Ditz Blitz

 

By Karen Smart

Welcome to my blog “Ditz Blits.” My name is Karen Smart, or as you may know me, the actress who plays the character “Yeoman Bunny” in B-squad.

Saturday, April 30th 2022

Relaunch is coming. Everything has been updated and made shiny for the series relaunch.  

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Major changes are coming to the site. After some discussion it was decided to try and switch to all color comics for every day of the week. The black and white with a color Sunday panel was a throwback to the old newspaper comics of yesterday, something that many of our younger readers wouldn’t get. Starting this next week we will go to the new format. Another big change is that soon we will have a formatted archive and front page that will allow you to scroll through the archive and current comics on a day by day basis rather than week by week.

Saturday May 22, 2021

I have to apologize to any readers out there who have missed my entry for last week. I am suffering from a bit of a health problem recently and I have been struggling to keep up. Hopefully things will get straitened out soon.

Saturday, May 9, 2021

On March 16, 1926 a man by the name of Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) launched the worlds first liquid fueled rocket propelling us into an era of space flight and innovation. These early experiments paved the way for future generations to reach out into the stars laying the foundation for our modern space endeavors. Between 1926 and 1941 Goddard and his team launched 34 rockets of various design achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph). Two of Goddard’s 214 patented inventions, a multi-stage rocket (1914), and a liquid-fuel rocket (1914), were important milestones toward spaceflight. Although his work in the field was revolutionary, Goddard received little public support, moral or monetary, for his research and development work. He was a shy person, and rocket research was not considered a suitable pursuit for a physics professor. The press and other scientists ridiculed his theories of spaceflight. As a result, he became protective of his privacy and his work.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

So as you may have noticed we had to take a week off here in production. There was this big thing about Troll allegedly eating a delivery person or two, and you all know how that goes. In his defense, the dungeon is clearly marked with big warning signs and they really should have stopped to wonder why a fishing line was attached to a one hundred dollar bill in the first place.

All kidding aside we were doing some site maintenance and synchronizing with both Patreon and web toons to provide our readers with multiple venues on which to follow our adventures. We will be back to our regular schedule this week with new strips available on Saturday.

Saturday, April 17 2021

So one might wonder exactly where did it all start. What allowed us to travel beyond the boundaries of the sky, land on the moon and begin to reach towards other planets as well? The answer lies in the understanding of physics and mathematics. We use math in both rocket science and the studies of celestial mechanics without which space flight as we know it would be impossible.

One of the most influential of the people who contributed to this field was hardly ever mentioned in the histories of the space program. In In 1943, Dorothy Vaughan, known as a human computer, began a 28-year-career as a mathematician and programmer at the Langley Research Center specializing in calculations for flight paths the Scout project and computer programming. Her career in this field kicked off during the height of World War II. She came to the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory thinking that it would be a temporary war job. One of her children later worked at NACA. During her career, Vaughan prepared for the introduction of machine computers in the early 1960s by teaching herself and her staff the programming language of FORTRAN. She later headed the programming section of the Analysis and Computation Division (ACD) at Langley. This quiet woman, a personal hero of mine was responsible for the mathematics involved in the moon landing. You can learn more about this amazing lady in the book “Hidden Figures” On which the 2016 movie was based.

Saturday, April 10th 2021

On April 12, 1961 the Soviet Union became the first country to successfully launch a man into space. Yuri Gagarin, the Russian cosmonaut who performed this feat with the Vostok program became a household name in the annals of space travel. On June 16, 1963 Valentina Tereshkova joined her counterpoint as the first woman in this great achievement. The United States on May 5, 1961 Launched the Freedom 7 capsule which carried Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. a graduate of the united States Naval academy into space setting up one of the greatest competitions in the history of the world. On July 16th, 1969 the United States Launched the Apollo 11 which carried Neil Armstrong to the moon. On July 20, 1969 he stepped down the ladder and uttered the words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” becoming the very fist human being to set foot on the moon. Buzz Aldrin would then follow him and the two would truly become known as the greatest explorers in history.

Along the way there have been a great many technological achievements to help get these brave men and women into space, and a lot of hard working engineers who have overcame great obstacles to accomplish the impossible. In future installments I will explore these peoples contributions and begin to talk about the logistics of manned space flight.

 

Saturday, April 3 2021

As the science fiction of today influences the science fact of tomorrow the two are united. Who would have thought that the works of Great science fiction authors like Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) and Alfred Bester (1913–1987) would have guided humanity to our current space exploration programs, cell phone technology and even the computers that make our lives easier. In 1835 Edgar Allan Poe published a short story, “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” in which he describes a balloon trip to the moon. Now the Apollo 11, our first manned moon landing, was a far cry from a balloon but the idea was the same, and it was this first concept that led to what was to come. What would Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 – 1950) who wrote so lovingly of John Carter and the people of Barsoom (his name for Mars) have thought of the Perseverance Rover that landed on the face of the red planet in 2020 and has sent us back pictures to spark the imaginations of future writers, artists and poets? In the end it is a cycle of science stemming from art and inspiring more art as it does so.

Along the way we will discuss the history and engineering feats that have given us the programs that we have today. We will also take a look forward to what lies before us in our quest for the stars.

On October 4th of 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 1 satellite into a low orbit it started a race among the nations of the world to be the first to travel into the heavens. It orbited for three weeks before its batteries died and then orbited silently for two months before it fell back into the atmosphere on the 25th of December 1957. Who would have thought that this polished metal sphere which was only 58 cm (23 in) in diameter with four external radio antennas with which to broadcast its iconic radio pulses would so capture the world’s attention? It was the first step on the road that has taken the hearts and minds of the world beyond the thin veil of our sky into the eternity beyond. I hope you will all join us here at B-Squad in our journey into the unknown. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for future entries, please feel free to contact us and I will try and include them.