14 March 2009, jd2020 @ 1:07 am

Psychotic Dogs!

This audio track is an instrumental piece that my brother and I recorded at home about 20 years ago, using a Fostex 4-track. We pushed it to the limit, and some! Bro was a good guitar player (and bass player on this track). We named it “psychotic dogs” because of our dogs at the time, that didn’t like the neighbor’s dog. Between the three of them, they produced a very “psychotic” sound during their runs up and down the fence line. Long live their souls and many thanks to Folgers and…!

Fostex X-15 4 track recorder

Fostex X-15 4 track recorder

13 March 2009, jd2020 @ 5:34 pm

If you’re unfamiliar with Google Earth, here is a good reason to download and get into it. Not only can you take virtual 3D trips around planet Earth, but you can also tour Mars in the new 5.0 version of Google Earth. Check out this video!

13 March 2009, jd2020 @ 5:07 pm

Google Voice is an expanded version of a service previously known as GrandCentral, a start-up that Google acquired 20 months ago. It is intended to simplify the way people handle phone calls, voice mail and text messages. The service, unveiled Thursday March 12, 2009 will initially be made available only to existing GrandCentral subscribers; Google says the general public will be able to use it in the coming weeks.

Google Voice allows users to route all their calls through a single number that can ring their home, work and mobile phones simultaneously. It also gives users a single and easy-to-manage voice mail system for multiple phone lines. And it lets users make calls, routed via the Internet, free in the United States and for a small fee internationally.

5 March 2009, jd2020 @ 2:42 am

technicians are removing Discoverys three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves

Technicians are removing Discovery’s three gaseous hydrogen flow control valves. Part of the main propulsion system, the valves channel gaseous hydrogen from the main engines to the external tank. Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

Space shuttle Discovery will deliver the International Space Station’s fourth and final set of solar arrays, completing the station’s backbone, or truss structure. (see below launch date and timeline)

The arrays will provide enough electricity to power science experiments and support the station’s expanded crew of six. Altogether, the station’s arrays can generate about 120 kilowatts of usable electricity — enough to provide about 42 2,800-square-foot homes with power. 

The 14-day flight will include four spacewalks, lasting about 6.5 hours each, to help install the S6 truss segment to the right side of the station. 

STS-119 is the 125th space shuttle flight, the 28th flight to the station, the 36th flight of Discovery, and the first flight in 2009.

Mission: STS-119 

Orbiter: Discovery 

Primary Payload: S6 Truss Segment and U.S. Solar Arrays

Target Launch Date: March 11

Launch Time: 9:20 p.m. EDT

Launch Pad: 39A 

Mission Duration: 14 days

Check out the coolest flash of the filght’s timeline

Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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