Preview opinions of the new show: Warehouse 13 ?

Does anyone have any pre-July 7th (premier time) opinions of the new Sci-Fi show: Warehourse 13 ?

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago


(More) Fictitious Planet Details.

          You may have seen my last question (I'm not counting on it), but if you haven't, I should tell you that I am creating a planet that can support life. I am creating an insect-like creature that flies and swims via silent propulsion. Could an animal develop a method of that propulsion? I am thinking of a couple of methods in particular. It could be MHD- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetohydrodynamic_drive It could be like the Dyson fan-http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/home/dyson-bladeless-fan.htm  I have added my sketch and a scale of the animals, as well as additional information about their behavior. I may have some terms wrong (Like hive-mind), so if I do, please .tell me so I can correct that.

Asked by eulaliaaaa! 6 years ago


Zombie fiction: illegal in Kentucky.

A Kentucky student has been arrested under anti-terrorist legislationWinchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole's home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class."My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies."I originally found this story through Groxx. The article is here, and if you want to pass comments on to the relevant people, their contact details are here.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


An Amazing Planet! (In the works)

Hi there! I am creating a fictitious planet as a personal project of mine, and I would like to blog (Is that the right word for this?) about it.   I am creating the planets, the geography, the natural history, and the wildlife of each of my 3 planets (Sattelites?).  Most of the info will be in the form of an uploaded scan of my notes and sketches, which I will progressively add as I get more Info. Here they are!  Sorry if there are any problems with the image quality.

Posted by eulaliaaaa! 6 years ago


Fictitious Planet Details. Answered

         For a personal project of mine, I am creating a fictitious solar system with planets that can sustain life.  To make the project more realistic, I have a set of rules. Mainly, the planet and its inhabitants have to able to exist. I really want a unique planet, and I have it all figured out, except for one thing. The core. So, my question is this:           Could a planet have a gaseous core, and have it very dense and hot, much like a little star, as well as a solid outside? If so, how could it have formed?  

Asked by eulaliaaaa! 6 years ago


I'm looking for a good book to pick up. Answered

Doesn't have to be fiction, or science fiction, or about babies. Anything.

Asked by Doctor What 9 years ago


Writing Partner

I am hoping to write with somebody on an experimentation novella of sci-fiction. English speakers are preferred, will be an informal schedule, focusing on plot and setting, symbolism is a lesser aspect, professional quality, and will self edit their work. I have a plot and idea, would like to write the novella using a tennis style of writing alternating chapters. I may self-published (Lulu.com). Working under the CC licenses. Wouldn't at all mind having a long term writing partner. Comment here or email me at 94johnjy94@gmail.com! :D

Posted by JohnJY 6 years ago


Does anyone have any name ideas?

Hi! I am working on a project of mine, and I need help with the names of some creatures. Here is a link to my project-in-the-works (https://www.instructables.com/community/An-Amazing-Planet-In-the-works/). If you could help, that would be great! The creatures with no names are in the last four slides. Thanks for your help!

Asked by eulaliaaaa! 6 years ago


Need information regarding hallucinatory diseases Answered

I'm doing research for a novel and one of the characters is schizophrenic, or whichever form of disorder would best suit the plot. A have a few questions regarding the nature of schizophrenia, and wikipedia can only help so much: What are the main causes of schizophrenia? Is it possible to be brought on by trauma or through nurture? Or is it mainly genetic? Just how realistic are such hallucinations? What is the level of interactivity between the person and hallucination? I.e. Would it be possible for a schizophrenic to imagine an entire person (like an imaginary friend, only much more real)? And if it's possible to hallucinate an entire being, could they, say, carry out a conversation? How difficult is it for an average schizophrenic to differentiate hallucination and reality? If someone has a recurring hallucination, will they eventually realize it is a hallucination and not reality? What is the probability that only one type of hallucination would be present (like, going along with the imaginary friend bit, that the person would only see the friend and wouldn't have any other hallucinations)? Please realize that this is a work of fiction and a bit of artistic license may be applied. I thank you greatly for any light you can shed on this matter. -Y

Asked by dungeon runner 8 years ago


ParanoidLinux

The fictional version of Linux from Cory Doctorow's new book "Little Brother" shall soon be fiction no longer.I kid you not. ParanoidLinux is coming soon to a computer near you. Perhaps even an iPhone.Thanks Boing Boing!

