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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Happily Confused" will be available tomorrow: Monday 21 April 2014 

A notice for this upcoming podcast was also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog:

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute 

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#BigPictureScience #SETI #news #podcast #science #emotion #biology #evolution #computers #technology #history #autism #culture #health #brain #neuroscience
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Weekend Geomagnetic Activity

Source - Space Weather News for April 20, 2014:

INCOMING STORM CLOUDS:  Three or four CMEs that left the sun earlier this week will arrive in quick succession this weekend.  Mostly, the blows they deliver to Earth's magnetic field are expected to be weak, but the combined impacts could stir up significant geomagnetic activity.  NOAA forecasters put the odds of a high-latitude geomagnetic storm at 55% on Saturday, increasing to 75% on Sunday.

Check for updates.

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xkcd: Free Speech


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xkcd mouseover text: "I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express."
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Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds

Source  - NASA Science News for April 16, 2014

NASA's AIM spacecraft is discovering unexpected "teleconnections" in Earth's atmosphere that link weather and climate across vast distances.

The complete article can be found here:

A companion video is posted below and can also be viewed at: ScienceCasts: Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds
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"SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95."

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"Nationwide arts and crafts chain Michaels Stores Inc. said today that two separate eight-month-long security breaches at its stores last year may have exposed as many as 3 million customer credit and debit cards."

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Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star

Source - NASA Science News for April 17, 2014

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

The complete article can be found here:
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"Oracle has pushed a critical patch update for its Java SE platform that fixes at least 37 security vulnerabilities in the widely-installed program. Several of these flaws are so severe that they are likely to be exploited by malware or attackers in the days or weeks ahead. So — if you have Java installed — it is time to update (or to ditch the program once and for all)."

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Have you ever looked up at the stars and just wondered? Yeah, me too.
Personal interests:
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Robotics - Arduino and PIC based
  • Retro-computing
  • Science fiction. 
Professional interests:
  • Networking Technologies
  • UNIX/Linux system administration
  • Embedded systems
  • Programming - Developing interest in Python, Perl, and C/C++
  • High Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud Computing, and Software Defined Networking (SDN)

You can find out more about my professional experience on my Linkedin profile.

I manage or assist in managing five pages here on Google+. These pages are the Geeks Who Care,  UrbanspelunkersRadio Shack Color Computer (CoCo), HPC High Performance Computing and Free Donne Team.

I am looking to connect with others who have similar interest, so feel free to drop me a line or even add me to your circles.

Cheers! ~ Jim
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I was born in 1958 which is the same year that astrophysicists Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr. Alex Filippenko were born, and the same year that NASA was founded. 1958 was a good year for space geeks.
  • North Seattle Community College
    Electronics, 80 - 82
Basic Information
Embedded systems / information technologies (see my Linkedin profile). My current focus is on improving my Linux skills, and studying for a network certification such as CCNA.
Electronics, Embedded systems, Linux, UNIX, Windows XP, Windows 7, Troubleshooting, Technical Support, Engineering Lab Management, Troubleshooting,
  • Skills Inc.
    Lab Manager - Microsoft, 2013 - present
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers
    Technical Support, 2009 - 2013
  • SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc
    Customer Support Consultant, 2008 - 2008
  • Emulex
    Sr. Systems Test Technician, 2003 - 2008
  • Digital Forest
    Technical Support, 2002 - 2003
  • Applied Microsystems Corp.
    Sr. Electronics Technician, 1994 - 2001
  • Sundstrand Data Control
    Electronics Technician, 1982 - 1994
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Seattle, WA - Kirkland, WA - Bellevue, WA
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