Reluctantly Relevant

What’s Happening in the Lab

Good Tuesday to you all, and welcome back to work! I am sure most of you went in to your place of work yesterday, but I’d wager many of you were feeling like me and just skating by, trying to make it through the day without doing anything. Since Tuesday is the back to [...]

Genius Innovators

Chertok’s Mustache

Hopefully you all got the chance to read the article linked in yesterday’s post, about the Soviet mission to resuscitate the Salyut 7 Space Station. In the comments of that article, the author, Nickolai Belakovski, mentioned this little story from Boris Chertok, a senior official at Energiya, a major Russian space company. (“Formed out [...]

Pushing Boundaries

Rescue T-13

Yesterday I discovered a fascinating story about a daring space adventure back in 1985, a rescue mission to save the Soviet space station Salyut 7, the direct processor to Mir. This tale was posted over on the arstechnica website, and I am not going to do it an injustice by trying to retell it, [...]

Covet Thy Neighbours' Swag

A Chance to Buy the E.T. Game!

Did you miss out on the big Atari scavenger hunt dig at the Alamogordo, NM landfill, back in April of this year? We followed the expedition and, spoiler!, they did indeed find gaming treasure! Then, of course, the question arises, what to do with all that video have loot. After all, if you go [...]

Old School Gaming

Would You Like to Play a Game?

With the recent craziness of the political world, one of the phrases that gets thrown about is a ‘return to the Cold War’. Who can really say for sure? But with the internet and world connectivity and cell phones (and Russian dash cams, they seriously love those things), it seems pretty clear that a [...]

Deconstructing Technology

Packard Revival

In a bit of positive news out of the land of Detroit, the deal for the former Packard plant has been completed, and the planned revival is scheduled to begin.

The Packard Plant ruins on Detroit’s east side could soon be buzzing with construction cranes as the plant’s Spanish-born owner launches the opening phase [...]

Go-Fast Technology

You Have to Land Sometime

No doubt you have wondered to yourself while watching Star Wars, “Sure, the Millennium Falcon is fast in space, because spacecraft shape doesn’t matter in a vacuum, but what would the reentry be like?” After all, one you finish the Kessel Run you’ve still got to deliver Logan or whatever else it was you [...]

Covet Thy Neighbours' Swag

Other is a Very Broad Term

The great thing about the “Other” categories on eBay Motors is that occasionally, instead of getting some random suspension parts that someone just listed poorly, instead you get something really out there. An example, a recent listing for a narrow gauge locomotive pair. What is better than one stream engine? Two.

The ad is [...]

Deconstructing Technology

Secrets Revealed

The Magic Eight Ball is a wonder of wonders, a see-er of seers! But have you ever been the least bit curious how it works? Or what the frequency of positive versus negative answers are? If you harbor no such curiosity, and prefer your spoilers unspoiled, then I would suggest you not hit the [...]

Spaceheads

I Heard You Like Space

My kids happen to all be huge fans of the Disney Buddies franchise. Now, I would imagine side of you probably missed out on the whole Buddies thing and have no idea what I am talking about, so let me briefly explain. At some point in the 90s, Disney made a movie about a [...]

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