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About Tim_Capps

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  • Birthday 08/12/1957

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    Southern Illinois
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    Golden Age of Hollywood, Ginger Rogers, Cultural Criticism, Writing

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    Ret. Criminal Defense Lawyer, U.S. Navy JAG, Country Squire, Writer.

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  1. It's all relative. 27 Merlins = 5 million pounds of thrust, equivalent to about 18 747s. It could put a fully-loaded 737 into orbit. (From Space X's website--they don't specify what kind of 737, but it's still pretty impressive) Elon did put his Tesla roadster into space--complete with a passenger :-D
  2. The BFR will have Raptors, but the Merlins on the Heavy are impressive. So, I can't say "word not allowed?" but I can say Dick Cavett? I'll think twice about potential slang meanings from now on! :-) It's windy today at Boca Chica. TFR issued for Dec 4-6. Elon is such a tease! Well, I'll continue to pimp my ride today (L1011 II). As I type this I can see goats out the window. A group is outside of the fence (of course) and huddled around something. I can also hear the cock crow--we have two bantams and a surprise Polish we thought was a hen. Very peaceful on our little farm.
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    The Grinder

    Yeah, most trials are slow motion guilty pleas. Had one murder defendant plead guilty after the first day of testimony. Only won a single murder trial before a jury (on defense). Those tend to be worked up pretty good.
  4. 28 Raptors lol... that will be some show! But just three for now. LabPadre has a great 24 hour cam and sometimes comes on with the latest information when the scroll is OBE. And in other news, China launched a moon-rock word not allowed and return mission.
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    The Grinder

    You're right about the first one! Thanks for the reminder. About the second part... um, what was I going to say?
  6. "Any day now. No, seriously!" TFR finally just issued. I think we'll see another static fire today, but no launch Wed. New road closures primary 7th, alt 8th and 9th. Maybe a Pearl Harbor Day launch? LabPadre is a great live feed on YouTube.
  7. Jack Dempsy wasn't as physically impressive as today's boxers, but he had killer instinct in the ring and one heck of a punch. I can imagine his response to this nonsense. And I can't imagine Tyson--one of the most feared boxers of them all--abiding by it.
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    The Grinder

    My twins boys went through basic training, one at Ft. Leonard Wood (where I had trained as an 18-year-old, many years before the Navy) and the other at Ft. Benning. I understand from them that the Jodie calls have been much sanitized since our day.
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    The Grinder

    Navy Officer Indoctrination School isn't exactly Marine Corps boot camp, but we did a lot of formation work on "the grinder" at Newport. Mostly people entering as doctors or lawyers or nurses or whatever. As you can imagine, it was like herding cats. I was "company commander," meaning my only duty was to march the formation around once we gained what was judged a sufficient level of non-incompetence.The proudest moment of my life was when the class had marched to a building whose entrance was in a bay something like a garage. I could see that getting my four columns in would not only be like parking a car in a garage with two inches to spare, but our approach was a column off. I don't remember if this was a command we practiced, or is even in the drill manual, but I yelled something like, "quarter right face, march," followed by the same command to the left. To the amazement of all, the company smoothly moved one column-width to the right without missing a step and slid into the tight space like it was greased. (The times when I ran a column into some obstacle I've conveniently forgotten.) Getting shacked by a seagull was always a danger on the Newport grinder. But the most frightening moment was the pass in review at graduation. I was out in front of the company, alone, before a stand with an admiral and all the assembled family members, including my wife (who was pregnant with twins at the time). Mind you, the normal station is to the left of the formation, where you can at least see your company. Marching out front, on the big day, it was an act of faith that doctors, lawyers and nurses with six weeks of drill were behind me, straight and true, looking something like a military formation. And I had to remember to give the order for eyes right and hand salute. I never sweated a moment like that in my life, not even when I had to rise with a defendant to hear a jury verdict. (There's a trick to that: if the jurors look at the defendant when they come out, it's not guilty; if none of them look at him, it's guilty. The moment is therefore not as dramatic as you might imagine.) There's a story about Abraham Lincoln when he served as an Illinois volunteer in the Black Hawk War. He was marching his company and noticed a gap in a fence line through which it had to pass. He had no idea what commands he had to give to manage this maneuver. He ordered: "Company halt! Fall out!" Then he ordered, "Fall in on the other side of the fence!" Brilliant.
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    Didn't I recently read an article describing a test where AI consistently beat human fighter pilots in a computer simulation? I do admit to skepticism, however, since one of the greatest pilots ever said, "good against remotes is one thing; good against the living is something else."
  11. I blame the controller. He should never have told me to use that runway with such poor conditions ,-) And THAT's why I made the right career choice.
  12. Huh. Learn something new every day. And I was looking at the chart and didn't notice it--in fact never heard of such a thing. So, now I'm curious. If you're below your minimums and can see it, then you you just fly it in at the end? Or is there something else I've never heard of? Explains this. Suppose 1970s technology is too sophisticated for me. (You might barely make out the threshold to the right of the nearer runway off to the left.) Old girl's smarter than me.
  13. Any other little discrepancies between runways and ILS I should know about?
  14. After the 5.1 HF1, my lighting was dark in the cockpit and crazy intense colorful outside. While it was sort of trippy, experiment with your HDR settings. You'd be surprised how little of a change makes a big difference. Just brighten things up a bit until you can see your panel without turning on the floodlights, and experiment with saturation to get the colors looking to your taste.
  15. No. I think Orbx Global Base is just LC, unless Vector does something. The better the scenery in general, the less it's an issue, although it was a shock to find my home airport (KMDH) ending a runway with a small bluff! I'll live.
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