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  1. Name: BCD Ventures Launch Time: Friday June 8, 10:55 AM Team Members Present: Jeremiah Cottrill, Kara Davis, Riley Broderick Play-by-Play: Full throttle off the runway and a straight flight to the ice cap. Fuel ran out quickly so a landing approximately near the UFO site was made and then Photographs: Time-of-Flight: 0y, 0d, 00:35:38 Summary: All the goal we have set out to complete were met. Opportunities / Learnings: Getting your bearings on Kerbin was key to fuel use. Strategies / Project Timeline: We will now have much more plentiful funds and resources to work with, allowing us to greatly accelerate the development of BCD Ventures's space program. Milestone Awards Presented: Picture of UFO on northern ice cap of Kerbin - $50,000 (Half) Available Funds: 140430 + Rewards (50,000) - 13,330 = 157100
  2. Name: BCD Ventures Available Funds: 140,430 Vehicle Name: Aeris 3A Vehicle Part List and Cost: We used the Aeris 3A stock airplane for this flight however, as far as we know there's no way to see what parts were used in the stock craft. There appears to be only one Mk 1Fuselages in the entire craft and the discount was calculated accordingly. Total Cost: 13,330 Funds (including fuel discount) Design Goals: Fly to the northern ice cap and snap a screenshot of the UFO landing. Launch Goal: We are hoping to achieve the milestones: Picture of UFO on northern ice cap of Kerbin - $50,000 Pilot Plan: This is a manned flight to the northern ice cap. Near surface flight and conservative fuel use will be observed during the trip.
  3. The most profound idea that can occur to any mind is that of the cyclic nature of time, fate and regeneration. Even though it is evident in scientific things like the first law of thermodynamics and the ultimate and imminent destiny of a cyclic universe, one needs only recognize that their apparent existence implies the intrinsic possibility that their existence, as it is in that instant, is able to recur again and has occurred infinitely many times before as it does in that moment. The permutations of thermodynamic microstates must eventually repeat themselves, creating identical states or systems. This recurrence and successive permutations also suggest a multiverse-like phenomenon where everything is comically “the same but different” trope to a T. It evokes that bit of wisdom, “The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind” from H.P. Lovecraft, a figure of honor, which is the grand summation of fate and return. Every struggle against the human soul is doomed to repeat for all time, a conclusion so spectacular and significant that I believe it is truly capable of making men thoroughly mad. Personally, I wonder how this wisdom weighs on my humanity. My life and what is essentially myself will recur in an infinite permutation of recursive universes each of an unremitting nightmare-future. I found not many people who understand this or are ready to accept it which makes me feel dry amused at the notion I am profoundly wrong.
  4. Name: BCD Ventures Launch Time: Wednesday May 23, 10:55 AM Team Members Present: Jeremiah Cottrill, Kara Davis, Riley Broderick Play-by-Play: Ignition of seven "Thumper" boosters at T-0. Upon the exhaustion of solid fuel, the boosters were decoupled and left to fail catastrophically upon impact with Kerbin. With a "Swivel" liquid engine ignited, a maneuver was performed approximately at the current apoapsis to extend the orbit to one with a periapsis around 80 km. During the burn, the liquid fuel in that stage was depleted, as expected. The engine and fuel tank were, again, dropped back to kerbin, and the final engine was used to complete the maneuver. After this maneuver, minor adjustments were made in order to reduce the eccentricity of the orbit. The last engine was also decoupled from the satellite, though this will likely remain as "space junk" since its orbit lies completely outside the atmosphere. Photographs: Time-of-Flight: 0y, 0d, 00:05:27 Summary: All the goal we have set out to complete were met. Opportunities / Learnings: The larger fuel tanks are way more expensive, and don't offer much better distances when working with price points under 30000. Also, stages and decoupling make life way better. Strategies / Project Timeline: We will now have much more plentiful funds and resources to work with, allowing us to greatly accelerate the development of BCD Ventures's space program. Milestone Awards Presented: Launch to 10 km: 5000 (Half) Achieving stable orbit: 20000 (Half) First working satellite placed in stable orbit: 80000 Available Funds: 15430 + Rewards (105000) = 120430
  5. So with a pauper's principle of $30,000 our first mission is to launch a successful satellite. Name: BCD Ventures Available Funds: 30000 Vehicle Name: The Vision Vehicle Part List and Cost: 6 x Small Delta Wing @ 200 7 x BACC "Thumper" Solid Fuel Booster @ 850 2 x TR18-D Stack Separator @ 600 1 x TR-2C Stack Separator @ 450 2 x LV-T45 "Swivel" Engine @ 1200 2 x FL-T800 Fuel Tank @ 400 (including discount) 1 x Advanced Inline Stabilizer @ 1200 1 x Probodobodyne OKTO @ 450 4 x Z-100 Battery Pack @ 80 1 x OX-STAT-XL Photovoltaic Panel @ 600 Total Cost: 14570 Funds (including fuel discount) Design Goals: Sustained unmanned orbit above the Kerbin's atmosphere. Launch Goal: We are hoping to achieve the milestones: First working satellite placed in stable orbit, Launch to 10 km, Achieving stable orbit Pilot Plan: This is an unmanned probe. Multiple stages will be used as to increase the efficiency of the craft as a whole.
