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Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, Ann Arbor, Michigan


In downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, there's this toy robot store,
Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. http://onwardrobots.com/

but it's sort of a front for a non-profit writing lab for kids 6-18.
http://www.826michigan.org/

826 National has differently-themed stores in different cities.
* The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute
* Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (Chicago)
* The Museum of Unnatural History Gift Shop (Washington DC)
* The Time Travel Mart (Los Angeles, two locations)
* Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (Brooklyn NY)
* 826 Valencia Pirate Store (San Francisco)
* Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
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Get Your Ass To Mars

I enjoy armchair space geocaching. Finding weird things people have found in NASA photos of Mars, and then trying to locate precise longitude/latitude for them in Google Earth (Mars).

It can be difficult because the tinfoil hat Mars buffs tend to rotate photos 180 or 90 degrees from Martian north without explanation, almost as if they don't want anyone duplicating their findings.

But anyway, there's this photo taken in 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter:
http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/PSP_009342_1725

The Jet Propulsion Lab has these images as JPEGs, but they have much more detailed photos in .JP2 format, several hundred megabytes large.

It took me awhile to figure out how to view .JP2 files (Thanks, Steve and Jeff!). And the folks on the CosmoQuest forum.
IrfanView: http://www.irfanview.com/ Plugin for JP2: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/IrfanView-PlugIns/1099412658/1
allowed me to zoom in on the .JP2 files.

There's a monolith on Mars (Yes, I know, it's a natural formation, but it's still cool)!

Posts on the web about it like this one:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/mars-monolith-photograph_n_1420208.html

I finally figured out it's in Google Earth (Mars) at roughly 7.233 S, 267.365 E. Or maybe just a little south of there.


http://s22.photobucket.com/user/planettom/media/lj2015/marsmonolithsearch3_zpsi9rgpje0.jpg.html
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Wheel of Thunderdome HTML5

7 years ago I made a Flash version of the Wheel of Thunderdome from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome .

Now, in honor of Friday's premiere of Mad Mad: Fury Road,



A new Wheel of Thunderdome in HTML5 Canvas!

Should work in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Android, iPad, etc.

Bust a Deal, Face the Wheel!


Roulette Wheel code based on "Creating a Roulette Wheel Using HTML5 Canvas" by Charlie Key on the tech.pro website.
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New Horizons Pluto flyby July 14, 2015

One year from today, July 14, 2015, the NASA New Horizons space probe makes its Pluto flyby, with some ashes of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh [1906-1997] aboard - the first human remains launched towards interstellar space (Artist’s conception).


Which is why, 10,000 years from now, aliens send a clone army of Clyde Tombaughs against us.