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Re: [AlienSpaceBats] Amazon Studios Is Bringing the 'Culture' Sci-Fi Book Series to TV

markus baur
 

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/TheCulture

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture

great, great book series ...

if you ever wondered where musk got the names for his drone landing ships from..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series

"of course i still love you" and "just read the instructions" are two of these ships .. the AI's controlling the ships / being them often have a strange sense of humour

servus

markus



Am 24.02.2018 um 08:43 schrieb Eric Oppen:

"The Culture?"
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On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 1:37 AM, markus baur <baur@... <mailto:baur@...>> wrote:
Am 24.02.2018 um 01:05 schrieb Bobby Hardenbrook:
https://www.space.com/39795-amazon-making-the-culture-sci-fi-tv-series.html
<https://www.space.com/39795-amazon-making-the-culture-sci-fi-tv-series.html>
Oh man, I hope they get this right!
yessssss, please ....
servus
markus

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Re: [AlienSpaceBats] Amazon Studios Is Bringing the 'Culture' Sci-Fi Book Series to TV

Eric Oppen
 

"The Culture?"

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On Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 1:37 AM, markus baur <baur@...> wrote:
Am 24.02.2018 um 01:05 schrieb Bobby Hardenbrook:
https://www.space.com/39795-amazon-making-the-culture-sci-fi-tv-series.html

Oh man, I hope they get this right!

yessssss, please ....

servus

markus

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Re: [AlienSpaceBats] Amazon Studios Is Bringing the 'Culture' Sci-Fi Book Series to TV

markus baur
 

Am 24.02.2018 um 01:05 schrieb Bobby Hardenbrook:
https://www.space.com/39795-amazon-making-the-culture-sci-fi-tv-series.html
Oh man, I hope they get this right!
yessssss, please ....

servus

markus

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Re: a book request

 

Yes but he is looking specifically for British POV.  He thinks he has the US side down pat, or pat enough for his purposes.  This links with family history which in his case is a mix of Choctaw, English from Essex via Pennsylvania, and Jewish.  He is trying to understand his British roots better. 

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 8:35 PM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric@...> wrote:
I believe the Oxford university press put out a very good series about US history.  The one that sold best, surprise surprise, was _The Battle Cry of Freedom,_ covering the Civil War era, but I remember reading their take on the Revolutionary era.  I don't remember the title, though.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 4:17 PM, agingcow2345 <agingcow2345@...> wrote:
A friend is looking for good history or histories of US/UK falling out 1760-1787.  Dates are negotiable.  He's not an academic historian and has only university level prior knowledge.  However he's quite well educated and likes real history, not the kiddie versions.  He knows the US version and knows there are always two sides to a story.


Re: A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

 

Madagascar was partially settled from Indonesia if that helps.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 11:36 PM, Timothy McFadden <author2c@...> wrote:
That would make sense. They were showing indian influences in Wakanda.



From: Jack Smith <jack.delbert@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

China is a LONG way around.  Maybe a different history for India and it spreading out?

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 1:59 PM, Timothy McFadden <author2c@...> wrote:
Possibly a chinese-influenced ethiopia, much like europe influenced the west african states?



From: Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33:29AM -0600, agingcow2345 wrote:
> Coastal West Africa is plugged into Europe via seaborne trade by 14th
> century.  May have been earlier.  Books are not high volume cargo.

Islam was in West Africa earlier by the overland route; they're plugged
in, or pluggable-in.  Ireland is an example of a fringe area preserving
quite a bit of core knowledge.

Ditto East Africa.  One wonders just how far south down the coast
voyagers could have penetrated.  Tropical Africa, especially the
interior, is a big problem due to disease issues, but we've got
Ethiopia and Zanzibar and the Ugandan highlands and (eventually)
the Cape region are all, in theory, available.


Tony Z

--
The goal of argument is not to leave your opposite humiliated and
beaten, but to have revealed the best possible version of their
argument as insufficient. Until you’ve beaten the strongest possible
version of your opponent’s view, you haven’t actually won. -- Lyman Stone








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Re: A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

Timothy McFadden
 

That would make sense. They were showing indian influences in Wakanda.



From: Jack Smith <jack.delbert@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

China is a LONG way around.  Maybe a different history for India and it spreading out?

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 1:59 PM, Timothy McFadden <author2c@...> wrote:
Possibly a chinese-influenced ethiopia, much like europe influenced the west african states?



From: Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33:29AM -0600, agingcow2345 wrote:
> Coastal West Africa is plugged into Europe via seaborne trade by 14th
> century.  May have been earlier.  Books are not high volume cargo.

Islam was in West Africa earlier by the overland route; they're plugged
in, or pluggable-in.  Ireland is an example of a fringe area preserving
quite a bit of core knowledge.

