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The Rovers still rove August 28, 2007

Posted by truthspew in All Things Considered, iTunes, last.lfm, Mars, music, NASA, npr, Opportunity, robotics, rovers, Spirit, Steve Squyres.
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Some good news from NASA regarding the Mars Rovers.

I still find it amazing that those rovers were only supposed to be on the surface of Mars for 90 sols (Martian Days). They’ve now been up for 1,271 sols, or 14.1 times longer than they were supposed to be active.

Those rovers are a testament to engineering at its very best. It is nice to see that it still exists somewhere in the U.S. and NASA still pulls it off.

What I can’t imagine is the excess data being sent by the rovers. They had their hands full with 90 sols of info, now they’ve got much more than that. While the Viking landers may have found life, the rovers Opportunity and Spirit may help us get a much more focused picture of what that life on Mars actually happens to be.

So kudos to NASA and Steve Squyres on the re-starting of the rovers. For a while there I thought all was lost but it isn’t.

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Milton Friedman's 1991 Interview in support of Legalization March 6, 2007

Posted by truthspew in drugs, enforcement, government, Mars, Progressive Politics, society, Steve Squyres.
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Legalize It

Renowned economist Milton Friedman gives a logical argument as to why drugs should be legalized. I would loved to have had Friedman as a college economics professor. He really takes the interview in his own direction, leaving the interviewer a bit flustered at times. He’s well prepared with facts which I find admirable.

Anyhow this video was recorded in 1991. Enjoy!

Where were these videos when I was a kid? January 2, 2007

Posted by truthspew in doctors, masturbation, society, Steve Squyres, TMI Tuesday, training, Web Development.
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This is just too funny. The good doctor gives a variety of techniques for communing with oneself, aka masturbation.

What I’d like to know is where the hell were these videos when I was a kid. I mean, we could have benefit immensely but I’m sure we all developed our own techniques, didn’t we?

In my time computers were strictly text based and in most cases on white on black, or green on black, or amber on black. You could do ASCII art but it wasn’t conducive to video. The of course a couple years later the first IBM PC’s came around with VGA. The only thing that hadn’t caught up was network speeds. I remember transferring a 1MB file via a 2400bps modem. That was when I found out that the phone company does their maintenance at around 2AM. Remember XMODEM? Yes, this was before ZMODEM came around.

Anyhow, here’s the video. Enjoy!

One thing I do note is the PVC technique. Considering that PVC didn’t really get going until 1960 or so, and widespread use didn’t happen until the late 60’s, it’s a pretty safe bet that this is in fact a parody video.