|Friday, March 15th, 2013|
|Pump up the Volume
Some guys, a few years back, found a treasure trove of date from the Lunar Program, specifically a lot of analog tapes from the Lunar Orbiter Missions of 1966-1967. Not only are they fragile, but the means to read them were practically non-existent. So they did what any technical types who could would do, they set up shop at Moffett Field, and went to work. They got NASA to contribute some, and they went to the drawing boards (literally) and reconstructed, rebuilt, and re-engineered the needed equipment (seriously, some of the equipment they devised from looking at the mathematics of the old systems).But they need more money. NASA's contribution has run out. They have a rockethub crowdsourcing project.
We are looking for people to help us complete the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP). We call this technoarchaeology - mining the past to support science in the future. Between 1966 and 1967, NASA sent five Lunar Orbiter missions to the Moon. Their mission was to photograph the lunar surface to help identify future Apollo mission landing sites. The spacecraft carried 70mm photographic film which was developed automatically in lunar orbit aboard the spacecraft. The developed film was then scanned with a light beam and this modulated a signal which was sent back to Earth.I think it's worth it. I certainly think spreading the word is worth it.
Each image was archived on analog data tape and printed out as photographs for use by the Lunar Orbiter analysis team. In addition to looking for landing sites, the Lunar Orbiters also produced several stunning photos unlike anything ever seen before. Of note are the "Earthrise" image taken by Lunar Orbiter 1 and the "Picture of the Century" - an oblique view inside the crater Copernicus, taken by Lunar Orbiter 2.
|Wednesday, February 13th, 2013|
I'll be in SF for about two weeks at the beginning of March. There is a filk convention in Newark, and then I'll be a guest of FogCon, where something relating to interogation/torture/affiliated issues will be the subject of some discussion.
In between I'll have some time in Palo Alto.
If anyone wants to try and make plans, feel free to drop me a line.
|Tuesday, February 12th, 2013|
|Monday, February 4th, 2013|
|Thursday, January 24th, 2013|
|Sunday, January 13th, 2013|
|Friday, January 11th, 2013|
|Thursday, January 10th, 2013|
|Wednesday, January 9th, 2013|
|On seeing things
New Post Up, sort of about spinning, sort of about looking at the world through new eyes.
Also, replug of the twitterfeed for the blog @BetterThanSalt
|Thursday, January 3rd, 2013|
|Monday, December 31st, 2012|
|Friday, November 16th, 2012|
|Tuesday, November 13th, 2012|
|Wednesday, October 24th, 2012|
Fingering on bagpipes is horrid. The top half of the octave is bizzare. I'll figure it out, but cross-fingering to get up past the fifth note?
|In other news
I have a practice chanter. I can now do something I've wanted to do for ages, learn the bagpipes.
|Saturday, October 20th, 2012|
|Thursday, October 18th, 2012|
|Wednesday, October 17th, 2012|
|Changes in latitudes
I've created a wordpress blog. It's been a long time coming, and I'll be linking entries to here (as I do on my with twitter and G+).
Lj has been semi-moribund for me for a bit, and I want some of the greater control I have at wordpress.
It's with mixed feelings this platform becomes secondary to me.http://pecunium.wordpress.com/