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Time travel and how the universe actually works.

All right! So you have 4 types of time travel. They break down like this: Causal linear – Stuff in the past directly affects stuff in the future. If I kill a dude in the past, he is dead, his kids never happened, etc. Non-Causal linear – What you do in the past will not affect the future. That time self-heals and corrects for mistakes. Causal non-linear – Stuff done in the past creates a split-off universe. Go back and kill someone and his kids are fine in YOUR FUTURE AS THEY ALREADY WERE, but you create a second universe where they never happened. Which one you go back to is down to story mechanics, etc. Non-causal non-linear – Stuff we do in the past affects the future but also leaves the future alone. It is a paradox method of…

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EXCLUSIVE: Believe Everything You Read On The Internet

I got an email the other day telling me some rumors about a movie. They must be true. Why? Because I read them using the internet. It’s about time we fess up and admit – why’re gonna believe everything we read, like total idiots, and we’re just going to own it. The Internet is the largest collection of data in human history. Large Number Theory clearly states that if given large enough numbers you can pull in Large Number Theory. Given that, those numbers, being so large, are large. With anything dealing with numbers that massive, some of it must be true. Think of it this way – if 10% of things are true, and there are infinite things on the Internet: 10% of infinity is infinity. Which means everything is true. And that’s math. Furthermore, I have now used…

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Why jump?

This weekend Felix Baumgartner did an amazing thing. More than one, really. He jumped out of a tiny capsule, over 24 miles above the ground, wearing nothing but a pressure suit. He broke the speed of sound on the way down, with nothing but that pressure suit to protect him. He fell for nine minutes, nine whole minutes – which is a damn long time to fall – and then landed on his feet. And yet I saw people going on: “Why would he do this?” “What’s the point?” “This is stupid/silly.” Those people make me very sad. Imagine is the Wright Brothers had decided that flying for a few seconds was silly and useless and what was the point anyway, it was just a few seconds. Pushing humanity to its limits, exploring to the edges of the map, climbing…

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INTERVIEW: Backup Ribbon Project

I came across the Backup Ribbon Project… I’m not honestly sure. One day they weren’t on my radar and the next they were. Since then I’ve done some digging and both them and the wider Backup Project do good work, and work that needs more of a spotlight shone on it. There are two people behind the Backup Ribbon Project though I don’t know who they are. I do know it doesn’t matter. They answer as one person, and it makes no difference. For a bit of background on the Project though: In 2008 the two people who eventually started the BRP saw a woman being harassed at a convention and noticed no one was doing anything to help. So they did. And that got them thinking. They got involved with the overall Backup Project and started to print up…

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Now in paper form.

The other month I decided to bite the bullet and get a logo for myself. It’s scary paying a designer for a logo. Maybe that’s just me. Still, for me, paying someone to discuss and design a logo that worked for me, for all my stuff, was a bit odd. I do it myself. I make happily mostly crappy but serviceable logos. Except I needed to stop and make one logo that would do everywhere. It was just time. And so I went to Dylan Todd (also here on twitter). I’d been a fan of his logo design for a while, so the chance to work with him made it more fun. And we chatted some and he went off to his DesignCave (it’s like a Batcave, but cooler, I think) and came back with the goods. And now I…

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In Sound From Way Out

On my desk at the day job I still have my radio. This is a double cassette deck / CD / radio I got in ’93. It hasn’t been used in about three years but it still works. Except the CD player. That’s kinda iffy, honestly. It has an AKIRA sticker on top. This was my only radio from ’93-’99 and then when I took this job it ended up on my desk and was the office sound machine for many years until we switched to Pandora on a communal machine. Today I was joking about it with a coworker and absently popped the cassette decks open. And there was, in Deck 1, a tape. and I looked at it and smiled. It is still one of the best releases ever. I have long since replaced my copy, and the…

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