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I shot the moon

Cool Cosmos tells us that our moon is an average distance of 238,855 miles (384,400 kilometers) away from Earth. That is about the width of 30 Earths. Because the Moon does not orbit Earth in a perfect circle, but instead travels in a slightly elliptical orbit, its distance from Earth varies between 225,700 miles (363,300 kilometers) and 252,000 miles (405,500 kilometers). One of the Yahoo Answers says The Moon is 238000 miles from Earth. The length of its orbit is 1,495,398 miles one orbit is 27.3 days=655.2 hours 1,495,398 ÷ 655.2 The Moon travels around the Earth at about 2282.4 mph Okay. Now we have established an approximate distance of 238,855 miles away, moving relative to where I am standing […]

I did math today

I have been off the air for A LONG TIME. As most of you know, I try to remain connected to the amateur radio bands – those folks who will still be able to share information over significant distances when the phones stop working. Since we began the move from our riverside cabin to The Homestead, I have been off the air. My FCC-licensed radio stations have been silent, and worse, unlistening. I have worked at remaining sanguine about it. As I continue to progress on EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO BE DONE, the radios I packed away several months ago will reappear … when they are supposed to … in the right order, in the grand scheme of things. […]

understanding net neutrality

I admit to giving the study of net neutrality far less attention than bombing Arabia, poisoning the Earth, the .01% stealing everyone else’s money, potential EMP and other catastrophies. It is not because I don’t value our one remaining free press; the only readily available source of truth. It is just that studying up on both sides of the issue is on my back burner along with 40 other things on my ToDo list. Along comes the Mises Institute: with a clear presentation of the issue. Wow. That was easier than I imagined. I now have an opinion based on knowledge.   Net Neutrality and the Problem with “Experts” 73 Comments Tags Calculation and KnowledgePrices 12/11/2017Ryan McMaken The FCC is […]

Facebook exposed

Facebook is your life. Facebook is where all your friends are. Facebook is your news source. Whatever you think Facebook is likely is mistaken. Here is an article from one of Facebook’s founders. Facebook was built to exploit ‘psychological vulnerability’ – founding pres. Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, says the company was designed to “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible” and warns the platform could affect developing minds in negative ways. At an Axios event Wednesday, Parker, 38, the billionaire co-founder of Napster and an early investor in Facebook, confessed that he has become “something of a conscientious objector” to social media, despite the fact that he made most of his $2.6 billion […]

Facespook!

Social media giant becomes arm of US intel by Finian Cunningham Facebook, the world’s top social media platform, is reportedly seeking to hire hundreds of employees with US national security clearance licenses. Purportedly with the aim of weeding out “fake news” and “foreign meddling” in elections. If that plan, reported by Bloomberg, sounds sinister, that’s because it is. For what it means is that people who share the same worldview as US intelligence agencies, the agencies who formulate classified information, will have a direct bearing on what millions of consumers on Facebook are permitted to access. It’s as close to outright US government censorship on the internet as one can dare to imagine, and this on a nominally independent global […]

47 computer and laser years

I was a US Air Force computer operator in 1970, running state-of-the-art commercial computers at a time most people had never seen any computer and had no idea what they did or how. The picture on the right has mostly peripheral equipment with the RCA 301 computer being the big box in the center against the wall. In the systems that I operated, that box had 17K (17,000 characters) of core storage. By comparison, today you can buy an Arduino Micro with 32K (about double) of flash memory and A BUNCH MORE computing power for $19.80 … or about $1.80 in 1970 dollars. Yesterday I posted computers circa 1970 because at the same time I was an Air Force computer […]

your brain vs GPS

I grew up two doors down from The Woods. I was about 5 years older than “the family dog”, who really grew to be my dog because I spent time with her, shared mutual respect, and I often took her exploring The Woods. How does a little kid find his way into new spaces of the natural world, AND back again? I dunno, but I did it all the time. Into the woods, to the lake, across the valley, to my 2nd grade schoolhouse, to the toy & model store … and unerringly back home again. Heck, one day in my early teens I rode my Schwinn Varsity to visit my little sister at summer camp a half-day out and […]

use protection online

Stay Safe Online published the following good advice. Personal Information is Like Money. Value it. Protect It. Your devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, such as your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data. Follow these tips to manage your privacy in an always-on world. Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out. Think before you app: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts […]