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♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥ 

I dearly hope the spring has been a pleasant time for you all. There are so many ways to enjoy it from days in the park with the family, getting a start on that garden, and a somewhat sneezy, somewhat breezy commute to work while listening to a new podcast.

Take a long trip by car or sea, remember your keys, and sit back in the theater for sci-fi shenigans because I have a new list of shows in store to keep us blooming through the rest of spring until the summer starts.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love.

1. OAKPODCAST

An alternate reality game about a dispossessed spy sending distress calls to her former team. Help Holly survive homelessness and assassins by sending money or advice

Incoming transmission from OAKPODCAST, a new interactive medium created by the mad geniuses at Crossroad Stations. OAK is an excellent choice for listeners with a taste for personable and emotional tension all beautifully performed by lead Regan Adler.

If you’re enthralled by the drama of Rover Red, this show’s fondness for audience participation will be an instant fave for you. So study your morse code and listen closely. 

2. Lake Clarity

Five teens head up to Camp Clarity to celebrate their last summer together, but little do they know they’re about to stumble on dark secrets that surround the lake.

Get around the campfire and listen to Camp Clarity’s horror tale. On these grounds, there’s more to fear than mosquito bites as our leads Seth, Ally, Mike, Erin, and Brandon get wrapped up in the mystery of why their beloved camp shut down.

For those looking for a good old fashion summer story, Lake Clarity’s fondness for caves, concrete structures and chaotic forces of evil might be up your alley. So pack up and stay up late to follow them on their trail.

3. Big Data

What if someone stole the internet? This comedy caper takes 100% real concepts, like the seven keys to the internet, cyber police, relay calls, photocopier black boxes, 419 scams, and more, and turn it into an anthology of nerdy crime stories tied together by a global plan to end the internet. it’s a series of heists ranging from hijacking top secret military satellites, to stealing a dude’s pants.

Comic artist Ryan Estrada gives us Big Data, a crime-comedy spectacular dabbling into the absurdity of the internet. Based in part by real events and the inspiration of Estrada’s own imagination comes a fun and funny story for those looking for a good time and good case to keep you tuned in.

Be on the look out for multiple actors in the podcast scene known worldwide such as  Paul F. Tompkins, Felicia Day, Cecil Baldwin, and Lauren Shippen. Make a big deal about Big Data and get logged in today. 

4. The Theatre of Tomorrow  

A sentient ship stolen in the night! A private eye chases corruption on the moon! Hear an interview with a man from the afterlife! Anything you can imagine is on stage at The Theatre of Tomorrow!

The theatre is open and has plenty of stories to share for audio drama fans. In this collection of short stories covering sci-fi to mystery with just the right amount of laughs, the audience will be spoiled by excellent audio editing, acting, and a variety of formats and tales to unwind.

As far as recommendations go, Hadron Gospel Hour fans who love inspired and varied takes on multiple genres and homages to some of the best in the business will be quickly enamored. So take a seat and enjoy the show.

5. Neon Nights: The Arcane Files of Jack Tracer

Jack Tracer is a hard-boiled private eye out to solve the strange cases of Neon City, but under these bright lights, darkness looms.

Mystery with a supernatural twist! Be it the Man in Black or the House of Joy, this private eye has the wits and tools to crack any case and crack your boredom with story after story of suspense and drama.

Fans of The Penumbra who can’t get enough of Juno Steel’s adventures will easily fall in love with our caped caper catcher Jack Tracer. And if you’re just a fan of the noire aesthetic, Neon Nights has plenty of style to spare. 

6. Passage

150 years ago, the S.S. Cumberland disappeared in the Pacific Northwest. A lifeboat from the ship with four skeletons inside just mysteriously showed up in Marrow Passage. Reporter Daisy Bonham attempts to solve the mystery and find out what other secrets are lurking just below the surface.

It’s time to set sails with Passage, this cryptic tale into the deep secrets of the S.S. Cumberland and the reporter dedicated to cracking the case. With just the right amount of creepy with a touch of comedy, Throw’m In The Puget Productions has an interesting tale to spin.

If you like The Bridge and suddenly can’t get enough shows about seaside themed mysteries, but a touch more British, then Passage will eagerly let you aboard.

now, get to listening.

It was called warcasting.

If one of the sixty-three member races of the council wanted to legally wage war, their soldiers were obligated to wear a uniform designed by the council itself. While the overall form differed among species, one of the common elements was a camera tucked into the right side of the helmet. It recorded everything the soldier did for the entire conflict, and had served to decrease the occurrences of war crimes and had made documentation and archival of conflicts easy and painless, since it was all run through a unified system.

