Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2018.01.18
To see victory as a curse and defeat as moral purification and salvation is to
combine the ancient idea of hubris with the Christian virtue of humility,
catharsis with apocalypse. That such a concept should have its greatest
resonance among the intelligentsia can be explained in part by the
intellectual's classical training but also by his inherently ambivalent stance
toward power.

		Wolfgang Schivelbusch, The Culture of Defeat

2008.03.19

From The Just-A-Little-More-Umph Department

This could just as well come from the Get-Out-And-Push Department: Satellite misfire to hurt HDTV expansion.

“Reports indicated that a rocket carrying the AMC-14 satellite did not reach high enough orbit.”

Apparently, the problem has been traced back to the early moments of the launch…

Rocket Launch

Tragically, rocket scientists designed the satellite assuming metric child dimensions whereas launch control assumed English child dimensions. The stomping power of a 24 year old male was needed rather than that of an 8 year old male.