Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction

The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction is pretty great. It provides lists of newly created words and ideas that appeared in science fiction with examples of when asked by whom they were first used, and others who used and helped popularize the words.

This dictionary and its creation and some of the many interesting things it has helped reveal about the history of the genre and our language’s evolution are discussed in detail in this great Wired Magazine post too!

https://www.wired.com/story/historical-dictionary-of-science-fiction/

Language is a Virus: Sentence Structure Reveals Brain’s Secrets

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I’ve been analyzing the way I write and speak a lot recently for some reason. One of the reasons is stumbling on an article about a group that has developed an AI that can read the way we communicate in writing  to statistically predict whether the subject will develop Alzheimer’s, all with surprising accuracy.

Then there is this computer program which was published in the Harvard Business Review which analyzes the use of pronouns and sentence structural elements (detached from the main content words of the sentence,) as a statistically significant indicator of things like the writer’s or speaker’s honesty, personality, social standing, and current psychology. Continue reading Language is a Virus: Sentence Structure Reveals Brain’s Secrets

Nuclear Rockets – SciFi Made Reality

I’d like to see more tech like this developed, tested, and put into regular use. It’s not, say, an Epstein Drive from The Expanse; but as a certain character from a geeky science fiction western would say, “This is the way.”

Am I concerned about the nuclear power source? I lived and worked on a nuclear powered submarine for years that has continued to safely plow the seas carying new generations of sailors for decades; so the answer to that question would be a, “No.”

CNN: Nuclear Powered Rocket Could Get People To Mars Faster

Avasarala The Expanse Seasons 1-4 Supercut

I wish I could find this somewhere else than on Twitter, but the actress who plays the character in The Expanse posted this supercut from the first 4 seasons of The Expanse of some of Avasarala’s best lines and potty mouth moments. I’m glad the show left broadcast tv so that her character could be fully realized just as shocking as it was in the books. If anything her grandmotherly looks and no shit taken out-spoken personality comes out even better in the tv series where the visual and audio juxtaposition is more effective than printed word and imagination.

TENET: Updated with Review 1/25

(Initially posted 8/24/20) I only heard about this upcoming flick awhile back. A new trailer just came out, and needless to say I want to see it, preferably in a movie theater now that Covid nonsense allows, and not a year later on DVD.

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Could Bobbie Really Hold 2 Spaceships Together in The Expanse?

I love these kind of articles that combine my favorite geeky sci fi show with nerdy hard core numbers. Not to spoil it, but the answer is, “Yes, it’s entirely feasible she could.” I had actually questioned the physics of this scene, but this guy does the math and I believe his results. Check it out. Great stuff!

https://www.wired.com/story/could-bobbie-hold-two-spaceships-together-expanse/

NASA Hot Fire Test for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 5 p.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 16, for the hot fire test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Live coverage will begin at 4:20 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website, followed by a post-test briefing approximately two hours after the test concludes.

See NASA Press Release for more info: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-tv-to-air-hot-fire-test-of-rocket-core-stage-for-artemis-moon-missions

Latest Calibre update and DeDRM plugin

I only just realized the latest update to the wonderful and long-running and continuously improved Calibre E-book Manager application removed my old DeDRM Plugin when I went to add one of my new ebooks to my Calibre library and discovered the DRM was still attached. Apparently the app now uses the Python 3 language for it’s plugins…
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