It Wasn’t a Complete Waste of Time

Video Credit: NASA

I had a small part in the development and construction of the Soft X-ray Spectrometer. In order to be sensitive to energy of individual photons, the detector had to be kept very cold at a very constant temperature. I was responsible for the analog electronics in the system that powered and controlled the last three stages of the refrigeration system. Our team was able to maintain the sensor array at 0.05 K (±0.000001 °K). That’s 5/100 of a degree above absolute zero.

21 thoughts on “It Wasn’t a Complete Waste of Time

  1. I hear the satellite had problems when a floor mat jammed under the accelerator.

    • I’m told it was human error. Hitomi was being maneuvered to aim it for the first real science observation. The ground controllers got it rotating too fast and applied too much braking, causing the long boom at the back to break off.

  2. Don’t even want to know the tolerances of the parts you work with. I am picturing components shipped singly and each one with its own testing certificate.

  3. We always knew Our Gracious Host was cool.

    Now we can put an actual number to his coolness. And it’s ” 5/100 of a degree above absolute zero.”

  4. Coincidentally, ” 5/100 of a degree above absolute zero” is also the chances that Team Sawed-Off Pedo Bomber will ever win a court case on its merits.

  5. That’s great, but how many unreadable books have you self-published?

    How many horrible podcasts have you created?

    How many blogs have you deleted, specifically blogs where you write about your own poop?

    How many Japanese whores have you slept with?

    How many Cub Scout rape parodies have you written?

    How many federal lawsuits have you failed to get past a motion to dismiss?

    How many children do you have whom you have no idea how to reach and who wouldn’t speak to you even if you did?

    For that matter, how many children do you have that might not even be yours?

    How many states have you fled to avoid the consequences of your own stupidity?

    How many Peace Orders have you filed and then run for the hills, pee-stained skirts bunched around your hips, to avoid prosecuting?

    You have accomplished nothing, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGE!!!


    • It seems to me that a large part of Bill’s vindictiveness and hatred arise from Hoge being everything he wishes he was.

      Let’s face it, our host is successful, respected and loved. He’s at this top of his profession, and has beaten Bill at his current chosen outlet in his spare time almost as an afterthought. Plus, he’s clearly mastered the art of pro-se litigation while Bill is doing so badly that most of what he’s submitted to the court helps the other side significantly (to put it *very* politely).

      Basically, Bill can only get attention by acting out online, making further increasing his isolation.

      It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for him, except for the fact that he manages to find new and exotic ways to be disgusting to the world at large, knowing full well that his every word is being magnified to as wide an audience as possible.

      • John Hoge matters. He matters to a lot of people. Hundreds, maybe thousands.

        The loathsome loser doesn’t. The grotesque ghoul will not only die alone, no one will accept delivery of those diseased ashes.

        Except Howard.

  6. This accomplishment is proof that HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGE!!!!!!!eleventy!!!1!! needs a mental health evaluation.

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