Happy Easter from all of us at The Troubadour!
Yes, while you idle away hours of your life sitting on the back lawn watching the little ones race from one corner of the yard to the other in an exercise originally intended to teach capitalism to children and given the unassuming and politically correct name of "Easter Egg Hunting", we have been out and about gathering all the Space Centers' news worthy of mention.
The Easter Bunny and I haven't been on speaking terms for a number of years now - ever since The Troubadour exposed the truth about the sweatshop it runs, exploiting Santa's laid off elves and paying them pennies an hour to paint Easter eggs. Dog droppings are the only thing I find on my front lawn Easter morning. I think the canines are in league with the rabbits on this one. Rabbits set policy and dogs enforce it.
Saturday at the Space Centers
I didn't get to the DSC yesterday, so except for my overnight camp chaperoning comments, I've nothing more to add except to report on how busy they were all day Saturday. Saturday's DSC work schedule was ridiculous. I'm hoping the staff got double and triple time pay to compensate them for the number of missions they had to work.
Todd Rasband deserves a medal of devotion to the Great and Mighty OZ Voeks for managing the overnight camp THEN returning Saturday evening at 9:00 P.M. to run a four hour mission for a group of UVU students. Todd, let me know if Casey hesitates on that bonus. I've got a good lawyer handling the class action lawsuit we're bringing against the Easter Bunny on behalf of the elves. I'll add the DSC's working conditions to the list of complaints and get you a nice settlement. I'll need a picture of you at work though. You need to dressed in a Santa elf's uniform complete with pointed ears. Have the picture taken from your waist up while you're on your knees trying to reach the buttons in the simulator's control room. A basket of half painted Easter eggs in the background would be a nice added touch - for the sympathy vote to be sure.
At the CMSEC
Rumors that Megan Warner had assigned Magellan supervisor Jacque Lystrup to flight direct the Saturday Magellan missions buzzed around The Troubadour's staff room Saturday morning. I took the assignment to check the rumors out myself.
I walked into the Discovery Room at the CMSEC and heard a female voice over the Magellan's speakers. The rumors were true and I needed proof. I yanked open the control room door and snapped the photo above. Andrew was overly relaxed while Abram struggled with 2nd chair. Jacque sat in the hot seat with a mic in one hand and her phone in the other.
"Just checking on my Star Trek vocab," Jacque explained, noticing my eyes were focused on the phone in her hand.
"You seem pretty relaxed compared to Connor," I observed. Jacque shrugged her shoulders and leaned back in the chair. "I'm not bothered," she pointed to Abram. "Abram on the other hand..."
I noticed two of our Farpoint Cadets were sitting on either side of Abram - helping him get through the mission. They both had their hands on the multiple 2nd chair keyboards.
Abram was wearing his unhappy face. "What do I get to do?" Abram whined.
"Here," Jace answered. "I'll let you push this button here."
Abram pushed a key on the keyboard with his index finger. He smiled (as pictured above) when he saw a "W" appeared in the 'Scan Answer' box on the monitor. "Good boy Abram," Jace said using his rusty little kid's voice. " YOU did that. You're awesome. You're the best.... Give me five."
"My 'W'," Abram chanted as their palms met overhead. Jace looked at Jacque. Jacque responded with a smile and a thumbs up. Jace replied with the same. "We're going to make a supervisor out of you yet and give that mean old Andrew a run for his money."
"Andrew IS mean," Abram replied.
I've no choice but to report Megan Warner and the rest of the CMSEC staff to the PC monitors for violating the principle of separation of church and state. A questionable wrist band was found on the second chair's monitor.
"Don't look at me." Jacque seemed as surprised as I was. "I don't know how it got in here."
"We'll see what the PC monitors have to say about this," I replied while snapping the photo (can you tell its was a slow news afternoon?)
Andrew overseeing the Discovery Room obstacle course.
There's something about a phaser that draws a Farpoint Cadet to it like a fly to stink. You see Michael staring at the phaser. Aiden is watching me. Andrew told them both to leave the phaser on the table. You can see from Michael's appearance that he was having none of it. That phaser was calling his name. He had to have it, despite any warning to the contrary from Supervisor Andrew.
And there you have it. Michael gave in to the urge and took the phaser from the table. Aiden is not happy. He wanted a phaser of his own. It was only a matter of time before the boys started fighting over the weapon, causing the phaser to misfire and hit Aiden in the arm.
Andrew and Abram settled Aiden down and treated him for shock. "What do we do for third degree phaser burns?" they asked me.
"Look it up online," I replied while searching for a baggie in the room's cupboards. The supervisors did their research while I went to the faculty room in search of ice for the baggie. Michael felt badly, but not badly enough to give up the phaser.
Matt Long and the Programming Gang Field Test the new Magellan Controls.
The Magellan is about to get a new set of bridge simulator controls thanks to the hard work of Matt Long and his gang of programmers. They field tested the new controls in the school's faculty lounge on Saturday, using the school's Macbook portable lab.
Matt reports the testing went better than expected. "Sure there were bugs, that's why we did the testing," Matt explained. "Overall though, these are going to be the best set of controls anywhere. The campers will love 'em".
The new controls will be installed in the Magellan next week for further testing. Once the bugs are eliminated, the Magellan will make the switch over - just in time for the summer camp season.
Space and Science News
Earth's Cousin Detected
From Quarks to Quasars
From Quarks to Quasars
This week, scientists announced the discovery of the first Earth-size exoplanet in the habitable zone of its host star. This plant has been deemed an “Earth cousin,” as it might have liquid water and the correct conditions for life. Sadly, it would take us a rather long time to reach this relative of ours, as it is some 490 light-years from Earth, but that doesn’t make this find any less exciting. The planet in question is called Kepler-186f, and it was first spotted by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. At first glance, it seem like an unassuming planet circling a run-of-the-mill dim red dwarf star. However, a closer inspection uncovers tantalizing results. Read More at From Quarks to Quasars.