Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

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Postby Condottiere » Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:35 pm

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Planet Nine: Our Solar System's Missing Planet?

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Postby Condottiere » Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:36 am

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Earth Tilted on Its Side And Then Suddenly Reversed, 84 Million Year Ago

Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about the ancient times when Earth apparently changed its spin axis by a large amount for no apparent reason

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Postby Condottiere » Fri Jul 30, 2021 12:21 pm

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The Horrifying Future of 'Man After Man'

We take a look at the terrifying future of humanity as we examine Man after Man, by Dougal Dixon. How will humanity evolve over the next 5 million years? we'll talk about that, speculative biology, sci fi, and more today!

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Postby Condottiere » Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:17 pm

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Battle Of Scarif (Land Battle) | Rogue One [4K HDR]

Hope you enjoy the clip!

🚨DISCLAIMER🚨
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All video and audio is owned by Disney Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd.

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As I understand the geography, it's all water except for a cluster of islands.

You could have hidden the (data)base underwater.
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Postby Condottiere » Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:04 pm

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The First-Ever Map of Mars’s Interior

We’ve done a surprising amount of exploration on Mars, from its atmosphere, to its surface, and miles deep into its canyons. But mapping its insides has been a quandary that we hadn’t been able to solve until last week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQiDPoT-4A



Gooey centre.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:44 pm

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This is Why Farmers Sell Their Weapons and Buy Donkeys

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1. Large guard animal.

2. Unbribeable, and unbridleeable; breedable.

3. Unpowered transport.

4. Cheap investment; also depreciation reckoned in decades.


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Or smart.
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Postby Condottiere » Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:26 pm

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These Devices Let You Hear Through Your Skin

Medicine has limited options for restoring lost hearing, but recently, inventors in Japan and the U.S. have been trying a new approach: vibrating devices that allow users to "hear" through their skin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=285Jg0WN2yo



Using the skin as interface for other senses, though I'm a tad sceptical about sensing infrared or magnetic fields.

Undoubtedly useful in an unpowered spaceship that needs to be explored.
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Postby Condottiere » Sat Aug 07, 2021 12:19 pm

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The Two Asteroids That Shouldn’t Be There

Space Clue: 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia in the asteroid belt with evidence of being formed outside of it. But the real mystery is how they got there! And we again return to Ganymede with new evidence suggesting even more kinds of water in its atmosphere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLgjqEfzITQ



1. Reddish organic material.

2. Illegal immigrants.

3. Ganymede gas station.
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Postby Condottiere » Mon Aug 09, 2021 3:48 pm

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This INCREDIBLE Plane Runs On Train Tracks...The George Benny Rail Plane!

So, what did the Bennie Railcar actually look like? It was cigar-shaped, reminiscent of a small submarine or robotic underwater vessel. For its time it was cutting-edge in design and could be described as elegant and streamlined, looking also somewhat like an airship gondola –

you know, a smaller, less blimp version of the Hindenburg.

The mechanics of the Railcar were fairly simple: it ran along the underside of an overhead monorail, very much like monorails seen at airports and amusement resorts today.

Two bogies with wheels, also known as ‘trucks, and which you’ll remember were referred to in the patent, were attached to the top rail so that the railcar could be held securely in place.

Wheels which rested on another rail would be suspended 16 feet above the ground . These wheels helped stabilise the train when in motion.

Critically for its design, the railcar would be moved by propellers powered by on-board motors. The Bennie Railcar had two aircraft propellers, one on each side.

The propellers could be reversed, It was these two aircraft propellers that not only made the train unique in design concept, but also gave it its name — the Railplane.

The train also featured a braking system on the top rail that would hold the train steady at stations. The propellers were integral to the braking system, as the Railpane would come to a halt when they were reversed.

Each car or carriage was designed to carry a maximum of 48 people, although the first and only prototype had seating for fewer people.

It was important to Bennie that the train not only be a comfortable ride but also luxurious. And so the interior of the prototype was fitted out by master furniture makers and interior decorators Waring and Gillow of London, featuring comfortable seats, stained windows and plush curtains.

The prototype Bennie Railcar at Milngavie was finally opened to the public on July 8th 1930. A test run was done with journalists and guests on board. Although the prototype didn’t exceed 50 miles or 80 kilometres an hour, the test was still a smashing success.

The guests on board loved the experience!

One journalist called it a “wonderful product of British brains”. People were enthused by how smooth and comfortable the Railcar felt when in motion. Conventional trains at the time were anything but smooth and quiet. Those trains were bumpy and loud, wheezing and shuddering as they trundled along. Not that pleasant!

Here was a ride that was luxuriously smooth and oh-so-quiet. An invited guest on the test run had this to say: "the Railplane operated with perfect smoothness and passengers only knew the car was moving by gazing out of the window at the passing landscape. There was no bumping over rails, smoke or whistle shrieking. A ride in the coach is sheer delight."

