Lunar North Polar Region | Astronomy Sketch of the Day

http://www.asod.info/?p=11942

Another awesome sketch courtesy of ASOD.

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2014 LAA Spring Bling Art Show

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My uncle’s art won awards at an art show this weekend.

Congratulations!

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Both of my entries to the Lee Artists Association Spring show at Windemere Art Gallery in Mechanicsville, VA won ribbons. Kim Hall was our judge.

Crabapple Blossom“Crabapple Blossoms” won first among the watercolors.

fall barn

“Fall Barn” won Best of Show. (I only have this out-of-focus image from the show.) I’d better photograph it before it sells.

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Article: Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

http://mashable.com/2014/04/11/nsa-heartbleed-report/

Not sure what to think about this one. On one hand I’m not surprised.  On the other …

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Article: Open source software is more secure, right? So what happened with OpenSSL?

Open source software is more secure, right? So what happened with OpenSSL?

https://gigaom.com/2014/04/11/open-source-software-is-more-secure-right-so-what-happened-with-openssl/

Thoughts on open source initiative.

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance, April 10–19 | Sky & Telescope

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-atnbspanbspglance-2/

Finally Sky & Telescope has updated their website to be mobile and device friendly.

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Article: The First Good News About the Heartbleed Bug Emerges

The First Good News About the Heartbleed Bug Emerges

http://recode.net/2014/04/11/the-first-good-news-about-the-heartbleed-bug-emerges/

An update on the OpenSSL vulnerability announced earlier this week.

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History, Economics and Fiction

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Really effective literature takes you so deeply into the story that you don’t know or care that it’s fiction.

Max Gladstone‘s recent blog article, Jedi Econ, Sith History, makes that point in a thought-provoking way.

We, as readers, are partly forced to view the author’s world through the lens he used: sometimes as close as inside the protagonist’s head–knowing no more (and often quite a bit less than that protag). Older novels were written much like histories–James Michner‘s tomes spring to mind. His Hawaii and Alaska started with plate tectonics and Centennial with dinosaurs.

It helps, of course, if we understand and agree with the author’s world view, but sometimes the fun lies in an “unreliable narrator” who intentionally or not lies–perhaps to both himself and to the reader.

For avid readers of a genre, author or period, this immersion becomes problematic when the…

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