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1:50 scale cutaway model of Austro-Hungarian dreadnought battleship Viribus Unitis, Museum of Military history in Vienna [1520×595] via /r/WarshipPorn


1:50 scale cutaway model of Austro-Hungarian dreadnought battleship Viribus Unitis, Museum of Military history in Vienna [1520×595]
http://j.mp/2UrYtDa

Submitted April 21, 2019 at 10:11AM by maduroarsenal
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October 1970 issue of Analog, cover art by Frank Kelly Freas. Illustration for ‘The Tactics of Mistake’ by Gordon Dickson. via /r/CoolSciFiCovers


October 1970 issue of Analog, cover art by Frank Kelly Freas. Illustration for ‘The Tactics of Mistake’ by Gordon Dickson.
http://j.mp/2U6nOCA

Submitted April 06, 2019 at 09:41AM by spell-czech
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Like a Novel you Can’t Put Down: The Best and Worst Single-Story True Podcasts via /r/podcasts


Like a Novel you Can’t Put Down: The Best and Worst Single-Story True Podcasts

I’ve always loved stories. In my younger years, I was a voracious reader and especially loved true crime and non fiction books. Now, as a married adult with a 50 hour white collar desk job work week and a long daily commute, I haven’t had the time to read as much as I like. Podcasts have been a saving grace for me to be able to get my story-fix in while still being able to do other things, like drive or pour over spread sheets.

Over the past 5-6 years, I’ve listened to a ton of podcasts. Here are my very basic reviews and recommendations.

My favorites (like a book I couldn’t put down):

  1. Crimetown S1- about the criminal underworld and political atmosphere in Providence, RI and the best podcast I ever listened to. So engrossing and engaging

  2. Last Seen- about a Boston art heist. Very underrated and very well done

  3. Serial S1- about a teenage murder in Maryland. The OG and what got me into podcasts.

  4. Slow Burn S2- about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

  5. Public Official A- about the Rod Blagoivich scandal in Chicago.

  6. Bear Brook- about the New Hampshire Bear Brook murders

  7. Caliphate- about a Canadian who joins ISIS and returns

  8. Dirty John- very engrossing story about a very gullible woman and a con man

  9. Conviction- about crime in a disadvantaged NYC neighborhood.

  10. Gladiator- about the Aaron Hernandez story.

Worth a listen (good stories, almost great)

  1. Cold- about a disappearance and likely murder in Utah. Tragic story and reveals a crazy family dynamic. I almost included this in my favorites list but the series had a ton of episodes and felt drawn out.

  2. Teacher’s Pet-about a disappearance and likely murder in Australia. Like Cold, series had a ton of episodes and felt drawn out.

  3. In the Dark S2- about a murder in Mississippi that may have led to the wrong man being convicted. Really good, but can be dry at points.

  4. Slow Burn S1- about the Watergate Scandal. Well done, just couldn’t really get into it since it was before my time.

  5. The Dropout- about the Theranos scandal. Was great but the last episode fell flat.

Wouldn’t recommend (finished the season, but didn’t like it)

  1. Over My Dead Body- about a murder in Florida. 6 episode season that’s could’ve been done in 2.

  2. Serial S2- about Bowe Berghdahl. Huge let down coming off of S1

  3. Someone Knows Something S2- about a murder in Canada. Felt like by the end, no one knew anything.

  4. Serial S3- about the criminal justice system in Cleveland. Didn’t grab my interest. Felt like a very drawn out NPR segment.

  5. S-Town- about a mans life in a small southern town. Really liked the show, but felt it was exploitive of the subject’s life. Felt like reading a deceased man’s diary, and it made me uncomfortable.

Gave up on (didn’t finish the season because I disliked it so much)

  1. Dr. Death- about a maniacal surgeon. This show is supposedly incredibly well done and people love it, but listening triggered my health anxiety and freaked me out. You should listen if medical shows/drama interest you though.

  2. Up and Vanished S1- about a murder in Georgia. The host is absolutely insufferable, self promoting, and frankly seems like an asshole.

  3. Crimetown S2- about crime in Detroit. Huge let down for me coming off S1. Just couldn’t get into it at all. Also only available on Spotify which sucks.

  4. Missing Maura Murray- about a girl who disappears in the woods of New Hampshire. Didn’t like the host and couldn’t get into it. What happened to her seems like not much of a mystery

  5. Thunder Bay- about a Canadian city, crime, and race relations. I really wanted to get into it but I just couldn’t. Felt like the host was trying to get me to feel a certain way which I didn’t like

I’m currently listening to Stranglers and about halfway through and it’s decent. I have Uncertain Hour and American Scandal (all seasons) in my queue.

What do you guys think? Are my rankings wrong? Is there a super great podcast out there you think I’d love that I’ve missed?

Edit: formatting

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Mothership Ship Calculator – First Draft via /r/osr


Mothership Ship Calculator – First Draft

Just picked up Mothership. I think it's pretty good, but some of the rules are a bit too complicated to be "table ready". The character creation process is smooth and fast moving, but the ship creation rules are a slog, with multiple calculations requiring values to be stored and transferred across the sheet.

This is a first draft of a google spreadsheet, intended purely to simplify the process of calculation. You go from top to bottom, inputting the values you want into the green cells, and the sheet does the rest, populating the other fields and spitting out stats for your ship. It lacks the flavor of hand writing the paper sheet, but does all the math for you. You can use it to stat up a ship for players to use, or quickly generate an enemy or NPC vessel based on the numbers given in the book. It also gives you more immediate feedback on the cost of your creation than manually crunching the numbers, making it easier to build something within a specific budget.

There are a couple of immediate problems with it right now

  • It wasn't clear to me from the rules text where rounding was intended to be applied. The example ship seems to have no fractions so maybe it's intended to be done after every division. I've applied it at the final hull stage and a couple other stages of the process where it wouldn't make sense to have a decimal value, such as engines.

  • It's possible to break the automation through the right sequence of events. The number of computers is determined by a formula, since the minimum has to be equal to the number of jump drives. If you add extra computers beyond that, manually increasing the value wipes out the formula. That would mean that increasing the number of jump drives after that point wouldn't increase your mandatory maximum of computers

Once I know I've got the math and content nailed down, I might try to format it so that it outputs the results of the construction process into something a little nicer looking – something more closely resembling the ship sheet from the book. It might be good to put the formulas and construction process on one page, feeding into the ship stats and flavor/free response fields (weapons, name, cargo, etc) on another sheet.

(The holy grail would be something that outputs the values to a form fillable version of the PDF sheet, but that's a little beyond what I hope to achieve here. Right now the endgame is laboriously transferring the values to a printed sheet so you can draw your vessel, which is less than ideal)

Copy it to your google drive, play around with it and tell me what you think.

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