Well This Bodes IllYesterday there was a bit of confusion regarding Space-X's test flight (which failed to transpire). Specifically, there were conflicting reports that the FAA had or had not rescinded their flight authorization at the last minute.
Well, Space-X does appear to be in trouble with at least one other branch of the government, the Justice Department.
They're gonna be prosecuted for not hiring foreigners at an ITAR sensitive firm, and one of the Few U.S. firms with a global technological lead in its fields. There is no info on what the nationality is but as this doesn't seem to have been an issue until president Djo Bai Din came into office, I would be very interested in knowing that crucial fact.
After the voting related process in November, I noticed some interesting noise, that could have been bragging and a victory lap, asserting that Biden is a restoration of normal when it comes to travel, etc.
The Biden affair was already certain to be an interesting situation, with all sorts of academically fascinating stuff to learn, and unforeseeable possibilities for what will actually happen.
I, personally, was expecting a public failure of Chang'e 5, and a loss of confidence in Xi Jinping Thought's claim to technical management excellence, with results to follow as expected. I hadn't thought about US private space companies being a goad to PRC status.
If this really represents PRC influence, and if that is a determination to take a victory lap and rub the truth in everyone's face, things may collapse faster than expected.
On the other hand, Musk is relocating out of California, and that may come with the loss of protection arrangements, for which revenge is to be taken. Right now, the California delegation should have a lot of influence, so is a plausible source.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Fri Jan 29 09:13:31 2021 (6y7dz)
Good Grief! It's Real.
We covered the rumors of the Kel-Tec P50 before. And expressed skepticism that anything this cool could exist. Commenters reported seeing magazine articles on it, but now there is confirmation from Kel-Tec themselves via The Gun Hipster Network.
Sadly, Kel-Tec will not be getting it to market before January 20th, so there is still some doubt as to whether it will ever be available.
Without handling the thing it's hard to make any judgements on handling, but the mag change looks flakier than it should be, not because its bad in concept, but because it opens SO wide that in the dark it looks like there's too big an area that the mag might go. It's certainly not "hand finds hand".
Still, that's what practice is for and a pistol shooting 50 rounds of 5.7x28 for under a grand is quite compelling and a potential budgetary hazard.
I'd been looking at an 1858 Remington, and then THIS goes and happens.
Posted by: J Greely at Wed Dec 23 18:01:57 2020 (ZlYZd)
That does look like a lot of fun. I might have to get the .22lr version just to be able to use it for the local rimfire challenge meets. The 5.7x28 version seems like a good way to defend yourself from the zombie mink apocalypse that is no doubt scheduled for 2021....
Posted by: David at Wed Dec 23 20:03:27 2020 (jdGUg)
I actually wondered if something like this, albeit with a smaller magazine, might be a better PDW than the P-90. Although the P-90 is compact, it is still too large to fit into a hip holster, and so would be getting in your way much too often. A good PDW, in my opinion, is one that you can always have with you need it, and not something that you stored somewhere else because it was too bulky to carry around all the time.
Posted by: Siergen at Thu Dec 24 13:07:14 2020 (jIT9h)
4@Siergen P-90 magazines are available, and in a military context are in the NATO logistics system
Brügger & Thomet makes something like what you're talking about, it also comes, in less compact form, in full auto. The Coast Guard and Army have kits for their Sigs that do much the same thing.
The magazine for the P-90 is about 10 inches long so this KEL-TEC beast is probably about 13-14 inches long. Assuming good balance (and its balance is going to shift a lot as the magazine empties), that is probably at the very limit of a wieldable pistol, but it also means that a folding or retractable stock will have sufficient length of pull to be practical, though such a feature would make it an SBR in the U.S. civilian market.
All of this assumes that this picture is not a joke by someone on 4-chan's /k/ board.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Jan 3 17:52:30 2021 (PiXy!)
I flipped through the "magazine" in a bookstore. Not a fan of the loading procedure for the P50. The interview with George Kellgren was okay, but omitted what I would've asked: why no update to P-3AT, etc.
Discovered yesterday, by the Research Vessel Petrel 18000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific, the wreck of the flagship of Japan's once implacable Kido Butai sits in the middle of the craters she made when the vessel came to the end of her long fall from grace.
Akagi and her sisters sallied forth expecting to spring a trap and oversee the killing blow against the U.S.N. and the capture of the most important pile of sand and albatross nests in the world. Instead, the loss of of this vessel and 5 others at the hands of a numerically inferior and diffidently equipped scratch force of U.S. Navy planes dumbfounded the Japanese and ended their rampage across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Over the next three and a half years there would be more battles and the Japanese would even win a few, but this battle ended the Japanese forward momentum and the loss of so many aircrew was a blow from which Japan never really recovered.
Japan's hope for success in her folly ended with the death of Akagi and her sisters.
"I always wanted a pony. But after the accident, I got to BE the pony!"
Can't find the artist, but the girl's name is Mako Shimano. The centaurcycle is called a G.U.M.B.A and the source is an ad for a Toyota dealership in Gunnma Prefecture Japan.
An ad that fills me with equal parts skepticism and want.
Steven was recently disappointed to learn that the word "hoverboard" had been defined down by people who lack either vision or an understanding of the language.
Fortunately there are those working to rectify that.
In other, more meta news: I edited the recent post that was speculating about practical applications of scientifically facilitated hybrid vigor. This was mainly to provide proper citations. However, in the process, additional expository graphics pertinent to the subject matter were uncovered and added.
