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Cosmo last won the day on September 8 2020

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  1. Hi everyone, I've been head-down for a while learning some things and planning out some features. Now that I have the knowledge to execute some things I've been wanting to do (for a long time at this point), it's time to start making those changes. I began outlining some of what I have planned on the Curious Cosmos Devlog, but here's what's changing with TTI: First, we're archiving these forums and starting fresh. These forums, the one you're reading now, will remain here at https://archive.timetravelinstitute.com for as long as I own the site. This place will continue to function the way it is now until the end of the year. Feel free to make threads, make posts, use private messages, whatever you like. At the end of the year, we'll officially say goodbye to the old forums and set everything to read-only. I currently have new registrations disabled, and no new topics will be allowed in the Paranormal or I'm a Time Traveler forums. In the meantime, the new forums are ready to go at https://bbs.timetravelinstitute.com. This is a clean slate, and there are a LOT of little things about the new software that I think will make TTI a more interesting place. I won't dive into those details, but try it yourself and see what it's like. If you get stuck or confused, I'm happy to help via PM. We will not be converting these forums. I have other intentions with this place that I'll discuss another time. I'm doing this for a few reasons. First, I'm tired of traditional forum software. There are more interesting alternatives out there, and I don't think we need to mangle a 22 year old database in order to try something new. Second, I think we could use a fresh start. Not because of any one thing in particular, but I do generally feel that the "traditional" forum setup has run its course. At least for TTI. I will be maintaining a more regular and active presence here and on Curious Cosmos. That'll be a mix between feature development, livestreams and just communicating with you all much more in general. The Curious Cosmos forums are also restarting, and will us Discourse too. TTI will ONLY contain time travel/chronology discussion, so head to https://bbs.curiouscosmos.com for everything else 🙂 There's a lot of other things moving, but I'll talk about those when I have something to show. Hope to see you all on the new forums 👍
  2. Gave it a shot last night and we played some Portal and Journeyman Project. The setup needs a little work but we got it going and had some fun 🙂 I'll do this randomly throughout the week to keep getting the hang of it and then we'll make it a more regularly scheduled thing.
  3. Happy birthday to your son! Saw a couple photos on FB; hope you guys have a lot of fun 🙂 Been working out my setup; first several streams will probably be totally lame (this is something that takes practice), so you're not missing anything yet. Tonight my kids and I are going to play a couple random games and then I'll settle in on Journeyman Project 2 for a good while. I'll post the stream here when we start, but again, we're learning how to do this so I'm not expecting anyone to even yet 😉
  4. Gonna try to stream something this weekend. Will post a link and whatnot; feel free to stop by.
  5. Forgot about this thread. Thank-you Gamer for bringing this back to the light. 🙂 Seems that there is a issue with the definition of "infinity" verses " eternal". I figure that "infinity" refers to a physical definition , and "eternity" refers to a measure of time. in the YouTube video linked , an astronaut is running on a ring around a planet. First thing is setting of parameters of the scenario. That the astronaut is indeed running a'top a 'ring' that is circular in shape. That the astronaut will be running along the top of the ring forever. IF the astronaut had a starting point, then from his perspective, is the ring really infinite, if asked how many times he has passed a starting point? IF the astronaut is doomed to run a'top the ring forever, he is running on it 'not' infinitely, but, eternally. Run AstroMan Run
  6. My kids and I built a new gaming PC and I thought it'd be interesting to try and host some time travel-related watch parties or game streaming. Would anyone be interested in dropping in if we did something like that on a regular basis? If you aren't sure what a watch party is, it's basically a Twitch stream where the "game" is a movie from Amazon Prime. If you have an account too, we can watch it together and talk about it in chat. We have quite a large backlog of time travel games; playing something like ChronoTrigger or Journeyman Project together and talking about whatever comes up could be fun. If you're interested, let me know what days and timespans work well for you. I've got to work with my own schedule here on the west coast, but I'll try to do it when others will likely have time to hang out.
  7. Cosmo

    I need to find Pam.

