UPDATE 9/8: This was posted in the comments thread linked above..
Two of us went to the hospital last night, and I’m afraid the results
are inconclusive. He was sedated, and no family members were there, so
we couldn’t get information about his status. He was lying there in a
neck brace. I think he will not be posting for a while.
I will try to find out more, over the next few days.
This is not looking good.
I'll post any info on crowdfunding or such as I get it.
More on D-Live
A few months ago we embedded a video concerning the YouTube alternative D-Live, which emerged in the wake of the YouTube-purge before-last as a free speech platform based on blockchain technology.
The video took the position that D-Live was not just a new and untested platform, it was a scam. Since then there has been some walkback around the web including by the fellow who made that video.
In the wake of his retraction and apology, SFO recently conducted an interview with Allen Chan, one of the founders(and current Director of Growth) of D-Live.
In the course of the interview, which was conducted by Direct Message, SFO established that D-Live is not at all the scam people initially feared it was.
D-Live is a Chinese company and given the situation with the Orwellian TOS's of China affiliated (and China curious) companies, I suspect that in addition to the issues noted in the video, D-Live is a sort of honey-pot phishing scheme. The company's marketing appeals to people with eclectic views who seek to avoid walking on eggshells and risking demonetization/deplatforming. All the while D-Live is Hoovering up all their critical data (identities, credit card and routing numbers) of a self selected cross section of the sorts of people that want to maintain anonymity and have views that are likely to get them banned, brigaded, and demonetized, and that data, collated in one place is a commodity in and of itself, being of the greatest value to the worst people.
Wonderduck In Hospital
I know nothing more than that. I just cut on my phone (it had run down and been charging most of the day) and received a text from Wonderduck timestamped about 6 hours before I typed this.
The message said that due to his leg injury had not been able to get out of bed for 30 hours and that he was, at the time of the text, in the ER.
That is all I know. It's 6 hours out of date and he has not returned my text. I'm loathe to call him because he probably needs sleep.
UPDATE: This is why MMD was invented. The song is a semi-pro fan cover of the OR3O number from the horror game Bendy and the Ink Machine. The animator did this video of the cover with some stock MMD background bits. But unlike so many MMD dance vids there is no stock, downloadable choreography for this song. She didn't download and re-skin this...she actually animated it. The art direction and the little Betty Boop chibis just ...work. This isn't point and click/copy paste, this is an actual fan animation. "Puccagarukiss" did a really good job with this. She has Patreon and Ko-Fi accounts.
The other, shorter version, according to their credits used a stock stage and Monika model (I'm somewhat astonished that there was a stock Monika) but their animation/choreography is markedly different, so they had to have done it themselves.
It seems that his sales are running about 50 copies apiece, and considering that his prices are astoundingly reasonable and he's running all over the country to do research, he can't really justify this.
He's not giving up yet, but he's asking for help in marketing his wares.
And they are awesome wares indeed.
Now I know that some of my readers self-publish and know people who are masters of the ins and outs of self publishing, web-presence and web-marketing. Can we get this fellow some advice, contacts and maybe a link storm?
I've bought most of the available issues of his magazines and have been sufficiently impressed that I've mentioned this fellow before, but it's hard to do justice to how unique this publication really is.
Here...click on this here link, scroll down and browse. The individual issues contain exactly what they say on the tin. If you don't find those topics transcendentally awesome...you are wrong.
A random sampling of articles:
Northrop ST-38 Space Trainer: a rocket-powered T-38 for trips to space "Have Sting:" A General Electric design for a gigantic orbital railgun JPL Thousand Astronomical Unit probe: A spacecraft into interstellar space Integrated Manned Interplanetary Spacecraft: A Boeing concept for a giant spacecraft to Mars and Venus Convair Inflatable Spacecraft: an early spaceplane concept One Man Space Station: A 1960 McDonnell concept for a tiny space station Astroplane: A lightweight aircraft for the exploration of Mars Reactor-In-Flight Test: A Lockheed nuclear-powered stage for the Saturn V
Project Orion, USAF and NASA 10 meter designs. This article presents many never before published Project Orion technical diagrams.
ROMBUS/ITHACUS: the Douglas concept from 1963 for a million-pound payload SSTO, and its stablemate that could rocket 1200 fully loaded US Marines anywhere in the world
Convair Mach 4 Seaplane Bombers, by George Cully
Convair's flying submarine.
I gather that his Patreon will soldier on regardless ( that is separate from the magazine and he's doing fiction there as well).
Given that each issue runs between $6 and $10 bucks and tend to have 80 to 140 pages of aerospace might have been goodness you all should probably run on over and start buying before it's gone.
With a little better marketing, it will not come to that, there is no way that there are only 50 people on the internet willing to spend 9 bucks on the stuff in this publication.
Said stuff includes actual designs for space battleships powered by atom bombs.
Wait wait wait wait wait, hold up here... that last graphic, is that... MICHAEL?!?!?!
Okay, no, it's not. No front armor plate, no 16" turrets off the New Jersey, no missile-carrying Space Shuttles, no rocket-powered 5" guns... but holy crepe, that's still awesomely cool!
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Sep 23 12:25:28 2017 (Mxu+F)
That was my first thought as well. This is the canonical Michael. And this is the design of the gunships.
Posted by: David at Sat Sep 23 15:29:18 2017 (JMkaQ)
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.
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.
I'm familiar with some of those, but the list will be helpful.
One thing I'm wondering whether you or your other readers have heard of or read about: nested-ring habitats. It's a design that I thought of to overcome the lack of scrith for use in large-scale spinning-ring habs. The Bishop Ring design (and other spinning habs) presumes industrial-scale production of Buckytubes because the spinning ring is assumed to have to support its own centripetal acceleration/outward tension, but that hasn't happened yet AFAIK. So instead of waiting on that, would it be feasible to build a double-walled ring, with the rings kept separate by vacuum and magnetic bearings (no physical contact), and the outer ring serving to support the inner ring (the outer ring wouldn't spin)?
I am not an engineer, but I can't intuitively see any mechanical reason why such a configuration wouldn't work. If it does, then Bishop Rings, Banks Orbitals, and even Niven Rings would be feasible with current materials technology (though absurdly expensive at the upper end).
And yet the only places I've ever seen anything comparable is the old SF with spinning sections inside spaceships, wherein the ship's hull acts as the outer ring. So is my intuition wrong, or have I just never chanced upon the design?
Posted by: jabrwok at Sun Jun 11 06:51:42 2017 (wKZS0)
"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.
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.
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.