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Beer and Queso / Apollo 11
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:47:27 am »
I watched this documentary last night.  Someone found a trove of 65mm footage from the mission, and they've spliced it together to make a riveting (once you get past the first 15 minutes or so) documentary.  The footage is so good it almost looks fake; the actual footage of the rocket leaving the pad puts movie versions - even Apollo 13 - to shame (but nothing beats this, of course).

The way they use the footage with the telecom chatter between Mission Control and the astronauts is fantastic.  The overlay of speed, distance and - for the lunar descent - height and fuel data, is a brilliant touch.  I found the sequences of the lunar insertion burn, the Earth insertion burn and, of course, the landing, to be truly stressful to watch.  I swear my heart rate was higher than those reported of Armstrong and Aldrin.  Realizing that they had to initiate the Earth insertion burn from the dark side of the moon is a scary thought; they were out of Earth contact while firing a rocket that could have propelled them off into Knowhere.  Couldn't have been easy for people on the ground either, waiting to hear if they guys had got it right.

Other stuff I didn't know is that they executed the manoeuvre to detach from - and extract the LIM from - the last rocket stage while en route to the moon (cue Deadpool 2 soundtrack) and that it was set to gently spin to keep a consistent temperature during the traverse.

Also, Aldrin described a mountain on the moon as "a mother".  Armstrong was all business, all engineer, no swearing.

Beer and Queso / Dating App
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:06:01 pm »
The is a bovine dating app - basically for farmers to match bulls and cows.

Name it!  Go...

Beer and Queso / Stan Lee
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:04:01 pm »
Passed away at age 95.

Beer and Queso / Dennis Hof Dies
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:02:37 am »
This story doesn't move me one way or another, but it is notable for this:

Hof, a candidate for the state Assembly in a district in southern Nevada, died in his sleep in the hours after a celebration that featured pornography star Ron Jeremy, former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.

Seriously, WTF?

Beer and Queso / 5G in Houston
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:45:35 pm »
We're one of the first 4 cities to get Verizon's 5G service.  Anyone got it?  Thinking of getting it?  Is it any good?

Beer and Queso / Crack Open a Coors
« on: September 06, 2018, 04:26:39 pm »
Burt Reynolds dead at 82.

Beer and Queso / World Cup 2026
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:46:26 am »
Congratulations Team USA for qualifying for the 2026 finals.

In other news, my email has been blowing up with enquiries about the status of my spare room(s).

Beer and Queso / Infinity War (Spoilers)
« on: May 01, 2018, 09:46:43 pm »
Holy fucking shit!  That went way darker than I could’ve imagined. 

Beer and Queso / Facebook in Freefall
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:47:13 am »
Stock is down 5% this morning and about 15% overall since the shitstorm broke about Cambridge Analytica.  Now that people are “woke” to what Facebook is doing - including tracking your calls and texts - people are furious.

This is an existential crisis for the platform; I’m a heavy user and I’m *this* close to deleting my account.  As it stands, I have locked down my account as far as I know how, unfollowed anything not a human being and deleted all the apps that were tracking me.

Still, on Saturday I got an update on my wall that a friend had completed one of those “what type of thing are you?” quizzes that trawl your and your friends’ data.  I alerted him to this fact as a comment to his post but the post and the subsequent comments were deleted - not by either of us - mid-discussion!  This is insane; they are tracking anti-Facebook conversations in real time and purging them from the platform. 

This has always been Facebook’s inherent flaw: they make money by doing things that, if known by their subscribers, would make them horrified.  Well their subcribers are starting to get a stronger and stronger whiff of what’s been going on, and I don’t think this is going to end well for Facebook. 

Beer and Queso / Musk’s BFR
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:06:19 pm »
That launch was fucking awesome.  It’s amazing what SpaceX has achieved.  Send Musk’s Roadster to Mars may be a little egotistical but, really, who can blame him? 

Beer and Queso / Rick Smith Stepping Down as Texans GM
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:22:28 am »
I am happy with this news, which is tempered by the fact that it is due to his wife being diagnosed with breast cancer.  I wish her a speedy and full recovery.

I also wish Bob McNair the speedy and successful recruitment of a successor.  The potential for this squad in 2018 should attract a strong panel of candidates.

