Archive for August, 2011

tech change – Flatscreens

August 24, 2011

At the Science Fantasy Bookstore in the 1980s, one recurring discussion was ‘when would we have consumer-priced flatscreen television?’

I swapped out this 35 pound CRT for a six pound flatscreen in 2007, after prices had dropped to under U$250 for 17″ displays.  One-sixth the mass, and one-sixth the length.

Display compression, lessened energy consumption, and mass reduction


A Tourist MarsGram

August 3, 2011

Red Dragon passenger lander arriving on Mars-click for a larger version

A friend sent me a news clipping from his local Florida newspaper about a private-sector proposal for a one-way Marsbase scenario, and joked that he’d expect me to be one of them, sending a MarsGram back.  Then I saw a still from a SpaceX video in a Red Dragon Mars lander story.
So I sent him a MarsGram postcard.  🙂

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