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The Daily Mail compares the size of the SLS to other rockets, and apparently concludes it's nearly Kerbal class.
 
Chart is accurate (well, SpaceX might complain about the Medium designation for F9H), but perhaps not what the Daily Mail intended.  Have to be careful when sourcing your infographics from Reddit... 
Lockheed Martin has installed Orion into something known as the 'birdcage' at Nasa's facility in Florida. This will test its integrity ahead of a flight to the moon.
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Thanks to Apple, unpacking a phone has to be an experience unto itself. But shipping a phone in partially disassembled state is certainly a unique statement. I guess if you want to be able to maintain your own phone, it helps that you've already seen its insides and have opened and closed it at least once.

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It clearly needs to be packaged in a nice, smooth, egg-like shell.
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Shouldn't Shadowrun also have its own category in this community?
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good point
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I do too much of my reading on my macbook or my phone. I feel like I should get an e-reader. But most of my reading is likely to be in PDF, rather than ePub or Mobi, and while e-readers generally support PDF, I also get the impression they're not too good at it. One particular issue: eInk is black & white, so I lose any colour.

Should I just be using a tablet instead? I like the idea of low power comfortable reading that e-ink provides.

Does anyone have any useful experience or insights about this?
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Books I read on my e-ink reader: comfortable, lightweight and no distraction. Pdf's I read on my tablet. I believe this is a 10'' tablet. I have no problem reading the same game-related pdf's on it.

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I've finally seen the movie in its entirety, and here's my spoiler-free verdict:

It's has by far the best visuals of any movie ever.

The way the original Star Wars set a new bar for spectacular and believable special effects, so does The Force Awaken blow the competition out of the water in terms of spectacular, well-composed and believable visuals.

This is especially true with regards to scale. The original Star Wars was already great at communicating just how big some things were, and how much bigger than other very big things they were. But the sense of scale that the new movie manages to communicate is just mind-blowing. Nothing else I'm aware of comes close.

Everything else about the movie is good too, and often great. Certainly good enough to make me happy, but there's certainly some things that could have been better. But the way everything looks, that's just staggering.

Runner-up to the visuals in terms of elements that make this movie great, I'd put the comic relief. The little jokes in between the action are absolutely perfect in the way the original trilogy got them right, and the prequels didn't. (Not meant to shit on the prequels; they have redeeming qualities, but the comedy was often jarring to me.)


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Yes! That is one of the moments that just hit me right in the brain, like, OMG SO BIG!
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Having finally seen the movie in its entirety, I created a separate collection to bottle all my enthusiasm, to make it easy to unfollow for those who are by now sick and tired of all the Star Wars talk.

Also handy if you want to avoid spoilers, because I'll be posting them in this collection. (With spoiler space and warnings, of course.)

The first post will be spoiler-free, though.
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Look at that pen grip at 14 months! Looks like we've got an aspiring writer here.
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Or maybe an aspiring bureaucrat wielding a red pen and red stamp with brutal authority.
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This analysis pretty much sums up everything. I don't think there's anything I disagree with in this.
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I don't recall that. Kylo laments that they aren't clones, implying clones would be more proficient.

The history of the Stormtroopers is laid out here, but may be subject to skepticism, because it's fan curated: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Stormtrooper

Speculation can lead pretty much anywhere though, and so long as it lands someplace that is fertile ground for a story, I don't really care if it sticks with cannon. 

Each person in the Star Wars universe could believe something completely different, and totally wrong about Stormtroopers, just as we do in RL. Someone is bound to be right about something though, still, being on the outside, we're not really in an optimal position to judge who is correct. 

All we can do is argue about who we believe more : )
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In 2003, way before Kickstarter existed, and I'm not sure "crowdfunding" was even a word back then, a group of people calling themselves Snowgum Films wanted to turn Terry Pratchett's short story Troll Bridge into a movie. You could donate $30 and they promised to send you a DVD when it was finished.

It got nowhere. I checked: I got updates from them in 2004 and 2005, then one mail in 2006 (and the announcement of a different (creepy!) movie they made in the mean time (The Morning After), then a somewhat annual newsletter about other movies until 2008, finally in 2009 the announcement that Troll Bridge was dead and they were going to shoot it again based on the experience they got making all those other movies, then nothing for years until 2015, when they announced their Kickstarter for Troll Bridge.

Cool thing is: I just got an email asking me to fill in their Backerkit survey based on the $30 donation + $55 credit for waiting more than 12 years. That's some admirable commitment in the face of total failure.

+Erik Tenkar might find this interesting.
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All those people dying of cancer at 69 makes me realize they were the same age as my mother, who also died recently of cancer at 69. What is it about 69 and cancer?
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fun fact: the body growth was named after the mythical figure based on what the first one found looked like.
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Probably the most depressing review of The Force Awakens. Compares it to Tolkien, en has a good point about why fantasy stories need to have an end.

It also reinforces my own idea about how the new movies should be about wrapping up the remnants of the Empire, rather than rehashing the same stories as the original trilogy.
 
I'm not sure I entirely agree with the author's assertions, but there's some thought-provoking material here. (Some spoilers for The Force Awakens)
When fantasy sagas never end, we see the cycles of brutality and totalitarianism that fuel them don't, either
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Impressive! I had Salon down as a giant pile of demagogic, politicized strifemongering not worth reading any more.
But now I did and this sounds smart and well thought through to me. 
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Martijn Vos is a dad, Christian, gamer (tabletop RPGs, boardgames, strategy games, CRPGs), and freelance web developer (front and backend, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Javascript, AngularJS).
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