Posted by randofo 10 years ago



The Star Trek Home

There's the technology today to produce most of the comedies seen in star trek, not just the original series. I'm talking the TNG or DS9. The automatic sliding doors are seen in almost every supermarket. You would install them with steel or aluminum doors with the design seen on the shows. Come badges could be produced. The only problem would be wearing a cellphone sized device somewhere on your body. The hypo spray could be developed with our technology, we use syringes more often. The technology in hyposprays was used in mass vachination machines. I'm sure it could be miniaturized. Isolinear chips compare to memory sicks or SD cards of today. One could install touchscreen monitors throughout one's house linked to a central computer. Microphones and speaker hidden throughout the house could provide the voice access like seen in star trek. Al though you might want to upgrade their authorization code method. It's horribly insecure. A PADD could be a tablet pc or kindle. It uses induction charging, something that could be incorporated or built in using today's technology. The "laptop" used in readyrooms could be a laptop. The facebook video message system shows how the star trek messages could be transferred. Skype could be used as transmissions. A giant monitor could serve as a view screen. A replicator is hard to do with today's technology, but we have machines that can produce drinks. We don't have phasers, but current day guns are as good as them in stopping power, and they can't be damped by damping fields. Torpedoes in Star Trek  are just like air to air missiles in the sky or normal torpedoes in the sea. Jefferies tubes could be installed in one's home if you wanted it to.  Next are somethings that aren't as good as the ones in star trek. Our medical technology isn't as advanced. Tricorders could be iphones modified a bit with radar and other technology. They wouldn't be the same quality as the ones in star trek.  A holodeck could be simulated with virtual reality machines, movie theater, video games, and a 3-d holographic projector. They would be most of the uses a holodeck is used for. There are somethings we don't have that is seen frequently in star trek. Transporters and Warp Drive are chief among them. In some ways though, we have surpassed the technology seen in star trek. Touchscreens are a prime example. Instead of the unchangeable interfaces we see in the bridge, we could put touch screens in all of the consoles. 

Posted by starwing123 8 years ago


Interesting paper (preprint) on science fiction in astronomy

There's a preprint out today which uses archival infrared astrometric data from IRAS to set limits on the existence of actual Dyson spheres within 300 pc of the Solar System, a volume which includes roughly 106 solar-type stars.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


What makes for a great fiction action adventure novel on terrorism?

Does the story need to shock---ie; thousands of people are at risk of being poisoned by bioterrorists in a local college town  OR do the characters need to be someone we can identify with? What makes for a good story and a page turner that will keep you enthralled?

Asked by Actionwriter 8 years ago


I wanna make steampunk lamp.

I wanna make steampunk lamp. I was thinking some kind a magical or science fictional lamp. Light that truns on when there's is a sound in a room, human voice or something like that.  Turns off when no one is making sound. I don't know what to use as sound cather.  I have old wooden candle leg. I think piezo is not right for cathing sounds like human voice in air. I don't wanna make lamp that turns off and on when I say on the mic something. I wanna make lamp that starts glowing when it catches sound. Turns off when it don't catch any sound like human vocie. I don't know what to use as sound cather. I think piezo element is not right. Maybe mic element or someting like that is better.

Asked by DeathSuperMario 6 years ago



Traveller RPG: Write Sci-Fi with us!

Hey guys, we are looking for people who want to write science fiction for FUN! Its a collborative efforts and not-for-profit so if you have great ideas about aliens and alien cultures, hard science and spacedrives, or want to help create a pocket empire within the Milky Way Galaxy, come have fun with us. No formal writing skills are needed, just bring your imagination! http://travellerrepublic.yolasite.com/

Posted by idahobeef 6 years ago


Disable SPAM flagging feature

I was unable to flag the following instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Springhill-Group-Korean-Savvy-Love-Fiction-Review/# The pull down menu for Flag is not completely visible.

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago


Command parsing in Python?

