Science fiction – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:03:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://star-warz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T234539.702-150x150.png Science fiction – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ 32 32 List of most borrowed books from the Greater Victoria Public Library https://star-warz.net/list-of-most-borrowed-books-from-the-greater-victoria-public-library/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:03:15 +0000 https://star-warz.net/list-of-most-borrowed-books-from-the-greater-victoria-public-library/ Barack Obama continues to dominate the non-fiction section of the Greater Victoria Public Library, where his book A promised land leads the list of top 10 borrowers. Keeping it all about family, Michelle Obama completes the list with her book To become. Both were also on the list last year. Other frequently borrowed titles include […]]]>

Barack Obama continues to dominate the non-fiction section of the Greater Victoria Public Library, where his book A promised land leads the list of top 10 borrowers.

Keeping it all about family, Michelle Obama completes the list with her book To become.

Both were also on the list last year.

Other frequently borrowed titles include Where the Crawdads sing by Delia Owens in Adult Fiction and Lincoln Pierce The gerbil ate my homework in the children’s section, according to the GVPL, which has compiled the rankings of its 12 branches and its virtual branch on gvpl.ca.

All formats are included: print, large print, digital and audiobooks.

GVPL chief executive Maureen Sawa said that given the difficult events of the past year, it’s no surprise that books on the themes of “hope, resilience and embracing life” are at the top of the most borrowed lists.

Rachel Rogers, GVPL’s Collections and Technical Services Coordinator, said many of the titles listed were particularly popular in digital format, “a trend we’ve seen continue since the pandemic began in 2020.”

Borrowers accessed over 1.8 million digital items in 2021.

Graphic books remain popular among young readers in areas such as science fiction and fantasy, Rogers said.

“We also have the Netflix effect with the new series shadow and bone creating renewed demand for Leigh Bardugo’s popular Grishaverse novels.

The system has also seen growing interest in adult fiction and historical fiction, Rogers said. “Normally Victoria is big on mysteries and thrillers – those are usually the most popular stuff.”

Along with non-fiction, she said audiobooks got a lot of traction, especially memoirs. “People were really interested in not only reading the memoirs, but also hearing them in the voices of the people themselves.”

This has meant a rush for books like those written by the Obamas.

“I’ve heard anecdotally from people saying they read the book and then listened to it as well, because they wanted to hear the Obamas speak in their own voice,” Rogers said.

After a period of closures at some branches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the system is fully operational again, with all branches open since last fall, she said. “There are a few spaces that aren’t open yet, but all branches and collections are open.”

Rogers said the goal is to gradually restore services to ensure they are safe and sustainable for customers and staff. “Doing it in a phased approach gave us a chance to make sure we weren’t doing something that we would have to undo.”

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The Rocinante unite for a final battle in an exclusive clip https://star-warz.net/the-rocinante-unite-for-a-final-battle-in-an-exclusive-clip/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:43:34 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-rocinante-unite-for-a-final-battle-in-an-exclusive-clip/ Ahead of the series finale of The Expanse, an exclusive clip shows the crew of the Rocinante bonding before an explosive showdown against the Free Navy. After six seasons, The extent comes to an epic end. Season 6 follows a galactic alliance determined to destroy Marco Inaros and his Free Navy in an explosive confrontation. […]]]>

Ahead of the series finale of The Expanse, an exclusive clip shows the crew of the Rocinante bonding before an explosive showdown against the Free Navy.

After six seasons, The extent comes to an epic end. Season 6 follows a galactic alliance determined to destroy Marco Inaros and his Free Navy in an explosive confrontation.

In an exclusive clip from The extentIn the latest episode, the crew of the Rocinante prepares for a vital mission against the Free Navy. The ship’s new recruit, Clarissa Mao, accepts a request from the Roci’s engineer Naomi Nagata to fix the ship’s injectors. As Clarissa investigates the ship’s systems, Naomi and Amos Burton reflect on their long history.

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The extent The scene shows how much Clarissa and Naomi have grown since Clarissa joined the Rocinante team at the end of Season 5. Naomi initially did not trust Clarissa, although Amos vouches for her . Since then, Clarissa has more than proven herself to be a valuable member of the crew. With the crew of the Rocinante now closer than ever before the final battle, the team is ready for one last showdown with the Free Navy as an increasingly desperate Marco reveals just how dangerous he really is.


Prime Video officially renewed The extent for a sixth and final season in November 2020, ahead of the fifth season premiere. The extent Season 6 followed Earth and Mars entering into an alliance to dismantle the Free Navy. Meanwhile, Free Navy Commander Marco loses the support of his people due to his self-centered ways. Cornered, Marco has since revealed his secret weapon in the form of a gun mount mounted on a space station built around a ring portal leading outside the system.

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The acclaimed sci-fi series adapts the sci-fi novel series of the same name written by James SA Corey, a common pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The two authors served as writers and executive producers on the hit Prime Video series. Although the series debuted on Syfy, Prime Video picked up The Expanse series in its fourth season.


Developed for television by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, The extent The series finale will premiere January 14 on Prime Video.

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Spotlight twins Grichka and Igor Bogdanoff die at 72 https://star-warz.net/spotlight-twins-grichka-and-igor-bogdanoff-die-at-72/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:18:47 +0000 https://star-warz.net/spotlight-twins-grichka-and-igor-bogdanoff-die-at-72/ Igor Yourievitch Bogdanoff and Grégoire Yourievitch Bogdanoff, who sometimes spelled their surname Bogdanov, were born on August 29, 1949 in a castle in the town of Saint-Lary, in southwestern France. Their father, Youri Ostasenko-Bogdanoff, was an itinerant painter who claimed to be descended from a Tatar prince and who had fled Russia in his childhood. […]]]>

Igor Yourievitch Bogdanoff and Grégoire Yourievitch Bogdanoff, who sometimes spelled their surname Bogdanov, were born on August 29, 1949 in a castle in the town of Saint-Lary, in southwestern France.

Their father, Youri Ostasenko-Bogdanoff, was an itinerant painter who claimed to be descended from a Tatar prince and who had fled Russia in his childhood. They were brought up by their maternal grandmother, Bertha Kolowrat-Krakowska, a former countess of Bohemia who lost her title after having an affair with Roland hayes, an American opera singer who was on tour in France and who was the first black man to gain international fame as a concert performer. Their daughter, Maria Dolores Franzyska Kolowrat-Krakowska, was the mother of the twins.

Igor’s first marriage to Belgian aristocrat Ludmila d’Oultremont ended in divorce. He married Amélie de Bourbon-Parme, model and descendant of Louis XIV, in 2009 in a star-studded ceremony at the Chambord Castle in the Loire Valley. They separated in 2016 and later divorced.

The brothers are survived by their half-brother, François Davant, and their sisters, Laurence, Géraldine and Véronique Bogdanoff. Igor is also survived by a son, Dmitri, whom he had with the actress Genevieve Grad; his daughters, Sasha and Anna-Claria, and his son Wenceslas, all from his first marriage; and his sons Alexander and Constantine, from his second marriage.

The Bogdanoffs pretended to be geniuses from a young age, claiming that they each scored 190 points on childhood IQ tests. They studied at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, also known as Sciences Po, and the École Pratique des Hautes Études.

After the end of “Time X” in 1987, the Bogdanoffs wrote “Dieu et la science” (1991), on the relationship between religion and science. It was a bestseller in France, but it drew a lawsuit by Trinh Xuan Thuan, an astrophysicist at the University of Virginia, who claimed they had plagiarized one of his books.

The brothers settled amicably in 1995, having in the meantime started their higher education. They said they were motivated by their interest in the so-called initial singularity, the moment before the Big Bang, when all matter, space, and time were condensed into an infinitely dense point.

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Best 2010s Sci-Fi Movies Ranked https://star-warz.net/best-2010s-sci-fi-movies-ranked/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 00:04:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/best-2010s-sci-fi-movies-ranked/ Science fiction films are almost as old as the cinema itself, starting with the George Melies short of 1902 A trip to the moon. There is something fun about imagining yourself in a galaxy far, far away, or on Earth myriads of years into the future. The genre is valued both for its creativity and […]]]>

Science fiction films are almost as old as the cinema itself, starting with the George Melies short of 1902 A trip to the moon. There is something fun about imagining yourself in a galaxy far, far away, or on Earth myriads of years into the future. The genre is valued both for its creativity and for its ability to showcase scientific possibilities. Scientists often use science fiction as a springboard for real scientific advances. Therefore, science fiction has contributed to culture in a way that other films have not. Here are our top ten sci-fi movies of the 2010s.

11 Curler


Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt in Looper
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Joe is a hit man for the mafia, but in 2074, crime syndicates are using technology to send their victims back to the time they can be killed and eliminated without repercussions. When Joe is sent to kill an older version of himself and fails, both the young and the old version of him must avoid the vengeful gangsters. While the plot is delusional convoluted and the ending doesn’t satisfy all viewers, the premise of Curler is too intriguing and its visuals (from the future Star wars director Rian Johnson) too amazing not to make our list. After all, who doesn’t love watching Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, especially when they’re playing the same person.

ten Great hero 6


Big Hero 6 characters kiss
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This animated film, loosely based on a comic book, engages the family in a way that no other movie on this list does. Great hero 6 makes children laugh and adults cry. The film centers on Hiro Hamada, a teenage robotics genius. After the death of his older brother, Hiro accidentally activates his brother’s latest project, a medical robot, Baymax, which has become an endearing icon that remains in the hearts of many fans. The two become an adorable team of superheroes, battling a masked villain and using sci-fi tech to save the day in one of the cutest sci-fi movies of the 2010s.

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9 Blade Runner 2049


The cast of Blade Runner 2049 with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling
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The 1982 film remake, Blade runner 2049 pairs Harrison Ford with Ryan Gosling on some sort of sci-fi mystery. Gosling stars as Officer K, a blade runner who hunts fugitive replicants on Earth, despite being a replicant himself (alluding to the dynamics of Ford’s first film). After uncovering a secret that could unravel society, Agent K searches for Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a legendary retired blade runner. This movie is packed with nostalgia for old fans, high-speed action-adventure for new fans, and a gripping storyline for everyone. Future Dune Director Dennis Villeneuve masterfully creates a sci-fi world that surpasses even that of the original.

