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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« Last post by Frank on 18 June, 2018, 07:02:44 pm »
It's a cool pic of Durham Red, which incorporates elements of her character into an eye-catching design

Yeah, it's not a naturalistic image. It's no more represents someone in a coffin (or using a portal?!) than this classic cover illustrates the time Johnny Alpha went for a fly around Mars:

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by JayzusB.Christ on 18 June, 2018, 06:52:00 pm »

 How will (to pursue the pressing example) advanced medical training and equipment be funded and subsidised?

This is an excellent question but why ask me?

To be fair, you brought it up.  You have a very specific idea of what society should be like, but if you want other people to see your point of view, you of need to address hard questions like this.
Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on 18 June, 2018, 06:41:50 pm »

 How will (to pursue the pressing example) advanced medical training and equipment be funded and subsidised?

This is an excellent question but why ask me? This is statist thinking, as if I'm running for office and must have all the right answers in order to attract votes. I can throw out ideas, of course, but that's all they are. The insurance model is just one idea that will work in some instances but not others. I cannot say, "it will all be handled by insurance just like car insurance or house insurance" and expect that model to be imposed upon everyone because the last thing I want is to impose anything on anyone. There are many billions of people on this planet and millions of them will come up with models to fit their own societies and circumstances better than I ever could. The first thing to do is decide whether the current system is acceptable to you, if it is then there's no problem but if it isn't it's time to get our thinking caps on.

In my view, the current system is based on unacceptable foundations and must be revised. This is my view and not one I want to impose on others like some arrogant government minister. In a free world there may be two or five or nine or a million options to choose from - which is a scary thought but no scarier than having a single option imposed from above no matter how good or bad it is.

The last part of your post I love. I have no objection whatever to trying to reform the system in the way you suggest but, to me, those reforms must be a step along the way and not the ultimate goal. Take the coercion and corruption out of government and leave its organisational aspects in place and I'd be on board with that in an instant - Hell, I'd even vote for whomever I think will do the best organisational job, maybe even campaign for them. I would still, however, be calling for a stateless world society.

I think I've said it before but what I want from government (if government we must have) is very, very simple: the right to say no (providing, of course, that my saying no isn't part of an act of aggression).

Books & Comics / Re: Ken Reid Indiegogo
« Last post by Steve Green on 18 June, 2018, 05:51:21 pm »
The Indiegogo reached the target today.
News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« Last post by Tomwe on 18 June, 2018, 05:42:02 pm »
Got my copy from Tharg today - will there be a new thread since this one is titled 'cover'?

Looks fab!
Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« Last post by James Stacey on 18 June, 2018, 04:59:27 pm »
Saw it yesterday (£4 in Cardiff) and thought it was excellent. Bettany stole the show for me but Glover came a close second. Didn't think it was a necessary film before hand but will be in the queue if there's a sequel
Events / Re: GeekedFest Pontypridd 16th June 2018
« Last post by amines2058 on 18 June, 2018, 04:30:22 pm »
Damn TJM86 only just saw this post. I was up there as well trading as Alex Mines Art, not sure if you saw me....spoke to me???.
I had a cracking day, and what a great crowd you Pontypridd lot are (me being a civilised Newport boy). Are you coming down to the 'port for Geekedfest in August??
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by TordelBack on 18 June, 2018, 04:29:00 pm »
Oddly I thought the opposite for certain parts of the JW2:TFK.  I thought parts of the 'haunted gothic mansion' sequences were way ahead of what I was expecting - the way the camera rotates to follow the Indo Raptor down over Maisie's balcony doors, the jump-scare of its face in reflection of the museum case... and the concept of Maisie herself.  I agree, most of it is pure predictable lowest-common-denominator, most of the return-to-the-island bits being a case in point (although I did like a lot of the volcanic effects, and the Brach vanishing into the smoke), but by the time we got to the deliciously indulgent auction, mass breakout and corridor/rooftop chases I was well into it. 
Creative Common / Re: New Alphabet...
« Last post by K2 on 18 June, 2018, 04:06:24 pm »
One might note that a chunk of your numbers are identical in rotation (like our 6 and 9).  Examples: 1, 6 and 8; 2 and 9; 5 and 7.

Spatial orientation of the reader is their problem ;)  If they can't figure out which side is up, they have bigger issues  :lol:

Anyway, it's even simpler than that, and the point of it.  It is not meant to be confusing or complex.  Essentially, for letters there are only 3-symbols, rotated 3-ways, with the location of the 'talon' in one of 3-places.  Numbers (only needing 9+0) utilize one symbol, a point in 3-positions, and a talon in 3-places.  It is meant to be simple, easily understood, easily deciphered and easily remembered.

The origin of the system, again based off of "3's."

3-base symbols (line, talon, point)
A triangle (3-sides) divided into 9-parts, three designators added around it.

By avoiding one of the 9 sub-divisions, you get a shape.

In the end you get only 3-shapes, which are rotated one of 3-ways:

Add the talon as a designator (3-positions), and you have an easy to use alphabet... Numerals even simpler.

Anywho, you fellas are a pretty creative bunch, so thought you might enjoy seeing it.  I'll be using it in my follow-up novel in LybJ to further divide the masses from the plutocracy.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by IndigoPrime on 18 June, 2018, 03:49:42 pm »
One could make the argument that emails, taken in isolation, consume far more energy than bitcoin mining
One could, but it wouldn't be in any way accurate. And it's terrifying to hear stories like this, where electricity use purely for bitcoin mining in Iceland is set to outstrip that of Iceland's homes. That is nuts. (And, yes, I realise this is an outlier, but it showcases how such a system also has massive problems.)
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