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Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 30 2013

Tech update: the system that FTB built

On the PC thread below this one, boy, did I get a great response in comments and via email! I’m leaning toward going with┬áthis CPU and this MoBo that I linked last night, and scavenging the rest as I can. It would be good for me to catch up on technology, plus I have some …

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Nov 29 2013

Updated: tech PC windows question

Updated: see new thread … so a reader/friend has offered to give me this CPU and this MoBo. Which looks to my unprofessional eye like the start of a system that could exceed my wildest dreams. I have two monitors and a couple of keyboards and mice. What else would I need to assemble the …

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Nov 29 2013

ISON: something may have survived!

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  By this time yesterday I was absolutely certain ISON was cooked, literally. It was tiny to start with, even by comet nucleus standards, and within a million miles of the sun for hours where insolation would heat any normal material to several thousand degrees by any scale, plenty hot enough to boil most metals. …

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Nov 28 2013

Comet ISON live … may be falling apart!

USTREAM Live Video from NASA and Google Plus Hangout … I’m trying to embed this live video feed but so far no go.

Nov 27 2013

Comet ISON still alive & moving at about 200 miles/sec

ISON entering the sun’s outer plasma atmosphere on 27 Nov 2013 as seen by NASA’s SoHo spacecraft.Reports of Comet ISON’s suicide by sun have been premature. The plucky little nucleus, now thought to be less than a mile across, is streaking closer to its perihelion tomorrow at about 1:37 EDT. The next two days are …

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Nov 27 2013

Supreme Court to decide on corporate personhood

You’ve probably read by now the US Supreme Court will hear a case with far reaching consequences for the power of a religious few over the diverse many. The case that will be soon be before the nation’s highest court pits a narrow sect of fundamentalist beliefs about birth control against the health and well …

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Nov 27 2013

Sunday school for atheists

The Pope’s latest invocation or whatever it’s called puts a bullet through the economic heart of present day conservative economic fantasies and doesn’t spare raw capitalism either:

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Nov 26 2013

IT/edu/developer question

I need some crowdsourcing-esque comments. You know how many companies, schools, etc., today provide online modules for teaching new stuff to employees or students? Everything from workplace harassment to upcoming new products? And they usually have a software package they use to present the info, graphics, and follow up with a knowledge check? Does anyone …

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Nov 26 2013

Latest on Comet ISON: death by Sun?

The latest on ISON: it may be in the process of coming apart. But if it doesn’t, later this week, the Bad Astronomer and his buddies will be busy hosting a video party of ISON’s imminent pass by the fire, or its early death:

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Nov 26 2013

Face meets palm: Teaparty Thanksgiving email

  Below is the obligatory, paranoid chain letter I got from a buddy, painting a dark picture of Thanksgiving a few years from now. It’s dripping with the kind of Big Brother sentiment that we all know scatters like dry leaves in the wind as soon as a conservative gets in the wheelhouse. Here’s a …

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