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Saturday, July 23

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Let's Go Exploring

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Wednesday, July 06

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New Toy: Momoko

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I have a server!  Well, I've had a server since 2003 1997.  But this one is in Sydney, instead of hiding on the other side of the planet.

Australia is not generally a cost-effective location for server hosting, but thanks to the nice people at Exigent I was able to get a very good price on an older model Dell updated with new SSDs.

It only runs at 2.4GHz, but it has 8 cores (16 threads), 24GB ECC RAM, and a RAID-1 pair of SSDs, so it's very capable.  Plus a gigabit internet connection and 10TB monthly bandwidth.

But best of all, it's only 15ms from home (and about 3ms from the office).  That makes an enormous difference; my usual ping times to the mu.nu servers are in the range of 170-200ms.

And I installed OpenVZ on it without breaking anything.  So as far as that goes I'm having a good day.

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Tuesday, June 07

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Elevated

First, watch this video.  Then check the spoiler.


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Wednesday, March 30

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Railroaded

Railroad Tycoon 2 and 3 are on GOG.

This probably matters more for me than my readers (if anyone is left...) because the Railroad Tycoon series has been unavailable in Australia for a decade due to licensing issues.

I bought them and downloaded the installers immediately just in case they realise it's a mistake and disappear them again.

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Saturday, February 06

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Baby Bat Burritos

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Monday, February 01

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The Expanse

Okay, that was pretty good.

But you killed the crew from explosive decompression, twice, in the first four episodes.  Also, your economics are skewed from reality in several places - by about three orders of magnitude.  Try harder next season, SyFy.


I haven't read the books, and the story moves at a fair clip, but if you have a passing familiarity with hard SF you'll have no trouble picking the threads up.  (One useful tip is that there are a few scenes where you won't understand what's being said, and aren't meant to - it's a made-up language.  Don't worry about it.)

It's nice to see a science fiction series where the most outre element* is a fusion reactor.


If you're looking for classic but not necessarily hard SF, SyFy also recently did this:


Reviews are, shall we say, mixed.  I'm not sure why they picked that particular story to adapt; it would have to be one of the hardest works of science fiction to bring intact to television.

And why call it the "Season 1 Trailer"?  Spoiler alert for a sixty-year-old book: There ain't gonna be a Season 2.

* At least, so far.

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Sunday, January 03

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Silence In The The Library / Forests Of The Dead - Again

Just rewatched these.  How often do you get TV shows where an episode follows directly on from one that was broadcast seven and a half later?

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Sunday, December 06

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Hell Bound and Heaven Sent

I wasn't feeling this season of Doctor Who as much as some of the recent ones (the Amy and Rory seasons, and the first Clara half-season), but they certainly went out with a bang.


Nothing Stephen Moffat likes better than messing with fans' expectations - except messing with fans' expectations of messing with fans' expectations.

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Thursday, November 26

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It's A River In Paris

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Wednesday, November 25

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Pack My Box With Five Dozen Grumpy Jackdaws

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