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#1 2019-08-06 06:47:40

tahanson43206
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Memorial to past contributors

For SpaceNut, and other members of the Forum, and readers far into the future ...

This post is offered as an appreciation of Void, who joined the forum 2011-12-29.

His first post is for 20120-01-27, in the Venus topic:

Hi,
I would like to suggest that a first step to modification of Venus would be to establish a civilization on Mercury.
I don't expect that there can be any notion of making Mercury Earth like, but it already is somewhat Moon like.
Whatever capabilities it takes to make a living on the Moon, are likely to be adaptable to Mercury.
And Mercury it seems likely has many metallic resources.  It is also speculated that it has Volatile substances at the poles, and perhaps even vents that exhaust gasses.

Note: I have allowed the FluxBB spellchecker to make adjustments to spelling in the quote above.  Interested readers can see the original post, and I hope, many others of the 2900+ in his body of work.

Last post: 2019-07024 22:10:42

I am done.

Throughout his time active in the forum, Void has created a tapestry of imaginative visions, and woven surprising ideas into his narrative.

At times, I confess that some of his writing has been difficult for me to follow, but those few occasions have been rare.  The writings have been devoted almost entirely to the Solar System, and facts and references are pulled from many sources to add value.

I would like to offer thanks to void for his contribution over more than eight years, and wish him good health.

(th)

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#2 2019-08-06 16:02:57

SpaceNut
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Re: Memorial to past contributors

I remember many that have come and gone over the years as do a few others which are still here from the early years. Some are still lurking logged into Newmars and some not but thats ok. They are always invited back if they should they choose to do so. You to Void               Member   3,011   2011-12-29


Searching the user list short list less active members:

  • Palomar     Member   9,734   2002-05-30
    clark             Member   6,252   2001-09-20
    GCNRevenger  Member  6,056   2003-10-14
    Tom Kalbfus    Banned   4,401   2006-08-16
    Rxke              Member   3,658   2003-11-03
    cIclops           Member   3,230   2005-06-16
    Cobra Commander  Member 3,039 2002-04-09
    Terraformer     Member   3,032   2007-08-27
    Shaun Barrett  Member   2,843   2001-12-28
    BWhite            Member  2,635   2004-06-16
    John Creighton Member  2,401   2001-09-04
    Bill White        Member   2,114   2001-09-09
    Grypd            Member   1,847   2004-06-07
    dicktice          Member  1,764   2002-11-01
    RobS             Member   1,701   2002-01-16
    soph             Member   1,492   2002-11-24
    Dook             Banned    1,409   2004-01-09
    ERRORIST       Member   1,182   2004-01-28
    Phobos           Member   1,103   2002-01-02
    elderflower      Member   1,087   2016-06-19
    Commodore     Member   1,021   2004-07-25
    C M Edwards   Member   1,011   2002-04-29
    Antius            Member   1,003   2007-05-22
    Yang Liwei Rocket Member 993   2004-03-03
    srmeaney        Member     976    2005-03-18
    karov             Member     953    2004-06-03
    Euler             Member      922    2003-02-06
    Martian Republic Member   855    2004-06-13
    MarsDog          Member    852     2004-03-24
    Byron              Member    844     2002-05-16
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#3 2019-08-06 16:52:08

louis
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Re: Memorial to past contributors

Void often finishes a post or a successions of posts with "I am done"! smile It's one of this trade marks!! I hope he will be back as he often has interesting things to say.

tahanson43206 wrote:

For SpaceNut, and other members of the Forum, and readers far into the future ...

This post is offered as an appreciation of Void, who joined the forum 2011-12-29.

His first post is for 20120-01-27, in the Venus topic:

Hi,
I would like to suggest that a first step to modification of Venus would be to establish a civilization on Mercury.
I don't expect that there can be any notion of making Mercury Earth like, but it already is somewhat Moon like.
Whatever capabilities it takes to make a living on the Moon, are likely to be adaptable to Mercury.
And Mercury it seems likely has many metallic resources.  It is also speculated that it has Volatile substances at the poles, and perhaps even vents that exhaust gasses.

Note: I have allowed the FluxBB spellchecker to make adjustments to spelling in the quote above.  Interested readers can see the original post, and I hope, many others of the 2900+ in his body of work.

Last post: 2019-07024 22:10:42

I am done.

Throughout his time active in the forum, Void has created a tapestry of imaginative visions, and woven surprising ideas into his narrative.

At times, I confess that some of his writing has been difficult for me to follow, but those few occasions have been rare.  The writings have been devoted almost entirely to the Solar System, and facts and references are pulled from many sources to add value.

I would like to offer thanks to void for his contribution over more than eight years, and wish him good health.

