Monthly Archives: May 2017

Next level of editing audio

Via KurzweilAI:

Imagine you are in post-production of a podcast. As in this video, the speaker says:

“We leave the eventuality to time and law.”

You can edit that — in text — to this:

“We leave the eventuality to time and belief.”

It plays it back in audio, mimicking the speaker’s voice for the changes.

You might then point out that some words may need to sound different, depending on the circumstances. They’ve got that covered.

This is astounding, but not surprising, given where we’re at.

Expect hijinks in the 2020 campaign by nearly anyone with a computer and a YouTube account. With luck, we’ll have gotten used to this by then.

In a side issue, some jobs in TV and film production may take a hit.

Podkayne of Mars

Christopher Nuttall reviews Robert A. Heinlein’s Podkayne Of Mars. He goes into the story behind the story, where the original publisher required that Heinlein revise the ending. Baen later included both endings in its reprint. (Do read the review: There’s a lot more to it.)

I’ve read most of Heinlein’s works, and probably all of his short stories. I know this book to be in one of the few gaps. I will need to revisit Heinlein at some point. After reading this review, I expect to start with this one.

Nice cars finish last

From 1944:

Grin and Bear It — Feb 15, 1944*

Civilian car production stopped within two months after December 7, 1941. But this joke works even better today with self-driving cars on the horizon.

John C. Dvorak writes that self-driving cars will be too polite. They’ll be programmed to obey the rules while pedestrians and regular drivers will take advantage. It’ll be like an American driving in Sicily, not really understanding the nuances. Dvorak doesn’t say this, but I could imagine somebody hacking an aggressiveness into their own computer.

But maybe not: These cars will also be recording everything. Memory storage will be cheap. They might very well call the cops automatically.

* There was once a time when it was permissible to make fun of women drivers. Nowadays, they can only make fun of men drivers.

Two Eras

Via Rand Simberg (from whom I snagged this title) and StrategyPage, a USAF F-22 Raptor flying beside a restored P-51 Mustang painted in Tuskegee Airmen colors:

USAF F-22 Raptor aircraft assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base flies in formation with a WWII-era P-51 Mustang, April 22, 2017 over Panama City Beach, Fla. The aircraft flew in support of the opening ceremony of the Gulf Coast Salute Airshow at Tyndall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Couillard)

If you’re expecting the P-51 to have a bubble canopy, this was the original design. Glass-making needed more improvement before they could have shapes that were still distortion-free. They added the bubble canopy with the P-51D.

The F-22 is actually further back than it appears. It’s about twice the length of the P-51.

Notice the golden tint in the F-22’s canopy. While this is similar to the EA-6 Prowler’s gold canopy, which protects its crew from electromagnetic waves, here it also adds to the F-22’s stealth by scattering any radar reflection.

Rimworld: Into the Green


With Glenn Reynolds giving me that much-needed plug, it’s a great time for me to turn around and give one to OldNFO Jim Curtis’s new book: Rimworld: Into the Green, which he announced earlier today.

This is far future military science fiction by a fellow member of the P-3 community. It’s not his first book. An earlier novelette in the series, Rimworld: Stranded, is available here, although I don’t yet know that the reading order matters in this one. His other earlier works are in the adventure genre. He’s been around, knows his stuff, and it shows.

Addendum: The novelette Rimworld: Stranded will be free through Saturday.

Instapundit book plug!

Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for an unexpected book plug! I saw that he wrote last week about going back over some of his earlier finds. I honestly didn’t dare hope that mine would be one of them.

Yes, I realize that I am very late in putting out another sequel. There are reasons for this, but not very good ones. I’ll explain this better one day. For now, I’ll just say I am very sorry.

And I should say that The Time Bridge At Orion was never meant to be THE sequel. It was partly an experiment in how to do a battle scene in space. But at the same time, I didn’t want to mess up the events that need to happen for the actual sequel. That is why Time Bridge was set entirely in space.

The upcoming book will absolutely be ready this year — and I don’t mean next Winter. I have a date in mind but won’t announce it because that would jinx it. It takes up where Time Bridge left off. You will see WWII in its end, and then a future Reich. The same characters will be back to deal with the mess. This will include some things that actually happened in history, but which look differently without a victory behind us.