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  1. Consistent with Davos Seaworth, also from Fleabottom, actor Liam Cunningham is Irish.
  2. GO train is operating extra rides there on the Lakeshore West line. But at this point I suggest taking the train to Kingston instead. Much clearer skies likely there.
  3. Reserved my parking spot for Long Point Provincial Park. There's only 650 spots and parking was not suppose to be reservable until this Friday, but it opened early. So at most will have a few thousand people on the beach, instead of millions in Niagara Falls two hours away. It's within a few seconds of the same amount of totality as the Falls too, so I feel like I outsmarted the crowd. But the weather forecast now says Mostly Cloudy.
  4. I think the weather is going to work out for me. But my Texan friends and most of the southern U.S. is likely going to be clouded over, which is the opposite of what is historical for the U.S. south. Thanks El Nino! Eastern seaboard should be great. Okay in the U.S. midwest, around Indiana and Ohio i think. Southern Ontario might be on the transition edge between completely crap to completely clear. Kingston looks complete in the clear, Montreal no good. I think a lot of Canadians will go towards Kingston, hopefully, instead of towards Niagara. I don't want a 12 hour ride home.
  5. For some reason NATO played the theme from Star Trek: First Contact at Sweden's induction ceremony. https://trekmovie.com/2024/03/30/nato-explains-why-the-theme-for-star-trek-first-contact-was-played-at-swedens-induction-ceremony/ Maybe the Borg are Swedish.
  6. I got to wonder, that Trump bible must be heavily edited, right? Got to leave out all the commandments and whatnot that Trump has violated. Ladies and gentlemen: The Two Commandments!
  7. Wil Wheaton hosts an preview of the final season of Discovery and interviews Sonequa Martin-Green
  8. I'm probably going to freeze my ass off camping overnight. But if it is clear skies, there's two more things possibly to see during the eclipse. The "Devil Comet" 12P/Pons-Brooks - a "horned" comet: https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/21/world/devil-comet-pons-brooks-eclipse-scn/index.html -- apparently it kind of looks like the Millennium Falcon. It makes it's closest approach to the Sun in April, and closest approach to Earth in June. Also, the eclipse itself might be extra dramatic because we're at the peak in the solar cycle, and we could see some intense solar flares. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/01/26/total-eclipse-solar-maximum-aurora/
  9. Vernor Vinge has passed away, according to David Brin.
  10. Was hoping Harold and The Purple Crayon was a Harold and Kumar spin-off, tbh.
  11. Took me a moment to remember that's not the same Steven Knight that did Spartacus and Netflix Daredevil.
  12. The RVC are fanatical fascists apparently, wanting to depose Putin to create a smaller Russia as a white ethnostate. I can't cheer them on.
  13. Sounds like there was a problem relighting all the landing engines. 13 were supposed to be on and apparently only two were. Also green was seen in the flames, meaning it was "engine-rich" euphemism for burning steel. Perfect launch -- all 33 enginees lit. Perfect hot stage separation. Tested the "pez dispenser" payload bay doors. Tested the fuel transfer maneuver successfully. Maneuvering thrusters seemed to have issues, ship was tumbling oddly before they started using the flaps in the deorbit. Yes, that was a beautiful plasma sheath. Just heard ship lost in the landing. So likely issues with relighting the engines with that too. Amazing test launch -- happy Pi day!
  14. Starship IFT-3 attempt launch today, propellants loading, countdown aiming for about 8:25 CT / 1:25 UTC. Everyday Astronaut's livestream NASASpaceFlight's stream: Ellie In Space's stream from the top of one of SpaceX"s high bays.
  15. https://collider.com/star-trek-starfleet-academy-filming-window-episode-count/ Star Trek: Starfleet Academy probably debuting next year, 10 episodes. Tawny Newsome of Lower Decks is in the writing room, and Kurtzman said some of the flavour of that show has migrated into it.
  16. This reminds me how the Trump admin conducted meetings in the dark because know one knew how to turn the lights on. Who will be left who actually knows how to run the mechanics of the election campaign? Hopefully no one.
  17. Quick review of the IFT-3 mission's changes in flight path, upgrades to the rocket and launch pad, etc.
  18. FAA lists flight dates for next Starship launch, so I assume that launch license is imminent.
  19. Guaranteed best view would be in an hot air balloon above the clouds.
  20. Finally sorted my plans. Camping the night before to avoid the traffic, and if it's cloudy will just enjoy the trails and campfires.
  21. Tentative date March 14th (7:30am ET) for the 3rd Starship flight, mission IFT-3. This one has it's trajectory changed to splashdown in the Indian Ocean, I assume to loop at least once around the Earth and give the flight team more time to do tests in orbit.
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