I am currently attempting an Interactive Fiction game in Python (when I am finished I plan to write an instructable detailing how I did it). The only problem I have run into is the parser. I want to be able to specify a syntax for a command, and have the parser be able to recognize when the command is being input regardless of the arguments passed to it, as well as be able to extract the arguments from the inputted command. This would not be so much of a problem if there were not both one-argument and two-argument commands, and the fact that "throw x to y" is a different command than, say, "throw x at y". Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by dungeon runner 7 years ago


the infinite improbability drive? Answered

I recently finished reading the hitchhiker's guide series. Douglas Adams is a genious! he and authors such as George Orwell, are commonly looked over by todays readers. anyways, on to my question. does anyone know the components required to construct an ifinite improbability drive, like the one from the books? (and for the ignoramous who decides to tell me that its fictional and to shut up, i rebut before you post with, i know, if you had any sense to know that before your reading this, you wouldn't post said comment.) but yeah, does anyone know? i am looking for great minds such as kiteman or gmjhowe, or maybe a less well-known person. whoever you are, thanks in advance.

Asked by MrMystery96 8 years ago


Changing the Natural Laws for Science Fiction

Ok, so there's a new show in the U.S. called Revolution. I haven't watched it, but it seems the premise is a world where all electronics suddenly stopped working. No iPhones, no lights, no vibrobots. nothing. My question is, what possible explanation could they have for this? A world where electrons won't flow doesn't make sense to me. They still have lightning. They still have fire. Their brains work. Does anybody know if there is any science behind this? What could stop electricity from working in all technology and still allow the natural functioning of electrical processes in nature? I refuse to watch the show because I'm pretty sure they will never answer this question, or worse, they will blame it on aliens.

Posted by justbennett 5 years ago


Knitting with Dog Hair

We heard a neat piece on NPR's Soundprint about knitting with dog hair.It's an overview of the history and process of knitting with dog hair, mixed with a bit of personalizing historical fiction. Definitely a good listen if you've ever considered turning your dog's sheddings into something useful.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


how do you make a laser that can melt,(cut) through solids?

A laser,(like a sentinel beam in halo) that can burn through a solid,(ex:metal). i know that there is something like this in the world and isnt science fiction, but it sounds like the laser is just a focused beam of heat. (is there an easy way to make something like this?)

Asked by LePfeiff 9 years ago


Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Has anyone else seen Joss Whedon's newest creation, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? Joss has a letter on the site explaining how and why it was created, but the gist of it is that Whedon was bored during the writer's strike, so he got some siblings and buddies together to create Dr. Horrible for the Internet. It stars Neil Patrick Harris as the horrible doctor (The Super Villain protaganist), Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer (The Super Hero antagonist), and Felicia Day as Penny (The Love Interest). The Story is about Dr. Horrible's attempt to join The Evil League of Evil and win the heart of Penny while Captain Hammer constantly foils his plans. His story is told through his video blog. It's an amazing movie, and the music (yes, it's a musical, and yes, Nathan can sing!) is great. I highly recommend you check it out!

Posted by musicalbee2003 9 years ago


Dr. Who - Voyage of the Da**ed - dedication

I know this is old news, but it is NEW to me.   I just finished viewing The Voyage of the Damned, episode of Dr. Who and at the end, there was a dedication to Verity Lambert, OBE  (27 November 1935 – 22 November 2007), She is best known as the founding producer of the science fiction series Dr. Who.

Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago


The name of a anti-infantry weapon...?

I remember reading some time ago about metal spikes that were dropped from planes in one of the major wars(Korean, Vietnam, something like that). I think they were about a foot long maybe, and they were mean as anti-infantry, seeing as they could pierce through helmets easily. The annoying thing about this is that I can't even remember if this is a real or fictional weapon.

Asked by revelae 8 years ago


Imperial Walker Graffiti Art

"Customized Hasbro Star Wars vehicle customized by professional Graffiti artists EASE and JK5 under the direction of SUCKADELIC. All tags are written in the Aurebesh language, a fictional letter system created for the in-world use for the 6 Star Wars films. The largest tag on the side of the vehicle spells the word REBEL."All this can be yours for only $1,500 - $2,000!Link

Posted by Tetranitrate 10 years ago


Moray Eels' Alien-like double jaws

There are times when life imitates art. Then there are times when life imitates science fiction.One of the most famous monsters in film history is the extraterrestrial beast of the Alien series. It slowly opened its glistening fangs to reveal a second set of jaws that shot forward to kill its victims.Scientists have now discovered a fish that does the same thing. If the First Bite Doesn't Do It, the Second One Will at the New York Times.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Has anyone read any Russian books?

