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hello world. my name is Ryan Alexander Boyles. often, it's pronounced the RAB. i'm into declarative living. i am a connector. this is my life-stream / tumblr / blog. call it what you will. find my sxsw posts. any questions, ask me anything! btw, here is a standard disclaimer.

 

shortformblog:

A YouTube user who goes by Matthew has returned with a modified version of the 3D-printed rifle he debuted earlier this year…with one key difference. Where Matthew’s last 3D-printed weapon broke on its initial firing, the latest build of the rifle fired 14 shots before a crack appeared near the chamber. While there’s no time table in place yet, Matthew says he plans to distribute blueprints for the 3D-printed rifle in the near future. source

crookedindifference:

NASA Ion Thruster Achieves World-Record 5+ Years of Operation

A NASA advanced ion propulsion engine has successfully operated for more than 48,000 hours, or 5 and a half years, making it the longest test duration of any type of space propulsion system demonstration project ever.

The thruster was developed under NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) Project at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Glenn manufactured the test engine’s core ionization chamber. Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, Calif., designed and built the ion acceleration assembly.

The 7-kilowatt class thruster could be used in a wide range of science missions, including deep space missions identified in NASA’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey.

“The NEXT thruster operated for more than 48,000 hours,” said Michael J. Patterson, principal investigator for NEXT at Glenn. “We will voluntarily terminate this test at the end of this month, with the thruster fully operational. Life and performance have exceeded the requirements for any anticipated science mission.”

The NEXT engine is a type of solar electric propulsion in which thruster systems use the electricity generated by the spacecraft’s solar panel to accelerate the xenon propellant to speeds of up to 90,000 mph. This provides a dramatic improvement in performance compared to conventional chemical rocket engines.

During the endurance test performed in a high vacuum test chamber at Glenn, the engine consumed about 1,918 pounds (870 kilograms) of xenon propellant, providing an amount of total impulse that would take more than 22,000 (10,000 kilograms) of conventional rocket propellant for comparable applications.

This is why we still need NASA.

(via Twitter / @theRab)

Testing #newnewtwitter embedded tweets using javascript snippet in the video type tumblr post from the bookmarklet.

Result: doesn’t work… how did attaboy do it? 

Test 2: I embedded a tweet in the body of a link type post and it works. still not optimal, seems like tumblr should get with it and add this feature natively. 

Is Your Browser Ready for HTML5?

If you want to find out how well-equipped your browser is for the HTML5 future, just pay a visit HTML5test.com.

marco:

The Tumblr Backup app is ready for its first beta testing.
Download (Mac OS X, requires 10.5 or higher)
Unlike other publishing sites’ approach to backups, our goal was to create a useful copy of your blog’s content that can be viewed on any computer, burned to a CD, or hosted as an archive of static HTML files.
Wherever possible, we use simple file formats. Our backup structure is optimized for Mac OS X’s Spotlight for searching and Quick Look for browsing, and we’ll try to use the same structure and achieve the same benefits on other platforms.
Release notes:
Sorry, there’s no Windows version yet.
The output is minimally styled in a plain theme to ensure complete backups, zero external requirements, and a consistent data structure. Custom theme code is included in the backup as a separate file.
To view the backup in a browser, open the index.html file.
Photosets are not yet fully downloaded. (Next version.)
The following are not backed up:  
Private tumblelogs
Submissions
Notes
Feed-imported posts
Audio files from reblogged posts

You can launch the app every few days and re-run the backup in the same place, and it effectively performs an incremental media backup: image and audio files are only re-downloaded if they don’t already exist in the target folder. Text content and post data are re-downloaded in full every time.
If you have private posts, be careful if you make the backup publicly available. Private posts are included in a private folder, and their images or audio files are included in the standard images and audio folders.
Are you a programmer? Each post’s XML data, as specified by our API, is embedded inside an easily-parsed-out HTML comment in each post’s HTML file, in case you want to do anything cool with it.
To report bugs, email me. Thanks.

marco:

The Tumblr Backup app is ready for its first beta testing.

  • Download (Mac OS X, requires 10.5 or higher)

Unlike other publishing sites’ approach to backups, our goal was to create a useful copy of your blog’s content that can be viewed on any computer, burned to a CD, or hosted as an archive of static HTML files.

Wherever possible, we use simple file formats. Our backup structure is optimized for Mac OS X’s Spotlight for searching and Quick Look for browsing, and we’ll try to use the same structure and achieve the same benefits on other platforms.

Release notes:

  • Sorry, there’s no Windows version yet.
  • The output is minimally styled in a plain theme to ensure complete backups, zero external requirements, and a consistent data structure. Custom theme code is included in the backup as a separate file.
  • To view the backup in a browser, open the index.html file.
  • Photosets are not yet fully downloaded. (Next version.)
  • The following are not backed up:
    • Private tumblelogs
    • Submissions
    • Notes
    • Feed-imported posts
    • Audio files from reblogged posts
  • You can launch the app every few days and re-run the backup in the same place, and it effectively performs an incremental media backup: image and audio files are only re-downloaded if they don’t already exist in the target folder. Text content and post data are re-downloaded in full every time.
  • If you have private posts, be careful if you make the backup publicly available. Private posts are included in a private folder, and their images or audio files are included in the standard images and audio folders.
  • Are you a programmer? Each post’s XML data, as specified by our API, is embedded inside an easily-parsed-out HTML comment in each post’s HTML file, in case you want to do anything cool with it.

To report bugs, email me. Thanks.

staff:

Please help us test Tumblr v4!
We’re getting ready to push our biggest interface overhaul since last November, and we’d love to get your feedback.
Nearly every piece of the interface has changed.  We’ve tried to perfect the presentation of the Dashboard, and the retooled interface will enable a lot of the new functionality we’re prepping to launch.
It’s still early, so please let us know if anything seems funny.
You can access the beta at www.tumblr-beta.com.

oooooh, cooool.

staff:

Please help us test Tumblr v4!

We’re getting ready to push our biggest interface overhaul since last November, and we’d love to get your feedback.

Nearly every piece of the interface has changed. We’ve tried to perfect the presentation of the Dashboard, and the retooled interface will enable a lot of the new functionality we’re prepping to launch.

It’s still early, so please let us know if anything seems funny.

You can access the beta at www.tumblr-beta.com.

oooooh, cooool.