8 Edge of tomorrow


Tom Cruise is dressed in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
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Fans are pleading for a sequel even eight years after the release of Edge of tomorrow. This film’s unexpected narrative caught the industry off guard, earning more than $ 370 million at the box office according to Mojo ticket office. Edge of tomorrow takes place during a time-traveling alien invasion. Cage (Tom Cruise) receives the alien’s ability to return at the start of the day whenever he dies, and enlists the help of Rita (a badass Emily Blunt), a Special Forces fighter who had officially the same Power. Together they live the same day over and over again in an attempt to conquer the alien species. With a surprising spirit and amazing special effects, the film combines groundhog day with Starship Troopers to create one of the most unique sci-fi films of the decade.


seven guardians of the galaxy


The intergalactic cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, including Chris Pratt
Walt Disney Studios Cinema

Being the funniest sci-fi movie of the 2010s doesn’t stop this movie from embracing sci-fi squarely. With its backdrop of distant planets, its diverse alien team, and high-stakes space battles, guardians of the galaxy leans more into the sci-fi genre than most superhero movies. In this movie, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a human who grew up among aliens in space, becoming a successful thief. Things change for him when he steals an Infinite Stone which is coveted by other powerful characters. After failing to sell the stone, Quill ends up in prison, where he forms a team to daringly escape and retrieve the stone. With a surprisingly beloved soundtrack of 70s radio classics, inventive character design and exciting direction by James Gunn, guardians of the galaxy is one of the most popular science fiction films of the decade.


6 Creation


The Inception cast stands in the street
Photos of Warner Bros.

Christopher Nolan is on this list more than once for a reason: He brings stunning visuals and puzzling layers of mystery to all of his work; Nolan is an expert craftsman of gripping stories with dark contours. Creation is one of his best, about a team on a mission to implant an idea into the mind of a wealthy heir using dreams and subliminal suggestions. As the characters explore the deepest layers of their target’s subconscious, their own personal struggles hamper their success. With revolutionary CGI and incredible backdrops of swaying buildings and gravity-defying combat, Creation is one of the most exciting and original science fiction films of the 21st century.

5 The Martian


Matt Damon plants crappy potatoes in The Martian
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Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of the book is more grounded in real science than many other films of this genre. Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars when his crew unexpectedly evacuates during a dust storm. He finds innovative ways to survive on his own, growing food and eventually contacting Earth. The Martian really showcases the talents and expertise of real-life astronauts, relying on real-life science and character development rather than flashy plot mechanics, and therefore is more interesting.


4 Mad Max: Fury Road


Tom Hardy jumps from exploding car in Fury Road
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Immortan Joe is an overworked terrifying gang who selfishly hoards resources like water and gasoline after the earth’s natural resources have dried up. When Furiosa, one of Joe’s most famous war captains, tries to escape and save all of Joe’s women in some sort of rebellion, she forms an alliance with Max Rockatansky (originally played by Mel Gibson in the early films, but here by Tom Hardy in a beautifully underrated performance). Their motley team is fighting to stay one step ahead of Joe’s gang and survive on the naked planet. Mad Max: Fury Road Modernizes George Miller’s own film franchise perfectly, with Miller not wasting any energy despite a 30-year hiatus between films. Its tale is chock-full of unique world builds, mysterious intrigue, and high-octane car chases from start to finish. While this film lacks traditional sci-fi elements like space battles and time travel, the film’s post-apocalyptic setting, dystopian society, and the exploration of future technology qualify it as sci-fi.

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3 Arrival


Amy Adams looks thoughtful in a field with an alien ship arriving
Paramount Pictures

The story of an award-winning film Arrival turns viewers’ heads until the big reveal at the very end. Even then, some explanation is probably needed (or at least a reading of the brilliant news on which it is based). When aliens visit Earth, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is sent to lead a team that discerns the alien’s intentions. With a plot structure as circular as the alien tongue, this movie is definitely not for everyone. For those who enjoy the intricacies, cinematography, sound, and new take on alien life, as well as intellectually stimulating narrative, this movie is worth watching on an endless loop.

2 Interstellar


Astronauts (including Anne Hathaway) wade through rising waters in interstellars
Paramount Pictures

It’s hard to show and explain science in an engaging way, but Interstellar visually depicts quantum physics in a way never before accomplished, and its striking visuals are an inspiration to filmmakers and scientists alike. In Christopher Nolan’s scientifically intriguing and surprisingly moving film, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) sets out on a quest to find a new home planet for humanity as Earth becomes uninhabitable. However, gravity on other worlds causes time to move differently throughout his journey, and Cooper might not find a new planet until time is up for his daughter on Earth. Combining the aforementioned stunning visuals with heavy church organ score and epic scope, Interstellar is a science fiction masterpiece.


1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Storm Troopers shoot stuff in Rogue One
Disney studios

With all the Star wars content that Disney released after acquiring Lucasfilm, variations of the franchise could have filled that whole list. The film series is known for redefining science fiction and space operas, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the best of 2010. Filled with references to the original trilogy, the independent film follows a motley team of rebels as they unravel the mystery of the Death Star just before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. The film is complete with exciting and innovative visuals, an emotional score, and various characters that it is impossible not to take root in. Its inspiring story of heroism and sacrifice will warm the hearts of old and new fans alike. It’s a must see and the best sci-fi film of the 2010s.


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Metaverse gets in touch with reality at CES https://star-warz.net/metaverse-gets-in-touch-with-reality-at-ces/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 09:11:47 +0000 https://star-warz.net/metaverse-gets-in-touch-with-reality-at-ces/ A participant demonstrates the Owo vest, which allows users to experience physical sensations during virtual reality experiences, including wind, gunshots or punches, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas , Nevada. A jacket fitted with sensors that allow wearers to feel hugs or even punchings in virtual reality was among the innovations giving […]]]>

A participant demonstrates the Owo vest, which allows users to experience physical sensations during virtual reality experiences, including wind, gunshots or punches, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas , Nevada.

A jacket fitted with sensors that allow wearers to feel hugs or even punchings in virtual reality was among the innovations giving the metaverse a more realistic edge at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“What is the metaverse if you can’t smell it?” Asked Jose Fuertes, founder of Spanish startup Owo, which made the jacket. “They are just avatars.”

The “metaverse” – a parallel universe where human, augmented, and virtual realities are meant to merge – was a hot topic at the annual gadget extravaganza in Las Vegas, with startups showing off computers, headsets and other gear promising to improve the time spent in the virtual world. worlds.

Owo claims his jacket as capable of immersing wearers, whether in video games or the metaverse, allowing them to feel “a gunshot, the wind, someone grabbing your arm and even a hug. of a loved one “.

The bodycon jacket features bands that stick to the skin, with sensors that sync with a mobile app. Before putting on a virtual reality (VR) headset, the wearer can choose the intensity of each sensation.

“Our mission is to turn the virtual into reality with a second skin; to add the sense of touch in metaverse or video games,” Fuertes said as AFP tried on the jacket.

The Owo suit – priced at less than $ 450 when it hits the market at the end of the year – is reminiscent of the sci-fi novel-turned-movie “Ready Player One”, in which the people of a dystopian world live alternate lives in a virtual world. universe.

The future of science fiction seems distant given the lack of full body suits and comfortable headsets for simulated experiences, or a ubiquitous high-speed internet service to handle such rich data streams.

Nonetheless, the metaverse has become a popular topic since it was endorsed by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg with such enthusiasm that the tech company was renamed “Meta.”

Takuma Iwasa, CEO of Shiftall, demonstrates Haritora X, a full body tracking system for virtual reality, at Consumer Electr

Takuma Iwasa, CEO of Shiftall, demonstrates the Haritora X, a complete body tracking system for virtual reality, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Its inevitability?

Virtual reality has primarily been used for video games, despite its potential for experiences such as allowing people to visit museums, monuments, or distant cities while sitting at home, and even to provide seating literally at home. middle of feature films.

While companies like Meta and HTC have invested heavily in virtual reality headsets, the gear is still not light and comfortable enough to be worn for long periods of time.

“I’m the biggest type of augmented and virtual reality nerd out there, but I don’t think we’re close to anything exciting happening in the metaverse,” said Paddy Cosgrave, head of the Web Summit in Europe.

He expects it to take over a decade for the Metaverse to become real.

“Nothing can stop it,” Touchcast chief and founder Edo Segal said of the Metaverse.

Touchcast introduced a platform for business-to-business collaboration in virtual reality, with “.metaverse” addresses similar to .com web addresses. But the domains will be registered on a blockchain database, instead of on servers.

“In 1999, it was hard to believe people would buy things online,” Segal said.

“Look at where we are today. Mankind is moving in that direction.”

Industry trackers report that sales of virtual reality equipment have been boosted by the pandemic as people relied on the internet for games, work, learning and socializing.

A participant tries out the Shiftall Megane X virtual reality headset and microphone for metaverse experiences during the Consu

A participant tries out the Shiftall Megane X virtual reality headset and microphone for metaverse experiences at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Like a cyborg”

Since the pandemic started restricting people’s movement, Takuma Iwasa has started spending weekends on a virtual reality platform where people chat and party in a virtual world with avatars as their proxies.

As the year 2020 drew to a close, the young Japanese entrepreneur focused on how the movements of a person’s legs or torso can be reflected in avatars and other means of rendering visits from more realistic virtual worlds.

Its startup Shiftall, a subsidiary of Panasonic, unveiled lightweight, high-resolution VR glasses at CES.

“In the future, some of the special combinations like in ‘Ready Player One’ will contain all systems,” Takuma said.

“Currently, Metaverse users have to use different products, like a cyborg. “

Israeli start-up Wearable Devices is working on a bracelet that detects electrical signals sent from the brain to the hand. The wearer can control the synchronized objects with a simple snap of the fingers, a feature that could prove useful if people use augmented reality glasses and need to select items displayed on the lenses.

But as the metaverse evolves, society will also need to be wary of the dangers of online evils such as misinformation, harassment and loss of contact with the real world, some experts have warned.

