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This is one of those books which when you’ve reached the end, makes you want to turn around and start reading again from the start to better understand it. The complexities of the plot are fascinating. It won the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

I don’t think I can adequately summarise the plot of the book (which is over 800 pages), other than to say it is set in a gold-rush town in New Zealand in the 1860s, and revolves around a group of twelve men (and two women) all linked by a series of mysterious events in the town — an attempted suicide; the death of a hermit; the disappearance of a young, wealthy man; and many shenanigans to do with opium and gold. At its very heart is a fantastic premise, which you don’t encounter until almost the very end, at which point it makes everything which has happened make sense (if you accept the premise, of course).

This doesn’t do the book justice; I will have to find time to re-read it before writing about it at more length. Suffice it to say that I really enjoyed it.
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I only recently discovered the Plex Media Server, and am having a lot of fun with it. Been putting all of the movies and TV series which I've bought on DVD over the years onto an external USB drive attached to my MacBook, and accessing them from my iPad.

Big breakthrough today, though: I found out how to set up Plex Connect, which lets me access my Plex library directly on my Apple TV (model 3, which doesn't have a Plex channel). It's a bit of a hack, taking over the 'Trailers' channel on the AppleTV, but it works really nicely. Much nicer than having to use AirPlay from my iPad. Great stuff!
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Hilarious and spot on. (Alas!)

Via +Lisa Cohen .
 
This is the most brilliant and entertaining thing I have read in AGES!

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Interesting, certainly. But it seems like a very inefficient way to do interstellar travel, particularly if you need an equivalent system to slow down at the destination. Might make a scary weapon if they are involved in an interstellar war, though!

I like the idea of a semi-permanent system like this one much more than the idea of a Dyson sphere "under construction", which seems to me to require a literally incredible coincidence of time-frames.
OK, what follows is highly speculative, but as far as I can tell, is at least internally consistent and doesn't require any exotic new physics. I've got some facts in here, but if all you care about is the facts, this isn't f...
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I wish I better understood the theory behind this. I was previously convinced that the EmDrive was nonsense and the detected thrust was down to experimental errors of some kind. After reading this, though, I'm no longer quite so sceptical. If this effect is actually real, the implications for space flight are huge.
 
The same theory that explains the puzzling fly-by anomalies could also explain how the controversial EmDrive produces thrust.
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+David Grigg The kicker is that if Unruh radiation even exists (the jury is still out), it is according to the theory only observable at very small accelerations - which is why the jury is still out.

Consider:. this is what Juno got in its slingshot going past the earth in October 2013:

The Earth flyby should boost Juno's speed relative to the sun from 78,000 mph (126,000 km/h) to about 87,000 mph (140,000 km/h), mission officials said.

http://www.space.com/23139-juno-jupiter-spacecraft-earth-flyby.html

And the anomaly is only around 2 mm/sec or so (out of 14,000 kph)....
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The future is here. Coal is dead.

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In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developerSolarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.
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+Cameron Levengood It's probably just pining for the fjords.
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I wonder if the first aliens to come across one of the Voyager spacecraft are going to be saying something like "Holy Cow! These guys launched an interstellar spacecraft, but they could only reproduce sounds by using a wobbly needle?"
Experience the historic interstellar message for extraterrestrials the way it was meant to be played.
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I'll just be glad they're not avoiding us because we're made out of meat and made meat flapping sounds on the record...};-) [ http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html ]
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We had fun today on the Unseen Podcast talking about "Deep Time" and how bad we humans are about understanding huge amounts of time and space. Also, the implications of this limitation when it comes to considering the hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence.
 
Episode 59 is out:
Recorded: 16 September 2016 Released: 17 September 2016 Duration: 87 minutes, 40 seconds download the .mp3 audio file Host Paul Carr welcomes panelists Roger Wehbe, Chris Prophet, David Grigg, and Nick Nielsen to talk about t...
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I think this is the best story I've seen today. Hope she turns the experience into great art!
Artist-in-residence stuck on bankrupt container ship that no port will accept. Mark Frauenfelder; 7 hours ago; Categories: Post; Tags: oceans, shipping, ships, Stranded at Sea. British artist Rebecca Moss went aboard the Hanjin Geneva container ship for a "23 Days at Sea Residency.
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Seriously, Google? "Recommended Collections" at the bottom of every post, separating the last comment from my text entry field? I'm done with Google+, if this sort of thing keeps up.
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time to hit the "Send feedback" button, although it may be a placebo...
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We're all doomed...
A worker picks Arabica coffee beans in the Chinchina region near Manizales, Colombia.Paul Smith/Bloomberg/Getty Images. This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “Put that coffee down,” Alec Baldwin growls at an underling in Glengarry Glen Ross ...
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and tea ............... and cocoa (no chocolate!!! )
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"...government assistance to oil, gas and coal is simply unsustainable". Yep. Are you listening, Australia's government?
 
Climate change is the "mother of all risks" says Aviva CEO, and hundreds of billions in annual government assistance to oil, gas and coal is "simply unsustainable"
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Trump is so uninformed on everything! #nevertrumpever Informative article. 
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Editor, fiction writer, blogger, software developer, technophile, based in Melbourne, Australia.
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I live in Australia and I’m a short story writer, multimedia programmer, shareware publisher, one-time SF fan,  one-time fanzine editor, amateur 3D artist, amateur photographer, amateur choral singer… and probably a bunch of other stuff.

I recently returned to writing fiction after a gap of several decades, and it's what I intend to concentrate on from now on in my life. You can read some of my shorter stories here: https://narratorium.com .

I write a semi-regular blog on a variety of topics including what I have read and what I think about things. You can find it here.

I'm something of a latter-day Apple fanboy, after years of being a Microsoft adherent. It was the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad which did the trick. I now do a large proportion of my reading on the iPad. But, on the other hand, I do own some 3000 "dead-tree" books, and I do love a beautifully produced hardcover edition.

I have several works now available in e-book and paperback format. These are all available through my web site.

I also now offer services to other authors such as editing, proof-reading, typography and layout for print, and ebook production.

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