This is the website of Abulsme Noibatno Itramne, also known as Sam Minter. In addition to the blog below, be sure to check out the other sections of the site above and to the left! IM me on AIM as Abulsme or email me at abulsme@abulsme.com. Comments are always appreciated! Thanks!

 

If you came here from a link on another site, chances are high you are looking for the Electoral College Prediction page.

Sun 19 Sep 2004

Darkflash: 3... 2... 1...

Another in the series of posts of things that would have been blog posts if I'd had a blog during the months the blog was dark.

The following was emailed to friends and family August 3, 2004 06:59:16 UTC.

So I woke up about 06:05 UTC and realized that I was awake in time for the scheduled 06:15:56 UTC launch of the Messenger spacecraft to Mercury. I wasn't sure if I would be able to see anything at all from home, so I didn't wake up Brandy or Amy. But I put on NASA TV... well, OK, it was already on, I'd put it on several hours earlier before I went to sleep... I had hoped to stay awake for it, but had fallen asleep. I hadn't set an alarm or anything, but woke up just in the nick of time. NASA TV was annoying me because they were covering something happening on the space station instead... docking with a supply ship or some such... but they did mention that Messenger was a go and should be launching in just under 5 minutes.

So a minute before time I went outside and looked North in the general direction of Cape Canaveral, not really expecting to see much. I watched on my atomic set clock as the designated time ticked by. I didn't see much. It was a little cloudy. So, "Oh well" I thought and turned around to go back in... and saw a big fireball in the sky!

As it turned out I was muddled in my having just woken up 5 minutes ago state, and had been looking east, not north. But to the North I could see it very clearly. It had just cleared the trees obscuring my view in that direction. It was bright. It was flaming. There were sparks coming off the back. It was headed straight up for a bit, then turned to the east and headed away. I watched it as it got further away and got dimmer and the angle got more horizontal seeming.

Then the sound hit. A really loud sub-woofer-style bone rattling rumble. And then the sound continued. And continued. The spacecraft was no longer visible. I headed inside for a second. A minute later I came back out. The rumble was still going, and actually even louder. The rumble lasted a good five minutes before you couldn't hear it any longer. And you could FEEL it for a little while even past then.

I was very excited. This was my first actual rocket launch! And I am close enough to the cape to see it from my front yard!!! And not only to see it, but to FEEL IT. I know this is old hat to Ivan, who has seen a few of these, and maybe to any of the rest of you if you have. But I thought it was very cool. I immediately regretted not having woken up Brandy or Amy. But with the clouds and everything, and not knowing exactly how much would be visible or not from the house, I didn't know if it would be worth it. Now I know. It is very worth it! (Well, at least until it gets boring after a few times I guess.)

This was a Delta 2 rocket carrying the Messenger spacecraft. According to NASA's site, the next scheduled launch from here is an Atlas 2AS on August 31st with a spy satellite for the NRO. Then the next one is a test launch of a Delta 4 in September. I'll definitely have to check those out! Uh, if I can remember.

Anyway, I'm sorry I didn't wake up Brandy and Amy for it, but as excited as I was, didn't see much point in waking them up AFTER it was over, so I decided to email all of you instead. It was cool. I like rockets! :-)


Abulsme - Sun, 19 Sep 2004, 16:20:02 UTC - Personal
Permalink and Comments [0 comments]

Closer to the Source

Remember way back when on those forged Yellowcake documents that were part of the case for going into Iraq? I wondered a few times why people were just concentrating on why the administration was fooled (or wanted to be fooled). I said the bigger story that nobody was talking much about was where did the docs come from. Well, a bunch of people have been slowly working on that. Here is the latest development.

Agent behind fake uranium documents worked for France
(Bruce Johnson, Telegraph)

The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France.
(via Captain's Quarters)

Interesting. The speculation is that France planted it in the hopes that the US would use it, so France could then expose it at an appropriate time to make the US look silly and hurt the pro-war argument. Hmm. Maybe. We'll see what continues to come out. Initially though, my first reaction is that it is the same kind of conspiracy thinking as those who thought Rove was behind the forged Bush national guard docs. In both cases, we're talking people forging documents that build cases against themselves in the hopes the forgeries will be discovered (but not traced all the way back to them) and then make the people who actually use the forgeries in public look bad. Very high risk plan. Lots of potential for backfire. But which COULD work if it went exactly according to plan.

In the case of the forged Bush documents, it now looks pretty clear that a less convoluted path explains what happened. The originator looks like it was this Bill Burkett guy who has been trying to rile up the National Gaurd issue against for many years and who may have "recreated" these documents, the originals of which were supposedly destoryed years ago. No oddness, no strange loops. Just a guy with an agenda who thought this could help his cause, but who was completely wrong and ended up with the opposite result than he intended. And the people along the chain who wished it was true so much they passed it along without even the slightest bit of doubt or questioning.

Hmmm... that part sounds like the Yellowcake docs again. Maybe they are similar after all. Maybe the "they came from French Intelligence" thing will pan out. I haven't seen enough to make a judgement yet. But on these sorts of things, Occam's Razor *usually* wins out in the end. But not always. We will see.


Abulsme - Sun, 19 Sep 2004, 15:52:32 UTC - News
Permalink and Comments [0 comments]
PREV page NEXT page


MEMBERS

<September 2004 >
S M T W T F S
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    

ABULWIKI

AbulWiki Home
Sam Geneology
Amy Geneology
Recent Changes
Random Wiki Page
Electoral College Prediction

OLD STUFF

True Binary Clock
Al/Kim Wedding
Pets and People
Home Movies
Old Pictures
Old Graphs
Volleyball
Resume
Fitness
Books

ARCHIVES

August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003

ARCHIVE SUMMARY

View by Date

View by Category

Advanced search

PEOPLE WHO EMAIL ME A LOT AND HAVE WEBSITES

Al Michael
Ron Adams
Robert Pavia
Chris Morrow
William Minter
Brandy Donaghy
Greg Haverkamp
Rebecca Livingston

SITES I READ A LOT

Boing Boing Gadgets
Talking Points Memo
Huffington Post
DemConWatch
The Daily Dish
Boing Boing
Instapundit
Neatorama
The Corner
Facebook
Engadget
Daily Kos
Seattlest
Gizmodo
Yglesias
TUAW
Digg
Fark
Slog
io9
Listed on BlogShares Powered by pMachine XML

STATS

Total entries: 2517
Total comments: 1895
Total members: 37