Play the video game.

If you want further space adventures, play my video game!


In Brief:
Press SPACEBAR a lot, and avoid collisions.
You can shoot some stuff ( keys QWEADZXC ), for extra points.

When you press SPACEBAR, enemies will be attracted to you from off-screen, so prepare to shoot them (keys ASDFQWER).
You can also create the floating defensive system, too (key 3).
<<note: I am going to change the mapping based on the previous feedback above, later >>

Narrative Detail:
You must first transform the flowing shapes from Z space (energy string holograms)
into the upper floating shapes (matter density holograms).
Do this by discharging the Polarity Cannon with SPACEBAR.

The matter density holograms can wreck your orbit and collide with you, GAME OVER.
So avoid them!

You must "direct" the Upper Floating Shapes ( MatterDensity Holograms) into the wormhole.

You can direct the Matter Density Holograms with the movement of the player's satellite maintenance device.
That is, by moving left and right on the screen, the upper floating Matter Density Holograms will alter their orbits,
because your device has an intensified gravity with its own on-board singularity.

The Matter Density Holograms will change shape and fly off the screen when they enter the orbit of the wormhole (when they move across it on the screen), and your score will go up.

Using the Polarity Cannon will cause dangerous derelict satellites to be drawn into the player's orbit, or at collision trajectories with your orbit.
You can dodge these (movement keys),
or you can shoot them (keys Q,W,E,A,D,Z,X,C),
or you can use the defense Solar Array Structures (key 3).

You must direct several dozen MDH into the wormhole in a few short minutes to save earth from being swallowed by an ever growing wormhole!

The extent of MDH that you have directed into the wormholes can be gauged by score (Score 5000 means success).

posted by dmal @ 17th Jul 2012, 12:34 PM


In February 2012, National Geographic Magazine published an article about the space elevator.

The climber looks very similar to my own (fanciful) design for a space elevator climber from Summer 2010.


Great minds think alike; or maybe really misguided ones, anhow. 

In reality, I based my own climber design on Bradley C. Edwards research publications, which is probably the same source as the artist who made the illustration.  My design is much cooler though, because I also referenced my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse and some japanese motorcycle engines, and some stuff from the Dune novels.  We'll see if the chinese ever catch up with me.






posted by dmal @ 3rd May 2012, 12:32 PM

Faster Than Light

If neutrinos can do it, so can we! 

One team of scientists at CERN have had bad results for over 3 years, now.

Results that are bad, crazy, troubling, curious, timultuous, questionable, confrontational, and maybe wrong.

Or maybe right.

They've been clocking neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light.

For 3 years, now.

And, not just within the miles long synchrotron tubes, nope;

at a 1500 kilometer distane, those irrascable neutrinos have been arriving too damn early.


Read more here:

posted by dmal @ 23rd Sep 2011, 8:49 AM

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posted by dmal @ 29th Aug 2011, 11:24 AM

Protoplanet Visit by Probe Dawn

NASA's Dawn probe—launched on September 27, 2007—is the first space mission to Vesta. It will orbit the asteroid for one year, from July 2011 until July 2012.[44] This will coincide with the southern summer of Vesta, so the large crater at the south pole will be in sunlight; since a season on Vesta lasts eleven months, much of the northern hemisphere will become visible to Dawn's cameras by the time it leaves orbit.[45] Dawn will then proceed to its other target, Ceres, and will possibly continue to explore the asteroid belt on an extended mission using any remaining fuel. The spacecraft is the first that can enter and leave orbit around more than one body as a result of its weight-efficient ion-driven engines.[46] Once Dawn arrives at Vesta, scientists will be able to calculate Vesta's precise mass based on gravitational interactions. This will allow scientists to refine the mass estimates of the asteroids that are in turn perturbed by Vesta.[46]

Vesta, formal designation 4 Vesta, is an asteroid that is thought to be a remnant protoplanet with a differentiated interior[10][11] and a mean diameter of about 530 km.[1] Comprising an estimated 9% of the mass of the entire asteroid belt,[12] it is the second-most-massive object in the belt after the dwarf planet Ceres. It was discovered by the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on March 29, 1807,[1] and named after the Roman virgin goddess of home and hearth, Vesta.

Watch a video of a simulation of the visit here:

posted by dmal @ 8th Apr 2011, 6:06 AM