Galactic Center visualization

Guys, this video.

From the Chandra Observatory: “Want to take a trip to the center of our Milky Way? A new visualization using Chandra data & @NASAAmes supercomputer simulations provides viewers with an immersive, 360-degree view of the center of our Galaxy! “

YouTube link in case the embed doesn’t work for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBxW2_B9_Is .

Originally posted on Twitter.

Amazon Books Excursion

A real bookstore this time, not that silly "4 star" nonsense!

...and still, I was disappointed. 😒 The store was maybe 1/3 the size of a typical B&N. While they did some cool things with their front displays ("Unputdownable: Kindle readers finish these books in 3 days or less" and so on), the overall book distribution was 2/3 nonfiction to 1/3 fiction - and nearly all the fiction was lit fic. The only genre fiction in the store were current bestsellers that either trend toward lit fic or have otherwise garnered critical attention (such as Black Leopard, Red Wolf), or recognized classics (such as Dune).

In part, it could have simply been catering to its customers, as any retail store should. Cherry Creek is an extremely upscale neighborhood, and I'd believe that its denizens would never demean themselves by being caught reading *genre* fiction. 😱

Still, disappointed. Amazon is flubbing a great market opportunity here. Readers LOVE bookstores, and we're desperate for great ones we can lose ourselves in. This isn't one.

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Originally posted on Instagram and Facebook.

Exploration Posters

From NASA: “Are you ready for your vacation on the Moon? Are you looking forward to setting up camp on Mars? Can you get excitement to use the Gateway to access #Moon2Mars? Show everyone your new favorite exploration destinations with these free downloadable posters: https://go.nasa.gov/2J5SRhx

Le Sigh. I have no more wallspace, dammit! These are beautiful, though....

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Originally posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Human Amplified Intelligence

The assumption that both of these developments, IA and AGI, will happen is baked into the worldbuilding of Aurora Rhapsody. Personally, I'm a fan of making ourselves smarter, but I doubt we'll abandon AI research no matter what. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep pace with synthetic intelligence enough that the singularity will be ours, not theirs. https://io9.gizmodo.com/humans-with-amplified-intelligence-could-be-more-powerf-509309984

What do you think?

Via Samuel Peralta.

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Originally posted on Facebook.

GS Jennsenreading, tech, AI
Command Deck

For the last year, this image, titled "Command Deck" by artist Krystian Biskup (https://salierri.artstation.com/projects/a6ReX) has far and away been my most popular pin on Pinterest (the background of the Requiem cover being the second-most popular).

Given that, I thought you all should get the chance to enjoy it, too. I imagine this is how Valkyrie sees a planet on the Siyane's approach.

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Originally posted on Facebook.

GS Jennsenbeauty, writing, tech, art
The New Planet Hunters

Life probably exists beyond Earth. So how do we find it? With next-generation telescopes, tiny space probes, and more, scientists aim to search for life beyond our solar system—and make contact: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/03/extraterrestrial-life-probably-exists-how-do-we-search-for-aliens/

Excellent piece by National Geographic on the science and philosophy driving the next generation of planet-hunters. Courtesy of Carolyn McBride.

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Originally posted on Twitter.