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Daily Archives: March 11, 2018

Sprung Forward . . .

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I did plan to get some outside chores done today, but the overcast skies and occasionally spitting rain dissuaded me of that. Though I will say that I didn’t take too much convincing.

The whole ‘Spring Forward’ thing went off OK this morning, with everything resetting like it was supposed to. That’s the computer, two phones, my Galaxy Tab, our bedroom projection clock, our DirecTV DVR, the La Crosse Weather Display, and our big living room clock.

Big Clock

Everything is connected to the Internet except this clock. It actually receives the WWV time signal via radio and is always correct to the second. The only two clocks I have to manually set is the battery-powered clock in the bathroom, and my old school analog watch.

Like yesterday, I spent a good while researching moving the websites at work, but I’m still not sure which way I’ll go.

For you Alexa/Echo Dot owners, Amazon has added something a little new. Previously if you want to ask Alexa multiple questions, you had to start over each time by saying ‘Alexa’.

But if you go into your Amazon Alexa app, go to Settings, pick your device, and scroll down, you’ll find a control called Follow Up. Turn it on and you’re good to go.

And if you have more than one Alexa device, you have to do each separately.

Now if you make your 2nd, 3rd, etc., request within 5 seconds after the previous request is done, Alexa will continue answering you. Neat.




SpaceX is at it again, planning 5 Falcon 9 launches next month. In addition they hope to do the first test launch of their BFR Mars rocket later this year. If all goes well, they plan on the first unmanned launch to Mars in early 2019.

The BFR, much larger than the recently launched Falcon Heavy, can boost 150 tons of cargo into orbit, vs. the 50 ton capacity of the Falcon Heavy, and the 25 tons of the Falcon 9. And unlike early rockets, the BFR will be fully reusable, with all lower stages landing back on earth,  and can be refueled in space. Really revolutionary.

Here’s a really neat look back at the recent Falcon Heavy launch and landing, including the only released footage of the center stage crashing back into the ocean due to running out of ignition fluid.

And this is a fun look at the many failures along the way.

Only Elon Musk would compile all his failures into a video and set it to music.




Thought for the Day:
 

Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on when I first saw it.

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