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Thursday, 13 June 2019

NASA’s Image Library

quote [ The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has created a library of 140,000 high definition files filled with photos, videos, and sound clips, all free and available for download. Visual and audio content of planets, moons, nebulas, and specific space missions, are searchable by file type. ]

This is likely a re-post but with these recent SE posts we need to look up.
[SFW] [art] [+2]
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Sunday, 21 April 2019

How the humble pocket calculator morphed into the smartphone

quote [ The first computing device that would actually fit in your pocket was the Cal Tech, a 1967 prototype created by Texas Instrument.
Hewlett-Packard’s HP-65 came with  differential equations, stock prices, statistics
In January, 1992, Apple Computer announced the Newton MessagePad, coined the phrase “personal digital assistant.”
The Ericsson R380, in November 2000, was the first touchscreen smartphone to be the same size and weight as a regular cellphone.
On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs made pocket computing history.
“Today,” he said, “Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” ]

I bought my first calculator in 1975 for $29. Recommend checking link referred to in article

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Interesting]
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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Rubber Powered Model Airplanes Take Flight

quote [ the elegant movement of the model planes, and the delicate technique that the pilots use to tightly twist the rubber bands that power them ]

The full trailer for the documentary Float
[SFW] [art]
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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Pop Stars Posing With Their Younger Selves

quote [ These portraits of pop stars posing with their younger selves Agnetha Faltskog‎, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Boy George, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Jon Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Sting, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. ]

Thanks to SE'er for telling us about Flashbak.
[SFW] [people] [+3 Original]
[by yunnaf@3:25pmGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 28 January 2019

What has the past month taught us about the president?

quote [ 1. Trump subject to the normal laws of political gravity, and that for all his bluster, he is no more capable of sustaining an unsustainable position than any other politician.

2. Trump’s backers have a clear red line.
ending the shutdown has shown that the loyalty of Trump’s base has its limits.

3. It’s possible to “out-Trump” Trump.
giving ANY ground is a mistake. You have to not only stand firm, but be willing to go beyond all political norms ]

While I'm tired of the political chaos, there is a need for grounding on what's going on. I think this analysis is gloat rather than meaningful, it is not repeatable on other issues. It is clear with the decline of the US, trade issues, Venezuela, Syria and Brexit Putin is winning big time.
[SFW] [politics] [+2 Insightful]
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Sunday, 30 December 2018

GM’s decline began with its quest to turn people into machines

quote [ In 1970. General Motors, the biggest company on the planet, unveiled the Lordstown Assembly plant, the most automated factory the industry had ever seen, to make GM’s Chevrolet Vega,
In 1972, Lordstown workers rebelled against GM. Their uprising became a national symbol of blue-collar disaffection. Newsweek hailed the strike as “industrial Woodstock,”

Toyota’s superior quality and efficiency was largely thanks to how it trained and valued its workers.

GM’s mistrust of its workers ultimately prevented it from making great cars ]

Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Amazon, Walmart. Google are flying high now but ....
Story is hard to read ... but compelling.

[SFW] [people] [+4 Interesting]
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Sunday, 23 December 2018

whether 'Love thy neighbour' is being honoured

quote [ The bible has 365 references to “don’t be afraid”. The good samaritan is based on fearing strangers, your neighbor. Strangers like Jews -money changers, or Muslims.
The crusades were about Christians intolerance to Muslims.
The Roman Catholic Church is modeled after the structures of the Roman Empire. An institution fostering lies and cover-up of child molesters.


Pope Francis represents the anti-Trump and other despots of xenophobia ]

Mixing religion, politics and where we are.
[SFW] [religion & spirituality] [+2 Sad]
[by yunnaf@3:59pmGMT] [4 comments]

Saturday, 15 December 2018

The re-education of Economics 101

quote [ complaints of students who said they’d studied economics to understand issues like poverty, inequality ... but faced years of abstract economic
When the global economy went into free fall, economists suffered a severe loss of credibility. They were vilified for not anticipating the financial crisis and further berated for their inability to offer credible ways to speed up the weak recovery,

It has prompted a period of soul-searching among economists to try and correct their errors. ]

My memory of Econ 101 was supply and demand, everyone makes rational economic decisions. I never believed everyone makes the rational economic decisions, and knew universities were teaching BS, just had to suck it in to get on the tread mill of economic survival.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by yunnaf@3:44pmGMT] [16 comments]

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Manafort reportedly met Assange as Russia began hacking DNC

quote [ Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign...
Manafort denied meeting Assange...
In a series of tweets WikiLeaks said Assange and Manafort had not met...
A separate internal document written by Ecuador’s Senain intelligence agency and seen by the Guardian lists “Paul Manaford [sic]” as one of several well-known guests. It also mentions “Russians”...
The revelation could shed new light on the sequence of events in the run-up to summer 2016...One key question is when the Trump campaign was aware of the Kremlin’s hacking operation – and what, if anything, it did to encourage it. ]

Well, this may be boring but ...
[SFW] [politics] [+3 WTF]
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

You could win $3 million

quote [ The Global Cooling Prize is an international competition launching November 12, 2018, to call upon participants around the world to develop a breakthrough residential cooling technology that has at least 5x less climate impact when compared to a baseline unit. ]

If Steele wins, he may drop SE. A better write up here.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Good]
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