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Attorneys for suing filmmakers uncover a blurry version of an 88-year-old book in the files of Warner/Chappell. That leads to another serendipitous discovery.
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Another reason to love the Coast Guard, and another example of how rolling them into Homeland Security has muddled their very diverse mission (from wildlife rescue, to human rescue, to enforcement of maritime law). National security and controlling access to our coasts is PART of their mission, but hardly the whole of it. Now they must compete directly for funding with much sexier (if not necessarily more effective and necessary) defense and security departments and programs.

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The Coast Guard is going to help over 580 sea turtle hatchlings make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.


The Coast Guard is going to help over 580 sea turtle hatchlings make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.

Coast Guard crews from Fort Lauderdale on Monday will ferry marine scientists and volunteers from the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center well offshore to release the hatchlings.

The hatchlings come from turtle nests on beaches statewide. Most of the hatchlings are baby loggerhead sea turtles.

The group of turtles being released into the waters off Boca Raton also includes a handful of young sea turtles that have been rehabilitated at the nature center.
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To put this in perspective, this is only about twice what Apple is spending on its new headquarters campus, and that isn't located on another celestial body! It's less than half the cost of Boston's Big Dig or the Chunnel. So it's a huge project, but not unthinkably huge on a global scale.

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The dream of returning humans to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion, as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows.
The dream of returning humans to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion, as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows.
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Chloe Bennet unveils her new Daisy Johnson haircut. Season 3 here we come! #AgentsofSHIELD
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In the trailers for Ant-Man, Marvel played up a funny gag: one of the fights featured a battle on a Thomas the Train Engine play set. Over on FilmSchoolRejects, director Peyton Reed talks about how that scene made it into the film.
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TWO MAJOR GOOGLE ANNOUNCEMENTS of special interest to G+ and YouTube users: You can read the details at the links below, but here's my executive summary as I understand it. Google is dissolving the forced linkage between YouTube and G+. You'll be able to use YouTube fully without a G+ profile, and -- this is the best part from my standpoint: Comments made on YouTube videos from the YouTube side will stay on YouTube, and comments made on YouTube videos from the G+ side will stay on G+ and not be forcibly displayed on the YouTube side as well. I've been advocating this change for ages, due especially to continuing problems with YouTube trolls -- sometimes threatening ones -- polluting my G+ threads when I share YouTube video references on G+ along with my own thoughts. Anyway, that's how I'm interpreting the two blog posts below, and it's good news for G+ and good news for YouTube. I'll update this post as appropriate if I learn more, especially anything that contradicts my current analysis. Thanks Google G+ and YouTube teams!

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/07/youtube-comments.html
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+J. Steven York - Yes, I can see that, and so the second part of the change was to keep comments separated. Which makes some sense, but that does feel to me like something doesn't really fix the toxic comment, or harassment, problem.

I'm not really a you-tube user either. But it just seems to me to be completely reasonable that Google should have one login. I don't see this change as having much impact regardless (it still seems like there is harassment (and spam)).
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That's no moon... that's a cake! Death Star Cake by Justkist: http://j.mp/1OMKMGI
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We found this engaging profile of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk that just premiered on 60 Minutes Australia. It provides a new and fascinating look into Musk's bus
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Could I have my sandwich without the artificial intelligence please?
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I'd call today's Free Fiction Monday story barely science fiction. Maybe next year, it won't be…
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One thing I learned from my stint in Big Software (that the companies I worked for never seemed to learn) is that you have to plan not only for what you think is possible, but for everything that IS possible.

The assumption here was that, if a booster were to break up in flight and the payload capsule was not equipped with escape rockets, the capsule would be destroyed. This incident proved that this isn't necessarily the case (and it had already been suggested by the temporary survival of Challenger's pressure vessel after the tragic explosion and break-up of the shuttle). Now we know better.

