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2017-08-20 09:42 am
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Todays Random Thought





The Star Trek original series phaser rifle is really not very ergonomically designed. Is that part really safe to hold? And that trigger looks too easy to pull accidentally. And it's terribly balanced, you need to press it against your shoulder to be able to use it at all.
nelc: (Default)
2017-08-18 08:25 am
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Migraine watch

Forgot to write it up earlier: Got an aura after coming out of the game on Wednesday. Small patch right in the centre, grew rapidly over the next fifteen-twenty minutes, just long enough to cover the stop at the chip shop on the way home. No repeat. No pain, as usual. Small amount of confusion, but no more than you might expect from having a kaleidoscope installed in your visual system.

Don't think there was any particular trigger, just tired because I had a short night's sleep earlier, and hungry because I'd missed lunch and dinner.
nelc: (Brain)
2017-08-07 03:26 am
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BBC Radio Production of Solaris



Solaris. First part of two. Available for 21 days.
nelc: (Brain)
2017-07-31 06:25 pm
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nelc: "If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to" (Grown-up)
2017-07-17 03:01 pm
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How has this happened?

I am shocked to discover that I do not have The Proclaimers' 1989 classic "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" on my iTunes.

I was sure I had this, but it must be on an old cassette tape, or something. Mental note to buy it off iTunes next month.



(Hopefully, this version will play in the benighted lands of the Western Atlantic.)

Edit: [personal profile] archangelbeth links me to this filk version:

nelc: Toy Story alien photographer (camera)
2017-07-16 08:18 pm
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Photos

Took some photos on the way back from the bus-stop on Friday:

DSCN8220_adj

DSCN8229_adj

DSCN8230_adj

More here.
nelc: Toy Story alien photographer (camera)
2017-07-14 12:21 pm
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This week...

...I have been mostly making a spaceship:



This is a 3D model of a design I made for GURPS Transhuman Space, several years ago. I used to have details put up on my old ISP's free domain, but as I never seem able to log onto my present ISP to find out if I even have any free domain space, I guess I'll have to cut and paste from this old file on my hard drive:




Tenzan Industries Kirigirisu Ki1 Personal Transport Pod
(For GURPS TranHuman Space)

Based on a failed proposal for a fusion-powered military drop-pod, the Kirigirisu ("Grasshopper") is being marketed as a personal airless-body transport for the off-earth upper professional class, similar in concept to a light business aircraft on Earth.

The compact fusion pulse drive is the smallest such drive ever designed, and its average acceleration of over two martian G combined with its generous delta-V enables the Kirigirisu to fly a complete surface-to-orbit-to-surface cycle on any of the airless bodies in the Solar System, fly from LEO to Luna and back, or fly minimum-fuel orbits from one Jovian moon to another (life-support allowing).

Two things are holding back sales at the moment: type qualification practically mandates sales to professional pilots only, until such time as pilot schools evolve training courses aimed at the part-time high-performance pilot; and lack of certification for the streamlined model for flight in the Martian atmosphere (Tenzan anticipates a high proportion of sales to Martian customers when the vehicle passes environmental tests).

In addition, the first model had a vibration problem arising from the low pulse frequency of the fusion drive that caused discomfort and nausea in some passengers; Tenzan have improved the vibration dampers on the latest models and are offering a free upgrade to all owners of the old model.

The nickname "Doodlebug" is beginning to spread among English-speaking users; this is believed to refer to the sound of the engine, similar to that of the 20th century V1, an early German cruise missile. Tenzan marketeers are at present uncertain whether to promote the nickname to encourage familiarity, or to derogate it entirely due to its association with a weapon of indiscriminate destruction.

Craft is an unstreamlined cylinder, 10' long by 6.25' diameter. Removal of the passenger seats provides up to an extra 0.1875 spaces for cargo. The Kirigirisu has no airlock; the vehicle must be depressurised for entry and egress.

Crew: Pilot/Navigator (Pilot (High-performance Spacecraft)), Electronics Op. (Comm), Electronics Op. (Sensors).

Design: Unstreamlined cylinder hull (0.625 space, diamondoid, smart, medium frame). cDR/cPF 0.2/1 (diamondoid armour). Hull radiators (0.1875 ksf).

Modules: New simple cockpit; Very small radar; 0.1875 passenger seat (3 seats); 0.25 compact HT fusion pulse; 0.05 tank (ultralight, nuclear pellet); 0.04 cargo.

Statistics: EMass 2.2; DMass 2.7; LMass 3.3; CMass 3.0. Cost M$0.93. cHP 4. Size Modifier +1/+2. HT12. Maintenance Interval 41.6 hours. RRA 0.1875.

