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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 02:26:20 AM EST) Reading, Watching.MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Fractal Prince". Watching: "Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel", "Machete Kills". Links.


What I'm Reading
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi. Sequel to "The Quantum Thief" which I liked a lot. Set in the same hard SF future solar system, involving space travel, quantum computing, virtual reality.

I wasn't so keen on this one. The expanded scenario just felt a bit too overcomplicated, with too many factions, too many plots, too many layers. It's hard to keep track and get involved with the characters when you're not sure whether their goal is actually part of a counter productive triple-cross a nested sub-universe. It reminded me a bit of Wolfmother's second album, all complicated twiddly bits and not enough heart.

On the other hand, it's all cleverly worked out, and I felt obscurely satisfied when the Finnish author features a Space Sauna where you expose yourself to vacuum for a few seconds at the end.

Overall: OK, not brilliant.

What I'm Watching
Saw Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel on Iplayer. Movie where three nerds discover a time portal in their local pub.

Started off a bit cringeworthy and leaden as it plodded through various nerd cliches. The movie does kick into gear when the time travel gets going, with some effective humour and mystery.

Overall, fairly entertaining.

What I'm Watching 2
Saw Machete Kills at the cinema. It's lighter and funnier than the first one: Kills is only a 15 and has to do without the nudity, and with more cartoonish violence.

Still, enjoyed it a lot. It's packed with jokes and spoofs, some of the kills are Tom and Jerryishly hilarious: really good fun.

Well worth seeing if you have a certain tolerance for bad taste. Really hope they actually go on to the trailed sequel "Machete Kills Again... In Space".

Links
Socioeconomics. The Perils of Premature Deindustrialization. The future of inequality (free registration required).

Since 1980, the aggregate pre-tax income of the bottom 90 per cent of US households has grown by 1.9 per cent in real terms. But among the top 1 per cent, pre-tax incomes have more than doubled. Deaton adds: “All but the top 1 per cent of the French population did better than all but the top 1 per cent of the American population.”
OECD has bad news about UK education, report.
Social background has a strong impact on skills in some countries… In England/Northern Ireland (UK), Germany, Italy, Poland and the United States, social background has a major impact on literacy skills. In these countries more so than in others, the children of parents with low levels of education have significantly lower proficiency than those whose parents have higher levels of education, even after taking other factors into account
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Low-skilled adults risk getting trapped in a situation in which they rarely benefit from adult learning, and their skills remain weak or deteriorate over time – which makes it even harder for these individuals to participate in learning activities. This presents a formidable policy challenge for countries such as Canada, England/Northern Ireland (UK), Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United States, where significant shares of adults are at or below Level 1 on the literacy and numeracy scales.
Gove advisor: genetics outweighs teaching.

Politics. US. Conservative shift in opinion has happened in all states. Tea Party radicalism is rational movement of local elites. UK. Matthew Dancona's book on the coalition: "the Cameroon elite…are a social grouping which chanced upon a political project". Vice watches Tommy Robinson resign.

Video. Mauna Kea telescopes timelapse. Telekinetic coffee shop prank (viral ad).

Pics. Made in China. Irvine New Town designs.

Random. The 29 stages of a twitterstorm. Text to obscure characters conversion tool. Hard Sci-Fi movies.

Articles. In the future... Feral books will stalk readers, sneak into their ebook libraries, and leap out to ambush them. How children's books thrived under Stalin The philosophy of Alexei Sayle.

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ՇђคภкรŦ๏г Շђє เภк, Շђє๏! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 11:59:22 AM EST

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Time travel by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 05:06:33 PM EST
it is not quite what the movie shows, good try though.

First you need a source of antimatter that can warp space the opposite way that matter does. Jumping into an antimatter universe and finding an antimatter black hole does this quite well.

Second any changes you make to time when you cross back due to time flowing in reserve in the antimatter universe and then crossing back to the matter universe will just create a parallel universe where your future didn't exist and would create an alternative one.

Third you can go back to the future by just orbiting a black hole in the matter universe and waiting until you get back to your time.

Fourth you will find another version of you in that time that has no reason to travel back in time because you changed time so there was no reason for him to go back in the first place. There are now two of you.

Fifth you can't get back to your original future, ever. Not unless you know how all 10 dimensions in M-Theory work and how to get into parallel universes to find the one you came from. You'd need to invent a 'time lock' for that.


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