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  1. SpinLaunch Kinetic energy space launch system. (instead of 1st stage chemical rockets) The technology uses a vacuum-sealed centrifuge to spin a payload (a satellite with a small rocket) on a carbon tether and then hurl it through the Earth's atmosphere to space at up to 5,000 miles per hour (8,000 km/h). The rocket for the satellite then ignites its engines at an altitude of roughly 200,000 ft (61,000 m) to reach orbital speed of 17,500 miles per hour (28,200 km/h). Peak acceleration would be approximately 10,000 g. So like a space-sling, or better a yeet machine. Very cool.
  2. I played: Rain World I really wanted to love this game... But sadly it's not for me. In short: Beautiful and unique, but unpleasant and unrewarding. Positives: Beautiful art style, gritty atmosphere, interesting concept, finding new alien environments, trying to outsmart enemies, cute/sad story, interesting enemy AI and physics, no hand-holding, challenging,... Negatives: Unrewarding exploration, janky menus, unresponsive clunky controls, no resolution options, no upgrades, too little guidance, frustratingly hard, no aiming, no health, quite unfair at times, tedious at times, unclear map, slow and limited movement, on a hidden random timer, dubious frustrating shelter/savepoint/death/karma-mechanic, long repeated cut-scenes, repetitive grinding for karma, no moving camera, creatures bugging out,... Unfortunately I can't recommend this one.
  3. I played: The Forest Good indie game. Recommended. 👍 Genre: Open-World Survival Crafting Horror Setting: An island. You're a survivor of a plane crash. To do: Chop trees, gather plants, hunt animals, build camps, craft gear, explore dark caves, make friends with the local cannibals, pretend the mutants don't exist, look for other survivors along the way, and maybe more importantly find your son. Tips / Guide: Loot the plane crash site and get out of there before night falls. You'll now have the axe, meds, food, drinks, alcohol, cloth,... Also gather stones, sticks, and leaves. Look up a map of the island online. The local cannibals have regular patrol routes. Build a hunting shelter and a firepit in a safe spot the cannibals don't patrol near. Save. It's actually safer to build more smaller camp sites spread across the island and run from place to place, than it is to building one big base, staying there and having to defend it endlessly from increasingly harder attacks. The patrols get larger as days go by. Nights are especially dangerous (and scary) as the cannibals will be looking for any fire light source. Craft a bow and arrows and/or a spear. Go hunt. Drink from puddles. Eat from bushes. Build some more shelters along the way. Craft the warmsuit armor, as it makes you immune to cold and wet. You're now prepared to explore the island, the cannibal villages, and the caves. Good luck on your adventure,... I mean your search for your son Timmy.
  4. The Kids in the Hall (2022) The iconic Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall return from the dead with a reboot of their ground-breaking sketch series. Haven't seen the old series (yet), but I really liked the reboot. There are some very good bits in there. Recommended.
  5. Some more short vids explaining the recent images of JWST.
  6. Going to watch this for sure. I love the imagination, art styles, and stories in animation anthology movies. They often feel very pure and genuine. It's almost like you're inside an artist's mind, like you're witnessing their pen strokes. Some others absolutely worth checking out: • Memories (1995) • Neo Tokyo (1987) • Robot Carnival (1987) • Genius Party (2007) • Genius Party Beyond (2008) • Short Peace (2013) • The Cockpit (1993) • The Animatrix (2003) • Heavy Metal (1981)
  7. New European Vega-C rocket successfully launched. ESA’s new Vega-C rocket has completed its inaugural flight, placing main payload LARES-2 – a scientific mission of the Italian Space Agency ASI – into its planned orbit. Six research CubeSats from France, Italy and Slovenia flew as secondary payloads. The launch caps a multi-year effort by ESA, prime contractor Avio and industrial partners in 13 ESA member states to build on the heritage of its predecessor, Vega. Maybe not as cool as spacex reusable launch systems but still quite important for European launch capabilities, especially now that Russian rockets have become unavailable because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Most missions with the Russian Space Agency have been cancelled or suspended, including the ExoMars mission.) https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Vega/Vega-C_successfully_completes_inaugural_flight https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2022/07/vega-c-debut-launch/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega_(rocket)
  8. About the 5 images: About JWST in general:
  9. This is truly a monumental achievement for science and humanity. Here's a link to the 4 new JWST images with some more info
  10. Some more info on the NIRCam image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723-73: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail. Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground. This deep field, taken by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), is a composite made from images at different wavelengths, totaling 12.5 hours – achieving depths at infrared wavelengths beyond the Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields, which took weeks. The image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago. The combined mass of this galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying much more distant galaxies behind it. Webb’s NIRCam has brought those distant galaxies into sharp focus – they have tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before, including star clusters and diffuse features. Researchers will soon begin to learn more about the galaxies’ masses, ages, histories, and compositions, as Webb seeks the earliest galaxies in the universe. This image is among the telescope’s first-full color images. The full suite will be released Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, during a live NASA TV broadcast. Learn more about how to watch. Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI Higher resolution image here More images will be posted here
  11. Seems like a good channel. Thanks. Going to watch some more of their vids.
  12. Watching The Green Planet (2022) nature documentary tv mini series on plants and their relationship with animals, humans and the environment, produced by the BBC, narrated and presented by the one and only David Attenborough. (He's 96, holy guacamole, what a legend.) Plants live secret, unseen lives. But they are as aggressive, competitive and dramatic as animals - locked in life-and-death struggles for food and light, taking part in fierce battles for territory, and desperately trying to reproduce and scatter their young. Using pioneering new filmmaking technology and the very latest science, The Green Planet reveals this strange and wonderful world of plants like never before. ...Utilising time-lapse photography, drones and specially designed camera rigs called "Triffids", the series aimed to show plant movements over prolonged periods, but sped up into real time... Highly recommended.
  13. For anyone interested in a geopolitical + ecological + humanitarian crisis: Ramblings: Good times lie ahead of us. I think we can all have full confidence things will work out absolutely fine and dandy. And this is just a slice of what's going on around the world. We have a front row seat to see it all happen, and actually know why it's happening. Hell, we even have the ability to turn things around, but we kinda don't, because. We're quite a fascinating species, aren't we, and/or we've got quite a fascinating system, haven't we. What a show. How is one even supposed to process all this and everything else. Continue with our daily lives. Have hope. Distantiate. Take a deep breath. Try to do good. Search for some escapism. Enjoy the small things. Dunno. It's quite something, isn't it. I guess it's still better to live now than during most other parts of history. One might argue it's about the best of times. Maybe that was a couple of decades ago, but still. I'm not getting desperate, but, you know, maybe I am a bit, maybe it's only natural to get a bit that way. Ah, yes, maybe it's not as bad, at least where I am, and things will find a middle-ground of bad things happening, but within a certain boundary of acceptable bad. The black death were far worse times, weren't they. Lol. But it's different. It's more life on Earth that's on the scale this time around. Apples and oranges. Ants will keep thriving for sure. Humans will too probably. We always seem to have had this astonishing ability to find a way, for better or worse. Yeah, anyway, that's enough existential words for the day. He.
  14. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Gaia/Gaia_sees_strange_stars_in_most_detailed_Milky_Way_survey_to_date This image shows four sky maps made with the new ESA Gaia data released on 13 June 2022. Click on the titles below to download the individual maps. 1. Radial velocity ESA’s Gaia data release 3 shows us the speed at which more than 30 million objects in the Milky Way (mostly stars) move towards or away from us. This is called ‘radial velocity’. We can now see how the objects move over a large portion of the Milky Way’s disc. The rotation of the disc, projected along the line-of-sight, is visible from the alternation of bright areas (moving away from us) and dark areas (moving toward us). Several objects whose radial velocity differs from that of their close environment are visible by contrast. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC) appear as bright spots in the lower right corner of the image. The Sagittarius dwarf galaxy is visible as a faint quasi-vertical stripe below the Galactic Centre. Several globular clusters appear as tiny dots in the image, such as 47 Tucanae, the dark dot on the immediate left of the SMC. 2. Radial velocity and proper motion This sky map shows the velocity field of the Milky Way for ~26 million stars. The colours show the radial velocities of stars along the line-of-sight. Blue shows the parts of the sky where the average motion of stars is towards us and red shows the regions where the average motion is away from us. The lines visible in the figure trace out the motion of stars projected on the sky (proper motion). These lines show how the direction of the speed of stars varies by galactic latitude and longitude. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC) are not visible as only stars with well defined distances were selected to make this image. 3. Interstellar dust Gaia not only maps the stars in our galaxy but tells us what is in between the stars. The space between stars is not empty but instead filled with dust and gas clouds, out of which stars are born. Through the precise measurements of the stars' positions and their dispersed light, Gaia allows us to map the absorption of the starlight by the interstellar medium. Those maps provide us with essential clues to the physical mechanisms of the formation of stars, galaxies, and the history of our home galaxy. This map shows the interstellar dust that fills the Milky Way. The dark regions in the centre of the Galactic plane in black are the regions with a lot of interstellar dust fading to the yellow as the amount of dust decreases.The dark blue regions above and below the Galactic plane are regions where there is little dust. 4. Chemical map What stars are made of can tell us about their birthplace and their journey afterwards, and therefore about the history of the Milky Way. With today’s data release, Gaia is bringing us a chemical map of the galaxy. With Gaia, we see that some stars in our galaxy are made of primordial material, while others like our Sun are made of matter enriched by previous generations of stars. Stars that are closer to the centre and plane of our galaxy are richer in metals than stars at larger distances. This all-sky view shows a sample of the Milky Way stars in Gaia’s data release 3. The colour indicates the stellar metallicity. Redder stars are richer in metals. © ESA/Gaia/DPAC; CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
