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Ralph Roberts is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and worked with NASA during the Apollo moon program. He built his first personal computer in 1976 and has been writing about them and on them since his first published article “Down with Typewriters” in 1978. He has written over 100 books along with thousands of articles and short stories. His best sellers include the first U.S. book on computer viruses (which resulted in several appearances on national TV) and Classic Cooking with Coca-Cola®, a cookbook that has been in continuous print for the past 17 years and sold half a million copies. He is also a video producer with over 100 DVD titles now for sale nationally on places such as Amazon.com. He has also produced hundreds of hours of video for local TV in the Western North Carolina area and sold scripts to Hollywood producers. Previously for Packt, Ralph wrote Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting and Google App Inventor by Example. Ralph and his wife Pat live on a farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina with two horses. Ralph recently finished GOOGLE PLUS FIRST LOOK.and is currently writing GOOGLE DART HEAD START.
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Before I'm off to eat hamburgers and watermelon for the 4th, finished out the trade paper cover for VAMPIRE RECRUITER from Creativity, Inc. ... 83,500 words ... I'm both the publisher and the cover designer. So it goes to the printer Monday. Hardback follows quickly. Thanks to you folks who are already buying it on Kindle.

Available for Kindle now at http://amzn.to/1TaNybi
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Just released Vampire Recruiter from Creativity, Inc. ... 83,500 words ... I'm both the publisher and the cover designer. Available for Kindle now at http://amzn.to/1TaNybi ... trade paper and hardback follow.

DESCRIPTION: Who knew Arkansas had more gates to supernatural realms than anywhere else? A career officer in the U.S. Army, a major with two Silver Stars and extensive combat experience, Alissa also had no idea, at 27, she would “come of age” as a faerie princess, of all things. However it fit in with the army sending her to finish a college degree and instruct reserve officer training in the weird part of Arkansas. Vampires, werewolves, elves, wizards, demons, ogres and other creatures abounded, and that was just in the college student body, staff, and faculty!
 
Her life is complicated by an impending demon invasion of Earth and it seems some ancient prophecy says she’s the one who’s going to save the old home planet and all the other realms. On top of all that Adam, the Navy SEAL she was getting sweet on in Afghanistan — until he apparently deserted her on the battlefield — shows up. Seems he’s not really in the Navy but some kind of elven king who thinks they’re an item — that old prophecy again. She’s actually really attracted to those chiseled chest muscles and all. Too bad, she hates his guts and publicly humiliates him twice. Still, he ignores rejection and won’t give up.
 
She just wants to be a career army officer and get back to the real army but she’s promoted to general and everyone’s looking to her as the great saving heroine of humanity, elfdom, ogrestan, the dwarf burrows, brownieshire, and you name it for literally thousands of other realms. Way beyond her experience as a small unit leader. Especially as everyone insists on keeping necessary information from her and that’s getting mighty frustrating. She’s learned by now, however, vampires — being fast, powerful, and loaded with magic can defeat demons. All she needs is a way to recruit the millions needed out of the few thousand on Earth. Gotta be a way or they’ll all be demon snacks.
 
Not to mention she’s bonded to a mouthy wand and an overfriendly werewolf. Besides, Adam expecting marriage, passionate loving, and other stuff she does not intend to give him, demons want to kill and eat her. She also must teach what vampires and werewolves they can sign up to be soldiers because they’re needed as shock troops if Earth is to have any chance at all to beat the demons and survive (think of herding cats and multiply it by a zillion). Things can only get worse — and they do.

Kindle edition: http://amzn.to/1TaNybi
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got it! thanks for the post
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Town in Norwegian valley enjoys winter sunlight for the first time in its history… using giant MIRRORS ... "Industrial town of Rjukan gets no sunshine between September and March ... Three giant mirrors or 'heliostats' have been set up on the mountainside ... They will track the path of the sun and beam light onto the town square  ... Idea was first suggested 100 years ago but a cable car was built instead
 ... A similar scheme has been successfully implemented in an Italian village ..."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474800/Norwegian-town-Rjukan-enjoys-winter-sunlight-time-history-using-heliostats.html
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Brilliant, Literally!
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Tiny Glider Could Cruise Through Martian Skies ... Mike Wall -- " A tiny aircraft could be plying Mars' skies less than a decade from now.

NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.

Prandtl-m would weigh a maximum of 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kilograms) here on Earth (1 lb., or 0.45 kg, in Mars' reduced-gravity environment) and feature a wingspan of just 24 inches (61 centimeters), project team members said. The craft would fold up to fit inside a 3U cubesat — a spacecraft about the size of a loaf of bread — that would tag along with the rover.

