NPR Listeners Comfort A Dying Man Who Tried To Stop The Challenger Disaster

David and I listened to this follow up story Thursday on the retired Thiokol engineer who tried to stop the Challenger disaster, and had a parking lot moment of our own. We were meeting Dad and Linda (my father-in-law Sheldon and Shel’s girlfriend Linda) for dinner. As the story ended, we listened, pausing before getting out of the car. NPR listeners evidently had their own driveway or parking lot moments, and responded quickly to the original story. It’s nice to report so many acts of kindness to try to comfort a dying man. Challenger disaster

After NPR reported Bob Ebeling’s story on the anniversary of the Challenger explosion, hundreds of people responded. Ebeling, now 89, says those letters “helped bring my worrisome mind to ease.”

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One Term Wonder Joe Walsh: Who’s The Ass Again?

So glad this guy got booted out after just one term, and now the IL-08 district is reliably blue.

Why is it that when Dems leave office, they disappear? When Republicans get bounced, they go on talk shows or create their own.

Joe Walsh, a radical Tea Party congressman who was voted out of office after one term amid a variety of financial problems and has since become a right-wing radio host, is none too pleased about Presi

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As a beginning Blender user, I've struggled with the concepts but managed to produce some low-poly mesh bunting for #MardiGras in #SecondLife. The hardest thing right now is keeping materials and textures in the right order and remembering to assign green apples to green apples, and oranges to oranges. Currently alphabetical order matters with materials so it might be smart to rename any assigned textures in Blender in the same alphabetical order. Unfortunately, I am not that organized so it was a carnival of blunders until I got it sorted.

G+: As a beginning Blender user, I've struggled with the concepts but managed to produce some low-poly mesh bunting for #MardiGras in #SecondLife. The hardest thing right now is keeping materials and textures in the right order and remembering to assign green apples to green apples, and oranges to oranges. Currently alphabetical order matters with materials so it might be smart to rename any assigned textures in Blender in the same alphabetical order. Unfortunately, I am not that organized so it was a carnival of blunders until I got it sorted.

These "bunting banners" could be even lower poly so they could be longer, but I thought of a way to do that after this had been uploaded to the "big grid." Still, they look pretty festive.

The testing in the Beta Grid led me to upload just 2 versions, a "medium" LOD that actually looked good at a reasonable distance, and a "low" LOD that was visible at maximum camera range but is just a flat one-sided plane with the same materials/texture faces. They could be better, but they're a start.

The "high" LOD version has some issues and would have been too high-poly for what I needed, which was to decorate my shopfront for the upcoming #MardiGras celebration in St John (on the "big grid").

All in all, a student effort with a "B" grade, but I'm pretty happy with the result.

      

In Album Mesh Bunting for Mardi Gras in Second Life

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