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By cam (Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 03:32:36 PM EST) (all tags)
stuff, cat/TSA, WaPo, Romney, Kyoto, intuition, voyager, camaro, mazda3

1. Between fulltime work and keeping clients happy out of hours I dont have much time to scratch myself. My HFC has suffered too, I just haven't been able to fit it all in.

1a. I am turning injun. It was raining and 57F today and I was chilled to the bone.

1b. We are interviewing people three to four times a week. I seriously wonder how I got a job here, they are so picky. Either I am god's gift to FE/MW coding or I slipped through in error. The standards are high. So many have been rejected.

2. Brought the cat from Virginia last weekend. Read the tale.

3. SSR Plug: WaPo op-ed on Auian politics by an Auian. It is poor.

John Barron tries to explain to Americans how Australian politics works, but does it in a low-confidence tug-of-the-forelock jocular style, and worse, throws in some furphys as well.

4. Romney one and Romney two. If Romney pursued liberalism he would be judged on merit, not fitting into some ideological straight jacket. On merit he should be leading the pack as he was involved in one of the few working systems of health coverage that expanded coverage.

4a. More SSR: Kyoto and Australia's signing it.

One of the criticisms of signing the Kyoto Treaty is the loss of national sovereignty it entails. This argument has little weight as modern nation-states are a labrynth of treaties that are legally binding domestically. As an example Australia has 1852 treaties currently in force. They are a common component of international law and co-operation.

5. Negotiation - when intuitive is wrong.

6. Voyager 2 crosses the termination shock.

New Scientist has a cool article about Voyager 2 crossing the "termination shock", the boundary at which the solar winds from the sun slow down in the face of whatever else is out there in interstellar space. Voyager 1 had already crossed it, but no one was paying attention at the time, so Voyager 2 is the first chance scientists get a chance to watch what happens.

Canberra has one of the few scopes built that can view it.

7. 2009 Chevy Camaro spotted in Australia. It is being built on the VE platform (Holden Commodore) and Holden is doing the development work for the Camaro. Holden thinks of itself as an automotive engineering company rather than a manufacturing one. There is more money in engineering.

8. Mazda3 design. Nice.

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The Deep Space Network by ana (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 03:38:09 PM EST
is used for talking to probes all over the (greater) solar system. This includes Chandra, that I work on. It has 3 sites, located in different longitudes, so that at any given time, at least one of them can talk to whomever. One's in Canberra, one at Goldstone in California, and the other in Spain.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

wtf, one of my comments got deleted? by discordia (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 02:01:25 PM EST

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