Isqua Istari

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Starship Log: 01A

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Monday July 25, 2011 at 11:58

Heard a couple of engineers complaining about the temperature in their quarters. Apparently they are propping their doors open at night. Almost makes all the hassle worth it. Spent most of today finishing the disassembly. Tomorrow is scheduled doing the in-place particle scrubs.

The heat plates slide into static baffles, which the air has to flow over. The particle scrubbers have reach into the convolutions in order to pass the particle count tests. If the plates were integral with the baffles then everything would come out at once. I asked the engineers about it during lunch today. They said it had something to do with manufacturability, fluid efficiency, and mass savings. Whatever it is, they’re the ones suffering, not me.

Had a scare today in life support. There was a pure oxygen leak. Had to evacuate two sectors for a purge and scrub. No detonation, thankfully. I think the oxygen levels for the whole ship rose above 0.3% before it was contained. It’s easy to forget that just one major failure could kill us all. EP-61-4 is looking more inviting by the hour.

Starship Log: 019

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Monday July 11, 2011 at 11:19

Got pulled from the cushy landing vessel maintenance to work on that thermal dump unit shut-down. Apparently Dirk really sold that request at the A-tor meet. Maybe he saw the irony? Anyway, today I was swimming in thermal paste and pump plates. How do you design such a complicated heat transfer unit? Looks like Earl may be right after all, I’m dreading re-assembly. Plus I’ve got to do a particle scrub on the baffles while I’m at it. I hope those engineers really suffer this week. I know I’m going to.

Scheduled lunch in PA-A as soon as I got pulled from SSF duty. Very relaxing today. No one around.

Starship Log: 018

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Friday July 8, 2011 at 09:29

We’ve started decanting and initial preventative maintenance on the landing vessels. Very dense to work on; Mostly just checking brand new systems for corrosion and double lubing everything. Kick can sometimes disturb internals, so flight crew is doing SSF testing. It’s time consuming, but mostly involves sitting around waiting for the test suite to give the ‘all clear’. I wanted to help set up the stimulators, but we don’t have the equipment on board to repair them, and flight crew is tight on procedure. They said the SSF suite costs as much as all the food on board. Crazy.

Speaking of food, had lunch in the hangar today. Those flight crew have it easy. Delivered meals, expensive equipment, unlimited rec access. Of course, they’re pretty much at the mercy of every system and department on board. I think every A-tor has ruined flight crew’s day at one point or another. At the end of the day, I’m glad to be maintenance. (Yeah, that was for you Dirk. Guess which part!)

Vertiginous Revelation

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Wednesday July 6, 2011 at 15:47

Occasionally, we meet with a Midas thought, massive, unexpected, totally transforming. It will transmute the landscape of our thoughts, if we let it. Gold is a poor structural material, however, and this transformation often leads to wholesale collapse. The worlds in our heads which we imagine to be real are rarely designed for such weights and spans as eternity presents.

Thoughts though (like Midas powers) can be flinched from, resisted, repealed. How often have we stepped forward over the ever murky depths of knowledge, slenderly on a whim or thought, and saw heaving up from beneath a concept like Leviathan. “Behold, you are overcome at the mere sight of him…” and all the soul can mutter is “what…” as the masonry congeals into metal and begins to yield under its own weight. (more…)

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