[LMB] OT: Reading - what turns you off

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Mon Jan 19 21:56:18 GMT 2009


On Jan 19, 2009, at 11:08 AM, Raye Johnsen wrote:

> I think you've missed my point: why would the writer
> know to check?  I only know that it needs to be
> checked because you're complaining now.  I know from
> you and from other listees that a geosynchronous orbit
> is only possible on the equator but I don't know *why*
> and, if a geosynchronous orbit is possible over the
> equator, why *shouldn't* it be possible over the South
> Pole?
>
> I'm assuming there is a logical scientific reason, but
> let us postulate that our Hypothetical Author, like
> me, knows nothing of the whys of orbit.  HA, on the
> other hand, does know that there *are* geosynchronous
> satellites, therefore geosychronous orbits are
> possible.  HA, for plot reasons, needs something in
> orbit at a certain place and time; why not put it into
> a geosynchronous orbit over the area in question?  As
> I said, if HA knows nothing of the ways of orbit, what
> is there to point out to HA that s/he has got it very,
> very wrong and needs to review this fact?  Especially
> as HA is basing their incorrect assumption on a known
> correct fact.

We should know what we don't know.   If we are going to write about  
something we don't know - we should do our homework first.  It's not  
that hard.



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