Daily Bread for 1.9.24: Awry Comes at You Fast

 Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be snowy with a high of 34. Sunrise is 7:24 and sunset 4:39 for 9h 15m 07s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 4.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s city hall and schools are closed today. Play responsibly. 

On this day in 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the original iPhone at a Macworld keynote in San Francisco.

Yesterday’s post included a video of the successful launch of a private lunar lander (see US firm launches moon lander to space).  Not long afterward, that mission went awry. Kenneth Chang reports American Company’s Spacecraft Malfunctions on Its Way to the Moon (‘After a flawless launch to orbit, the privately built robotic Peregrine lander is unlikely to reach the lunar surface because of a failure in its propulsion system’): 

The first NASA-financed commercial mission to send a robotic spacecraft to the surface of the moon will most likely not be able to make it there.

The lunar lander, named Peregrine and built by Astrobotic Technology of Pittsburgh, encountered problems shortly after it lifted off early Monday morning from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of the rocket, a brand-new design named Vulcan, was flawless, successfully sending Peregrine on its journey.

But a failure in the lander’s propulsion system depleted its propellant and most likely ended the mission’s original lunar ambitions.

“The team is working to try and stabilize the loss, but given the situation, we have prioritized maximizing the science and data we can capture,” Astrobotic said in a statement. “We are currently assessing what alternative mission profiles may be feasible at this time.”

And there we are: awry comes at you fast. Foresight allows the avoidance of many problems, yet not all. For the unavoidable remainder, it’s “what alternative mission profiles may be feasible at this time.” 

Whitewater, historically, has never been adept at either foresight or alternative missions. 

We can do much better. 

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New Attendee
4 months ago

In our town’s narrative, the ‘landlord barons,’ once unchallenged in their dominion over the housing market, are now confronting the outcomes of their short-sighted strategies. They strategically placed sycophants and relatives in key decision-making bodies, creating an echo chamber for their interests. Yet, they failed to anticipate the dwindling student rental income, leading them into an uncharted and complex situation, dealing with a diverse range of tenants they never planned for.

Among these figures, one prominent landlord has also notably tried to influence significant changes within our educational system. Despite improving test scores and growing satisfaction among staff and community members, I have heard that this individual recently pushed to remove the school district administrator in closed-door sessions to the public. This move seems to starkly contrast with the positive trajectory of our schools, highlighting a desperate attempt to maintain control in a rapidly evolving educational landscape.

The era of opaque tactics and backroom strategies dictating Whitewater’s trajectory is fading. The community, once passive observers, are now actively rewriting our collective story. This shift towards a new ethos is tangible, marked by a commitment to foresight, adaptability, and inclusive values. As a resident who has witnessed the comings and goings of power in our town, this evolution is both refreshing and long overdue. We stand at the threshold of a new chapter, one that is built on the foundations of diversity, inclusivity, and forward-thinking – starkly contrasting with the outdated maneuvers of power and exclusion that once dominated our local politics.

Reply to  JOHN ADAMS
4 months ago

“Whitewater is neither a company store nor a one-horse southern town.”

There are a lot of similarities, though. If you closed UWW, it would be a lot like what happened to Scotia, CA when Pacific Lumber Co. left town.

Whitewater’s ace in the hole to prevent that happening is Robin Vos being a UWW-dependent slumlord. Ironic how that works…

careful observer
4 months ago

omg mr adams will you write more about this first comment?