New Horizons – Pluto!

PlutoWe will soon have a probe flyby of the planet Pluto.  Yes, I called it a planet.  I know, I know, it’s not a planet technically.  But, from where I come from and where I grew up, its a planet, damn it.

We have pictures and data from the inner, rocky planets.  We have pictures and data of the gas giants.  But, we know very little about the far out, Kuiper Belt objects.  It’s so exciting that we will finally have up close pictures of Pluto.  The flyby should happen July, 14.

You can read more about this mission named New Horizons here…http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

Here are recent pictures taken from New Horizons of Pluto and it’s dance with one of it’s moons, Charon.  Once the probe got close enough to the Pluto system it looked for things it might hit and we discovered that it didn’t have just one moon.  It has at least 5.  We learned more about Pluto and we aren’t even there yet.

Again, so exciting I’m beside myself.

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Kickstarter – iBox Nano is Shipping!

KickStarter1I received an email this morning from Kickstarter that the iBox Nano, the world’s smallest, quietest least expensive resin 3D printer is now shipping.

I donated to this Kickstarter fund in January if I’m not mistaken.  Kickstarter is a website that you can submit your business plans to in order to get people to donate to your cause or product in exchange for the products or services persons are looking to create.  I’m not explaining it very well, but, it’s another way to get funding other than Venture Capital money.

There is no guarantee that your money will not be wasted and if the business fails and they never produce, your out of your $.

I donated like $220 to them if I remember correctly.  I had faith they would produce as they already had a prototype when I donated and now word is out they are shipping their printers to their donators.

I’m looking forward to learning a new type of 3D printing technology.

Lost a Co-Worker Today

Today I lost Edson, my co-worker.  He bought a house in Sacramento (too expensive here) and found a job up there.  So, I lost my right-hand man.  I’m going to be so much more busier at work for the next 3-4 months as a result.  Bye-bye Edson!  (Hes the one holding the soccer ball)

Tom Brady – Hillary Clinton

Brady-Hillary-640x480Why is it we can’t investigate and hold Hillary Clinton responsible like we are Tom Brady.  He cheated in a ball game for Pete’s sake.  It was the most important ball game of the year, but, still a ball game.

Hillary was Secretary of State!  But, somehow she gets a pass.  (no pun intended)

Microsoft will reveal new 3D printing file formats

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Microsoft has just announced that it will reveal information on its new 3D printing file format in Windows 10 at this year’s Build conference in San Francisco.  The software giant believes that current file formats are outdated, and that by aligning CAD software with 3D printing hardware and software on an information-rich format, they can unleash the full potential of 3D printing.

In a post by Microsoft’s own Gavin Gear, who was also a part of the announcement back in 2013 that Windows 8.1 would provide native support for 3D printing, the company stated that current file formats are information poor, and cannot stand up to the capabilities of modern 3D printers. “People are unable to access the full potential of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing because of basic limitations in core technologies used by 3D printing,” said Gear.

Source: 3ders.org – Microsoft will reveal new 3D printing file formats during Build 2015 | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News

Iran Deal – Fact (Lie) Sheet

Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program

Below are the key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program that were decided in Lausanne, Switzerland. These elements form the foundation upon which the final text of the JCPOA will be written between now and June 30, and reflect the significant progress that has been made in discussions between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran. Important implementation details are still subject to negotiation, and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. We will work to conclude the JCPOA based on these parameters over the coming months.

Enrichment

• Iran has agreed to reduce by approximately two-thirds its installed centrifuges. Iran will go from having about 19,000 installed today to 6,104 installed under the deal, with only 5,060 of these enriching uranium for 10 years. All 6,104 centrifuges will be IR-1s, Iran’s first-generation centrifuge.
• Iran has agreed to not enrich uranium over 3.67 percent for at least 15 years.
• Iran has agreed to reduce its current stockpile of about 10,000 kg of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to 300 kg of 3.67 percent LEU for 15 years.
• All excess centrifuges and enrichment infrastructure will be placed in IAEA monitored storage and will be used only as replacements for operating centrifuges and equipment.
• Iran has agreed to not build any new facilities for the purpose of enriching uranium for 15 years.
• Iran’s breakout timeline – the time that it would take for Iran to acquire enough fissile material for one weapon – is currently assessed to be 2 to 3 months. That timeline will be extended to at least one year, for a duration of at least ten years, under this framework.

• Iran will convert its facility at Fordow so that it is no longer used to enrich uranium

• Iran has agreed to not enrich uranium at its Fordow facility for at least 15 years.
• Iran has agreed to convert its Fordow facility so that it is used for peaceful purposes only – into a nuclear, physics, technology, research center.
• Iran has agreed to not conduct research and development associated with uranium enrichment at Fordow for 15 years.
• Iran will not have any fissile material at Fordow for 15 years.
• •Almost two-thirds of Fordow’s centrifuges and infrastructure will be removed. The remaining centrifuges will not enrich uranium. All centrifuges and related infrastructure will be placed under IAEA monitoring.

• Iran will only enrich uranium at the Natanz facility, with only 5,060 IR-1 first-generation centrifuges for ten years.

• Iran has agreed to only enrich uranium using its first generation (IR-1 models) centrifuges at Natanz for ten years, removing its more advanced centrifuges.
• Iran will remove the 1,000 IR-2M centrifuges currently installed at Natanz and place them in IAEA monitored storage for ten years.
• Iran will not use its IR-2, IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, or IR-8 models to produce enriched uranium for at least ten years. Iran will engage in limited research and development with its advanced centrifuges, according to a schedule and parameters which have been agreed to by the P5+1.
• For ten years, enrichment and enrichment research and development will be limited to ensure a breakout timeline of at least 1 year. Beyond 10 years, Iran will abide by its enrichment and enrichment R&D plan submitted to the IAEA, and pursuant to the JCPOA, under the Additional Protocol resulting in certain limitations on enrichment capacity.

