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1945: Cast part of Uranium for bomb

During the last week of June, 1945, the Manhattan Project metallurgists cast one of the Uranium 235 pieces for the Little Boy bomb. (Two parts are needed. Each one is sub-critical. One will be “shot” into the other, causing criticality, and… the nuclear explosion.)

1945: Test date moved

The plutonium implosion bomb’s test date is moved back to July 16 (earliest) so as to allow more time for work with the implosion lenses (carefully crafted explosives focused inwards to create implosion). (The time for the test also needs to allow for the Potsdam conference, where President Truman will meet with Stalin and Churchill.)

1945: New weather forecast

60 years ago: Manhattan Project meterologist Jack Hubbard updates weather forecast calling for best times to conduct the Trinity test. First choice July 18,19,20,21. (Cool, stable air masses over Trinity predicted) Second choice: July 12, 13, 14.

Hark! Who links here?

A test of Who Links Here

Why do we forget our childhood?

Why do we forget our childhood?. It’s the language (or lack thereof) baby. [via kottke] As my cousin said to her toddler son, “Use your words!” And how.

Bruised Ego-surfing

I hearby coin a new phrase in the blogosphere echo-chamber wonderful world of weblogs. Bruised Ego-Surfing: What happens when one tries to find out if there are any new links to one’s website when one goes to Technorati, but after searching for one’s own site, receiving the following message: ERROR: The requested URL could not […]

Mappa Mashup Mundi

Jake Ludington is attending Where 2.0, all about mapping. (Hmm, does that event have any relation to the Google Map announcement? ) David Rumsey Historical Maps. I’m sitting in the opening session at Where 2.0 still marveling over the mapping mash-ups done by David Rumsey. He’s a collector of historic cartography with over 11,000 different […]

WP Plugins: Weighted Categories, Multiply

Weighted Categories List in WordPress, brought to you by hitormiss.org. Does to WordPress categories what Flickr does to tags. (larger and smaller) Cool. Multiply. From the description on the page: Multiply is a plugin for WordPress 1.5.x which allows multiple blogs — or, in the pretentious terminology I have adopted, “presses” — from within the […]

New WP version out: 1.5.1.3

Seen via blivet (no, I don’t follow the dashboard stuff too much). Announced here. Downloaded. Upgrade to come. Looks like now (as in this week while I’m doing all these other things) is as good a time as any. Also: Upgrade instructions, and a relevant discussion thread. (note to self: When thou wakest up each […]

Bad Behavior WP plugin

As part of my “on a roll with WordPress” theme of recent, one of a few WP offerings: Seems there’s a WP plugin contest going on. Here’s a promising one that looks to cure many ills: Bad Behavior. Gets comment spam, referrer spam and email spam.