This is cool
koppie — Fri, 11/23/2012 - 22:28
Here's a 7,000 word essay on what realistic space battles would look like. I don't agree with every point; I do think stealth would be useful, and I think regular machine guns would be useful too. In addition, the essay briefly considers the fact that any adequately large battleship, or even space freighter, could be a dangerous weapon against a land target like a city, but doesn't really deal with the strategic implications of that.
koppie — Sat, 11/10/2012 - 01:10
Maybe I should have a new category on my site for "This is Fucking Crazy." Here's Sandy's life over a one week period, from ravaging Cuba to climbing up the entire Eastern Seaboard.
Watching it from space gives a kind of antisceptic feel to the entire thing. You know terrible destruction is been wreaked below. Kinda reminds me of the view from a battlecruiser:
(Skip to 1:40 to see what I mean.)
koppie — Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:57
Well ok, God made the heavens, but I made this.
Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on a moon of Mars and look up at the night sky? What about Jupiter? Saturn? Here you go:
koppie — Tue, 07/03/2012 - 00:46
a.k.a. "Procrastination, 21st-century style." I wanted a new skydome for my spinny cube (think: "computer desktop wallpaper"). I've got a space theme going on right now, and wanted a simple photograph of the Space Shuttle flying alone in orbit. Turns out there aren't that many photographs of this, probably because it was rare for the shuttle to be orbiting near another manned spacecraft. (Although not that rare; the shuttle docked with both Mir and the ISS.
koppie — Thu, 05/03/2012 - 23:41
I've noticed that lately anything meaningful I have to say to my friends on Facebook has been drowned out by a million cute/funny things which I also post. Because how could I not? They're cute and funny!
koppie — Wed, 03/07/2012 - 04:54
In just a couple months, Venus is going to pass in front of the Sun - or more correctly, Venus will transit between the Earth and the Sun. This is the last time it will happen during your life. It won't be visible from everywhere on the planet, but will be visible in California, in the afternoon and early evening on May 6, 2012. It gets better: May 6 is a Sunday (coincidence???), so I won't have to explain to my boss that I'm leaving work early in order to go stare at the Sun.
koppie — Wed, 03/07/2012 - 01:50
Today, a triple dose of awesome.
First up: Someone built the International Space Station out of legos. On the International Space Station. This was an educational project run by a real astronaut on the real ISS:
Next: Canadians . . . IN SPACE! This lego man, clutching a Canadian flag, joins the proud ranks of the Canadian astronaut corps:
koppie — Sat, 07/30/2011 - 11:42
Two new awesome cloud-based services have popped up in the last couple weeks: Google Music, and Spotify. They both offer awesome new ways to enjoy your music, but which one is better? Meanwhile, there's a spoiler hidden among those clouds . . .