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The little green guys from the sky had it all laid out for the Pentagon. Then the U.S. Air Force and a Canadian defense firm got their hands on the schematics for flying saucers and they had to muck it all up. No, seriously. Well, maybe not the alien part. The National Archives declassified and [...]
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Look to the skies, friends in the Mid-Atlantic area! We've seen one previous launch from Wallops from our house, and the weather is supposed to be chances are good.
 
Residents of the mid-Atlantic region, and along the east coast of the United States from parts of New Jersey to South Carolina, may see the launch of five NASA suborbital sounding rockets in just over five minutes from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as early as tonight. The launch window for March 15 is between midnight and 1:30 a.m. EDT. The backup launch days are March 16 through April 3. The Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX) will gather information needed to better understand the process responsible for the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth. For the latest information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/missions/atrex.html
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Oh, now the secret's out! ;-)
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NASA commemoration of 50 years of Americans in orbit begins today with an interactive feature on NASA.gov http://1.usa.gov/wkFMVw
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Okay, +Secretly Mike Young, since you've gotten to sit back and be fascinated by what people think makes something "not larp," let me turn this around -- what do you (and everyone else, too), think are the minimum requirements for something to be considered a larp? If you choose, you can distinguish between "a larp" and "larping," since there are plenty of activities I've done that are "larping" because they're part of a larp, but are not a larp by themselves, nor would they be larping if they weren't part of a larp.

The idea is also not just to define a good larp. For any set of minimum requirements, it will probably be easy to come up with examples of bad larps and harder to come up with examples of good ones, but that's not the point.

What is necessary? What are the essentials?
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A reminder to all my Virginia friends that tomorrow is Election Day, so go vote! We're voting for the entire legislature, plus local offices, and these people often have more effect on your daily life than your better-known federal representatives. And it's generally the lowest turnout of our four-year cycle, so your vote will count four or five times as much as it will next year! (And there will be no lines.)

Do Eeet!
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I am looking forward to the end of the first-world tragedy-of-the-commons being played out on the overuse of my phone and answering machine for the last five weeks. Jesus, people, calling my house at 9pm is NOT the way to make me think your candidate gives a crap about me and my family...
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Here's my brief reaction to HP7 (the book), which I never got around to posting a couple of years ago. (Not really spoilery, but if you haven't read it and you're going to, you might want to skip it just because it might color your interpretation.)

So in brief, I liked the story (the events), but I didn't like the way it was told. It was the only one of the books where it was a major hindrance that everything is told from Harry's point of view, and you only find out about events outside his presence when he does (with the exception of a few framing events.) It's barely noticeable in many of them, but in Deathly Hallows many major events, including the deaths of several important characters, were, it seemed to me, drained of most of their emotional impact because they happen over there somewhere, and we only learn about them when someone exclaims in Harry's presence that they've happened.

I had hopes that the movie makers would have the sense to fix that, since it's a visual medium, and "Harry reads the newspaper" would be much worse on screen than in print. When I saw the "running through the woods" posters for Part 1, I thought "Oh, no..." Part 1 did pretty much stick to the book (though I haven't re-read it to know how closely) and I was worried that it was one of those situations where the author is too powerful to be contradicted. I actually enjoyed it well enough, but if the filmmakers hadn't been able to compensate for "we're not where the action is" with a pretty travelogue of scenic England and Wales, it would have been much worse.

Part 2, thankfully, departed further from the book. Again, I haven't re-read it to know exactly how far, but far enough that it was better. I liked it, but I didn't love it. As for the character deaths, the film did a better job at creating a sense of the fog of war as the reason why we weren't seeing them, rather than just because it's all about Harry. I still think Fred and Remus and Tonks deserved better, but it will do.

(Okay, apparently I'm incapable of actually being brief unless the medium is enforcing it...)
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Actually, HP7 Part 2 rewrote part of the denouement. Yates sort of had to, because to tell a coherent story without doing so would have required even more time. You'll see what I mean when you see Part 2.
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New material harder than diamond

We've all heard that diamonds are the hardest substance, but that's not strictly true. Wurtzide boron nitride was discovered in 1995 and can handle 18% more stress than diamonds, and pure lonsdaleite 58% harder on the Mohs scale (the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material).

Lonsdaleite can be formed when meteorites containing graphite hit Earth (but won't be pure). While wurtzite boron nitride is formed in the very high temperatures and pressures inside volcanic eruptions.

And though diamond is very strong in terms of tensile (stretching) strength osmium has a higher compressive (squeezing) strength.

Graphene and the other wonder carbon based wonder material, buckminsterfullerenes, are also very very strong indeed. Which brings us to the new discovery.

A mix of carbon-60 (Buckyballs) and a solvent called m-xylene when compressed to 600,000 atmospheres creates a new material that sits between crystalline and amorphous, not before seen. The new material was able to dent diamond and compares to diamond in compressability. 


http://www.gizmag.com/diamond-dent/23805/
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I saw a mockup display of this at the Goddard open house, along with their work on designing future satellites so that all large parts burn up on re-entry. Very cool stuff.
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A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in a new image from the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
 
The Rosette Nebula
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http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120214.html

The Rosette Nebula is not the only cosmic cloud of gas and dust to evoke the imagery of flowers -- but it is the most famous. At the edge of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros, some 5,000 light years away, the petals of this rose are actually a stellar nursery whose lovely, symmetric shape is sculpted by the winds and radiation from its central cluster of hot young stars. The stars in the energetic cluster, cataloged as NGC 2244, are only a few million years old, while the central cavity in the Rosette Nebula, cataloged as NGC 2237, is about 50 light-years in diameter. The nebula can be seen firsthand with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros).
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+David Cave, in space, no one can hear you breathe.
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Does anyone know of a Windows system-tray notifier for Google Calendar events that actually works in Windows 7? It used to be that the browser window would flash when an event reminder went off, but in the Windows 7 taskbar, that doesn't seem to show reliably any more. I found three system tray apps that were supposed to do this, but they were all written in the XP era and only one of them seems to have been updated since. For the first, the installer crashed, the second installed but crashed when I ran it, and the third, GMinder, runs but doesn't read events from my calendar. (If I use it to create an event, it appears in my calendar, so the credentials and login are obviously working, and it pops up a reminder for it, but none of my existing events ever appear.)
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It's closer to being helpful than certain other people... ;-)

Sadly, I am still in the stupid-phone era, or it would be a good suggestion.
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