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Revised on Friday, February 17, 2017


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Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

India launches record-breaking 104 satellites on a single rocket. Now Planet Labs can image all of Earth’s landmass every day.

88 of the 104 satellites were from San Francisco’s Planet Labs Inc. planet.com website

planet.com blog

February 14, 2017, 19:58 PST—Today Planet successfully launched 88 Dove satellites to orbit, the largest satellite constellation ever to reach orbit. This is not just a launch or a world record, this is a milestone. With these satellites in orbit, Planet will reach its Mission 1— the ability to image all of Earth’s landmass every day. planet.com blog

The 88 satellites are CubeSats, 10-pound constuctions you can buy in a kit. Wikipedia

India’s space agency charges substantially less than its competitors in Europe, Russia , Kazakhstan , and North America.

World map of launch sites from Spaceflight, a European agency for satellite launches.

CubeSat program from
the European Space Agency.

Spaceflight Industries launch providers:

Launch Provider Vehicle Size Payload # Sats Launch Date
Roscosmos Soyuz 3U Dove 2 1 4/19/2013
Orbital Sciences Antares 3U Dove 1 1 4/21/2013
Orbital Sciences Antares 1U (3x) PhoneSats 3 4/21/2013
ISC Kosmostras Dnepr 3U Dove 3 1 11/21/2013
NanoRacks Cygnus/ISS 1U UAPSat-1 1 1/9/2014
NanoRacks Cygnus/ISS 1U SkyCube 1 1/9/2014
NanoRacks Cygnus/ISS 3U(28x) Flock 1 28 1/9/2014
NanoRacks Cygnus/ISS 3U(28x) Flock 1B 28 5/9/2014
NanoRacks Cygnus/ISS 3U MicroMAS 1 5/9/2014
ISC Kosmostras Dnepr 3U Flock 1C 11 6/15/2014
NanoRacks Dragon/Falcon 9 3U Arkyd3 1 4/14/2015
Total: 77

Music connections.

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Published on Saturday, February 11, 2017


We are Superorganism. We are in Maine/London. We are DIY. We are eight and multiplying. We have become sentient. YouTube last.fm

Published on Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lone Slim Shady

Lone Digger by Caravan Palace icon open in a new window vs. The Real Slim Shady by Eminem icon open in a new window.

Published on Sunday, February 12, 2017

DJ Shadow

feat. Run The Jewels—Nobody Speak

Rock the Cities will target major US cities, starting with Denver, Seattle and Portland.
A taste of how it will look:

The moveable feast of entertainment.

Each episode will feature an artist from that city and will be a component of the greater concert series.

Rock the Cities popped up as a single event in downtown Minneapolis. The full on concert was recorded on a moving stage, escorted through the rain, by police, down the busiest streets of Minneapolis on a crazy Saturday night!

Concert, parade, festival, wut?

Published on Monday, February 6, 2017

Natonal Geographic  National Geographic reports:

A 19-year-old Afghan refugee peeks through the door of her room at the De Koepel prison in Haarlem, Netherlands. PHOTOGRAPH BY MUHAMMED MUHEISEN, AP

An Afghan refugee peeks around the door of her room at the De Koepel prison in Haarlem, Netherlands.

The journey doesn’t stop the moment they enter a country.

In an interesting take on reusing and recycling, a government agency in the Netherlands has opened empty prisons to accommodate the influx of migrants seeking asylum.

Read the story at nationalgeographic.com
Photograph by Muhammed Muheisen, AP

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Associated Press chief photographer for the Middle East, has devoted the past few years to photographing the refugee crisis as people move across continents. “The question always in my head was, What happens next?” he says. “The journey doesn’t stop the moment they enter a country.”

Watch the slideshow at nationalgeographic.com

Published on Monday, February 6, 2017

TechCrunch reports:
Greenlight: The debit card for kids,
is a debit card that parents manage from their phones.

Greenlight home page says—Made for Kids. Built by Parents.

The problem Greenlight is trying to solve is a simple one: How to give your kid money without worrying that they’ll a) lose it or b) spend it all on candy.

That’s why it’s the first card with store- and website-level controls, meaning Jimmy’s mom can give Jimmy $25 to spend at Jamba Juice, and his dad can say, “Here’s $50 for Amazon stuff this month.”

Phone screen showing daughter’s request for money and a selfie of the dress she wants to buy. The screen shows the dad’s reply-too short.

Parents can also automate allowances, set up savings accounts, receive alerts any time the card is used, and eventually let their child withdraw a specific amount of money from an ATM.

Published on Friday, February 3, 2017

Even billionaire donors grapple with Trump.
Fear of authoritarianism pervades Koch network seminar according to The Washington Post.

Charles Koch and Counsel

Mark Holden, general counsel for Koch Industries, exchanges gang signs with his boss Charles Koch. Nikki Kahn—The Washington Post

Published on Friday, February 5, 2017

Your iPhone has a password, shouldn’t your pistol?

Password-protected pistol.

Kai Kloepfer And His Smart Gun Prototype Image Via Bizwest

captcha animationStudy Breaks website reports on MIT freshman Kai Kloepfer, who is developing smart-gun technology that could save thousands of lives. So why are critics blocking it?

Kloepfer’s still-evolving smart gun prototype functions much like regular guns do, with one huge difference—there will be a fingerprint-recognition scanner on the handle. As a result, only the owner would be able to shoot and pull the trigger, meaning that even if the gun falls into the wrong hands, it would be impossible to use.

February 2017