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December 8, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
A cube-shaped object has been spotted by scientists working on China's Chang'e 4 mission on the far side of the Moon. Pictured below, you can see the object standing out against the blackness of space, practically begging in the Yutu 2 rover to come over and examine it.  While the object is probably something like a displaced boulder, scientists want to complete their due diligence and fully intend to send the Yutu 2 over to investigate. Our Space, a Chinese language science outreac...
November 3, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
England is getting a new high-speed rail system installed - which, for certain parts of the world, perhaps hardly constitutes news, but it's what some archaeologists found while digging that caught my attention.  Three Roman busts and other rare artifacts were unearthed at the site of a former Norman-era church in Stoke Mandeville, a village located about 46 miles northwest of London. The excavations at the site had already been underway for about 7 months when the statues made their...
October 13, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
While the games that maintain the top "popular" slots may not always be games that we agree with, we have to admit that they hold those slots for a reason. I will even confess to having played a little bit of Epic's Fortnite game, only to find myself pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable it was.  That doesn't mean I have any interest in watching a  movie  about it, but here we are. According to The Information , Epic Games is considering the idea of expanding into the ent...
September 1, 2021 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
Found out yesterday that Chris Jake Thake, known as Jakeco here on the site, has passed away from throat cancer. He lived in New Zealand and was an avid user of Windowblinds skins. He had problems his whole life, and had to use voice to text as he had no arms either. I knew him for several years, and he was always positive! May you truly Rest in Peace Chris!   
July 17, 2021 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
It is called Blue Ball and it is stuck in the basement, attic, on the elevator, escalator... could someone please give it a push?  Thank you!  
So I turn 50 this year.  It's an arbitrary milestone but such milestones gives us an opportunity to take stock in our lives. I wrote on my Facebook page that I get frustrated being a failure.  My friends and family were quite worried and I should have given more context to my feelings which is what I am going to do here. We all have certain personality traits that can get in the way of accomplishing what we want.  Maybe you just want to lose some weight and you just can't...
May 10, 2021 by ToeJo on toejo
It's been a long time since I've been around. Just thought I'd see how everyone is doing. So...Hello! How is everyone doing? And isn't time for Wincustomize to do a refresh? It looks the same as it did 20 years ago. Which could be a good thing I guess?
May 5, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Is Earth ready for a potentially catastrophic asteroid impact? Unfortunately, the answer appears to be no. An international exercise to simulate an asteroid striking Earth is finished, and with its fictitious impact concluded, things aren't looking so hot for the 185-mile stretch between Prague and Munich. It sounds like a game, but it's actually serious business. The exercise is being led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Near Earth Object Studies and is meant to prepare sc...
April 13, 2021 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
We discussed last year how many travels plans were cut due to the pandemic, so I thought it would be fun to check in and see if anyone has started making any travel plans yet. As I mentioned in that post, we had several cruises cancelled, and took a break from planning for at least the rest of that year. Since the cruise industry is still being shut down by the CDC, we hope that lawsuits by the state of Florida and the pressure from other governors and the industry associations will get thi...
April 14, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
Image courtesy of NASA Back in February, NASA's Perseverance rover landed on the surface of Mars .  Perseverance  is equipped with all sorts of amazing tools and gadgets - including the first ever Mars Helicopter,  Ingenuity . Originally, the helicopter was scheduled to attempt its first flight early Monday morning, but data that NASA scientists received late last week have caused them to postpone the flight to no earlier than April 14th (that's today - wonder if ...
April 8, 2021 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
I received a call last night from Mary Jane's son.  His Mom passed away yesterday. He was going through his Moms phone book to tell people.  The link goes to her Windowblinds here...when there is an obituary, if there is, I will post it here.    We never know when we will die, so be kind to others, say I love you more often.....   
April 7, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
The USS  Johnston - photo courtesy of Caladan Oceanic This week, in "science is cool," the main section of a ship that sunk 77 years ago during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II has been discovered off of the Philippine coast. Resting over 4 miles beneath the surface, the USS  Johnston  is the deepest shipwreck ever to be investigated. The 376-foot long  Fletcher- class destroyer was discovered in the Philippine Trench near Samar Island at a depth of 21,...
March 18, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I don't know about you, but over the last year I've come to appreciate (and deeply miss!) a lot of things that I used to take for granted before. One of those things was playing tabletop games with my friends -  in person. I hope very much to be returning to that soon, but in order to help fill in the void left by not being able to gather in my basement, I've taken to playing D&D online. Apart from physically seeing my friends' smiling faces all in the same room, one of the things I...
March 10, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
No, it’s not science fiction - the video above is a demonstration of a new 3D printing method that can create something that would normally take 6 or more hours in just 19 minutes. Engineers at University of Buffalo say that this technology is progress toward 3D-printed human tissue and organs, biotechnology that could eventually save countless lives. This new technology is 10-50 times faster than the current industry standard and works with large sample sizes that have been pr...
March 3, 2021 by Tatiora on tatiora
I imagine that I'm probably not the only one who has inherited boxes of old photographs of dearly departed family members throughout the years. Many of the photos I have in my possession depict people I never got a chance to meet - my great grandfathers and grandmothers, for instance - and what really connects me to the photos are the loving stories that my parents and grandparents would share about them. A company that provides automatic AI-powered photo enhancements called MyHeritage has ...