Well, I'm doing a Geography project on World Literature and number of author from each country that are included in Major 100 Best Books Lists and something similar. The question is: have you read any books by Russian authors (this includes non-fiction too, just because I'm curious...)? Thanks PS: Will anyone get something other than Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov? Write these anyway, please... 

Posted by gruffalo child 7 years ago


Sad News Proffesor Snape has passed.

"Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish." Wikipedia  Actor Alan Rickman, Snape in Harry Potter films, dies at 69. https://www.google.com/search?q=professor+snape+actor&biw=1550&bih=746&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj31pf7larKAhUINT4KHTdRBq0Q_AUIBigB&dpr=0.8

Posted by iceng 2 years ago


HELP ME FIND A BOOK PLEASE

Ok so i was asked to find a book for someone but i have no clue to where to start looking since all the information i have is what the cover looks like and a little bit of the beginning.Anyway the book cover picture of a girl with brown braids looking down and in the background is like a forest and the beginning of the book is suppose to be about a girl riding a wagon with her father to town or something. And the genre of the book is fantasy or fiction. If anyone knows this book or can find it i will give them 50 cookies

Posted by Katarukito 8 years ago


Small self-contained energy source

Hello,            I am interested in making a energy source similar to iron man's arc reactor in the fact that it is small, self contained, and and powerful. I would like it to be hand-held, but I can deal with slightly larger or even desk size. It needs to be long lasting. I am well aware that an arc reactor is fictional, but I just need something that may be similar. It can be a large project (I have time) but needs to be not super expencive. Around $500 is the max I can go for!  I hope someone can help, 13islucky

Posted by 13islucky 6 years ago


Robot Hall of Fame - UPDATE: nominate your own!

New Scientist magazine have updated their Robot Hall of fame - a mixture of real and fictional robots, eighteen in all, that have "marked or inspired technical breakthroughs in the field."My favourites in the gallery are Huey, Dewey, and Louie - not only are they the first robotic farmers, they got more genuine emotion onto the screen with a few clicks and wheezes than the whole mechanical cast of Star Wars.Of course, we'd have liked to have seen our own Robot up there, but are there any other robots you think should have been included? Why?UPDATEIf your favourite is missing, you can nominate one (thanks to Lemonie, indirectly, for the link).

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Piston jump boots

I dunno if you have ever seen this guys 'rocket boots' (not really rocket powered) but they are sort of neat. They do not get the same results as simple mechanical leaf spring sort of moon boots I see, but the concept is pretty interesting for those of us who are fans of combustibles.  this is a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7s-tnzPZ3c article http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News-Comments.asp?NewsNum=740 Now my question: How would you improve this sort of unimpressive piston powered boot? I was thinking if one could double or even triple the chamber size of that piston, or use multiples of them, maybe use a more potent combustible than gasoline.

Posted by ThorsMitersaw 7 years ago


Forum topic or inble on a "story" written to illustrate Asperger's

I am looking for the post, forum topic, or Instructable, about a story to illustrate how Asperger's feels like; the illustration was for NTs, and was about a "crash landing, on a planet, where the language spoken was close enough to understand much of the time, but a lot of times things didn't "make sense".  The story may NOT have been about asperger's exclusively, but more about problems in communication. My reason is, I came across this episode of ARTHER and in part of the story, a very similar story line is used. I am not accusing anyone of anything, but wanted to let all parties know of this in case it was borrowed from the original writer for use in the show.

Posted by Goodhart 4 years ago


Looking back: the good, the bad, and the ugly

I thought a bit of reflection might be appropriate (and if not, tell me so and I will quickly remove what might be considered a waste of space and time): Not to start off on a negative foot, but this only came up recently, as I don't get to see much TV (probably to my benefit), and while scanning through the Online TV Guide, I saw this TV show title: America's Most Smartest ModelTo me, it is appalling that those producing a show on the "smartest" would commit such a mistake in English; and any model that appeared on the show without making mention of the title would, in my opinion, show that they are not as skilled as some 6th graders in the English language. On the bright side, I discovered Eureka! this year, and is about the only "fictional" show I can bare to watch. Lists and comments welcome !

