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Is Bespin Our Best Colonization Option?

Is Bespin Our Best Colonization Option?

July 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Chris Lites over at the Omni Reboot blog addresses the proposal by Charlie Stross that Venus may be a better target than Mars for human colonization efforts.

There is a Godilocks spot some fifty miles above the surface of Venus. Not too cold, not too hot and with a pressure equal to Earth, this area provides what may just be humanity’s best bet for permanent colonization of another world… or space. This idea was recently resurrected by noted science fiction author Charles Stross in a blog post suggesting billionaires ought to pay for a floating city in the Venusian atmosphere.

While this may seem unlikely, there are plenty of good reasons to look to Venus as a colonial outpost.  The Venus Colonization Wikipedia provides justification for such a project as an escape hatch if Earth becomes uninhabitable.

One can also imagine that the two major continents, Ishtar Terra in the north, covering an area approximately the size of Australia, and the Africa-sized Aphrodite Terra in the south, would, by virtue of the extreme Volcanic activity, be a source of similar minerals as Earth.  Creating floating “mining platforms” that served as a terraforming base could allow rapid exploitation of these resources in a relatively short period of time and provide the necessary economic motivation for investors to progress such a project.

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Amazon Forces Me Back

Amazon Forces Me Back

July 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Not that I have been making a ton of money on click throughs (read “None”), but now Bezos and company have started to notice that their little serf isn’t bringing home very much bacon.  They think it may be due to my inactivity:

“We noticed your blog (listed below) has not updated for more than 60 days. Kindle customers expect to receive frequent updates for blogs and news feeds to which they subscribe. Because blogs should update at least once per month, we are cancelling blogs that have not updated in more than 60 days. ”

To be fair, I have been doing more tweeting and less straight-up blogging, but this may be the kick in the pants that I needed.  In the coming days, weeks and months, I should be updating more often and, if there is anyone reading, I appreciate your patience.

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Samuel Jackson Introduces Anime Adaptation, Kite

Samuel Jackson Introduces Anime Adaptation, Kite

January 6, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

From Bleeding Cool, Samuel Jackson intros a great long-form trailer for the kawaii anime heroine addicted to super soldier serum and revenge.

 

 

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The Bat and the Bird fight together online in Arkham Origins!

The Bat and the Bird fight together online in Arkham Origins!

August 1, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Teams will be able to fight each other as the Joker’s gang, Bane’s gang or Batman and Robin come October 25th!

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Avengers Assemble Premieres This Weekend

Avengers Assemble Premieres This Weekend

May 21, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Here is the first footage from the one hour preview:

And, as mentioned by Newsarama, the full episode is available FREE from iTunes here.

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More Mech vs. Kaiju footage from Pacific Rim!

More Mech vs. Kaiju footage from Pacific Rim!

May 21, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Can’t wait for the premiere on July 12th!!

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Tons of new S.H.I.E.L.D. info and videos

Tons of new S.H.I.E.L.D. info and videos

May 21, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

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First, the official trailer ABOVE. In addition, there are multiple viral videos being rolled out at the Rising Tide website.






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New Star Wars Animated Series

New Star Wars Animated Series

May 21, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

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Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to arrive ahead of Episode VII.  Probably no direct tie-in, since Rebels is set between Episodes III and IV.  Very cool discussion about how Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art for A New Hope is being adapted for use in animation.






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New trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins

New trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins

May 20, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Release Date is October 25th!

 

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3D Scanning at the Smithsonian – YouTube

3D Scanning at the Smithsonian – YouTube

May 15, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

3D Scanning at the Smithsonian - 

The Smithsonian has gone all in with 3D scanning (and, it looks like, 3D printing).  With museums around the world (especially the Smithsonian) displaying only around 10 percent of their holdings, this technology holds great promise for making much greater portions of these priceless collections accessible to everyone.  Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore has a great section where the protagonist gains access to a warehouse filled with such undisplayed antiquities and, of course, these places have been fodder for movies (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and TV shows,  as well (Warehouse 13).

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