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The Wizard Joseph

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Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2016, 02:03:41 am »
:eek: Its a thing of beauty!

It is.  More to follow.

Fucking thing is on an AIR BEARING, if you can believe it.  It is not physically connected to the floor.  150 tons, floating 1/8" above it's pier.

Talk about impressive!

Is it because they want ionic buildup of some sort? It's an incredible feat, but WHY tho?

stability.  The telescope doesn't vibrate at all.

The thought of that much raw material on a perfectly stable platform gives me a weird feeling. Like on par with anything I ever heard of as an ancient wonder but completely new and only a means to an even more improbable end... looking at the particulars of other systems from right here on Earth, am I right?
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Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2016, 04:58:33 am »
:eek: Its a thing of beauty!

It is.  More to follow.

Fucking thing is on an AIR BEARING, if you can believe it.  It is not physically connected to the floor.  150 tons, floating 1/8" above it's pier.

Talk about impressive!

Is it because they want ionic buildup of some sort? It's an incredible feat, but WHY tho?

stability.  The telescope doesn't vibrate at all.

The thought of that much raw material on a perfectly stable platform gives me a weird feeling. Like on par with anything I ever heard of as an ancient wonder but completely new and only a means to an even more improbable end... looking at the particulars of other systems from right here on Earth, am I right?

More like accurately making a self-updating map of the galaxy. 
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Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2016, 05:28:17 am »
:eek: Its a thing of beauty!

It is.  More to follow.

Fucking thing is on an AIR BEARING, if you can believe it.  It is not physically connected to the floor.  150 tons, floating 1/8" above it's pier.

Talk about impressive!

Is it because they want ionic buildup of some sort? It's an incredible feat, but WHY tho?

stability.  The telescope doesn't vibrate at all.

The thought of that much raw material on a perfectly stable platform gives me a weird feeling. Like on par with anything I ever heard of as an ancient wonder but completely new and only a means to an even more improbable end... looking at the particulars of other systems from right here on Earth, am I right?

More like accurately making a self-updating map of the galaxy.

Astrogation map...?  :eek:

You can't get out backward.  You have to go forward to go back.. better press on! - Willie Wonka, PBUH

Life can be seen as a game with no reset button, no extra lives, and if the power goes out there is no restarting.  If that's all you see life as you are not long for this world, and never will get it.

"Ayn Rand never swung a hammer in her life and had serious dominance issues" - The Fountainhead

"World domination is such an ugly phrase. I prefer to call it world optimisation."
 - Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality :lulz: