Friday, February 23, 2024

"Jewel Box: Stories" by E. Lily Yu is $1.99 right now

at Amazon. (I think just announced today (or at least I saw it today) as one of the five finalists for this year's L.A. Times Book Prize in the scifi/fantasy category.)

The gondolas from Union Station to Dodger stadium took another step forward

Urbanize LA:

After a marathon hearing, Metro's Board of Directors has voted to approve the construction of an aerial gondola system connecting the Dodger Stadium parking lots with Los Angeles Union Station continue - but with a laundry list of conditions.


According to an environmental study conducted for the project, maximum capacity on the gondola system is estimated to be 5,000 passengers per hour. Cabins would travel at a speed of approximately 13.4 miles per hour with headways of 23 seconds, leading to an end-to-end trip of seven minutes. The study forecasted that construction could commence as early as 2024 and conclude within 25 months.

Trailer for "Harold Halibut," a video game using stop-motion figures

Want to see Peacemaker's Mortal Kombat fatality?

Los Angeles City Council voted to approve nearly $4 million to remove graffiti and improve security around the abandoned downtown skyscrapers


The approved motion also includes plans to recoup the money from Oceanwide, though that may prove difficult. In January, a Hong Kong Court ordered the liquidation of Oceanwide Holdings, and just last week, unpaid contractors on the project filed a petition in court to force a sale of the property.

The Cybertruck "has an uncanny mix of features that could make it an incredibly cost-effective militarized drone"

The Warzone:

it's Cybertruck's full 'steer-by-wire' capability that is arguably the most attractive feature in terms of turning it into a UGV. The vehicle has no mechanical linkages between the steering system and the driver's wheel. Driver inputs are interpreted by the computer and then sent to its four-wheel steering system


This is especially attractive for unmanned applications. Control inputs could be handled and applied without manipulating legacy mechanical steering systems that exist on every other production vehicle, allowing for seamless uncrewed integration. Commands would go right from the computer to the electrically driven steering system. 

And speaking of drones:

dramatic footage has come to light that shows Ukrainian FPV drone operators hunting for Russian armor inside a warehouse, exactly the kind of structure that one would think would conceal and thus protect assets from such attacks

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