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I have seen the future and the future is now.

From a young age I have watched science fiction where one of the primary future weapons was the laser gun. The handheld beam-shooting weapon is such an icon of fiction that it's challenging to not find a story that uses it.

Well, it's fiction no longer. While the military has had a laser cannon for some time, this, I think, is a first: a 40-watt laser rifle (remarkably similar to the phaser rifle from original Star Trek series) that can actually burst balloons and set wood aflame.

#laser #sciencefiction #startrek 
Just because you can make something at home, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Today’s example? A laser ‘shotgun’ that uses a lens to combine eight 5W lasers into something that should definitely spice up your next PowerPoint.
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K.M. Weiland Shares Her Scrivener Process
Also provides free Scrivener template

Author +K.M. Weiland has published a long and detailed article about how she uses Scrivener to outline her novels.

As an added benefit, she's made the template available for download.
Today, I'm offering a sneak peek under the hood of my writing process when using Scrivener - and how you can use Scrivener to up your writing game.
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Oh, that one. Yes, I have already linked to that template in this community in the past. I thought she had made another template.
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Apple Pay will be coming to Etsy soon

This should add new buyers for Etsy sellers, as the article notes that about 50% of sales come from mobile buyers. 
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Wikipedia Adds 'Nearby' Feature to Mobile Apps
Find articles about local places, people, things of note.

Wikipedia has updated their iOS and Android apps to allow users to search for articles about things that are near their current location. The apps also show relative distance to the subject of the article and provide a compass needle to guide you as you drive.
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Sort of like Snopes, but focused on real-time news and current rumors. Not only does it track the major stories around a headline, it also tracks the social activity across Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

In addition, readers can send rumors or questionable headlines to them for consideration. Some of the processing is automated while other parts are human-edited.

All in all this looks like a very useful tool to check when news starts to break.
 
Web site exists to verify or debunk Internet rumors fast

Emergent is part of a research project from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Stories are added by users, and each is labeled with "confirmed true," "confirmed false" or "unverified."

Love this site: http://www.emergent.info/
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Very clear audio. Was this recorded using the iPhone mic or did you use an external mic of some sort?
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Can a Computer AI Beat The World's Best Poker Players?
CMU AI faces four of the best for 14 days of bluffing and betting.

This will be interesting to follow. IBM's Watson was able to beat the best Jeopardy players. Now Carnegie Mellon University's Claudico is going up against four human competitors who will play 20,000 hands of poker each over two weeks to see if the computer handle the complexities of poker.

You can follow the action through the CMU site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/Brains-vs-AI
Through the Rivers Casino web site: http://www.riverscasino.com/pittsburgh/BrainsVsAI/
And on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/brainsvsai?f=realtime&src=hash
Four poker champions face a computer program named Claudico in a two-week "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" Texas Hold-em competition at Rivers Casino.
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*Story Structure Database*
Author K.M. Weiland Announces Story Structure Analysis Database

If you've ever studied story structure, you may be aware that there are many systems (The Hero's Journey, Save the Cat, Dramatica, etc.). These systems have been used to analyze many stories, but the analyses are often described in blog posts, YouTube videos, publications, etc. They're not centrally indexed and finding them through Google searches can be hit or miss.

Author +K.M. Weiland recently unveiled a new story structure database oriented to her analysis method. It analyzes both movies and books by laying out the most important plot points (inciting incident, hook, first plot point, pinch points, climax, etc.) The database is small but Weiland hopes it will be expanded over time to offer thousands of analyses. What could make this possible is that she has thrown open the chance for anyone to offer their insights for any particular book or movie.

Such a centrally-located index of story analyses could offer a valuable learning and teaching tool.

