Are the crew members of 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger still alive?

Fellowship of the Minds

Friends, wrap your head with duct tape (to prevent it from exploding). It’s Down-the-Rabbit-Hole time!

rabbit hole

If you’re age 40 years or older, you’d probably remember January 28, 1986.

That was day of the Challenger disaster, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:38 EST. All seven crew members were killed, including five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists.

Millions of Americans (17% of the total population) watched the launch live on TV because of Payload Specialist Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space. Media coverage of the explosion was extensive: one study reported that 85% of Americans surveyed had heard the news within an hour of the accident.

Challenger disaster

We were told that Challenger disintegrated because of a malfunctioning O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster. The O-ring failure caused a breach in the…

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Water: Our Life Blood

Dr. Brian O'Leary

Review of The Story of Water, U.K., 2010 (in the U.S., The Spiritual Life of Water), a book by Alick Bartholomew

“If only we could see that water is the essential life blood of the planet and cannot be separated from the natural environment, we could then start to work with nature whose husbandry of water is so efficient.”  The Story of Water, p. 262

How we treat our water is a metaphor for how we treat ourselves and the environment. The prognosis is not good for either ourselves or the environment unless we radically re-design our water systems and their connections to energy, health, food and waste systems. Water doesn’t like to be polluted, diverted and dammed up, and neither do we. Water needs to be clean and flow freely and responds positively to being loved and respected.

Story of WaterAlick Bartholomew has written a magnificent book,

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Lime Odyssey: Quest for the Book of Secrets: Down One Level and the Magic Mirror


My Current Project

Gurbintroll Games

I thought it was about time to introduce my newest project.

It doesn’t have a name yet (since I had to call the file something I’ve been referring to it as “5ECMI” for reasons that will become apparent – but that’s a silly name and I’ll call it something else when it’s finished!)

Basically, it’s a compilation of systems from previous editions of D&D, updated and re-written for D&D 5th edition. The majority are conversions of the “endgame” systems of the old Basic/Expert/Companion/Master/Immortal D&D games. The idea is that each of the systems can be mostly used independently, although some are more dependent on each other than others are.

There are basically five systems that I’m converting here:

  1. The “Residuum” system from 4th edition. This is the only system that doesn’t come from the old BECMI edition of the game, and it’s completely standalone in that it doesn’t depend on…

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*The Complacent Class*

Jason Bayz

I had high hopes for The Complacent Class,(Hereafter, TCC) the recently released book by Tyler Cowen. The book might be seen as the third in a series of books by Cowen beginning with The Great Stagnation, which is about the technological slowdown, and Average is Over, which is about labor markets in an age of “smart machines,” both of which were very good books. The thesis of TCC is hard to summarize, but my attempt, in one long sentence, is this: Cowen makes a distinction between dynamism, moving, making changes, getting out of your comfort zone, and stasis, staying in one location and one profession and one job, staying within your comfort zone, meeting and marrying people like yourself, and claims Americans are less dynamic, or more “complacent,” today. Ultimately, I give TCC three stars out of five. While there are some gems, in other chapters, I thought…

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