Category Archives: Science & SciFi

Caveat: Mystery solved!

I’ve been wondering about this for a while. And now it’s solved, elegantly and clearly. [daily log: walking, 4km]

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Caveat: Alternate view

This is really true. [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Things to do with a black hole

This is kind of interesting. It's about black holes. [daily log: walking, 7.5km]

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Caveat: a jet pack samurai is not an imaginary thing

Nerds from many countries bring us the future, one step at a time. [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Earth-as-System

I found myself distracted by this amazing animated tool called EarthWindMap, by something (someone?) called Nullschool, that allows you to surf the global climate, including temperature, winds, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and other factors. Here is a view with my current … Continue reading

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Caveat: On Canned Beans and Related Technology

I've been trying to eat more beans or other legumes and vegetable protein. After my cancer, my weight dropped below 70 kg, but four years later I have completely bounced back to my pre-cancer weight equilibrium, which, frankly, I think … Continue reading

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Caveat: Aillucinations (Pseudosystematic significance)

When an AI (artificial intelligence) hallucinates, what shall we call it? I suggest aillucinations. These AIs are not really that smart, though. Useful, yes, and intriguing, in a science-fictiony sort of way. But they have a long ways to go. … Continue reading

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Caveat: 스키로봇챌린지

I like how these robots ski. It’s the best event from these Olympics at Pyeongchang, so far. [daily log: walking, 2km]

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Caveat: Sending a Sportscar into Space

Occasionally, I have the thought that I have arrived in the future. Most of the time, I don't feel this. Inevitably, the future arrives more slowly than I expected when I was younger, but it does sometimes nevertheless put in … Continue reading

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Caveat: scrambling over the wall to the other side

Apparently Ursula Le Guin has died.  I thought she might not. She seemed a forever type of person. But actually everyone dies. She was a great writer. And a philosopher, though not in the conventional sense. I don't need to … Continue reading

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Caveat: Aesthetica in vivo

What I'm listening to right now. A Capella Science, "Evo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody)." This song is truly awesome. It's evolutionary biology. It's poetry. It's music. It's all in a package, like the miracle of life, itself. For the prototype of … Continue reading

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Caveat: Paperclips

I did something yesterday that I haven't done in a long time: I became immersed in a rather mind-numbingly stupid game.  In fact, I was led to this game from a philosophical discussion of the AI Paperclip Maximizer problem, in … Continue reading

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Caveat: sic a principiis ascendit motus

Hoc etiam magis haec animum te advertere par est corpora quae in solis radiis turbare videntur, quod tales turbae motus quoque materiai significant clandestinos caecosque subesse. multa videbis enim plagis ibi percita caecis commutare viam retroque repulsa reverti nunc huc … Continue reading

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Caveat: Duck Dodgers

What I'm watching on a lazy Sunday. [daily log: walking, 1.5km]

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Caveat: 17776

I ran across a very weird bit of avant-garde science fiction that has been created on a sports news website (SBNation), of all places. This seems unexpected. Anyway, it's a very strange thing – it's not a straightforward sci-fi story, … Continue reading

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Caveat: Jumping Out of the Sky

In 1960, a guy name Joe Kittinger jumped out of a high altitude balloon and fell to Earth. I don't think I could ever have the nerve to skydive, but this activity has always fascinated me. I suppose this is … Continue reading

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Caveat: Smashie O’Smasherson Jr is possibly the most powerful goldfish in all of history

A conceptual artist named Neil Mendoza has created a combination of gadgetry and software that allows his pet goldfish, named Smashie O'Smasherson Jr, to interact with his surroundings with a robotic hammer. I'm not sure the fish is really in … Continue reading

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Caveat: Exploring the Sky of Stone

Sometimes some strange new germ of a story idea occurs to me, and I feel fairly certain I won't actually write that story. In such events, I think maybe the best thing to do is to publish the idea on … Continue reading

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Caveat: Oklo-Boom!

I'd always wondered about this idea, which I recently ran across: a natural nuclear reactor. Of course, if you understand the principle for how uranium fission works, you know that if enough uranium gets together in one spot, you get … Continue reading

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Caveat: Where to go from here?

"Self-driving cars" are all the rage in certain Silicon Valley circles as an up-and-coming technology. A conceptual artist explores the shortcomings of relying on not-so-smart robot-minds to try to drive a car. He has actually engineered his own self-driving car, using … Continue reading

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