February 17, 2017 at 10:19 am #20526
Burn, Baby, Burn!
I was nerding out this morning by reading the original program source code to the NASA Apollo 11 program. I know, I’m kinda out there but it’s better than reading the daily news. Yes the code was released by NASA and put online by the MIT Museum. This is real (not an alternative fact) https://github.com/chrislgarry/Apollo-11
In the source code there is a program file with a funny name, Apollo-11/Luminary099/BURN_BABY_BURN–MASTER_IGNITION_ROUTINE.agc
Inside the program file for the engine master ignition is a funny comment about how the routine was named after an LA DJ’s dance floor slogan in 1965. 😮 See, music is everywhere, even in the code that took guys to the moon.
# Page 731 ## At the get-together of the AGC developers celebrating the 40th anniversary ## of the first moonwalk, Don Eyles (one of the authors of this routine along ## with Peter Adler) has related to us a little interesting history behind the ## naming of the routine. ## ## It traces back to 1965 and the Los Angeles riots, and was inspired ## by disc jockey extraordinaire and radio station owner Magnificent Montague. ## Magnificent Montague used the phrase "Burn, baby! BURN!" when spinning the ## hottest new records. Magnificent Montague was the charismatic voice of ## soul music in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles from the mid-1950s to ## the mid-1960s. # BURN, BABY, BURN -- MASTER IGNITION ROUTINE BANK 36 SETLOC P40S BANK EBANK= WHICH COUNT* $$/P40 # THE MASTER IGNITION ROUTINE IS DESIGNED FOR USE BY THE FOLLOWING LEM PROGRAMS: P12, P40, P42, P61, P63. # IT PERFORMS ALL FUNCTIONS IMMEDIATELY ASSOCIATED WITH APS OR DPS IGNITION: IN PARTICULAR, EVERYTHING LYING # BETWEEN THE PRE-IGNITION TIME CHECK -- ARE WE WITHIN 45 SECONDS OF TIG? -- AND TIG + 26 SECONDS, WHEN DPS # PROGRAMS THROTTLE UP.
I can’t literally read the code by sight because it’s in some obscure language that no one knows. Tho, all languages are kind of the same so it’s usually possible to make out what the program is doing in general. Most of it being very detailed calculator operations. Some other description of the system makes a comparison to what might be possible on a Commodore-64, but run at 1/10th the speed.
Burn Baby Burn would be a great name for a rock album. 😀
I was originally looking for the NASA Voyager code, considering it must be the oldest software ever written that is still in operation (floating somewhere beyond Pluto by now). Voyager is the probe that has the Golden Disc on it, remember that? The Golden Disc has sounds from the world etched on it’s surface with directions for anyone who finds it for how to spin the vinyl properly, and is intended to guide aliens to Earth. The disc has some little girl singing the national anthem or something. (Whoever thought that giving aliens directions to Earth was a good idea, must be pretty naive, hah.) Unfortunately the Voyager code is owned by Caltech who won’t release it. That’s OK I suppose. The code is supposed to be good until 2024 or something until it will finally have some real software problem. Maybe aliens will find it, spin the Golden Disc, be so impressed with the audio etched on it, that they become heavy metal fans. http://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/328608/code-development-process-for-voyager-mission https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/voyager-command-analysis-software-source-code-28641/
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And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.
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