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That one reminded me of the Australian Silo Art Trail, a breathtaking series of gigantic art works painted on wheat silos, water tanks, and other features in country towns spread right across Australia. It takes a drive of over 8,000 kilometres to visit them all. I've seen a few of them and they really are beautiful to behold, often in a town amongst thousands of hectares of flat grain producing country.

 

https://www.australiansiloarttrail.com/

 

 

 

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From Earth to orbit with Linux and SpaceX

 

Neat article on how penguins are leading the space race.

 

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So, thanks in part to Linux, we've returned to manned spaceflight in the US. And, this it seems penguins can fly, with sufficient rocket power behind them.

 

Amazon's Satellite Internet Service, Project Kuiper, Gets a Launch Partner

I have been following the internet in space stuff since it was first mentioned and find it fascinating.
 

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Project Kuiper is poised to compete with Starlink, the satellite internet system from SpaceX. To launch the initial batch of satellites, Amazon plans on using the Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance.

 

 

 

 


Starlink: Here Are the Download Speeds You Can Expect Across North America

 

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In the US during Q1, the median download speeds for Starlink users ranged from 40Mbps to 93Mbps depending on the location, according to data from Ookla's SpeedTest.

 

There are other companies offering space internet at the moment and lots of stories and articles too.

 

Tested: SpaceX's Starlink Satellite Internet Service Is Fast, But It'll Cost You

 

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Meet the mystery woman who mastered IBM’s 5,400-character Chinese typewriter

 

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The IBM Chinese typewriter was a formidable machine—not something just anyone could handle with the aplomb of the young typist in the film. On the keyboard affixed to the hulking, gunmetal gray chassis, 36 keys were divided into four banks: 0 through 5; 0 through 9; 0 through 9; and 0 through 9. With just these 36 keys, the machine was capable of producing up to 5,400 Chinese characters in all, wielding a language that was infinitely more difficult to mechanize than English or other Western writing systems.

 

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Great article!

I have a question for Corrine. Did you ever eat at the Cathay Pagoda?

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On 5/29/2021 at 11:20 AM, zlim said:

Great article!

I have a question for Corrine. Did you ever eat at the Cathay Pagoda?

 

Sorry, no.  When I was working in that vicinity,  99% of the time we ate in one of the cafeterias (yes, there were several in the complex.)

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On 6/14/2021 at 2:30 AM, crp said:

 

 

I can remember some epic games of marbles from when I was a nipper. Had a collection of 321 including 32 giant size ones. By ek them wer the days. 😋

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Scientists convert plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

 

Worried about all the plastic waste swamping the planet. There is a solution at hand.

 

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In the future, your vanilla ice cream may be made from plastic bottles. Scientists have figured out a way to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavoring with genetically engineered bacteria, according to a new study.

 

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Sounds dangerous. Plastic bottles and genetically engineered E. coli bacteria.

If something goes wrong do we end up with food poisoning?

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2 hours ago, zlim said:

Sounds dangerous. Plastic bottles and genetically engineered E. coli bacteria.

If something goes wrong do we end up with food poisoning?

 

I recon they are trying to change us all into robots. Then they would not have to spend so much on healthcare. An workers could work harder and longer. It is a plot  definitely a plot 😂

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