The Space Shuttle Crew Operations Manual is available to anyone who wants to read. With the shuttle program retiring it you made need it if you are lucky to beat Space Center Houston, Seattle Museum, or numerous states vying for the Space Shuttle you might need this. Some of the pages are beautiful and you can download the PDF (41.2mb) or look at some samples below. It’s not the most interesting read at hundreds of pages, but some of the diagrams are beautiful.
Bill Brown is the sort of guy we all wanted to be in film school. Traveling incessantly, chronicling the ride with a trusty Bolex and a rolling narration that chronicles the corners, the details, the little things and carefully arranges them into constellations to invoke The Big Cosmic Everything. He makes zines, fills his website with vignettes from Detroit, Lubbuck, Texas and California City, California. Rust, decay, space, dust, emotion, travel. May I recommend his compilation DVD The Next Best Place? A better 25 dollars you are not likely to spend with an education on Spring-Heeled Jack, nuclear missiles, the Roswell crash and the little joys of being in motion in North America.
Tristan Perich is releasing a live performance that creates itself within the confines of a CD jewel case. Though housed in a CD jewel case like his first circuit album (1-Bit Music 2004-05), 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally “performs” its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself. Reminds me of of the Loud Objects Noise Toy, albeit in somewhat more elegant packaging¹. It’s available on pre-order for $29. Would love a kit or an Instructable to make my own. Saw this over at notcot. ¹Edit: That’d likely be because Tristan Perich is a member of Loud Objects. How foolish am I?
Alright, I’ll admit it, I’m paranoid. Too many loud noises, too many sneak attacks when I was a kid walking home from school, whatever the reason, there’s always a bit of that itchy little feeling that someone’s out to get me. Having the default old-school nerdy interests in conspiracy theories and cyber security doesn’t help the matter either. Thanks Slashdot. Ahh but where I itch, Google has the salve! I had no idea until today that Gmail has a neat little feature that shows you recent activity on your account. IP, location, type, time. Just the sort of thing a guy needs to quiet the concerns that my parents have been feigning internet-ineptitude and have been monitoring the extreme levels of cussing fund in a typical email exchange. Just look down at the very bottom and click on the ‘Details’ link after the account activity line. Like so: Found out […]
Today’s postal service has a reputation for being slow and hopelessly stuck in the old ways. The term “snail mail” doesn’t sound much like a product that Google would be rolling out anytime soon. But it hasn’t always been this way: The U.S. Postal Service has a long history of exploiting technology to offer alternate means of message transmission. At it’s inception, part of the Postal Department’s mandate was the construction of a network of post roads for mail to travel along, infrastructure with obvious secondary benefits for the young nation. From there, mail traveled by pony express, railroad and steamship, surmounting the technical problems to keep communication on pace with the country’s expansion. Soon after the development of powered flight, the USPS innovated again by delivering mail by plane. Time and time again, circumstances have driven innovation, Between 1942 and 1945, “V-Mail” (for “Victory Mail”) service was available for […]
Do you remember, friend, that magical time back when the internet was entirely porn, plagiarized term papers, and totally useless bullshit? Oh how I miss it. (I would seriously subscribe to a 1996 version of the internet if someone would roll that out. It’d be what, 500 megs total?) Topher’s Breakfast Cereal Character Guide is keeping that flame alive, serving as a vital repository for such ephemera as the tale of how General Mills once tried to put the hit out on Lucky the Leprechaun, esteemed pitchman for that barely-a-cereal Lucky Charms: General Mills attempted to replace L. C. Leprechaun in the mid-1970’s. Waldo the Wizard, a man in a green wizard’s cap and gown (and black sneakers on his feet), appeared on boxes in 1975. “Ibbledebibble delicicious”. Waldo was created by Alan Snedeker, and designed by Phil Mendez. It was a test to find a replacement for the leprechaun. […]
If this is authentic, this slide presentation claims that “everything was okay” with the oil rig down in the Gulf then a series of unfortunate incidents caused a big “whoopsie!”– or Oilocolypse. Read the whole BP Washington Debriefing Dated June 7 2010 (PDF) yourself though.
Let me break character here for a second and bitch about my life like it was Facebook and you cared. If we’ve seemed a little sporadic and uneven in the last few weeks, that’d be due to the moving of TITLE HQ and all the hassles that presents. Landlords are funny people, eh? Just as a public service announcement, I now offer the following pieces of advice: Get it on paper, get everything on paper. Don’t agree to anything that can’t be put into writing. Document pre-existing damages. Check up on your landlord. Google is your weapon. A good site to look for anything creepy-crawly in the past (and landlord reaction) is Bedbug Registry. Spread the word on that one far and wide.