I am about 90% through Andy Weir's The Martian book, and I gotta say, this is one fantastic read.

Written in large part as log entries by an astronaut named Mark Watney, it is different enough from the average SF (Sci-Fi) work in that regard alone, but then Andy ...

Sat up last night to watch another great launch from the crew over at SpaceX. This time they used the Falcon 9 rocket to launch a pair of satellites (ABS 3A and Eutelsat 115 West B) into their initial orbits. From there, the satellites will maneuver themselves into their final ...

The Perth Mint in Australia are releasing a series of ten coins featuring (five of each) captains and starships from the various Star Trek series.

The coins are 99.9% pure silver, and while collectible, are also legal tender in Tuvalu, in case you happen to be down that way ...

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Back with a few more numbers for the Numerous app. This time, they are astronomy related.

I have followed with some interest the string of planets discovered over the past decade or so, and the other day I was wondering how many they had found thus far. Well, after a ...

As the band Rush once wrote: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

This blog started out in 2002 using the MovableType blogging engine. That was probably the best-of-breed at the time, and since I was a Perl hound, it just seemed to work best for me.

Sometime ...

I'm not a huge fan of some of the things Adobe has released over the last couple years, e.g. the uber-bloated Acrobat Reader, but I do like their Air product. Sadly, until a couple weeks ago it was unavailable for linux... but that has now changed!

Adobe Labs ...

I finally got around to fixing the molecule applets on here tonight, and while I was messing around with this and that, it was time to move this blog to Wordpress 2.5 also.  At this point, it looks like everything is working as expected, but let me know if ...

A little much needed humor:

Little Melissa comes home from 1st grade & tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day.

'Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint, and we're Jewish,' she asks, 'Will God get mad at me for giving someone a ...

Since I upgraded from Ubuntu Feisty to Gutsy on my laptop, VLC has refused to run. Trying to run it from the command line yielded an impressive (!) list of errors. In doing some snooping aroung Googlespace yesterday I came across this thread over on the Ubuntu forums. The bug seems ...

Updated the blog software to Wordpress 2.3 this morning, and updated several of the plugins to their current versions.

Hopefully nothing major is or will become broken.