June 10, 2017
Places of Interest in the comments section Madrocketsci inquires (in reference to Isaac Arthur's excellent channel)...
...where do people like this hang out online?Well, we linked to that one from here so, ipso facto, Brickmuppet Blog is a place where people who like this hang ou...
Art by Dani Ikapi
Atomic Rocket is a superb resource for near term space exploration concepts. It is primarily geared towards providing authors a reference to assist in providing realism in spec-fic
...so they can write SF "the way God and Heinlein intended"
Scroll down to the very bottom of the linked page for a sitemap. Be warned that this is digital crack. The engine list page alone will...
Damn. The sun is setting.
I should get back to the post....
Scott Lowther's site is named The Unwanted Blog for reasons that are quite unclear given that the correct response to it is "Do Want!". Mr. Lowther also runs Aerospace Projects Review, which produces several online magazines that look at forgotten aerospace history from an engineering perspective.
Next Big Future is a science-news blog that focuses mainly on disruptive technologies and futurism.
Glasstone.Blogspot.com focuses on things that might keep the future from happening, like global thermonuclear war. It is dreadfully non-intuitive to navigate but there is a cornucopia of information on civil defense and high energy weapons effect on that site.
The Secret Projects Forum is a vast message board dedicated mainly to forgotten transportation and weapons projects. Unlike most such sites it has a crackerjack team of moderators that purge unverified or made up content, so one doesn't accidentally find Antarctic Space Nazis in one's research into Horten Coal Fired Ramjets.
Jerry Pournelle's site is a stream of consciousness that touches on many futuristic topics and how to achieve them through a strategy of technology. It also has tips for how to preserve past knowledge and survive in the event that something stupid and terrible happens like a global thermonuclear war.
The excellent Colony-Worlds focused on space colonization but hasn't been active since 2012. It still exists and has still got a good deal of info... while it lasts.
Centauri Dreams looks at deep space exploration with the ultimate goal of manned trans-stellar voyages.
Icarus Interstallar is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to bringing about a manned interstellar mission by 2100. They fund various engineering studies looking at the problem from different directions.
The Lifeboat Foundation is an organization exploring various ways to preserve humanity in the event of an extinction level event such as a Hostile AI, asteroid strike, plague or global thermonuclear war.
Nasa Spaceflight.com, is not as far as I know, NASA affiliated. It has forums for discussion of space related issues, but most of the high-end, credentialed discussions of speculative projects are moved to the L-2 forum which requires a subscription.
The Space Review is an online magazine dedicated to space exploration, space business and space law.
November 30, 2016
Linky Love Dustbury takes a look at what happens when insufficient thought is given to dress codes and naming sports teams.
Ace has found what must be the quote of the week.
"Her claims to be a 'queer Muslim' are probably part of an act designed to fit into as many victim categories as humanly possible," Adams elaborates. "Sometimes I wonder whether LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Thespian. So much drama, so few letters in the alphabet."
Peter Grant notes someone who anticipates a crappy board game.
Larry Correia talks with an expert on the pro's, cons and thought processes behind Marvel's latest marketing ploy.
NOBODY believes me when I tell them that this happened...
September 14, 2016
A Few Good Links Larry Correia has some thoughts on Trump.
While Correia's analysis and conclusions are pretty solid, these two related pieces from the American Conservative take a long and thoughtful look at how this dumpster fire happened.
Daniel McCarthy posits that this is a different sort of class war between two competing and ideologically incompatible groups of leftists. This is long, but I urge you to read the whole thing.
Rod Dreher has a shorter piece, much more a stream of consciousness, updated over a couple of days with edits. It takes a slightly different look at the same issue, namely the bigotry and 'virtuous contempt' one needs to be accepted as successful in this country.
Finally, from the Claremont Review of Books, a piece on options presented by the deplorab...sub-optimal situation and a follow-up.
But fear not! Sarah Hoyt has thoughts on parallel structures. Yes, sign me up! This is foolproo.....oh wait.
Holy...Crap. This is nuts.
Fortunately J.C. Carlton has provided us with a page full of awesomeness...and some high octane nightmare fuel.I further note that J.C. is not trying to sell us store-able food, which makes that last link more worrying somehow.
July 02, 2016
The Dustbury is down.
C.G Hill just had spinal surgery and is trying to regain the use of his legs. Please go provide him with some encouragement, or, if you are able, practical substitutes for the same.
April 18, 2016
Ubuville is Under Water We've been dealing with some annoying occorances of late, including but not limited to illness, exams, term papers, a sinkhole, severed cable line, and a spider. However, these do not compare to 20 inches of rain in 24 hours.
In the sincere hopes that Ubu Roi drags his bedragled self inside unharmed we're going put out some Ubu bait.
April 07, 2016
Somewhere In the Great Smokey Mountains, Lies the Valley of the Win
"We should really pay more attention to J.Greely's sidebar!"