Ditto East Africa.  One wonders just how far south down the coast
voyagers could have penetrated.  Tropical Africa, especially the
interior, is a big problem due to disease issues, but we've got
Ethiopia and Zanzibar and the Ugandan highlands and (eventually)
the Cape region are all, in theory, available.


Tony Z

--
The goal of argument is not to leave your opposite humiliated and
beaten, but to have revealed the best possible version of their
argument as insufficient. Until you’ve beaten the strongest possible
version of your opponent’s view, you haven’t actually won. -- Lyman Stone








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English doesn't borrow from other languages -- English follows other languages down dark alleys and takes what it wants.


Re: Wauconda (No, _NOT_ a Misspelling...)

Jack Smith
 

:)  I'd just change my name.


On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:31 PM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric@...> wrote:
It could be much worse.  Imagine being really _named_ "Bart Simpson" or "Homer Simpson!"

If I bore either of those names, I'd be cooking up some vengeance on Groening that would make Felice Vashon want to recruit me...or lock me away in a nice safe loony bin.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 6:50 PM, Janet Stirling via Groups.Io <joatsbuddy@...> wrote:
Love this!  People are nuts!

Jan

Janet Stirling
joatsbuddy@...


-----Original Message-----
From: Jayson R <edgewise.sigma.47@...>
To: stirling <stirling@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am
Subject: [stirling] Wauconda (No, _NOT_ a Misspelling...)

Y’know, this has me recalling—
_way_ back in the day, when “The Simpsons” first came out, I had a classmate whose family name was “Simpson.” I recall her complaining about her household getting prank calls from people asking to speak to Bart or Homer, etc.





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English doesn't borrow from other languages -- English follows other languages down dark alleys and takes what it wants.

Re: a book request

Eric Oppen
 

I believe the Oxford university press put out a very good series about US history.  The one that sold best, surprise surprise, was _The Battle Cry of Freedom,_ covering the Civil War era, but I remember reading their take on the Revolutionary era.  I don't remember the title, though.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 4:17 PM, agingcow2345 <agingcow2345@...> wrote:
A friend is looking for good history or histories of US/UK falling out 1760-1787.  Dates are negotiable.  He's not an academic historian and has only university level prior knowledge.  However he's quite well educated and likes real history, not the kiddie versions.  He knows the US version and knows there are always two sides to a story.

Re: Wauconda (No, _NOT_ a Misspelling...)

Eric Oppen
 

It could be much worse.  Imagine being really _named_ "Bart Simpson" or "Homer Simpson!"

If I bore either of those names, I'd be cooking up some vengeance on Groening that would make Felice Vashon want to recruit me...or lock me away in a nice safe loony bin.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 6:50 PM, Janet Stirling via Groups.Io <joatsbuddy@...> wrote:
Love this!  People are nuts!

Jan

Janet Stirling
joatsbuddy@...


-----Original Message-----
From: Jayson R <edgewise.sigma.47@...>
To: stirling <stirling@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am
Subject: [stirling] Wauconda (No, _NOT_ a Misspelling...)

Y’know, this has me recalling—
_way_ back in the day, when “The Simpsons” first came out, I had a classmate whose family name was “Simpson.” I recall her complaining about her household getting prank calls from people asking to speak to Bart or Homer, etc.

Re: Wauconda (No, _NOT_ a Misspelling...)

Janet Stirling
 

Love this!  People are nuts!

Jan

Janet Stirling
joatsbuddy@...


From: Jayson R <edgewise.sigma.47@...>
To: stirling <stirling@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 23, 2018 7:11 am
Subject: [stirling] Wauconda (No, _NOT_ a Misspelling...)

Y’know, this has me recalling—
_way_ back in the day, when “The Simpsons” first came out, I had a classmate whose family name was “Simpson.” I recall her complaining about her household getting prank calls from people asking to speak to Bart or Homer, etc.

Amazon Studios Is Bringing the 'Culture' Sci-Fi Book Series to TV

Bobby Hardenbrook
 

the world be weird - wolves and horse

scott palter
 

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/02/21/Fearless-horse-struts-up-to-wolf-pack-acts-playful/8221519242143/?st_rec=8981519404555

www.upi.com
A photographer searching for wolves in Italy found a group of the animals as well as something more bizarre -- a fearless horse frolicking among them.


a book request

 

A friend is looking for good history or histories of US/UK falling out 1760-1787.  Dates are negotiable.  He's not an academic historian and has only university level prior knowledge.  However he's quite well educated and likes real history, not the kiddie versions.  He knows the US version and knows there are always two sides to a story.

