Mirrors on the Moon: A Reporter’s Story about Sources and Secrets in the Modern World As a national security reporter, I write about war, weapons, security, and secrets. The question most commonly asked of me is, "How do you get sources to talk to you?" The Pentagon's Brain is my third book in a series about seemingly impenetrable subjects. The first one, Area 51, is about the highly classified military facility in Nevada. The answer is pretty simple: I ask. This excellent concept of looking up was conveyed to me by an Area 51 source, Ed Lovick, the physicist who led the Lockheed Skunk Works team to invent stealth technology for the CIA. In my early research for The Pentagon's Brain I wanted to learn about the early science behind DARPA's laser beam weapons, which are also called directed-energy weapons (DEW). I sought out the scientist who invented the laser, Charles H. Speaking with Charles Townes confirmed two ideas. From Charles Townes, I also learned details about one of the first sets of experiments involving lasers, mirrors, and the moon.
Broadside. Battle of Trafalgar The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on the 21st of October 1805 off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast, between the combined fleets of Spain and France and the Royal Navy. It was the last great sea action of the period and its significance to the outcome of the war in Europe is still debated by historians. The Chase The battle itself was the culmination of a long campaign. After the Treaty of Amiens Europe was at peace for 14 months. After an aborted attempt Admiral Villeneuve eventually managed to evade Nelson, blockading him in Toulon, and sailed for the West Indies on March 30th. Nelson discovered that Villeneuve had sailed out of the Med and resumed the chase on the 10th May across the Atlantic to the West Indies. More images from Mike Haywood Villeneuve, unable to reach Ferrol, sailed for Cadiz, but bad weather forced him to to run into Vigo. The Battle The Nelson Touch October 21st Villeneuve sailed slowly in the light winds to the south-east. Close Action Aftermath
British Vs American English: 100+ Differences Illustrated Given the amount of places around the world that English is spoken, various differences are bound to emerge. Despite how much the USA and UK have in common, there are enough differences between their two versions of the English language that someone may not always understand exactly what someone from the other country is saying. Fortunately, the US State Department has created a series of useful graphics to help clear things up. Show Full Text The US and the UK's imperial histories and modern influence over the world have changed the English language forever. Even if you're a native speaker of UK or US English, there's a good chance you'll learn something new here. More info: americanenglish.state.gov (h/t: designyoutrust, demilked)
econoaula 350 Photoshop Tutorials | Best Photoshop Tutorials Photoshop is what makes the virtual world seem alive. Its nothing less than a blessing for designers. The Internet is full of Photoshop Tutorials and you will find a tutorial on each and every tool. With that being said, we understand that these tutorials require time and effort to find so we’ve saved you both. How? Well, basically, we compiled a collection of easy to understand Photoshop tutorials that will aid you with just about every aspect of Photoshop and teach you the essentials of the software. Who knows, after going through these tutorials, you may end up being the next big thing in the world of Graphic Design. This article is divided in 14 Sections: Advertisement Tutorials for Beginners 5 Common Photoshop Myths Solved for Absolute Beginners In this post, author will provide 5 Simple, Yet Useful Photoshop “How-to”s for Absolute Beginners. More Information on 5 Common Photoshop Myths Solved for Absolute Beginners How to Use and Create Brushes in Adobe Photoshop Text Tutorials Fire
Blog 2016: A Liberal Odyssey In a heart-wrenching letter published in the New York Times, U.S.-born journalist Michael Luo described his family’s recent encounter with the kind of bigoted outburst—culminating with the admonition that Luo’s family should “go back to China”—that, sadly, is quite common for Asian-Americans across the country. Flight or Fight When I arrived in Athens in July, I sent an email to Delphina, an activist and blogger who was following the anarchist activities in the city. Baffler Newsletter For a limited time: sign up for our newsletter, and we’ll offer a complimentary digital copy of our current issue, Muzak of the Spheres. Daily Bafflements Today in “are you fucking kidding me?” The New York Times appears to have forgotten that, as a general rule, watching the episodes in a television show in the correct order tends to make for a better, more helpful review. Alex Jones, one of Donald Trump’s favorite conspiracy theorists, is extremely concerned about the “Jewish Mafia.”
History - Ancient History in depth: An Overview of Roman Britain The battle between SSD and HDD is over, and the winner is clear Hadrian While there are merits to both Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives, the choice at this point is clear — you need an SSD. The price advantage HDDs once held is quickly slipping, and unless you have 1TB or more of data to store, you should buy a system with an SSD. They provide a noticeable bump in performance during boot-up times and data movement, often clocking in at five times faster than the speeds possible on an HDD. Storage Capacity Mike Mols First, let’s take a look at the difference in size — meaning data capacity — between hard drives and solid state. More: WD Blue 1TB SSD review It isn’t difficult to find HDDs with several terabytes worth of storage. HDDs have been the standard for desktops and many laptops, as their large storage capacities mean one doesn’t have to worry about running out of storage space too quickly, and their magnetic storage method means they have near-infinite read/write capabilities. Speed, Form Factor, and Durability wavebreakmedia Pricing Coprid
Blog de Geografía del profesor Juan Martín Martín Achieving Better Focus and Sharpness in Your Images Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in October, 2009. The most common complaints I hear from most photographers of any experience level is "my images aren't sharp", and "I can't get my focus to lock". Most want to blame their equipment and, while there are many instances that equipment is to blame, I have found a vast majority are just simple user error. This is often down to a lack of understanding of how an autofocus (AF) system works. 1. My what? You can adjust the eyepiece to a fairly large degree, but if you need more eyesight correction, there are replacement diopters available for DSLR/SLR's from many of the major manufacturers in a range from -5 to +4 as needed. 2. What the heck are all those things in there anyway? There are two types of focus points, single plane and cross point. Cross point focus points will work with lines of contrast that align either way. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
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