February 13th, 2008

The PBS restrictions

Can somebody see if this is downloadable? Or post me the link to the core media, so I can check if the ip checking is dumb enough to have me watch it anyway? Thank you!

Great Grey’s link actually did it. Miro is happily downloading the torrent as we speak, yeah! Thank you!

Great Grey helped me get my hands on this PBS show called Astrospies. Here is the link again, which is pointing to a bittorrent. Miro happily downloaded and showed it in crystal clear impressive DVD like quality. Pretty interesting to see how a whole separate manned space program was being secretly developed in parallel to the Apollo missions.

I will leave it in my Miro library for a couple of weeks and can see it is feeding (or seeding as that is called) it again to others. Smart.

As for PBS: I like them, great programs. How sad they are putting up rights restrictions on even their own productions, hampering obviously only the less computer literate.

February 13th, 2008

The pale blue dot

Late Carl Sagan is a guy I really really liked. Optimist, Scientist, ET believer. If I am not mistaken, he was involved in getting a plaquette on board of the Voyager and/or Pioneer spacecrafts, the most distant man-made objects. The Voyagers are still partly operational, quite incredible.

Sagan, who wrote the book “Contact”, later filmed with Jody Foster and still my all time favorite movie, said:

“That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”