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boring is beautiful

Orion heat shield Shuttle thermal protection system
tile configuration pleasantly boring are you kidding me?
launch configuration shrouded exposed
moving parts no door needed single point of failure landing gear doors
relative size (1) small footprint large, irregular surface
overall solid foundation for the future high pucker factor

(1) – Image adapted from

There’s unavoidable beauty in Orion’s new simplicity.

some good stuff I missed

Software I explored today:

  • OGRE 3D – an open-source graphics rendering engine (with physics intentionally omitted)
  • Mercurial & Git/Cogito – distributed source control management tools (yes, I did watch this whole hour with Linus – he had no kind words for SVN)
  • Test soon – a unit testing framework for C++, not of the xUnit family
  • QEMU w/ KQEMU – an open-source PC emulator, with flexible host/guest options, with “near native” performance
  • Valgrind – an open-source profiling tool
  • open-source physics engines – further study needed to narrow down list
  • EGM96 – Earth Gravitational Model, Fortran
  • Capistrano – a tool for automating tasks on one or more remote servers, Ruby-based

Finally, I’ll probably make Ubuntu my distro of choice, (at least partially) since a space guy created it.

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