Unfortunately, the system had a single drawback; it was all run through old communication satellites, as launching an entirely new galaxy-wide system of military-grade satellites was deemed unnecessary and cost prohibitive, since local governments would have to pay for their construction and operation. These old satellites that the warcasts were beamed through were notoriously weak in terms of safeguards. Before long, hackers found their way into the system and were uploading the funniest, coolest, or goriest warcasts to the G-net. And it was this way that the Interstellar Marines of the United Colonial Federation got their awful reputation.

No one thought humans were outright stupid. Sure, there were stasticial outliers like in every other race, but as a whole, humans integrated pretty well into the galaxy. And their military was far from the worst in the galaxy, but due to a few tremendous screw-ups that made their way to the net, they were now the laughing stock of the galaxy; the Federated Fuck-Ups, as they were known.

A couple of the most well-known? Chief among them was a docking incident at a Council staging base, where a UCF Marine misjudged the distance between two ships and caused a domino effect as the next six ships in line slammed into one another. The vessels were out of action for two weeks for repairs. The other most publicized screw-up came from the frontlines of the Vok Incursion, where a crate of gynoids meant for civilian pleasure-seekers was mislabeled as combat androids. When the VTOL dropped that crate and out popped a bunch of naked metal men and women, it made for some rather amusing confusion.

Which is why when the Govyyk Invasion occurred, no one was really expecting a whole lot from the humans. Of course, other militaries knew they could count on humanity–fuck-ups happen all the time, it was simply unfortunate that hackers had chosen to single out the UCF–but the civilian population was always waiting for the next warcasted disaster, maybe set to Benny Hill music.

So it was with considerable surprise when the Govyyk Invasion reached its climax, and a warcast popped up depicting a lone UCF Marine squaring off against the four meter tall Govy leader. The Marine’s helmet had been knocked off; viewers could see his comrades lying on the deck, with he and the Govy squaring off in the background.

“I know your kind,” the Govy said, looking at the patch on the Marine’s arm. “The condenser is charging. In three minutes, the center of Council power will be a new black hole. Not even you can fuck this up for me.”

The Marine sneered and unsheathed the blade resting on his chest. “I’m a UCF Interstellar Marine,” he said. “It’s my goddamn job to fuck it up.”

And after two minutes and thirty-two seconds, with the knife plunged into the Govy’s throat and the body thrown into the condenser’s power turbine, the Marine upheld the reputation of the Federated Fuck-Ups, much to the relief of the galaxy.

Sprained Knee & Netflix

Rating: G

Fandom: The Flash

Pairing: E-2 Harrison Wells/Reader; Harrison Wells & Reader

Credit: Personal imagine

A/N: When I wrote this, I wasn’t sure how the relationship would play out but reading it over again, it could read as a slow burn scenario. The inspiration for this came from a scene in Leverage. 

Originally posted by sherrykinss

           Harrison looked up and frowned as he heard the tell-tale sounds of unwanted crutches clicking towards the Cortex. Sure enough, you were hobbling into the Cortex from the infirmary, having obviously made your escape from Caitlin’s watchful eyes. “I thought Snow had you on lock-down?” he asked as you let yourself fall into Cisco’s chair with a small whimper.

           “She went home hours ago and I needed to get out of there. Besides, it’s just a sprained knee,” you said idly, propping your bum leg on a stool and grabbing the nearest keyboard. Harrison looked down at the leg that been locked in a brace for over a week since the last metahuman attack left you injured.

           “You tore the ACL in that knee,” he reminded, remembering the panic he felt seeing you clutching your leg and fighting back tears.

           “Right, a sprain,” you retorted, narrowing your eyes at the computer screen. Harrison tossed his screwdriver aside and walked over to the computer station to yank the wireless keyboard from you. “Hey!”

           “Did you even take your pain pills?” he glared, holding the keyboard out of reach. You made to reach forward and grab it from him when your bum leg shifted. White hot daggers of pain stabbed on either side of your knee and you fell back into the seat with a softly hissed curse and a grimace. “I take that as a no as well. Do you ever listen to anyone about anything?”

           Still glaring at the keyboard he was keeping away from you, you instead grabbed the water bottle sitting next to you (pretty sure it was Harrison’s) and took a drink from it. “Can’t take anything that will slow me down,” you countered. “Gotta be sharp, on the quick, can’t get attached to anything I can’t walk away from in 30 seconds when I feel the heat coming around the corner.”

           An awkward silence followed as Harrison stared at you with an amused look. “Did…did you just quote Heat?” You pointedly ignored the slight blush coloring your cheeks.

