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R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke

The man had a long life, but it's still sad to see him go. Some details here.

Seems like a good time to pose the question: do you have a favorite Clarke story or novel?

And if you do, what do you like about it?

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The Smell of Space

The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.

(via BoingBoing)

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Eric Cook let me know about this.

It's so interesting I think I am going to actually go back to the beginning of its lifetime and go through all of the posts....

In Centauri Dreams, Paul Gilster looks at peer-reviewed research on deep space exploration, with an eye toward interstellar possibilities.

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Review: Is There Life on Other Worlds

I recently got my hands on the rare but classic

Is There Life on Other Worlds
by Poul Anderson
(with an introduction by Isaac Asimov)
Crowell-Collier Press, 1963

I highly recommend it.

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Time on Oort-Cloud

If you are like me (and I know I am), you will want to know that we changed the system clock on Oort-Cloud to Eastern Time in the U.S.A. (only because that is where Rick and Paul -- the admins -- live).

You may notice the change on the timestamps on your posts.

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Groups and Feedback


(The original post is below). As it turns out, the permissions issue that caused authenticated usrs to be unable to either post or read had nothing to do with the Groups module.

Looking through the logs, Rick and I discovered that sometime midday on Saturday, the problem began, and thanks to discussion among users (which confirmed the problem) and a few timely emails to Oort-Cloud, Rick and I were able to fix things.

Much thx to everyone who, one way or another, participated in the event and its resolution.



Review: The First Five Pages

Title: The First Five Pages
Author: Noah Lukeman
Source: Simon & Schuster, New York, p.207 p.2000
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9093-7 (hardcover)