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(It's a long, boring story where the most recent installment involves not being able to reach me to find out the state of the spinach in the fridge.)

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My dislike of cell phones is becoming frustrating to me, but mostly because it is becoming frustrating to others. :/

Community center fundraising 

A community center in nearby Worcester, MA is basically living out the plot of an 80s movie - their landlord is selling and has given them 2 weeks to raise $1 million to buy it themselves.

Struggling with browser tabs again... And my attention. *sigh*

TFW you see somebody on twitter ask if they know people with experience "setting up, hosting & scaling Mastodon instances". 🤔

Oh wow.

"Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsavainio has released a Milky Way photo that took him nearly 12 years to create. The 1.7-gigapixel image has a cumulative exposure time of 1,250 hours."

#Space #Images #MilkyWay #Galaxies


The Surface of Venus from Venera 13

Image Credit: Soviet Planetary Exploration Program, Venera 13;

Processing & Copyright: Donald Mitchell & Michael Carroll (used with permission) #APoD

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In case anybody else is interested in the first use of integrated circuits in satellites. They also happened to be surface mount, a form factor which has been in use for longer than I realized.

The probe referred to in that tech note appeared to be a part of a series from the "Interplanetary Monitoring Platform". The history of that is discussed in this document:

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Damn, this is seriously good shit: Love the percussion breakdowns and the horn bursts in Kabuki, the guitar & rhythm section throughout.

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Before I forget, thanks, fellow nerd from Russia! Also, maybe I need to do a little upload to since this document didn't seem to be there.

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I go to the web to look up a reference in a book to a NASA technical report from 1964. My only successes are several references to the same document and one PDF from a Russian radio electronics enthusiast. The PDF from the Russian is a scan from a copy out of the Kirkland Air Force Base Library. My first reaction is that this is a dumb world, but then my second reaction is no, maybe this is the system actually working. 🤔

Tzag! I survived our local time jump. I even woke up earlier than normal (once you account for the time jump). Now we just have a week or so of getting the kiddo to adjust. :/

the clocks must be changed
it has been by law arranged
the sun does not care


For my surveillance story about the surveillance of China's Uyghur minority, I went on the Intercepted podcast and on Talk East Turkestan and

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