• Masie —Tortoiseshell
  • Paddy — Long-haired tabby

Guest Star:

  • Freya — German Shepherd

soronlinsoronlin 16 May 2010 11:3219 May 2011 12:33

Science fiction is getting an ever-increasing fan base, be it Star Trek, Firefly, Babylon 5, or any of the dozens of movies and TV series, or thousands of books. On the other hand, it is demonstrably not necessary to actually understand science to produce a science fiction product, and there are some truly awful gaffs out there. Of course once they are committed to film, then they have to be explained away.

  • Star Trek encounters an energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy. They meant the Universe, but had to do some fast footwork to recover.
  • Firefly seems to take place in a single solar system with 210 inhabitable planets, every one of them with a 24-hour day and a 365-day year. Not to mention a temperate climate and Earth-standard gravity.
  • Buck Rogers opined that there were a googleplex star systems in our galaxy. If you turned each atom in the entire universe into a zero, you'd have enough to write out a googleplex — it's rather a big number. Conversely there are at most four hundred billion stars in our galaxy.
  • Star Trek III manages to use one quarter impulse power in space-dock. Full impulse power gets them up to just under the speed of light. It's about a million times worse than going around a multi-story car park in fifth gear with your foot only a quarter down on the accelerator pedal.

soronlinsoronlin 01 May 2010 16:0119 May 2011 12:44

This game ran at Ambercon UK 2010. It is only here for nostalgic reasons.
Read Harmony Ackerman's journal here.

Game Description

Title: The Mystery of Missed Trees
Players: 6
Mode: Tabletop

Life at the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans is not a bed of roses; the academic regimen is punishing and the discipline is worse. But with the summer here again it is time to put all that aside for a camping trip into the Californian forest. It is a chance to let off steam in glorious natural surroundings. Horse-riding, canoeing and all sorts of outside pursuits are a welcome escape from the blackboard's tyranny. But who are the strangely compelling women parked along the high trail? Why are they so pale, and why have they chosen to camp in the blackened devastation of last-year's fire?

soronlinsoronlin 27 Apr 2010 20:2019 May 2011 12:33

This is a collection of the personal recommendations you will see on various pages throughout the site. These are all excellent books that I thoroughly recommend. I have them all and wouldn't be without them. Some are free downloads and some are physical books. In the case of physical books clicking on them will take you to the site. If you buy them through that link then I get 5% (It costs you no more.)

soronlinsoronlin 10 Apr 2010 13:2319 May 2011 12:34

Computers do not do anything without software. Nothing at all. They don't sit there with an empty desktop. They don't complain about a missing boot disk. They might not even switch on. Everything a computer does is done by its software. Back in the late 1970's when the first personal computers came out, everyone who had one knew what software was. Software was what you wrote to get the computer to do something. Pretty soon companies like Microsoft sprang up to sell software to people who didn't want to write it themselves. These days writing your own software is highly unusual. Software is what you buy. It comes on DVDs that you put into a computer and "install". But what actually is it?

soronlinsoronlin 27 Mar 2010 22:4220 May 2011 15:42

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