Thursday, May 24, 2012

SpaceX Launches the Dragon! and My dad's ashes!



COTS Demo Flight 2 is the second test-flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft, Dragon C2+, and the third overall flight for the company's two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon C2+ flight was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on 22 May 2012. It is expected to be the first American vehicle to visit the International Space Station (ISS) since the end of the Space Shuttle program, and the first commercial spacecraft ever to rendezvous and be berthed with another spacecraft. The flight is under contract to NASA as the second Dragon mission in the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) phase one program. The purpose of the COTS program is to develop and demonstrate commercial sources for cargo re-supply of the ISS.

Initially, the mission was to carry out a fly-by of the ISS, practice rendezvous maneuvers and berthing communications, and return to Earth. In July 2011, NASA gave tentative approval for combining the objectives of COTS 2 and COTS Demo Flight 3 into one flight. The mission will first test rendezvous techniques and communications between Dragon and the ISS. If all goes well, then the mission's next phase will include berthing the Dragon to the ISS using the Canadarm2, staying for about a week, and having astronauts unload cargo, and then load it with Earth-bound cargo. It will then be unberthed and return to Earth with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near the California coast.

In December 2011, NASA formally approved the merger of the COTS 2 and 3 missions into the Dragon C2+ flight. There have been several launch date delays since the mission was announced, most recently on 19 May 2012, due to a launch abort during the last second before liftoff. If all the COTS objectives are successfully completed, then the Falcon 9-Dragon system will be certified to start regular cargo delivery missions to the ISS.



HUNDREDS FLY INTO EARTH ORBIT WITH CELESTIS
Celestis, Inc., the pioneer and global leader in Memorial Spaceflight and subsidiary of Space Services, Inc. (Houston, Texas), announced today the successful launch of its latest Memorial Spaceflight – The New Frontier Flight


The New Frontier Flight is dedicated to the spirit of the 320 mission participants and to people everywhere who share the passion for exploration and discovery. The spacecraft carries a symbolic portion of the cremated remains of each flight participant in Earth orbit.  Among the people aboard this mission are Mercury Seven NASA astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, Star Trek actor James Doohan (who played “Mr. Scott”) and hundreds of people from various walks of life in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, The Netherlands, France, South Africa and Russia.

My Father's page on Celestis's website can be found here

Celestis missions are environmentally friendly in that no cremated remains are released into space.  Each Celestis spacecraft stays permanently attached to a rocket stage that orbits Earth until the spacecraft harmlessly re-enters and is completely consumed by Earth’s atmosphere — blazing likea shooting star in final tribute to the passengers aboard. The New Frontier Flight joins two other Celestis satellites currently orbiting our planet.  In addition to its Earth orbit service, Celestis offers missions to the Moon, into deep space, and on trajectories that launch the cremated remains into space and return them to Earth.

“The celebrities and everyday people who participate in our various missions all shared in the dream of exploring the great unknown,” said Charles Chafer, CEO of Celestis.  “With Celestis, the dream of spaceflight, and the desire to take part in the opening of the space frontier can be realized – and is available to everyone.  ”

For more information, visit Celestis.com

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Music Quickies:Boys Boys Boys....


I found out that the remix of "boys boys boys" by D'Mixmasters by "The Factory Team" is a really a remake of the "Manhattan Clique" remix of the lady gaga song!!!! Wonder what other remixes SAIFAM people made that were labelled as thier own are really remixes of others made into thier own brand of remixes by copying off em!!!! This is so freaking close...


too bad I can't post any of those here but damn this is wierd...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

AT&T to blame for Diablo 3 problems


ATT is to blame for the Diablo3 problems... they picked the worst backbone provider/hosting provider they could to partner with for this... They should have gone with level3 they are solid and awesome.

They prolly fell for a smooth salesmen's promise of having lower cost per util. and thought it would be cheaper then L3 so they went with it... only it will end up costing them 4x as much as L3 and have lower capacity.

ATT notes for hosting companies they can change the TOS at any time and you are agreed to using them for 2 year minimum contract duration. In order to get lower rates you must agree to changes that could screw you over in the end big time. This is another reason any reputable datacenters do not use them. They are a joke.

Good IP backbones:

level 3
twtelcom
abovenet
verizon
xo
cogent
HE
zayo


soooo many others they could have chosen that would give them outstanding service and better value and they choose the worst possible one.... yucckkkk....


bliz really doesn't know what they're doing...


I'm partnered with InetU hosting (very high end enterprise grade provider with NO NETWORK DOWNTIME)(they host pokemon.com, lands of america, CREDO action group, and Luby's websites as well as tons of others) They use level3, Abovenet, and Verizon and they do really really good with those 3.

If they would have went with InetU hosting then they would have not had any of these problems at all...

There are so many better hosting providers out there they could have chosen and they chose ATT of all places!!!! arrrg!

well blizzard enjoy it while it lasts!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Denny's Review for 5.14.12


Denny's review for 5.14.12

Intro: we got in quick, greeted quick, and got the exact table we wanted. Close to the bathroom since I really had to go, towards the back, and calmer. Waitress came by very quickly, got our drink orders, came back 2 mins later when we were ready, got our order very clearly and was nice to deal with. Came back 2 minutes later with my salad then came back 4 minutes later with my entree and a minute later with mom's salad.

Order 1: (mine): Custom skillet:6.59USD Bacon, Ham, Egg, Two kinds of Cheese, Onions, and a little gravy. Very good consistancy and taste yummy! I loved it. No complaints at all! Did I mention HAM AND BACON!!!! hell yeah! Both had great consistency.

Order 2: (mom's):some kinda chicken salad that was around 8 bucks. She was pleased. It was a huge salad and she had no complaints.

Service: Our waitress was extremely prompt and friendly. She kept my coffe really full and was very polite. She had good vibes and I liked being around her. Too bad I forget her name I think it was Nicole or Megan... She did a good job.

I easily rate this experience a 5. Great service, food and prices.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Architecture Win of the day!


This is the fingerprint office in Thailand

DO NOT USE "HARTZ" PRODUCTS ON YOUR PETS!


I'm seeing relevance for this a lot today, so spread the word: DO NOT USE "HARTZ" PRODUCTS ON YOUR PETS!

I've known about this for years, and I'm shocked that they STILL haven't been prosecuted and put out of business! We've been fortunate not to have these experiences ourselves (though the crap just plain didn't work, so it's not even worth it for saving money), but WAY TOO MANY pets are suffering agony, brain-damage, and even death from Hartz products.

It's just not worth it. Please check and share these links.
1- http://www.hartzvictims.org/ (stories, accounts, pictures)
2- http://hartzkills.wordpress.com/ (news, attempts at action)

Lots of reports of problems with SERGEANT’S products too...