John Payne Dotson and Family

I received this picture from another descendant of John Payne Dotson last week.  I was very glad to receive such a piece of family history since I don’t have any pictures that far back.  This picture was taken either late 1800s or very early 1900s since John Payne, pictured sitting right, died in 1910.  I am a descendant of Archabald Lefftridge Dotson and Martha Rebecca Baker.  Archabald is the son of John Payne Dotson and Martha Crownover.  I’m in the process of seeing if I can clean it up any.

Back row: left to right William Zachariah, John Spencer, Rufus Solomon, Joseph Madison, Goel Franklin, Archabald Lefftridge.
Front row: Nancy Almeta, Martha Rebecca Baker (Wife of Archabald), Sara Jane, Samantha Jane, Martha Crownover Dotson and John Payne Dotson

I know there is also some pictures of John Payne Dotson in his civil war uniform.  I’d really appreciate scans if you have anything of John Payne, Archabald, or Zackariah (John’s father).  You can send them to

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Casting Underway for the Star Wars Live Action Series

I hear today via and MTV that casting has started on George Lucas’s Star Wars live-action series.  This series will cover the events between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  For me this is great news.  I’ve never really cared for the animated ones being produced recently.  I’m really hoping the TV series is realized and has a chance to air.


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Programmable Matter

Wow, it sounds like something out of Star Trek (see Hologram/Holodeck or maybe changeling might be more accurate), but Intel is claiming that “Programmable Matter” is 5 years away.  Whats more, from the commets they are making, these aren’t Holograms, these are actual objects with shapeshifting abilities.  See the next page for a video from CNN.

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Comet Lulin

Don’t forget, Comet Lulin is supposedly visible to the naked eye tonight (Monday).  Check the link below at Sky and Telescope for a map of the comet for the whole month.  If in need, download Stellarium to findout exactly where to look.

On Monday night February 23, in a moonless sky and near its peak brightness, Comet Lulin passes 2° south-southwest of Saturn.

Lulin’s closest approach to Earth, 0.41 a.u. (61 million km), occurs on Tuesday February 24th, when the comet may be at a peak of magnitude 5.0. By now it’s high up by late evening.

via – Observing Highlights – Catch Comet Lulin at Its Best!.

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Malware Redirecting Users To Fake Review Sites

Here is yet another story of maliciousness in cyberspace today.  Turns out there is a bit of malware out there that will detect if you are trying to go to any review sites in a list, it redirects you to a site under the control of the botnet controllers.  See the Ars article below for more details.

“Once redirected, users are served up with what appears to be an actual, legitimate review of Anti-Virus-1 from a reputable source. These reviews appear to be thinly-veiled rips of what has been written about actual anti-virus scanners—in BleepingComputer’s example image, you can see where the words “Norton Antivirus 2009” were presumably removed, with “AntiVirus2010″ substituted. This leads to some odd-looking ad copy—”Win Your Own AntiVirus2010TM2008″—but the swap doesn’t stand out nearly as much as we might like.”

via New malware attempts legitimacy by spreading phony reviews – Ars Technica.

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The Replacement For The Hubble Space Telescope

The replacement for the Hubble is scheduled to launch in 2013.  The James Webb Space Telescope will have the ability to see further than Hubble and feature mirrors over 20 feet in diameter.  Its sunshield alone is bigger than a tennis court.  This new telescope will be situated about a million miles from Earth, putting it beyond our current ability to service it.  However, scientists have taken the problems with Hubble into account and have made the appropriated modifications to allow the telescope to self-correct.


CNN Video:

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Interesting Twitter Feeds

Here are some Twitter Feeds of note in case any Twitter users reading this haven’t found them yet.Google Reader Team:


Alaska Mt Redoubt Feed:

Wil Wheaton:

Brent Spiner:

Cobra Commander:

Mars Rovers:

LeVar Burton:

Patrick Norton:

Leo Laporte:

Alex Albrecht:

Kevin Rose:

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Sewanee Photos From 02.08.2009

I took these photos with my Canon A720 IS last night up in Sewanee.  I also broke out an old Canon AE-1 SLR and took some pics with it before and after dark.  Its my first time using it so we’ll have to see how they turn out.  Of course, they won’t be back from developing until Saturday afternoon.

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