    She has an account here; register and send a message. See if she replies.
  8. The Chronovisor is the closest thing that I know of: https://allthatsinteresting.com/chronovisor Whether it has any basis in reality or not is up to the viewer (heh), but it's interesting regardless. There's also a movie called Time Lapse that has a camera like this. I enjoyed it 🙂 It's fictional, of course, but it explores some interesting questions about that sort of scenario: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/time_lapse_2015
  9. Moved to the appropriate category. TTI is here and I have no plans to take it down. 2021 is a different environment for niche forums, and you all are welcome to provide suggestions on what you'd like to see. I'm happy to consider anything that sounds like interesting or challenging functionality. As far as new posts go though, that's sort of up to you guys 😉 I've been working on a programming project for Curious Cosmos the last couple months and that's finally beginning to pay off. I'll be around a little more, but I'm not the one who makes this place interesting. All of you are. That's why this place exists - We are ripe with potential.
  10. Several stray dogs with bright blue fur were recently found roaming near a derelict factory in Dzerzhinsk, Russia.
  11. In search of otherworldly sights? Just find the right icy pond. On certain days during Boston’s long winter, residents can glimpse the stars by looking down. On the dove-colored surfaces of frozen ponds or lakes, shapes appear, rounded in the center with spiky arms stretching outward. The water, a scramble of gray and white, seems to mirror a star-pricked sky. Instead of appearing brighter than their surroundings, as their spacefaring counterparts do, these shapes are darker, showcasing the deep blue below. The moody wells and meandering branches might evoke a tie-dyed shirt or a squashed spider, legs akimbo. (Or, if your mind’s eye gazes inward, maybe the forking dendrites of a nerve.) Scientists have dubbed these shapes “lake stars,” and they speckle frozen water from Boston to Boulder, Chicago to Sweden. The celestial cast we meet on cloudless nights begins in dust. Those stars grow under immense pressure, in hot, collapsing clouds. Lake stars also grow under particular conditions: Temperature and precipitation have to be right. Lake stars are born when warm water wells up from beneath a thin layer of ice, covered with a just-thick-enough coating of snow and slush. It’s a meteorological Goldilocks situation. “If the initial ice is not thin enough, the warm water from below has difficulty seeping through. If the snow layer is not thick enough, then the water seepage doesn’t occur,” says Victor Tsai, a geophysicist at Brown University and coauthor, with Yale physicist John Wettlaufer, of a 2007 paper conveniently titled “Star patterns on lake ice.” The perfect lake star porridge is a short-but-mighty cold snap that freezes ice an inch or two thick, followed by warmer days that bump the ice temperature above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, “allowing it to become leaky,” National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Charles Knight wrote in a 1999 edition of the magazine Weatherwise. “Finally,” Knight continued, “in this ideal scenario, a cold front goes by, dropping several inches of snow.” The initial central hole could be formed by any number of things—a rock or branch splashing into the water, for instance, or the antics of an animal. Some appear at regular intervals. In the 1980s, other researchers, including Kristina Katsaros, then an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington, speculated that the stars were a product of convection in the water, in which temperature differences cause water layers to shift, with warm water gathering near the surface and cool, dense water descending. Tsai and Wettlaufer didn’t dive into the origin of the circles in their 2007 paper, but they laid out a mathematical model to describe the formation of the reaching arms. Tsai and Wettlaufer then took their model for a spin in the lab, by dribbling water with a temperature of 1 degree Celsius (just above freezing) though a thin layer of slush spread atop a circular plate held just below freezing. They found that the number of tendrils reaching out from the center was typically between five and eight (but out in the wild, slushy yonder, results may vary). Studded with pockets of air, snow has pores through which water can wander. “If one location has a little bit more water flow than another, it tends to melt faster,” Tsai says. “This is the fundamental reason why the fingers form.” The reason that the spots don’t sprout zillions of fingers is that “heat likes to distribute itself evenly in space,” Tsai adds. “If one region is a little warmer than another, over time the temperatures tend to even out.” The flow promotes the fingers fanning out from the center, and the heat distribution curtails the zigs and zags. Wettlaufer says that, more than a decade after their paper came out, hole formation remains a little murky. Getting clarity on those mechanics might require a scalable lab experiment, he says. “Or someone really needs to set up an array of cameras or fly a drone systematically over an actual lake.” Meanwhile, as scientists continue to probe the celestial realm and rove alien worlds, lake stars remain one of winter’s loveliest mysteries here at home. View the full article
  12. An odd moment during a French newscast appears to show a UFO zip through the sky behind a correspondent who is stationed in Moscow. Anyone know what this might have been?
  13. To the relief of scientists at NASA and the delight of space enthusiasts around the world, the space agency's Perseverance Rover has successfully touched down on Mars. View the full article
  14. A Florida fisherman could not believe his eyes when he reeled in a catch and saw that it sported a mouthful of human-like teeth. View the full article
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