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(Big Think)   As if you needed a reason to be excited, and nervous, about the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope   (bigthink.com) divider line
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2021-12-15 7:58:52 AM  
Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea
 
2021-12-15 8:26:33 AM  
If,it works and achieves orbit at the L2 point and deploys successfully, it will be the most powerful scientific device in history (by far).
 
2021-12-15 8:26:48 AM  
What's in the atmospheres of "super-Earth" planets?

These are the types of questions I hope it can answer.

I want most to learn about exoplanets of binary systems. All the possible configurations. Is there a rocky planet with atmosphere orbiting a class-m star whose companion is a distant class-b type star? So a planet with two nights, one more illuminated than the other? My ignorance is vast, but I hope to get some clarity on these possibilities.
 
2021-12-15 8:45:24 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea


Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.
 
2021-12-15 9:00:36 AM  

qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.


We've been talking about these things, in depth, for over 20 years.
 
2021-12-15 9:19:06 AM  

qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.


The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work
 
2021-12-15 10:57:08 AM  

Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work


My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.
 
2021-12-15 11:23:23 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.


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2021-12-15 1:46:59 PM  

i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.

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Aliens, Hell!

Who needs Aliens when we have *Murphy*?
 
2021-12-15 2:20:55 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.

[media2.giphy.com image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]

Aliens, Hell!

Who needs Aliens when we have *Murphy*?


Who do you think *Murphy* is? Our invisible alien overlords have been quietly farking us up just out of view since we left the trees.
 
2021-12-15 2:26:32 PM  

i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.

[media2.giphy.com image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]

Aliens, Hell!

Who needs Aliens when we have *Murphy*?

Who do you think *Murphy* is? Our invisible alien overlords have been quietly farking us up just out of view since we left the trees.


Murphy ain't an Alien.  Murphy is the personification of The Twilight Zone!
 
2021-12-15 2:49:34 PM  

i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.

[media2.giphy.com image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]

Aliens, Hell!

Who needs Aliens when we have *Murphy*?

Who do you think *Murphy* is? Our invisible alien overlords have been quietly farking us up just out of view since we left the trees.


Nope.  It was these:

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2021-12-15 3:26:57 PM  

dittybopper: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.

[media2.giphy.com image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]

Aliens, Hell!

Who needs Aliens when we have *Murphy*?

Who do you think *Murphy* is? Our invisible alien overlords have been quietly farking us up just out of view since we left the trees.

Nope.  It was these:

[Fark user image 425x322]


Laugh's on you - that's what I drove back in college!

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2021-12-15 3:31:18 PM  

dittybopper: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: i state your name: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Concrete Donkey: qorkfiend: Concrete Donkey: Because there are lots of ways it could go boom on launch, it has hundreds of single failure points with no backups, but we will get the coolest and most informative images and readings of space ever.


Why that takes thousands of words to explain however, I have no idea

Yeah, no way anyone might be interested in the details of the ways it could go boom on launch or why it'll be able to get the coolest and most informative images of space ever. We should be happy with a couple of vague sentences.

The more you know, the more you worry. Its one of the times when ignorance is bliss. worry about why it works after it actually starts to work

My worry is that it will launch perfectly, reach its intended orbit, deploy perfectly, achieve first light and get calibrated...

... and then stop working with no explanation a week later.

[media2.giphy.com image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]

Aliens, Hell!

Who needs Aliens when we have *Murphy*?

Who do you think *Murphy* is? Our invisible alien overlords have been quietly farking us up just out of view since we left the trees.

Nope.  It was these:

[Fark user image 425x322]


I prefer the Bob Clampett versions:

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Most of them were modeled after Warners' animators.  The pink one on the left with the pickaxe-sorta thing was Bob Clampett; the little green guy on the right with the blowtorch was Friz Freleng.  Don't see 'em in this shot, but Tubby Millar and Chuck Jones also make appearances.
 
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