The Big Think

August 9, 2004

Outbound

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 5:34 pm

Got the old tent out today. It’s similar to this one. It had been packed away in a bag in the dark in the back of the closet for over a decade, and I had grown afraid of what kind of condition it would be in when I finally opened it up. Testament to good materials and engineering: even though it still had Colorado dirt and aspen leaves in it from when I hastily packed it, it looked like it was used yesterday. Getting ready to use it again in a few weeks in Winfield, Colorado– one of my favorite places on the planet.

Family Matters

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:26 am

Thought I’d mention to many of my friends here that my mom, who suffered through a rough few years from an advanced malignant melanoma several years ago, has developed a case of breast cancer. She’s going in to the doctor in a week or so to get scheduled for surgery (cancer removal, not mastectomy). Thoughts and prayers appreciated. Fortunately, they caught it early and the doctors feel very confident that the surgery will be the end of it. But cancer is cancer, and some is worse than none. We’ll all be glad when it’s removed.

That’s a Lota Meatball

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 1:05 am

from engadget:

New 2 terabyte memory card coming. We aren’t kidding.

A bunch of Taiwanese technology companies are working on a new memory card with the utterly ungoogleable name ”?Ǭ

Loading Docks

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 12:58 am

Who ever thought such a dry topic could be so interesting? The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” had a fascinating 1 hour special on loading docks tonight. Don’t laugh, it was really good.
And speaking of really good, CNN Presents had a special on tonight called “Is Anybody Out There?” about the state of the art in the world of SETI. It interviewed all the usual suspects: Jill Tarter, Frank Drake, Chris Chyba, and went to Aricebo, New Mexico, the Andes, etc. Mostly old stuff, but I had something reinforced to me that I’d forgotten: CNN’s Miles O’Brien has the coolest freaking job in the universe.
And he can pull off that subtle “O’Brien, Miles O’Brien” tux thing:

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