Performance: sAccel: 1.0 G. Burn Endurance: 0.833 hrs. Burn Points: 3022. Delta-V: 9.1 mps. No airspeed.

Variants: Streamlined model, Kirigirisu Ki1su, stats as above except Cost M$2.1


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2017-07-13 04:24 pm
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nelc: (Default)
2017-07-13 06:05 am
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Who?

According to Twitter, I am in this photo:





If you recognise me, please point me out to myself in the comments.

I may turn one into an avatar... or just the shirt.
nelc: "If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to" (50)
2017-07-12 02:27 pm
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A game I want to play

From the RPG.net thread The thread of FACTS (which are 100% not true):

The first Cthulhu GUMSHOE pitch to Pelgrane was "Trial of Cthulhu", an eldritch courtroom drama.
nelc: (Apocalypse)
2017-07-04 09:18 am

Photobucket must die!



Photobucket now wants $30 a month to enable me to hot-link to the trivial pictures I uploaded when it was a free service. Needless to say, Photobucket needs to eat strychnine and die in horrible agony, and then its body put on public display as a warning to others.
nelc: (Brain)
2017-07-03 12:38 am
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Space Porn — Six-Way Gang Bang



Marvel as six phalluses come to simultaneous... not so much climaxes, as soft-ish touchdowns.

As usual with orgies — I imagine — one finds oneself looking the wrong way at a critical moment.
nelc: (Brain)
2017-06-30 08:39 pm
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nelc: (Fellatiocracy)
2017-06-23 07:03 pm
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Sassy John



I like Sarcastic John, I just wish he wouldn't let his evil twin vote all the votes.

Also, they really should have filmed this one on the move, like a West Wing scene.
nelc: Bob Howard from the cover of The Fuller Momorandum (Fuller)
2017-06-21 12:49 pm
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(no subject)



So, I've been listening to a lot of atheist Youtubes lately, which led me to Chris Shelton's videos about Scientology. And I was listening to the one about the escape of the present cult leader Miscavige's dad from the cult, and I thought of Maum Meditation, and then I wondered if there were any debunking videos. So I did a search, and like the third or fourth video was the one above, which is a short one of my friend YJ talking about Maum.

I wasn't expecting that, or the jolt of unresolved feelings I had when I recognised her in the thumbnail. It's been ten years already. YJ is a warm, loving person, and I'm sure she thinks she's helping people by being a Maum "helper", but I so wish that she wasn't still with them. I think that's all I want to say about that right now.

For more on Maum, click on the Maum tag below.
nelc: (Apocalypse)
2017-06-18 07:46 am

"Get Stuffed"

From 2013, just in case Boris thinks that now is an opportune moment to make a bid for leadership of the Tories:



Such a lovable scamp.
nelc: (Default)
2017-06-17 03:39 am

The Notice formerly known as D



FYI: D-Notices, still popular in the media as a trope, were renamed DA-Notices in 1993, and are now named DSMA-Notices (Defence and Security Media Advisory Notices).
nelc: (Brain)
2017-06-16 10:23 pm
nelc: (Brain)
2017-06-12 07:06 am

All the Myriad Multiverses



When quantum physicists talk about alternate universes and the multiverse, it's a different thing to what astrophysicists and cosmologists mean when they talk about the multiverse and alternate universes.

As explained to me by an astrophysicist at the local Science Festival Saturday (so if this is wrong it's down to me), when quantum physicists talk about the multiverse, they mean all the quantum universes where any time a particle does one thing or another, those universes split off, e.g. one where Shroedinger's cat is dead, one where it's alive; or one (or several) where Napoleon won Waterloo, and a bunch where he lost. Alternate histories in sci-fi terms. These all "occupy" the same space our universe does, and getting from one to another would mean doing something spooky to our quantum states or something.

Meanwhile, a cosmologist may be talking about different branes, where different three-dimensional spaces may be floating around n-dimensional super-spaces, coinciding with ours only in that the first three dimensional co-ordinates are the same but the higher dimensional co-ordinates are different. Since their origins are different, they have no relationship to ours, and may enjoy different physical laws. Travelling to them would mean finding a way to move through those higher dimensions.

Or, they may be different universes only in that they are beyond the event horizon of our universe, and they were pinched off from ours during the inflationary period when the universe expanded faster than light. Being permanently out of contact with us (until FTL is invented) they may have different physical laws pertaining locally.
nelc: (neon)
2017-06-05 06:40 am

This Morning on NELC-TV

Iain:



Also,



which should have been recorded at a higher altitude.