Fredasa t1_j7u3abl wrote

Careful, though. The army of folks with chips on their shoulders have it in for SpaceX regardless of who's doing what. The folks who will hold a party the moment anything goes wrong, even if it fundamentally means a delay for space exploration in general and NASA in particular.


Fredasa t1_j7u2z72 wrote

I guess the logic is pretty tight: Concrete will probably be scoured, but they're going to spend some time installing the deluge system anyway, so why not do both that and the concrete repairs at the same time?

Also not expecting more than about 4 seconds of blast. There's always the risk that the concrete will fly up and cause a really bad problem.


Fredasa t1_j0r4l71 wrote

I've been tempted to pick one of these up, but if I'm being honest, the one game I've played this whole year that would have made sense to play on a portable device was Pentiment. I'm just too married to 4K60+ on a 55 inch display. I really admire Valve for doing everything right with this thing, though.

Is supply still constrained or something?


Fredasa t1_j0okctt wrote

Reply to comment by Butch_dog in PsBattle: Cat in a tunnel by chris514001

Literally came here for this. But would have preferred the shot where he's holding the lava-encrusted Glave before it crumbles off, since that's more what the "cat tunnel" reminded me of.


Fredasa t1_iz36l7i wrote

There's way, way more than the stuff I've incidentally read or watched. Google around for "late development higher IQ" or something along those lines and you're more or less guaranteed to find papers on it.


Fredasa t1_iz1wp2a wrote

I've seen a lot of literature and even a couple of documentaries that point out the differences (advantages, plainly) in adulthood that correspond to a comparatively late development.


Fredasa t1_ivqwdi6 wrote

This isn't a discussion about the message. Cosmos is my #1 favorite documentary (-esque) series of all time. I have an interest in being able to experience it as though I were tuning in to PBS in 1980. It's really nothing more complicated than that. Though there also absolutely exists merit in preserving the history of perhaps the most important landmark series in documentary history.


Fredasa t1_ivqvhrn wrote

The main thing holding it back is, yes, a lack of interest/awareness because 99.9% of folks don't really care beyond getting "Carl Sagan's Cosmos" in their hands. But a strong secondary factor would be the fact that there was never a commercial release of the broadcast version, which in turn means the only sources that exist for it would be home video recordings. While this is not normally a great barrier, especially for something that was almost certainly very widely recorded (Youtube and are absolutely overflowing with digitized VHS tapes), the existence of the Cosmos DVD set is what ultimately puts the nails in the coffin.

Just visualize this scenario: "Huh, I have Cosmos recorded on these old VHS tapes. Maybe I should think about digitizing them for posterity. Oh, wait, no: the whole thing was already released on DVD. I guess there's no point." Multiply that by thousands and we have today's situation.


Fredasa t1_ivqpzze wrote

Somewhat famously, this show does not exist anywhere on the internet (with some very slight exceptions) in its original 1980 broadcast iteration. The 2002 DVD release is the 1990 "special edition" which changed about half of the music and half of the special effects sequences. In other words, better than half of the entire body of footage across all 13 episodes is, in some way, different from how it was originally intended.

You would think that something as famous and ubiquitous as Cosmos, which had been re-broadcast in its original state for at least the 1980-1985 span, would be available in its original version on the likes of Youtube or The problem is that the "special edition" exists; the DVD set exists; the bluray upscale exists—once people have "a version", there's little enthusiasm remaining for something as specific as "the original version".