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  • Paul Hurst 2:18 pm on August 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america, budget, church, curiosity, curious, life, mars, mission, , , pope, purpose, science, search,   

    Just Curious… 


    It was another huge leap for mankind today when NASA’s latest space mission to Mars touched down safely.

    The one-tonne vehicle, known as ‘Curiosity’ also managed to find time to send a tweet out to all its followers: “I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!”. Its mision to look for the evidences of life greatly helped, no doubt by a strong Wi-Fi signal on the Martian surface…

    There is no doubting the technical excellence that saw the rover safely make its 154.4 million mile journey however I am slightly confused as to its purpose.

    One of NASA’s mission goals is to determine whether Mars ‘has ever had the conditions to support life’, but to me, a mere mortal, this seems a little strange. Almost like trying to prove the possibility that the Pope could visit my house for lunch. Proving a ‘possibility’ isn’t worth much, I would have thought it better to try to answer the much bigger question of ‘is there, or has there ever been life on Mars?’. I presume that Curiosity may get the best of the NASA scientists and results permitting, they may turn their attention to those questions further down the line.

    In the meantime, the two-year mission costing an estimated $2,500,000,000 ($2.5bn), certainly goes where no man has been before but even if the mission goal is successful, we may still never know if it’s gone where life itself has ever been before…

    In any case, I’d like to pass on my congratulations to everyone who’s been involved with this so far, and also wish the team every success for the rest of the mission.

    PS… For the record, although the possibility exists for His Holiness to visit my home for cucumber sandwiches, He has never done so, and I am relatively confident that he has not made any specific plans for the immediate future…

  • Paul Hurst 11:47 pm on April 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apps, deck, essential, , group, groups, search, , tweet, tweetdeck, ,   

    Do you remember taking your first tentat… 

    Do you remember taking your first tentative steps along the ‘twittery superhighway?’

    Early adopter or latecommer to the party, you probably still encountered precicely the same steep(ish) learning curve of both shoehorning your thoughts into 140 characters and trying to get your head around all the DM@RT#ing intricacies!

    One program which helped me to get a much wider and clearer picture of what twitter is all about is TweetDeck.  It’s raved about on the forums and in millions of tweets per day but why is it so useful?

    1.  It autorefreshes – so tweets are re-ordered in order of newness.

    2. It allows you to search your contacts tweets meaning you can find old themes and buzzwords fast.

    3. Its easy to retweet (RT), reply publically (@username), or direct message (DM) people thanks to the handy graphics that appear over user avatars.

    4. You can choose the layout to include things like word clouds along with extra profile information.

    5. Integrated ‘tiny url’ will shorten most web addresses to save you precious characters for all those long words!

    Those are my personal top five reasons but there are others too including group views and photo, video and even facebook integration.  So if you are new to Twitter or if you are just looking for a more powerful way of using the Twitter service then you would do well to give it a try.

    Just before I go, and for all you seasoned ‘tweople’ out there, you may find this video useful on how TweetDeck can help you manage and interact with large numbers of followers.

    • Phil 12:34 am on April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Uses too much screen real estate for me. I’ve always been a Twhirl user and am finding it hard to make the switch! Probably why I don’t like Seesmic Desktop either.

      • Paul Hurst 12:46 am on April 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Its a strength and weakness at the same time. It may demand your total attention however it can throw lots of useful information your way in return.

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