“Counterfeit goods are also going to exist in the Metaverse. Forged identities are also going to exist in the Metaverse,” said Dan Guenther, Extended Reality Specialist at Accenture.

“And we’ve seen in many other developments of the Internet that many times… (there) are parts of the Internet that we are uncomfortable with.”


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3D digital holograms on smartphones? https://star-warz.net/3d-digital-holograms-on-smartphones/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:06:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/3d-digital-holograms-on-smartphones/ 3D holograms, previously reserved for sci-fi movies, may soon find their way into our daily lives. Until now, 3D holograms based on the phase shift holography method could be captured using a large specialized camera with a polarizing filter. However, a Korean research group has just developed a technology to acquire holograms on mobile devices, […]]]>

3D holograms, previously reserved for sci-fi movies, may soon find their way into our daily lives. Until now, 3D holograms based on the phase shift holography method could be captured using a large specialized camera with a polarizing filter. However, a Korean research group has just developed a technology to acquire holograms on mobile devices, such as smartphones.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, Director Seok-jin Yoon) recently announced that a research team led by Dr Min-Chul Park and Dr Do Kyung Hwang of the Center for Opto-Electronic Materials and Devices, in collaboration with a research team led by Prof. Seongil Im from the Physics Department of Yonsei University, succeeded in developing a photodiode that detects the polarization of light in the near infrared without additional polarization filters and thus, the realization of ‘a miniaturized holographic image sensor for 3D digital holograms, using 2D semiconductor materials: rhenium diselenide and tungsten diselenide.

Photodiodes, which convert light into current signals, are essential components of the pixels of image sensors in digital cameras and smartphones. The introduction of the ability to detect the polarization of light on the image sensor of an ordinary camera provides a variety of new information, enabling the storage of 3D holograms. Previous polarization detection cameras have an additional polarization filter, several hundred microns, attached to an ultra-small optical diode image sensor, less than one micrometer. Thus, they could not be implemented in portable electronic devices due to their inability to be integrated and miniaturized.

The research group developed a photodiode by stacking an n-type semiconductor, rhenium diselenide, which exhibits a difference in light absorption depending on the linear polarization angle of light in the near infrared region ( 980 nm), and a p-type semiconductor, tungsten diselenide, which exhibits no difference in photo-response as a function of polarization, but allows superior performance. The device is excellent in photodetecting various wavelengths from ultraviolet to near infrared, even capable of selectively detecting the polarization characteristics of light in the near infrared region. The research group used the device to create a digital holographic image sensor that records polarization characteristics to successfully capture holograms.

KIST’s Dr Hwang said, “Research on downsizing and integrating individual elements is needed to ultimately miniaturize holographic systems. The results of our research will lay the foundation for the future development of miniaturized holographic camera sensor modules. Further, Dr Park remarked, “The new sensor can detect more near infrared light, as well as previously undetectable visible light, opening up new opportunities in various fields such as 3D night vision, autonomous driving, biotechnology and the acquisition of infrared data for the analysis and restoration of cultural property.

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The resolution will not be televised https://star-warz.net/the-resolution-will-not-be-televised/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 06:06:12 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-resolution-will-not-be-televised/ Characteristics BC Pires 26 minutes ago Civil Engineer Jaheel Castagne – Mark Lyndersay AS SAID IN BC PIRES My name is Jahleel Castagne and I don’t make New Years resolutions. Most people just call me “G”. You know a nickname stuck when that’s what your mom calls you. I am from Trincity and now live […]]]>

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Civil Engineer Jaheel Castagne – Mark Lyndersay

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My name is Jahleel Castagne and I don’t make New Years resolutions.

Most people just call me “G”. You know a nickname stuck when that’s what your mom calls you.

I am from Trincity and now live in Chaguanas.

I have five brothers and a sister.

My father passed away from MS when I was 16 (but) my wonderful mother Andrea deserves a special mention.

I am married but we have no children.

In my early childhood, I spent most of my free time playing soccer in our garden with my siblings. If we had a wind ball (aka tennis ball, for people rich enough to own tennis racquets) we would play cricket until the ball got lost in someone’s backyard or we broke someone’s window.

In adolescence, we played more in the street, with the neighborhood children. Until the ball got lost in someone’s backyard or someone’s window was smashed.

As a young adult, I rode a bicycle with friends. Partly to get away from parents and partly because neighbors were tired of having their windows smashed and / or stray bullets in their backyard.

I attended St Xavier Private Elementary School, St. George’s College, and UWI.

(As a civil engineer) I worked mainly in the private construction sector. Every day brings new and unique issues which can be very stressful.

But it’s not as boring as most jobs. And I come home each day knowing that I am part of creating something new.

(We) just installed 15 km of sewerage under San Fernando and a new wastewater treatment plant, one of the most important positive environmental projects that most people don’t know about.

I was raised RC but drifted towards more inclusive ideologies as I got older.

Like listening to old Allan Watts recordings and pretending I know what Enlightenment means.

I no longer find the relevant belief in my life, but I still love to see the strength that others can draw from it.

Funny enough, I find myself more sincere in my participation in other faiths since I left mine.

