Sketching an acorn inspired idea for a "mascot" videogame character. Back in the 1990s, everyone was trying to make a cool popular mascot videogame character to rival Mario and Sonic, but no one came even close.
So I was just thinking ... if I wanted to try and design a "mascot" character, what would I come up with? And then I realized ... no reason not to design a game around it.
This creature has a whip-like hair strand somewhat inspired by Capcom's Shantae, for whip-like abilities. But I decided to eliminate any humanoid body, so her head could be a lot bigger - suitable for being expressive even with a smaller sprite (like on a phone screen, in particular). I just figure this non-humanoid creature would be a lot of fun to animate.
As you can see, my first attempt had only one eye, but it just ended up ... meh. My second attempt has a much cuter face, but with an odd orientation that somehow works.
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Confirmed: Hayabusa2 is on it's way back to Earth with a shipment from asteroid Ryugu! 😃
A message from Project Manager Tsuda:
“People of Earth, we have just shipped a delivery from Ryugu. The delivery will arrive in about a year. We will ship carefully, so please don’t worry but eagerly await the arrival. We will keep you up-to-date with progress en route!”"
News reports of a new sub-economy class made me ponder how to cram in more passengers. They've been working on standing seats, but these still face forward.
How about inward facing seats? You face inward on a shared beam. Hanging from above are belts you wrap under your arms.
Facing inward efficiently uses the curved space of the sides and foot space extends into the aisle.
This can cram twice as many passengers into a plane, so enjoy your 20% discount!
Good news. The ion engine on Hayabusa2 has been tested with no problems found, and it is scheduled to start the return journey from asteroid Ryugu on Dec 3, according to this tweet by JAXA.
Left-liberal economist: So, what society needs to be stable is upward mobility for the 99%. That's what's missing in all our growth. *Upward mobility*.
Me: Upward? As in, raising your relative social status? Relative to others?
Me: For the 99%.
Me: All of them.
Economist: Yes, we just need every member of the 99% of society to be able to constantly improve their social status relative to every other member of the 99%.
Economist: Cage fighting.
Thesis: databases always leak. Always.
And finally a nice write up on GNU HURD: https://blog.darknedgy.net/technology/2015/07/25/0/
Which it clarifies, GNU doesn't actually care that much about as Linux suits them perfectly well. HURD has been kept going by developers who find it to be an interesting project, and who can blame them?
Interstellar Missions via Gravitational Lens Lithography
So, I've made a breakthrough in my quest to figure out interstellar propulsion suitable for a mission in my lifetime. Instead of boosting a space probe to relativistic speeds, fabricate space probes in situ with long range laser lithography and 3d printing.
We send an X-Ray free electron laser to 550AU away, and then use the Sun as a lens to zap slices of a target asteroid...
Pointing out the inherent privilege-preserving effects of discouraging challenge to the status quo is not adding an incendiary meaning. It's lifting a latent consequence to the level of manifest evidence.
This understandably makes some people uncomfortable. It challenges beliefs, self-worth, value systems, and worldviews.
None of these invalidate the underlying concept that sheltering today's winners from challenge, complaint, or criticism, is inherently repressive to those outside that class.
Looking for space books for your space obsessed kid/teen? Here's a good list to start with by Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society.