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Catherine Mintz
... writes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and poetry.
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The BBC on it all plus launch video: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45838991
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Here's another article about the effect: https://www.livescience.com/38239-brown-oceans-fuel-hurricanes-tropical-cyclones.html Apparently the idea has been around a while, I just hadn't heard it.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
An analysis of why the storm strengthened over land: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/10/15/hurricane-michaels-second-wind-rare-case-tropical-storm-that-strengthened-over-land/?utm_term=.8953538354ab The first time I've seen the term "brown ocean."
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
I'm glad you are all right. We need a better storm rating system, perhaps including chances of flooding. A Cat 1 plus thirty inches of rain should be known to be challenging. Forecasters should tell people that getting out of the way of a Cat 5 is the only sensible option. "My house has stood through eighty years of hurricanes" doesn't apply.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Soyuz Launch Failure: more details and video: https://www.space.com/42097-soyuz-rocket-launch-failure-expedition-57-crew.html
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Hubble needs help and there are no ships. Edit 10/9: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06984-z?utm_source=briefing-dy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=briefing&utm_content=20181009
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2018 on Next Up: October 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
WSJ on why Musk settled: https://www.wsj.com/articles/mark-cuban-prodded-teslas-elon-musk-to-settle-sec-charges-1538678655
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I think shutting grocery stores is a major oversight in disaster planning. Every store should have its own generator and stay open absent major flooding." WB Around here, they open whenever they can, because, I am told, it is cheaper to pay people to come and run the store and make sure the freezers are freezing and so on than it is to take a loss by staying closed. India looks to become a major player in space.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
That storm surge is fast-moving and given how slow the storm is, there's a lot more rain to come. Glad you are safe.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"Here's hoping for a dud. If not, I have propane and camping gear." WB A dud. We all should be so lucky. How about a boat? This one is so big they are warning of flooding up where I am. I was not sorry to see the current projection takes it west not north. That could change. August was an unnaturally long month around here.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Next Up, Monday: https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/09/09/falcon-9-launch-timeline-with-telstar-18-vantage/ "SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Monday, heading due east over the Atlantic Ocean to deliver the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit around 32 minutes later."
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2018 on Next Up: September 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I enjoyed Dragon's Egg, but even back in the day thought it was clever and shallow. Still, it had an important influence on me. I thought it was odd the Cheela were so charmingly real, while his human characters were too wooden to even be described as cardboard." WB I looked up Dragon's Egg on Amazon. The worldbuilding is good; the people get in the way of the science. Perhaps it's best thought of an as interesting textbook?
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Interesting quote from the Washington Post article linked at the upper right: "The issue is particularly pressing for the East Coast of the United States between Washington and Maine, not only because of the extensive electric infrastructure in this region. The very ground beneath our feet makes us vulnerable, Murtagh said. The 300 million-year-old igneous rock on which the Eastern Seaboard is perched does not conduct electricity well."
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Including Space Force logos, none of them very inspired: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-s-proposed-space-force-could-have-trouble-getting-ground-n899466
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Next crop of astronauts: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/08/03/nasa-unveil-astronauts-who-will-relaunch-human-flights-us-soil/?utm_term=.8da49c55fac3.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2018 on Next Up: August 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/ancient-life-moon-earth-180954282/ suggests that splash might have sent fossils from Earth to the Moon. "In meteorite collections here on Earth, pieces of the Moon and Mars have been identified. Additionally, several rare and unusual meteorite groups may eventually be determined to have come from a planet (Mercury is the leading contender of origin for some stones)." It's a 2015 article but still interesting.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Geologists seem to call water-filled cavities lakes elsewhere, like Antarctica. "To tell the truth, while the discovery of life on Mars would have been a Godsend for human spaceflight 50 years ago, today it would be an utter disaster." WB Why? Fear of contamination, both ways? We could be Martian, perhaps.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
A little more research. It's hard to find his books because "James White" is a lot of people. But his Sector General works are available: https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Operations-General-Hospital-Operation-ebook/dp/B004ULPL86/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531061992&sr=8-14
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"To my mind, the best giant alien spacecraft visitor novel is All Judgment Fled, by James White, all but forgotten." WB It's a long time since I read that, but it would make a great movie. I don't see any of White's works as ebooks. I wonder who controls his estate?
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2018 on Next Up: July 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I like to say that deadlines clarify the mind marvelously." JH They do indeed However, one recent study in the UK found that income for writers was sinking, irregardless of their working habits, and that it is harder for those in the middle ranks to earn a living than it once was. Looking at the market lists, you can see how this might be true. Old standards are gone, or slipped down to semi-pro pay rates; many new publications don't yet pay professional rates. Advances for novels have not advanced in many years. Nonfiction is better but then it always has been.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2018 on Next Up: June 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"If I'd gotten my hands on the world's financial systems, I'd probably still be in prison." WB But whose prison: one of the slave pens in high Earth orbit? Future history is still fluid.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2018 on Next Up: June 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"I hesitate to imagine what I would have done if I'd gotten my hands on the world financial system." WB That's an intriguing thought—
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2018 on Next Up: June 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"—On the other hand, a non-friable 6 meter nickel-iron "meteor" would take out Manhattan on an unlucky day." WB We need a new unit: the distructon. Something to measure the potential damge from an Earth strike.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2018 on Next Up: June 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
Postponded to tomorrow: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/watch-live-spacex-to-launch-bangabandhu-1-satellite-atop-block-5-the-most-powerful-falcon-9-rocket-to-date
Toggle Commented May 11, 2018 on Next Up: May 2018 at SF and F Roundtable
"A small one could handle a light camera, or vital small parts or papers, but big and bulky gets tricky." JH In cities, for heavy loads, they're hoping to use autonomous vehicles, but in Europe, particularly, where old streets are often narrow and winding, they'd like to take to the air. Big cities already have an almost constant background noise of planes and helicopters: people might not be surprised. They also might be happy, but convenience often wins out.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2018 on Next Up: April 2018 at SF and F Roundtable