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    Re: A Lunar alternative?
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Oct 2, 16:48 -0400

     With tongue firmly in cheek and offense to none!
    1) I am new to celestial navigation; how should I learn?
    A: First, take all your meds. If you are still anxious to learn, ask your 
    physician about Zoloft or Lithium. They should reduce both your anxiety and 
    your desire to learn.
    q:which sextant should I buy?
    A: Ask your wife or SO which sextant will make the nicest lamp base, buy a 
    pretty one. If things don't work out, you'll still have a nice lamp base, and 
    as soon as you cut your sextant up, the value of all the other ones goes up, 
    benefiting global market economics and slowing down the production of 
    greenhouse gasses.
    2) Why do celestial navigation?
    A: First, take all your meds. Now you can confirm that all the stars are in 
    their proper places and the earth is still spinning on schedule. Doesn't that 
    make you more relaxed and certain all is right in the world?
    q: The GPS makes it all obsolete, doesn't it?
    A: No. The GPS only tells you what government satellites programmed out of 
    Area51 want you to think. Celestial navigation gives your position according 
    to GOD. Would you rather listen to the government or God? And if you can only 
    hear the voice of one of those two, you've taken too many meds.
    3) What are the pros and cons of different methods of reducing a sight?
      What about H.O. 211?  H.O. 229?  H.O. 249?
    A: Each method is susceptible to different errors in calculation or accuracy. 
    Before you can make an informed decision as to the one you will make the 
    least errors with, you really should try learning and performing all three, 
    during inclement weather and nauseating seasickness. If inclement weather and 
    nauseating seasickness are not locally available to you, you can practice in 
    the rain and ask your doctor for more meds to replicate the seasickness.
    4) I want to make my own solar almanac.  How do I do this?
    A: First, make a sun and planets. Then note all your orbital mechanics in 
    writing, and use that for your almanac.
    Obviously you'll need to make your own, because god didn't supply one and if 
    you trusted the ones from the Government, you'd be using GPS.
    q:  What about DE400 from JPL?
    A: Didn't we just get done talking about government almanacs? The JPL is a 
    propulsion laboratory, their job is blowing things up, not writing things 
    5) What portable electronic almanac is the best?  Should I use an HP-48? a Palm Pilot?  the TI-StarCalc?
    A: Do you prefer Ferragamo or WalMart when you dress up to go out?
    The HP-48 best matches oxfrod cloth shirts and traditional blazers. It may 
    still be available from specialty stores.
    The Palm Pilot does not exist, Pilot are a pen company. Palm handhelds...well, 
    darling, who would be caught wearing Palm?
    TI-StarCalc? That's a much better choice, you can finance it on the same bill as your sextant.
    6) How accurate can I get with a sextant?
    A: If you meds are carefully balanced, you can get it so precisely that you 
    can spin in a circle, dragging a stick in the sand, and proudly announce "WE 
    Congratulations! You've found your exact location!

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