Unless you’re such obscure genre writers as Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, and a little English scribbler: William Shakespeare. “This Is Horror” has the skinny.
It’s easy. Just build an astronomical megastructure that reflects stellar output back at your primary. This produces thrust, which makes the star move. All your planets are, at this scale, rounding errors, so they get dragged along with the star.
Don’t believe me? This story has all the details.
Independence Day, when we beat the British.
Sort of. But not really.
See, back then we were British, one group of Englishmen asserting our rights under English law, rights the King was trampling. (“We might have been a free and great people together.”) So we rebelled (rebellion, not revolution) and earned our freedom through 9 years of brutal warfare.
(Plus, we only declared our Independence on July 4. We didn’t get it until the War was over.)
And, even after the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 (when we again fought the British, who burned down the yet-uncompleted White House), we became allies of Britain, a great and noble country.
I, for one, am glad we separated from the Commonwealth, but glad we could remain allies. I am also glad that self-determination and freedom from tyranny could spread to so much of humanity, and much of that spread can be traced to a rag-tag band of refugees and craftsmen who valued their freedoms enough to forsake Crown and Country for something more.
Happy 4th of July!
Free to play just means hidden costs, and finely honed techniques to override your ability to make decisions. Like using fake currencies (gems, bananas, whatever), which makes it harder to judge the real cost of in-game purchases.
There’s a raft of such techniques, and Gamasutra has the skinny.
…of Pac Man, when played as a first person shooter:
You are caught in a dark maze full of glowing orbs. You’re hungry and only the orbs can feed your insatiable appetite. But at each turn, danger lurks. Merciless ghosts haunt your every move. This is the story of Pac-Man.
That does sound more than a little unnerving. (Full story at the link.)
Sometimes. (But a martini shaker is better.) Full story here.
I don’t talk about politics, as a matter of site policy. Even so, I want to say this:
Egypt and Turkey are both currently ruled by dictatorial strongmen, leaders who have been crushing dissent ruthlessly. Both are, right now, embroiled in political protests against the dictators.
Egypt is, reportedly, the site of the largest demonstrations ever, in the history of the human race. The BBC and Reuters are both reporting millions of people in the streets, protesting Morsi’s repressive rule. (14 million, “according to a military source”.) The American media has, so far, ignored the historic events.
I hate seeing people suffer, especially under fanatical and repressive ideologues. I can only hope that, after these protests, both countries will be better off and the suffering of people living there will decrease.