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We couldn't reach the mother ship. Please try again? Answered

I try to publish my insructable, but I get this message????

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iceng

3 years ago

Still having difficulty ?

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Sjoerd1975iceng

Answer 3 years ago

I was able to upload my instructable wih a different laptop. I don't know why I could not do this with the other one.

My instructable :)

https://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-supermarket-shelves-restaurant-school-/

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icengSjoerd1975

Answer 3 years ago

Glad to hear your published. But suspect the problem is at your end, Not at the site.

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Sjoerd1975

3 years ago

Thank you all for your creative answers :) LOL

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Jack A Lopez

3 years ago

I think the statement about being unable to "reach the mother ship" is figurative,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literal_and_figurati...

and maybe a little bit facetious.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/facetious

In contrast, the advice to "please try again" is totally sincere, and good advice.

In fact, by now you've probably already discovered this, assuming you actually did decide to try again, uploading your thing, and assuming it actually worked on the second, or third, or nth try.

By the way, this is totally normal, or typical, for the Instructables web site. Sometimes stuff works, and sometimes it throws goofy error messages at you. Moreover, none of the buttons are guaranteed to produce the same result every time, and there's no way to know with absolute certainty what the site is going to do next.

But I think it works most of the time. Mostly.

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VygerJack A Lopez

Answer 3 years ago

Why a mother ship and not a father ship? Why the assumption that aliens would even have mothers or fathers and not have some totally unthought of way of making new copies of themselves.

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Jack A LopezVyger

Answer 3 years ago

The reason why it's a mother ship is because in the Former American tradition, all ships are referred to in the feminine, as "she". For conformation of this, all you need is to watch any Hollywood movie involving ships or navies, e.g. Crimson Tide, Pirates of the Carribean, etc. The crew of the ship, always refers to their ship affectionately as "she", "her", e.g. "She's a good ship. We've been through a lot together."

I'm guessing the crew maintaining the Instructables web site, learned about ships from watching (too many?) Hollywood movies, so their big server, or whatever it is, is naturally a "mother ship".

So it's not really about the aliens, or the alien perspective. No one really thinks about the pronouns the aliens are using, in their alien language, to refer to their own alien ships. Really, that's just... Nobody thinks about it that deeply. I mean except for you, Vyger.
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When the city-sized flying saucers show up in the skies over downtown Metropolis, the question everyone is wondering is, "Can we blow them up with nuclear weapons?" Not, "Well, why does everyone call them mother ships?" I mean. C'mon.

BTW, this reminds me: I seem to recall, in the intro to Hunt for Red October, the novel, rather than the movie, I think, there were some words about Russian Navy officers traditionally referring to their ships as masculine, as "he", "him", etc, but I don't know if that's really true in real life.

I've never met any Russian, or Former Russian, navy people IRL. But if I ever do, I'll have to remember to ask about pronouns for ships.

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petercd

3 years ago

It usually eans that the link to the "instructable" server has been lost or the server isnt responding.

...or a very small chance that aliens are intercepting your DIY's.