Which can only mean the Bennie Railcar was set for success, right?

It should be noted that the Bennie Railplane was technically sound and, for all intents and purposes, financially feasible. So, why did the Bennie Railplane fail to raise the needed capital?

A logical, educated guess would be that the rail transport authorities of the day were simply too scared of a popular railcar that would lose them, passengers, on commuter lines.

In fact, Southern Railways made it quite clear that the company was not pleased with the idea of potential loss of revenue

due to having a high-speed competitor transporting passengers over its existing railway lines.

This was made abundantly clear in October 1931, when Bennie claimed he had raised enough money to fund a 20 mile railway from Holborn in central London down to Croydon Airport.

Southern Railways refused access over their railway lines due to potential loss of revenue from their existing service to Croydon.

Ultimately, the Railplane may have just been too viable for its own good.

However, there is a very interesting twist to the tale. By the mid-1930s, the British government was becoming very interested in the Bennie Railplane.

Southern Railways decided to relent and offered Bennie a stretch of line from London Bridge to Dartford via Lewisham.

But Bennie refused the offer, standing by his wish to have the line to Croydon Airport instead.

Bennie would later go on to run a herbalist shop, the polar opposite of what one would expect of a man who once dreamed of high-speed trains! Or perhaps it makes perfect sense that he did that?

As for the prototype sitting at Milngavie, it fell into disrepair and was eventually dismounted and sold for scrap in 1956. Bennie died one year later at a nursing home in Epsom, alone and allegedly penniless.

George Bennie was clearly a tenacious dreamer and man of vision. He was indeed a true son of Scotland, a country renowned for its inventors and innovators.

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1. Would it be worth the infrastructure investment? Low technology worlds with no existing mass transit corporations that could lobby against it, which would allow their industrial base to support it.

2. If it didn't need to be positioned over existing rail or roads, it could be positioned lower.

3. I wonder if a little more aerodynamics could add extra benefits, that would both lift the car, and yet keep it more secure in it's rails, combination of ground effect vehicle and Formula One racing car.
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Postby Condottiere » Tue Aug 10, 2021 12:44 pm

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What Really Happens to Your Body if You Die in Space

If you die in space, there is no coming home. But does your body immediately freezes and erupts into a thousand tiny particles? What does science have to say about this topic? Today we're going to explore what would actually happen to your body if you died in space.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgszSF18TSA



1. Get certified resealable vacuum suit.

2. Charge rent to bacteria.

3. Fermented spaceman; Romulan Ale?
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Postby Condottiere » Tue Aug 10, 2021 12:54 pm

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Will Black Holes Power the Future?

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1. Luminiferous aether.

2. Ergosphere.

3. Negative energy.

4. Penross process.

5. Penis enlargement?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Thu Aug 12, 2021 12:00 pm

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What If The Earth Was 10 Times Bigger?

What would happen if the Earth was 10 times bigger? A larger planet might have certain similarities to the Earth you know, but the differences to our ecosystems, evolution, and the fundamentals of reality (as you know it) will blow your mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHo2FwwoLng



1. Bigger isn't always better.

2. Technological level seven acceleration three reactionary rockets, minus two gravities, should be enough to slip the surly bonds of super earth, and touch the face of god.
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:40 pm

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The Coriolis force

Why do objects seem deflected in a carousel? Why do hurricanes turn in opposite directions? And why does a train weigh different depending to its direction? All these answers in 10 minutes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCbMKSZZO9w



1. Never quite thought of it that way.

2. I guess that makes Coriolis Force science fiction.

3. Takeoff spinward should make the spacecraft lighter.
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Postby Condottiere » Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:39 pm

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Why Vertical Farming Won't Save the Planet

Bruce Bugbee, Utah State University Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, has studied plant growth in controlled environments for most of his career. Here he presents the results of his analysis of the environmental effects of Vertical Farming/Indoor Agriculture (September 2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISAKc9gpGjw



1. How many moles of photons per food.

2. Gourmet farming.

3. Transportation cost minimal; however, considering what we learned last year, what happens when supply chains are overloaded, or even broken?

4. Brutal economies of scale in field farming: natural solar radiation, mechanization, aquifers, rainfall and irrigation, fertilization utilization.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:20 pm

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Physicist Despairs over Vacuum Energy

At 2 mins 26 seconds when I say "Peter" I meant "Paul". Sorry!

Dark energy has got something to do with quantum vacuum fluctuation, whoa, physics. You have probably heard something like that. Alas, that isn't quite right. In this video I clear up the confusion. Vacuum energy is much easier to understand than you might have been told. And it doesn't fluctuate.