Some Truly Good News
This is a couple of days old, but it is still awesome news.
The National Space Society takes great pleasure in announcing that its 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award has been won by acclaimed science fiction author Dr. Jerry Pournelle. This prestigious award selected by an international vote of NSS members will be presented to Dr. Jerry Pournelle at the 2016 International Space Development Conference (ISDC). The public is welcome to attend the conference and see the award presentation at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ISDC will run from May 18-22, 2016.
Pournelle is one of the best of the hard SF writers and he has worked tirelessly since the late '60s to defend this nation and make us a space faring society. He worked on space policy for two presidents, and was instrumental in getting the DC-X off the ground. In addition to his visionary and entertaining novels and short stories, Dr. Pournelle has been a tireless advocate for making humanity a multi-planet species.
This is truly well deserved and it is uplifting to see it has come to pass.
Meanwhile, as she sits back, eats her chips and watches the fireworks, one of the Brickmuppets's Crack Team of Science Babes takes the time to point out that his could be of more than passing interest.
New Scientist reports that there is a nontrivial possibility that this could be a long term problem as the last hundred or so years have seen Iceland atypically quiet. If this becomes a periodic occurrence I wonder if cruise ships might be rerouted for transatlantic duty. This would be a suboptimal solution. Cruise ships are not liners as they are fairly slow, though Cunard might soon find it even nicer to have three new vessels on hand, that, being designed partly as liners, can make 28knots.
In the longer term if Icelandic ash is periodically disrupting air travel with Europe, might we see a return to piston engined planes? As I understand it, the ash is a far greater menace to gas turbines ...it can cause issues over time with Otto and diesel cycle engines as well but that can be somewhat mitigated with better filters.
Nor is travel the only potential disruption.
The eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora in 1815 caused the 'year without a summer'. This is a firecracker of an eruption compared to that but it is very long lasting and seems to be spewing an awful lot of ash. I do wonder how the aggregate amounts of ash will compare to Tambora.
Tambora's affect on the weather was actually comparable to an eruption by another Icelandic volcano, Laki in 1783.
The British naturalist Gilbert White described that summer in his
classic Natural History of Selborne as "an amazing and portentous one …
the peculiar haze, or smokey fog, that prevailed for many weeks in this
island, and in every part of Europe, and even beyond its limits, was a
most extraordinary appearance, unlike anything known within the memory
"The sun, at noon, looked as blank as a clouded moon, and
shed a rust-coloured ferruginous light on the ground, and floors of
rooms; but was particularly lurid and blood-coloured at rising and
setting. At the same time the heat was so intense that butchers' meat
could hardly be eaten on the day after it was killed; and the flies
swarmed so in the lanes and hedges that they rendered the horses half
frantic … the country people began to look with a superstitious awe, at
the red, louring aspect of the sun."
Across the Atlantic, Benjamin
Franklin wrote of "a constant fog over all Europe, and a great part of
The disruption to weather patterns meant the
ensuing winter was unusually harsh, with consequent spring flooding
claiming more lives. In America the Mississippi reportedly froze at New
A Coastie From Newport News Made Good
Built in 1914 by Newport new Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.as the freighter Medina, the Motor Vessel Dullos has passed through countless storms, Braved the U boats of both the Kaiser and the Furher while bringing supplies across the Atlantic and survived the ravages nearly a century at sea. Additionally, during World War 2, the old vessel was operated as an auxiliary for a time by the US Coast Guard.
Renamed Dullos by her current owners, the vessel is now the oldest operating passenger vessel in the entirety of the Earths oceans.
Such a long and storied history would be worthy of comment on its own, but Dullos is doubly remarkable. Operated by the German charity GBA , her passenger list consists not only of fare paying travelers but volunteers who see to her cargo. That cargo consists of tons of books for Dullos is a floating library and bookstore traveling the world hosting floating bookfairs.
Bangkok, Manilla, Kuching, Hong Kong, Phuket, and more than a hundred other ports have been visited by the ship and her crack crew of globetrotting salty-dog librarians. Additionally, while in no way a hospital ship, her medical staff performs some dental and other medical services in the less affluent ports of call.
Now, in the ships 95th year her long voyage is at an end. The inexorable toll exacted by the corrosive and violent sea has accumulated over the years and it was decided after her latest survey that the old vessel is to be decommissioned on Decenber 31, 2009.
Way Cooler than a Wawa Renovations are being done on a gas station in Minnesota. Now normally unless alternate fuels are being fed through the pumps or a giant robot is somehow involved, this would not be of any interest whatsoever.
Them Thar's Some Big Fiddles....
This came via Wonderduck...who inexplicably hasn't posted it...so I naturally suspect a cunning trap of some sort. However, I'm afraid that it is simply too cool not to post.
Tuckers For Today
A hot rod house has produced a near replica of the Tucker '48 Torpedo using the original blueprints and mold.
Its not exact of course as the engine is moved a bit forward to improve balance (its almost a mid engine now )and the thing has A/C and a modern electronics fit (GPS/ stereo ect.) but damn....this is cool.
And yet it gets cooler still because they've done a low rider version updated, behold the Lower 48!
It was not just stylish, it was a safety feature. The center light turned with the steering wheel whenever the wheel was turned more than 10 degrees right or left. This not only illuminated the road in that direction but broadcast the intention of the driver. Neat!