off the top layer

Monday, 21 July 2008
  1. Time-Varying Inertia for Attitude Control
  2. AIAA Call for Papers
  3. taughannock falls state park summer concert series
  4. magnetic field of a magnetized cylinder
  5. ma = Fpin + Fcoil + Fcoil, meissner
  6. Sine sweep
  7. 2 Jul 08
  8. Concise?
  9. X Transfer Functions, Unwindowed Data
  10. the advanced mirror image method
  11. exhaust velocity
  12. Hamilton’s Equations
  13. FFT, 6.0065 cm
  14. 0972 counts
  15. (but bad averaging)
  16. Glue something here to force flashlight into proper orientation

events on my mind

Thursday, 19 June 2008
  1. Squash ladder match #3
  2. Binghamton Airshow
  3. Ithacafest
  4. Williams Reunions
  5. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit
  6. Jonathan Coulton concert in New York, NY
  7. Spore Creature Creator Trial release

why I hate, despise, detest, and loathe LabView

Friday, 3 August 2007
  1. Inability to write descriptive comments!
  2. Inability to name variables!!!
  3. Nonlinear, graphical programming interface:
    1. Messy, horribly hard-to-follow programs!  Wires everywhere!
    2. Extreme difficulty to insert new commands into an established program without ruining the organization structure!!
    3. Frakking impossible to debug!!!!!
    4. Computer processors operate linearly anyway–LABVIEW IS LYING!!!
  4. Sequence structures–the most cumbersome way possible for the LabView creators to have tried to rectify the problem that sometimes YOU JUST NEED TO EXECUTE COMMANDS IN ORDER JUST LIKE A CONVENTIONAL PROGRAM, DAMMIT!!!
  5. Mouse sensitivity!  As in, my programming ability should not have to rely on my skill to accurately position the mouse over some of those frakking tiny terminals!
  6. Timing structures–THEY DO NO SUCH THING!
  7. The fact that it has to rebuild all its data acquisition sub-VIs every time I want to make a tiny change to the sampling mode!
  8. Shift registers and sequence instances!  The saddest excuses for variables on the planet–and they contribute to the messy wiring problem!!
  9. It handles arrays in an extraordinarily clunky manner–and when you’re taking data, the role LabView is best suited for, MOST OF THE TIME YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY AVOID USING ARRAYS!

well, well…

Sunday, 22 July 2007
  1. Glider and tow plane
  2. Champagne Supernova
  3. Vermont
  4. Paycheck
  5. Red October
  6. Mozzarella pesto burgers
  7. Jupiter
  8. Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene
  9. The Gates of the Desert

things that we need if we are actually serious about getting to the Moon and Mars and then *doing* something when we get there

Friday, 18 May 2007
  1. A mostly-reusable Earth-surface-to-LEO lifter with a trivial launch cost (compared to the Saturn, STS, or Ares) and a high cargo capacity; i.e. an orbital version of SpaceShipOne with a bigger payload bay.
  2. A system of modules for easily and robustly assembling space structures and vehicles (i.e. space stations and high-capacity, long-duration LEO-to-LMO transit vehicles).  This is where my research could come in.
  3. An Earth-orbit assembly platform/rendezvous station, made out of the modular system specified in (2).  Similar platform modules to be dropped off in LMO.
  4. High-cargo-capacity LMO-to-surface descent vehicles.  Mars surface-to-LMO vehicles with comparable efficiency to the Earth surface-to-LEO vehicles specified in (1).

Take-away message: cut this CEV crap, and don’t fall back to “faster, better, cheaper.”  Sink a good amount of resources into next-gen space technology R&D, and after the initial investment we’ll be able to do most anything for little additional cost.  Note that if we have (1)-(4) above, we could just as easily perform manned exploration of the outer solar system as the inner.  We need real vision to do this.  And we must do it, because we will develop the most complete understanding of the Universe through direct experience of it and we must expand out into the Solar System, at least, to ensure our survival in the event of the worst contingencies.

Did I make it?

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Originally posted 15 April 2006:


  1. Be addressed as “Lieutenant Shoer” once again (Ithaca Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol)
  2. Kayak in Cayuga Lake (or should I call it Kayaka Lake?) — No have kayak. Yet?
  3. Go wine-tasting any time I like Not that I do. But I could!
  4. Officially call myself a rocket scientist
  5. Be the first person in the world to work on an entirely new class of spacecraft Well, in the first group to do so.
  6. Have a color as a mascot
  7. Live in my own apartment
  8. Be surrounded by gorges and waterfalls
  9. Walk down the hall to the ornithopter lab or mix things up with a visit to the college synchotron Again, not that I do, but I could! There are some pretty damn cool toys around here.
  10. Use Zaphod Beeblebrox’s pickup line: “Hey baby, you wanna see my spaceship?” Haven’t come close to making this one yet, much to my disappointment. But just give me a couple years!!

stuff to bring any family/friends who visit me to

Monday, 29 January 2007
  1. David Sedaris at the State Theater (1 April)
  2. Deep-dish pizza at The Nines (sooooo good, probably the best pizza I’ve ever tasted)
  3. Dessert at Madeline’s  (there just aren’t words)
  4. Toughannock Falls (because they are big and impressive)
  5. Rhodes Hall B50  (“Space Systems Design Studio”…robot arms and levitating magnets, dude)
  6. The I. M. Pei-designed Cornell Art Museum (with intriguing exterior acoustic properties)