(th)


Let's Go to Mars...Google on: Fast Track to Mars blogspot.com

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#4 2019-08-06 17:24:28

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

page 2 of not so active members:

  • REB                      Member 555 2004-04-07
    RedStreak             Member 541 2006-05-12
    Austin Stanley       Member 519 2002-03-18
    Mad Grad Student  Member 498 2003-11-09
    SBird                   Member 490 2004-03-10
    Ian Flint               Member 437 2003-09-24
    CalTech2010         Member 433 2002-11-23
    Michael Bloxham     Member 426 2002-04-01
    Quaoar              Member 420 2013-12-13
    Trebuchet          Member 419 2004-04-26
    smurf975            Member 401 2004-05-30
    deagleninja         Member 376 2004-04-28
    chat                  Member 371 2003-10-23
    nickname            Member 354 2006-05-15
    Mars_B4_Moon     Member 349 2006-03-23
    Mark S               Member 343 2002-04-11
    Earthfirst            Member 343 2002-09-25
    comstar03          Member 329 2004-07-19
    Fledi                  Member 325 2003-09-14
    Mundaka             Member 322 2004-01-11
    Stu                    Member 318 2001-09-04
    flashgordon          Member 314 2003-01-22
    idiom                   Member 312 2004-04-21
    Mark Friedenbach   Member 308 2003-01-31
    Martin_Tristar        Member 305 2004-12-07
    AltToWar              Member 304 2002-09-28
    EuroLauncher        Member 299 2005-10-19
    Gregori                 Member 297 2008-01-13
    Scott G. Beach      Member 288 2002-07-08
    Impaler                 Member 286 2012-05-14
    Stormrage              Member 274 2005-06-25
    atomoid                 Member 252 2004-02-13
    JimM                      Member 247 2004-04-11
    RickSmith               Member 244 2007-02-17
    A.J.Armitage            Member 239 2002-05-30
    PurduesUSAFguy      Member 237 2004-04-04
    Ian                        Member 236 2002-01-08
    sethmckiness           Member 230 2002-09-20
    bobunf                    Member 223 2005-11-21
    cassioli                    Member 218 2004-02-23
    Morris                      Member 218 2004-07-16
    ~Eternal~                Member 211 2003-09-25
    prometheusunbound   Member 209 2003-07-02
    atitarev                   Member 203 2003-05-16
    Algol                       Member 196 2003-04-25
    reddragon                Member 193 2005-01-24

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#5 2019-08-06 17:38:42

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

This is the 3rd page:

  • Rune                      member 191 2008-05-22
    Echus_Chasma         member 190 2002-12-15
    knightdepaix           member 187 2014-07-07
    Belter                   member 184 2018-09-13
    Dayton Kitchens      member 183 2005-12-13
    samy                      member 180 2006-01-25
    Alexander Sheppard   member 178 2001-09-23
    bolbuyk                   member 178 2004-04-07
    Auqakah              member 175 2002-07-13
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    Hazer                member 173 2003-10-26
    JonClarke            member 173 2005-07-08
    ANTIcarrot.          member 170 2004-04-27
    alokmohan            member 169 2003-09-14
    Free Spirit          member 167 2003-06-12
    Alt2War              member 164 2003-10-19
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    nirgal               member 157 2002-05-14
    Midoshi              member 155 2007-07-14
    TJohn                member 149 2002-08-06
    Hop                  member 146 2004-04-20
    Marsman              member 146 2005-08-30
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#6 2019-08-07 07:45:37

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

For SpaceNut re List of Contributors ...

Thanks for adding these names to this topic!

It flickered through my mind to try to read some of the series you've listed.  I've done that in the past on other forums, when a particular person showed exceptional understanding of the focus of the particular forum. 

What I'd like to do instead is to invite nominations by current contributors for names to read from start to finish.

You've been gradually restoring contributions by members whose work was caught up in the "great crash", and (I am guessing) some of their content would stand the test of time.

This topic would be perfect for such nominations.

Edit ... Another way that current contributors could help to remember past contributors (or current ones for that matter) would be by suggesting "Best of" posts by individuals.  I am remembering (for example) Louis, RobertDyck, kbd512, GW Johnson, JoshNH4H and (of course) Void. 

Not every post by a contributor is memorable, but EACH of those listed above has left permanent traces in my memory, from individual posts or a series.

SpaceNut, you're in a class by yourself, so it would be difficult for anyone to highlight a particular post, but if someone feels up to it, I'd welcome suggestions.

(th)

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#7 2019-08-07 16:29:08

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

TA,

See my post above about Void's frequent use of "I'm done" !

