HyperCardPreview »

Pierre Lorenzi has built something wonderful:

HyperCardPreview is an Mac OS X application that can display HyperCard stacks, with an look very faithful to the original. It makes the stack files alive again in the Finder with their real icons, so they don’t appear as “binaries”, and provides a QuickLook plug-in.

It can only visualize the stacks: it can’t modify them, and it can’t execute them. But it lets the user inspect the stacks, backgrounds, cards, buttons and fields, see theirs scripts and get their text contents.

Mind blown.

Tump’s NASA Budget »

Keep in mind this isn’t law yet, but Loren Grush has the details:

Some notable missions are canceled under the request, including NASA’s contentious Asteroid Redirect Mission — an initiative to robotically retrieve a piece of an asteroid and bring it into the vicinity of the Moon. A mission to land on Jupiter’s moon Europa is also canceled, though a mission to fly by the icy world, known as the Europa Clipper mission, made the cut. Meanwhile, the proposal doesn’t call for any major changes in focus for NASA’s human exploration program. There’s no language about a return to the Moon, so the agency is still ostensibly on a “Journey to Mars” for now.

Under Trump, NASA will continue to work with private space companies such as Boeing, SpaceX and more to “support and expand public-private partnerships as the foundation of future U.S. civilian space efforts.”

Worryingly — but not surprisingly — the budget cuts back on Earth science programs and would completely eliminate NASA’s education program. Comments have been made that this will fall under the agency’s science program, but time will tell. Additionally, DSCOVR will go dark if the budget is approved.

As we spoke about on this week’s episode of Liftoff, there aren’t many surprises here. The Asteroid Redirect Mission has long been disliked by Republicans, and the party generally favors human exploration of Earth science, not to mention studying climate change.

I’d argue that NASA is uniquely suited to study our planet, and should be allowed to continue to do so. It’s the only home we’ve got, no matter what side of the aisle you are on.

Kbase Article of the Week: Using iChat Backdrop Effects »

Apple Support:

Backdrop Effects is a Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard iChat feature that “removes” the background of your video chat and replaces it with a picture of your choosing, leaving you in the foreground. It works much like a “green screen” used by actors in a Hollywood studio.

This works by taking a snapshot of the background when you are not chatting. Since the computer knows what the background is, parts of it can be replaced with images or movies. Since you were not part of the background when the snapshot happened, you will not be ignored, hence you or any other object will be able to move “on top of” the background.

The feature is present in Photo Booth, too, as shown below:

I felt silly doing this, even though I was alone.

Connected #133: The Italian Word for Spoon »

This week’s episode is up:

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On the Clamshell iBook »

This month at MacStories, I wrote up the first-generation iBook G3:

Close your eyes and picture a Mac laptop. It has a small screen in a case unique among a sea of PC notebooks. It runs without a fan, and has impressive battery life. The trackpad is smooth and the keyboard is responsive.

Now open your eyes. Is this what you had in mind?

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