Inspections and Transparency

• The IAEA will have regular access to all of Iran’s nuclear facilities, including to Iran’s enrichment facility at Natanz and its former enrichment facility at Fordow, and including the use of the most up-to-date, modern monitoring technologies.
• Inspectors will have access to the supply chain that supports Iran’s nuclear program. The new transparency and inspections mechanisms will closely monitor materials and/or components to prevent diversion to a secret program.
• Inspectors will have access to uranium mines and continuous surveillance at uranium mills, where Iran produces yellowcake, for 25 years.
• Inspectors will have continuous surveillance of Iran’s centrifuge rotors and bellows production and storage facilities for 20 years. Iran’s centrifuge manufacturing base will be frozen and under continuous surveillance.
• All centrifuges and enrichment infrastructure removed from Fordow and Natanz will be placed under continuous monitoring by the IAEA.
• A dedicated procurement channel for Iran’s nuclear program will be established to monitor and approve, on a case by case basis, the supply, sale, or transfer to Iran of certain nuclear-related and dual use materials and technology – an additional transparency measure.
• Iran has agreed to implement the Additional Protocol of the IAEA, providing the IAEA much greater access and information regarding Iran’s nuclear program, including both declared and undeclared facilities.
• Iran will be required to grant access to the IAEA to investigate suspicious sites or allegations of a covert enrichment facility, conversion facility, centrifuge production facility, or yellowcake production facility anywhere in the country.
• Iran has agreed to implement Modified Code 3.1 requiring early notification of construction of new facilities.
• Iran will implement an agreed set of measures to address the IAEA’s concerns regarding the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of its program.

Reactors and Reprocessing

• Iran has agreed to redesign and rebuild a heavy water research reactor in Arak, based on a design that is agreed to by the P5+1, which will not produce weapons grade plutonium, and which will support peaceful nuclear research and radioisotope production.
• The original core of the reactor, which would have enabled the production of significant quantities of weapons-grade plutonium, will be destroyed or removed from the country.
• Iran will ship all of its spent fuel from the reactor out of the country for the reactor’s lifetime.
• Iran has committed indefinitely to not conduct reprocessing or reprocessing research and development on spent nuclear fuel.
• Iran will not accumulate heavy water in excess of the needs of the modified Arak reactor, and will sell any remaining heavy water on the international market for 15 years.
• Iran will not build any additional heavy water reactors for 15 years.

Sanctions

• •Iran will receive sanctions relief, if it verifiably abides by its commitments.
• •U.S. and E.U. nuclear-related sanctions will be suspended after the IAEA has verified that Iran has taken all of its key nuclear-related steps. If at any time Iran fails to fulfill its commitments, these sanctions will snap back into place.
• The architecture of U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on Iran will be retained for much of the duration of the deal and allow for snap-back of sanctions in the event of significant non-performance.
• All past UN Security Council resolutions on the Iran nuclear issue will be lifted simultaneous with the completion, by Iran, of nuclear-related actions addressing all key concerns (enrichment, Fordow, Arak, PMD, and transparency).
• However, core provisions in the UN Security Council resolutions – those that deal with transfers of sensitive technologies and activities – will be re-established by a new UN Security Council resolution that will endorse the JCPOA and urge its full implementation. It will also create the procurement channel mentioned above, which will serve as a key transparency measure. Important restrictions on conventional arms and ballistic missiles, as well as provisions that allow for related cargo inspections and asset freezes, will also be incorporated by this new resolution.
• A dispute resolution process will be specified, which enables any JCPOA participant, to seek to resolve disagreements about the performance of JCPOA commitments.
• If an issue of significant non-performance cannot be resolved through that process, then all previous UN sanctions could be re-imposed.
• U.S. sanctions on Iran for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missiles will remain in place under the deal.

Phasing

• For ten years, Iran will limit domestic enrichment capacity and research and development – ensuring a breakout timeline of at least one year. Beyond that, Iran will be bound by its longer-term enrichment and enrichment research and development plan it shared with the P5+1.
• For fifteen years, Iran will limit additional elements of its program. For instance, Iran will not build new enrichment facilities or heavy water reactors and will limit its stockpile of enriched uranium and accept enhanced transparency procedures.
• Important inspections and transparency measures will continue well beyond 15 years. Iran’s adherence to the Additional Protocol of the IAEA is permanent, including its significant access and transparency obligations. The robust inspections of Iran’s uranium supply chain will last for 25 years.
• Even after the period of the most stringent limitations on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran will remain a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which prohibits Iran’s development or acquisition of nuclear weapons and requires IAEA safeguards on its nuclear program.

The Poseidon Adventure

ThePoseidonAdventureThis movie will always hold a little special place in my heart.  It was the first movie I can remember watching from beginning to end as a little kid.

Up until this point, I would get bored watching an adult movie.  I would always find something else to do that was more interesting than viewing the conclusion to a movie.

Back in the day, there was a cable service in the San Jose area known as Gill Cable and they showed one movie every night at 8:00pm.  They called it “The G Channel.”  They would show movies like It’s Alive, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, etc.

My Aunt and Uncle were subscribers and my Mom, Dad and I would go over to their house once in a while to watch a movie.  On this particular night they were showing The Poseidon Adventure and I enjoyed it enough to sit and watch the whole thing.  I can remember being so proud of myself for actually sitting still for the entire duration of a movie.  Maybe, I felt like I was actually growing up or something, I dunno.