John Carmack rambles

From VR and esports to wrestling and supercharged Ferraris, from atomic processing for personal computers to rocket engineering for extra-planetary colonization, John Carmack talks for a couple hours on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Sometimes it’s a pleasure to just listen to a smart man talk.

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Wormholes in Fiction

Hey all. I got an idea for a sci-fi novel the other day. But it relies on wormholes and I am not the astrophysics junky that Walker and others are. So perhaps you can answer a couple questions. Bear in mind, because this regards a fictional setting, I am more concerned with believability than with mathematical proofs.

1) Could a wormhole feasibly exist on or near a planet’s surface? Sci-fi stories typically set them in empty space between solar objects. If so, what definite effects would it theoretically have on surrounding terrain and life? ... [Read More]


But the Conquistadors were villains

In 2015 archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found a gruesome ‘trophy rack’ near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.

Now, they say the find was just the tip of the iceberg, and that the ‘skull tower’ was just a small part of a massive display of skulls known as Huey Tzompantli that was the size of a basketball court. [….]... [Read More]


Knight Rider reboot

David Hasselholf tossed out the idea on social media this week. Bruce Campbell offered to voice the car.

It struck me as funny at first. But on reflection a reboot would make sense. Today, people often talk to their phones (“Hey Siri/Google/Cortana…”) and increasingly to computers in their cars. Self-driving vehicles are starting to creep into pop culture as a feasible, if problematic, concept.... [Read More]


VR Explorer

I only recently jumped on the VR (Virtual Reality) bandwagon by purchase of a cheap Gear VR headset that uses my smartphone for rudimentary VR. It has convinced me of the tech’s future.

The first thing I did was explore via the VISO Places app. It is essentially Google Earth for VR. I can name any place in the world or any street in the US and suddenly I’m there, free to look in any direction. I have seen Tokyo,  Vegas, and ancient ruins. I retraced my steps from a trip to Ireland 20 years ago. I visited some old family houses and saw the changes the new owners have made in recent years. Fascinating, with endless possibilities!... [Read More]