In This Episode: The gang of five is back — prepping for space launch, playing with greenscreens, hankering over new cameras and helping archive the digital world.
(You’ll find longer Bios on the Hosts page.)
Show Notes & Links
- Randy: SpaceX, baby! Launching human beings into space!
- Here’s the freaking awesome photo Musk tweeted this afternoon.
- Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were assigned to this mission in 2018.
- Here’s a nice Summary of the mission and photos.
- Risk: NASA told Business Insider it estimated there’s a 1-in-276 chance the flight could be fatal and a 1-in-60 chance that some problem would cause the mission to fail (but not kill the crew). (Shuttle risk turned out to be a tad worse than 1 in 68: 2 entire crews lost and vehicles destroyed in 135 missions.)
- Great Musk Quote: “If there’s a test program and nothing happens in that test program, I would say it’s insufficiently rigorous. If there hasn’t been hardware that’s blown up on a test stand, I don’t think you’ve tested it hard enough. You’ve got to push the envelope.”
- Gary: Censorship online is meeting the resiliency of the internet. Here are a few examples:
- Ken: The pandemic may be helping accelerate certain technologies: Robots are helping China/Singapore recover from COVID-19 faster, thanks to autonomous vehicles and patrol robots – but why do they make them so scary looking?
- Maybe let’s not call viral content “viral” anymore
- Leo: Is really liking ChromeOS – purchased two Pixelbooks – one for for wife + one for friend. It meets their needs nicely and even does Zoom.
- Also, Neverware Cloud Ready is Chrome OS to install on an old PC
Ain’t it Cool
- Randy: We’re working on a permanent archive of TEH at the Internet Archive, and should be able to say “where” soon.
- Ken: I’ve been working on several archive projects.
- Seattle record store collection bought by the Internet Archive.
- Gary: It’s easy going green screen… easier than I expected! In 48 hours I went from “No!” to “Always!”
- Kay: Discovered BBC Zoom Backgrounds
- Leo: Last week we were talking about cameras and lenses. Very tempting: Sony has just released the ZV-1 Vlogging Camera (via Tony & Chelsea Northrup ). Available 6/11.
- Review on The Verge
BSP: Blatant Self-Promotion
- Leo: Five Steps to Repair Windows 10 Without Losing Programs – Refresh your computer without the pain.
- Gary: Creating An Information Notification With Shell Scripts And Automator – quick pieces of content such as time and date on a Mac.
- Randy: This is True is social commentary using weird news. He rearranged a chart put out by the state of Georgia to justify “reopening” the state. The actual data didn’t support it one bit. You’ll probably enjoy his story about it too, at the top of that page.
- Kay: See what is most popular at Free Printable: https://www.freeprintable.net/popular/
- Ken: Documenting my adventures and answering questions on traveling. https://roadbits.net