SpaceX AMOS-6 Anomaly

SpaceX had a very sudden and upsetting anomaly just before the static test fire of their Falcon 9 rocket on September 1, 2016.

SpaceX AMOS-6 Anomaly

I’m a huge fan of SpaceX and their relentless innovation toward the final frontier. I wish them best of luck in their return to flight. For more information on what happened, check out this excellent FAQ written by the moderators of the subreddit r/spacex. Direct link to the full video above is here.

Blog Transition, Restoration, and Cleanup

As a result of my recent transition away from SquareSpace, most of the image links from the blog were broken or redirected to the SquareSpace image attachment server. I tried using a few WordPress plugins to grab the images and store them, but unfortunately I had to go through every post one-by-one in order to get everything properly hooked up.

For those of you running into similar issues, I recommend this WordPress forum thread. Moe Loubani, one of the posters, managed to modify the popular image export plugin for WordPress in order to work slightly better with SquareSpace hosted images.

One upside: I was able to update all the out-of-date Macromedia Flash-based YouTube embeds. I wasn’t able to find the original source videos for some of the content, but at least none of the posts are littered in dead images and links anymore!

dead link
Just say no to dead links.

Planetside 2: Brainstorming: Sunderer Command Module

I’m still spending a bunch of time in Planetside 2, and I’ve recently started running some fairly organized squads and platoons around the Auraxian battlefield. At the same time, I also really enjoy teaching new players about the coordinated team-play possibilities in game, because when I first started playing, it was solo-zerg-boring-death-fest-2012. 

But there’s certainly a downside to commanding (up to) 48 players in a cohesive and effective manner. Most of the time, I’m sitting in my deployed Sunderer at a platoon waypoint, staring at the Map window and calling out objectives over voice chat. The few times I venture out of my vehicle are to scout the area or run down a Light Assault trying to blow the Sunderer. 

So I had an idea: What if the Sunderer had a “Command Module” that fit into the Utility slot? Obviously, you’d lose AMS capabilities, but consider the possibilities! Here are my basic thoughts on how it might work, feel free to add to the discussion!

If a squad or platoon leader was inside a Sunderer equipped with a Command Module, it would bestow additional capabilities on the commander. For instance, it might unlock an enhanced map view, with the ability to display terrain and units in higher fidelity than currently. If the owner deploys the Sunderer, it might unlock the (so far, unimplemented) orbital strike option, available for use in a defined radius around the Sunderer. I think adding too much more might make the module overpowered, but what do you guys think? 

Why not have one of these outfitted with a Command Module?
Why not have one of these outfitted with a Command Module?

Flu Season 2013

About a year ago I posted information on the yearly Influenza outbreak. I thought I’d followup this year with a slightly more informative post. Boston declared a Public Health Emergency in early January of this year (2013) and it’s got the masses all riled up. First, regardless of what I show below, it is always a good idea to get a Flu vaccination if it is available in your area.

While this is definitely a serious Flu season, it’s useful to compare this year to previous ones. It seems to me that most media groups compare the current situation to the 2011-2012 outbreak, which was much later and much less extreme. If you take a look further back, especially back to the 2009-2010 season, you can see that we aren’t experiencing apocalyptic levels of outbreak. It’s important to note the effects on each age group, though, specifically how in 2009-2010 it was very young children getting hospitalized most often, whereas this year it is people 65 years or older. Also, given the incomplete data, if the current slope continues upward for older citizens, this may be a particularly bad season for them in particular. So far, it appears this season is progressing most similarly to the 2010-2011 season.

We’ll have to see how it turns out, but I plan on updating the graphic below over the next several weeks to keep everyone updated on Flu status this year, good or bad.

Data Updated: January 30, 2013

FluView+013013 Generated using the CDC FluView tool.

Back from the Dead! (Part 3)

It’s been more than a year since the last post, and the blog is undergoing a major transplant and overhaul! I had a great time using WordPress, but due to various local server issues, it was becoming increasingly unstable. I may return to it someday, but for now we’re rocking a brand new SquareSpace site. 

I’ve been rooting around, trying to clean up and repair posts that degraded over the last couple years, but it’s time to get some new content out rather than fix links to my off-base technology predictions from 2009. 

And on THAT note, here’s a little bit of 2012 before it’s over: 

Higgs Boson was discovered, bolstering support for the Standard Model of Physics. 
Higgs Boson was discovered, bolstering support for the Standard Model of Physics. 
One overly-attached-satirical-girlfriend launched from a Justin Bieber fan video straight into our hearts. 
One overly-attached-satirical-girlfriend launched from a Justin Bieber fan video straight into our hearts. 
Mass Effect 3 LITERALLY broke my heart. 
Mass Effect 3 LITERALLY broke my heart. 
Aaaannnnddddd.....We're all still here? Psh, Isaac Newton said we have till 2060 anyway. 
Aaaannnnddddd…..We’re all still here? Psh, Isaac Newton said we have till 2060 anyway.