Monthly Archives: February 2015

Intelligence is Not Enough

I’m impressed with this article “Russian science is amazing. So why hasn’t it taken over the world?” Highlights: GRAHAM: There’s an amazing thing about Russia—I don’t know any other country that displays this characteristic—and that amazing thing is that for … Continue reading

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Singapore Port Dramas

Just mining for story ideas, at the world’s biggest port.

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Port & Cargo Management

First, a nifty real-time map you can zoom in to and play around with. http://www.marinetraffic.com/resources/embed.js You can zoom in and out as you wish up to the near-global scale, and see the categories of starships sea-going vessels out there in … Continue reading

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Ancient Relics

The Atomic Bomber We’re talking about nuclear-powered, TL 6 bombers that can stay airborne for weeks. Just don’t be anywhere near the crash sites! In certain situations – say, human-habitable gas giants – having planes that can just keep on … Continue reading

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More Robots, the Missing Piece… and a Story

More Robots And here, you can see why I like civilian robots far, far more than military robots. Lots more versatility, friendliness, and a ‘good with kids’ factor that families can welcome – while cutting out all of the raw … Continue reading

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Early Space Colonization

In the era of the Third Imperium, space colonization is relatively cheap, ‘thrown in’ with the FTL starships. But if you’re doing a ‘by your own bootstraps’ campaign of early space settlement, (or the post-Virus universe of Traveller: The New … Continue reading

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Slide Rules

If you’re under TL 7 – before electronic calculators – slide rules are really nifty calculators, requiring no power (but a certain level of engineering to make). Even Spock used a circular one – an E6B, one of the last … Continue reading

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