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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Launch Date Set for James Webb Space Telescope

After twenty-five years of development and an order of magnitude cost overrun to US$ 10 billion, they're going to “push the button” and see what happens.

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CONTEXT: Alvy Ray Smith, Computer Graphics Pioneer, and A Biography of the Pixel

Alvy's book, A Biography of the Pixel, was published in August, 2021.

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CONTINUITY: Gun Launch to Earth Orbit

The 1991 paper, “A revolution in access to space through spinoffs of SDI technology” is, thirty years later, behind an IEEE paywall because, of course, it's only fair that the taxpayers who paid for this research should have to fork over US$33 to a private organisation in order to read it. Fortunately, Sci-Hub rides to the rescue with the full text.

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CONTEXT: The Area of a Super-Circle: Elliptic Integrals and Lemniscate Biscuits

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