As Promised... here are Arclight's photos...
Space Ship One Launch 9/29/2004: "First official X-Prize launch of civilian rocket into space."
(Via 23b.org gallery.)
The Daily show joked about this last night:
Spin much AP?
ABC news reports on "debate" that hasn't happened yet: "Mark Frauenfelder: The rules for tonight's poor-substitute-for-a-debate are so restrictive, and the sound-bites that will come out of the mouths of both men are so easy to guess, that ABC news was able to file a story about the results of the "debate" several hours before it takes place. Link Story removed by ABC, but you can find copies here. (Thanks, Certron!)"
Just wanted to remind people where my personal photos are =] (and a bunch of other people's photos too).[my photos are now located on this website]
big brother is fingerprinting you!
US fingerprints more travellers: "Visitors to the US who do not need a visa now have to be fingerprinted and photographed on arrival."
(Via bbc world.)
Wonder if the dems are going to do something like this?
Bush Team Prepares Net Assault: "The Bush campaign is setting up an extensive war room to monitor Thursday's debate with John Kerry. The plan? Pounce on Kerry misstatements or exaggerations and send responses to thousands of partisan websites through a live feed. By Louise Witt."
(Via wired news.)
This is really insane and should be investigated:
Diebold Rep Now Runs Elections: "A former sales rep for Diebold Election Systems becomes a county election official in California. She sold the state millions of dollars worth of untested machines, which led to a scandal. Critics are asking, 'What's wrong with this picture?' By Kim Zetter."
(Via wired news.)
IBM has created a new supercomputer called Blue Gene/L which is a teraflop faster than the Earth Simulator in Japan which i visited a couple years ago although it is only partially built. The supercomputer is also 100x smaller than the ES. Livermore labs has ordered one that will be installed in 2005 which runs at 360 teraflops!
It went good... almost out of batteries! The SS1 did a twist at the top of the climb, but everything went smoothly!
Photos coming soon... as soon as I get back to my car which we left at a Park and Ride near Palmdale... then i can charge my phone and upload the pictures that Arclight took....
Ok well the takeoff went without a hitch and now we are waiting the hour it takes for it to reach the point where the SS1 will seperate from the White Knight. The crowd was excited to see the launch. We are hanging out at the car listening to our scanners.
Things are heating up in the NK nuclear standoff
North Korea escalates nuclear stand-off: "North Korea claims it has "weaponised" all of its spent plutonium rods because the US's hostile policies towards Pyongyang leave it no choice but to develop a "nuclear deterrent.""
(Via gyre - military revolutions.)
When i went to Santa Fe High School, I had a great Contemporary US History teacher named Jane Zinn who is the wife of Howard Zinn [I was totally wrong about this! It was a different Zinn!]. He has an interesting piece on RadioNation:
RadioNation AudioBlog: Howard Zinn on Kerry/Bush: "America's leading radical historian on why voting does and does not matter."
(Via the nation.)
a bunch of big quakes today... not sure if this means anything
i wonder if it relates to this story...
M 6.0, Central California: "September 28, 2004 17:15:24 GMT"
M 5.0, Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska: "September 28, 2004 18:28:05 GMT"
M 6.3, south of Africa: "September 28, 2004 15:29:53 GMT"
... $10 million prize ... will be awarded to the team that designs the first private spaceship that successfully launches three humans to a sub-orbital altitude of 100 km on two consecutive flights within two weeks. All teams must be privately financed.
(Via topix ca.)
If you build a muzzle loading cannon don't put smokeless powder in it.
(Via topix guns.)
This is a good song and a good flash animation.
Mt. Saint Helens is producing earthquakes and has changed significantly in the past 24 hours and there is an increasing risk of a hazardous event which has prompted the Washington University of Washington Dept. of Earth and Space Science to issue a Notice of Volcanic Unrest.
Kyrgyz authorities tracked two men who were trying to sell 60 containers of Plutonium-239 and apprehended them after they tried to sell it to secret agents.
On of my friends who is a print broker got a 10 identical copies of a mor.t.gag.e spam so he decided to fill out the form and send it out. So far he had received about 8 calls. Every time he gets a call he turns it around and tries to sell printing to the agent. He now has a couple of new clients.
A new, more accurate imaging system called Slow MAS works by spinning the subject (which will be changed some day to spin the magnets) at the "Magic Angle" 54.7 degrees to magnetic field. [topix D.O.E.]
Here it is ... i heard it was censored in many places!
We all heard about the huge blast in North Korea that was dismissed as a destruction of a mountain for a hydroelectric project. That seemed fishy to me as it did to Kuro5hin... here is what they think. [kuroshin]
- Enhanced user interface - a new, cleaner design that now includes maps on results pages displaying the location of businesses in the search results
- New mapping capabilities - users can now zoom and pan different directions on the maps without reloading the page
- Improved comprehensiveness - search results provide links to even more web pages like business homepages and related ratings and reviews
- More relevant results - improved relevance technology returns even more precise results
This weekend I went to my first OTR, which happened to be the 55th annual Old Timers Reunion which is held every year in West Virginia. It is a massive party for cavers and the cavers come from all around county (and canada if not further) for it every year. Here are some of the pictures i took
i'll plan on returning next year for sure.