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


Experience Other Dimensions

Has anyone ever experienced the fourth dimension. Sure this is a topic for science fiction novels, new age conspiracy theories and the new Indiana Jones movie. But dimensions past our own experience are having a big impact in theoretical physics. Flat Land and it's unofficial sequel Flatterland are good books to get a mathematical yet whimsical look into alternative dimensions. The Tesseract from A Wrinkle in Time was a hyper cube as well.So we go from 0D (a point) to 1D (a line) to 2D (planes) to 3D (solid objects) and then what happens when you pull that plane into an unseen dimension? Well, use your imagination and watch this video: 6d-Hypercube from Tobby Lang on Vimeo.Why Bother With 4D?Yours_BG*(Corrected, thanks n8mansays)

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Engineer's Duel

Hi everyone, I'm new here to this forum site but I wanted to share an idea I've been kicking around for a while now.  I'm a huge fan of the Fantasy vs Science Fiction debate and often like to combine certain elements from each into one another (ie Spell Casting Robots, Steampunk Wizards, etc). One of the staple elements of any Fantasy work is the iconic Wizard's Duel, when two magical wielders face off against one another using a combination or various spells, attacks and magic.   Now, I've always been interested in the kinds of sports/ competitions that focus scientific and engineering minds (robot battles). So I devised one of my own today, just something I think would be really interesting to watch. It's sort of like a modern day resurrection of medieval duels, but instead of weapons the duelers use inventions. Engineer's Duel Overview: Two inventors face off, each utilizing different inventions they've built to best their opponent, and eventually destroy them (or at least incapacitate). The purpose of the battle is to test the wits, intelligence, strategy and inventing skills of each of the duelers.   The goal is not to destroy the opponent, but instead their chosen gadgets until yours is the last one surviving. Rules: 1) No Robots. This fight should be between the duelers themselves, not their robotic minions. 2) No Direct Weapons Allowed (devices that serve no other purpose except as a weapon). Eg no guns, swords, canons, etc. The purpose of the duel is not about how powerful an invention one can build, but how inventive it is and how well the dueler uses it. 3) Each invention chosen by the duelers must be used at least once in the fight. 4) No EMPs, for obvious reasons 5) Vehicular machines such as Tumblers, Mech Warriors, and Giant Hovercrafts are allowed but only in the National Primaries. Other than this, if you can build it, you can use it. So yeah tell me what you think!  

Posted by SHIFT! 7 years ago


Greener Posturers - Hacking through the biodegradable, zero-carbon, ecochic overhype.

Here's a fun article from the New York Magazine.http://nymag.com/news/features/33157/Let's see: Green is the new black. Green is the new red, white, and blue. And green is the new green, or at least a new means of getting people to plunk down more of it. To some, the "green consumer" is an oxymoron (they might even drop the "oxy"). The real solution, they say, is to consume less. While there's some truth to this, a Walden-or-bust approach seems ill-suited to our present culture. Greed and vanity are alive and well; if they can be enlisted in the fight to save the planet, who are we to turn them away? With green-hype alert levels recently upgraded to orange, skepticism is warranted; here, our fictional sparring partners examine some well-intentioned products that mainly serve the buyers' self-esteem, and others that have unsuspected depths.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Top 10 Life-Skills for A Brave New Millennium

In the ever increasingly nonsensical world in which we live, it is important to have an equally suited set of skills. This list is a compilation of important life skills for our times. It is my hope that some day it will all be required learning in the schools. 1. How to cat2. How to Handcraft an Achingly Self-Referential Virtual Commodity Fetish Object (For Fun and Profit!)3. How to make simple things impossibly thick4. How to make art.5. How to Live an Aesthetic Life by Wearing, Eating, Traveling By, and Listening to Specific Colors for a Week6. New York Pizza in California7. How to develop an original story for a fiction when you're out of inspiration...8. How to escape from America9. How to cut your own hair10. How to eat a banana like a dog(This list is open to suggestion, reordering or reinterpretation.)

