Aug
11
2017
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Reminder: Perseid meteor shower season peaks tomorrow night.

It’s going on for the rest of the month, but the big Perseid show will be tomorrow.  Alas, the weather forecast for here has thunderstorms tomorrow, but then the BosWash Corridor is not exactly prime star-watching territory anyway. If you have clear skies and not much light pollution, look to the northeast for the meteors.  Heck, if it’s clear where you are you can probably look now. Wait long enough and you’ll get lucky.

Aug
11
2017
1

‘The elements, in haiku.’

I’m putting up the tweet here because I can’t embed the original link. The elements, in haiku: I rather liked Iron’s and Titanium’s. The world needs more chemistry-based poetry. Or physics-based poetry.  Depends on what you majored in in college, I suppose.

 

Aug
09
2017
2

How and Why you should learn to scruff a cat.

How.

Why.

Here endeth the lesson.

Aug
09
2017
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Sometimes I wonder just how sane they were in the 1950s.

It’s not the fact that they experimented with air-to-air atomic weapons. I understand the basic thought process behind that.  It’s not even that they had people standing right underneath it when it went off. I assume that the basic danger was low, although you probably should never assume that when it comes to the intrepid pioneers of the Atomic Age.

It’s how dang chipper they are about the whole thing.

Personally, I’d be a bit worried about how much fallout is going to get generated from a pure air explosion (you’d still get at least a little) and where it was eventually going to drift down.  But then: I’m not an intrepid pioneer of the Atomic Age.  Those guys probably had to jockey to get a spot at Ground Zero.

Aug
08
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, They’re Archiving 78 Records On The Internet Now edition.

Which is pretty much what the Internet should be for.  This and cat videos — what?  I have a cat. Cats are funny to watch.  Especially the ones on the Internet. And God knows that the Internet can be used for worse things…

Aug
08
2017
7

Quote of the Day, There’ll Be No Living With Randall Munroe Now edition.

He made the Wall Street Journal.

In a widely circulated piece, cartoonist Randall Munroe calculated it would take 550 years to crack the password “correct horse battery staple,” all written as one word. The password Tr0ub4dor&3— a typical example of password using Mr. Burr’s old rules—could be cracked in three days, according to Mr. Munroe’s calculations, which have been verified by computer-security specialists.

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Aug
07
2017
1

Back from Pennsic!

Car full of stuff! Wife with a bum knee!  See you tomorrow!

Aug
04
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, It’s Good To Want, Dude edition.

My father used to say that, when he wasn’t saying things that were more, ah, pungent.  My dad was a bright guy, in fact.  Blue collar war veteran who never finished high school, and by GOD he was going to raise a nerd who’d go to college.

But enough bragging.

Aug
03
2017
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Going on mini-Pennsic vacation! With the kids*!

Gonna be busy for the next couple days, and downright absent for a couple more.  I gotta bring the phone, but other than that don’t be surprised if this site does update at all over the weekend.  We are going to try to, you know, breathe fresh air and chill the heck out.

Moe Lane

PS: OK. I may bring the Kindle. Or I may just bring some, hey, physical books and whatnot.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens first: relaxation, or withdrawal.

*…Pray for us.

Aug
03
2017
2

Tweet of the Day (Several months ago), This Is Still My Favorite Bloom County Strip edition.

I’ve been quoting it since 1981, too.  Yeah, since I was eleven.  What’s your point?

Aug
02
2017
1

Virgin Orbit hoping for its first LauncherOne air-to-orbit launch in 2018.

Space News:

Virgin Orbit, the spinoff of Virgin Galactic that is developing the LauncherOne small launch vehicle, is now planning a first flight of that rocket in the first half of 2018, the company said Aug. 1.

Virgin Orbit updated the timetable for LauncherOne in a statement announcing the arrival of the rocket’s carrier aircraft, a converted Boeing 747, at Long Beach Airport in California, where Virgin Orbit has its manufacturing facility. The plane recently completed an extensive modification program to serve as the air-launch platform for LauncherOne.

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Aug
01
2017
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Oh, my, the day got away from me.

Happens a lot to me on the first on the month.  Couple that with a new event in my MMO, and the pool visit that the children politely but firmly requested this morning and you end up with me busy for most of the day.  Also: it was a slow day.  I mean, geez, it’s August.  Everybody’s just taking it slow.

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