"The aircraft would be part of the ballast that would be ejected from the aeroshell that takes the Mars rover to the planet," Prandtl-m program manager Al Bowers, the chief scientist at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, said in a statement.

"It would be able to deploy and fly in the Martian atmosphere and glide down and land," Bowers added. "The Prandtl-m could overfly some of the proposed landing sites for a future astronaut mission and send back to Earth very detailed high-resolution photographic map images that could tell scientists about the suitability of those landing sites."

The glider would have a flight time of 10 minutes in the Martian sky, and could cover about 20 miles (32 kilometers), Bowers said. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29823-mars-glider-nasa-prandtl-m.html
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Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine ... " SAN DIEGO — Years ago, I attended a talk by a number of space luminaries, including Dr. Robert Forward.

Always living up to his name, the famed futurist said that he expected we would grow rockets one day, just like we grow plants. At the time — this was in the 1990s — there was some grumbling and shuffling of feet in the audience. Today, while we might not be quite ready to grow a rocket, how about printing one?

A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, would seem to be on the right track to do so, starting with the rocket's engines. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29808-students-3d-printed-rocket-engine.html
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а когда я очень давно говорил а 3D  принтер на домной долго смеялись 
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Koyashskoye Salt Lake ... "Koyashskoye is a salt lake located on the coast of the Kerch Peninsula in Crimea, and separated from the Black Sea by a strip of land. Like many salt lakes around the world, the waters of Koyashskoye has an impressive pink hue, due to the presence of a microscopic algae that thrive in the saline water. The lake is not large — about 4 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide, and quite shallow with an average depth of just one meter. Because of its shallowness, countless tiny, rocky islands dot the lake’s surface. When the water evaporates, the salt in the lake crystallizes around these rocks and the shores, producing crystal stones and the scent of viola.

The lake is not widely known to the tourists but popular among the locals who say the lake’s mud contain healing properties. The lake belongs to Opuksky Nature Reserve that was created in 1998. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/koyashskoye-salt-lake.html
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St John's Eve Bonfire in Alesund ... "The Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist is celebrated all over Europe and parts of the United States and Canada. The Christian holy day was fixed at 24 June, because the Gospel of Luke states that John was born six months before Jesus or Christmas eve, but in most countries festivities are mostly held the night before, on St. John's Eve. Because the Feast of St. John coincides with the June solstice, also known as Midsummer, the celebrations are also referred to as the Midsummer’s Festival.

Saint John's Eve is traditionally celebrated with bonfires. In many countries, bonfires are lit on the evening and people dance and sing around it. In the Norwegian town of Alesund, bonfires are taken to the extreme. The townsfolk build towering bonfires called Slinningsbålet that rises over one hundred feet.

In 2010, a record was set for the tallest bonfire at 40.45 meters (132.71 feet). The previous record was 37.84 meters (124.14 feet) set in 1993. It takes 30 to 40 people several days to build the huge tower of wooden crates that's eventually set on fire. The flaming tower is built on a small piece of land on the shore so when it topples, it falls into the water and doesn't present any hazards. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/st-john-eve-bonfire-in-alesund.html
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Cool, but this shows why the carbon tax is just bullshit :) Let's just burn some pallets, now!
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Cute with funny memories. I used to like eating Spam meat in the can, with mustard, and lettuce. Seems like years ago, and today it's considered something bad. Although I still see lots of Asian people buying another name brand in it's place. It was better than pigs feet, cold and in it's own jelly, now that was gross, the pigs feet. There are more vegetarians today as a result.
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OBJECT OF INTRIGUE: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BANKNOTE IN U.S. HISTORY ... "Art and money have a complicated relationship in America. But art on money has always been pretty simple: Put a dead president on the front of a note, some numbers and a seal on the back, and cover the whole thing in a lot of squiggly lines to make it harder for people to print their own cash.

This hasn't always been true, though. Back in the 1890s, there was a conscious effort to turn American money into pocket-sized works of art. It resulted in the creation of what is still regarded as the most beautiful set of bank notes ever issued in the United States: the Educational Series of silver certificates.

Silver certificates, issued between 1878 and 1964, were a type of representative money that could be traded in at a bank for their face value in silver dollar coins. As with most paper currency in the United States, silver certificates usually featured a portrait of a deceased president on the obverse side of the note, which was printed with black ink. The reverse side, most often printed in green, tended not to depict any presidents or pioneers, but instead had ornate, intricate designs that swirled around the numbers and lettering to help prevent counterfeiting. In the case of the 1886 $5 silver certificate, pictured below, there was even an illustration of coins on the reverse—money depicted on your money. 

