Firefox 3 has officially been released; download it now and help break a world record! (Connections may be spotty, as I figured they would be; here’s an alternate link with mirrors just in case…)
Why download this version? dria.org has a nice Field Guide to Firefox 3 that explains most of the new features. Webmonkey has a post entitled Why you should download Firefox 3 right now making the case for the browser if you haven’t already been convinced. I myself have been a devout user since version 0.3 or so, and I am very much looking forward to using this latest release.
I wish I knew who was responsible for this awesome Futurama cast image, as I want to give them the credit they deserve.
This photo is but one of many stunning images in the Boston.com feature The Sky, From Above.
The lyrics in the YouTube video Star Trek [TNG] Rap (feat. Prime Directive and Galaxy Class) are a bit NSFW, but it’s worth a watch… 🙂
Fox “News” sinks to a new low, throwing out the term “Terrorist Fist Jab” to describe Obama’s fist bump with his wife during a recent speech. No, really, I’m not kidding.
The YouTube video History of Video Games is chock full of arcade goodness. How many can you identify?
The video featured at the web site I’m Voting Republican is a bit heavy-handed, but it gets its point across…
Although Pluto was stripped of its planetary status two years ago, it is now regaining some measure of respect, as similar newly discovered distant bodies will be named “plutoids.” The IAU is defining plutoids as “objects that circle the sun and are too small to be considered planets, but big enough to have a level of gravity that keeps them in a near spherical shape.” By this definition, Eris, an object discovered in 2003, will also be designated a plutoid.
This is all well and good, but I tend to agree with Ralph McNutt, a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University, who said, “I grew up with nine planets, I’m sorry.” :-p
Update: A Space.com article has some more information, including concern by some that this pronouncement is “just one more confusing term in the cosmic lexicon,” considering the fact that:
The term plutoid joins a host of other odd words – plutinos, centaurs, cubewanos and EKOs – that astronomers have conjured in recent years to define objects in the outer solar system, whose appearance seems to grow more complex every year.
Inspired by Princess Leia’s line “Darth Vader. Only you could be so bold,” Ironic Sans showcases some typographical Star Wars art in the post How bold can Darth Vader be? The Princess Leia graphic is pretty good, too…
Although the feature Photo Tampering Throughout History concentrates on more modern examples, it covers almost the entire history of photographic journalism:
Photography lost its innocence many years ago. In as early as the 1860s, photographs were already being manipulated, only a few decades after Niepce created the first photograph in 1814. With the advent of high-resolution digital cameras, powerful personal computers and sophisticated photo-editing software, the manipulation of digital images is becoming more common. Here, I have collected some examples of tampering throughout history.