Researchers there say Barack Obama is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt. […] Hillary Clinton is related to Pitt’s girlfriend, Angelina Jolie. Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother’s side, is also a distant cousin of singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including President Bush and his father, former President George Bush, his cousins.
Curious about what data about your online profiles is exposed via your email address? Alf Eaton has a new tool for you, called IdentiFight. Put in your email address and it’ll check with many of the biggest online sites to see what you’ve (inadvertently) made public via a simple email search.
The order sent a shudder through the rover operating office at JPL in La Cañada Flintridge and through the wider science community that views the rovers as one of NASA’s most glittering successes during a time when the manned exploration program has suffered tragedy and delay.
Amazon.com is shutting down their E-Commerce Web Service 3.0 webservice, as of March 31. ECS3 has been deprecated in favor of Amazon Associates Web Service 4.0. Yeah, there’s some marketing speak in there, but basically, they had an older version of their webservice still available, and it’s going away now.
How is Tellico affected? I made the switch to what was then called ECS4 in November 2005 and have continued to update the API as additional features have been added. The first released version of Tellico with that access was version 1.1, in February 2006.
Amazon has been sending me emails about Tellico’s token still being used with the ECS3 service, so I know there are people out there with versions prior to 1.1 who are using Amazon’s search. After March 31, those data sources won’t work. Just so you know. (The app will work, you just won’t be able to search Amazon.) Upgrade!
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin gave a speech last week at the Goddard Symposium, and his speech mentioned quite a bit about what’s going on in NASA lately and what the current thinking about future work is.
Space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 2:28 a.m. EDT on March 11, 2008, on a mission to deliver a Japanese laboratory component and robotic arm system to the International Space Station.
I came across gPapers this weekend, which is a relatively new application that bills itself as “iTunes for PDFs”. It looks pretty good, with lots of features.
It uses pyGtk, so it’s another scripted app, no compilation needed. It has separate lists for authors, organization, etc. as iTunes does for artists and albums. It does a pretty good job of searching online databases, and reading PDF files.
Being a new app, and having a few unusual library dependencies, you probably won’t find it in your distribution’s repository. So if you want to give gPapers a shot, you’ll have to download and run it using the source.