What awaits us after death is nothingness that we cannot fathom. We think that nothingness is the absence of everything, but I think that this nothingness will also be the absence of nothing. Time, temperature, even a state of consciousness will not exist for us to describe as “long”, “cold” or even “sleep”.

Jaheel Castagne: I worked mainly in the private construction sector. Every day brings new and unique issues which can be very stressful.
But it’s not as boring as most jobs. -Marc Lynderday

I think the idea of ​​dying is a lot scarier than the thought of being dead.

Plus, it comforts me to think that my f — ups will likely be lost in the ether after I die.

My favorite color is black.

And slightly darker shades of black.

A good beer and a good barbecue can ease any situation.

Except maybe a hostage situation …

Actually now that I think about it …

If I want something quick and eye-catching, I’ll read non-fiction. I highly recommend Fast Food Nation.

If I have the time, the energy, and enough attention time in reserve, I like to get lost in longer fantasy or sci-fi series. I completed the Isaac Asimov Foundation series and moved on to Robin Hobbs’ Realm of the Elderlings Trilogy Collection.

This is undoubtedly due to growing up in long fictional series like Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The best book I have ever read was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It is a book that we regret having only been able to read for the first time once.

My favorite writer is a raffle between Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore. Both have a sense of humor that would tickle your t-ts (if you agree, of course).

Life is musical. Trinis speak in melodies and sometimes include words in our sentences. Even those who don’t like music can’t walk the streets without keeping a beat.

I sometimes dance like no one is looking at me. When no one is watching.

It’s impossible to choose a favorite movie, but Interstellar was as perfect as a movie could be. If you could throw it into the sky while a live orchestra played the soundtrack, maybe you could do it justice. It still amazes me that, five years before the production of the first image of a black hole, theoretical physicists predicted what a black hole would look like, to ensure the accuracy of the depiction of the film. The representation was correct.

Give me big beef burgers from Clever Cleaver to Eddie Hart. He makes his patties from scratch, using different cuts of beef instead of fillers to create the fat content needed for the patty to stick together. If someone told me they made obeah on their burgers to make it taste so good, I would believe it.

And then order two more.

My first New Years resolution was to lose the weight I gained over Christmas time and yes I kept it… I kept the weight off.

I quit making New Years resolutions for the same reason I quit looking forward to Christmas presents as I got older.

In the same way that I could now afford to get what I want all year round, I realized that every day is a chance to make a new resolution.

Although I can still only make resolutions on Mondays for some reason.

For some people, the artificial pressure of the “once a year” opportunity for positive change gives them the extra motivation they need to stick with it; or so I think the thought goes.

(But) every Monday is like a new year for me.

I have found it more effective to remove the pain of failure as much as possible, so I am less dissuaded from starting over. Maybe sometimes it’s okay when failure is an option.

The only New Year’s resolution that would be worth making and keeping would be the resolution not to make a resolution this year, except this one … and that … and that … damn it !

Seriously, a resolution for me to try to interrupt less and listen more might be worth it. I think it will be worth it.

For those around me.

The big (life) issues that keep everyone awake worry me. Like: What will death be like?

Where do I draw the line between being nice and being a pushover?

Why is it so hard to tell people how much I love them?

Who said “po-TAH-toe?”

You can find a bit of everything in Trinidad.

Except a cool breeze and a parking space in the “good” Sando.

So many Trini have absolutely nothing in common, it seems unfair to define a Trini by just one attribute. The devout religious follower who prays every day and does not touch alcohol is just as Trini as the carnival babies who take out loans to get drunk and play at the farmhouse every year.

A Trini is anyone who first identifies as a Trini.

Trinidad and Tobago means “the world” to me.

Chances are, the best meal you’ve ever eaten was made up of ingredients that had nothing in common except on this plate. TT is a country of people who just add flavor to the mix. Because our (population) is made up of people who had nothing in common with the other inhabitants when they came to our shores. TT is like a lifelong meal.

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The romanticism of chess https://star-warz.net/the-romanticism-of-chess/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 14:12:48 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-romanticism-of-chess/ I wanted to write a dissertation, but the connective tissue of the dissertation did not interest me. I wanted to return memories that would pop up like mushrooms and quickly fade away. I owe a lot to where I grew up, in a black neighborhood where people talked and spent time on the porch and […]]]>

I wanted to write a dissertation, but the connective tissue of the dissertation did not interest me. I wanted to return memories that would pop up like mushrooms and quickly fade away. I owe a lot to where I grew up, in a black neighborhood where people talked and spent time on the porch and in the corner, just like my brothers and their friends as they smoked weed. , drank Mickey Big Mouths and Heinekens, and talked all the time about the craziness of Vietnam, the nuclear war, and HP Lovecraft, and from there they embarked on the adventures of the neighborhood’s many memorable characters. I tried to do it here. A new opus will be released here every Saturday this and next month.

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My high school girlfriend dumped me as soon as she arrived at UCSB and realized she could do better. She was attractive and lean in an era when being lean was perhaps the most important attribute for popularity in a university surrounded by beautiful beaches and populated by students strutting in bikinis and other rare swimwear.

