"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."

#Magicians #Skeptics #JamesRandi

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.

Updated idea for 6 Degree of Freedom keyboard controls. This is more elegant and symmetric, and includes diagonals for sidestepping and aiming.

It breaks away from FPS inverted T standards, though.

Why did no one tell me refrigerated cold spaghetti sauce (like marinara) tastes so good? It's so freaking refreshing and the mix of sensations between the cold tomato sauce and hot bread or tortellini or popcorn shrimp is incredible.

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!)

Lisa asked, "Why you? Why'd he ask you to pull the plug?"

Moe answered, "Because I'm a Bart ender."

Today, I finally looked up the word "verdant", a word which I haven't heard in many years, and which I only ever heard in one context.

FYI - getting 3 staples in your head (without anything to numb the area) hurts about the same as 3 wasp stings.

FYI - I don't actively use this Hubzilla account any more. My active accounts are:

@Isaac Kuo (diaspora - so not accessible from Mastodon)
@Isaac Kuo Art Blog (MY ART BLOG)
@Isaac Ji Kuo (Mastodon - so not accessible from diaspora)

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.

Okay, here's an earlier Dodeca map I was working on before deciding to switch to a belt+polar cap layout. I'm switching back to this.

It's significantly more "torn up" at the poles, but I think it's more intuitive how it folds to a dodecahedron.

Just a quick WIP - a globular galaxy map with 1+12+42 = 55 star systems. Systems border in the expected way, as well as via dotted line. Additionally, the Core system borders all Inner systems (not the small circular Outer systems).

"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."

#Books #Biographies #SFF #Writers #RayBradbury #Space #Mars

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)."

#Hayabusa2 #Japan #Australia #Asteroids #SampleReturn

Why is it “North South East West”?

I feel like I’ve forgotten some obvious common knowledge. For some reason, the order of the compass directions roll off my tongue as “North, South, East, West”. Why? Is it from a song or something? Why that order?

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