March 22, 2016
An Atypical Indicator of Genius
While by no means a reliable marker of stupidity, lowbrow humor is generally not a particularly dependable indicator of high intellect. However, it should be noted that humor of any type often does not translate well across cultures and this difficulty is greatly increased when one is attempting to convey a boorish bon-mot in something other than ones native tongue.
Learning a language is hard. Learning its nuances is extremely difficult.
Thus, the use by a native Russian speaker of the word 'titular' in this particular context can only be an indicator of the highest acumen and as such serves as an uplifting inspiration to all of us who are striving to learn a foreign language...at least those of us who are sufficiently problematic and déclassé to snicker at a boob joke.
Well played Pete.
January 11, 2016
A Few Random Links (Genius Edition) Some genius is translating the Beatus of Liébana and two volumes are already out. Said genius has other translations of Iberian medieval Catholic scholarship out as well. Given that the Amazon Prime price is naught, I'm curious as to her business plan, but she's a genius, so she's probably got it covered.
At the exact opposite end of nearly every spectrum or graph, another genius has blogged the junction of democracy, capitalism and trigger discipline. (Link probably NSFW)
Some mad genius in Texas is peddling an insane theory that involves the IJNS Nagato and Godzilla. Alas he has amassed compelling evidence, which is why he's not just a crazy person in Texas.
A gunnery genius has composed...this
November 29, 2015
Some Quick Links While there is considerable concern being expressed about the Syrian refugee situation, Dustbury finds someone raising the alarm about a less appreciated invasion. He also helpfully points out that all of my problems stem from a parking fee. In retrospect, it's probably a decent trade-off.
Borepatch says all that needs to be said about Black Friday. He also manages to offend on multiple levels with only 9 words.
Tangentially related to that; while Wonderduck has been putting up a brave face yesterday and today, one should not underestimate the stress he will have to deal with until January 25th.
November 16, 2015
Pantheon ...is the word that J.Greely is looking for.
I should point out that what he is trying to find words for does indeed warrant some considerable attention.
"I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that there ARE other options available."
September 29, 2015
Nothing I Can Type Can Possibly Improve Upon This. Go now. Read this.
September 17, 2015
A Horrifying Possibility ...with almost Lovecraftian implications.
Tam ponders a profound proposition that's perturbingly probable.
It's all a lie!1!
September 13, 2015
Important Product Awareness Tip ...from J.Greely; or more specifically, his sister...
Public Service Announcement for the uninitiated (and others, like me, who don’t read labels on things like Bounty): They now make paper towels with dish soap in them. Don’t use them to make bacon in the microwave. #justsayin’ On the bright side, clean up was suprisingly easy ….
Who thought that was a good idea?
Besides cooking, these paper towels are also pretty much useless for drying dishes, first aid, anything involving pets or whatever else one might use a paper towel for in a pinch..
Yes. Emergency backup coffee filters are right out...
Also, from the comments, it appears that the Russians may be ahead of some of us in bacon preparation technology.
September 07, 2015
One Weird Trick For Getting the Local Archetectural Review Board Off Your Back If the local ARB is giving you grief, just send them this or one of several similar pictures by Munashichi. Then they'll all have heart attacks and leave you alone.
August 30, 2015
Thank You I'm unable to comment on Suburban Banshee's site so I'll post this here.
As the majority of our readers are happily unconcerned with such matters, we have opted to provide the following compensatory visual content as a professional courtesy.
RWBYStayKnights by Dishwasher1910
August 29, 2015
August 27th 1859 The day the whales were saved!
Also, check out JC's whole blog, which is really neat.
It has been puttering along since February and I had not been checking it regularly. This was a dreadful mistake on my part as it is a really cool site.
It has technophilia, without any disemvoweling.
August 20, 2015
Blogging on the Edge Suburban Banshee, not content to limit herself to publishing scholarly translations of medieval texts, has decided to blog dangerously. Specifically, she's stumbled upon and posted about forbidden knowledge. Knowledge so forbidden that the Times Literary Society has removed it from its website.
In stark contrast to those cowardly quislings, Suburban Banshee defies the dread Dervishes of decapitation by keeping the intriguing apostasy up on her blog.
In short, certain Quranic texts have recently been dated too early... possibly before Mohammed started hearing voices from Gabriel.
The manuscript in question appears to be the one discussed here (which is a fascinating find in any event as it predates the 3rd Caliph's destruction of all versions of the Quran not his own).
August 19, 2015
When The Commute IS the Workout
Glute conscious cityscaping by Izumi Sai
July 27, 2015
We Sincerely Hope ...that the fact that the last transmission from Don was on the 22nd and concerned an approaching tornado is merely indicative of a vibrant and rewarding social life.
May everything on his end be going well.
July 19, 2015
Something Retro and Japanese Here is Yamada 2, a Japanese blimp from 1911.
Don has discovered something else in this ridiculously broad category...proto J-Pop.
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