Although I haven’t heard from him, I had fantasies about us getting back together, staying together, and having a family and all that. I thought I might win her heart again, but realized it was hopeless when she started to tan. It was proof that she had passed to the other side. We were courteous and sometimes saw each other in the outbuildings for lunch. We have been quite polite.

My little Layne always saw her sister Justine. They were an attractive couple in appearance and intelligence. He was reading the encyclopedia of philosophy for fun, and she was just as smart and serious about entering medical school. They shared a strong love affair. She didn’t care about his dedication to getting a chess master’s grade, even if that meant he would crawl out her bedroom window after his mother fell asleep – as much to be with her as to study the games of Kasparov. Fortunately for them, his mother was a heavy sleeper. His concentration was threatened when his aunt grew fed up with seeing him spending all of his time playing chess ten hours a day and mostly ignoring his homework as he prepared for a chess competition that could propel him to the rank of master. He didn’t care about school because he was actually a very smart guy and he could put him together to complete the required schoolwork, play basketball and practice chess and hang out with the sister. of my old girlfriend. I was surprised to get a call from her while I was home for a weekend. It was a succinct conversation, and that didn’t imply that she wanted me to be in her life.

“Your best friend is at my mom’s and he won’t be leaving.”

“What?”

“I heard he was using drugs to help him focus on a chess tournament and he was going crazy. He refuses to leave, and my sister takes her side. Could you please go there before my mom calls the police on him? “

She started to cry and started begging me to make him go away. It was a strange position. She dumped me for a guy who had a withered arm and had been caught in a fire before, so he had weird facial scars. Somehow his scars made me doubt my own attractiveness, or maybe the guy had a really winning personality. I always wanted to be with her, so maybe if I made my crazy chess player buddy, she would want to start over with me. It was worth a try. Ever since my friend became an engaged and competitive chess player, he hasn’t had time to hit him on the porch and eat hot Cheetos and those weird off-brand tamales, speaking of sci-fi novels. and where to find the blowjob scene in Dahlgren.

I borrowed my mom’s car and drove to Ladera Park, which some thought was the next Baldwin Hills where black people with cash moved to get seriously upscale. This was also the place where my girlfriend’s stepdad shot a shotgun at us to be in the kitchen with his stepdaughters while they cooked hot dogs and fries. I was paralyzed with fear but my girlfriend bombed him, disarmed his ass and smashed the shotgun on the sidewalk. And I knew then that women were the stronger half of the gender gap.

Now it was all over between us, except for this last meeting which might change something and she would like me to come back.

I knocked on the door of their house in Ladera Park and my girlfriend’s sister answered and I could tell they did it, you know, like they weren’t going upstairs to breathe. And because of the sweet smell of air freshener and the bitter smell of cheap weed, they were happily settled. I was happy for them but he had to go. If the police rolled, his butt would curl up.

“Hey,” he said, and his eyes took a minute to focus.

“I’m glad you woke up because you have to get out of here.” “

” What why ? I have a chess competition and I have to concentrate.

My girlfriend’s sister nodded as if she had drunk the Kool-Aid with it. I thought about my girlfriend and how pretty and smart she was, and really wanted to get back with her, so I started lying like you do when nothing else works. My boy had set up the chess board and opened a big chess book and started running through the openings. Her ass wasn’t going to listen to reason, so I knew I had to lie. The whole time I was there he was trying to light a joint, but he was having trouble lighting it, so I assumed he had smoked more than a few bowls already. Finally, he turned it on and inhaled deeply as he went through the chess set-ups.

It was hopeless. He had found happiness in my old maid’s house, and he was never going to leave, and I would never find my old girlfriend again. Then it occurred to me what I should do. When in doubt, lie down.

“Dude, she’s going to smoke the house in the morning and you’re going to be trapped inside with it all.” “

Now I had his attention. ” You must go there ! “

“Maybe,” he said, looking annoyed. He got dressed and I thought I had managed to get him out of my ex-girlfriend’s house. He grabbed his backpack and put on his B-Ball t-shirt and shoes, and just as he walked out the door, he turned to me and shook his head angrily.

“I don’t believe her. This woman is always cooking up things to interrupt my preparation.

“You don’t want to be here if they try this place and start spraying poison.”

” I am not going ! He said and threw himself on the bed.

Like I said before, my friend was a tall, lanky basketball player who wore basketball shorts almost all the time. Somehow, in his anger, he forgot he didn’t have a jock, or even tight blanks. Under those basketball shorts, he only had his bare ass.

As soon as he landed on his girlfriend’s bed, his face changed from paranoid rage to agony. He screamed as if he had been stabbed and was about to die. Then to turn up the theatrical aspect, he curled up in the fetal position and moaned in pain.

“What’s wrong?” I asked, but didn’t really want to know.

“I twisted them,” he gasped.

“What’s wrong? “

“My nuts and I sat on it.”

My girlfriend’s sister rushed out of the room and came back just as quickly with the car keys. She took his arm and helped him up from the bed and led him all leaning towards his mother’s car outside. She carefully helped him into the car as he continued to moan in pain. I had to fight not to laugh. I watched them walk away just as her mother stepped out screaming that her daughter had stolen her car.

