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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 23 2012

Haunted dreams and guest bloggers

I should probably quit smoking. And please, before anyone jumps into comments with their former-smoker zeal and personal horror stories, you cannot scare me anymore than the Terrie the Smoker ad already has, she scares me plenty. That poor, incredibly brave gal’s rasping voice now haunts my dreams and swims in my blood. Other than that, …

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May 22 2012

Arctic methane: The big burp begins?

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In climate change models one of many wild cards is the ancient methane stored in the bottom of shallow icy seas and sequestered away in Arctic permafrost. As the surface temperature warms, the potent greenhouse gas could be released, further warming the region and causing more methane ‘burps’. The process could theoretically feed back and …

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May 22 2012

SpaceX Falcon 9 lights up Spacecoast

SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station trial run

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up early morning skies around Kennedy Space Center this morning. The booster and its Dragon spacecraft could signal a new era in more affordable space travel:

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May 21 2012

Stolen handshakes: session ID hijacking rumors in Diablo III may be overblown

If you read the gaming blogs and forums of the world, and hey, who doesn’t, you might have seen rumors swirling about something called session ID hijacking in the latest gaming sensation, Diablo III. It’s gone mainstream:

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May 21 2012

Eclipse pics!

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I’ve seen a few eclipses, even a total one as a kid. But I have never seen what I saw last night. I leave my office after a long, long day — which is why this site has been unattended the last few days – and totally forgot about the eclipse. Got into the parking lot and …

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May 20 2012

Eclipse tonight for east and west

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Get set, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible in some parts of the nation this evening and if you live a little west of thew Mississippi River you might catch a glimpse (Do not stare right into it, or you’re just an idiot):

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May 19 2012

Facebook fizzle?

That’s the term I heard all day yesterday. I would not call what happened a fizzle. I’d call it very accurate pricing by the underwriters.

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May 18 2012

Info and cynicism

First the info, an excellent post at Balloon Juice. The author brings her perspective as a lawyer and a campaign treasurer for a local candidate on the Rickett scheme (If you’re not sure, for now it’s a freshly killed zombie revolving around the Rev Wright and Obama). She framed this really well using multimedia, beginning with …

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May 18 2012

It’s a small jump from job creator to The Creator

The truth hurts: “Somebody like me makes hundreds or thousands of times as much as the average American … but I don’t buy hundreds or thousands of times as much stuff. I own three cars, not three thousand.” Full transcript below.

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May 18 2012

I like giant turtles of the Cenozoic

It seems the giant snake Titanoboa had a contemporary giant reptile cousin. A slow, plodding archosaur known affectionately to millions of youngsters today as a turtle. Only this fresh water gal was the size of a small car:

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