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Blue Moons and Atmospheric Radiation

Source - Space Weather News for July 27, 2015: http://spaceweather.com

TRANSCONTINENTAL SPACE WEATHER BALLOON EXPERIMENT:  Last week, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus conducted a unique experiment in atmospheric radiation involving airplanes and high-altitude balloons launched simultaneously almost 3000 miles apart. For the next five days, we will be highlighting some of the results.  The news kicks off with some interesting measurements of cosmic radiation inside a commercial passenger jet.   Visit http://spaceweather.com for details.

BLUE MOON:  There's a full Moon this week and according to modern folklore it is a "Blue Moon."  Most Blue Moons are gray, as usual, but sometimes a Blue Moon can really turn blue.  Find out more about this phenomenon in today's edition of http://spaceweather.com
CHANCE OF FLARES: Solar activity is low, but the quiet could soon be interrupted by an M-class solar flare. Fast-growing sunspot AR2390 has an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for moderately strong explosions. Any such flare on July 27th will likely be geoeffective ...
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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You’re Sure?" will be available Monday 27 July 2015 at: http://bigpicturescience.org/

A notice for this upcoming podcast was also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog: http://cloudymidnights.blogspot.com/

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute 

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xkcd: Exoplanet Names 2

Source: http://xkcd.com/1555/

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My personal favorite planet name is the one that was most likely suggested by Mrs. Roberts.

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The next Big Picture Science podcast "Moral’s Law" will be available Monday 20 July 2015 at: http://bigpicturescience.org/

A notice for this upcoming podcast was also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog: http://cloudymidnights.blogspot.com/

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute 

#BigPictureScience #SETI #news #podcast #science 
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xkcd: Pluto

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xkcd mouseover text - After decades of increasingly confused arguing, Pluto is reclassified as a "dwarf Pluto"
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Summer Blue Moon

Source - NASA Science News for July 27, 2015

The second full Moon of July is just around the corner. According to modern folklore, it is a "Blue Moon."

The complete article can be found here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2015/27jul_bluemoon/

A companion video is posted below and can also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/XyBp-EYrwTA
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Predicting Floods

Source - NASA Science News for July 22, 2015

Predicting floods is notoriously tricky. Sponsored by NASA, a new computer tool known as the "Global Flood Monitoring System" is improving forecasts.

The complete article can be found here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2015/22jul_floods/

A companion video is posted below and can also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/dfcr-4XmxNY
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xkcd: Public Key

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xkcd mouseover text: "I guess I should be signing stuff, but I've never been sure what to sign. Maybe if I post my private key, I can crowdsource my decisions about what to sign."
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"The Commodore PET runs a custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop and lets you play both old Commodore 64 and Amiga games with its preinstalled VICE C64 and Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulators."

Source - http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/mobility/commodore-smartphone-android-pet-172519
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Sooo.... it is just a regular android phone, with software that is available for any other android phone pre-installed, and you pay extra for the label in the case, right?
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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.
Skills
Electronics, Embedded systems, IoT, Linux, UNIX, Windows, Troubleshooting, Technical Support, Engineering Lab Management, Troubleshooting,
Employment
  • Skills Inc.
    Lab Manager - Microsoft, 2013 - 2014
  • 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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Have you ever looked up at the stars and just wondered? Yeah, me too.
Introduction
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 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
Bragging rights
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.
Education
  • North Seattle Community College
    Electronics, 80 - 82
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