Sunday, July 29, 2012

Realistic Sci-Fi in AC3 - The Sphyrna



1. a genus of hammerhead sharks in the family Sphyrnidae

 2. a fictional airborne aircraft carrier

 3. the main base of operations of the terrorist organization known as "Ouroboros"
 (Picture credit: Antare)
Designation: UI-4053 (Codename: Sphyrna) 
General characteristics
  • Type: ECM-equipped mothership
  • Length: 238.5 m
  • Height: 90.92 m
  • Width: 53.44 m
  • Total weight: 254200 kg
  • Maximum speed: 404 km/h (251 nmi)
  • Several AA guns and missile turrets
  • UI-4054 "Aurora" (1)
  • X-49 "Night Raven"(1)
  • XFA-36A Game (6)
  • R-103 Delphinus#3 (4)
  • SU-43 "Berkut" (2)

The concept of an airborne aircraft carrier is not new. In fact such a concept was already being researched during WWI, with the first working protoype reaching completion in 1919. The first concepts for this kind of airship were all based on the Zeppelin: dirigibles that could carry a number fighter planes instead of bombs.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A little piece of fandom history

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AC3 Gallery Update

Twice as many pictures as before, enjoy them!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summertime Update

 NHK Documentary

Jul. 7, Sat. 2:10 - 3:00 (UTC) etc.

Computer revolution: Most powerful x fastest brain

Japan's K super computer is one of the world's fastest calculators. Watson, said to be the world's most powerful artificial intelligence system, understands human speech and has even defeated a U.S. quiz champion. How might they change the society in which we live?

A very nice documentary about supercomputers. Towards the end there's a nice segment that explains how digitizing people might very well be a reality in the future. Features theme music by Kenji Kawai and animation by Production I.G.
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Many thanks to The Librarian.