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October 2, 2013

e Readers, NASA, and Minecraft

Here are a few of the things I have been reading and doing this past week.

Writing and the e Book Market

I read an interesting post over at Anne R. Allen's Blog.  “The Ebook Market No Author Should Ignore: Think Globally!” was an interesting and enlightening read.  It highlighted for me some of the distinct advantages of e readers when traveling.  I have heard on several occasions people arguing that the e books will make paper books obsolete.  Personally I don’t believe this will ever truly happen.  Books and e reads both have advantages and disadvantages.  I think there is a place for both in the world.  Honestly, do you want an author to sign your e-reader or your book?

NASA and Government Shutdown 

I have been following NASA and Spaceflight Now on twitter.  It has been very informative.  It was really neat to see that they pasted several updates leading to the docking of the Soyuz to the International Space Station.  One of the NASA missions I am most excited about is MAVEN.  The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN(MAVEN) is set to launch on the 18th of November and is going to explore the atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars.
Unfortunately NASA shut down on its 55th anniversary yesterday due to the government shutdown.  Universe Today posted an article explaining what the government shut down means for NASA.  Which includes the possibility that MAVEN might miss the launch window and have to wait until 2016.  See the article at Universe Today. --> What Does The Government Shutdown Mean For NASA?

Geeky Food

This week, while poking around on the internet, I came across a web series I had forgotten about.  Nerdy Nummies.  I soon after found Quake N Bake.  These two series feature instructional videos on how to make nerd related sweets like these Minecraft character sugar cookies.   They came out looking really good.  Maybe someday I will try to make them.  Imagine creeper cookies.  Ahhhh!

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