Archive | August 1, 2013

American Astronomer Maria Mitchell’s 195th Birthday Google Doodle.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Rosalind Franklin’s 93rd Birthday … — July 15, 2013.
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Link will be updated after August 1, 2013
for access from the Google Doodle Archive.


Click for Wikipedia entry.

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Here is the Wikipedia entry.


The official Minor Planet Center (MPC) data for the comet she discovered: C/1847 T1.

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So it perihelioned, i.e., went around the Sun (at its closest) on November 14, 1847, three weeks after it was discovered on October 26, 1847. Not like today when we can spot comets 18 months away.

Note the eccentricity. Just over 1! That is significant. That means that it was on an escape orbital path — meaning that it could leave the solar system. But, we now know that eccentricity can fall, i.e., drop below ‘1’, once a comet like this gets further out into space, i.e., beyond Jupiter. Check out my comet books.


She is NOT the first woman to discover a comet. This is from my ‘Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia‘ book.

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Reasons 167 To 168 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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See July 15, 2013 post as to why I have cut back the rants to one or two a day.


#167. On Tuesday we, as a family, were watching a Hallmark movie. Come bedtime for the kids, I stopped the movie using the STOP button. That took us back to the recorded event ‘box’ — which has the options listed on the left hand side starting with PLAY, RESUME etc. DONE is right at the bottom. So I am scrolling down to DONE when the screen goes blank. No sound. Another bloody black screen from DirecTV. Could not go back to before. used Channel select to get out. Then checked movie via LIST. It was still there. Damn strange. Very annoying.

#168. Selecting FAVORITES, with either remote, has become a total bloody crap shoot. Hardly ever works first time. You got to keep on pressing it hoping that it will work. Amazing. Pitiful engineering. Cheap technology. Useless company.


Kindle eBooks: Heads Up, Automatic Book Update Notifications & Downloads Not Working.



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Given my propensity for typos I update all my books (e- & print) quite frequently. Being able to update freely is one of the big draws of eBooks.

Given that I have updated all my comet books in the last week, I noticed that I had not received any e-mails notifying me of the updates! Just to make sure that the books looks halfway decent on mobile device I always buy a copy of the book and have it downloaded into one of our Google Nexus 7 (Android) Pads. This way I get to see what customers get to see.

So I contacted Kindle support last night. They know me. We ‘chat’ often. They responded this morning. Yes, they are having issues BUT are working on fixing them — though they don’t have a timescale.

They are willing to manually e-mail all those that have bought my ebooks! That is pretty impressive — though in my case we are not talking thousands of sales.

So just a heads up since this is a topic that is not adequately covered on the Web. Thanks.

Google Drive Is Rather Compelling. Easy To Use. A Few Missing Features But Very Useable.



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Started using Google Drive …

>> — July 29, 2013.
>> File folder integration …
>>July 26, 2013.
>> New e-mail interface
>> & File Folder — July 24, 2013.
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I have been using it EXCLUSIVELY this week. Have not even tried to access my old GoDaddy Online Storage! Created folders for all my active books on Google drive and uploaded the files. Pretty compelling. I like the interface. I just found that you can even drag-and-drop! Wow.

I am hooked. Don’t really see a need to pay for online storage if I can get 15GB free (for each Gmail account I have).

A few things that are inexplicably missing or are odd.

Though it has a really fancy preview capability and file description pane, there is no way that Google lets you see the file size! This is a known issue that has been repeatedly discussed. Don’t tell me to sort my size. That is not what I want. I like to see the size of the uploaded file since I tend to have a fairly good idea of how big a file should be. So a quick glance at file size can tell me whether the file uploaded OK — and maybe even that I uploaded the right version. Not a showstopper but rather strange to say the least. Appears that there may be a Machiavellian reason for this. This way you never get to see how Google is calculating your space used!

Another very strange but similar quirk. Doesn’t show the DATE that a file was uploaded. Just the time! I kid you not. Very bizarre.

I also have some concerns about security. But, is any Online Storage offering watertight?

But, for now, I am happy.

‘Miller Farm’ — Peaches Are Ready To Pick, Starting This Friday, August 2, 2013.

A horse happy to see you at ‘Miller Farm’

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Maple syrup from ‘Miller Farm’ —
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May 11, 2013.
>> NH Maple Weekend At
>> ‘Miller Farm’
 
 Mar. 26, 2013.


Pick Your Own (PYO).

Early Peach variety “Desiree” is ready to pick starting Friday 8am in the morning: price is $1.69/lb. See the mouth watering pictures below.

Maple Syrup is also available in pints ($11) and quarts ($20).

Call Rich at 603-767-2652 for details & directions.

Miller Farm
51 Miller Rd
New Durham, NH

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It is a picturesque farm and Rich is as nice as they come. The horses are friendly too and smile broadly. Definitely worth a trip. Highly recommended by us.


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