah stuff and get into the proper orbit with something else.

As for my bed.... heh.....I'd be more afraid of the living room furniture.... that reminds me I should probably deep clean the kitchen.
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Aug 1, 2021, 17:06
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RedEye9 wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 16:07:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 14:29:
If this misfire had happened during docking this news story would read "The end of satellites and spaceflight as we know it" - puts that "misfire" and "dynamic event" into perspective I think. Unbelievable they send the module up there with this known design error. They had literally the same problem when the module was supposed to raise it's orbit to the ISS and kept it silent because they wouldn't have made it to the station otherwise.. insane.
And we launched a shuttle knowing it was too cold for the seals.. insanity.
Hanlon's razor, it cuts long and deep...
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BicycleRepairMan wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:58:
MTV STILL EXISTS?? Holy crap. I had forgotten about that. I guess The Dead Kennedys will NEVER have it their way.

But they have clean beds because they're too drunk to fuck. Me on the other hand from about 16-30 had a dirty, dirty bed!


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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 1, 2021, 16:07
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eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 14:29:
If this misfire had happened during docking this news story would read "The end of satellites and spaceflight as we know it" - puts that "misfire" and "dynamic event" into perspective I think. Unbelievable they send the module up there with this known design error. They had literally the same problem when the module was supposed to raise it's orbit to the ISS and kept it silent because they wouldn't have made it to the station otherwise.. insane.
And we launched a shuttle knowing it was too cold for the seals.. insanity.
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Re: Out of the Blue
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MTV STILL EXISTS?? Holy crap. I had forgotten about that. I guess The Dead Kennedys will NEVER have it their way.
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Re: Out of the Blue
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:24:
Armengar wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:04:
I play enough KSP to be a decent internet rocket engineer, designer and astronaut. Just put more boosters, more struts and give it more delta V and it will be fine.

And know the difference between your 1.0 and 0.1 RCS control blocks.

Every noob KSP player also knows to turn RCS and SAS off shortly before docking ;p
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 1, 2021, 15:24
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Aug 1, 2021, 15:24
 
Armengar wrote on Aug 1, 2021, 15:04:
I play enough KSP to be a decent internet rocket engineer, designer and astronaut. Just put more boosters, more struts and give it more delta V and it will be fine.

And know the difference between your 1.0 and 0.1 RCS control blocks.
"No matter where you go, there you are." Buckaroo Banzai

There are two types of computer users: Masochists and Linux users.

If you would like help or further details on a technical discussion we're having, email me at bnhelp (at sign) keepusiel.net .
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