The Call Bulletins | Moving Plans for November


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I’ve decided on the future of my blogging and decided to move the main focus of my blogging from WordPress come this November, to my Blogger site The Collect Call of Troythulu. I shall be transferring earlier posts during the interim to that venue, and I would be delighted to see you all there as well.

I’ve posted on this site for nearly eight years, and you’ve been a fantastic community to write and art for. But it’s time to move on, or soon will be.

Thank you. Thank you all. You, readers past and present, have made the success of this site, and have my gratitude for as long as I continue to think and breathe.

Why though? Why move?

Well, Blogger really doesn’t see much of my attention, and it has, truth to tell, much better functionality than WordPress and greater ease of use. The Collect Call is, in fact, a predecessor of this site, being the second blog I created after founding my first, the now defunct site, Troythulu’s Log in January 15 of 2008. This site is chronologically the third I’ve created, as I’ve written before, on December 28 of that same year.

But this blog isn’t going away forever. After October, I’ll simply update the theme one final time, and close it for further regular updates, though if I have my way, it will remain online until needed once again. I’ll post monthly thereafter on The Checkerboards of the Gods, my now-infrequently updated writing and wordplay blog.

But until November, I’ll continue to update this site somewhere in that mysterious region between weekly and daily as usual. Thank you for clicking on me.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Four, FOUR Postulates of Conspiracy Theories, Ah, Ah, Ah!


I recently came across some old fractal memes in my files, and decided to do an update to Three Postulates of Moonbat Conspiracy Theories and three followup posts Here, Here, and Here. I thought it would be fun to give them facelifts and reformulate them in light of current understanding. In all truth, the original memes could have looked better, and been much easier to read…

I do not call them laws, much less name them after myself, as I think that presumptuous.

These memes will read as dismissive, and that is exactly as intended. Claims offered with no evidence beyond illogical connections of invisible dots are well-deserving of being dismissed without needing evidence against them. Hitchens’ dictum, my peeps.

Yes, conspiracies do sometimes happen, but the vast majority that frequent the Internet and make the rounds in chain emails and 24 hour political news cycles ought to be called out as what they are: baseless nonsense and propaganda, spread with a paranoid fervor to deliberately misinform and mislead.

So here they are, the Four Postulates of (Moonbat) Conspiracy Theories, using better images and new fonts.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

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Fractals of the Week | Dystopian Fever Dreams


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I’ve three wallpapers this week, all from reconditioned presets at 1600×900 pixels in resolution. I think that these are a vast improvement on the images first produced using those presets, if a bit dark in tone. Double-click to enmacronize.

Dark Technophite

Dark Technophite

What to make of this one….Some sort of engine or reactor? Or perhaps the core processor of an alien computer? Whatever one sees in this, it doesn’t look friendly or welcoming to visitors, not with all those sharp edges floating about!

Silent Festival

Silent Festival

It’s a celebration! But wait…Where is everyone? Here might be any number of things, but to my eyes looks a lot like a view into a brightly decorated town square with nobody in sight! What happened? Where did they go? This one is a recent draft that I may make into a larger image suitable for full-sized prints. It bears further exploring.

Sutured

Sutured

This is another that I think could use further development, and possibly a bit more tweaking. But the sharp, pointy, evil-looking fibrous edges are a good start, and once finished, will make a good-sized print file!

I’ll explore it a bit further, and post a sample of the best outcome here.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, with proper attribution or a link back to the original source. Thank you!

Caturday’s Astrophenia | Did Juno ’bout dat Jupiter flyby?


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Welp, sometime this coming Monday, the Juno mission probe will begin its exploration of the King of the Planets, mighty Jupiter itself. I’ll be keeping an eye out online for news of the rendezvous to get the full spectacle in my browser tab’s view.

Meanwhile, this last evening, I was watching lightning flash in the clouds above my neighborhood and decided that for purposes of my Gods of Terra SF setting, I’m getting rid of psionic, or ‘psychic’ abilities as a plot-device. Bear in mind, I’m not being ‘obsessed with reality’ here, but merely noting that in a universe with alien technology-based powers (referred to from here on as ‘Myria’), biological brain-based psychic mental powers are redundant, with all of the usefulness of a fifth wheel without any tire or treads.

Note: Gods of Terra (unlike Lyapunov’s Children) is pure space opera, not Hard SF, and indeed can seem a bit comic-bookish in terms of what’s possible, with its world-bending alien relics and sometimes godlike alien entities.

Hypershards and similar brain implant-based technologies already do all the work of psionic powers with none of the same drawbacks or implausibilities, even with the liberal sprinkling of technobabble I’ve applied to them. No doubt there are problems still, and I’ve even found a few myself.

I’ve rarely even mentioned psionics in my fiction for the setting, so there’s no great loss to ditching the concept altogether. Think of it as pruning the bonsai, trimming the hedges, and simply getting rid of an idea that has no purpose not better served by something else more unique to the setting.

In the coming months, I’ll be elaborating on further ideas for hypershard technology and possible counter-technologies. After all, there must be a reason why wavetouched haven’t taken over the Local Galaxy, or they would have done so already, right? Maybe.

This weekend marks the end of my self-imposed spring break in Bengali study. So now I begin full reviews and further study of new material from my textbook, all 13 units, 14-26, from Part 2 of Complete Bengali. This last Friday I’ve completed chapter quizzes from units 1-13 of Part 1, and the next 18 weeks will offer plenty of time to reach an acceptable level of mastery before moving on to Part 3’s advanced study in the semester following.

That will be cool.

So, make this weekend a good one, and in Soruggon…

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Galaxy and Planets Beyond Bristlecone Pines

Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge

NGC 6814: Grand Design Spiral Galaxy from Hubble

Cirrus over Paris

Solstice Dawn and Full Moonset

Sagittarius Sunflowers

Strawberry to Honey Moonrise

Jupiter’s Clouds from New Horizons

Anticrepuscular Rays over Colorado II

Juno Mission Trailer

From Alpha to Omega in Crete

The New world Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

Juno Approaching Jupiter

Firefly Trails and the Summer Milky Way

Image of the Fortnight:

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The Astrognuz:

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Dawn Completes Primary Mission

Behold the Distant Universe!

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Small Meteorite Hits a House in Thailand

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NASA Rover’s Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise

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The Great Photon Escape

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