Wednesday, September 29, 2004

SpaceShipOne about to launch

SpaceShipOne is about to launch at 2pm - I think! The BBC site says it is due to go at 1pm GMT. I'm crap at the whole clock going forward/backwards for BST so I'm unsure whether 1pm GMT is 12pm BST or 2pm BST. As no one is reporting it has took off yet I'll plump for 2pm.

UPDATE: The New Scientist says it will actually be at 1447 BST - so in about an hour then.

15 comments:

Merg said...

"Spring Forward, Fall Back", ie BST = GMT+1.

So, you wuz right :)

mmChronic said...

Veh good! I didn't know that one. Of course it does mean speaking Merkinese for a short time. :)

I do like a good aide memoire (two of my favourites are Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived. or Mites grow up, tights come down.) but can never remember most of them! ;)

Merg said...

Dunno where that one originated but my Ma's said it to me since I was a bairn.

I like "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain" and "My Very Elderly Mother Just Sat Upon Neptune's Plunder", too.

Conversely, I'd not heard the mites/tights one before - another good one.

ILuvNUFC said...

I remember being taught the mites/tights thing at North View Junior School when i was a very young, it stuck to this day.

mmChronic said...

Yeah the mites/tights one is from Northview for me too. I've carried that around in my head for over a quarter of a century!

I knew the rainbow one but not the planet one. I can't even do the "30(1?) days hath September" one. The only months I know for definite how many days there are in are February (because of it's oddness) and December (as the 31st is New Year's Eve.)

Merg said...

"30 days hath September,
April, June and November,
All others have but 31
Except for the 28
of February alone"

... is the version I learned as a child ... prolly my Ma again, since it sounds suspiciously Sunday-school-like...

The colours/planets one were from my Physics class at ye olde Comprehensive -- with a teacher called "Taffy" who was a) damn' good and b) quite possibly insane.

But isn't that the way with all good physics/chemistry teachers? :)

mmChronic said...

I just look at the calendar in the desktray! ;)

The only chemistry teacher I can remember was a sadist rather than insane - but I think that's because he was a craft teacher as well and it's a rule that craft teachers must be twats.

Merg said...

Yup ... ditto most PE teachers, too.

Tho' to be fair, my school had a couple that were okay. The rest complied to the usual high standard of psycho though ;)

The calendar thang I actually do find useful to remember -- usually when I haven't paid something or when I've just realized I've forgotten a birthday. For some reason I usu remember stuff like that when lying in bed, and have one of those "aghrrr!" realization moments...

Perhaps that's one of the many reasons I've suffered insomnia for years...

bungers said...

Stalactites hang on tight, stalacmites *might* fall over.

My school days were much less "Benny Hill" than yours...

;)

mmChronic said...

And obviously much less effective. ;)

Merg said...

Bungers, being younger, obviously had a more PC eduation...

bungers said...

Did it work then...? Did it go to space...?

Merg said...

Shame the launch time wasn't 13:37 ... ;)

mmChronic said...

That would have been v cool...

And yes it's gone...

Merg said...

Huzzah, we have lift-off!

(I've said that about a bra or two upon occasion, too... ahem.)