Archive for the ‘Heroes’ Category
I’ve linked to it multiple times, but Feynman’s Appendix F to the Rogers Report should be required reading.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.
For software testers out there:
To summarize then, the computer software checking system and attitude is of the highest quality. There appears to be no process of gradually fooling oneself while degrading standards so characteristic of the Solid Rocket Booster or Space Shuttle Main Engine safety systems. To be sure, there have been recent suggestions by management to curtail such elaborate and expensive tests as being unnecessary at this late date in Shuttle history. This must be resisted for it does not appreciate the mutual subtle influences, and sources of error generated by even small changes of one part of a program on another. There are perpetual requests for changes as new payloads and new demands and modifications are suggested by the users. Changes are expensive because they require extensive testing. The proper way to save money is to curtail the number of requested changes, not the quality of testing for each.
I can only hope that someday I approach his awesome level of decision making skill. Wear a hardhat for the fireball this year.
What an exciting T
John Noveske has died. Only 36, too.
Fatal Traffic Crash – Highway 260 west of Grants Pass – 01/05/13
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday night’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 260 (Lower River Road) west of Grants Pass that resulted in the death of a Grants Pass man.
According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on January 4, 2013 at approximately 9:13 p.m., a 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser driven by JOHN NOVESKE, age 36, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 260 near El Camino Way. As the vehicle negotiated a right curve, it traveled across the oncoming lane onto the dirt highway shoulder until it struck two large boulders. The vehicle rolled and NOVESKE was ejected.
NOVESKE, who is the owner of a local rifle manufacturing company, was not using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from the Grants Pass and Central Point offices are continuing the investigation. Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire Department, ODOT and AMR ambulance. No photographs for release.
One guy’s knowledge of the Apollo electrical system saves Apollo 12. Dig the pipe smoking in Mission Control.
Cop with ride-along citizen respond to burglary-in-progress. Cop covers getaway vehicle, citizen jumps out and chases burglar. Other citizen sees what he thinks is a cop in danger, opens fire.
Really makes me re-evaluate not moving to Texas a couple years ago.
One man’s MoH nomination held up for another’s. I knew there were lots of questions about Dakota Meyer’s MoH award; I didn’t know how bad it was, though. This is, of course, if anything reported by McClatchy Newspapers is to be trusted.
This is a great video for showing the interplay between the navigator and the driver in a rally car; the navigator is reading several notes ahead, while the driver keeps up. Please note some of the “easy left maybes” where the car is going over 100 with the wheel at full opposite lock – easy left, my ass. Ari Vatanen plays to the crowd as well, with a fist pump and a wave or two for the spectators.
Even with nerves of steel, sometimes, the navigator expresses an emotion; Ari drives the rest of the stage with a flat tire. Yowza.
Just for fun, here’s Ari on a Pike’s Peak run.