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Michael Portuesi
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Pluto and its largest moon Charon are an example of a double-planet system - two bodies that both orbit around a common center of mass. For the first time, thanks to the New Horizons spacecraft, we have an animated movie of their orbital motion.

"Pluto and Charon’s Gravitational Dance" http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/pluto-and-charons-gravitational-dance-0213201523/

(A similar situation exists with Earth and Moon, but in our case the common center of mass still lies within the Earth, owing to its much larger mass relative to Moon.)
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has taken a series of images that show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, orbiting around their common center of mass.
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As someone who spent considerable effort as part of a team trying to make YouTube safe and appealing to kids, we encountered several Google-imposed roadblocks along the way. It'll be interesting to see if Google is serious about fixing the things that make YouTube unsuited to children, all while staying on the good side of COPPA regulations.
Those murmurs that Google was retooling its services for kids? Yep, they're real. The search giant tells USA Today that it's creating versions of its pro
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Observing through my LITEBOX 15" Dobsonian Telescope at Lake Sonoma, CA. I started at twilight observing Mars and Saturn, then moved on to distant star clusters as the night darkened.

Shot with the GoPro Hero3+ camera in time-lapse mode.
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It looks like post-apocalypse SF.
 
Google StreetView shows Detroit being reclaimed by nature over time.

Wow -- a stunning decline for a once-great city: http://goobingdetroit.tumblr.com/

Props to +Mathew Ingram
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When I was a member, the CMU Computer Club had an original Mac 512K, an Apple Lisa, an Amiga 1000 and a MicroVAX-1 in its collection.  Glad to see they now have "one of the largest collections of functioning, historic computer hardware in the country", and are doing some truly amazing things with it. 
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And even cooler that the key piece for this project was an Amiga. I spent many happy hours playing with the Lisa and Amiga in the CC room.
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This isn't really the way I wanted to see this situation resolved; instead, I had hoped Brendan Eich would recant his support for Prop 8 and his opposal to same-sex marriage.

But at least I can use Firefox once again.
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are ...
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A really nice article on the "original gaming PC" - the Atari 8-bit family of computers - which are now celebrating their 35th anniversary.

The Atari 800 was my first computer, one that I learned computing on. Everything I learned was from magazines - the "Internet" of the time. Eventually I wrote and sold an article to one of the magazines; the royalties went straight into a disk drive upgrade for my 800. That 800 set the stage for my career as a software developer.
How a home computer from 1979 pushed electronic entertainment to the bleeding edge.
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Laniakea: Our home supercluster: http://youtu.be/rENyyRwxpHo
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Tracing a sewing pattern in the Line of Selvage Design Studio (which looks suspiciously like the office in my basement). Test footage shot with a GoPro Hero3+ camera, and the GoPro 3-way mount arm accessory.
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From the article: "The inventor also said that Jobs used to take “people when he could, and ideas when he couldn’t,” and used the premise of the attachment to build a multimedia mail tool called NeXTMail, which Borenstein commented was “fine with me: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?”

Nathaniel Borenstein was by far my favorite CS professor at CMU.
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I remember attending events at Pontiac Silverdome as a teenager.  It was an amazing and impressive structure at the time.   The roof was air-inflated, and so the entire building was pressurized to keep the roof in shape.

Now there is no roof.
These photos of the shuttered Pontiac Silverdome are haunting.
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I remember the stadium quite well. I attended many a game there and a few concerts. What a shame.
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If you use a Mac, Pixelmator is a fantastic photo editing app.  It's a serious alternative to Photoshop for all but the most ardent graphics pros.  Right now it's on sale for $14.99.
If you’re looking to get your hands on Pixelmator for Mac at a fraction of its regular price, now’s your chance. The company has tonight dropped the desktop photo-editing suite down from its usual price of $29.99, to just $14.99. Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly...
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  • GoPro
    Tech Lead, 2013 - present
  • Zoodles
    Software developer, 2009 - 2013
  • Nokia
    Contract developer, 2008 - 2009
  • DHAP Digital
    Software developer, 2004 - 2008
  • Virage
    Software developer, 1997 - 2003
  • Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    Software developer, 1989 - 1997
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Amateur astronomer, part-time volunteer science educator. Incurable gadget freak. Cyclist, pen collector, video game devotee. Geek.
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    Math/CS, 1984 - 1989
  • Mount Clemens High School
    1980 - 1984
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