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Music of the sphere, heartbeat of the sun

This video was named an “editors’ pick” by The Atlantic and titled “The ‘Heartbeat’ of the Sun.” It’s a time-lapse view of two weeks of solar activity and includes audio of […]

NASA is back, baby!

Well, of course NASA never really left. But it’s so exciting to see a successful launch, flight, and pinpoint touchdown of its next to-be-manned vehicle. The 4 1/2 hour mission […]

Passwords and the secrets they contain

These days it seems the tentacles of technology reach into every corner of our lives, leaving us struggling to maintain our privacy and protect our secrets. And for most of […]

Hey, Google has a timer

Did you know Google has a timer function? I wasn’t aware of it until I stumbled across a video on Business Insider, “5 Awesome Google Features You Didn’t Know About.” All you […]

Update from a gaming grandma

I’ve not subjected you to a report on my gaming activities for about six months, so brace yourself. It’s time for another update. (My feelings won’t be hurt if you […]

I have a mountain

For lack of a better word, it’s called a “game.” But it’s less than that. More like an animated painting. But more than that. “Mountain.” That’s the name. That’s all there […]

When smart quotes aren’t

It’s a term that begs to be used: apostrophe catastrophe. And it has become so cliché that I won’t use it here. There are already dozens of articles and at least […]

rebeccapurple, #663399, named in memory of Rebecca Meyer

The color purple

This particular shade of purple, #663399, is now officially designated rebeccapurple, making it one of only about 150 CSS web colors with a name. It was the favorite color of Rebecca Meyer, […]

Go with Garamond, reduce printing costs

There’s a fascinating story on the CNN website today. Fascinating, at least, to those interested in reducing printing costs. Hard to believe no one thought of it before. A teenager, 14-year-old Suvir […]

Ring around the rosie … er, asteroid

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered rings around an asteroid. Previously rings have only been observed around planets — Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn. The asteroid in question […]

Grandma still gaming, waiting for Titanfall

For those who’ve been waiting breathlessly for the latest installment of “Gaming Grandma,” feel free to breathe. Your next report is here. I’ve slacked off quite a bit on Ingress […]

Ads, malware, and the update vulnerability

Yesterday I wrote about a Chrome extension, “Webpage Screenshot Capture,” that was generating JollyWallet pop-up ads whenever I visited an e-commerce website. This morning, coincidentally, I came across an Ars […]