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Geeklinks for November 2, 2020

Wait, Senator Leahy has been in 5 Batman movies?

Who wants a multimedia story involving the weird future of football as seen from deep space probes, who are generally wondering what is up with humanity? You? Great! (Give it a few chapters). There’s a sequel (which is why I got alerted to the original a few weeks ago, but haven’t finished the sequel … but it does include the line following line…)

Now, the most common misconception about the Sun is that it’s a jolly goblin who helpfully pours raisins into your cereal. This is FALSE!….cereal boxes are responsible for a host of misconceptions but that one might be the most fundamentally wrong


A video on how bridges were built 500 years ago.

AI based robotic TV camera keeps focusing on bald lineman instead of soccer ball. (Video)

Fortnite’s anti-Apple ad based on 1984 (“Nineteen Eighty Fortnite“).

I don’t think this is the best headline ever … but “Escaped Cloned Female Mutant Crayfish Take Over Belgian Cemetery” certainly deserves to be in the conversation.

Why Pipe Organs Sound So Scary is an interesting video with sadly repetitive visuals mainly focusing on organs in movies. But I did learn that Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D-minor may not have been written by Bach.

I’ve been trying (and watching) many new video games, but honestly nothing has drawn me in, but I must admit I’m fairly burned out of Factorio and even Slay the Spire. (Among Us isn’t the sort of thing you can play by yourself). Any suggestions? (So I guess this is an open thread as well).

I read this blog on how to build a perfect connect 4 player, although not with enough effort to actually understand all the details. You can play against it.

Related — Human level performance in No-press Diplomacy via Equilibrium Search. Found thanks to Gwern)

And we have a late-breaking best headline entry! Russia’s ‘Sausage King’ killed with crossbow in surprise sauna attack. (The articles headline doesn’t quite match the picture on the front page).

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November 2, 2020 at 5:48 pm

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  1. I’ve gotten back into Kerbal Space Program in a pretty big way. Big as in I’ve achieved much more than any of my previous attempts, although I find my interplanetary progress to be rather slow. I’m doing campaign mode, and I keep fiddling with minor Kerbin SOI missions rather than just fast forwarding to get my long term missions to Eve (Venus analogue) or Jool (Jupiter) done. I originally launched my Eve missions back in September but they still have about 30 days of Kerbal time until they get there. Kerbal days are 1/4 the length of Earth days so I think it’s going slower than real time.

    I picked up the 2016 Master of Orion in the Steam summer sale, and I enjoyed it for a couple of plays primarily due to nostalgia for MOO 1 and 2. Then I played Stellaris and didn’t feel any reason to go back. Then after a few plays I got really tired of the mid-game doldrums/micro-management in Stellaris and didn’t want to play that either.

    Mark Delano

    November 2, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    • I saw the ads for KSP 2 earlier and I was thinking about that. I tried Kerbal a bit, but didn’t get into it. I tried the Stellaris demo (I think) but my machine wasn’t cut out for it. Then again, I have a newer laptop (non-gaming) but yeah. MOO descended into micromanagement. I could tried Kerbal again, admittedly.


      November 3, 2020 at 10:28 am

  2. I’m a bit wary of KSP 2. They seem to be promising everything under the sun which is never a good sign.

    There were a series of realizations in KSP that progressively unlocked the game for me. I just had to be willing to work through the frustration of learning controls, takeoffs, rocket design, orbital motion, landing, rendezvous and mining, roughly in that order. Everything else was easy. Now I’ve mastered most of the above, with the exception that rocket design has a really high ceiling that I haven’t gotten close to reaching.

    Mark Delano

    November 3, 2020 at 4:57 pm

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