Current events for geeks:
- Adult Swim has announced that the Toonami block will be returning to Saturday nights starting at midnight this Saturday, May 26. Right now, the schedule includes Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Ghost in the Shell, and Cowboy Bebop, as well as two new shows, Casshern Sins and Deadman Wonderland. I loved Toonami in high school. We didn’t have cable at home, so I have vivid memories watching on family vacations; after my family had gone to sleep I would stay up and watch Big O with the volume way down. Who need sleep when you can watch anime? I have been getting my Toonami fix recently by watching Toonami Aftermath, but the real deal will be even better!
- This morning saw a smooth start to the first private space mission to the ISS. At 3:44 am, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying supplies to the International Space Station. This historic launch marks a new era in space exploration; a private enterprise has stepped in to fill the void left by the cancellation of the government-run space shuttle program. SpaceX hopes to someday send manned flights into space as well. They are, of course, working closely with NASA, which also expressed its excitement over the launch. This mission will hopefully open the door for further commercial exploration of space. Capitalism at its finest!
- Microsoft has launched So.cl, a “social-search tool.”
- According to one Internet monitor’s data, Chrome was the most popular browser last Sunday, getting 32.8% of traffic, compared to 31.9% for IE and 25.5% for Firefox. I have been a Firefox user myself for about 10 years, but I’ve recently switched more to Chrome, because for some reason I cannot get Firefox to work properly on my work computer (it takes forever to load pages and crashes a lot). This may be a glimpse into a (near) future with Chrome as the #1 browser for good.