Monday, May 05, 2008

A couple of sweet links for you

Back in the 1960s, during the space race, we were all amazed and fascinated with the space program (me more than most, as a geeky 7-year-old). What most Americans didn't realize, and didn't want to, was that Russia did everything but the moon landing first (and they tried that too). First satellite, first living creature in orbit, first man in space, first man in orbit, etc.

They didn't do the first space shuttle, but theirs was much bigger. You probably didn't know they had one, as information was rare, let alone photos. Those Soviets, always keeping secrets. I have found a collection of amazing photos from the glory days of their huge shuttle craft (the Buran) and the way-past-huge booster (the Energia). Check them out, and click the photos to enlarge.

Also, Cory Doctorow has a new book out called Little Brother, a "rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion". Some teenagers get accused of being terrorists, and draw heavy heat from Homeland Security. The kids are forced to use their tech skills to outwit and evade, and... well, read the book. Lots of useful tips for those who want their privacy back. The author is giving it away FREE right here:

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