Talk Zone / The End of Big Money Free Agents
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:46:22 am »
Sorry Yu, but this guy reckons that the Astros have put an end to big money free agent signings.  The tear-down, rebuild model is now the proven way to go.

I think he's correct that the tear-down, rebuild model is proven; I think he's completely wrong that it's the end of big money free agent signings.  He is overlooking one major factor:  idiot owners.  They will never tire of pumping their own egos and getting to sniff the jock of a superstar athlete by splashing big money for him.  It sells shirts and seats in the short term, and no manager is going to say "no" to a big talent injection.  Also, very few owners will have the patience and inner peace required to suck up 300 losses in three years.

So Darvish and the rest will get their money because it only takes one owner to blink.  The Astros?  I like the talk in here of Gattis as everyday PHer, because they need all the money they can get to keep this team together as the players come up for new contracts.

Talk Zone / The First Computer World Series
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:05:24 am »
Interesting article noting the extreme analytical approach of the Astros and Dodgers.  Remember when the Cardinals hacked the Astros to get a look at the Astros' database?  Yeah, it's cyber-crime important these days.

Beer and Queso / Star Trek: Discovery (Spoilers)
« on: October 19, 2017, 09:06:25 am »
I was a little skeptical at first, but this show is really blossoming.  I do recognize that it's pulling inspiration for a number of places - like Discovery's "Galatican" ability to jump into and out of a hot zone (and is "go" really the best they could come up with as the jump command?) - but the characters are rounding out nicely and there is a lot to enjoy in the in-episode and long arc story lines.

I am not sure how Discovery's spore-based jump system fits into the timeline - this being between the original Trek and TNG.  Is it simply because Abrams blew up the old timeline with the movie reboot and so it's all free and clear going forward?  I'm not sure I'm cool with Picard et al being erased from history like that but, then again, it looks like he is setting up to erase the Jedi from Star Wars so...fuck.

Talk Zone / Indians or Yankees?
« on: October 10, 2017, 09:41:20 am »
The Indians are very good but, in the MLB thumb on the scales category, no more likely of help than the Astros.  The Yankees will get as much help as MLB thinks it can get away with...and then some.  Also, the TV coverage will be unbearable.  The TV people should be salivating over the thought of two 100-win teams going at it (and again in the Series, potentially), but they won't; they'll want the Yankees all the way and will crack a 4-hour+ boner over a Yankees - Dodgers World Series.

But the Astros will have home field advantage and a better shot at beating the Yankees, MLB's thumb notwithstanding.  I honestly can't decide.

Beer and Queso / Football (not Football, Futbol or Foosball)
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:43:43 am »

More importantly, though, can the Texans hold off the Titans?  If Watt is back (pun intended) then he and Clowney will blow up a lot of offenses.  But it took a tie-breaker to pip the Titans last year and they're getting better whereas I'm not sure the Texans will score enough points to win games despite the likely stifling defense they'll have.

A home opener against Jacksonville is a nice way to start the campaign, though.

Beer and Queso / Irma(gurd)
« on: September 06, 2017, 02:43:44 pm »
Sustained winds of 185mph makes her the strongest hurricane ever recorded, and is the equivalent wind speed to an EF4 tornado.  I just read that they have been measuring gusts near the eye wall of 225mph.  Barbuda has already been hit (and hasn't been heard from since) and the storm surge is perilously close to the level that will simply wipe out Turks and Caicos.

So many islands in her path, and then Miami...

Beer and Queso / Two Steps One Sticker
« on: July 31, 2017, 10:53:05 am »
Yes, "Two Steps One Sticker" is the name of the website that the State of Texas has set up to explain its new vehicle registration / inspection process. They don't get online much, apparently.

Beer and Queso / In What Order to Watch the MCU
« on: July 06, 2017, 11:08:38 am »
Apparently, it's not release date order.  Basically, someone has figured out the chronology of the events, and that you can watch them in that order without effing things up.  They even throw in the Edward Norton "Hulk" effort.

Beer and Queso / Aaron Hernandez - Unmaking a Murderer
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:07:15 am »
An odd quirk of law is that Hernandez' death, while appealing his original murder conviction, means that the original conviction is set aside.  He's no longer a murderer; simply, now, a dead former NFL player.

That has financial repercussions.  I think the league and the Patriots now owe his estate a shit-ton of money.

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