  6. Oh like chunks? I remember the days I was really into stuff like this, age kills curiosity though. Also too many blows to the head probably makes lesions on the "curiosity cortex".
  7. Already my past has come to haunt me, to see me in my sleep and become a dream.
  8. I once had confidence in my chemistry abilities but now I am only familiar with the element of sadness. After my penultimate chemistry test, I reflected on every agonizing measure I made to seat before the multiple choice booklet in a room remote from happiness which maddened me with its taciturn silence. I can look back upon the years of my boyhood, the better parts of it spent in school, and I am overwhelmed by regret, failure and portents of a miserable future. I remember the day my scholastic ardor left me, mere minutes before school ended I was taken away from class for the space of months, left to my own devices in isolation. I did not return to school the same student since, after my sentence, I held school and by extension my own education in bitter contempt. Now I am nearly eighteen and I have not a single way out nor any notable successes thus far. It seems that with no agency of my own, I was brought here by my parents, my society and by cruel fate to live by a will that I cannot call my own. However more's the pity, one's future is one's own making, I must deserve this. Now I must bid a saddening farewell to all the people I have grown up with, the people I have done wrong.
  9. Mechanical waves move through matter as a medium and as such many of the natural laws that pertain to motion and dynamics have special places in the study of mechanical waves. One type of wave is sound which most easily propagates through air however because of the laws of momentum one could expect that a mechanical wave is maintained through any matter. A solid barrier for example would be so rigid that it would absorb the impact of a wave and impede passage slightly beyond the barrier. This would produce a sound shadow where the sound loses its momentum in passage through the solid. Anyways this is the last blog post. Thanks FizziksGuy, even in the darkest of nights, you were by my side all along, my true mentor,
  10. At the time of writing the Magnetism unit has come and gone and perhaps writing this is more for show than anything. Nevertheless, I have something to prove by showing the internet that for a mediocre high school student I can be resourceful yet in paraphrasing the magnetism Wikipedia page. It is enough to know the math of something and then venture to take an exam where the capability to succeed is at your fingertips but the concept of magnetism defines the models that work, so the underlying mechanism of magnetism is a pressing issue indeed. In the ancient world, magnetism is observed in naturally occurring lodestones, magnetite and iron alloys whereupon the natural philosophers of bygone times poured over speculations and experiments formulating the modern model that our current science is based on. So what I can grasp of magnets is that electrons have a quantum angular momentum directed in a certain way. This angular momentum is intrinsic and because the Pauli exclusion principle, no two electrons with the same spin. So imagine the mass movement of an uncountable number of electrons oriented the same way there would be a larger magnetic movement throughout the material which is normally iron and thus creates ferromagnetism.
  11. @ThePeculiarParticle read this lmao. Mine would be the Jerm it would measure the amount of energy or information possible in discrete spaces.
  12. We live in an electric world and knowing a thing or two about the contraptions that sustain the way of living in this era may help a few of us reconstruct society after a devastating impact event so let us get to the point. Electric generators simply convert the force of motion into current using magnets. When the link between magnetism and electricity was discovered and became electromagnetism, generators followed soon after using electrostatics (triboelectric effect and electrostatic induction) to create charge. The homopolar generators were the first to become a reality when some guy whose last name was Faraday (we all know who it is, he needs no introduction) found that moving a magnet though of a conductive coil and vice versa generated voltage. Hmm, interesting. So long as there is some relative motion between the two, it can generate energy. Many of our dynamo-type generators operate on this principle, say if a magnet were mounted on an axle near a coil and turned by a force such as radial fins beneath a waterfall or blades of a wind-mill like structure then induction could bring the whole world electricity. I learned all of this today but think with a few years of study one could bring a centuries worth of human knowledge to the world over. Maybe that is our strength and fault as human beings, mimicry.
