Photography, Security, Links & Space in Second Life

International Space Flight Museum (general)

I’m a closet space geek, so when I saw Yan Lauria’s photo of the International Space Station I had to go visit. The International Space Flight Museum is much more than just the Station – the coolest part, for me anyway, was the ability to teleport to the various planets (and celestial objects) and revisit the history of all the space exploration this species has done over the past 50-something years.

I had forgotten many of the vehicles we flung out there to gather data – some of which were lost to unknown fates, others crashed, and still others are stubbornly refusing to stop working.

International Space Flight Museum (general)

I’ll use this destination as the backdrop for an odd assortment of links I keep meaning to share.

The first is to remind you about Lightstalking – an online photography resource and magazine. I get emails from them on articles and, lately, lists of Photography Freebies – including e-books and online courses. Subscribing to the Newsletter is free and worthwhile. I wish I could say I have the time to learn everything I should, but I have good intentions. :)

International Space Flight Museum (general)

As a Second Life specific link, I want to point out something Berry has already trumped me by mentioning. Cory Edo of Trompe Loeil has released 10 free water normal maps.

They’re very easy to install and start using, and I was going to give you the instructions but Berry did a video.  She’s an overachiever, so we’ll just take advantage of that. *grin*

I’ll finish with two techie topics I think are important. The first relates back to my discussion of Cryptolocker – it’s still out there and still a huge threat. It has however now been coupled with another charming bit of malware called GameOver Zeus. There is a two week window before the bad guys regain control of the large hacker networks running these botnets – in the meantime various agencies of various countries are recommending you check your computers. This post by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (part of Homeland Security) has a list of free scans you can do.

International Space Flight Museum (general)

The last link was only added to the blogpost agenda this morning. I logged on and checked Twitter to discover that Cory Doctorow has made a major announcement. Today June 5, the one year anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures, is the launch of Reset the Net.

I won’t regurgitate everything those links will tell you, but in summary: “Reset the Net provides you with a technical, political, and social toolkit to harden our Internet against the spies“. If you sign the pledge and download the kit you will get free tools which will encrypt your chat, hide your location etc. They also provide instructions for improving your online security -the vast majority of which appear to be mobilecentric, although there were a number of things I plan to do on my desktop.

It’s probably more than a little bizarre that I first linked to helpful advice from an agency of the American Government and then recommended a campaign to reclaim our privacy from the NSA. Such is the nature of this strange world we live in. :)

International Space Flight Museum (general)
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  1. “I’m a closet space geek” – You geek out about closet space?


  2. Inara Pey

     /  June 5, 2014

    Wait, what? You’re only just visitng ISM now?! And be proud – come out of the closet. There’s more to space than places to hang your clothes.

    And also (just so show-off my own geekiness): The vehicle approaching the ISS is Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which flies cargo and supplies to the station & which is being used as the basis for a part of NASA’s next generation of crewed space vehicle, the Orion MPCV.

    The lander in the middle image is a Viking Lander from the 1970s, two of which are sitting on Mars today, inert, but which have caused much controversy in science circles.

    The bottom picture is NASA’s Cassini vehicle, still in operation in orbit around Saturn, and (in SL at least), still with the European Huygens lander attached, which did so much to increase our understanding of Saturn’s Moon Titan, both during its descent through the atmosphere and following its landing in the Xanadu region. Huygens took seventeen years to develop and fly, for a total of 4 hours operational time in Titan’s atmosphere and on the surface …

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