Monthly Archives: March 2005

Desert island lists

(in progress) Desert island. Ten of some thing. You get the picture. Books 1. Rivest, et al., Algorithms 2. Alberts, Bray, et al. Molecular Biology of The Cell 3. Jim Gray, Transaction Processing 4. Melville, Moby Dick 5. Abelson and … Continue reading

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TSA ID

Maybe the TSA has a clue about the ID requirement for travel? Link. (Personally, I’d have bail money available if I tried this).

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XM-3

A blow-by-blow of XM Radio’s third satellite launch (starts from the bottom). It’s launched by Sea Launch, from a platform that has its home port in Long Beach, CA. In this instance it was towed to the equator – “After … Continue reading

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Digital Group Memories

Some history of “the digital group”, by its founder Dr. Robert Suding. (This was my first computer, a Z-80 based machine that I built from a kit over three or four months in 1978). More on that later….

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Data integrity

Measured in bit-years of durability, the most robust storage medium that we’ve come up with is probably the clay tablet. Every couple dozen generations you have to have someone translate ’em for you, but that beats finding the software you … Continue reading

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Howling Fantods

Various things David Foster Wallace on Howling Fantods.

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"doc" lives?!

To someone not familiar with E. E. “Doc” Smith’s work, the newest reprinting of the Lensman series might be slightly confusing. Triplanetary, the first book, has a little blurb in it about the next volume, “due out in July 2005,” … Continue reading

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Enterprise farewell decisions

Of course! The answer is to ________________________________.  A) reverse polarity of the matrix (again)  B) demultiplex the injector ports (again)  C) align the stupid dilithium crystals (again)  D) have vulcan sex (off camera) (again) This week’s forehead will be ________________. … Continue reading

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Dry year for books

Looking ahead to the SF & F being published this year, things look pretty dry. There’s a lot of icky-looking fantasy and more than the usual number of bug-crushers with ominous tags like “Part I of the Frobzingangian Cycle” on … Continue reading

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Fire banned from air travel

We can all breath a huge sigh of relief as lighters will finally be banned from airline flights in the US. Well, in mid-April. (This makes us safer than banning them in March). You’ll still be able to carry up … Continue reading

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