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December 18, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Seasons Greetings, everyone! All of us here at Stardock are wrapping up our work for 2020 as we prepare to go on our holiday break next week, but that doesn't mean we haven't made sure to fit some festivity into our days.  Normally, we'd be a'wassailing at our holiday party together right now, but for obvious reasons, we're skipping that this year. Instead, we decided to share some cheer from our home offices by displaying our merriment in the form of ugly sweaters. Here are the results:...
December 2, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
By the time I publish this, it'll probably be "old news" and, oh, I don't know, maybe the aliens will have landed by then, but seriously: what the heck, 2020!? The monolith discovered out in the middle of Utah's Red Rock Country about a week ago disappeared on Saturday. Heck, for all we know, it disappeared before then, but Saturday is when the federal Bureau of Land Management's Utah office announced that the monolith had been removed by an "unknown party." Unknown party, huh? I'm just go...
November 26, 2020 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
Happy Thanksgiving! If you partake in Thanksgiving what's your favorite way to cook the turkey? Roasted, fried, smoked? Let us know your cooking plans and have a safe and wonderful day!
November 25, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Everyone loves a good mystery, and officials in Utah recently stumbled upon a doozy. On November 18, the Utah Department of Public Safety discovered a shiny metallic monolith in a remote rural area of the Red Rock Country while surveying herds of big horn sheep by helicopter. The monolith is eerily similar to the one found in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, though it doesn't come with its own iconic background music track. Officials have no idea who may have placed ...
November 8, 2020 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
Sadness... R.I.P. Alex Trebek.
November 5, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Nearly fourteen years ago, long before I arrived here at Stardock, some of my colleagues arrived to the office on a chilly morning. Tied to a post in the parking lot was a small poof-ball of a puppy, a little Shih Tzu mix, who would eventually come to be called Sophie. Sophie, in all her little floofy glory, not long after she was adopted by PatPretty much everyone here at Stardock is a major animal lover, so there wasn't any chance of Sophie being left out in the cold. Our manager of Tachy...
September 16, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
In Spring of 2018, Microsoft's Project Natick team deployed the Northern Isles datacenter 117 feet deep to the seafloor off the coast of Scotland's Orkney Islands. Earlier this summer, marine specialists reeled up the shipping-container sized datacenter from the seafloor in order to study it and confirm their hypotheses regarding the viability of underwater datacenters. The team hypothesized that a sealed container on the ocean floor could provide ways to improve the overall reliability of da...
August 13, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Image: NASA/JPL-CalTech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDAAnother Thursday, another blog, and once again I find myself back to discussing really cool space discoveries. For the record, I’m 100% good with this. I always enjoy when new space discoveries take me back “off world,” so to speak. In fact, one of science’s newest discoveries is about Ceres, a dwarf planet I spent quite a bit of time learning about back when we released The Ceres Initiative for Offworld Trading Company. First ...
August 12, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
The days of malls are dying. A dramatic declaration, perhaps, but one that appears to have been acknowledged by Simon Property Group, the company that owns a large majority of the malls in America. Earlier this week, the news broke that Amazon is considering vacant large stores in malls as locations for new fulfillment centers. Amazon has about 100 fulfillment centers in the U.S., but is looking to expand that number still. Amazon's goal is to increase shipping speed and compete with compa...
August 6, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
I’ve been saying for awhile that I wanted to get some surveillance cameras for the outside of my house. I keep putting it off (that money could be used for board games, after all!), but an incident on Tuesday finally is forcing my hand and I’ve started researching some options. What happened on Tuesday, you ask? Oh, nothing gouda. No...that's not a post-it note.Yep, you’re seeing that right. It is, indeed, a slice of cheddar cheese pressed snugly onto my car’s win...
August 5, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
In a statement issued on Sunday, Microsoft posted on its corporate blog saying that it will continue discussions for a potential TikTok purchase in the United States. For the unfamiliar, TikTok is a video-sharing and social networking service based out of Beijing, China founded in 2012. TikTok allows users to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos and share them with thousands of other users on the platform. The app currently holds worldwide popularity, and TikTok has global ...
July 25, 2020 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
This is a stretch I know, but in the  movie "The Earthling" filmed in Australia in 1979... excellent movie by the way... in the credits at the end, was the name Paul Martin ..construction.   Jafo, something you did long ago?     
July 20, 2020 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
He's been fighting cancer... apparently he passed in January this year.   Frankie had a post on her timeline.  He's at rest now.   https://www.youtube.com/c/JimBailey9294/featured      ....  
July 22, 2020 by Tatiora on tatiora
Image credit: NASALast week, NASA announced a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb). This orbiting infrared observatory was designed with longer wavelength coverage and improved sensitivity in order to complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope (which is now 30 years old!). Described as the "premiere observatory of the next decade," Webb's launch will occur from French Guiana on October 31, 2021. It will "study every...
Brad’s hand youth system. Hand on left: untreated. Hand on right: one day of Brad’s youth system. The secret ingredient: Bee stings!