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by RockDoctor
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

lets see if we can come up with 5 instances of a law enforcement agent being sent back in time to aprehend a criminal or group of criminals that have escaped into the past. Slippery Jim diGriz travelled in time to defeat "Him" several times in "The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World". Harry Harris...
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 657
Views: 251350

Re: Quote of the week!

Got a source for that? Yeah, here . Thanks. Haven't checked the news today. The scientists worked out the combined mass of all human-made stuff from 1900 to the present day and compared this with the weight of all the living things on the planet (known as biomass). (...) The exact timing is sensiti...
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 657
Views: 251350

Re: Quote of the week!

Scientists say the weight of human-made objects will likely exceed that of living things by the end of the year. In other words, the combined weight of all the plastic, bricks, concrete and other things we've made in the world will outweigh all animals and plants on the planet for the first time. H...
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 657
Views: 251350

Re: Quote of the week!

Cody wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:40 pm
French classes seemed to pass me by. I was much more interested in Latin classes.
Facere ese para ludo del legion stannum.
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Starro the Conqueror and other members of its race - basically five-armed starfish with mind control powers from DC Comics And with the stewards enquiry settled, you have the poisoned chalice. The example I was thinking of was, which would have got a MBP if anyone had come up with it, was five-limb...
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

This is a description of the aliens from the Ted Chiang short story "Story of Your Life", which the movie Arrival is based on: It looked like a barrel suspended at the intersection of seven limbs. It was radially symmetric, and any of its limbs could serve as an arm or a leg. The one in front of me...
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 657
Views: 251350

Re: Quote of the week!

so all those words we're not allowed to use anymore will remain in the OED? But of course. Don't tell me that you didn't spend days at the back of the French class, looking up the rude words in the French-English dictionary? OK : I'll accept the get-out clause that you never thought of it. Unlikely...
by RockDoctor
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The ice ants of Titan are three-legged, about three inches tall, in Stanley G. Weinbaum's short story Flight on Titan (1935) One, and not the tripods I was thinking of. The movie ARRIVAL features aliens who are called Heptapods for their seven limb, radially symmetrical appearance. Hmmm, do we see ...
by RockDoctor
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Shall we try something different, with a simpler criterion? Name five SF creatures with an odd number of limbs/ tentacles pseudopoda etc. For example, in one universe I can think of two distinct species with 5-fold symmetry and a third species with three-fold symmetry on a mirror plane, while a diff...
by RockDoctor
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 657
Views: 251350

Re: Quote of the week!

Cholmondely wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:53 pm
I'm told that Yedioth Ahronoth is the sort of newspaper our dearly beloved chum Donald the Troomp would read.
"Would have read to him", surely?
by RockDoctor
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Release 1.90 - new feature not in release notes?
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Re: Release 1.90 - new feature not in release notes?

Nite Owl wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:49 am
Joystick Sensitivity Indicator if memory serves - removed it from my H.U.D. of choice a long while ago so any info beyond that is beyond me.
Hmmm, I wonder what prompted that to appear. I've not had a joystick since ... 1995?
by RockDoctor
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Release 1.90 - new feature not in release notes?
Replies: 11
Views: 886

Release 1.90 - new feature not in release notes?

I recently installed v1.90 and found this feature on my (as-standard) HUD : a new "compass"-like object between the short-range scanner and the roll/pitch indicators. I've posted an image on BOX, but the link seems to not be working - or I've forgotten the correct ju-ju for "img=https://app.box.com/...
by RockDoctor
Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Maybe a quick sanity check, @RockDoctor,are you sure there are 5 such examples? No, I'm not sure there are 5 such examples. The criterion I was looking at was "relative cost" : A film production is a lot more expensive then TV, which itself is a lot more expensive than radio. At least, so I underst...
by RockDoctor
Sat Nov 28, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Oh dear - poisoned chalice time. I shall consider (while listening to last week's broadcast of "Space Force"). OK, prompted by "Space Force", how about 5 radio SF series that have gone directly to film without passing through a TV adaptation first. So, "Space Force" wouldn't make the list, because ...
by RockDoctor
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5934
Views: 817956

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Oh dear - poisoned chalice time. I shall consider (while listening to last week's broadcast of "Space Force").