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Hah. I was just about to find Stephen Baxter on the social media so I could say "Dear Mr Baxter. You'd better be writing a sequel to Proxima!". And then I discover it's already out - score! :)
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For this I can be thankful - I thought Tron Legacy was awful. http://collider.com/tron-3-cancelled-disney-pulls-the-plug/
Disney has decided not to move forward with the planned Tron 3 sequel from director Joseph Kosinski, despite recent reports that it might shoot this year.
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How do you think they should have ended it?
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It's like all the awesome that ever was, is, or could be in every possible universe was condensed into a single half hour movie of PURE GLORIOUS AWESOME!!!
 
Bringing back all my favourite VHS memories and mashing them into one glorious celebration.
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Pluto is definitely looking non-spherical in the May 10th image... http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20150527
May 27, 2015 New Horizons Sees More Detail as It Draws Closer to Pluto. What a difference 20 million miles makes! Images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are growing in scale as the spacecraft approaches its mysterious target. The new images, taken May 8-12 using a powerful ...
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I dunno, i don't find it that hard to do... *chitter* http://xkcd.com/1530/
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What the Brits think of little earthquakes :). (Mostly variants of "I say, that rattled my teacup, what?")
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CFmEnjwWoAIqTbq.jpg

(by bizarre coincidence, I'm actually listening to Tori Amos' "Little Earthquakes" as I type this...!)
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BIOS Megafauna - Tertiary. The Final Extinction. A cold wind howls across the endless lifeless icesheets and barren wastes, but nobody is there to feel or hear it. An asteroid impact was the final straw that pushed earth into a "snowball phase", with the entire planet covered in thick icesheets. The ocean floor still harbours some life around the hydrothermal vents, but it'll take millions of years for it to recover and expand enough to venture back onto land. For now at least, our story (and game) is over.

Both Red and White had made new species to get into the remaining ocean/coastal biomes and some of the Cenozoic biomes were starting to show up, but a level 5 Asteroid Impact Catastrophe put paid to all that by wiping out the species that survived the earlier Gamma Ray Burst, and then the reduced greenhouse levels (more likely, post-impact global cooling) tipped the planet into a Snowball Earth, killing everything else that survived on the surface. 

There's no final scoring as a result of a Snowball or Hothouse Earth (since no species survive), so the final score is Red 10 to White 8. The dino-crocs "win", but all that's left are mummified remains in the ice...


So... it's an interesting game. Definitely great for creating a narrative, but there are a lot of fixes that need to be done to make it remotely playable. The randomness is literally a killer and it's really easy to just stall the game too unless you tweak the rules to always have events happening if people don't draw cards. But with a few fixes I think there is something playable there, but IMO it's still only going to appeal to a small crowd of people. 
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Once you've gotten the mechanics down, it plays very quickly. And once you know the events, it's much more survivable. Still too chaotic for most, but it's a really entertaining time for some.
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This looks interesting... (I've only seen a bit of it but what I saw looked pretty good!)... https://youtu.be/YRD8jAk274I
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Yeah, just watched it - it's pretty good!
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32900426 "Defeat for humanity", eh? The Vatican is so quaint.

Instead of saying "ooo, our message isn't working, we need to do more to get people to agree with it" maybe - just maybe - they should start to realise that their centuries old dogma isn't relevant to modern society anymore and start adapting to the times... but that's crazy talk for them, I guess. 
A landmark vote to allow same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland is a
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I like how Apollo is totally left out (DAMMIT STARBUCK THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!) :P
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heh, I love it. A double blast from the past.
A poster for the original Battlestar Galactica, done in the style of the Hildebrant Star Wars poster.
daily-superheroes: “Alex Ross cover - Battlestar Galactica: The Original #3 (homage to Tim Hildebrandt Star Wars poster) http://daily-superheroes.tumblr.com ”
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This is an approximate true color view of Saturn and its moon Titan. Titan is seen here hovering near Saturn's rings. This composite is made of images that were taken by Cassini's camera system, the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) on May 22, 2015 and received on Earth May 24, 2015. The camera was pointing toward Titan and Saturn, and the images were taken using the green, violet, and infrared filters. Credit: NASA / JPL / SSI / Val Klavans abo...
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It's the end of the line in BIOS Megafauna!
 
BIOS Megafauna - Tertiary. The Final Extinction. A cold wind howls across the endless lifeless icesheets and barren wastes, but nobody is there to feel or hear it. An asteroid impact was the final straw that pushed earth into a "snowball phase", with the entire planet covered in thick icesheets. The ocean floor still harbours some life around the hydrothermal vents, but it'll take millions of years for it to recover and expand enough to venture back onto land. For now at least, our story (and game) is over.

Both Red and White had made new species to get into the remaining ocean/coastal biomes and some of the Cenozoic biomes were starting to show up, but a level 5 Asteroid Impact Catastrophe put paid to all that by wiping out the species that survived the earlier Gamma Ray Burst, and then the reduced greenhouse levels (more likely, post-impact global cooling) tipped the planet into a Snowball Earth, killing everything else that survived on the surface. 

There's no final scoring as a result of a Snowball or Hothouse Earth (since no species survive), so the final score is Red 10 to White 8. The dino-crocs "win", but all that's left are mummified remains in the ice...


So... it's an interesting game. Definitely great for creating a narrative, but there are a lot of fixes that need to be done to make it remotely playable. The randomness is literally a killer and it's really easy to just stall the game too unless you tweak the rules to always have events happening if people don't draw cards. But with a few fixes I think there is something playable there, but IMO it's still only going to appeal to a small crowd of people. 
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  • Lancaster University
    Planetary Science PhD, 1996 - 2002
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics MSc, 1995 - 1996
  • University College London
    Exploration Geophysics BSc, 1992 - 1995
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!) and science blogger, roleplayer, music and science geek. :)

Favourite quote: "Yep, hand to hand combat is the old school way to kill your enemies. Killing a man with your bare hands says, "We're all equals as men, except I'm slightly more equal because I'm still alive and you're dead." Of course, dropping a nuke on them from fifty thousand feet is totally acceptable. I mean, let's face it, there just not enough time in this world to show everybody the courtesy of a good strangling." - Sarge, Red vs. Blue.
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Held a billion-year old piece of the planet Mars. Met astronaut John Young (he's a really nice guy!) at LPSC.
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