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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: [] [] /. LinkedIn []

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Thursday January 20, 2005
01:51 PM

Science News (Flare, meteor on mars)

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Strongest Solar Flare Of Year Recorded
"The largest, most powerful solar flare of the year erupted early this morning. At this point, it is unknown if the X7-class event hurled a CME towards us. If it did, skywatchers could be in for a treat when it arrives tomorrow evening. Keep an eye on our Geomagnetic Monitor and for more details."
  UtahSkies also had an Aurora Watch earlier in the week. -, via UtahSkies
Opportunity rover finds an iron meteorite on Mars
"NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found an iron meteorite, the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet. The pitted, basketball-size object is mostly made of iron and nickel according to readings from spectrometers on the rover. " - JPL, via SpaceFlightNow ; and,
Mars Rover's Meteorite Discovery Triggers Questions
"The discovery of an iron meteorite sitting on Mars by NASA’s Opportunity rover has kick-started a wide-ranging discussion as to what the find may be telling us about the planet itself, past water conditions there, and just how peppered the red planet might be with the fallen objects." -
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  • Awesome! I hope we get hit hard! :) I've recently started watching those sites in the last few weeks hoping to catch more Aroura here in southern Wisconsin where they're pretty rare. However, last Sept. we had a pretty good show. Here's some pics I took if you care to see. []

    Sorry I don't have a fancy thumbnail photo album thingy, and some of them are blurry as I was using shutter speeds of 10-30 seconds, and didn't have a tripod for several of them, but there