Thursday, September 29, 2016
Here is a venerable ("old ass" give me a break) Commodore 64 that has been in use for over twenty-five years.
Now that is a durable good (says the man who still has a slide rule collection).
Wait! No dust cover on the keyboard? What?
Monday, September 26, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
A two-part interview with game designer and security analyst Volko Ruhnke. I'm spending too much money on this guy's titles from GMT Games. (Part 01 of the interview here.) (Part 02 of the interview here.) (And this reposted article from The Washington Post is worth a read if you haven't read it previously.)
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
We watched as it landed. We watched as it tried to explore. We waited and listened when contact was lost. Now, as the ESA Rosetta comet probe reaches the end of mission (and will itself terminate on the same body), comet lander Philae has been located on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Way back when, we were going back to the Moon. And then not. And then yes. And then no. And so on.
Luckily, on one of the up cycles, we launched several probes to enhance our knowledge of our neighbor, in preparation for one of those (cancelled) plans to return. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the cornerstone of the latest series of probes is still going and has had its mission extended.
So, what next. LRO? Here's a list of targets and why they are the cornerstone of this mission extension.
Maybe someday we'll return to the Moon. Maybe some day we'll realize we can afford a lot more missions than we currently have (maybe we'll reduce spending in other areas?). If so, the LRO and others will have helped to pave the way back.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, Jack Vance. Yes, you can see the chips of wood pulp throughout his writing, but very few write with his eye towards character interplay, odd costumes and customs, plots of vengeance, humor, mystery and more.
(Go look for the story of the houseboat project between Jack Vance, Poul Anderson and Frank Herbert.)
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Once upon a time we listened to our audiobooks on LP records. Which means they were very abridged (well, no, they were just a few excerpts). Turning up on the internet is Arthur C. Clarke reading from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Side 01 here. Side 02 here.
A short film about the restoration of the model used for filming the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original Star Trek series. I saw this model twice in it's pre-restoration life and would love to see what it looks like now.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
...are the Three Hoarsemen.
Once upon a time, our fellow member of SF Signal was so busy that he could not work on the SF Signal Podcast. I mean, poor Patrick was working like 40 hours of overtime on top of 40 hours of work.
So, we volunteered to do a fill-in episode. Then a second. Then we launched as a separate episode at SF Signal.
Then around episode thirty-five, the retirement of the site as a ongoing project was announced.
But, wait! There's more! We're now on The Incomparable Network, which grew from just The Incomparable (a show I started listening to around the original posting of their episode eight).
We live. WE LIVE...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
It always surprises me what people are surprised by. Do a little research folks, on your own. Education is a continual process.