Jan. 17th, 2012

majorshipper: (➘ you can find me there any time)
One of the few things about the Space Program and NASA that gets me really riled up(another would be the budget cuts and...other things) is the bureaucracy and utter criminal incompetency that happens leading up to some tragedies, and the complete disregard for the original founding ethics of NASA; be sure you can make it safe, and then figure out how to make it work. Yeah, they spend years afterwards making sure that it doesn't happen again, but what everyone seems to forget is that if they had listened to the people who actually knew what was going on, then the problem never would have arisen in the first place.

Take, for example, the Challenger disaster. It was caused by the sudden ignition of the main fuel tank for the orbiter. It all started because that day in Florida, the temperature was far, far below what the SRBs had been rated for. An O-ring eroded because the putty mean to protect it was hard from the cold. The ring failure led to joint failure which, thanks to some serious wind shear, eventually led to the ignition of the main tank, which, naturally, resulted in that explosion just 72 seconds into flight that we've all seen so many times over. But what really made me mad was the fact that dozens of engineers warned that there was no way to know how the O-ring would react to the temperatures(in fact, they had evidence that as the temperature lowered, the erosion on the O-ring increased). They also knew that launching in ~28 degree weather could present all kinds of issues, considering none of the rockets had been tested and approved at that temperature. But, somehow, despite the massive number of checks that were required to launch in those conditions, the shuttle still lifted off that day.

I'm sure it wasn't as easy as it is now to look back and judge, but, still. I wasn't even alive when it happened; I wasn't even a twinkle in my parents' eyes, but it's something that just makes me feel pretty crappy about bureaucracy. It's almost like we need a disaster every 15-20 years to remind us that we're not infallible, that cutting corners and taking risks gets good people killed. Also, when some of the smartest people in American and the ones who built your massive rocket say "Dude, this isn't safe. Don't launch.", you should maybe listen to them.

This has been brought to you by the Ethics Case Study that Grace is currently working on instead of sleeping. Cheers.

(In other unrelated concerns, you know what, I can't help but wonder if there are any statistics anywhere of how much of the American Armed Forces is from the southern/western states vs. the traditional east, especial considering the stereotypical trends of the east to be more liberal/anti-war vs. the south(and west, though, not counting the actual west coast)'s typically conservative status. IDK. Something that interests me. I want to know how many people in the Armed Forces originate in the south, basically :P)
majorshipper: (➘this is my death to normalcy icon)
Quick! Give me your ~essential~ movies. Particularly "iconic" ones, or Disney movies. Don't worry about if I've seen it or not; I probably haven't. Seriously. This is why I'm asking y'all. I know nothing of movies. The extent of my experience is films based off comic books and Pixar. AND STAR WARS. Yes. I have seen it! My childhood was spent voraciously devouring the whole Expanded Universe after watching the original trilogy.
I'm looking at having a movie marathon of all the things I've put off watching over the next weekend. I've already got Mulan ready to go because several people have informed me that it and Aladdin are the best, along with Beauty and The Beast. Also looking at the Die Hard movies, because, seriously, everything I love in a movie. because disney and die hard go so. well. together

So, yeah. Hit me with your best shot.

Also I think my emotions may be on the fritz. The really sweet video of a guy proposing through memes made me cry, and now I'm sniffling along to Matt Kearney. His music makes me feel things, but, um, not usually sad things.

HEY GUYS GUYS GUY WHITE COLLAR TONIGHT \o/ We have our evening all planned around it. And you know what, as much as I love having "my" shows that nobody else watches, it's nice for there to be another show(after Stargate) that we all watch and enjoy(all of us being me, mum, the brother, and even dad when he can hear/see/understand what's going on).
Though, tbh, I'm not sure if I can pull the brother away from Star Trek: Online long enough to actually watch the episode. Apparently it went free today. We won't be seeing him again any time real soon, but, hey, at least it shuts him up pretty effectively, and that's always a consideration. Unless, of course, he insists on filling me in on little details that I can actually live without knowing. Sometimes I regret getting him into Star Trek.
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I'm not a huge fan of Loki/[livejournal.com profile] secretlytodream(the vidder) normally, but this vid is simply mind-blowing. It rolls out slow and close and just unfurls into the vastness (and closness) that is all the promises made that couldn't ever be kept, all the words that were said that meant so much, all the lives and deaths they've changed through, and eventually, what remains the same. Just, ugh, all the feelings. Most excellent example of why I love show and why Sam and Dean are just heartbreakingly perfectly sad. It's funny, because I was just explaining to my brother why Supernatural is both the worst and best show I watch. It's the only one I actually participate in fandom in anymore, and I've made tons of amazing friends in it. The mytharc is broad and expansive and amazing without being too complex with some truly stunning writing and creativity. But it's also the worst, because you can see how far it's falling downhill, how much potential exists that isn't ever going to be explored, and that makes it miserable.



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