Archive for date: July 20, 2009

Forty Years of Lunar Lander

July 20, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Here’s a very nice article about the game phenomena that was Lunar Lander: Forty Years of Lunar Lander | Technologizer Addendum: Here’s a screen grab of the arcade version of the game. I used to love this game.

40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on AO-51

July 20, 2009 | Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

Tonight the amateur satellite AO-51 made an evening pass that was almost directly overhead, and was sending a congratulatory message for Apollo 11, along with a slow scan TV image. I managed to record it, although not the greatest quality, using my little Yaesu VX-3R and my Arrow antenna. Here are links to the recording […]

The Straight Dope: How does a siphon work?

July 20, 2009 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last night’s reading reminded me that I have never really been satisfied with my understanding of how siphons work. Apparently I’m not the only one, since there was this interesting exchange on Straight Dope which pointed out some of the disconcerting issues that surround explanations of their actions. I’m still not convinced I have a […]

Variations on a Theme In Computer Graphics History

July 20, 2009 | Computer Graphics | By: Mark VandeWettering

It was originally my intention to compare and contrast Loren Carpenter’s Vol Libre, a mile stone in computer animation, the first film to use fractal techniques with the second video, which is a 4KB demo contest winner, but sadly, I was unable to find Vol Libre on Youtube. So, instead, I’ll compare it to the […]

NASA – LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites

July 20, 2009 | General, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun its mission around the moon, and has managed to image most of the Apollo landing sites. Check out the following link: NASA – LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites.

Batting Stance Guy on Letterman

July 20, 2009 | Baseball | By: Mark VandeWettering

Thanks to Bob @ work for mentioning this to me. I think I appreciate this guy not just for his knowledge of batters and their stances, but for the self-deprecating way in which he presents his “least marketable skill”. That, my friends, is a baseball fan. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sPakL5On3Y