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July 27, 2021

Juno flies past Jupiter's moon Ganymede

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On June 7, 2021, NASA's Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter's ice-encrusted moon Ganymede than any spacecraft in more than two decades.

Less than a day later, Juno made its 34th flyby of Jupiter.

This animation provides a "starship captain" point of view of each flyby.

For both worlds, JunoCam images were orthographically projected onto a digital sphere and used to create the flyby animation.

Synthetic frames were added to provide views of approach and departure for both Ganymede and Jupiter.

July 27, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

AirPods are why I would never, ever buy a Tesla


Both are:

Best in class

Prone to sudden unfixable failure

When you want to listen to music but can't, it's not the end of the world.

When your Tesla going 80 on the Interstate suddenly leaves its lane heading for the median, that may well herald the end of your world.

Up top, my fanboi bona fides: three (3) Apple Watches and two (2) sets of AirPods, various permutations of which failed to connect during nearly an hour of failed attempts before I was finally able to listen to music from a watch.

nuf sed*

*my rap name

July 27, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Spanish Shawl


Possibly the world's most beautiful sea slug.

July 27, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Kraft Boxed Mac 'n' Cheese


[Original 1937 Kraft Dinner package]

It was introduced in 1937 — 84 years ago — following the Great Depression and at 19 cents for a serving for 4, was an instant hit, selling over 8 million in its first year.

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[1939 ad for Kraft Dinner: "Good News For Lent! Now only 9 minutes to make macaroni-and-cheese"]

It has been a staple of American dinner since then.

FunFacts: It's still called Kraft Dinner (KD) in Canada, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the U.S. and Australia, and Cheesey Pasta in the U.K.


[via Wikipedia]

July 27, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

2021 Ferrari Portofino M

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This is Ferrari's entry level car.

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The twin-turbo V8 puts out 612 horsepower — up from 591 in last year's model — and hits 60 mph in the low-three-second range.

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In 15 seconds you can stow the retractable hardtop and listen to the roaring exhaust fight the wind for your attention.

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Just the thing for tooling around Portofino or San Francisco.

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From $245,000.

July 27, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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