If this happens again (which of course, we hope it won't) the recovery of the capsule might not only allow some salvage of cargo, but might provide important telemetry and data that will increase the safety and survivability of manned capsules in future incidents. Though we have been planning for the failure of a manned booster for five decades, we have relatively little operational experience with it. The Russians used their escape rockets once, successfully rescuing the crew, but this was from a malfunctioning rocket on the pad, and not actually during boost.
 
"SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy their parachutes after an off-nominal launch scenario. Such software may have allowed the CRS-7 Dragon to save herself after she was thrown free of the failing Falcon 9 during June’s ill-fated launch.

Dragon:
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has enjoyed a successful early career in space and was setting sail for her ninth trip to the International Space Station (ISS).
The CRS-7 Dragon mission ended abruptly through no fault of her own, as her Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket suffered a major malfunction 139 seconds into ascent – resulting in the break-up of the launch vehicle.

The Dragon spacecraft actually survived the rocket’s mishap, as the Falcon 9’s second stage began to disintegrate via an overpressure event in the Second Stage, in turn freeing the spacecraft.
“Dragon actually survived not only the Second Stage overpressure but continued to communicate until the vehicle dropped below the horizon and out of range,” Mr. Musk confirmed.
However, Dragon’s fate was already sealed as she headed for an unsurvivable high-velocity impact into the Atlantic below.
“It is somewhat tragic that it, unfortunately, hit the water quite hard and is at the bottom of the ocean."
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Hrnnm? Sounds like Dragon is now salvage, space treasure at the bottom of the ocean.
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ACGHK 2015 took place over the weekend, and the best and brightest of the Asian Toy scene were out in full force, showing off their coolest products and teasing some new ones. Here’s the very best of what’s was on the show floor in Hong Kong!
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(Check out my "Panorama Beach" Florida mystery series, and my "Clockwork Cowboy" steampunk western series, plus other work, at your favorite book or ebook vendor...)

I tell stories.  I'm not a writer.  That's secondary.  I tell stories, and I can tell them in may forms.  Sure, mainly I write prose fiction, novels and short stories, but I could have made movies, or computer games, or shoot photo-cartoons using action figures (and in fact, I've done all those things too.)  It's all storytelling to me.

I am fascinated by the world around me.  I love science, technology, and the way they fit in with the world of people and emotions,

In particular, I have, since I was in infant, been fascinated by space exploration, and I'm a keen observer and commentator of those efforts to this day.  I hoped I'd live to see us land on Mars.  Now I'm just hoping my grand-kids might see it, or something as profound.  

But I see signs of the long log-jam breaking, of new light that might get us off this lovely little ball of rock that we take for granted as our eternal home, and that excites me.

Science, tech, and the human equation, those things are frequently the subjects of my stories, but not always.  I love characters: the quirky, twisted, fascinating possibilities of human existence.  Give me a couple good characters in an interesting setting, and I can run all day without a Big Idea in sight. 

I can be cynical, and I am always sarcastic, but I still believe in the future.  I still believe in truth, justice, and the American ideal.  I believe we can be better than we are.  I believe someday we will be.  I believe in heroes, because they remind us what we could be, if we only tried a little harder.

My wife, Christina F. York tells stories too.  She's written science fiction, fantasy, and romance, but these days she mostly writes mysteries under the names Christy Evans and Christy Fifield, with the second book in her cozy mystery novel series about to hit print.

Two writers, several cats, and a house by the sea.  Now that's an adventure.  Let me tell you the story...

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Everything is good and prices are reasonable. Run by a professional diver who knows where the good local fish is (though quality and selection will depend on what is available). Check the specials white-board, as there may be something fresher and tastier than the standard cod and halibut available (fresh rock-fish is my favorite). Recommended for take-out as the dining room is small and not especially comfortable. Food is cooked to order and the kitchen is small, so service can be slow when they're backed up, but generally worth the wait. Definitely the best take-out fish on this part of the coast (tourist favorite Mo's is vastly over-rated). Only the lack of better indoor dining prevents me from giving this five stars.
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