Monthly Archives: December 2015

Fighting in the Empty Quarter: a Model

Interesting lessons, looking for an application in your Arab-influenced military campaign. From the Daily Beast article How ISIS Actually Lost Ramadi: It is possible to create a non-sectarian elite unit (retrofit to “multi-racial” depending on your campaign), and so get … Continue reading

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Frost Security

An interesting company, which provides security for online games against various scammers and cheaters. I can definitely see a run-of-the-mill PC family man from a high-tech world (out of the Imperial Empty Quarter) with this kind of job, unexpectedly finding … Continue reading

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Dual Loyalties in the Third Imperium

From the Forward: Trigger warning: This column may offend some readers. It concerns profiling of Muslims (for terrorism) and of Jews (for espionage). The issues aren’t as different as you might wish. Proceed at your own risk. There may come … Continue reading

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Minimal Minds

The philosopher Vincent Torley has an interesting thesis, The Anatomy of a Minimal Mind. The TL:DR version: insects, spiders, octopus and squid, have minimal minds. This is perfectly fine so far as it goes, even uncontroversial assuming the existence of … Continue reading

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“Cars are Computers”

An awesome bit of work, here. Building your own self-driving car in a month, with the help of software that learns on its own. The ability to build a self-driving car in a garage, in a month, is amazing: but … Continue reading

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Mobile Nuclear Power Plants

Of course, all starships – even ones with busted FTL/STL drives – are ‘mobile nuclear power plants.’ From a related article: The first-of-its-kind ship will contain a pair of small nuclear KLT-40 naval propulsion reactors that will be capable of … Continue reading

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The King and the Mockingbird

I wonder just how legal this cartoon would be, in the Third Imperium. I guess it depends on how the Imperium enforces the crime of lèse majesté – if it can enforce it at all. In my Imperium, it’s on … Continue reading

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Innovations Small and Great

Sure, putting an observation bubble on a passenger jet isn’t that great an innovation: but if your planes (…or starships…) are the only one sporting this feature for the first class passenger, it can definitely pay for itself in a … Continue reading

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Unusual Space Station Designs

  This is actually not particularly unusual – a traditional torus – but I like the visuals and the music, so in it goes!    

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Funeral Feasts

The community nature of the funeral feast, the love of food, and the care for the dead/respect for tradition strikes me as reminiscent of the Vilani. Perhaps the video can be a bit of inspiration for a Referee looking for … Continue reading

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