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  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The instrument "floats" on the mercury, hanging from the bearing. The lower bearings keep it from swinging side to side at the bottom. That's what gives the instrument a smooth rotation following the motion of the Sun. Cannonball in mercury...
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    Finally found a drawing for the telescope. Schematic cross section of the Vacuum Tower Telescope https://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im0307.html...
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    tabbycat @258 said:This describes the secret hidden subplot of my SF novel series* so closely that you must be telepathic! Awesome! Just tapping into Dream's library. All the stories are there waiting to be translated onto the page. HA! I've...
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    There is a simple explanation, they had to get people off the mountain for the aliens to show up and offer "The Good Package" or "The Big Gun". HA! Real Men (1987 John Ritter and James Belushi) https://youtu.be/iZ3as6Vf1ao?t=1h16m42s...
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    I'm sure you guys have seen this video from a local. Puts the official announcement in a different perspective. As has been said before, pareidola indeed. Man Walks Through The Closed Sunspot Observatory In New Mexico And Films And Find...
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    What I do is find covers that look right on Amazon, then try to duplicate them. I try to create a cover each week, then create variations of the cover, all to learn the "language" of covers. If I can't...
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    HA! Got up seeing more. Variation 3: She (1965 film) The solar phoenix is the fire that grants immortality, or strips it away with the second exposure. Depending where the solar phoenix is called down, the global damage can be...
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    There we go. That's what I wanted. That's "more". Thanks... Variation 1: Disaster This is the Carrington Event. As before, a solar phoenix touches the Earth, only this time we are so dependent on technology that billions die from the...
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    Okay, since people are still being a bit silly. Wiki - Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope If you look at the description of the system it is straight out of a Laundry Verse novel: 135-foot pyramidal tower, vacuum chamber, rotating...
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    Since people are getting a bit silly, for story purposes the two fun explanations are: - Carrington Event We have a ton on "preppers" here in the US expecting the next Carrington Event. They have gone so far as to...
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    Heteromeles @140 said: English will evolve into a group of mutually unintelligible "Lish" languages I'm watching The Expanse series on DVD, have not read the books yet, and they use a "Belter" language that is what you are talking about....
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    I want to mention Phillip C. Jennings. His short stories filled magazines in the 80s and 90s. Some of the stories were published in The Bug Life Chronicles. He started indy publishing new books around 2000 with no fanfare or...
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    I found the book on Amazon. Good cover -- readable at thumbnail size -- nice sample size. I like that it matches the "Look inside" feature. Too many people play coy with "Look inside" and you are forced to read...
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    Graydon @74 said:And that sort of conceptual library gets into the Curse of Dennett's Library, where you're trying to write and you _know_ that the better book is sitting next to, or four down from, or a shelf-foot from, what...
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    JSBurbidge @71 said: The current e-book problem, of finding the jewels in the dung-heap of what used to be slushpile contents, is soluble mainly by reputational means. Sorry, I don't mean to be contentious on the subject of reviewers, but...
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    Graydon @63 said: I intend to commit some further books. (I have notes out to book 9 for the Commonweal.) I've realized that I've been kibitzing lately because I don't want to face my own five year production schedule. September...
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    Graydon said: If you want to make money, you need to publish rapidly and you need to have a consistent brand in terms of what the writing is like, what kind of reading effort is involved, and where it gets...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Charles Stross @144 said: The Smithsonian piece looks like (I skimmed the early bits: it's long) a human interest piece on the women who did the legwork; interesting social history, but not exactly a revelation on the codebreaking side of...
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    Charlie, Read this article. It might come in handy with your stuff. The Women Code Breakers Who Unmasked Soviet Spies At the height of the Cold War, America’s most secretive counterespionage effort set out to crack unbreakable ciphers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-code-breakers-unmasked-soviet-spies-180970034/...
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    Variations on the Murder Mystery: - You are murdered, you are restored to an earlier backup and have to find out who killed you. - You receive a message from the future on your future death. The indications from the...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Think of Heinlein as a classic stage magician. He had the scantily clad girl move about the stage to misdirect you. Everything he did was slight of hand and misdirection. The novels from Number of the Beast onward were deliberate....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Elderly Cynic @328 Here is something that may explain what happened in the 2008 crash. The real truth about the 2008 financial crisis | Brian S. Wesbury | TEDxCountyLineRoad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrFSO62p0jk...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Spaceship Zero - Found! As soon as I gave up looking for the book, there it was. 2002, not the 90s. Wiki - Spaceship Zero Radio Play "In 2016, several "restored" episodes of the 1954 American radio dramas were released...
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    I can't remember the name of the standalone RPG, from the 90s, but it was a fun system that would store the crew as geometric solids like in the Star Trek:TOS episode - By Any Other Name - Just add...
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    Greg Tingey @475 said: But the US seems to be especially into agents provocateur I wonder why that is so. The FBI is similar to your MI5. It is internal security. Wiki - J. Edgar Hoover He came into power...
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    Here is an article that just came out that I found useful for my stuff. Why We Should Think Twice About Colonizing Space http://nautil.us/blog/why-we-should-think-twice-about-colonizing-space Just a comment about what Charlie said @408 It is standard here in the US for...
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    Frank, Beautiful post, on many levels. It's a great summary that I can use. Thanks... - This solves the Fermi Paradox, because if interstellar travel is impossible then there is no paradox since no one can physically travel between stars....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Just checking in. wiki - Commonwealth Saga By Peter F. Hamilton. They use wormholes to connect to habitable worlds. They have trains, pipelines, resource extraction, like petroleum, wood, grain, etc... He took the basic premise you have and ran with...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    This may seem like a digression, but this sequence is an example of story you can develop using Frank's starting conditions. Any society that develops gene editing of people will eat itself in just a few generations. - Each new...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Creosote That's it. Thanks, I can never remember. It makes such a great model for Civilization. Growing, consuming, leaving barren desolation in the spreading ring. Another great example. Since people would see the waves go out and fall, some groups...
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