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NASA’s Lucy Mission Passes Critical Mission Milestone

Last week marked the completion of a major milestone on the path to spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations for NASA’s Lucy mission.

The Systems Integration Review ensured segments, components, and subsystems, scientific instrumentation, electrical and communication systems, and navigation systems are on schedule to be integrated into the system. It confirmed that facilities, support personnel, and plans and procedures are on schedule to support integration.

The four-day meeting took place from July 27-30. On July 31, the standing review board briefed the team on the results. Due to Covid-19, the review occurred virtually.

Fun read: The Atlantic, from back in the days, when "computer" was a human job description

Computing Power Used to Be Measured in 'Kilo-Girls' - The earliest computers were human. And, more often than not, female.


It's been a challenge for many deaf people (including myself) to communicate effectively during this pandemic. Why?

1) Because many of us need to read lips occluded by most face coverings.
2) Because sounds are muffled by face coverings.
3) Because sounds attenuate over distance.
4) Because body language associated with smiles and emotions are hidden by face coverings.

Some of these issues apply to those without hearing impairments as well. One solution that can address several of these issues for everyone are clear masks. Most importantly, every medical professional should have clear masks. You can buy them or make your own. Here is a DIY method:

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That's an interesting idea! We've started using google meet because it uses voice recognition to subtitle video meetings for hearing-impaired people.
Skype also has captioning

Fantastic :)

This is so cool. I love the live action suits. I can see them used in VR gaming where you could be a bear or a Klingon.

Don't loose posts from rare posters anymore!

I had a problem with #, compared to Faceshit. I constantly read posts by only the most frequently posting accounts. And others were just lost on the timeline.

So I made a little script. Idea is to group contacts by posting frequency into couple of groups created just for this purpose, like "rare", "very rare" and "frequent". I run this script from time to time to automatically move contacts between these groups.

Script is written in Red, you can check the language out here:

@Friendica Support # #

Holy smokes! This is a must watch

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HIV yes. But since these are powerful politicians, somehow different laws will apply.

A mistake with devastating impacts on lives that may be lost soon as a result. It's no wonder confidence in government is declining. Vote Blue in November!

Rock the day with DJ Shelenn's Classic Rock this afternoon from 2-6 pm ET.

# # Hello experts! I am looking for a way to easily divide a model into 256mx256mx256m boundary box layers. It would seem to me this could be scripted cuts. Any ideas?

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Alas, I don't know blender anywhere nearly enough to help.
@smellsofbikes Thanks ... slicing a model in 3DSMax is possible via script. Hopefully enough shares will get the word to someone who can help :)

Salute to Little Richard - who influenced him, his music, and who he influenced in his career. Tuesday 5/19/20 1-3 pm pacific time (grid time) in the Rockhouse parcel.

Following the unexpected death from cardiac arrest of Brian Howe, I will be paying tribute to "Bad Company" today livestreaming until 6 pm ET - join us at in the Rockhouse!

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DJ Shelenn at the Rockhouse in the 3rd Rock Grid today! Stream live at

Rasbian XP for the Pi 4 is an excellent Windows XP skin but also has a Win 98 VM that can play old Windows games

Nice thing too is it runs Netflix and Hulu right of the box.

Links to instructions and a demo video at Raspbian XP For The Raspberry Pi 4 Is Amazing! Raspbian 95 Is also Available

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In this video, we take a look at a new release for the Raspberry Pi 4 called Raspbian XP Professional. This is a modified version of Raspbian and the creator...

Nothing better than some discrete optimal control: Adaptive cyclic exit strategies from lockdown to suppress COVID-19 and allow economic activity.
We use mathematical models to show that a cyclic schedule of 4-day work and 10-day lockdown, or similar variants, can, in certain conditions, suppress the epidemic while providing part-time employment. The cycle reduces the reproduction number R by a combination of reduced exposure time and an anti-phasing effect in which those infected during work days reach peak infectiousness during lockdown days. The number of work days can be adapted in response to observations. Throughout, full epidemiological measures need to continue including hygiene, physical distancing, compartmentalization and extensive testing and contact tracing.
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This morning's visitor captured in the house in a GNC cup then relocated outside.
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We used to get crickets, black widows, and pigeons. Now that I planted a garden we see much more variety of life - including peach-faced lovebirds that I enjoy watching as they feed on the sunflowers.
One year, I planted some mystery seeds and a lovely plant with large velvety leaves grew and eventually produced enormous white trumpet flowers with an intoxicating scent. They attracted hawk-moths that geckos would hunt on the patio. Turns out the plant was Sacred Datura, which is far more toxic than I am comfortable having around the children so we took it out. I was sad to see it go, but my wife got some sap on her finger and it went numb, so it was the right thing to do. I do miss that plant though - and those fragrant blossoms!
Yes some of the most beautiful plants are dangerous.

Voter ID repealed in Virginia, polls open longer, vote by mail with no reason required...

Leading the way...

Accessibility Need:

I would like to put a display on the wall that does nothing but show a particular YouTube livestream video 24/7. I don't want it to have any user interaction other than turning it on or off. It cannot require finding the stream every time it is powered on or other use of a remote control for accessibility reasons. From what I have seen so far with YT Apps on so-called smart TVs, there is a constant need to do so every time the app is started which is not acceptable.

Does anyone know how I can obtain such a display?
I'd be interested in what you end up with :)
FYI I don't have physical access to the location atm but will once the visit ban is lifted. So the next consideration that comes to mind is heat and performance. It is not unusual for a TV to be on 24/7. In the use case I have in mind the display would be mounted on the wall next to a TV and on from 8 am to 8 pm. Currently there is a Kindle Fire nearby not being used. I don't know if the Kindle could be used for that purpose.

The right wing tactic that worked so well in 2016 to divide Sanders and Clinton supporters started immediately in social media. I bet they had the memes ready made and just waiting to pull the trigger.

Sharing tunes again today in the Rockhouse at 1 pm pacific/grid/SL time. Come join the folks who make it a great event every Tuesday after the Starfleet Boogie. :)

Hypergrid avatars are welcome! Just put the address below into your world map, find then teleport

Happy Trans Visibility Day! Streaming live 3 trans artists. Enjoy!
Had a cable outage but back now so I will turn the stream back on for those wanting to listen :) Here we go with 2 hours of trans artists!

# It's not about you, it's about everyone else. Effective in my state until June 10.

Today's 3 hour live stream for the 3rd Rock Grid Rockhouse starts now. Enjoy!

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Meaning ~12 days to 50%. I get about March 30 for that, yes. The model falls apart at that point, though it doesn't much matter: everything is overwhelmed.

It's a scary time for all of us around the world. I just want you to know, if he is successful, the next President of the US has released his plan to deal with Covid-19

Get out the vote!

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Some indie ambient until 4 pm Eastern Time then 2 hours of Classic Rock. Enjoy!

Live stream until 8 pm eastern time tonight. Broadcasting from

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SceneGate Viewer Release 1.0.0 is out and the repository is open to the public. Check this blog for information and download locations.

Jan 28
DJ Shelenn at the RockHouse
Tue 3:05 PM - 6:00 PM
Shelenn Ayres
Classic Guitar Rock today! Streaming early :) Enjoy!

As we head into the 3-day weekend, let's be safe and and civil as we honor this great man. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' Extend that to: Are we using technology for others? # #

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