New round of #introductions for all the new people joining the Fediverse!Hi, I’m Kelson …

New round of for all the new people joining the Fediverse!

Hi, I’m Kelson (he/him), a computer programmer in the Los Angeles area. I talk about all kinds of things here: /#fantasy, , actual , , , , random day-to-day stuff, etc.

I also post photos – mostly cityscapes/landscapes, nature, random interesting stuff I’ve spotted IRL – on Pixelfed (@KelsonV) and more “serious” photos on photog.social (@kelsonv)

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Balooon-based floating telecom relays always make me think of an element in Robert Charles Wilson’s “Spin”

Balooon-based floating telecom relays always make me think of an element in Robert Charles Wilson’s sci-fi novel, “Spin,” in which a mysterious membrane appears around earth that drastically slows down time inside. (A simulated sun maintains the day/night cycle) This effectively cuts the world off from outer space, including orbiting satellites. The world settles on high-altitude balloons as a replacement.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/internet-balloons-and-drones-look-to-rise-in-the-5g-era

#telecom #books #scifi

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It’s a really interesting book, especially once people realize that they can still launch probes or spacecraft out, just can’t receive any transmissions back. And when they realize that they can take advantage of the different rates of time on Earth vs. outside.

There are two sequels, Axis and Vortex, which are very different. Worth a read, but I think Spin was the best of the three.

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@hafnia Yeah, they had some interesting ideas – the chain of worlds, the floating civilizations, the different ways of linking people together cybernetically – but IMO the stories weren’t anywhere near as good.

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Hmm, this looks interesting:”The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders, …

Hmm, this looks interesting:

“The City in the Middle of the Night” by Charlie Jane Anders, set on a tidally-locked planet where humans can only live in the narrow band of twilight between permanent, boiling day on one side, and permanent, freezing night on the other, and they have to find totally different ways to conceptualize time in their…well, we can’t really say “daily” lives, can we?

https://whatever.scalzi.com/2019/02/12/the-big-idea-charlie-jane-anders-3/

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Now that I’ve gotten through another cycle of the VR game story, it’s become more …

Now that I’ve gotten through another cycle of the VR game story, it’s become more intriguing. Presumably we’re going to work through a bunch of cosmological models as it goes on.

I’m also really curious as to how the trick with the cosmic background radiation is supposed to have been managed.

And of course, is the countdown really leading to something, or is it, as Shi suggests, just a way to mess with Wang’s head?

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Hello, my name is Kelson. I’m a computer programmer in the Los Angeles area…

#reintroductions #introductions Hello, my name is Kelson. I’m a computer programmer in the #LosAngeles area. I like #scifi, #fantasy & #comics (behind on a lot, keeping up w/ #TheFlash, Saga & #JessicaJones). I tend to talk about #webdevelopment and #tech, and I still have a #blog.

I also talk about #books at @KelsonReads (currently reading Sparrow Hill Road) & post scenic #photography at @kelsonv

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I don’t remember where I saw the link (might have been here, but I thought …

I don’t remember where I saw the link (might have been here, but I thought I’d share it in case it was somewhere else), but this is an interesting article on China’s SETI efforts and historical clash of civilizations through the lens of Liu Cixin’s The Three Body Problem and its sequels.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/what-happens-if-china-makes-first-contact/544131/

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Found this tweet from the previous time I read Les Miserables, back in 2013. I …

Found this tweet from the previous time I read Les Miserables, back in 2013. I took several breaks to read other books, including the environmental dystopia The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi:

“I’ve been reading The Windup Girl. It’s very good, but I’m ready to go back to Les Miserables for something more cheerful.”

https://mobile.twitter.com/ReadingLesMis/status/384340051263774720

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For max contrast to Les Miserables, I #amreading Space Opera by Catherynne Valente

For max contrast to Les Miserables, I Space Opera by Catherynne Valente. It’s an absurd tale of first contact/alien invasion in which a washed-up glam rocker is drafted to save the world by competing in the galactic equivalent of Eurovision. Absurdity, social satire, lots of music references, & a fast read that still feels like a wall of words at times. In the same vein as Hitchhiker’s Guide & Year Zero (though in this case humans are the *worst* musicians in the galaxy)

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introductions time!

#introductions time! I’m an LA-area programmer, #scifi / #comics / #fantasy fan & hobbyist photographer. I’ve been @kelsonv for a while, but I keep meaning to look for a more specific instance for fandom-related discussions. It looks like this might be it?

Watching #iZombie, #TheFlash & #TheMagicians, way behind on a bunch of other shows. Favorite comics ATM are #Saga & #AstroCity.

In the middle of re-reading all of #LesMiserables, currently on the chapters introducing Marius.

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It’s weird how it hides the instance name…my other accounts are on mastodon.social (my main one) and photog.social (my photography). Maybe I should’ve picked different usernames as well just for clarity?

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Mastodon’s been trending again

So I noticed Mastodon’s been trending again & figured I’d take another look. I don’t need another time sink, but I figured it might be worth jumping in this time. Now to replicate just the good parts of that other network…

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I should probably figure out what I want to talk about here before I try to figure out who to follow, huh? I mean, I’ll probably end up cross-posting photos & blogging (yes, I still blog), but other than that, do I want to talk about…tech? politics? comics? sci-fi/fantasy? I don’t think anyone I know IRL is here, so it’s a matter of topics for now.

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Actually, what *is* the etiquette for cross-posting here?

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So, the 5-7 interests meme (this feels like early 2000s LJ): #comics #scifi #space #computers #science #art #photography

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Hmm, looks like I may want to check out wandering.shop for scifi/fantasy and photog.social for photography…

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OK, so I’ve set up @kelsonv@photog.social for photography posting. I’ll probably keep this one for other stuff.

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Amazing shot – one that I wish I’d thought of myself when I was standing next to those flatbed trucks.

Amazing shot – one that I wish I’d thought of myself when I was standing next to those flatbed trucks.

One Poignant Picture For Man, One Giant Hold Pattern For Mankind

Tho there were thousands of people, I somehow got this angle of the Space Shuttle, people free. What I love about the shot is that it truly symbolizes the mothballing of the Shuttle project. That the …

RT @typolad:

One Poignant Picture For Man, One Giant Hold Pattern For Mankind via @Techcitement #NASA #shuttle #fail #scifi #kollin

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