Posted by randofo 10 years ago


BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular 2008

Well, this is what happens when I get too smug about living in SF.Along comes a rockin' craft fair, and I can't go.It's only in NY, LA and London, and I won't be getting to London for another two weeks!For those of you who have been living in a self-sustainable cave for the last several years with no connection to the outside world, BUST is a bold, brave, raunchy women's magazine featuring interviews with hot, smart celebrities, cutting-edge fashion, art and craft projects, steamy fiction, and tons more. I do so envy those of you who will be checking out the Craftacular.It promises to be. . . well, craftacular.AND, as a special incentive in NYC, check out the BUST Stylist's Closet. DANG I am so jealous!!!!!Get more info at BUSTAnd pleeeeeze tell me all about it! I want pictures!!!!

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


I'm trying to find a simple 365 project... any ideas? Answered

I have sewing, drawing, baking, photography, general crafting, and painting skills. I have some experience with crocheting, knitting, woodworking, gardening, writing, and scrapbooking. I like history (specifically American Revolution, Napoleonic Era England & France, and Victorian England & America), art (Impressionists are high on my list), anime and manga (although I'm still new to it), and science fiction. I don't know if I'm looking for one project to do every day for a year, or a "genre" of projects so I can mix up my weeks. I don't have a ton of funds to pour into this, but I have a lot of supplies for the things I mentioned above. Any help in narrowing down ideas would be greatly appreciated... I feel like I'm drowning in ideas and don't know where to swim.

Asked by SiderAnne 8 years ago


Does anyone know what shape the knives are in Ranger's Apprentice? Answered

I've loved this book series for so long and recently I have gotten into costuming. I (obviously) want to make a Ranger costume but I don't think the covers of the book are all that accurate (the cloaks are green while in the book they're mottled grey/brown/green).  A similar question I posted when I first signed up to this website returned the answer that the Saxe Knife looks like a Bowie knife, but I don't know if that quite fits...  Any suggestions would be helpful, also any tips for the rest of the costume would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance :) UPDATE: I'd like to rephrase this slightly. Does anyone know of a blade shape that couldsuit the saxe knife? It is a costume of a fictional item, not a re-creation so I figure a stylized shape would be better.  UPD

Asked by Splicer02 5 years ago


School Video Tips

In my reading/gifted/advanced class, we are supposed to make a documentary showing some of our community's problems. We also have to show how we plan to fix them, too. (I'm working alone)In language arts, we were put into groups to come up with some advertisement for a fictional business or project. It cannot be an existing product or business, either. We have 5 people in our group, and have chosen to use a clothing store as a thing to advertise.So that is two videos, a commercial, and a documentary (we are studying persuasive techniques). I wanted to do a good job on these, so does anyone have any tips? Any tips would do, from lighting to tips on acting. I like making movies, and below are some of my quick videos I made, for Youtube. This one took me about 15 minutes, so it is kinda crappy: Hope you liked them!

Posted by John Smith 10 years ago


A Non-Stop Patch Contest! (Temporarily closed)

I'm pinching an idea from Fungus Amongus... My second favourite form of poetry is the Haiku - a deceptively simple form, with nice simple rules. Three lines Five syllables in the first, seven in the second, five in the third. Preferably contains a subtle reference to seasons, nature or time. My favourite form of poetry is scifaiku - Haiku with a science-fiction theme. The rules are more flexible, but the aim is still to be minimalist, implying much more than is written down. So, here's the contest - write a Haiku, a scifaiku or even a DIY-ku. It's a non-stop contest - every time one takes my fancy, I will award a specially-designed patch. allons y! Inspirational update: Have a look at the work of Kobayashi Issa - you can even get random examples sent to your email address. UPDATE: I have just awarded my last patch - feel free to keep adding haiku, but I can't award patches at the moment.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Sci-Fi Gardening

