Mar
27
2017
0

“How to Make a Hydraulic Powered Arm From Cardboard.”

This is a pretty good video, actually. You watch it, and you’re left with the feeling that you kind of understand better how everything works.  We should have gadget classes in high school.  A semester learning how a blender or a piston works would have been a much better bang for my educational buck than some of the stuff that I learned back then…

Mar
27
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, God Help Me: I’m Putting Up A TMZ Giraffe Tweet edition.

This was sent to me (I am omitting that person’s name because I am not cruel), and I am slightly horrified to say that I found it enjoyable. There’s not much that can be fairly said to be improved by getting the TMZ treatment, but this story… yeah. It’s a perfect example of our new, shiny media world. It really and truly is.

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Mar
27
2017
9

Gonna get me a mechanical keyboard today? Maybe?

It’s an early birthday present — thank God for Amazon gift cards; I’m sure that my family does, when it comes to me — and supposedly said keyboard will arrive tonight. Or I suppose, this afternoon.  I’m not sure how this works; but apparently Amazon thinks that it can same-day it to me for free, and I’m not going to argue with them.

Now, no tell truthful: what I really want is a steampunk mechanical keyboard. Or at least I think that I do.  Buying a thirty-buck mechanical keyboard first and then trying it out seems to be the adult option, here.  I’ve been trying to do more adulting, lately.  It seems to be working out OK so far.

Mar
26
2017
0
Mar
26
2017
0

So now it is time for the inevitable question…

Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC?

Yeah, yeah, I’m only on Planet #4 and I’m already asking that question.  I’m pretty sure that we’re not going to be getting new companions, if only because there isn’t a space for any in the Squad screen.  Looks like we’re back to a Mass Effect 1 ethos, which is hardly a surprise to anybody who’s played Andromeda for long. The entire dang game is a return to those days of yore, only now with jet-packs and no elevator ride conversations. (more…)

Mar
26
2017
1

So, how was the Power Rangers movie?

I know that some of my readers were looking forward to it, and it hit its numbers. Critics hated it, of course, but you knew going in that that was going to happen. Can I safely expose it to my two grammar school-age kids when it hits video, though? – Because my kids love the Power Rangers, and when they find out about this flick they’re definitely going to want to see it.

Mar
26
2017
3

Tweet of the Day, Hugh Jackman Tap-Dances the Awesome/A*shole Line edition.

Or possibly both.  You have to be on top of your game AND having a good night to pull this sort of thing off.  It’s not for the inexperienced, or timid.

Mar
26
2017
0

Item Seed: The Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber.

Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber – Google Docs

 

The Vita-Inversion Assembly Chamber

 

This device exists in the worlds where the Mad Scientists of the Victorian Era thrived, crowded out all the non-Mad scientists (non-Mad engineers, too), and went on to be the backbone of scientific and technological progress in the Interstellar Era. And, hoo, boy, was there progress. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if there’s no little voice inside anybody’s head that says “Is this wise?” It certainly makes peer review a more… dynamic experience. And quite exciting, at least from outside of the blast radius.

(more…)

Mar
26
2017
1

My Patreon microfiction: ‘Situational Horror.’

Well, “Situational Horror” can best be described as ‘experimental,’ which is often author-speak for ‘something you’ve written that you expect to implode.’ Hey. I’m as guilty of that sort of thing as anybody else. Although I didn’t really know that it was going to implode.

Mar
25
2017
3

‘The Mummy’ featurette.

OK, this is actually kind of reassuring, for two reasons.

  1. The zero-G scene. I just assumed that they crew did all that stuff with wire-fu.  Which they probably mostly did, but they also took the cast up into an airplane and shot takes while in actual free fall conditions. That’s… clever.
  2. The use of on-location sets generally. You can probably thank J.J. Abrams for that: the ridiculous amount of money The Force Awakens made may have suggested to Hollywood that spending more of the budget on real things instead of CGI could be the smart call.

Also… Tom Cruise is fifty-four.  He’s either got a grandmaster-class plastic surgeon, the Longevity advantage, or both…

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