Sunday, May 27, 2012

A new look at prolonged radiation exposure

MIT study suggests that at low dose-rate, radiation poses little risk to DNA by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office.

Software Engineer: 2012's Top Job

by Cindy Waxer at Information Week.

Shout Out to the Server Teams

by Steve Streza, a nice acknowledgement.

Behind The Scenes of Back to The Future

This is really neat!  “Geek Tyrant shares a glimpse at what was happening in back of the camera during the making of the Back to the Future triology.”    Posted at Alltop Holy Kaw!

A Deeper Look at Centaurus A

at Astronomy by By ESO, Garching, Germany.

The strange galaxy Centaurus A is pictured in a new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). With a total exposure time of more than 50 hours, this is probably the deepest view of this peculiar and spectacular object ever created. The image was produced by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) of the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Image credit:  ESO 

Make mainframes, not war

How Mad Men sold computers in the 1960s and 1970s by Matthew Lasar at Ars Technica.

Image credit:  Computer History Museum

Moog Interview

On the occasion of Robert A. Moog's birthday, here's an excellent interview from The Guardian.  The original interview was by Don Snowden, published in the Los Angeles Times in 1981.
“Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed at Gaelic Park in New York City and it was incredible,” Moog recalled. “There were 10,000 kids standing on a soccer field and here's Keith Emerson sticking knives in a Leslie cabinet. A New York musician who had bought some of my equipment was there and he was in complete shock. He said, ‘This is the end of the world.’”

Emerson's wild-man-of-the-opera stage antics may have shocked some of Moog's more conventional customers but they thrilled many rock fans. ELP quickly became one of rock's most successful attractions and paved the way for other progressive rock bands like Yes and Genesis.

Postponing Retirement

Record Number Of Americans Choosing To Stay At Work by Mary Turner at Huffpost.

SpaceX Dragon Capsule

And Falcon 9 Booster.  Latest news portal at

Image credit:  NASA TV

NASDAQ's Failure

Minute by minute during the Facebook IPO from Business Insider.

Image credit:  Bloomberg

First 35 Years of Star Wars Infographic

As visual as I am, I somehow don't really like infographics.  I'm not sure why.  However, this one is quite fascinating and has a huge amount of information.  It's fascinating to me how many of the actors in episodes I, II and III weren't even born during episodes IV, V, and VI.


Big Catch Up

Okay, I've been under the weather for a few weeks.  This is going to be a pretty big dump of articles I've noted over those weeks.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Today's Solar Eclipse

It won't be visible from the Atlanta area, the sun will be setting at about the time of first contact.   It will be visible farther to the west.

Article in Sky and Telescope

Image by NOAA/SEC