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While you’re waiting for the space shuttle to launch, be sure to check out NASA’s new streaming video from the ISS. When they don’t actually have video streaming, it shows the flyover path so you can get an idea if you’ll be able to see it pass overhead. If you can’t watch the video, for whatever reason, you can still listen to the mission audio.

Enjoy!

…the ISS is about to take your place.

Venus is about to be ousted as the brightest star-like object in the night sky. The next space shuttle mission, STS-119 is slated to launch on Wednesday night, March 11 at 9:20 p.m. EDT (1:20 a.m. Thursday March 12 GMT), and astronauts will deliver and install the fourth and final set of solar array wings to the International Space Station. Once the array is deployed, the station will surpass Venus as the brightest object in the night sky, second only to the Moon. The new array will increase the amount of electricity available for science experiments by 50%, providing the power needed for the ISS to house a crew of 6 astronauts instead of the current 3.

I’ve seen an ISS pass, though not for a few years. The coolest one was shortly after I moved to FL in ’97 when the husband and I went down to the beach near dawn to watch a shuttle launch and the ISS passed over shortly after. You can see if the ISS is scheduled to fly over your location within the next 10 days at Heavens Above or just track it at NASA’s shuttle tracking page.

Happy star/object gazing!

Baseball cards just got a whole lot cooler.

Just hold the special 3D Live card in front of a webcam and watch a three-dimensional avatar spring to life — rotate the card and the figure rotates in full perspective. The technology provided by Total Immersion also allows collectors to drop the player into simple pitching, batting and catching games using the computer keyboard. Series 1 cards will cost $2 for a 12-pack while a buck snags a fistful of five.

Be sure you click through to the website for video of this marvel. File this one in “how do they DO that?”

Once or twice a year, a novelty headline emerges about a picture of Jesus or the Virgin Mary showing up on some devout person’s toast. The discoverer generally gets their 15 minutes of fame, some casino or crazy collector pays way too much money for said item on e-bay, and the story goes away. But one day soon you will be able to inscribe a complete message from Jesus, or Satan, or yourself on your daily bread.

If that’s too religious right for you, perhaps you’d be more entertained by drawing your favorite Dilbert cartoon on your toast, an inspirational quotation, or just a loving message to your significant other. The sky’s the limit with the…well…it’s just in the concept stage and I don’t think it actually has a name yet. But I’ll be paying attention to Brookstone’s website, as I’m positive this will contribute to the breakfast of the future!