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Principia Discordia => Apple Talk => Topic started by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 16, 2016, 06:53:54 pm

Title: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 16, 2016, 06:53:54 pm
(There will of course be more odd behavior, but God's Toilet has run dry of revelations.)

I work in the capitol of anachronisms.  We explore the stars with impossibly futuristic instruments that are controlled by 1990s Sparx workstations, programmed in Fourth, in 60 year old buildings on land that has belonged to The Nation at least a thousand years.  Time means nothing on the mountain.

Below, you scurry in your motorcars and your steam trains, you clog the highways with your hybrid driverless cars and high speed rail; you darken the skies with your blimps and your suborbital shuttles…All depending which side of the mountain from which I am observing.

LMNO relaxes with his beautiful wife, contentedly forgetting everything that happened at the office.  This Saturday night, they’re going dancing.  Life is pretty damn good, if you don’t let the bastards bog you down.

Up here, the DESI and STARSHADE projects move forward.  58 years of accumulated knowledge, all coming together.  We can smell the stars from here, we’re so close that we can spit to Rigel.  The fabric of the universe is our canvass.  We can do anything, anything at all, given funding and enough skilled personnel.

Payne is dead in 99.9995% of all universes, and just keeps popping back up in the other .0005.  Richter refined his art to a point the size of the Planck Constant.  Faust gets an upgrade from the server and staggers out into daylight to preach the word.  Trivial can’t exist in your reality, so calm the fuck down.  You can trust me on this, I’m not like the others.

Somewhere else, I’Itoy has woken up because those crazy foreigners are finally doing something interesting for once.  I am not the only one to realize this.  The Odham are skittish, and fuck if they’re going to talk to ME about it.  I can’t blame them, I am not one of them, and this is definitely family business.   

President Television learns to stop worrying; he is free.  P3NT realizes that there’s really no reason to continue being completely human anymore.  Queen Gogira is trying to tell you that there’s a perfectly good universe right next door, but you’re too busy staring in horror at this one.

Everything is changing, and I alone have survived to tell thee.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: LMNO on June 16, 2016, 06:57:34 pm
Can it be you left us with somewhat of a "good" ending?


I'm not going to question it.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 16, 2016, 06:58:28 pm
Can it be you left us with somewhat of a "good" ending?


I'm not going to question it.

I report; you decide.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 16, 2016, 06:59:46 pm
Also, this isn't the end of the series.  Just the end of this part of the series.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: LuciferX on June 16, 2016, 07:55:25 pm
Praised Be the Non-Ending!
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 16, 2016, 10:41:46 pm
That reminds me - something, something, facebook, something, megapixel images from further away than I've ever looked. Did I miss the post?
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 17, 2016, 02:28:11 am
That reminds me - something, something, facebook, something, megapixel images from further away than I've ever looked. Did I miss the post?

No, I am still waiting for engineer geeks to release photos.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 17, 2016, 07:04:33 am
Cool! I'm pretty sure that post dropped on my feed, just before I pissed off to the wilderness for a weekend so wasn't sure if I'd missed it.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 17, 2016, 03:55:55 pm
Cool! I'm pretty sure that post dropped on my feed, just before I pissed off to the wilderness for a weekend so wasn't sure if I'd missed it.

Starts with:

91 mirrors, each with it's own spectrograph, feeding into the Big Ass Spectrograph.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13458751_1134851089899879_3780440411322550231_o.jpg)

The telescope itself.

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/13475164_1134851116566543_8585043736783439454_o.jpg)

Purpose:  Develop the rudiments of astrogation.

I now have all the pics I'm going to get.  Will write everything up over the weekend.

Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on June 17, 2016, 05:05:34 pm
 :eek: Its a thing of beauty!
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 17, 2016, 09:28:30 pm
: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.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Wizard Joseph on June 18, 2016, 07:32:33 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?
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: LuciferX on June 18, 2016, 09:26:09 pm
: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?
Maybe.  Or it could also be for the equivalent of 'steady-shot', in giant optical arrays.  Seems pretty cool from here.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 19, 2016, 03:14:33 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.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger on June 19, 2016, 03:15:45 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?
Maybe.  Or it could also be for the equivalent of 'steady-shot', in giant optical arrays.  Seems pretty cool from here.

That's pretty much it.

Also, far less wear and tear.  You just replace the plenum bags once every couple of years.  No monster trucks to change bearings in.  It's absolutely the right way to do this, if you don't need declination control.
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Wizard Joseph 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?
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Good Reverend Roger 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. 
Title: Re: High Altitude Hell, part 6: The last weak dribble of prophecy
Post by: The Wizard Joseph 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: