Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
And here's a bit more for context:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
The entire span of an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.Note how every entry except the last one has some fairly specific information about where it is. You might also notice that, although the "bridge over I-40" incident had a higher death toll than any but the top two, it's last. If you think that's because they're in chronological order, then take a look at the "Zuber Creek Culvert" entry .
— A look at recent fatal bridge disasters in U.S. history:
• Bridge/location: Silver Bridge, Ohio River
Date: Dec. 1967
• Bridge/location: Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Date: May 1980
• Bridge/location: Schoharie Creek Bridge, Amsterdam, NY
Date: April 1987
• Bridge/location: Hatchie River Bridge, Covington, Tenn.
Date: April 1989
• Bridge/location: Zuber Creek Culvert
Date: Jan. 1983
• Bridge/location: Bridge over I-40 in eastern Oklahoma
Date: May 26, 2002
But that's not the funny part. It wasn't a "bridge over I-40." It was I-40. This is not just a couple of rickety boards over some culvert (in which case it would make perfect sense to leave the name out). It was an interstate highway over the ARKANSAS FREAKIN' RIVER, a waterway that crosses four states and is a major tributary of the Mississippi.
Monday, July 30, 2007
BBC News, Thursday, 2 March 2006, 16:44 GMT
Pentagon scientists are planning to turn sharks into "stealth spies" capable of tracking vessels undetected, a British magazine has reported. They want to remotely control the sharks by implanting electrodes in their brains, The New Scientist says...
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
So I thought thought I'd at least check it out, and clicked on the link. Take a look at the sources they recommend. I did follow their advice by conjuring a random Wikipedia article and visiting the U.N. General Assembly site (I already keep up with Scientific American and occasionally RealClimate) which gave me a great inspiration for a story about some rogue peacekeeping troops who rampage through Somalia shooting otherwise-recyclable aluminum cans with their laser pistols while listening to the Four Seasons and complaining about all the hurricanes. One of the brave officers pursuing them is getting a divorce, and his son might have small pox.Information on submitting for the upcoming "Mundane SF" issue of Interzone. At first I thought this was an interesting challenge and wanted to do it, but as I read more of the blog by the co-editors, their snobby attitude toward the rest of the genre gets more and more off-putting. I also increasingly hate that they keep saying that no one is writing about "big ideas" because the submissions are not about their pet causes (global warming, famine in Africa, Donald Trump allowed to breed unchecked, etc.). I mean, I agree with them on most of their little missions, but calling people unoriginal for not writing about what you expect them to write about is just asinine. If you want everyone to write about climate change, make it "climate change month" instead and stop being coy about it. They remind me of the hippies from that South Park episode with the hippy jam band festival, congratulating themselves on how they're changing the world when all they do is smoke pot and smell bad...
Good thing I clicked that Wikipedia link or I'd never have learned about Bob Crewe, the lynchpin of the whole plot. And I can have laser pistols, according to the rules. There's no way space travel could ever be profitable, they tell me, but laser pistols are okay.
I would be tempted to try a serious one because, snobby editor-twerps aside, it really might be an interesting challenge, but I have a feeling that several big-name authors are also going to try their hand at this, and it'll turn out that the youngest contributor to the final product will be Reanimated Heinlein.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wow. It's not just embarassment; it's a demonic hedgehog. How cool is that?
Monday, May 07, 2007
So I figured it was time to find something that was actually made for what I was doing. The big ones, Quark and Adobe, are absurdly expensive. Also, Adobe has a long history of making software that irritates me, so I wouldn't be keen on that one even if it was affordable. Another small-press game designer recommended Serif's PagePlus, so I checked that one out. The price was reasonable, the reviews were good, and it looked from the tutorials to be pretty user-friendly. I bought it.
And I hate to sound like a commercial, but wow, it's perfect. I was making fresh progress on the Athebes layouts the same day. I was even able to pick up what I had done in OpenOffice and convert it because PagePlus opens and edits PDF files too. I'm actually enjoying myself again. Best investment I've made in a long time.
I also discovered AbiWord, which is a slimmed-down (and free) word processor that loads really fast. Nice for just writing when you've decided to do your heavy formatting work in another program.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Lawmakers Rebuff NASA's Plan to Kill Robotic Lunar Lander
By Brian Berger, Space News Staff Writer
Colorado Springs, Colo.—House and Senate appropriators have pushed
back against NASA's proposed termination of a planned 2011 robotic
lunar lander mission, directing the agency to spend $20 million this
year to continue work on a follow-on to the 2008 Lunar Reconnaissance