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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen
Mars and Earth are currently on the opposite sides of the sun, so Curiosity is ceasing operations for a while.
For those of you who miss the little bugger, here’s one of the last things we were able to see. Behold.

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen

Mars and Earth are currently on the opposite sides of the sun, so Curiosity is ceasing operations for a while.

For those of you who miss the little bugger, here’s one of the last things we were able to see. Behold.

Play ‘Pong’ on the face of the Cira Centre for Philly Tech Week

imageA Philly geek’s dream comes true.

Ever wanted to play Pong on a 400-foot-tall screen? Starting April 19 you can.

The arcade classic is coming to the north wall of the glass-sheathed Cira Centre. The building’s lattice of LED lights will display a lo-fi ball bouncing between opposing paddles.

Lucky gamers (there will be an online drawing) will face off from the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, controllers in hand. “This is something I’ve been envisioning for quite a while,” said Frank Lee, co-founder of Drexel’s Game Design Program and the man behind giant Pong. “One of the main goals of this event is to inspire wonder and creativity in anyone who sees it, especially kids.”

Superman #6 Re-Skinned as Various Pop Culture Icons by Mike Mitchell

What are the odds?

nprfreshair:

February 14 has a very special place in our hearts at WHYY because it is the birthday of three of our favorite people around here. Let’s all wish a very happy birthday to Terry, Dave and Marty!

(For those of you who may not know Marty Moss-Coane, she’s the wonderful host of our local news show, Radio Times.)

14 wonderful words with no English equivalent

theweekmagazine:

Koi No Yokan (Japanese) — The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

Zeg (Georgian) — It means “the day after tomorrow.” Seriously, why don’t we have a word for that in English?

Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa) — College kids, relax. There’s actually a word for “to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.”

More words…

Can’t. Wait.
nprfreshair:

David Bianculli on Shirley MacLaine’s new role in Season Three of Downton Abbey:



Out of desperation, Cora, his American wife, sends for her wealthy mother to visit, in hopes that the Crawley women can persuade her to finance their lavish lifestyle. The mother, Martha, is played by new cast member Shirley MacLaine, who’s excellent. She doesn’t steal the show — she can’t, not with Maggie Smith already dominating every scene she’s in as Cora’s mother-in-law, the acerbic, sarcastic Dowager Countess — but MacLaine fits in perfectly.

Can’t. Wait.

nprfreshair:

David Bianculli on Shirley MacLaine’s new role in Season Three of Downton Abbey:

Out of desperation, Cora, his American wife, sends for her wealthy mother to visit, in hopes that the Crawley women can persuade her to finance their lavish lifestyle. The mother, Martha, is played by new cast member Shirley MacLaine, who’s excellent. She doesn’t steal the show — she can’t, not with Maggie Smith already dominating every scene she’s in as Cora’s mother-in-law, the acerbic, sarcastic Dowager Countess — but MacLaine fits in perfectly.

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Glee who? You need to get into these kids right now. Here they are singing a Maroon 5 cover.

Has it really been 25 years? Congratulations! And thanks for all the memories.
nprfreshair:

Internet, let’s imagine it is 1987. Full House and Max Headroom debut on TV. Fatal Attraction cleans up at the box office. Lethal Weapon comes out. Computers look like this. Madonna hits the cover of Rolling Stone.
And a little local public radio show in Philadelphia makes its national debut.
On Friday, Fresh Air will celebrate our 25th national anniversary. There will be an on-air celebration (with lots of musical guests), some parties (with slideshows and coworkers) and some online festivities (I haven’t thought of these yet so I don’t know what they are.)
Stay tuned….
-Mel

Has it really been 25 years? Congratulations! And thanks for all the memories.

nprfreshair:

Internet, let’s imagine it is 1987. Full House and Max Headroom debut on TV. Fatal Attraction cleans up at the box office. Lethal Weapon comes out. Computers look like this. Madonna hits the cover of Rolling Stone.

And a little local public radio show in Philadelphia makes its national debut.

On Friday, Fresh Air will celebrate our 25th national anniversary. There will be an on-air celebration (with lots of musical guests), some parties (with slideshows and coworkers) and some online festivities (I haven’t thought of these yet so I don’t know what they are.)

Stay tuned….

-Mel

This may be the single greatest argument in favor of learning how to knit.

wnycradiolab:

This nice woman knitted what may be the world’s mathiest sweater.

“Okay, here’s how it works. You have to start in the bottom lefthand corner, because the mathematician in me couldn’t bear to start anywhere except where the origin would be on Cartesian coordinates. Naturally, the numbers go from left to right and from low to high…”

(via Metafilter)