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House Qorgyle Lords of Sandstone, Sworn to Martell

Qorgyle is a noble house from western Dorne, their arms are display three black scorpions over red. Originally the Qorgyles were adventuring Andals who settled in the deep dunes and sands of Dorne. During Nymeria’s War the Qorgyles supported House Yronwood against House Nymeros Martell. Lord Commander Qorgyle was the predecessor of Lord Jeor Mormont as commander of the Night’s Watch. Prince Oberyn Martell was fostered at Sandstone as a child. Lord Quentyn Qorgyle is the current Lord of Sandstone.

I keep seeing this on Facebook and it really bugs me. It seems like we’ve done too good a job of explaining that the light from the stars takes a long time to get here, so we’re seeing them in the past, and now people seem to think all the stars are dead and we’re floating alone in the universe.

Space is big, really big, but it’s not that big.

The stars you can see with the naked eye are all in our galaxy (you can just make out the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye on a clear night in a dark sky area, but it looks like a feint smudge, not a star).

Our galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter. We’re located out here on the western spiral arm, so the light that we’re seeing from the stars at night has been travelling for no more than 100,000 years.

The light from our nearest star (other than the Sun), Proxima Centauri, has to travel for just 4.24 years to reach us. The light from Betelgeuse travels for 642.5 years to get here. Polaris is just 433.8 light years away. Sirius is a mere 8.611 light years away. Rigel is 772.9 light years away. Aldebaran is 65.23 light years away.

So, as you see, the stars we’re most familiar with are less than a thousand light years away, and many are less than a hundred light years away…or even less than ten light years away!

Even the light from our nearest galactic neighbour, the Andromeda Galaxy, doesn’t take a few million years to get here…it’s only two and half million light years away.

But what of the suggestion that the stars in the night sky are all long dead? Well, that depends on how long a star lives. Stars live different lengths of time, depending on how big they are. A star like our sun lives for about 10 billion years, while a star which weighs twenty times as much lives only 10 million years, about a thousandth as long.

As our galaxy is only 100,000 light years in diameter you can be pretty sure that all the stars that you can see in the night sky are still there. Even the stars in the Andromeda Galaxy probably haven’t died in the time since the light they emit left and it arrived here. Yes, some will have died in that time, but the vast majority are still there.

So, in conclusion, light travels REALLY fast and stars live a REALLY long time, so the stars you can see at night are not dead.


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Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster Gets Japanese Release Date, Screenshots, Cheerleader and “Mercs” Costumes

Today Capcom announced that the digital version of the upcoming Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster is going to be released in Japan on January 21st, 2016.

Japanese pre-orders are also now open, with a bonus including a T-shirt for Rebecca and a theme for the PS4 and PS3 versions.

On top of this, the sequence of weird costumes continues, with a “cheerleader” costume for Rebecca. On the other hand Billy goes with a different kind of sexy, sporting a costume from the classic Capcom game Mercs(Senjo no Okami II) released in 1991 for Arcade, Commodore Amiga, Sega Master System and Mega Drive.

At the moment the western arms of Capcom did not announce if the release date is valid for North America and Europe (at least for the downloadable version, while the Origins Collection will come on January 19th), but we’ll keep you updated if they do.


THIS. GAME.  Huge influence on me.  Do many people know of Wild Arms?

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
—  A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams