Subject: Re: X-Wing / Star Fury
In (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ruben_Garza@utexas.edu (Ruben Garza, Jr.) writes: >2) Ships CAN bank in space if the navigation system translates stick > movements into a series of thruster bursts. We don't see them, > but that doesn't mean the X-Wing isn't covered with small thrusters.I can see it now:
Contractor: Well, General, I understand you're looking into new space fighter specifications.
General: Yes, you see, our current ships are OK, but the pilots complain that they don't look cool when they're flying, so we'd like you to try something like this: [spreads out documents]
[mumble, mumble, mumble]
Contractor: OK, you want us to increase the fuel capacity by 30% percent so we have more to blow away making the ships imitate atmospheric behavior in vacuum.
General: Yes, that's it exactly!
[Contractor pushes concealed button. Two men in trenchcoats enter and grab General.]
Contractor: Well, boys, it seems we've got our saboteur. Don't hurt him, though, he's a just a harmless looney who happened to be in the wrong place.
Man#1: So he's the one who ordered the 10,000,000 horses to walk in front of the tanks?
Man#2: He's the one who caused all the pilot deaths trying to go around the four 1000-foot masts he had mounted on the carrier?
General: [struggling] But you don't understand! 100-foot giant robots are so much neater than tanks! Women go crazy for men with a really long sword! Philistines! You're all Philistines!
[merciful fade to black]