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Taking blood samples from my autistic son: Difficult, requires a lot of patience and efficiency, but can be practiced under non-critical circumstances to get him used to it and get better at doing it.

Taking blood samples from my other son that has an actual phobia of needles: Makes me consider taking JiuJitsu classes, because I'm not quite sure how we're going to manage it in another 2 years. Life is complicated... 🤦‍♂️

Sounds still more fun than 24h urine sampling.
 

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There is still a lot of rather outdated info on Google Earth at Kennedy Space Center (and I guess likely elsewhere around the globe). While using street view in vicinity of the VAB, one can discover an orbiter in high bay 4 (no OMS bods?) and a crawler in high bay 3 😎 And I guess the mobile service structure in the background is from the Constellation-era? 🤔 (not seen on the image)

Anyway, virtually touring the Cape is fun in any case.

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Taking blood samples from my autistic son: Difficult, requires a lot of patience and efficiency, but can be practiced under non-critical circumstances to get him used to it and get better at doing it.

Taking blood samples from my other son that has an actual phobia of needles: Makes me consider taking JiuJitsu classes, because I'm not quite sure how we're going to manage it in another 2 years. Life is complicated... 🤦‍♂️

I have a phobia of general anesthesia, and had to be overpowered for one surgery at age 13, balked and had to come back pre-sedated with a pill for another in adulthood, and was in full freakout mode until I was under for a third. Strep tests weren't great either: I grabbed the sampling swab and yanked it out of my mouth once in my early teens. I'm better about it now, but still sit on my hands to prevent similar incidents.

I was diagnosed with autism this spring, and both of my parents show signs of it. My dad is generally rock solid when it comes to anxiety, my mom is even more of a nervous wreck than I am. I got all the mental strengths and weaknesses of both parents (Good verbal skills from mom, a good STEM brain from dad, mom's anxiety, and severe ADHD that almost certainly came from dad). My brother got less of the intellect (though he certainly ain't dumb), but got the stability of both parents (dad's emotional stability and, despite also having ADHD, mom's organizational skills).
 

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and had to be overpowered for one surgery at age 13
I would be interested in knowing how you dealt with that experience afterwards. Did it make future events even more traumatic, and did it make you resent your parents, or could you file the whole thing under "needed to be done" and move on?
 

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I would be interested in knowing how you dealt with that experience afterwards. Did it make future events even more traumatic, and did it make you resent your parents, or could you file the whole thing under "needed to be done" and move on?

Pretty much the latter. I'm not sure I'd word it just like that, but I'm not sure quite how I'd word it at all. Insofar as there was any resentment towards my parents, it was more for scheduling the surgery in the first place. It's the concept of general anesthesia itself that hits something primal in my brain, not any experience I've had any time I've been under. I also had really bad emetophobia in childhood, and I knew that general anesthesia had caused my brother to get sick while recovering. I was basically fine in the first place once I was awake again and in the second once I was beyond the nausea window, but even though I've been through it and survived, the concept of being knocked out cold like that, so quickly from full consciousness, just feels like death to me, and that's repeated every time I've been under. There's been no trauma afterward from any of my surgeries, just a visceral terror beforehand.
 

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I was wondering... could one use the concept of a maglev rail in reverse (i.e. attracting instead of repulsing) to make something like a rotating gravity section for a space station? Or would the forces become too strong? :unsure:

On second thought, if you have an entire ring, I guess you should be able to still work with repulsion... As long as it's getting repulsed in all paces of the ring the same, everything is fine. Basically an (almost) frictionless "rail" for the ring to turn on...
 

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I was wondering... could one use the concept of a maglev rail in reverse (i.e. attracting instead of repulsing) to make something like a rotating gravity section for a space station? Or would the forces become too strong? :unsure:

On second thought, if you have an entire ring, I guess you should be able to still work with repulsion... As long as it's getting repulsed in all paces of the ring the same, everything is fine. Basically an (almost) frictionless "rail" for the ring to turn on...

Well technically, they work by both repulsion and attraction, but how fast do you want the section to rotate to make it worth it?
 

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Not faster than ordinarily assumed for such purposes. I'm just thinking about systems for gravity sections that are easily extendable, and the thought of providing a rail for "habitat trains" to drive around a wide enough central hub crossed my mind. The next thought was "what about a maglev rail", and here I am...

Onboarding and Offboarding might be an issue though, now that I think about it...
 

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There is still a lot of rather outdated info on Google Earth at Kennedy Space Center (and I guess likely elsewhere around the globe). While using street view in vicinity of the VAB, one can discover an orbiter in high bay 4 (no OMS bods?) and a crawler in high bay 3 😎 And I guess the mobile service structure in the background is from the Constellation-era? 🤔 (not seen on the image)

Anyway, virtually touring the Cape is fun in any case.

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All of those images were taken in 2012 when the orbiters were undergoing the Transition&Retirement (T&R) processing. At the time, Atlantis was being stored in the VAB transfer aisle while Endeavour was in HB4. Crawler Transporter#2 was in HB2 receiving the upgrades necessary to carry SLS. All OMS pods and FRCS modules had been sent to the White Sands Test Facility for decommissioning by removal of all of the propellant lines and tanks including the nozzles in order to make them safe for long term display.

Reason for storing one orbiter in the VAB was due the decommissioning of OPF-3, so only the two original OPFs were available for T&R processing of the orbiters, this lead to quite a lot of "shuttle shuffling" where two orbiters would meet each other outside.
 

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Not faster than ordinarily assumed for such purposes. I'm just thinking about systems for gravity sections that are easily extendable, and the thought of providing a rail for "habitat trains" to drive around a wide enough central hub crossed my mind. The next thought was "what about a maglev rail", and here I am...

Onboarding and Offboarding might be an issue though, now that I think about it...

Yes, also I think such a "cabin-based gravity section", like used in some sci-fi (at least Battletech mentions some) could also be done at least cheaper with teflon bearings for the same performance.... powering the cabins would also be a problem.
 

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Quick question:
Since my add-on is MIT and I can't use UACS (because it's GPLv3)... can I relicense my add-on to LGPL and use UACS?
The usual way is to fork off into a new project and leave the code with the old license as is, and continue developing under another license in a new project, to mitigate backward compatibility issues of the license. If nobody is using your work as a dependency, that's not really an issue, though.
 

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Just down the coast from me, and a joy to see. Gone down South to Newcastle Upon Tyne for a few days.

A Spanish galleon approaching England? What could go wrong? Does the Royal Navy know they come in peace?
 
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