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New Website!

This has been a long time coming. I’ve been working on a new website for the past mont, and it is nowhere near done yet. The idea for this project has been percolating for the past few years.

There are free stories, tutorials, and paper models.

At this point, I think it is time for some serious BETA testing. So I’m asking folks to take a look and if you see anything that doesn’t make sense or is obviously broken, please let me know.

Over the next few weeks, I anticipate making many changes, updates, and additions to the new site. I hope you’ll enjoy following the developments.

The new site is: http://postorbitallibrary.com/

Enjoy!

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BETA test of a NEW website!

This has been a long time coming. I’ve been working on a new website for the past three weeks, and it is nowhere near done yet. The idea for this project has been percolating for the past few years.

There are free stories, tutorials, and paper models. Some of the initial content paper model content is duplicated here. What can I say? I needed content for testing. 

At this point, I think it is time for some serious BETA testing. So I’m asking folks to take a look and if you see anything that doesn’t make sense or is obviously broken, please let me know.

Over the next few weeks, I anticipate making many changes, updates, and additions to the new site. I hope you’ll enjoy following the developments.

The new site is: http://postoribitallibrary.com

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How to Take Better Photos

This video clip is about an hour long. If you really want to improve your photographic skills, then it is worth watching.

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Biological Integrated Circuits?

A bit of geek news on Slashdot this past week provided me with a small case of future shock and reminded me of a story I read many years ago.  Here’s the news link:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/12/06/08/1815251/mits-self-assembling-3d-nanostructures-the-future-of-computer-chips

Back in 1975, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote a classic hard science fiction novel called “The Mote in God’s Eye”.

In one scene, an alien “engineer” was shown a damaged electronic control panel and, after studying it for a few moments, he took out something like a toothpaste tube and squeezed a thin line on a burnt circuit board. With a bit of poking and prodding, this paste automatically flowed into position, repairing the damaged areas in an almost biologic manner. This scene has stuck in my head ever since.

Similar reports from several organizations around the world point to inkjet-printable solar cells or flexible solar ‘cloth’ becoming commonplace in the near future. Combine that technology with self-assembling microcircuits and we might be facing the loss of huge segments of the electronics manufacturing industry.

What do you think? Are these latest developments on the way to making flexible computer systems on-demand, from a tube of paste? If so, what does this mean for all those Asian manufacturers?

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Brenda’s Banana Cake

My wife has received more than a few requests for her Banana Cake Recipe. So, with her permission, I’m sharing it here. Enjoy!

Brenda’s Banana Cake

 Ingredients

3 Cups flours
2 Cups sugar
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Package banana pudding
1.5 Cups skinned bananas (about 3)
0.5 Cup milk
1 Cup butter
2 Tsp Rum or Vanilla extract
4 Eggs

Optional Ingredients

4 Cups Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1 Tsp cinnamon
0.75 Cup macadamia nuts (chopped)
.5 to .75 Cup coconut

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Grease and flour an angel food cake pan.

Blend ingredients for 3 minutes at medium speed.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes.

Cool for 15 minutes and then turn out.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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I’m sure she would love to hear from those who have tried it.

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Birmingham Alabama

We just got back from a family reunion down near Birmingham, Alabama. While there, naturally I took a boatload of pictures. This first link is to the general ‘pretty’ pictures from the more than 680 shots.

http://mentilucent.net/AlabamaPretty/AlabamaPretty.html

This next link will be of interest to industrial archaeologists and others who enjoy heavy industry.

http://mentilucent.net/SlossMill/SlossMill.html

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New Type of Quark!

A news release from the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, Switzerland, tells of a possible explanation for the lack of antimatter in our universe. Part of the article mentions a new type of quark, called LHC-Beauty.

If I recall my elementary physics, that means we now list seven types of quarks. They are, Top, Bottom, Up, Down, Charm, Strange and Beauty. Unless one of my real physicists  friends wish to correct me, that should provide good fodder for a bar bet.

The entire article can be read here: http://news.yahoo.com/physics-atom-smashers-antimatter-surprise-232412931.html

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An Interesting Concept

I ran into this neat artist’s conception on one of my favorite websites.

http://challenge.cgsociety.org/nvart06/entry/cat007

The illustration shows an idea for the next generation of pocket cellphone/tablet/computer. I think the artist is correct in that it might be technically feasible in the next few years.

Would you like one?

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Happy Halloween!

First off, I love Halloween in all of its variations!

Here’s a shot I took awhile back that might put you in the mood.

Secondly, midnight tonight is the start of NaNoWriMo and I’m happy to report that all the preparation for my novel experience is done. Let me explain, if you will.

The novel I’m planning is going to be called Selenaphiles and it will be the second in a science fiction trilogy I’m referring to as the Multiplarity.

The system that I’ve found works for me is to have two files open while writing. One file is the actual Work in Progress (WiP) and the other is a WiP_Notes document. The notes are gathered over a period of time and contain a character profile list as well as links to web pages with relevant research information and images to help me visualise locations and objects.

The image above is an example of a public-domain file from NASA/JPL that I’m using to develop some of the locations in Selenaphiles.

The note file proves its worth when I actually start writing the story in that I don’t have to try to generate character names and locations on-the-fly. That sort of thing can prove a terrible distraction when you just need to get the story told.

Like its predecessor, Selenaphiles is going to have a lot of characters and some memorable action sequences. I’ll be sharing some of them both here and on my NaNoWriMo page, so stick around, enjoy the ride and feel free to ask questions.

And before I forget, a Blessed Samhain to all!

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Future Shock!

This is from a Panasonic commercial website…
“The “i-PRO SmartHD” is drawing great attention in the Panasonic booth at the “SECURITY SHOW.” Its ability to detect age and gender of customers is being proposed here as a marketing tool for the store. Not only will it let you monitor and survey using network cameras, it will help you analyze your customer base by detecting their age and gender. It makes it easy to analyze the change in the customer base per hour by displaying the results as graphs and numbers, so you can fine-tune your product orders and advertising and promotional activities according to the situation in the store. As a proposal for the future, Panasonic is also introducing a function, which can also analyze the flow of customers within the store, on the front side of the booth.”

http://ex-blog.panasonic.co.jp/exhibition/en/2011/03/sec11_110.html

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