For so many nerds, the Hubble space telescope feels more like a friend than a hunk of metal in the cold vacuum of space -- a friend whose job you're super jealous of. The 'scope, which launched on the space shuttle Discovery in 1990, has sent back some of the most incredible images from the final frontier -- over 1.3 million observations of planets, galaxies and more, all while hurling about our planet at 27,359km/h from its vantage point in low Earth orbit.
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It's the law of the universe that if you're able to blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in one breath, whatever you wish for will come true. So why would you ever try to celebrate your 85th birthday by putting 72,585 lit candles on your cake? The fire department would have a hard time putting out that inferno.
Exactly 10 years ago, Google uploaded an announcement to its press page: Google Launches Free 3D Mapping and Search Product!
Google Earth turns 10 today, and to celebrate, the engineering team added 1500 new images to its great Earth View project, where it collects the most compelling images recorded by its source satellites.
Exactly 350 years ago today, New York City became New York City. The city itself already existed, of course: As the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. But on September 8, 1664, the British gave it its permanent moniker, which makes today its name-day.
Nikola Tesla was a legendary futurist before the term futurist even existed. He made all kinds of predictions about the way that world would and should operate -- some of them accurate, and some of them controversial. And guess what? It's his birthday!
Where were you when the ISS launched its first module in November of 1998? Some of us watched, others were in school, still other weren't even alive yet. Either way, it's hard to believe that today is the International Space Station -- the largest cooperative science project ever -- is celebrating its 15h birthday today.
Try and tally up all the text messages you have ever sent in your life. Every single one. From the very first time you recharged your Nokia 3315 with credit, to the terrible way you broke up with your high-school sweetheart, right through to the one you sent this afternoon telling that gambling site to stop spamming you. Those three messages count towards the total of eight trillion text messages sent every year, and today is the anniversary of the very first. So what did it say?
Outside of my immediate family, I have no idea when anyone's birthday is without the aid of Facebook. And you probably don't either. David Plotz at Slate wanted to see what would happen if he celebrated three birthdays in July.
A couple of weeks ago, ABC's iView VOD service celebrated its first birthday – they grow up so fast! David Knox at TV Tonight is reporting that to celebrate, the national broadcaster's online video portal has begun a 3 month trial with Pipe Networks to allow smaller ISPs to offer unmetered access to the service.
What are you doing at midday today? I'll tell you what you're doing! You're sitting by your computer, browser open with one tab set to Giz AU (like it always should be) and another browser pointed at Catch Of The Day. Because tomorrow is their birthday, and they're going special crazy. $200 for a Wii (half price), $99 for a PS2, $99 for a TomTom Satnav, $99 for a 4GB iPod Nano... that's your Christmas shopping done right there. And that's just shopping for yourself. What you get your friends and relatives won't matter after the bargains you score here today.
Congratulations iPod on turning 7 today! Starting to feel kind of old aren't you? Ahh, you have had a good life so far. Lots of friends and TONS of kids. Seriously, keep it in your pants you dirty old bastard. I don't know how you do it at your age.
This Millennium Falcon was never going to do the Kessel Run... but it might just qualify as the most awesome birthday cake ever made. I mean, look at the detail! Made by Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, one lucky guy received it this weekend... and can you guess his generous brother's profession? Yup, you were close: it's as a sysadmin. I just hope he appreciated it, since I know an armload of people who'd weep with joy if this arrived on their birthday. Particularly if it were cunningly combined with LED birthday candles for special lighting effects. There's another pic below, if you haven't seen enough.
Hey, it's your birthday! To celebrate this momentous occasion I got the pocket birthday kit complete with four candles, matches and a base. Why are you crying? What do you mean you don't have any friends? I'm here with the pocket birthday dude! This is supposed to be a happy time. Available for about US$6 (which is ridiculous).
I'm still travelling, and today on the beach in Ipanema, I got into a bit of an argument with the tide, which swept me out a bit. I waved to friends for a bit of help and they just waved back, I think. (Had already lost both contacts at this point, so couldn't see.) I made it back to shore by swimming parallel to the beach to weaker currents and planting my tippy toes in the sand when the tide pulled back out, and making it back in slowly. The Sea is mighty, even on a leisurely beach day! I'm not supposed to be posting, but I figured I'd pop in to do my usual birthday wishes.
Oh LAN, it seems like it was only yesterday that your first commercial installation (ARCnet) was born at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. We must give thanks to Harry Pyle and that meatball sandwich he was eating for providing the inspiration behind ARCnet all those years ago. Enjoy it while you can old friend, because the times are changing, and you may not live to see your 40th.