07/13/20 – The G.O.B. Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, July 13, 2020. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/07/2020-07-13-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Things in mirror may be closer than they appear. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 07/09/20 – At The G.O.B. 07/14/20 – Plan of Action 7 Comments Night-Gaunt49 July 13, 2020 at 12:30 am 3 weeks ago You tell them, Coyoty July 13, 2020 at 2:47 am 3 weeks ago And that’s just the garage. DSL July 13, 2020 at 8:36 am 3 weeks ago It’s OK, kid, they don’t cross over into @$$hole territory unless they start making fun of YOUR expressed sense of awe and wonder. M.A. July 13, 2020 at 3:28 pm 3 weeks ago I always thought that was a great reason not to grow up; you have to be like them. Pete Rogan July 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm 3 weeks ago Well, now! Properly GOBsmacked, are we? Serves you right. TB July 13, 2020 at 5:47 pm 3 weeks ago Wait until you find out that each of those windows is a quarter mile wide… In an atmosphere, we automatically judge large scales by a certain amount of atmospheric hazing over great distances. This doesn’t happen in a space, so something the size of a car ten feet away looks just the same as a small moon a hundred miles away. SF moviemakers worked this out very early in the game, and added patterns of lit windows to their spaceships to convince modern brains to scale them as “enormous buildings.” This has now become so widely used and accepted, that nobody really wonders why a Star Destroyer would have so many rooms with a view. Interestingly, a person who had never seen large cities or skyscrapers would just see it as a small object with little lights on it. Possibly space fireflies. Pete Rogan July 14, 2020 at 8:08 pm 3 weeks ago It’s not just large objects far away. Without perspective or familiar objects in the same view to compare, you can get disoriented in space only five feet from a visible object. This is why the International Space Station is covered in those round targets with black and white quarters. They’re all the same size, and were used during construction to align the modules prior to assembly. They allow spacewalking astronauts to gain a sense of perspective and distance on the wholly novel exterior of the ISS. Alas, in the future a computerized vision system will do things like module alignment, and humans along for the ride will have to cope with what the machine says is happening for better or for worse. Good luck to them. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.