Ok, so that lander wasn’t so successful. However I’m not giving up. It’s time to make some changes and try again.
Nutjob Hills is, as I’ve said for a long time now, a somewhat strange little town that is populated by a fairly high percentage of somewhat strange and often downright crazy people. This is one example.
Joey B. is a kid that is graduating high school this spring. He’s a lot like most kids his age with one exception. He actually has a very firm idea of what kind of work he wants to do. Specifically, he wants to go into business as an interior decorator.
What’s strange about that you ask? Nothing. The strangeness comes in when you see what his idea of a great interior looks like. You’ve no doubt seen yards where people have birdbaths or some kind of outdoor fountains. Joey has this idea, he calls it revolutionary and is certain that it will be THE big thing in interiors over the next ten years.
What he wants to do is start a trend of people having fountains . . . indoors.
These fountains would be a centerpiece of a living room or den. In homes with large enough bathrooms they could even be functional as part of the shower system.
Somehow I get the feeling that Joey might just be in for a rude surprise when he finds out that not very many people are going to want a fountain in their living room. If only because it’d get in the way of the TV.
Now that the rescue lander is working, it’s time to get that thing to Duna and see if we can manage to rescue the stranded astronaut.
So not long ago I was working on a particularly frustrating ship design for Kerbal Space Program. The problem was however that I just couldn’t seem to get certain parts to attach in the way that I needed them to.
I spent several days trying everything I could think of. Part of the issue is a bug in the VAB that often times prevents things from attaching radially even though they’re supposed to be able to attach that way.
Normally the way to fix this is to attach said part to any location that will accept it and then move it to where you want it. However in this case it just wouldn’t work. I was talking about this to somebody at the Nutjob Hills Diner and a local mechanic suggested that I use some large u bolts to strap the two parts together.
This mechanic, known locally as “U”, has a strange fixation on u bolts. For reasons only he truely understands, he will go out of his way to use a u bolt at every possible opportunity when fastening any given two part together, even when they look like total crap as a result.
When I told him that I’d be glad to try his suggestion but Kerbal Space Program does not have u bolts he said, with a dismayed look on his face, that it was clearly broken and needed to have them added.
I decided not to pursue the issue and drop it. He’d never have understood that building rockets that way just plain wouldn’t work.
It’s time, past time even, to start working on a lander that we can send to Duna to rescue Jebediah.