           “I hacked into your Netflix queue and watched it three times.” You thought a moment. “No…four.” You looked back up to see him staring at you with a raised eyebrow. “Told you I was going stir-crazy.”

           “You think?” Setting the keyboard on the table, he rubbed his tired eyes from under his glasses and sighed. “You need to rest and let your leg heal, Y/N. You’re not Barry, you don’t have regenerative healing abilities. We can get by without you for the time being.”

           Your eyes fell to your lap and the stabilizing brace on your leg. “That’s what I’m afraid of,” you whispered, remembering the events that led up to your knee injury.

           “Now wait a minute, that’s not what I meant, Y/N,” Harrison stated. “Do you really think you’re not an important part of this team? Since you’ve been here, I’ve seen you reprogram the security systems of this lab, code a metahuman tracking program, and hack into government firewalls for vital information we need. Hell, I sat beside you on Earth-2 and watched you hack military satellites so we could nail down where Zoom’s lair was. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to find my daughter or Zoom. I don’t know what this team would do without you.” Cupping your face in his hands, he continued, “I don’t know what I would do without you.”

           You blushed brighter as you reached up and held his wrist. “I’m still going stir-crazy,” you added. Harrison smiled and nodded.

           “I’ll talk to Caitlin and see if she can’t lift the restrictions a bit. Meanwhile, since you’ve pilfered through my queue, think you can do the same to someone else’s queue?” You grinned at the mischievous smile on Harrison’s lips.

           “Hon, I could hack into the Queen of England’s Netflix queue,” you boasted, grabbing your crutches. Harrison shook his head, though the smile stayed as he helped you up without pain.

           “Rearranging Ramon’s will do just fine.”

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Hey y’all, comic update: Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Barrier are now available for download [here], on Gumroad. Pay what you want, or get ‘em for free!

Barrier is a comic about canine space pilots, communication, and the Cold War. Phase 1 is the first arc of five, in which a crew of barking dogs maneuvers a spaceship through a field of hostile military satellites. Phase 2 is the second arc of five, in which the crew must bypass a dangerous security obstacle on their way to Berlin.

Whenever I’m feeling down (like last week, when I realized my Girl Scout cookies had gone stale), I just pop in one of my favorite flicks, curl up in my Tardis Snuggie, and escape. No matter what I’m going through, someone’s always got it worst – like Luke finding out his dad is an intergalactic serial killer, Frodo walking barefoot across Middle Earth, and Indy being hunted down by Nazis. My boy Barry has been channeling Eeyore lately after the whole Zoom fiasco, so I thought it was time to reinstate Cinema Cisco and give him some perspective. Movie time, baby! 

I hooked up a prototype 4D ultra high-def television in Barry’s recovery room and downloaded Forrest Gump, Million Dollar Baby, and The Theory of Everything – you know, real heartfelt, motivational stuff about people overcoming the odds and showing the world who’s boss. I thought their triumphs would give Barry some hope and lift his spirits (my man Dr. Phil says a broken body can’t heal with a broken spirit!). Turns out that was a bad idea. Just as little Forrest was being fitted with those metal leg braces, Barry asked me to turn it off. Apparently, Cinema Cisco was only making Barry feel worse about his situation. Back to the drawing board! 

I stepped outside and hit up Joe. He said that when Barry was feeling low as a kid, they’d just go outside and shoot some hoops. Well, that definitely wasn’t happening, but it gave me an idea. For some reason, STAR Labs never sprung for the ESPN sports package, but I channeled my inner Luther Stickwell (Ethan Hunt would be nowhere without his baller skills) and was able to bounce the Central City Miners vs. Star City Thunder game off a nearby military satellite onto our screen. Toss in a couple pair of replica Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses and it was like we were sitting courtside! I’m sure the US government won’t mind – I mean, it was for a good cause. Ethical hacking at its finest, right? Plus, it did the trick! Barry’s mood lifted as he got sucked into the game and – believe it or not – he actually jumped up in triumph when the Miners scored a last-second free throw and won the game! Dr. Phil is a straight-up genius. Three points for Cisco! 

I fetched Professor Stein’s old cane (he hated that thing!) from storage and we got Barry to take a few baby steps across the cortex, me at one end and Caitlin at the other. It was slow going, but I blared the Chariots of Fire theme over the speakers and it totally worked. When he collapsed from exhaustion, there was a definite light in his eyes that reassured me Barry was on the mend. Just goes to show even superheroes need the love and support of their friends, amiright?

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DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, you know the guys that basically created the internet, are designing a new Spaceplane.


