Monthly Archives: August 2011

Carnivalia — 8/23 – 8/31

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals…

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The scientific tourist #189 — know your MiGs

This week I’ll talk a bit about two pictures from the San Diego Air and Space Museum — one you’ve seen before, and one you haven’t. First up is a MiG-17 on display in the pavilion (used to be a … Continue reading

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Casual Friday — how toilet paper is made

Pity the poor bathroom tissue — it’s the end-product of an impressive set of chemistry and machinery, only to be treated like… Well, like toilet paper….

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Carnivalia — 8/17 – 8/23

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for you…

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The scientific tourist #188 — one more thing about Chaco Canyon

Before our recent trip through Chaco, I re-acquainted myself with some slides I took on a trip back in 1981. I thought a comparison of 1981 images to 2011 images might prove interesting…

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Carnivalia — 8/10 – 8/16

The past week’s selection of science-related blog carnivals for you…

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The scientific tourist #187 — Pueblo Bonito, from above

Pueblo Bonito is both the largest, as well as the best known great house in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico — but that doesn’t mean that there’s agreement on just what it is…

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Brewster on Vesta

If you’ve followed this blog for long, you’ll know I love the comic “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” So I was in geeky heaven when Brewster had this cartoon today, just two days after I posted the Vesta video

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Casual Friday — getting into Vesta’s orbit

Asteroids are small, and so have very weak gravity — how do you get into orbit around one? With great delicacy, it seems…

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Pardon my dust…

I recently discovered a very persistent infection on this site — it turns out that some old Wordpress plugin was insecure, and as a result was giving an outside party a backdoor into the site. So my apologies if they were able to use this to push any malware at you (although it appears the backdoor was more likely used to enlist SOS in DDOS attacks on other sites).

So the good news — the infection is gone, and shouldn’t be coming back. The bad news — I’ve had to update how I handle permalinks to SOS posts, so not only will old incoming links be broken, but a lot of folks following SOS via RSS readers will see every one of SOS’ 4 years of blog posts reappear in their readers.

Again, my apologies for any inconveniences this inflicts on people — but it appears to be the price of clearing up this security problem.

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