More New Year Happiness

Instead of celebrating, I’m pushing to make this New Year happier.

I have a rule of dividing a subject when I get ten or more entries. Of the 64 largest cities of the world I have listed in the current version of the Knowledge base,, 10 of them are Anglic, which prompts an unequal division into Anglo-American and British cities. I will be trying to pursue this division into the major subdivisions of history, The major divisions of history are now linked to divisions of institutions, behavioral culture, and conceptual culture. I am working on the divisions of human geography and human ecology. It will take several more passes before I can get to the biography I would like to do, but I did make some progress.

The Kerbonaut program #1

This story is derived from play of an unmodified version of Kerbal Space program 1.8.1 on a custom level of difficulty.

After years of jockeying, cajoling, diplomacy, pleading, and begging, Wernher von Kerman finally had himself a launch facility with a launch pad, crawlerway, runway, mission control center, tracking station, R&D center, astronaut complex, VAB, aircraft hanger,  and administration building,  He hired two Pilots,  Jebediah Kerman and Valentina Kerman; a scientist, Bob Kerman;  and an engineer, Bill Kerman.  Most of the vehicles were based on his designs.  Gene Kerman was his right-hand man as the Mission controller.

He gathered his crew for their first mission briefing. “We are going to fly safe”. said Wernher. “First of all we fly. We will design, build, test, and fly vehicles; both aircraft and spacecraft. We will test components and performance envelopes.  Second, we are safe.  We cannot afford to kill Kerbonauts or destroy vehicles.  As a rule, we are going to go with the minimal changes possible in each flight. We cannot afford to be too fancy with our designs.  Gene, I’m turning the time to you for our first mission briefing.”

Gene Kerman stood up. “Our first contract involves no flight at all. It’s an equipment test.  Jebediah, as our lead pilot, will get the honors of sitting in an unpowered, unfueled Mark 1 Comand pod on the launch pad. He will file a mission report and do an EVA. That is all.” Groans came from the audience. “None of that.  We will be getting to powered flight soon enough.”

At the first post-mission briefing,  Jeb reported. “No surprises. I have filed a crew report from the launch pad, and an EVA report. All the switches flipped and the door opened and closed.”  Gene stood up. “Congratulations, people, We have completed our first contact, to gather a science report.  Our second contract will be to actally fly.  However, before we do that we have an additional test. There are a couple of new modules for science research, and Mystery Goo containment module, and a 2Hot thermometer. We are giving this mission to Bob, since it’s an unpowered science mission. For this one, Bob, the batteries will be changed. Get a report from the goo and the thermometer”. “Understood. Gene. I’ll get right on it. 

At the second post-mission briefing, Wernher reported. “That was another success. We now have a mystery goo and a thermometer reading from the launch pad. That qualifies us for a research grant in Engineering 101 and there are people designing several new components which we will be testing soon. In the meantime, Bob has some additional details.” He nodded to Bob and stepped aside. “I tried out the goo module from outside and it worked fine. I did an EVA to reset the goo container from outside and reran the experiment. I didn’t get any new information, and since we don’t have an antenna, couldn’t transmit.  That’s all”.  Wernher stood back up.  “That’s unfortunate, but not unexpected. We will be working on communications in our test program, and we will be doing more testing. For now, here is Gene with the exciting news you have all been waiting for.

Gene stood. “Our third mission will be an actual test flight. Once again, Jebediah will take the lead.  Valentine, your turn will come.  We are going to use the Mark 1 command pod, but strip the goo container and science gear, and activate the on-board reaction wheel. We will be adding a nose cone with a mark 16 parachute, set for full deployement at 3/4 standard atmosphere. The command pod will be sitting on top of a TS-5 “Flea” Solid Rocket Booster, set to 20% thrust and and 20% fuel. That’s 1.6 t loaded weight, 1.4 t empty, with  ?? kM of thrust, a thrust to weight ratio of 2.17.  We calculate that after a 9 second burn, this will give you 199 m/sec delta Vee, which should get you high enough to safely deploy the parachute. Go straight up; don’t try anything fancy with attitude control. At the height when your rate of climb drops to zero, deploy the parachute.  We’re taking no chances with you this flight. Everybody,  Let’s fly!” Cheers arose.

The pattern was now set. There would be a pre mission briefing, the actual flight, and the mission report.  Again  Wernher took the lead. “Another success” We have a report from in flight over Kerbin’s Shores, and and from vehicle recovered after a flight. This qualifies us for research grants in Rocketry! Jeb has more. “Everything went pretty much as planned. I did use the attitude controls after I deployed the parachute, but it only swung me back and forth. the parachute brought me straight back to the launch pad.  I got so excited I forgot to do reports on landing”.

Werner stood up. “There were other reasons for not doing those. I don’t want anyone falling off the tops of boosters and not able to climb back in. Also, the Command module has limited data storage. You might have done an EVA and extracted and sorted the data, but that’s something to remember for future flights.  We will be doing missions close enough to the launch pad long enough that we can collect  appropriate reports later.  For now, kerbs, well done!. Gene, your turn”.