Re: A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

 

You want a stronger, more modernized Ethiopia?  Fourth Crusade goes to Egypt instead of Byzantium [Egypt makes sense in terms of Venetian economics].  A Latin Kingdom in Egypt/Palestine/Lebanon remains till the Mongols stomp the Muslims flat.  Egypt at that age still had enough Christians for the conquest to stick long term. Would have taken a copout between Papacy and the Copts whereby the Patriarch in alexnadria accepts Papal supremacy in return for theological autonomy.  Roman church has a bunch of such political splinters.  see for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Catholic_Churches#"Uniate"

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 12:59 PM, Timothy McFadden <author2c@...> wrote:
Possibly a chinese-influenced ethiopia, much like europe influenced the west african states?



From: Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33:29AM -0600, agingcow2345 wrote:
> Coastal West Africa is plugged into Europe via seaborne trade by 14th
> century.  May have been earlier.  Books are not high volume cargo.

Islam was in West Africa earlier by the overland route; they're plugged
in, or pluggable-in.  Ireland is an example of a fringe area preserving
quite a bit of core knowledge.

Ditto East Africa.  One wonders just how far south down the coast
voyagers could have penetrated.  Tropical Africa, especially the
interior, is a big problem due to disease issues, but we've got
Ethiopia and Zanzibar and the Ugandan highlands and (eventually)
the Cape region are all, in theory, available.


Tony Z

--
The goal of argument is not to leave your opposite humiliated and
beaten, but to have revealed the best possible version of their
argument as insufficient. Until you’ve beaten the strongest possible
version of your opponent’s view, you haven’t actually won. -- Lyman Stone





Re: A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

 

AFAIK Islam didn't reach the West African coasts.  The Omanis etc. did do bay hopping/coastal port construction down through Mozambique.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:38 AM, Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz@...> wrote:
On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33:29AM -0600, agingcow2345 wrote:
> Coastal West Africa is plugged into Europe via seaborne trade by 14th
> century.  May have been earlier.  Books are not high volume cargo.

Islam was in West Africa earlier by the overland route; they're plugged
in, or pluggable-in.  Ireland is an example of a fringe area preserving
quite a bit of core knowledge.

Ditto East Africa.  One wonders just how far south down the coast
voyagers could have penetrated.  Tropical Africa, especially the
interior, is a big problem due to disease issues, but we've got
Ethiopia and Zanzibar and the Ugandan highlands and (eventually)
the Cape region are all, in theory, available.


Tony Z

--
The goal of argument is not to leave your opposite humiliated and
beaten, but to have revealed the best possible version of their
argument as insufficient. Until you’ve beaten the strongest possible
version of your opponent’s view, you haven’t actually won. -- Lyman Stone




Re: A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

Jack Smith
 

China is a LONG way around.  Maybe a different history for India and it spreading out?

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 1:59 PM, Timothy McFadden <author2c@...> wrote:
Possibly a chinese-influenced ethiopia, much like europe influenced the west african states?



From: Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33:29AM -0600, agingcow2345 wrote:
> Coastal West Africa is plugged into Europe via seaborne trade by 14th
> century.  May have been earlier.  Books are not high volume cargo.

Islam was in West Africa earlier by the overland route; they're plugged
in, or pluggable-in.  Ireland is an example of a fringe area preserving
quite a bit of core knowledge.

Ditto East Africa.  One wonders just how far south down the coast
voyagers could have penetrated.  Tropical Africa, especially the
interior, is a big problem due to disease issues, but we've got
Ethiopia and Zanzibar and the Ugandan highlands and (eventually)
the Cape region are all, in theory, available.


Tony Z

--
The goal of argument is not to leave your opposite humiliated and
beaten, but to have revealed the best possible version of their
argument as insufficient. Until you’ve beaten the strongest possible
version of your opponent’s view, you haven’t actually won. -- Lyman Stone








--
Jack Smith

English doesn't borrow from other languages -- English follows other languages down dark alleys and takes what it wants.

Re: Draka Foresight

James Proffer
 

On Fri, 2018-02-23 at 19:26 +0000, George Tur via Groups.Io wrote:
Some articles I’ve read point out that the M27 gas system actually degrades the life span of the bolt mechanism compared to the M4 and requires a more robust magazine system due to the higher gas impulse generated by its gas system. Overall it appears that while the M27 is an improvement over the current M4 the M4 can be upgraded to even a better standard of accuracy and barrel life through barrel and receiver upgrades that are off the shelf and cheaper than the M27.

That implies the M27 is not compatible with NATO standard mags.  If true would that be a problem?

Re: A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

Timothy McFadden
 

Possibly a chinese-influenced ethiopia, much like europe influenced the west african states?



