Feds Give Private Spaceship Go-Ahead to Expand Flight Testing

From Space.com

By Leonard David

Senior Space Writer

posted: 02:00 pm ET 07 April 2004

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) has given license approval to Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, permitting the firm to expand flight testing of SpaceShipOne — a privately-financed rocket plane to carry passengers to suborbital altitude.

SpaceShipOne, built by Scaled Composites is being led by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, who heads the company. The rocket plane and its carrier mothership, the White Knight, were unveiled on April 18, 2003. Since that time, the craft has undergone extensive piloted glide tests and one powered flight. Read More…

Google Gmail Privacy Concerns? Get Over It

People are complaining about gmail, google’s proposed 1-gig storage web-based email service. While I think that being concerned about privacy is a legit way to spend your time, I don’t think that gmail is going to threaten my privacy. Having a search engine locate keywords and serve me a text ad isn’t very intrusive. I believe google when they say that they aren’t going to associate my ID with the keywords that are found. Beyond all that, though… if you aren’t using encryption, what makes you think that your email is private now? If hackers, corporations, or the feds want to read your mail, archive it, detect patterns in it… they can. The US government is almost certainly “reading” mail now… certainly overseas email, and I would be very surprised if domestic mail isn’t scanned. All in the name of national security, of course! Forget gmail… worry about Uncle Sam.

The Inevitable Sales Pitch

Yup, after failure as a freelance web designer, I’ve gotta prove to myself that I can make at least a buck or two with all these hard won skills (cough, cough). So… buy something from me, and I’ll get a pittance. I’ll try to at least make the offers interesting! My first item for sale is a large coffee mug for all you addicts. It is white and has the caption “I can’t quit, coffee makes me happy!”

Shop Madstone…

If you could talk to dead people, with whom would you talk?

— John S wrote:

> If you could meet and chat with anyone that you wanted who was

> deceased. Whom would you choose?

My reply:

I think… Einstien. He would be a hoot at a party. If I couldn’t get

him, then Uncle Al Crowley. Ooooh! Carl Jung!

Picture this… a dinner party with Nietzsche, Crowley, and Ayn Rand.

Maybe Churchill to provide color commentary?

Spam Poetry

I found this one from the Blogger main page. The first poem I found on Kristin’s page seemed amazing to me. I post it here only so that I don’t lose it in her archives. She says that all of her poems are assembled from the subject lines of SPAM she gets…

I don’t know, I’ve never noticed interesting stuff like that, but maybe I’ll look at my SPAM basket in a different way tomorrow.

Kristin Thomas Spam Poetry: Sunday, March 28, 2004

Its the girl who always loved you

its the one that got away

Its the moment that escapes you

when the predator is prey

its the way to finally take charge

its a question of your hate

its the easiest part of your new life

when you finally seize the day

When the one you want rejects you

When the pain is its own drug

when you can’t take another moment

it is time for them to pay.


– by Kristin Thomas

New e-mail service from Google may top Yahoo!, Microsoft – chronicle-tribune.com

By VANESSA DENNIS

vdennis@marion.gannett.com Copy editor.

Watching Microsoft get beat is always fun. It’s like rooting against the Yankees or the Lakers. No one likes them, and when they lose, it is sweet victory.

Google totally has topped Yahoo! and Microsoft by venturing into the e-mail market and offering free accounts that give you one gigabyte of storage.

This is a hundred times what others like Hotmail offer.

I personally have been a Yahoo! user for a long time.

Hotmail deleted my whole inbox once and I have never gone back.

And I am sure others also will be leaving. A free gig should be enough to get anyone to go through the hassle of changing their e-mail address.

Google says its service should be up in a few weeks.

Read More…

Integrated Web Design: Social Networking – The Relationship between Humans and Computers is Coming of Age

by Molly Holzschlag

The interaction between community, computers, and society is now being referred to as “social networking,” and it’s making a lot of heads turn. But what is social networking, really, and what does it mean to web technologists? In this compelling article by Molly Holzschlag, you’ll learn what social networking is, which languages are emerging to support it, and what it might mean for the next generation of web design and development. Read More…

Prayer death arrest

26 Aug 2003

An autistic eight-year-old boy died while being restrained in a sheet during a Milwaukee church prayer service held in an attempt to cure him.

A man connected with the small storefront church was arrested, police and a church official said yesterday.

Several members of the Faith Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith prayed over him for more than an hour on Friday night until someone noticed he wasn’t moving, Bishop David Hemphill Sr. said.

‘The boy just had a problem in his mind . . . (God) chose to fix it by taking him back home to him,’ he said. “