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On the Edge of Tomorrow...

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For whatever reason, I went on a movie watching binge this past week. One of them was Edge of Tomorrow. I went into the theater with no inclinations other than it was a time travel movie (which I like, in general) and there were combat suits like the ones DARPA is testing…and we’d get to see how they work out.

I was pleasantly surprised at the movie.

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The immutable Laws of Science Fiction, so say we all...

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My girlfriend and I have a thing we call ‘book club’. The way it works is this – one month I pick a book that we read and the next month she picks one. We talk about them and the ideas they contain...and favorite characters, etc. The idea, of course, is that we get to share books that we think are cool or try new books together in our favorite genres.

Through this process, I’m finding that she likes Fantasy books much more than Science Fiction. This is somewhat agonizing because some of my favorite authors and stories are Science Fiction.

In an effort to put only the best and brightest before her, I’ve started thinking about the Science Fiction Rules of Engagement, or what the hell makes good science fiction (or at least good enough that my GF will keep an open mind about SF book club selections.)

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Remember that 'need to be several places at once' problem?

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Those of you that have endured my rants and followed my little corner of the Republibot universe may remember the challenge I posted about needing to be several places at once...

Like any good consulting exec, I accepted the challenge and set out to solve it. And...of course...

I figured out a way to do it...

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Out of place artifacts - real or mostly a load of crap?

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Something that has been of interest to me over the years is the idea of out-of-place artifacts or items that seem to be out of synch with the surroundings within which they are discovered/exist. There are any number of these – from stuff like Dropa stones and the Starchild Skull that folks claim are evidence of alien visitation to things like the Antikythera Mechanism that have proven to be somewhat credible examples of not-previously-known ancient technological advances.

What is the truth behind these things? Could they possibly be real?

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