Monthly Archives: August 2013

Dead Sci-Fi Worlds

I just read an interesting article from io, 9 Scientific Breakthroughs That Killed Science Fiction Subgenres. An interesting survey that touches a range of interesting stuff, from the lack of Martian Civilization to the absence of any Mu Continent on Earth. … Continue reading

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A Thousand Years of European History

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugqGueQ9Ud8 Because the Traveller game moves in time, as well as space. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF337DKa6d0 For Alternate History freaks.  

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Another Bit on Tech Levels

Some news that I enjoy hearing: water treated by radio waves increase plant growth by 30%, and increases disease resistance, without pesticides or genetic modification. The original Irish article is here, and the company website, Vi-aqua, is here. A quote … Continue reading

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Updates for Stellar Reaches #22

Just a head’s up on updates for the issue itself, the maps and the data. You can get them all from the Downloads tab, on the menu bar above. Note that Joshua Bell has upgraded his Traveller Maps site, so … Continue reading

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More Movies, a Video, and Speculation

First, some anime entertainment. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsJkU2FnXU4 First, the more direct and masculine approach to problem solving and looking out for people. Definitely worthy of respect, and you do have to tame the wilderness before getting to the garden. It would be … Continue reading

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Hearing Test

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxcbppCX6Rk To verify, visit this hearing test site. Why is this important for Traveller? Well, those Vargr pirates have slightly better ears than you have for the high frequencies (MegaTraveller’s Vilani & Vargr, page 40-42) so they can better detect … Continue reading

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The Joys of Exponential Technology

The key vocabulary for today? Linear vs. Exponential. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJsHRltEVBc Still, the outworking of Moore’s Law – due to end at about 2020, but it’s been pushed ahead more than once – is the primary driving force in our civilization, and … Continue reading

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The Russian Empty Quarter

Right now, I am doing a long binge on Russian driving videos, including the famous one below. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itMdLTd1l4E “Also the plaintive wail of the police car siren at 8:30 is HILARIOUS.” After reading this: When I lived in Russia in … Continue reading

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I Like Scouting

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6DlxrjBncg Especially real-life scouting. I like the paragliding: a good fit for the Empty Quarter, where most people won’t ever afford a proper grav belt.

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The Cute Surogotan

Keen watchers of the Empty Quarter will recall the Surogotans as really large intelligent spider-like critters with strong genetic manipulation abilities, despite their low tech level and small numbers. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGHeAjCOyM0 Now, I tend to see them as large tarantulas, but … Continue reading

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