Gene stood up. ” We now have a contract to Test the LT-45 Liquid fueled “Swivel” rocket engine on the launch pad.  But that’s for a later time. For now, Valentina, it’s your turn to fly. ” After the applause he continued. “”Werner has a design he’s working toward. For now, the only change to the Fleahopper 1 that Jeb flew is to add three fins for stability control. Recall that we want the aerodynamic center of pressure behind the center of mass. This will of course affect the mass of the rocket, so you probably  won’t go as high as Jeb did.  On the other hand, we’re giving you permission to try to affect the attitude as you go up. Don’t test it too far; we’ve had sims that suggest that you can easily lose control before your burn is over, an you don’t want to be accelerating straight for the ground!. Gently. “There was a titter of nervous laughter. “Again, deploy the parachute at your highest point. We’ve done this once, kerbs, we can do it again. Everybody,, let’s fly!”

Happy New Year

So, one of my new year’s resolutions is to have more interesting content for this blog, which has languished in obscurity and neglect. I have been reviewing and recreating my Knowledge base, I am still concentrating on history, but with a somewhat flatter approach than before. For world history, I still have some way to go in adding nations and peoples, although the major divisions are accounted for. Much of the shape of nations is given by cities, and I still have some ways to go in adding and developing these. For the five major divisions of history, i am connecting elements of material culture and anthropology, with a goal of connecting to biographies.

For something different, I have been playing a version of Kerbal Space Program, and for a extra challenge, I am playing in career mode, which requires managing discoveries and funding as well as building and testing vehicles. I decided to record my discoveries in journal form which may serve as a guide to “how not to crush and run out of money” For now, I am presenting these as separate blog entries under the title “The Kerbonaut Program”.

Crash, bust, and rebuild

The software that I have been using to build my web site came up against another serious limitation. The “resource management” module crashes when it gets too many files, which makes it no longer useful.

This has prompted me to start over with a fourth version. I’m going to leave the old one up on the web as a demonstration, while my active one is being kept in text format’ I’m using Scrivener and not trying publish it, among other reasons because it is build for large projects. Although I don’t have the same ability to use hyperlinks, the creation and maintenance of those links was a major time sink. Since I have the old version still available, I can transfer material as needed. so it isn’t lost.

This will allow me a flatter form, so I can work on things like lists of schools and corporations, literary works, and more biographies, and it’s not quite so concentrated on history.

I can also keep track of sizes and progress. I now have over 40,000 works of text in just under two weeks of work. I would be doing well to write 50,000 words of fiction in a month, so I can measure my production.

I still have an interest in beginning history at the beginning, and I’m dabbling in historical fiction. From my previous work, I already have an outline of early prehistory developed that I can use and adapt.

Like a mountain peak

I have recently been concentrating on getting summaries of current events. I have now succeeded in outlining major events for September, with events for Egypt, India and Pakistan, Japan and China, and Indonesia. This process feels like the peak of a mountain, rising up out of the water. As it rises, more and more land becomes visible. There has been a lot of support work going on in 2019 and the third quarter 2019 to make this possible. Although the United States ought to be more prominent, it takes substantial work with less populous nations, and with cities of the world. to separate and bring it out.

And So It Begins

In current and recent events, I have the glimmerings of beginning for India in May of this year. There isn’t much detail, yet, but details for India in weeks of June is present. There is more to come as I work further through weeks of July and August.

Filling gaps

The latest pass of analysis and connection is through January. In order to work with the near future, I still need to sort out events and link subdivisions of the near future to the various weeks. The United States, and Western Civilization, are now connected to all weeks of 2019 so that at least a preliminary analysis and categorization of events can be considered. Religion is also connected.

Building Bridges

I got the last few weeks reviewed. I’m making progress on sorting out events of the near future, but I stil have a ways to go. I now have events of about six weeks for India and four for China, and two for Pakistan. My experience in getting this far at earlier attempts tells me that I need more than this to be able to successfully analyze nations. I also have a way to go yet on getting the Middle East, which in many ways is central in the world. I am getting closer to being able to analyze religion and government, but I’m not there yet.

The next pass involves going back to October of last year. This has resulted in the near future having continuous connection to weeks of 2019. For Sociology in general, I now have continuous connections to weeks of 2019 and 2019. Peoples of the world and institutions are not yet so well connected. As I progress through weeks and get events more sorted. I expect to have improved organization of major events.

More integration

I spent most of the past week working forward through the weeks of 2019, in hopes of making more connections to recent weeks. So far, I have good connections to the near future and middle future. I will need to go into deeper analysis of the various weeks to generate more contents. For nations, I have about 6 week’s worth of events for India, and about 4 weeks work for China. The current events in Hong Kong began about 3 months ago, so it will take a little while longer to develop the background. I am starting to separate out events of the Middle East, which occupy a good share of the week-by-week outline of events. I am also making progress with the analysis of religion, and starting to go deeper into government. Since most of the events in Wikipedia’s current events chronicle deal with government, there is a large body of work to be analyzed. Still pushing forward.

Getting Integrated

Today is my day for integrating events of the previous week. I’m not quite done with this, but progress is visible. Notably, unrest in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India seems to have been intensifying and conflict between Mainland China and Hong Kong has also been intensifying. Events in the weeks of April and May are slowly starting to be better sorted.