  13. Okay dear readers, put on your tinfoil caps, wave goodbye to the friendly NSA agents and put a piece of tape over your webcam because I have a theory that may cause the collapse of organized society as we know it so listen up, you may just weep with profound enlightenment and then go to your local grocer for some Tylenol P.M. for that philosophy insomnia. Know bear in mind this is not founded on any fact or science, I thought this would be more of an exercise in 'metaphysics' or something of the like that would give me this liberty so admittedly this is probably the wrong place to be writing something so unscientific but whatever. My theory starts with the premise that life itself converges upon one single destiny, which I will call the "Monad" for the sake of the theory, which describes the maximum amount of 'knowledge' or 'highest gradient' possible in space and signifies the termination of all prevenient forms of life or technology. If primeval life did arise spontaneously, say from the primordial collision of organic matter and energetic phenomenon, then the occurrence must be one of profound rarity because no where else in the cosmos has this sort of sophisticated life-forms. Now imagine these very humble, transitory reactions becoming self-rearanging, self regulating structures akin to primitive endosymbionts and then through symbiogensis, becoming the first cells. It follows that the cells that were able to reproduce from raw, inert matter and natural energy via thermal vents or the sun would become the Common Universal Ancestors (CUA), progenitors of all life. The changes that occur in these steps seem to create higher extents of energy, matter and life through the proliferation of a single or mere few CUA into the diverse species of our planet, whereupon evolution has acted since. Natural selection can be understood from the eradication of early, microscopic life to the death even complex organisms by an extension of 'entropy'. The 'thermodynamic' systems that early life developed from must have been of sufficient 'heat' and requisite organic richness to go through as many permutations of 'micro-states' as needed to create cells, the probability of which falls squarely against the 'equilibrium state' and 'entrophic' tendencies. In a similar fashion an organism that degenerates under sufficient entropy-like conditions (e.i. mutation or damage) to sustain life is recycled during deterioration and energy is lost to systems other than detrivores. It is this same entrophy which causes the mutations that give rise, potentially to evolution. WARNING: More Insane (I was tired when I wrote this last part) The organisms to follow are of a higher degree of complexity and specificity determined by the circumstances that the environment and the selective pressures the organisms themselves acts upon them. Keep in mind that the various species (multi-cellular, colonial, prokaryote or eucaryote) are actually all the mass proliferation of the self-same CUA that would seem to gather 'energy' for higher trophic levels from producer organisms to apex species via food chain. This is not merely a cycle or a transfer but a contribution to the reproduction of descendant, evolved organisms which we know to normally be of higher accumulation than the previous, all as steps to developing the 'Monad'. That is when the advent of Mankind began as evolution created an organism capable of devising their own means to ensure survival through sentience and sapience. Gradually humanity shows evidence of the formation of knowledge (record keeping) and organization (civilization) as forms of this evolutionary accumulation. The ramification of this knowledge would naturally be the hatred of the CUA that progressed far enough to create Mankind's beliefs, emotions and minds that are tormented by an entrophic universe that despises all life. Now recognize that society and civilization are machinations created by fundamental functions to channel the entire collective exertion of humanity into higher forms of life or perhaps in the form of digital technology or transhuman life-form and ultimately the 'Monad'. This is a mere speculation after all which I have not explained well yet I cannot be rid of the certainty that this could be despite my indifference to scientific conclusions, it may seem possible that organic life terminates and transforms into some information-energy dense technology or higher organism without the human soul and this terrifies me.
  14. I accidentally hit four stars and now I cannot take it back. My bad, I would give you six stars if I could.
  15. If you are familiar with me, I am not a good person. I say "I aim to please" but far too often I miss the mark (and possibly end up letting loose a shot that nabs someone in the knee). These past two weeks I have not had a Blue's clue what to do with myself our how to move on from one assignment to another when I realize the bitter reality that my work is mediocre and I do not have the excuse of saying I put forth my best. While I suppose I perform well enough for some merit, I fall woefully short of being some lauded scholar or the pride of my family. I would like to have been a good, high achieving student that goes to bed on time, studies with friends and eats his vegetables but I know I am too forgone for that to be a possibility at this point. In fact, I realize that this point of my life is a pivot which the future swivels and turns upon. How bleak could this be for the average underachiever or the slothful thinker? I would hate to think of it. Even in saying this, it is too common a thing to be a matter of pity because I am not destitute enough to warrant compassion nor mighty enough in any measure to have condolence. Could a poor sinner as I even ask for gracious mercy? This feeling is a bizarre one betwixt shame, guilt, regret and mortal insignificance which I has faced all too often but lack any means to understand. Perhaps drawing comparisons gives rise to these sentiments but how could that possibly be so wrong? Even if I "don't think about it too hard" (@brandyboy72) there would still be the invisible truth grasping at my throat, choking the future and strangling all hope. The very last thing I clasp with confidence is that one day the laws that sustain such a merciless dynamic would fail and time would reverse upon an infinite permutation of recursive universes giving rise to a perfect and timeless Elysium but this is just a mere dream overcast with the brooding, lonesome stars of an unsmiling firmament.
