I’m very impressed by Scott Dolan’s arguments to the Maine Supreme Court last week. I listened to the audio recording of the hearing (linked from the article) and tried to imagine myself in the same scenario.
Also interesting, this hearing was held in a high school auditorium with many students spectating. Apparently Maine does this regularly (annually?). Letting kids witness the day-to-day of government is a great idea.
My email provider is turning off catch-all email addresses on Monday, and just allowing automatic email@example.com forwarding to firstname.lastname@example.org instead. They also allow you to bulk-edit a manual list of forwarding addresses.
For as long as I’ve owned chrisdolan.net, I’ve been using chris.foo@ instead of chris+foo@ as my pattern for throwaway email addresses. Gotta fix all those. Should I go to every website and try to change my email address? You’ve got to be kidding…
So, Perl to the rescue! I grepped through my many gigabytes of email folders and password files pulling out every string that matched .*@chrisdolan.net and then wrote a whole bunch of filters to remove spurious prefixes and de-duplicate the results. That led to a final list of roughly 400 email addresses that I added to my host’s forwarding list. Grand total, 45 lines of code and a handful of commandlines.
I should probably whittle the forwarding list further by hand (like digg@ — I haven’t used Digg in a reeeeally long time) but no urgency.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here’s an Earth-observing satellite view of thirty years of flowing changes for Bangladesh’s Padma River from 1988 to early in 2018. The Landsat missions provides satellite images creating the longest-running record of Earth’s many changes. Take a look: https://go.nasa.gov/2MSr69B
Haha, this is great! The authors simulate the future trajectory of the interplanetary Tesla roadster and conclude “we estimate the probability of a collision with Earth and Venus over the next one million years to be 6% and 2.5%, respectively. We estimate the dynamical lifetime of the Tesla to be a few tens of millions of years.”
A complication is that the space-car will make a close pass by Earth in 2091, which makes its orbital path hard to extrapolate accurately past that point.
Great article about the size of moons of the minor bodies in our solar system. Cool details: 1) the animation that shows Pluto and Charon co-orbiting, 2) it’s easy to forget that mass generally goes as the cube of size – the Moon is 25% of Earth diameter but only about 1% of Earth’s mass, 3) the mocked up graphic of relative sizes of the moons of Pluto, Eris and Orcus is cool, 4) the fact that Eris is nearly the same size as Pluto justifies (in my opionion) the demotion of Pluto from planet status.
Google’s Madison office has a bunch of openings for talented/experienced software engineers. Not all of them are listed on the careers page yet. If you have deep experience with network, storage, or database software feel free to reach out to me.