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1. Opening up the rabbit hole increases mass in our dimension.

2. Come to think of it, the exit of a starship would do that as well.

3. For one week, our dimension would have less mass.

4, Would a jump be a quantum fluctuation?

5. Would the ideal gas be a jump bubble?

6. Don't get lost in hyperspace.
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Wed Aug 18, 2021 11:01 pm

fare/draft

1. Let's see, an air/raft is four tonnes onboard, that's eight spaces, technological level eight.

2. Speed is high, about two to three hundred kilometres, and a range of a thousand klicks.

3. Capacity six, quarter of a megastarbux.

4. Light ground vehicle, eight spaces, six kilostarbux, technological level ten, high speed, range five hundred.

5. Auxiliary grav drive, agility minus one, range two hundred fifty, speed medium, twenty five percent spaces leaving six, double cost twelve kilostarbux.

6. Each crewmember and passenger needs one space, so essentially, that's one crewmember and five passengers for the remaining six spaces, no cargo.

7. Control system basic, autopilot basic two kilostarbux, communications improved five hundred klicks seventy five starbux, computer/one five hundred starbux, navigation basic one klick ten kilostarbux, sensors basic one klick five kilostarbux, entertainment system two hundred kilostarbux; 17'775.00 starbux.

8. So a tad short of thirty kilostarbux, 29'775.00 starbux.

9. That's a difference of about two hundred twenty kilostarbux.
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Aug 19, 2021 11:26 am

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Is the Future of Factories micro or GIGA?

With new emerging upstarts like Arrival, challenging this convention, is there a chance our factories too will get smaller and more distributed? This is a question of the future of factories, and whether there are going to be Giga in size, or micro, and it deserves a deeper dive here on Two Bit da Vinci.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDPyorIGo7g



1. I forget the actual term, but a small scale facility flexible enough to react to local market changes in realtime, or adapt to customer feedback.

2. Scalable.

3. I'm sure we all thought this was feasible with the event of three dee printers, and computerized laser cutting.

4. The other option, similar to the printing industry and computer chip foundries, you can contract a run with a neutral corporation whose production facilities can be customized to your needs.

5. Transportation costs, differences in labour costs and other overheads, and tariffs; which is why globalization favours economies of scale, and you can cheat with massive subsidization to crush competition, whether by the corporation, or by government handouts.
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Aug 19, 2021 12:01 pm

dare/wrath

1. Looking over the design rules of vehicles, it seems in terms of shipping, thirty tonnes volume starts economies of scale.

2. Optimum size is one hundred twenty spaces, which sounds rather oversized in terms of road vehicles.

3. Since twenty five spaces allows a bonus to spot it, you'd want to keep it twenty four spaces if the idea is discretion.

4. Maintenance is only one day per year, in a fully equipped workshop.

5. Monthly maintenance cost is half a percent.

6. I would have thought that the open vehicle option would have been available to light and heavy ground vehicles, which I thought would have to be specifically stated in the option description within each chassis sub category.

7. Or, can you just mix and match traits in accordance to taste?

8. You could have tracked monowheels or open frames.

9. The examples given in the book don't seem consistent with the written rules.
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Postby Condottiere » Thu Aug 19, 2021 12:32 pm

spare/graft

1. Tradition has the air/raft as taking up four tonnes onboard.

2. I think we'll have the Confederation standard as five tonnes, since ten spaces allows utilization of the extra spaces provided by ramping up and down speed and fuel capacity.

3. By extension, the other worthwhile milestone would be twenty spaces, which would take care of the mid and heavy variants of light ground vehicles.

4. The light variants would be motorcycles, apparently one to three spaces, buggies, dune or otherwise, which seems about four spaces, or two tonnes.

5. Does the motorcycle include a sidecar?

6. I don't see an option for trailers.

7. However, did spot the unpowered vehicle chassis.

8. Seems to max out at ten spaces.

9. If you want a bicycle, wouldn't it need an open frame option?
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Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Postby Condottiere » Fri Aug 20, 2021 10:44 am

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Ian's Customs: Tanker M1 Scout

Today we are looking at the Tanker M1 rig I put together about 15 years ago. This is an original WW2 production receiver rebuilt with an 18" 7.62mm NATO barrel in the 1980s by Arlington Ordnance. In pursuit of a universal do-it-all practical rifle, I then added a forward scope mount with a Burris 2-7x pistol scope, and a muzzle brake from Smith Enterprises. To go along with the rifle, I have a really nice single-clip index holder from Comp-Tac (which I really wish someone would put back into production...) and a much less practical flashlight fitted to a cut-off M1 bayonet.

I really had forgotten just how enjoyable of a rifle this turned out to be, despite its weight...

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1. Recycled

2. Situational awareness.

3. Attachments designed to replace bayonette.

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