"James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country’s foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. He was 92.
The James Randi Educational Foundation confirmed the death, saying simply that its founder succumbed to “age-related causes” on Tuesday."
Required reading, I suppose. 🙂
“The Physics of Space War: How Orbital Dynamics Constrain Space-to-Space Engagements.”
Write-up on it at [ https://www.universetoday.com/148433/what-would-a-realistic-space-battle-look-like/ ]
Normalize talking about how much you're paid with your co-workers.
It is the only way people will truly realize the income disparity between themselves and their just-as-qualified queer and/or BIPoC friends and colleagues.
This should be normal in ever industry. The fact it isn't is actively aiding executives in systemically discriminating against minority groups.
Biden Confirms Trump’s Devastating Attack That He’ll Listen To Scientists: ‘…Yes’
This headline is NOT The Onion.
6 Degree-of-Freedom keyboard controls?
I'm working on a retro PETSCII game inspired by Descent.
Here's what I'm thinking:
ESDF = move forward-left-back-right
A = move down (similar to crouch key?)
Space = move up (similar to jump key?)
IJKL = aim up-left-down-right
U = roll left
P = roll right
Does this make sense to people? Is there something better? I find the MOVEMENT keys inelegant, but I think they might be closer to what people are used to from FPS games.
Note - my regular art blog is here: @isaackuo
For some reason, I never see my SocialHome posts here on Mastodon when I try to AT myself. Bleh ... ActivityPub just seems really iffy. Yet more reason for me to stick mainly to the diaspora side of things.
(I'd like to simply Boost my SocialHome post, but I can't do that if that post never makes it here at all!)
Buddy Line System
Invert the pantograph system, so the wire is attached to the trams and the carbon bars are fixed. Advantages:
1) Lower cost, and reduced visual impact. You only need two power supply arches per km, assuming 500m lines.
2) Lower running costs, due to reduced storm damage.
3) Less affected by weather. The small contact area of the carbon bars take less energy and time for friction to de-ice.
The wire is strung between two buddies, with a reel in the front buddy.
"To mark the centennial of Bradbury’s birth, Jonathan Eller, a professor of English at Indiana University and director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, has written Bradbury Beyond Apollo, the final biography in a trilogy that explores Bradbury’s life."
So, 2020 isn't a complete loss. 😃
"On August 10, 2020, JAXA was informed that the Authorisation of Return of Overseas-Launched Space Object (AROLSO) for the re-entry capsule from Hayabusa2 was issued by the Australian Government. The date of the issuance is August 6, 2020.
The Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule will return to Earth in South Australia on December 6, 2020 (Japan Time and Australian Time)."