Darpa has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today—launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit. Success will depend upon significant advances in both technical capabilities and ground operations, but would revolutionize the Nation’s ability to recover from a catastrophic loss of military or commercial satellites, upon which the Nation today is critically dependent.

In its pursuit of aircraft-like operability, reliability, and cost-efficiency, DARPA and Boeing are planning to conduct a flight test demonstration of XS-1 technology, flying 10 times in 10 days, initially without an upper stage. If successful, the program could help enable a commercial service in the future that could operate with recurring costs of as little as $5 million or less per launch, including the cost of an expendable upper stage, assuming a recurring flight rate of at least ten flights per year—a small fraction of the cost of launch systems the U.S. military currently uses for similarly sized payloads. (Note that goal is for actual cost, not commercial price, which would be determined in part by market forces.)

anonymous asked:

What do you think would happen if earth was suddenly cut off from all artificial satellites (paranormal reasons)? I mean, nowadays what works thanks to artificial satellites?

  • No cable TV
  • No GPS
  • GPS is also important for time-keeping, so traffic lights all go to red in a few hours, computerized water treatment has to switch to manual, and the internet stops about fourteen hours later
  • No telephones (especially for international calls)
  • Large newspapers would be disrupted (because they share printing data over satellite communication)
  • No military drones
  • Soldiers, ships, and aircraft would be cut off from each other because many military forces use satellites to ensure secure communication
  • World leaders use it, too, so talking to someone across the globe would be difficult
  • Pilots lose contact with air traffic control
  • Container ships cannot contact each other or base
  • Worse weather reports 
  • Breakdown of food transport chains
  • Long term: No satellite data for crop health, no images or maps for rescue workers, no long term records of climate

I hope you want to start an apocalypse, because that’s where this is heading.

Sentence Starters: The Big Bang Theory Edition
  • "I don't like bugs okay? They freak me out."
  • "Why are you crying?"
  • "Our babies will be smart and beautiful."
  • "You're talking like a crazy person."
  • "You know, I saw this great thing on the Discovery Channel. Turns out if you kill a starfish it'll just come back to life."
  • "I am not crazy, my mother had me tested."
  • " What would you be if you were attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis?
  • "Sometimes your movements are so life like, I forget that you're not a real boy."
  • "I told you if you don't put him in his crate at night he just runs around the apartment."
  • "You call that a glow stick? This is a glow stick!"
  • "I said I'm her friend, not her gay friend."
  • "We're here to cheer up _____. Not kill Batman."
  • "If you don't leave now, she'll use food and guilt to keep you there the rest of your life."
  • "Why should I do something nice for you?"
  • "Oh...... crap that's terrifying."
  • " I never joke about math or sex."
  • " If it's "creepy" to use the Internet, military satellites, and robot aircraft to find a house full of gorgeous young models so I can drop in on them unexpected, then fine, I'm creepy."
  • "Okay, I'm getting mixed messages here."
  • "Insurance will replace your car, it won't defunk my junk"
  • "His only options here are to fake a heart attack or have a real one."
  • "I wonder what the non-pathetic people are doing tonight."
  • "And if you're not in the mood for coffee, I can always make you a Chai Tea-3PO."

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday by a surface-to-air missile, American officials have confirmed. The plane was traveling at about 30,000 feet, according to tracking information from a military spy satellite. The satellite was unable to detect where exactly the missile was fired.

Military and intelligence analysts are using mathematical formulas, high-speed computers and other sensors to try to pin down the missile’s point of origin. Other analysts will work with the Ukrainian authorities to recover and analyze pieces of the missile and the aircraft to help determine what kind of missile was fired, the officials said.

The plane — Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — crashed and burned in an eastern Ukraine wheat field near the Russian border, in an area roiled by fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. There were no known survivors. Ukrainian officials immediately called the crash an act of terrorism.

The furiously unfolding investigation centered on Ukrainian separatists or Russian troops as the missile operators. The Ukrainian authorities said they had intercepted communications that indicated separatist involvement. But the reason for the attack — whether it was a deliberate strike or a tragic accident — was unknown.

“What we still don’t know is what were they thinking,” one official said.

“This is truly a grave situation,” said Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. of the United States, speaking in Detroit. “It’s important we get to the bottom of this sooner than later because of the possible repercussions that can flow beyond from this, beyond the tragic loss of life.”

Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, called for an immediate investigation and asked the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, to send experts to assist. “I would like to note that we are calling this not an incident, not a catastrophe, but a terrorist act,” Mr. Poroshenko said.