Regarding revisiting posts...to save you some time, I think I could summarise a few developments:

1. Lots of us were thinking "small" in the past re a Mars mission but most people now accept that Musk's vision of a big mission is both doable and makes sense. Previously, when people were running off NASA estimates of dollars-per-kg to Mars the Musk strategy seemed absurd. Gradually, over time, we have all come to accept that Musk has basically got it right with recoverable rocketry which enables you to send a huge tonnage to Mars to get human settlement going and also produce the propellant and fuel to get you back home.

2. The various threats to human health from zero gravity and radiation etc now seem much less threatening. For instance, we are now hearing hardly anything about the threat to muscle and bone because that has basically been solved.

3. The "Moon First" argument seems much less persuasive now in the sense of being necessary - though people can obviously still argue that a lunar focus is better than a Mars focus for various reasons.

4.  People seem less resistant to the idea that Mars colonisation might be a financial success.








tahanson43206 wrote:

For SpaceNut re List of Contributors ...

Thanks for adding these names to this topic!

It flickered through my mind to try to read some of the series you've listed.  I've done that in the past on other forums, when a particular person showed exceptional understanding of the focus of the particular forum. 

What I'd like to do instead is to invite nominations by current contributors for names to read from start to finish.

You've been gradually restoring contributions by members whose work was caught up in the "great crash", and (I am guessing) some of their content would stand the test of time.

This topic would be perfect for such nominations.

Edit ... Another way that current contributors could help to remember past contributors (or current ones for that matter) would be by suggesting "Best of" posts by individuals.  I am remembering (for example) Louis, RobertDyck, kbd512, GW Johnson, JoshNH4H and (of course) Void. 

Not every post by a contributor is memorable, but EACH of those listed above has left permanent traces in my memory, from individual posts or a series.

SpaceNut, you're in a class by yourself, so it would be difficult for anyone to highlight a particular post, but if someone feels up to it, I'd welcome suggestions.

(th)


Let's Go to Mars...Google on: Fast Track to Mars blogspot.com

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#8 2019-08-07 16:48:48

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

It will take a bit to add in linking to the many names but it could be done such that when you select the individuals name you would see just there posts from newest into the past.
I have fond memories of the front page round ups of a topic as well.
Some can be seen on the wayback machine...

https://web.archive.org/web/*/newmars.com

https://web.archive.org/web/20050404184 … ials.shtml

https://web.archive.org/web/20050827205 … iews.shtml

https://web.archive.org/web/20051024170 … 0065.shtml

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#9 2019-08-07 18:05:18

SpaceNut
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Re: Memorial to past contributors

https://web.archive.org/web/20041225142 … 0132.shtml

On the Forums

The need for a Moon Direct is one of the week's most active threads in the Human Mission section.

In Planetary Transportation, the hot thread of the week is Running on compressed air? The title says it all really, the thread started off discussing the use of compressed air to power rovers on the Martian surface. In a close second to this thread is Simple Mars vehicle.

The write up is gone from 2004 but the topic lives on
http://newmars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=2081
http://newmars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=3479

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#10 2019-08-07 19:27:16

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

For SpaceNut ....

You (of course) know that it is possible to use the FluxBB software to retrieve all the messages for an individual member, but since there are new members arriving (or at least registering) all the time, I thought it would be appropriate to explain the process:

Use the User List option in the main menu bar of New Mars Forums.

Enter the name of the member you are interested in, and Submit. 

The name you have requested will appear in the results list. Click on the name, which should be highlighted in Red font.

Then choose to see posts by this person, or topics in which posts appear.

To read the oldest post, select the last page of the collection, and Ctrl-End to get to the bottom.

If there is a way to change the presentation order, I'd appreciate someone adding that detail.

(th)

SpaceNut wrote:

It will take a bit to add in linking to the many names but it could be done such that when you select the individuals name you would see just there posts from newest into the past.
I have fond memories of the front page round ups of a topic as well.
Some can be seen on the wayback machine...

https://web.archive.org/web/*/newmars.com

https://web.archive.org/web/20050404184 … ials.shtml

https://web.archive.org/web/20050827205 … iews.shtml

https://web.archive.org/web/20051024170 … 0065.shtml

Last edited by tahanson43206 (2019-08-07 19:34:03)

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#11 2019-08-09 18:37:32

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

Well its been made a bit easier to just click on the name link now to be able to see all of that persons posts at least on the first block of names..with more to come.

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#12 2019-08-24 12:02:45

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Re: Memorial to past contributors

I have been reminded that some of our past contributors are up there in age and that they are sadly missed for there thoughts on the advocacy of going to Mars and of their space interests in general. We do hope that their health is still with them. I hope that some still lurk the forums and that they once more will post and give aid to our many topics here on the NewMars Forums.

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