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Connecticut Man1
Monday, December 20, 2010 - 6:14pm

I am only warning you about this now because I don't want you to be scared as I practice some tricks from my "Merlin's Winter Solstice Magic for Dummies" tonight. Anyways...

Tonight (tomorrow morning?), from about one thirty am est until about five thirty am est, the moon will be completely swallowed by the shadows of the earth. The last time a total lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice was in 1638, but I was not around to cause more

Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 12:46pm

I've seen more battalions of climate deniers lately than I care to even acknowledge. They engage in a game of dangerous anti-intellectualism and prefer to dwell in a place of self-enforced ignorance, where they receive as well as cultivate ongoing support for their fallacies.

This piece isn't to waste time on them, or their highly funded interest in climate denial that special interests funnel a steady flow of money into.

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance. ~Saul Bellow

Let them be ignorant, and reduced to the blather more

Open Thread
Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 4:35am

This is an incredible father-son project, not to mention one heck of an innovative accomplishment:

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 11:13am

Here's a small video from NASA regarding what's up for October 2010. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 2:15pm

Originally posted 2010-09-05 13:40:33 -0400. Bumped and promoted. -- GH

It is probably no secret that I love Google. :)  In fact just this past week, GreyHawk and I were trying to decide on a name for my Google affliction (addiction?). 

On the 30th of August Mashable announced on Facebook that Priority Inbox was being rolled out. This was almost as exciting as the "read more

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 1:39am

We've been waiting for it ... making phone calls from your gmail.  Google announced its release today:

If you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. And if you decide to, you can receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail (see instructions).

We’re rolling out this feature to U.S. based Gmail users over the next few days, so you’ll be ready to get started once “Call Phones& more

Connecticut Man1
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 10:06pm

Google? You'd expect this from Verizon but from Google?

Google and Verizon in Talks on Selling Internet Priority

Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.

The charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, more

Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 7:04am


Ever heard of the Fermi Paradox? Essentially, it's this:

If there are intelligent civilisations elsewhere in the Universe with technologies that far surpass our own, why do we see no sign of them?

The article The Fermi Paradox, Phase Changes and Intergalactic Colonisation, posted June 26 online at the Technology Review, two gentlement from the National Technical University of Ukraine have come up with a new take that's yielding some interesting insights: more

Open Thread
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 4:26am

From DingellDem on DailyKos, the bad news:


More than 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River on Sunday and Monday.  The oil is a part of the eight million gallons that traverse the area each day en route from Indiana to the major refinery town of Sarnia, Ontario.  A Canadian company, Enbridge Inc., owns the pipeline.

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Connecticut Man1
Monday, July 26, 2010 - 11:15pm

A couple of surprises from the U.S. Copyright Office:

It’s no longer illegal under the DMCA to jailbreak your iPhone or bypass a DVD’s CSS in order to obtain fair use footage for educational purposes or criticism. These are the new rules that were handed down moments ago by the U.S. Copyright Office. This is really big. Like, more