  16. I wholeheartedly love this question! For so much of math to seem true the question should begin where math draws its truth from and why it would seem it explains so much. Some say that our universe is composed purely of math independent from any human mind and we see only a sorry resemblance of it. Others may say that math only exists as long as there are humans to define it or only when math itself is manifest.
  17. In AP Chem, my schoolmates and were using a colorimeter to measure the absorbency of certain concentrations of a colored solution. I notice how any color of light, except for the color of the solution, would be absorbed an amount proportional to the amount of solute disassociated in solution. I wondered why this was? A red solution would absorb blue or green spectrum of light but not red light, in fact from the reading of the colorimeter it would seem that an incarnadine solution would emit red light, give us a negative absorbency constant. A relevant bit of information would come from the fact that a perfectly white-colored object may reflect all incoming light and a perfectly red colored object would reflect only red light and a dark object would absorb all incoming light. Imagine a ruddy colored mineral, if a blue or green light shone on it the mineral would appear nearly black because it absorbs the light spectrum however if a red light shone on its face it would appear as a brighter red. This was a revelation that occurred to me late Friday during that lab and I would hope that it proffers someone, somewhere some insight into the nature of light. @BrandyBoy72
  18. Personally I am a trebuchet guy but that is neither of our faults simply things are without reason, explanation or blame. People deserve to be happy.
  19. A common underestimation of our forebears in their histories and scientific achievements is that it was common in many archaic cosmological models that the Earth was a flat, disc-like plane. Without a doubt, there are people that persist to this very space-age day that trust in a flat Earth but it was in no way exclusively an ancient phenomenon or a common one. Even with few scientific instruments, the elder humans, unequipped with the internet and latest edition of The AP Physics C Companion: Mechanics (full color edition) by Dan Fullerton for only $19.99 on Amazon and free shipping with Amazon Prime, saw how boats would disappear over the horizon and observed that the stars would seem to swirl about an axis which also was an idea supported by the Christian church. The idea that people did not know the Earth was round stems from several fabrications made to support a popular thesis at one point that religion and science could not co-exist. Which brings me to this point: the resurgence of the Flat Earth Society. It is caused solely by social media's way of spreading disinformation and allowing people to assemble into a Facebook group of over thirty thousand apparently sincere believers of a flat Earth model. So I leave off with question: should you even believe in this post because it is social media?
  20. Imagine people selling this, bottled, at silicon valley. I would be a rich man.
  21. The symbol of invention, ingenuity and enlightenment, the light bulb is perhaps a most pivotal invention in the course of human history. The advent of the lamp made it possible to render the dark of night and shed a lambency on the way to the future! Truly, the light bulb is all we could ever ask for. They say 'teach a man to fish and he will not have light but teach a man of the fluorescent lamp and he will have that light!' but in all seriousness let us illuminate the obscure nature of the fluorescent light! Different varieties of the fluorescent light may use cathodes of tungsten that release heat and electrons while being electrically heated itself and this provides the energy needed to produce the 'lighting' effects.As I have said once before in my previous blog about atomic energy levels and their associated light spectra, it was a consummation of this knowledge that we make an effective application of phenomena. A electric current passes through the mercury gas, exciting its electrons and emits high energy light as they descend to ground level. That energetic lights strikes a phosphorescent or fluorescent salt, the white powder inside the glass tube, which emits light itself. A mixture of noble gases which ionize as a result of the heat being generated by the cathodes, allowing sufficient current to excite the gaseous mercury. All these components make for an expensive assembly and their complexities make them a challenge to manufacture which results in a unattractive price. However they are known to be many times more efficient than their incandescent cousins, saving money and electricity in the long term. Fluorescent bulbs are also a environment friendly choice, while containing mercury, the construction of incandescent lamps actually produce more mercury waste.
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