Monthly Archives: February 2016

Roget’s Fourth International Thesaurus

If you love finding the write English word when writing stories, I definitely recommend using this thesaurus. There is no real on-line equivalent, for either it’s synopsis of categories or the vast number of available words. For the real wordsmith!

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Stone Soup – the Drink, the Stories

Most of the pathogens of the Empty Quarter are not particularly sophisticated, so – in an emergency situation – it’s a useful technique to kill off the bacteria. There may well be other threats though that just boiling the water … Continue reading

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The Low-Tech Noble

From Don Bourdeaux This Atlantic story reveals how Americans lived 100 years ago.  (HT Warren Smith)  By the standards of a middle-class American today, that lifestyle was poor, inconvenient, dreary, and dangerous.  (Only a few years later – in 1924 – the 16-year-old … Continue reading

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Mandatory Robot Video

The future – in civilian and military life – is going to be very unusual…

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Fire Discipline

There are not many planetary militarizes within the Imperial Empty Quarter who can pull such a feat of sniping. Local Arab armies are the same as always, with the usual distrust, hatred of initiative, disinterest in excellence, officer bullying, rampant … Continue reading

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A Subillimeter Portrait of the Galaxy

A most impressive image from the latest Large Area Survey of the Galaxy. Sadly, it’s going to take a while before the more granular and tactile surveys get going.

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Swarm Troopers & Drone Tanks

From Matt Gallagher, author of Swarm Troopers: How Small Drones will Conquer the World… in response to the Quora question How Deadly is new Russian Uran-9 Drone Tank? It’s extremely dangerous — but not for the reasons you might think. The … Continue reading

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1) Élite Status 2) Thrones of Space 3) Profits and Peanuts

The Madness of Airline Élite Status …last month, when my United Airlines app told me that my status—as a customer, as a flier, as a man—had changed, I did a delighted double take. United had made me a member of … Continue reading

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No Man’s Sky

An interesting perspective on lore and exploration. I’m interested in the concept of every artifact having a meaning – even if it is not explicitly explained. It’s a single-player experience, so you can be a armed trader type… or just … Continue reading

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A New Imperial Trick

I have to admit, simply clamping down on a crimelord-allied PC’s starship boat and imprisoning them until they decide ‘of their own free will’ to assist a set of renegade Imperial/Corporate officers take down a beloved hero (who has hidden … Continue reading

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