Even More Linkdump


More links and stuff I’ve come across recently:

— Thankfully, really, people just call it “the Web” now. Really, you don’t even use the “www” prefix in addresses so much any more. And that’s good, because NASA just made the name “World Wide Web” obsolete by providing Internet access for astronauts aboard the International Space Station..

Per NASA: This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment.

— So way back in 1997, I went to the first Lilith Fair tour when it went to Atlanta. It was a great line-up of artists, including Susanna Hoffs, Abra Moore, Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, Joan Osborne, Jewel and Sarah McLachlan. (Ironically, I least appreciated then the two artists on the list that I would be most interested in seeing again.) I hoped to go the next two years, but didn’t, and after that, Lilith Fair was discontinued. Until this year. And with dates in Atlanta and Nashville, I may make a good faith effort to go again. (And, for Lain, who commented on the free DaveBlog music the other day, you can download a free mp3 if you sign up fro their newsletter. I’ve had the track since it first came out, but it is good.)

— In helping a friend who was thinking about starting a blog, I came across the dullest blog in the world. It’s been defunct since July, but it’s come back after longer hiatuses (hiati?) than that.

— Per Apple Insider: Finally, (an Apple patent) application describes a portable device such as an iPod or iPhone that would include solar cells capable of powering or recharging a device with energy from the sun. The system would include circuitry that would monitor the state of the battery and decide if recharging is necessary.

— So apparently Avatar killed somebody.

— And speaking of movies, for those who have seen The Book of Eli, I’m sharing this post by Kirk, the friend with whom I watched it the second time I saw it. And for those who haven’t seen The Book of Eli, stop whatever you’re doing right now and go do so.

— The problem with being old is that the memory begins to fail. I saved this article someone sent me about Caring Too Much About Failure from the Stuff Christians Like blog so that I could post it here. Presumably, I did so for a reason. Was it just to share it, or was I going to say something about it? I have no clue. My friend shared it for the part about “It’s not about failure, it’s about obedience.” Me, I liked the improv-esque “I will fail gloriously,” I skill at which I excel.

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