By the 1890s, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)—the government agency that controls what designs appear on the nation's paper currency—was open to the idea of a money makeover. With the United States innovating and industrializing, it seemed an apt time for the nation's progress to be reflected on the art of its bank notes. And the standard dead-president design was getting a bit tired: a New York Times article from March 3, 1896 acknowledged that “there has been for a long time a desire to make a change in the inartistic and stiff paper currency of the years that have gone.”
In an effort to bring more artistic merit to the silver certificate, the BEP approached Edwin Blashfield, Will H. Low, and Walter Shirlaw, three artists known for their elegant allegorical paintings. As muralists, Blashfield and Low were accustomed to working at a much larger scale than the 3.125-by-7.4218-inch dimensions of a silver certificate. But the painters' flair for eye-pleasing composition and their ability to translate principles of national character into gorgeous tableaus of women in flowing robes was paramount. They were encouraged to submit large paintings, which a team of skilled engravers could then translate to currency-compatible format. According to the aforementioned Times article, 15 to 20 engravers worked on each note, each one assigned to a particular section of the design.  
The resulting three artworks formed the basis for the $1, $2, and $5 silver certificates that came to be known as the 1896 Educational Series. ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/object-of-intrigue-beautiful-us-banknote
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I was just saying to +Ro Omrow that I didn't understand why people collect paper money but if I came across this I would want to collect it.
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Bous a la Mar: The Spanish Festival of Chasing Bulls to The Sea ... "All throughout the year, but particularly during local festivals, a number of bull-related sports and events take place all over Spain. While the festivities vary, the bull-related events most invariably involve thrill seekers throwing themselves in front of a herd of bulls while the agitated animals chase them through the streets. The most famous of these events is the “Running of the Bulls” that takes place during the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona. In the seaside town of Denia in the province of Alicante, 600 km south of Pamplona, a different type of bull running takes place — one that has more to do with swimming than fighting. It is called Bous a la Mar — literally, “bulls to the sea”.

The ceremony begins with bulls chasing young boys down the Calle Marques de Campo, the town's main boulevard, down to the specially designed arena in the port. Three sides of the square arena are closed off with iron bars just wide enough for humans to slide in and out of the arena should the bull get too close. The fourth side opens out into the harbor, with an approximately one-meter drop between the sanded arena floor and the water.

One by one, the bulls are released into the arena, and willing participants then tease the bulls and try to get them into the water. The one who succeeds in making the bull fall into the water is considered the winner.

Bous a la Mar has been held annually since at least 1926 as part of the festival of Santisima Sangre, or "holy blood," which commemorates a monk named Pedro Esteve who is said to have saved the town from plague in 1633. The festival takes place during the second week of July, around the same time San Fermin takes place. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/bous-la-mar-spanish-festival-of-chasing.html
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savages-gratuitous, heartless suffering inflicted upon defenceless animals just for a tourist spectacle...makes me feel sick
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Tiny Glider Could Cruise Through Martian Skies ... Mike Wall -- " A tiny aircraft could be plying Mars' skies less than a decade from now.

NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.

Prandtl-m would weigh a maximum of 2.6 lbs. (1.2 kilograms) here on Earth (1 lb., or 0.45 kg, in Mars' reduced-gravity environment) and feature a wingspan of just 24 inches (61 centimeters), project team members said. The craft would fold up to fit inside a 3U cubesat — a spacecraft about the size of a loaf of bread — that would tag along with the rover.

"The aircraft would be part of the ballast that would be ejected from the aeroshell that takes the Mars rover to the planet," Prandtl-m program manager Al Bowers, the chief scientist at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, said in a statement.

"It would be able to deploy and fly in the Martian atmosphere and glide down and land," Bowers added. "The Prandtl-m could overfly some of the proposed landing sites for a future astronaut mission and send back to Earth very detailed high-resolution photographic map images that could tell scientists about the suitability of those landing sites."

The glider would have a flight time of 10 minutes in the Martian sky, and could cover about 20 miles (32 kilometers), Bowers said. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29823-mars-glider-nasa-prandtl-m.html
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Oboy! more photos of sand and rocks.
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Students Aim for Space with 3D-Printed Rocket Engine ... " SAN DIEGO — Years ago, I attended a talk by a number of space luminaries, including Dr. Robert Forward.

Always living up to his name, the famed futurist said that he expected we would grow rockets one day, just like we grow plants. At the time — this was in the 1990s — there was some grumbling and shuffling of feet in the audience. Today, while we might not be quite ready to grow a rocket, how about printing one?

A group of students at the University of California, San Diego, would seem to be on the right track to do so, starting with the rocket's engines. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29808-students-3d-printed-rocket-engine.html
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Not sure if this is serious or possible. After watching the Space X rocket explode and having watched the space program for 55 years before that incident, it is obvious that rocket parts would have to be milled to exacting specs  and not produced in plastic? by a printer.
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