The Smithsonian Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Digitize Records


Looks like some of this is a win win for history and traditions

Recently, Native American tribes have asked for things like funerary objects so that they can bury them. When faced with the dilemma of losing a piece of history from the archives, the Smithsonian made 3D scans so they could keep a copy of the artifact before the original was buried. When the tribes saw what the Smithsonian had done, not only were they impressed, they started bringing forward their own artifacts for replication.

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. (photo via the Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. (photo via the Smithsonian)

Looking for a way to give back to your nation in a way that doesn’t include paying too much on taxes or fighting in wars on the other side of the planet? Well, now there’s a way to do your duty to Uncle Sam in the era of slacktivism.

The Smithsonian is putting out an open call to the Americans of the Internet to help turn barely legible texts from the museum’s library into a pristine, digitally catalogued database. They’ve built a pretty slick in-browser app, and have worked out a system where anyone can come in and work on the transcriptions for as little or as much time as they want.

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Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite


Great use for a 36 year old satellite that is still wandering but not lost in space. Besides, what do you really expect a retired NASA engineer to do?

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The McMoon team outside of mission control. (Photo via Google)

The McMoon’s team outside of mission control. (Photo via Google)

For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, CA, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.

“If I could come up with another absurd detail, I would,” Keith Cowing, the project’s team lead, told Betabeat.

The ISEE-3 is a disco-era satellite that used to measure space weather like solar wind and radiation, but went out of commission decades ago. Now, a small team led by Mr. Cowing have taken control of the satellite with NASA’s silent blessing.

Mr. Cowing is a former NASA employee, and now runs a handful of space news sites, like NASA Watch and SpaceRef. Sitting out in the desert one night after a…

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Adult Truths

Originally posted on A Pondering Mind:

Found in the inbox.


1. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest or Google Maps really need to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You…

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The Day in a Picture

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Mike’s Secret Stew Stuff

This recipe is designed for a 5 quart Crock-Pot.  For stove top cooking a 6 quart pot would be more appropriate.

The flavor is delicate.

Dice everything into the Crock-Pot stirring occasionally to mix ingredients.

A caution about the amount of ingredients, I sometimes add extra, sort of a gosh I really like this type of thoughts.  The problem is that I end up with an extra full Crock Pot.

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What’s inside that energy drink? Sugar, acid, caffeine + ‘fairy dust’


Energy Drinks and Battery Acid – what a combination

Originally posted on Doctor Stu's Science Blog:

Monster Troupe by MJmerry, on FlickrIt is 7 a.m. and I am investigating the world’s most popular mind-altering drug. Having scrutinised the latest data, it’s time for a hands-on experiment. The substance in question is a potent white powder called 1.3 7- trimethylxanthine. Its use has reached endemic levels in children – and health care professionals are concerned. You will know this drug as caffeine. And the formulation under scrutiny is called an ‘energy drink’.

Ever since highly caffeinated energy drinks charged onto the scene twenty years ago, they have been branded “dangerous” and “harmful” by the media. Today, one in ten British teenagers drink an energy drink on most days, and a frightening 25% of children under ten have drunk one in the past year. I’ve decided to discover out what’s really inside them – and find out what they taste like.

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Memorial Day 2014. A Day of Remembrance Everyone Seems to be Forgetting.

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

Mountain Home National Cemetery at Dawn (photo by Charlton Stanley)

By Charlton Stanley, Weekend Contributor

As I wrote on this blog a year ago, Memorial Day is the misunderstood “holiday.” Many people confuse Memorial Day with Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day, commemorating the Armistice signed at the eleventh hour, eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. In our political and military naivete, the Armistice was meant to be the end of the, “War To End All Wars.” Two decades later it started all over again. Veteran’s Day is on November 11 in the US. Veteran’s Day is meant to honor those who served in the military in both peacetime and war, both living and dead.

Memorial Day has a history predating Armistice Day by a half century. On May May 5, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, Decoration Day was established. It…

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