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, said, “If it transpires that the plane was, indeed, shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”

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  ❝Barbara Gordon&Felicity Smoak parallels: 

Gordon is written as having a genius-level intellect and naturally possessing a photographic memory. Prior to the character’s career as a vigilante, Barbara Gordon developed many technological skills, including vast knowledge of computers and electronics, expert skills as a hacker, and graduate training in library sciences. She is a skilled hacker, capable of retrieving and dispersing information from private satellites, military installations, government files, and the properties of Lex Luthor […] While Oracle serves as the basic head of operations, Black Canary becomes her full-time employee and field agent.

Felicity is an intelligent, ambitious, hard-working and tech-savvy woman who is highly confident in her computer skills. Though she doesn’t go looking for trouble, she is also not one to back away from danger. Felicity is an intellectual whizkid, as evidenced by the crucial role she plays in The Arrow’s team, as well as her enviable skillset in tasks such as information retrieval, computer software and technology and the creation of customized gadgets, among other things. As a member of Queen Consolidated’s I.T. department, Felicity has proven herself to be a highly skilled computer expert. She was able to recover valuable information, such as the blueprints of the exchange building where the Unidac Industries auction was being held, from Floyd Lawton’s damaged laptop, despite the fact that it had sustained bullet holes. Felicity is a highly-skilled computer hacker, capable of hacking into any computer system, which makes her a valuable asset to The Arrow’s team.

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The Atlas family of rockets debuted in 1957 with the SM-65 as an ICBM, before evolving into a vehicle to launch satellite payloads into orbit. In 1958, an Atlas booster would launch the first communications satellite, SCORE, which would broadcast President Eisenhower’s Christmas message calling for peace and goodwill around the world. As well, SCORE also signaled the United States ability to launch payloads into orbit, peaceful or otherwise, a message to a the Soviet Union after their successful launches of Sputniks 1 and 2.

In the early 1960s, the Atlas booster, with it’s heavier lift capability, would be during NASA’s Project Mercury used to place astronauts into orbit. A task the previously used Mercury-Redstone was not capable of.

After several iterations and evolutions, the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle known as the Atlas V would go on to become one of the United States most successful expendable launch vehicles, used in everything from civilian payloads and planetary exploration probes to launching classified government and military satellites. The Atlas V is expected to continue service until replaced by the proposed Vulcan series in 2019.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense has released footage of Monday’s Rokot launch, which deployed three civilian communication satellites and a classified payload. Launch occurred at 9:48 AM EDT from Launch Site 133 at the Plestek Cosmodrome, 550 miles north of Moscow.

The three Gonets-M satellites were deployed two hours after launch, marking the 21, 22 and 23 members of the Gonets constellation to achieve orbit.  Kosmos 2499, a classified military satellite riding piggyback, also rode into orbit, although the Defense ministry did not release any further information.

Rokot is based off the SS-19 Stiletto ICBM used during the latter years of the Cold War. During the mid-1990′s, decommissioned SS-19′s were modified for commercial launch purposes. The addition of a Briz-KM third stage allows Rokot to launch payloads into Earth orbit.

This was the 24th orbital flight of the launcher, which will be decommissioned in 2016.

“I Feel Love”

A fateful meeting brings Felicity Smoak, an Empath, into the life of Oliver Queen.

AU eventual Olicity. Rated M for violence and language.

Flashbacks will be made bold and italicized.

Previous Chapters can be found HERE and on AO3 and FF

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Chapter 7

The soft murmurs of conversation and the clinking of glassware floated around the restaurant.  Oliver walked in looking across the length of the room for the two people who meant the world to him. His mother and his … father. He was so grateful to be able to say that, Father. He took a deep breath as he walked towards them and prepared himself for their inevitable questions. His mother was always hoping to hear that he was dating or had met someone special.  His feet faltered as an image of eyeglasses and a blonde ponytail flashed through his mind.  You best not go there, Oliver reminded himself, she’s your doctor.

His parents sat in a cozy corner of the restaurant, heads close together, relaxed in their love for one another. Oliver had always admired his parents relationship. The trust and friendship they shared. He wanted that someday. He slowed down as he realized he was actually thinking of a future.  Maybe there was hope for him.

As he got closer to their table he caught the eye of his father’s bodyguard, John Diggle, who stood inconspicuously off to the back of the dining room.  Dig, as Oliver had called him from his first day at work with the Queen family, would always be family to Oliver.  His primary job was watching his parents, but the entire Queen family was kept under his umbrella of care and protection.  Dig’s quiet nature allowed him to blend in even with his tall, strong stature. He was an imposing figure, yet Oliver knew he could be gentle enough to sit with the youngest Queen, his sister Thea, when she woke, scared from a nightmare.

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