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World building is the best part of writing,” Andy Weir tells me. The software engineer turned writer is getting his practice in. In his 2011 novel The Martian, he built a Mars base, complete with carefully calculated Earth-Mars rocket schedules and chemistry-hacked potato farming. It was made into a 2015 hit movie grossing over $600 million (“I live in a bigger house now,” he tells me).

We get to see Weir’s newest creation this month with the release of his new novel, Artemis. The action is set on a lunar city in the not-too-distant future, which Weir calculated as much as imagined. He estimated the cost of reaching the moon from Earth by assuming a future commercial launch industry that will reach the efficiencies of today’s airlines, then combining those numbers with an obscure and complex Earth-moon orbit called the Uphoff-Crouch Cycler. He wrote a 10-page economic analysis constructing the future lunar economy, whose currency, the slug, is based on the cost of transporting one gram from the Earth. He referenced modern-day nuclear power plant designs in determining the base’s energy production and consumption budget.

“The total time that passed by while I was working on Artemis, just the city,…Read More…

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IFTTT  Andy  Weir  Visits  the  Moon  -  Issue  54:  Unspoken 
november 2017 by davidmarsden
Snapdragon 835-powered Motorola handset visits Geekbench
A Motorola Android smartphone powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset has appeared on the Geekbench benchmark database. What is strange however, is that the device carries the model number XT1650, which actually belongs to the Moto Z. While it is possible that the device caught on Geekbench could be a Moto Z (2017)...

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Snapdragon  835-powered  Motorola  handset  visits  Geekbench 
january 2017 by vrzone
ADI: Consumer Engagement With Brand Websites Down In 2015
Adobe Digital Index’s (ADI) new “Best Of The Best” report unearthed some concerning findings for marketers in all industries: Consumers visited brand websites less frequently in 2015, and those visits were typically shorter. - Read more at:
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august 2016 by markhgn
HTC’s Nexus ‘Marlin’ visits AnTuTu with a Quad HD display & Snapdragon 820 SoC
After the ‘Sailfish’, ‘Marlin’ has made an appearance on the AnTuTu benchmark database. The benchmark listing reveals no surprises, with the only key difference between the Sailfish and Marlin being the display resolution as well as size. While Sailfish will sport a 5-inch 1080p resolution display, the bigger ‘Marlin’ will arrive with a 5.5-inch 1440...

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HTC’s  Nexus  ‘Marlin’  visits  AnTuTu  with  a  Quad  HD  display  &  Snapdragon  820  SoC 
august 2016 by vrzone
Galaxy Note 7 visits Geekbench once again, this time with Snapdragon 820 inside
After the Exynos 8893-powered variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Snapdragon 820-powered variant of the phablet has also showed up on the Geekbench database. The Snapdragon 820-powered variant caught on Geekbench carries the model number SM-N930R6, which is going to be a Cellcom version of the Galaxy Note 7. The Geekbench listing reveals...

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Galaxy  Note  7  visits  Geekbench  once  again  this  time  with  Snapdragon  820  inside 
july 2016 by vrzone
Huawei Honor 8 visits TENAA, spec-sheet revealed
Huawei’s next Honor smartphone has been certified by TENAA ahead of its formal unveiling next month. The images uploaded by the Chinese telecommunications regulatory agency reveal an attractive design with a metal frame in the middle and glass on both sides. The hardware inside seems to be quite impressive as well. According to the TENAA...

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june 2016 by vrzone

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