I read an article on Dave's Garden a year ago on plants with Star Trek names, and I just adore the idea of having a science fiction themed garden.  Looking through some more plants, I've come across even more plants that would fit within a sci-fi/outer space theme. Coleus: Darth Vader Saturn Saturn's Rings Solar Flare Solar Shadow Solar Sunrise Vulcan Daylily: Alien Alien Contact Alien Encounter Alien Escape Pod Alien Invader Alien Landing Alien Skin Alien's Eye Android Android Dreams Andromeda Asteroid Astral Voyager Beam Me Up Beam Me Up, Scotty Ben Kirk Big Dipper Black Hole Borg Technology Cloaking Device First Officer's Log Galaxy Quest Klatuu Barata Nictu Life on Bajor Notify Ground Crew Photon Torpedo Romulan Deflector Spock's Ears Vulcan Logic Hosta:   Captain Kirk Enterprise Foxfire X Philes (just for fun) Galaxy Galaxy Light Gamma Ray Kiwi Milky Way Little Dipper Lunar Eclipse Lunar Orbit Lunar Sea Outer Space Saturn Starship Striker Super Nova Venus Voyager Vulcan These lists are not complete.  I looked through 5,320 daylily names out of 38,449 on Dave's Garden and then filled in with some names from the article, and I'm sure there are more genuses with sci-fi plants.  The reason why there are so many hostas, daylilies, and coleuses is because they're relatively easy to hybridize and propagate.  I started looking through African violets, but half-way through I was pretty sure I wouldn't find any.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were some more in the Liliaceae family such as with tulips, but phew, that's a lot of plants. Looking through some of the names, it would be relatively easy to do a Lord of the Rings or fantasy-themed garden.  I even found hostas called "Dot Com" and "Website".  Hybridizers certainly get creative when it comes to names.  I think I'll send my brother-in-law a hosta called "Twisted Sister". The image is of a basket plant I have.  No neat name, but it looks kinda sci-fi in the picture.

Posted by AngryRedhead 8 years ago


Listening with Stethoscopes through Glass Windows?

I'm writing a zombie apocalypse fiction story and in one scene, one of the militia has to eavesdrop on a survivor gathering through a padded window using a stethoscope modified to fit onto a walkie-talkie earpiece microphone (the type that's along the same wire as the earpiece). The stethoscope would be placed against the glass window. The eavesdropped survivor leader is using a loud announcement voice with no acoustic assistance, in the middle of, say, a 20m x 10m x 3m lobby. The sound would (theoretically) reverberate through the glass window and into the stethoscope, which would focus all that sound down into the mic, which is transmitted by the connected walkie-talkie to our actual listener that hears it several kilometers away through the second, receiving radio. Notwithstanding the padded window (since the character finds a hole) and assuming the transmitted signal isn't distorted at all, how bad would the audio fidelity be for the listener? Would you still be able to understand audible speech? Would listening with stethoscopes through glass windows even work?

Posted by nutsandbolts_64 1 year ago


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Posted by EmmettO 7 years ago


What free ebooks should I check out?

I'm going to be hiking in Japan for a week soon. The last time I did this was about eight years ago and I hauled a few large paperbacks along with me which I devoured in the first few days. It was far too much dead weight and took up too much space in my backpack. This time around, I'm going to be borrowing a Sony ebook reader from a friend. Since many ebooks cost more than real books and there are a ton of classics I haven't read yet, I'm going to load it up with reading from Project Gutenberg and feedbooks.com. So far I have selections from Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Nietzsche, Cory Doctorow, H.G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Those are already be more than enough, but I want to have options! What other free classics should I check out? I normally geek out on too much non-fiction, so I want some stuff with wonderful language, characters, and stories. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Asked by fungus amungus 9 years ago


What free ebooks should I check out?

I'm going to be hiking in Japan for a week soon. The last time I did this was about eight years ago and I hauled a few large paperbacks along with me which I devoured in the first few days. It was far too much dead weight and took up too much space in my backpack.This time around, I'm going to be borrowing a Sony ebook reader from a friend. Since many ebooks cost more than real books and there are a ton of classics I haven't read yet, I'm going to load it up with reading from Project Gutenberg and feedbooks.com.So far I have selections from Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Nietzsche, Cory Doctorow, H.G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Those are already be more than enough, but I want to have options!What other free classics should I check out? I normally geek out on too much non-fiction, so I want some stuff with wonderful language, characters, and stories. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago