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Okay. So we have half a day to go. All our bookmarks are saved, our peanuts are ready to open, but the clock is ticking slower and slower... what do we do until things start happening? How are we going to kill these last remaining hours..?

I know Doug will be watching the Grand Prix, and Rui will be mourning Portugal's failure to win Eurovision last night (good effort Rui, but the Latvian pirates were better! laugh.gif ) but what about the rest of us?

Well, if you've any ideas for vid clips your fellow UMSFers might like to watch, articles they might like to read, sites they might like to visit, go ahead and share them here.

I'll start. Go watch this YouTube video. It's a work of genius, but probably only if you're a Star Wars fan.

Hey, it's a start...! smile.gif

... and how about...

The LAST time we went through this...

ohmy.gif biggrin.gif
There's also the excellent documentary, The Pathfinders (split into 4 parts on Youtube) if you're into reminiscing mood.
I'll be playing OpenArena, but anyway, time is ticking painfully slow.
.....finish off another roll of Tums.....
Watching the clock! Speaking of which --
> Phoenix is: 11 hours, 56:37 from EDL interface (spacecraft event time)
Less than 12h to go before EDL interface, s/c time....

Less thrillingly... we had, and passed, our ISO audit at work at last. Great! Now I can make a start on the backlog of work that built up over the last month whilst I was reviewing five million biz-babble-jargon-speak documents. Or... hmmm, perhaps I could just add one more little feature to the script...
Well, as I said before, I've switched my sleeping time so I'm going to bed rigth now and will be up in another 8 hours.
Keep the show runing guys...
I was hoping to spend the day brewing a commemorative Phoenix Pilsner. The yeast would be pitched at the official Mars landing time (giving me time to setup in front of the TV and computer with my peanuts to await the signal's arrival), and it would ferment and lager through the primary mission period, to be enjoyed upon the successful completion of that mission phase. Alas, I had too many other things to get done yesterday and ran out of time to prepare for brew day.

I wonder if that means anything beyond the fact that I am a poor planner. unsure.gif

The Singing Badger
There's always LOLcats. Everybody likes LOLcats.
Quick reminder for any UK UMSFers: while you're waiting for Phoenix to land, remember to step outside at 00.15 and look to the west to catch the International Space Station rising... at its brightest, around 00.20, it will be over 45 deg high and around mag -2.2, VERY bright. smile.gif

(non-UK members, go to this website to get your own ISS visibility predictions...)
For me, -2.4 at 22:34, alt 80... but the weather is cloudy.
Not a good time killer. sad.gif
I'll be killing time waiting for this evening by, among other things, participating in a great American Memorial Day tradition and watching the Indianapolis 500 motorcar race.

Which just started.

-the other Doug
QUOTE (The Singing Badger @ May 25 2008, 05:09 PM) *
There's always LOLcats. Everybody likes LOLcats.

Not me. Too played out.

I recommend Achewood though. Reading through the archives should eat up some time.
I am housecleaning, lol.
It's true, not everyone loves LOLcats. I do, though. laugh.gif
Speaking of archives, I became hopelessly addicted to this comic strip ever since (I think) Tglotch turned me on to it:

Have fun!
QUOTE (Stu @ May 25 2008, 02:15 AM) *
I'll start. Go watch this YouTube video. It's a work of genius, but probably only if you're a Star Wars fan.

Hey, it's a start...! smile.gif

This has always been one of my favorites
Well, we can start getting ready for the surface soil science activities by asking the question: Will it blend? laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif :

Will hard rocks blend?

This is my favorite:


Go, Phoenix, Go !

laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif ...Mike, that was wrong more than anything has been wrong before!!! Now I'll have to ask The Question when considering ANY material object for the rest of my life...
There is also this game wink.gif

Actually, it's a good approach to understood how gravity probes are influence (good word?).
Not for those of a sensitive disposition:

And let's not forget the essential xkcd -- after all:
Before starting xkcd, I worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.

I have spent the morning waiting, and digging weeds out of my lawn. While sweating in the Texas heat, I was contemplating the upcoming landing. And I started thinking about how impressive the engineers and space scientists of the 60's and 70's were.

With very low resolution landing imagery, much poorer materials science and engineering, and with incredibly limited (by our standards) computing power, they not only landed manned and unmanned probes and rovers on the moon, they also created the incredible successes of the Viking landers on Mars, and the Venera landers on Venus. To this day we haven't duplicated a Venusian landing. And attempts at powered rocket descent landings on Mars have failed (although the novel bouncing airbag approach has been an unmitigated success). Let's hope that Phoenix can follow in Viking's footsteps.

They really did have the "right stuff" back then. Not just at NASA but in the Soviet Union, too.
The Selsey crew are live now at:

all via dodgy DSL and a little glitchy...
And as for my fave YouTube offering:

Red Rover

from which comes the line we definitely do NOT want to hear today:

"How many feet in a kilometer? HOW MANY FEET IN A KILOMETER???!!!"


-the other Doug
If only someone had made a *good* film about mars.gif , that would eat up some time. Hopefully James Cameron will get round to it one day.
The EDL discussion is now open, let's all go over there.
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