Weiland's methodology is outlined here: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/secrets-story-structure-complete-series/

#storystructure   #storyanalysis  
Today, I'm excited to put an end to the guessing about the "Big Secret" and unveil a new resource for authors. The official Story Structure Database.
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Thanks so much for the shout out! Let's grow this puppy!
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It seems Sigil is rising from the dead. This is the second release in a month after a year of inactivity.
Sigil 0.8.1 is now available! This is a bug fix release. See the Changelog for a full list of changes. Also, the source package directory structure has changed a bit. A number of files that were top level have been put into a docs subdirectory. Further, the source zip package is now putting the ...
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This is a really useful tip. I've been using an app called TextTool to change capitalization but that's no longer necessary.
One of the features of iOS 8 that we weren't expecting to use on a day-to-day basis was predictive texting. Normally it's faster to just type out the
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Anderson Clan To Return to Puppetry
Gerry Anderson's son Jamie proposes to fund the making of one of Gerry's late projects and return to using puppets and practical effects

Oh, this would be outstanding!

For those not familiar with Gerry Anderson, he created many television puppet shows in the 1960s and early 1970s (Fireball XL5, Supercar, Stingray, Thunderbirds). He did as much to advance the technology behind marionettes as Jim Henson did to advance the art and craft of glove and rod puppets.

Now Jamie Anderson, Gerry's son, proposes to make new advances by returning to the realm of marionettes and practical effects (as opposed to CG effects--the standard in modern filmmaking). With all the advances in tech since those early days (Raspberry Pi controllers, robotics, 3D printing and so much more), it would be exciting to see how far they can push the old art with modern technology.

The staff behind the effort includes a lot of long-time professionals, so the production quality potentially could be very high.

And, for a contribution of £5,000 (a little less than US$8,100) you can become a member of the cast. In earlier series (such as Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons) the puppets were modeled on real actors. This contribution is available to one person, and (at the time of this post) is still open.

For the low, low contribution of only £175 you can become one of the series villains (your photo is featured as part of the display of known terrorists who belong to the Black Orchid organization).

h/t to +io9 (http://toybox.io9.com/a-new-gerry-anderson-puppet-show-is-heading-to-kickstar-1640702244)

#firestorm   #gerryanderson   #kickstarter   #puppetry  
Continuing the work of Gerry Anderson, Firestorm is a new science fiction series utilising puppetry, miniatures and practical effects!
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A Warning For Those Upgrading to iOS 8
Upgrading to iCloud Drive Could Cause Mavericks Computers to Lose Access to Existing Documents

When iOS ships, one new feature will be iCloud Drive. However, for the desktop, it will require OS X Yosemite to pair with iCloud Drive. TidBits suggests that users wait to upgrade to iCloud Drive until Yosemite has been released and installed on their desktop/laptop machines.

#ios   #ios8   #iclouddrive   #mavericks   #yosemite  
Since upgrading an iOS 8 device to iCloud Drive prevents Macs running Mavericks from accessing documents and data stored in iCloud, refrain from enabling iCloud Drive until Yosemite ships.
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Large selection of machines (top-load and front-load. Machines seem well-maintained. Well-lit interior. Open both early and late. Wi-Fi available.
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Very good food, pleasant atmosphere, wonderful decorations. Both indoor and outdoor seating available. Service staff was very attentive.
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A beautiful patch of native desert in the midst of the city. There are many nature trails and information markers to make the tour interesting. There is an instructional center (built of straw bale construction) and a pavilion available for picnics and group gatherings. Rabbits, lizards, roadrunners and other wildlife are often visible. It's far enough from most major streets to be a quiet, restful walk.
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reviewed a year ago
Good-tasting yogurt, though not the best I've eaten. It's self-serve. You can select from many different flavors, add toppings, and then pay by weighing your yogurt cup. Also have pastries and snacks. Outdoor seating is available, but no indoor seating.
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Very nice park. Well maintained. Three lakes with plenty of room for fishing. Lots of picnic spots, almost all with barbecues. There is a fishing dock and a boat dock, plenty of restrooms and a large selection of ducks, geese, swans, cranes, squirrels and other wildlife to watch. Great place for walking. Several playgrounds for children.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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