From: Tony Zbaraschuk <tonyz@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] A different historical development for Africa? (Black Panther)

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33:29AM -0600, agingcow2345 wrote:
> Coastal West Africa is plugged into Europe via seaborne trade by 14th
> century.  May have been earlier.  Books are not high volume cargo.

Islam was in West Africa earlier by the overland route; they're plugged
in, or pluggable-in.  Ireland is an example of a fringe area preserving
quite a bit of core knowledge.

Ditto East Africa.  One wonders just how far south down the coast
voyagers could have penetrated.  Tropical Africa, especially the
interior, is a big problem due to disease issues, but we've got
Ethiopia and Zanzibar and the Ugandan highlands and (eventually)
the Cape region are all, in theory, available.


Tony Z

--
The goal of argument is not to leave your opposite humiliated and
beaten, but to have revealed the best possible version of their
argument as insufficient. Until you’ve beaten the strongest possible
version of your opponent’s view, you haven’t actually won. -- Lyman Stone





Re: Draka Foresight

George Tur
 

Some articles I’ve read point out that the M27 gas system actually degrades the life span of the bolt mechanism compared to the M4 and requires a more robust magazine system due to the higher gas impulse generated by its gas system. Overall it appears that while the M27 is an improvement over the current M4 the M4 can be upgraded to even a better standard of accuracy and barrel life through barrel and receiver upgrades that are off the shelf and cheaper than the M27.


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3:23 PM, Dan Daast <paradoqz@...> wrote:

My understanding is that it also takes care of he old gas piston/direct impingement situation.

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 10:59 am, joatsimeon wrote:
It's more accurate and has greater range, and more sustained-fire capacity.
It's just another 5.56 rifle. I don't see any improvements that make it worth tripling the cost of an M4.



-----Original Message-----
From: Timothy McFadden <author2c@...>
To: stirling <stirling@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 11:45 am
Subject: Re: [stirling] Draka Foresight

It's just another 5.56 rifle. I don't see any improvements that make it worth tripling the cost of an M4.


From: markus baur <baur@...>
To: stirling@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:33 PM
Subject: Re: [stirling] Draka Foresight

something like that

servus

markus

Am 22.02.2018 um 15:07 schrieb Dan Daast:
> Looks like SMS called it in Marching Through Georgia - the Marines are
> about to equip every rifleman with an equivalent of Holbars T-6, if I am
> reading this right.
>
> https://www.military.com/kitup/2018/01/05/m27s-and-head-toe-gear-overhaul-way-marine-grunts.html
>
>


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Re: Spacex launch today--

Bobby Hardenbrook
 


Follow-up thought. Cheap, and low latency, satellite internet combined with Solar+battery-pack will sure make living in remote locales more viable. Hell, in the same time frame we'll probably have cheap drone deliveries as an option as well so you could literally live off-grid and still maintain most of a modern lifestyle as long as you can telecommute. 

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:53 AM Bobby Hardenbrook <bobby.hardenbrook@...> wrote:

Yeah, this is actually huge news. Within 5-10 years we'll have cheap internet literally _everywhere_ . Probably will have the most impact in the third world and in rural/remote regions. Within metro regions of developed nations 5G and its successor will probably be faster and cheaper still. 

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 4:59 PM Allen Pitt <allenpitt2@...> wrote:
First test of the proposed 4,000+ satellites -to provide gigabit broadband to the entire world. Neat.
Most people are concentrating on the latest ‘big news’ on tv etc—meanwhile Musk is working on changing things in a big way.

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The demonstration satellites, named Tintin A and Tintin B, are being used to test SpaceX's future Starlink broadband service. Once all the necessary testing has been completed, the launch of operational satellites could begin sometime in 2019.

SpaceX's ultimate goal is to provide gigabit broadband worldwide, but the first tasks for these demo satellites are a bit simpler. Musk also tweeted that the satellites "will attempt to beam 'hello world'... when they pass near LA" on Friday morning.

"Don't tell anyone, but the Wi-Fi password is 'martians,'" Musk added. "That was a DM, right?"

Falcon 9 launch

The satellites were deployed this morning from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. Check out our earlier coverage for more on that launch. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 17 but was delayed a couple of times.


For more on the topic of SpaceX's broadband plans, see our article from last week. According to the plan, SpaceX's satellites will have low Earth orbits, allowing them to provide Internet service with latency similar to cable and fiber services. That should make SpaceX broadband a lot more pleasant to use than existing satellite services.

SpaceX plans to launch operational satellites in phases over a five-year period and reach full capacity with 4,425 satellites in 2024. SpaceX has also proposed an additional 7,500 satellites operating even closer to the ground, saying that this will boost capacity and reduce latency in heavily populated areas.