Monthly Archives: August 2014

Strange Folk in the Field

I wouldn’t have believed that any aging investment banker would ever show up on the battlefield… and I would have been wrong. Of course, I’m still going to assume that most interstellar mercenaries are large, violence-oriented men who couldn’t find … Continue reading

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XCOM: The Board Game

XCOM: The Board Game is interesting, as – factoring in an app to add time limits and so increase stress – the players can feel the tension of actually defending the world from an invasion. As a cooperative boardgame, it … Continue reading

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Mission-Type Tactics

Overview From Wikipedia: In mission-type tactics, the military commander gives subordinate leaders a clearly defined goal (the mission), the forces needed to accomplish that goal and a time frame within which the goal must be reached. The subordinate leaders then … Continue reading

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Post-apocalyptic Tokyo Scenery

A selection can be found here. (And Tokyogenso’s blog – with a cute version of devastated Tokyo – is here.) Just to compare the abandonment of a city with the destruction of a city, think of the devastation of the … Continue reading

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Humans Need Not Apply

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU THIS is a hint of how an actual stellar-tech+ society would work. I an curious to learn how such a society can employ billions. Most likely, they do not employ them at all: instead, they just laze around in … Continue reading

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Dubai, and a More Mellow Islam

Possibilities The proto-Far Future city of Dubai: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJEJ1odG9S4 (No massive domes or antigrav: but that’s because the Emir’s scientists are slacking off. A common problem in the Imperial Empty Quarter, BTW.) Now, Dubai is built on a monocrop economy, oil. … Continue reading

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More Robots, More AI

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfKbaX4jE9U One of the comments are: I love that within 20 years time people will look at this video and think “why is he filming an order kiosk?” Exactly. Meanwhile, at your local starport: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxXZQ7emHC0 Spot the humans?  I didn’t … Continue reading

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