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Vivienne Dunstan
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The co-founder and original editor of "The Scotsman" newspaper was a relative on the Dodds side of my family. Charles Maclaren, husband of Jean Veitch Somner, who was the auntie of my ggg-grandfather John Usher Somner. He was also one of the first people to propose the location for Troy which Schliemann later excavated.

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Listening to "Eaten By A Grue", the podcast about Infocom text adventures, starting with Zork I #interactivefiction

Dundee Uni podcast about Scott's 1901 Discovery Expedition to Antarctic, read by g-granddau of expedition engineer https://www.dundee.ac.uk/50/podcasts/discovery-expedition/

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This week, the 6502 in astronomy, to mark a happy Solstice to all our readers. At the Lick Observatory you'll find a 6502 controlling the 120-inch Shane reflector, with the help of a PET and a PDP-8 - at least, you would find this back in 1980. We rather hope it's still in service. Read all about it in the Infoworld article at
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mD4EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT9
or for more technical info search for "lick observatory tv autoguider" - remarkably, the 16k PET is running several BASIC programs which among other tasks keep the system clock tuned to within a tenth of a microsecond!
Also related to pointing things at stars, we notice an AIM-65 being used at Sandia National Laboratory to point solar panels at the Sun - see
http://www.ieeecss.org/CSM/library/1983/aug1983/w02-08.pdf
to read all about a system called TACS - the Tracking and Control System.
We'll be skipping next week's post, as usual for this time of year - have a good time without us - and will be back for an annual roundup.
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Nice summary of my 2016 leisure reading. Virtually all read on Kindle, with huge font & spacing due to brain damage.
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