July 20th, 2009: 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing.

July 20th, 1969.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (respectively) became the first known human to step on the Moon. Michael Collins was orbiting the Moon manning the Command Module.

Apollo 11 mission, the firast manned mission to the Moon launched on July 16th, 1969. The Lunar Module landed in the southern Sea of Tranquility.

Anything Goes: June 20th, 2009 Edition.

Slacking is good, as I’ve been convincing myself. It’s Saturday and I’m still reading stuff off the internet.

First I’ve finished installing new hard drive on my MacBook Pro Core Duo, 20 minutes after I stareted it. Along the way I also managed to “fix” my keyboard. For a few days I’ve been having lots of typoes including the letter “t.” Apparently a drop of liquid caused the “g, r, and y” key to trigger the “t” key. I’m glad it is fixed now.

Time to slack again.

From “The Are You Serious?” Files: “California to Outlaw Black Cars”

It’s something political this time with some tech and science angle. I first discovered the news through Digg.com and thought that it must be a story from The Onion. Well, it is not!

It is an article from DC Republican Examiner (examiner.com) titled “California to Outlaw Black Cars.

Pretty sure that April 1st is just around the corner, I hope that this is some kind of joke.

From the article:

You see, you thoughtless dark car owners are killing the planet because your car uses too much energy to cool the passengers.

In theory, darker color materials tend to absorb more heat. For a car, does it really make that much difference in terms of energy consumptions to cool the cabin if the color of the car is dark (read black)?

What’s next? We should have all the road painted to less-heat-absorbing-color then. No more asphalts?