20/6/2017 7:39 Nighttime Rocket Launch To Create Colorful Clouds in Space
: The much delayed NASA sounding rocket
has a good chance of lifting off tonight too many clouds again — next attempt on June 24th with a launch window between 9:07 and 9:22 p.m.
from Wallops Island, Virginia, considering the weather report. The launch window is from 9:06 to 9:21 pm local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
12/6/2017 22:34 Interesting Wallops Launch Tomorrow
: It’s been delayed twice, but with luck NASA will launch a sounding rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, tomorrow night between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
8/6/2017 9:10 Sam Harris and Charles Murray
: Like many brilliant people, Sam Harris is sometimes incautious when discussing subjects outside his area of expertise, perhaps thinking that his native intelligence can compensate for a lack of deep knowledge of a subject. This syndrome was evident in Harris’ attempt to debate
a real security expert about security screening, and has reappeared in a partial failure to critically engage Charles Murray in a discussion about IQ and genetics. The linked article, while in ways biased and incomplete, is at least a starting point for those wishing to understand some of the criticisms of Murray’s work.
31/5/2017 20:11 Lebanon Bans ‘Wonder Woman’
: Because the star is an Israeli. The actress, Gal Gadot, has noted “the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children.” The fact that the movie has been heavily publicized in Lebanon is sure to cause some disappointment.
26/5/2017 15:01 What’s new in gnuplot 5.2
: My article in LWN appeared today. Please consider subscribing to LWN, a wonderful resource for the free software world.
19/5/2017 17:13 Solar Energy
: Recording of my interview with Matt Townsend on May 16th
15/5/2017 12:55 Scott Adams embarks on the Johnny Hart road
: I’m not sure the comparison is entirely fair, but Adams’ odd confusion about how science works is starting to leak into his strips. It’s not doing much for the already attenuated and intermittent humor value.
15/5/2017 21:15 Radio Interview
: I’ll be chatting about solar energy on the Matt Townsend Show tomorrow, from about 9:30 to 10:00 am Eastern time. Sirius XM Radio Ch. 143.
11/5/2017 11:27 Watch Frank Sinatra Record
: His technique, professionalism, and sincere emotional response is fascinating to see. Plus, he’s funny.
10/5/2017 7:38 Escape to Canada
: Fascinating story about people, fearful of U.S. treatment of immigrants, crossing illegally into Canada for the purpose of being detained.
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