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: Brad Murray, Game designer, part-time amateur artist, and pro grade procrastinator. diaspora, Hollowpoint, Callisto, Deluge.

The Royal Navy's nuclear submarines run a variant of Windows XP known as "Windows for Warships".

In 2018, the Toronto Recursive History Project erected a plaque commemorating itself. (Image: @mattgallowaycbc)

The US state of Nebraska has declared Queen Elizabeth II an admiral, and commands that "all officers, seamen, tadpoles and goldfish under [her] command... observe the rules of the Great Navy of Nebraska."

Nebraska has no navy, coastline, or indeed, any major lakes.

4mm scale is my jam. 1:284 or something like that?

My own pet peeve in sf. It's not what you think it is. Maybe it is. Hey how would I even know what you think?!

The control room at Chernobyl has 40,000 times the normal levels of radiation and is open to tourists.

Solar sails blabbing coming up later today.

There's been some Q&A on my space ship posts so there are a couple new posts summarizing. I'll just link to the top.

Continuing the discussion of moving space ships around, we zoom out and look at ∆v and the bigger picture.

Talking about ∆v at the blog today and why it's pretty much all I care about in Diaspora Anabasis.

I felt ruined for making games by the pandemic and stress of the world. But now I've made this. It feels different to me. Social deduction storytelling about how we choose to live with each other.

I'm really excited about it. Let me know what you think.

The Vatican censored a video of the Pope saying whisky is "the real holy water".

"I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone."

-- Bjarne Stroustrup

Following Pluto’s demotion to a dwarf planet, the mnemonic ‘My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets’ can be adapted to ‘My Very Easy Method Just Seems Useless Now'.

In 2016, a California hacker registered his car with number plate NULL. In 2018, he discovered that he was now being sent all traffic tickets in the state for which the police officer had not entered the number plate, and was promptly billed $12,049.

In 2016 the remote Japanese train station of Kami-Shirataki was scheduled to close, until the authorities realised that a single student was still using it for their commute to school. They rescheduled the closure until after she graduated.

‘Vexations’ (1893) is a piano piece by the composer Erik Satie that is supposed to be played very slowly 840 times. The first performance, conducted by John Cage in 1963, went for more than 18 hours. At the end, one audience member shouted ‘Encore!’ (Image: Sonia y natalia)

In 1945 the US Presidential Seal was redesigned so the bald eagle faced away from the arrows, symbolising turning away from war. Churchill commented that it’d be better if they put the bald eagle’s head on a swivel.

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