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Later in the hearing, Martin broke down the costs per flight, which will apply to at least the first four launches of the Artemis program: $2.2 billion to build a single SLS rocket, $568 million for ground systems, $1 billion for an Orion spacecraft, and $300 million to the European Space Agency for Orion's Service Module. NASA, Martin said, had checked and confirmed these figures.
comment posted at 10:13 AM on Mar-4-22

Part two of the Russia orders troops into Ukraine thread. Also on mefi: Ukraine, Russia and space and the story of the Ghost of Kyiv. Over in metatalk, for mefites directly affected and ways to help, a metatalk thread, and remembering the Shire, a quiet respite thread when you need a break.
comment posted at 7:54 AM on Mar-1-22

"On August 2, 1909, Mr. Edwin A. Grozier, Publisher of the Boston Post, a newspaper, forwarded to the Board of Selectmen in 700 towns (in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine) in New England a gold-headed ebony cane with the request that it be presented with the compliments of the Boston Post to the oldest male citizen of the town, to be used by him as long as he lives... and at his death handed down to the next oldest citizen of the town. The cane would belong to the town and not the man who received it." While eligibility has, since 1930, been extended to women, and in some towns the cane is not presented to but merely named for the town's oldest citizen, this tradition still continues today. One website (slightly out of date) attempts to track who's name is on the cane in each participating town. While not every town is still keeping good track of the location of the cane or the age of its oldest resident, many do. Stow MA, Bethlehem NH, Sunderland MA, Foster, RI, and aptly, Livermore ME and Gray, ME.
comment posted at 7:39 PM on Feb-14-22

The decline of war in human history is now at stake The decline of war didn’t result from a divine miracle or from a change in the laws of nature. It resulted from humans making better choices. It is arguably the greatest political and moral achievement of modern civilisation. Unfortunately, the fact that it stems from human choice also means that it is reversible.
comment posted at 6:55 PM on Feb-11-22

Back in in 2020, in the midst of the BLM demonstrations, a media figure who for a loooong time has staked out the “curmudgeonly” view of Canadian politics, and who has been invited time and again to share his views on the national broadcasting system, wrote a National Post editorial, asking questions about how racist Canada actually was. In December, Deputy Minister Daniel Quan-Watson decided to answer those questions from his personal point of view. It's a half hour long but worth watching. If you don't feel inclined to sit through it, there's a transcript.
comment posted at 8:57 PM on Feb-8-22

Those who grew up with the Commodore 64 will certainly remember Impossible Mission – a brutally difficult and platform-defining puzzle-platformer. Now it's been faithfully recreated in JavaScript, and you can play it in your web browser.
comment posted at 7:23 PM on Feb-3-22

Imagine a personal heating system that works indoors as well as outdoors, can be taken anywhere, requires little energy, and is independent of any infrastructure. It exists – and is hundreds of years old.
comment posted at 2:23 PM on Jan-21-22

Carol of the bells Trans Siberian Orchestra live. There are two kinds of people in the world. This goes out to one of them. Happy Merry. [Strobe warning]
comment posted at 2:41 PM on Dec-25-21


Architect Resigns in Protest over UCSB Mega-Dorm. A consulting architect on UCSB’s Design Review Committee has quit his post in protest over the university’s proposed Munger Hall project, calling the massive, mostly-windowless dormitory plan “unsupportable from my perspective as an architect, a parent, and a human being.” 97-year-old billionaire and amateur architect Charles Munger donated $200 million toward the project - an 11-story, 1.68-million-square-foot structure that would house up to 4,500 students, 94 percent of whom would not have windows in their small, single-occupancy bedrooms - with the condition that his blueprints be followed exactly.
comment posted at 12:15 PM on Oct-29-21


The Chicago Blackhawks chose chasing a tarnished Cup instead of doing what’s right. (CW: sexual assault) In the wake of an independent investigation that determined that the Chicago Blackhawks covered up allegations of sexual assault by one of their coaches in 2010, president of hockey operations Stan Bowman resigned. Other executives who knew about the allegations are employed with other teams.
comment posted at 6:58 PM on Oct-27-21


Question: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done in the name of science? "Administered enemas made of raspberries to mice." (Twitter thread found via Nature Index)
comment posted at 9:42 PM on Aug-14-21

What Do You Do With A Billion Grams Of Surplus Weed? Cannabis legalization was supposed to be a licence to print money. Three years on, nobody is turning a profit
comment posted at 7:04 PM on Aug-7-21



The NHL Says ‘Hockey Is For Everyone.’ Black Players Aren’t So Sure. This is about how overwhelmingly white professional hockey is and whether Black Canadians and Black Americans feel safe playing hockey while adapting in a very conformist culture that does not support the same level of activism like NFL and NBA....several coaches like John Tortorella who changed their anthem kneeling stance reluctantly......
comment posted at 8:28 PM on Jun-6-21

A twitter thread by @hanalyst, who continues: “I leaned my head back to wet my hair in the shower and pulled a muscle in my neck.” @maureenchuck1 responds: “I threw my hip out dancing to Groove Is In The Heart and had to go to hospital”, while @JlhNeuro replies: “Raised my arm to reach for something and got frozen shoulder for two years” and @RenDan81 responds: “I burned the word Pyrex onto my arm trying to take the dish out of the oven.” There's more, including...
comment posted at 11:38 AM on May-19-21


September 1990. Judas Priest, the world's biggest heavy metal band, had released some patchy albums since their peak years of 1976-84, with a turn to pop metal and a follow-up anchored by a drum machine. The previous month, they'd been embroiled in a trial claiming that subliminal messages on an old album had driven two youths to suicide. A week after the judge threw out that case, the band released one of their finest albums, and in its title track, arguably their finest song: Painkiller. Now, thirty years later, it's the subject of a delightful YouTube reaction video by vocal coach and opera singer Elizabeth Zharoff, who says, "This will be my very first time hearing Judas Priest and Rob Halford, so I'm quite excited." If you haven't heard either yet, why not make it yours?
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comment posted at 8:37 AM on Apr-14-21



A colorized, 1440p60 compilation of several of the Lumière Brothers films, starting with La petite fille et son chat ("The Little Girl and Her Cat", 1899). Don't mind the stock sound effects.
comment posted at 11:42 AM on Feb-4-21


Wildlife bridges — AKA animal crossings, animal passings, ecoducts, etc. — can be pricey (costing US$2-4 million each, but one crossing can save thousands of animals lives every year. Common in Europe since the 1950s, they have become much widespread around the world.
comment posted at 10:08 PM on Nov-27-20

Tributes have been pouring in for Joey Moss, long-time locker room attendant for the Edmonton Oilers. Wayne Gretzky, who brought him to the club, talked about him for 20 minutes. People who knew him are remembering his singing of the national anthem, his "smartass attitude", his legendary wrestling matches, his dancing, his empathy, his work ethic, and the way he flirted even after getting dementia and breaking his hip. There's general agreement that he deserves a permanent tribute that's significant, substantial, and soon.
comment posted at 1:50 PM on Nov-2-20

Culinary "hot takes" slreddit.

What food faux pas do you do?
comment posted at 8:03 PM on Oct-11-20

These amphibians, they act in complicated ways to each other, but the friendship is the only thing standing between them and despair.” For the uninitiated, reading such deep psychodrama into a story about a couple of anthropomorphic polliwogs might seem a bit much. But anyone who’s spent time in the world Lobel built for these two critters knows that, if anything, it’s almost an understatement. Bonus.
comment posted at 10:35 AM on Jul-9-20

Apple’s WWDC 2020 conference began today with announcements on iOS 14’s new home screen, Apple CarKey, App Clips (similar to Android’s Instant Apps), improved handwriting recognition on iPadOS, 3D audio on AirPods Pro, handwashing and sleep tracking on WatchOS, macOS 11 “Big Sur”, and of course, Apple’s transition away from Intel and to its own in-house ARM processors for its computers.
comment posted at 3:04 PM on Jun-22-20

On May 30th, days after the murder of George Floyd, Greg Doucette began collecting videos of the lawlessness and brutality of the police response to the protests. That list passed 500 separate incidents earlier this week, averaging over 30 such incidents per day. [content warning: violence]
comment posted at 11:37 AM on Jun-19-20

In 1838, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet reported that “the best treatment of sea-sickness” would be to place the patient with eyes covered in a hammock slung with long strings and on deck as near the center of the ship as possible. The article added that “if any palliative be given, it should be large doses of ammonia with opium.” It’s sound advice, minus the opium and ammonia.
--The Rolling, Lurching, Vomit-Inducing Road to a Seasickness Cure
comment posted at 8:40 AM on Jun-14-20

Why does this commercial have a better plot than half of the shows y’all be watching? asks Dripjutsu on twitter.
comment posted at 4:39 PM on May-17-20

Meet Mojo Lens, a smart contact lens with a built-in display. (digital trends)
comment posted at 8:39 AM on May-12-20

I’m going to preface this by saying I love dark mode. It started with my desktop Kindle app, and as soon as it was rolled out everywhere, I switched everything over to the soothing white-on-black aesthetic. My eyes rejoiced, and I too decried this mad blog calling dark mode a crutch for suckers.

But oh, I have now seen the light.
(Victoria Song, Gizmodo)
comment posted at 9:37 AM on Apr-26-20

(CW: Dark coronavirus/pandemic humour) Frankie Boyle on the pandemic: “Mistakes have been made in the handling of the crisis. Like flying the Buckingham Palace flag at half mast when the Queen’s not in, which is just an advert for burglars. In my local park, someone has tried to cheer people up by chalking 'You Got This!' on the ground. Literally the last thing you want to hear in a pandemic.” ... “The Prime Minister has written to every household in the UK. As that letter lands on the doormat, I won’t be the only one who’ll be picking it up with a couple of snooker cues, like a contestant on a Japanese game show.” Previous Frankie: [1][2][3]
comment posted at 8:19 AM on Apr-5-20



In case you missed it, now you know about baseball pitcher Mike Fiers' short-lived beard.
comment posted at 6:00 AM on Sep-17-19


Is Netflix bad for the environment? How streaming video contributes to climate change - "Driving an electric car, choosing train travel or using less plastic — we know there are many things we can do to be less of a burden on the world's environment. But would you be willing to give up on streaming video?"
comment posted at 6:27 AM on Jul-15-19

These TV shows were ruined by stray shoes: A rogue sneaker is all it takes to smash through the suspension of disbelief.
comment posted at 9:01 AM on Jun-22-19

"The banana used to be a luxury good. Now it’s the most popular fruit in the U.S. and elsewhere. But the production efficiencies that made it so cheap have also made it vulnerable to a deadly fungus that may wipe out the one variety most of us eat. Scientists do have a way to save it — but will Big Banana let them?" Maybe, if Western public opinion keeps coming around to the idea. But is continuing to farm vast monoculture crops worth endangering global banana production?
comment posted at 10:20 PM on Jun-19-19

Fortnite is basically a giant, endless advertisement now [Polygon] “Last year, playing Fortnite largely meant hopping onto a make-believe island in the hope of surviving against 99 other players. This year, Fortnite isn’t as divorced from the real world — there are constant tie-ins that encourage people to buy, or at least engage with brands and products. To play Fortnite in 2019 is to be enmeshed in advertisements.”
comment posted at 7:24 PM on May-25-19

The new glitchless, tool-assisted speedrun of the NES version of Taito's classic arcade hit Breakout clone Arkanoid is 10% faster than the previous record. It was done in an interesting way: the runner simulated the game on a frame-by-frame level in a C++ reimplementation, then used it to brute force a solution to each level, which required a year's worth of CPU effort (split across six cores) to accomplish. Here are full details, including video (12m) of the result played back in an emulator. For extra fun, he made an ASCII-art version of the run!
comment posted at 6:57 AM on May-18-19

There's a new Royal Baby™ as of 5:26 this morning. Any questions? The New York Times has you (interactively) covered.
comment posted at 9:08 AM on May-6-19

The Game Boy Turns 30 [The Verge] “On April 21st, 1989, Nintendo unleashed the Game Boy on the world, forever changing video games. The unassuming gray brick may not have been a technical powerhouse, but it helped take the idea of portable gaming mainstream, paving the way for the world of mobile gaming and hybrid devices like the Switch.” [YouTube][Original Gameboy Commercials]
comment posted at 9:35 PM on Apr-20-19

After seven years of work, a reasonably accurate port of Super Mario Bros. has been made for the Commodore 64. YouTube.
comment posted at 5:47 AM on Apr-20-19

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