Blogging History: NSA lies about domestic spying; Corpse flowers; Carmack's spaceship lifts off

One year ago today
More NSA leaks: how the NSA bends the truth about spying on Americans while insisting it doesn't spy on Americans: They expose the "truth" behind NSA director James Clapper's assertion that "The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress." This turns out to be technically, narrowly true, but false in its implication.

Five years ago today
The Corpse Flowers of Sumatra: You might imagine that smelling the world's largest flower would be a lovely experience. You would be very, very wrong.

Ten years ago today
Successful test liftoff for John Carmack's XPrize contender craft: "The flight was perfect. It went 131 feet high, and landed less than one foot from the launch point," Carmack reported on his web site. "It can easily do flights three times as long, which may show up some problems before we hit them with the big vehicle."