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Archive | January 20, 2014

If You Have The Latest Java Update, Java SE 7 Update 51, Make Sure You Have ALL The Windows Updates Installed As Well, Esp. For ssd.jpl.nasa.gov

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.javabandaid
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You need Java to get orbital diagrams like this from JPL’s Small Body Database Browser.


Appears that you can get annoying ‘Permission Exceptions‘ with the latest Java if you don’t have all of the Windows 7 Updates installed as well.

This is what it appears. I could be wrong.

I was getting ‘Permission’ errors after updating to 7.51. Then I also happened to install all the Windows 7 updates from the last 2 months. Yes, this was on my backup PC. Once the Windows Updates were installed Java started working normally again. Could have been a coincidence. Yes, I had restarted PRIOR to installing the 7 Updates BUT that alone didn’t fix the Java permissions.

This was particularly annoying when trying to use the JPL Small-Body Database orbital model at ssd.jpl.nasa.gov.

For now it works. So just a heads up in case you run into this. Peace.


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Short But Sweet Article, With Neat Poster, on Brunelleschi’s Dome in The February 2014 Issue Of ‘National Geographic’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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>> ‘Topless’ women in National Geographic — Dec. 21, 2013.
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rosskingbrundomecoveraFilippo Brunelleschi, who came up with the design for Florence Cathedral’s awesomely stupendous dome in the 15th century, is one of my all time favorite heroes. As some contend he heralded the magnificent, destiny-changing Italian Renaissance.

I had read Ross King’s excellent ‘Brunelleschi’s Dome‘ quite a few years ago — more or less as soon as I had finished reading his compelling and educational ‘Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling‘. So, as far as I could tell, I didn’t really learn anything too profound by this disappointingly terse article — though it was very beautifully crafted. I admired the skill and effort that had gone into its creation.

Feudpbk210-210What National Geographic though adds is the graphics and side-bar illustration. They are peerless. Deanna hasn’t read it as yet so I haven’t taken out the poster. I can’t, however, wait to do so and spread it out on the floor and study it in more detail. It is worth getting the issue just for the poster. I will save the poster and stick it in one of my Brunelleschi books. I also happen to have this (>>) book. It is also about Brunelleschi’s Dome but viewed in terms of the feud with his competitor and co-architect Ghibrti. Maybe this is the impetus to start reading that as soon as I finish the 1,200 page (if not longer) ‘Texas‘ by James Michener.

As far as I can tell there are no boobs on display in this month’s issue. I could be wrong. I haven’t looked through each page. There is, however, a very disturbing picture of a few hundred, nearly naked, very brown Indians, with the scrawniest asses imaginable walking in file — some involved in some ‘unnatural’ activities. I will take topless any day of the week over that.


Alton Bay Ice Airport On Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Gets An Early Start In 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We were approaching Alton Bay, N.H. from Gilford when I spotted two planes low above the lake.

As we got to the Bay one of them, the one with the red stripe, was landing. I parked opposite the ramp to the Lake to take the pictures. The other plane was already there.

From the little I know this is a tad early for the Airport On Ice per se to be operational. Typically it happens around the Valentine’s Day weekend, which per my reckoning is 3 weeks out. There is nothing to stop pilots from landing on the lake. So this could have been just an ad hoc outing. The ice seems thick enough though I am sure, but not certain, that I saw open water on the Broads. Given the warm weather we have had for the last week that is possible. I would assume that it will freeze over. I was on this lake the last two instances when we didn’t have a complete freeze. I even used to walk to the edge, on the ice with Ulysses.

So this is just a heads up.

Here is a video on YouTube, from 2012, on a plane landing at the Ice Airport.

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