  15. Yes, it was announced all the way back in 2012. Here's a blogpost from the devs about them restarting development: https://lunar-software.squarespace.com/home/message-about-our-hiatus
  16. List of game announcements (world premieres) during Summer Game Fest 2022 (totally not E3) so far: https://store.steampowered.com/sale/summer_announcements_2022 https://www.windowscentral.com/gaming/summer-game-fest-2022-game-announcements-trailers-and-everything-you-missed https://www.pcgamer.com/every-game-e3-2022-summer-game-fest/ Shooter, Action: • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Military Shooter) • The Callisto Protocol (Sci-Fi Horror Shooter / Action) • Witchfire (Victorian Horror Roguelite Shooter) • Neon White (Indie Platformer Shooter) • Super People (Multiplayer Battle-Royale Shooter) • Metal: Hellsinger (Metal Rhythm Shooter) • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (Sci-fi Dark-Fantasy Co-Op-Squad Shooter) • Saints Row (Silly Co-Op Open-World Action) • Gotham Knights (Superhero Open-World Action) • Routine (Sci-Fi Horror Survival Action) • Anger Foot (Indie Hardcore Fast-Paced Action / Shooter) • Choo Choo Charles (Indie Open-World Horror Shooter) • The Last of Us 1 Remaster for PC (Post-Apocalyptic Narrative Action) • Marvel's Spiderman Remaster for PC (Super-Hero Open-World Action) • Street Fighter 6 (Fighting) 2D-Action: • Flashback 2 (Indie Sci-Fi Side-Scrolling Action) • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Side-Scrolling Beat-'em-Up) • Midnight Fight Express (Indie Top-Down Beat-'em-Up) • The Last Faith (Indie Bloodborn-like Side-Scroll Metroidvania) Classic Role-Playing, Strategy: • Marvel's Midnight Suns (Superhero Role-Playing with Turn-Based combat) • Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader (Sci-fi Dark-Fantasy Role-Playing with Turn-Based combat) • Aliens: Dark Descent (Sci-Fi Squad-Based Real-Time Strategy) • Stormgate (Fantasy F2P Real-Time Strategy) Crafting, Sandbox, Life-Sim: • Nightingale (Victorian Fantasy Open-World Survival Crafting) • The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (Dwarfs Co-Op Dungeon-Crawling Survival Crafting) • Roots of Pacha (Indie Prehistoric Top-Down Life-Farming-Crafting Sim) • Good Heavens (Indie Wacky Top-Down Sim) • Goat Simulator 3 (Indie Silly Physics) Anime, J-RPG: • Honkai: Star Rail (F2P Micro-transaction Anime Turn-Based Role-Playing) • Zenless Zone Zero (F2P Micro-transaction Anime Action Role-Playing) • One Piece Odyssey (Anime Turn-Based Role-Playing) • Soul Hackers 2 (Anime Turn-Based Role-Playing) • Final Fantasy 16 (Fantasy Action Role-Playing) Interactive Story, Walking Sim, Dating Sim, Puzzle: • Layers of Fears (Indie Victorian Horror Interactive Story) • Fort Solis (Indie Sci-Fi Horror Interactive Story) • The Quarry (Horror Interactive Story) • Highwater (Indie Nautical Interactive Story) • American Arcadia (Indie '70s Puzzle-Platformer Interactive Story) • Stray (Indie Cat Cyberpunk Walking Puzzle) • ... and many more ... I'm mostly looking forward to The Callisto Protocol, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, and The Last Faith. But I'm also keeping an eye on: Metal: Hellsinger, Nightingale, Routine, Good Heavens, Return to Moria and Roots of Pacha. Will probably buy and play The Last of Us 1 Remaster for PC and Marvel's Spiderman Remaster for PC when they're on sale in a couple of years as they were both pretty big games at the time. But right now, I'm still playing Elden Ring and enjoying it very much. (don't have much time to play games, taking my sweet time ^^)
  17. I haven't played much of the Resident Evil series but Dead Space 1 and 2 made quite an impression on me. Dead Space masterfully balances 2 atmospheres: - Alone, you carefully explore an abandoned ship in space in total darkness stumbling upon creepy scenes along the way trying to grab every last bit of ammo you can find. - Suddenly you're ambushed by horrific monsters crawling out from every crevice and you must shoot and stomp these monsters to pieces or you'll die a cruel animated death. Along the way you try to find out what happened to the people on the ship, but also what's happening to your own sanity...
  18. Channel 5 with Andrew Callaghan - Houston NRA Conference & Uvalde Robb Elementary School shooting In this episode, we cover the recent National Rifle Association meeting and exhibition which occurred between May 27-29 at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, just days after the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde which took the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers, as well as travel to Uvalde, TX to talk to locals affected by the tragedy. I'm at a loss for words. This gun violence and these mass shootings, what a clusterfuck, a tragedy without end.
  19. Seems like Boeing finally successfully launched its reusable (uncrewed) crew-transporter and successfully docked it to the ISS. Nice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Starliner Starliner Launches to Space Station on Uncrewed Flight Test for NASA Station Crew Opens Boeing Starliner Hatch, Enters Spacecraft The blue thing in the last picture is a dummy astronaut, strapped to the commander's seat, wearing Boeing's blue custom flight suit.
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