Although I managed to get my old best friend out of her mom’s house, my high school girlfriend still kicked me on the sidewalk. I recovered, but still don’t understand the evolutionary benefit of having large testicles.

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Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, and received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is the author of six books, including Understand this, for which he won the New Voices award from the Quality Paper Book Club. He is currently Executive Director of Literature for Life, an educational advocacy organization, and Creative Director of Pasadena LitFest. His latest novel is Monster boss.


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Minecraft Player creates a futuristic village on the mountainside https://star-warz.net/minecraft-player-creates-a-futuristic-village-on-the-mountainside/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:34:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/minecraft-player-creates-a-futuristic-village-on-the-mountainside/ A Minecraft player has built a detailed sci-fi city on the side of a mountain, with the entire city tilted sideways inside a large circle. A Minecraft The player has created a jaw-dropping sci-fi city map inside a mountain wall using painstaking detail and altered lighting. Minecraft has become home to massive and detailed builds […]]]>

A Minecraft player has built a detailed sci-fi city on the side of a mountain, with the entire city tilted sideways inside a large circle.

A Minecraft The player has created a jaw-dropping sci-fi city map inside a mountain wall using painstaking detail and altered lighting. Minecraft has become home to massive and detailed builds over the past decade, with players recreating iconic locations from Harry potter, Game of thrones, and The Lord of the Rings among many other popular stories. Versions can be creative wonders or special adventure maps set up for players to explore together.

Although it may seem odd that the blocky style and lack of decorative elements in Minecraft Would make this such a popular game for massive building designs, the challenge of creating or reimagining locations and structures in the game is a driving force for many builders fans. Minecraft Constructions require hours of dedicated time, careful visualization and creative thinking, and thanks to the endless resources of Creative Mode, can be a great way to relax and take a break from everyday or survival-focused stress Minecraft playability.

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A Minecraft player known as IcyStudiosGames on Reddit shared a massive construction located on a mountainside. The city, which has been described as “A sci-fi city adventure map “ by the creator, appears to be circular with gravity-defying buildings wrapping around the hole in the mountainside. Modifications to alter the lighting and visual of the sky give the city’s modern, carefully constructed buildings a futuristic glow from within, while the warmth of the sun illuminates the mountain and trees outside. IcyStudiosGames has a number of Minecraft mega builds shared on their Reddit page, all focused on neat details and intense, tweaked lighting.


While building detailed worlds in Minecraft can be a fun hobby, these versions can also be used as slots in themed mod packs. While mod packs can be downloaded to add additional content to the open world exploration and standalone gameplay of Minecraft, other packs can be used to create elaborate and scripted adventures. This includes Harry Potter-theme Minecraft maps with Hogwarts castle constructions that players can witness on servers with friends, or even giant cities of abandoned buildings infested with zombies to recreate an apocalyptic survival setting. To play these maps, the world creator must be ready to share the build file, which must then be installed by the player along with the necessary mod packs.


Those looking to build their own mega Minecraft structures will likely want to practice with smaller buildings before embarking on a giant project. Places like the end of the bag from The Lord of the Rings, or a reimagining of Hagrid’s hut from Harry potter could be great starting constructions, using many natural building materials in both structures. Once a location is built, players can choose to share it with others Minecraft fans, or even create their own themed mod pack, creating not only a detailed piece of art, but a new adventure to share with friends.

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What is an MMORPG? – Fossbytes https://star-warz.net/what-is-an-mmorpg-fossbytes/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 06:00:06 +0000 https://star-warz.net/what-is-an-mmorpg-fossbytes/ The world of video games is constantly changing, with new games every year; some fail to have a profound impact on fans, while others remain. The same goes for video game categories; some categories attract more people to them, while others stumble to get noticed. However, we are going to talk about a category of […]]]>

The world of video games is constantly changing, with new games every year; some fail to have a profound impact on fans, while others remain. The same goes for video game categories; some categories attract more people to them, while others stumble to get noticed. However, we are going to talk about a category of video games called MMORPGs and the best games in the category.

Although most MMORPGs differ slightly from the genre, they still fall into the category. MMORPGs are built with a special emphasis on character development, with a system of character progression.

What is an MMORPG?

A massively multiplayer online role-playing game or MMORPG combines aspects of two very different genres of video games, the RPG and the MMO. While MMOs are generally multiplayer games with many players interacting with each other. On the other hand, RPGs are designed to give players responsibility for the character of the story, making decisions based on dialogue.

While these two genres are generally based on the fantasy or sci-fi world, RPGs and MMOs combine to create an MMORPG, a perfect interpretation of both genres. The genre even has its own repertoire of gaming slang. For example, World of Warcraft is based on a fantasy world, Star Wars: The Old Republic is based on the Star Wars sci-fi movie series.

To give an example of an MMORPG, World of Warcraft is the most popular game of its kind. Additionally, Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fastest growing MMORPG in the first three days of its launch, with 1 million players.

While the genre has many games in its shroud, these are arguably the best MMORPGs;

  1. World of warcraft
  2. Guild wars
  3. Final fantasy 14
  4. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  5. Elder Scrolls Online
  6. Eve online
  7. New world
  8. Never winter
  9. Planet side
  10. Star Trek Online


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