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How Time Travel Works
From millennium-skipping Victorians to phone booth-hopping teenagers, the term time travel often summons our most fantastic visions of what it means to move through the fourth dimension. But of course you don’t need a time machine or a fancy wormhole to jaunt through the years.

As you’ve probably noticed, we’re all constantly engaged in the act of time travel. At its most basic level, time is the rate of change in the universe — and like it or not, we are constantly undergoing change. We age, the planets move around the sun, and things fall apart.

We measure the passage of time in seconds, minutes, hours and years, but this doesn’t mean time flows at a constant rate. Just as the water in a river rushes or slows depending on the size of the channel, time flows at different rates in different places. In other words, time is relative.

But what causes this fluctuation along our one-way trek from the cradle to the grave? It all comes down to the relationship between time and space. Human beings frolic about in the three spatial dimensions of length, width and depth. Time joins the party as that most crucial fourth dimension. Time can’t exist without space, and space can’t exist without time. The two exist as one: the space-time continuum. Any event that occurs in the universe has to involve both space and time.
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Happy New Year
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS. May the new year bring you a lot of joy, fun and happy moments.
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Top 25 Christmas Movies
There are a lot of Christmas movies out there. Some are good, some are not. These are the top 25 Christmas movies according to IMDB.
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Space probe approaches mysterious celestial body
- This is what exploration is all about, says Nasa researcher Alan Stern, who is responsible for the project, to Business Insider.

New Horizons will take several hundred photographs of Ultima Thule at the passage in order for the researchers to be able to study its geography and surface.

When the nuclear-powered space probe began its journey in 2006, the mission was to study Pluto, 500 million miles from the earth. Nasa then did not know Ultima Thule's existence. Only in 2014 could the celestial body, located 160 million miles beyond Pluto, be documented via the Hubble telescope.

Early history of the solar system

After exploring Pluto in 2015, New Horizons has continued in the unknown.

- If we knew what to expect, we would never have gone to Ultima Thule. It's an object we've never encountered before, says Alan Stern to Business Insider.

Both Pluto and Ultima Thule are in the so-called Kuiper belt - which consists of millions of frozen objects in orbit around the sun beyond Neptune. It is a cold part on the edge of the solar system.

According to the researchers, the Kuiper Belt hides secrets about the solar system's early history. It is hoped that Ultima Thule will reveal something about how planets such as the Earth were formed.

Nasa describes Ultima Thule as a seed, or a building block, to a planet that has not developed further.

Like a time capsule

Alan Stern is similar to the celestial body at a 4.5 billion-year-old time capsule.

- It's like when someone first opened and went into Pharaoh's tomb and discovered a 1,000-year-old culture. The difference is that this is about exploring the beginning of the solar system, he says to Business Insider.

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Blizzard Creates Official Catalog Of Overwatch Pros Who Break The Rules
We know who’s been naughty now, thanks to Blizzard’s new website outing Overwatch pros for violating the Overwatch League’s rules and code of conduct.

The Overwatch League’s “discipline tracker” is a public list of players who broke league rules, such as by boosting other people’s accounts or being toxic. Next to their infractions, Blizzard lists the punishment due to them. Today is the tracker’s first day online and, already, seven pros have received suspensions or fines before the next season has even started:

The Overwatch League previously released single posts when a player had done something bad. Now, there’s an official catalogue of evil deeds!

Blizzard’s post introducing the tracker reads:

This isn’t totally outlandish for sports—both the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) detail participant suspensions for doping and the like. But in esports, which is still on its path toward mainstream legitimacy, Blizzard’s list seems ahead of its time.

Gaming in front of a huge audience might be many pros’ first job. A lot of them were grinding out their skill rating in LAN cafes and their parents’ houses before they made it big. The responsibility to behave on par with their level of fame may be hard for pros to metabolize at first—but, hey, nothing like a little public shaming to put them in the mindset.


- Source: Kotaku via Cecilia D'Anastasio
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NASA Astronauts Posters
So, it turns out that NASA takes group photos of their astronauts before they go on a mission. Some astronauts got tired of the regular photos and decided to make them into movie posters, and they are awesome. Take a look below and tell us which one you like best.
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Fortnite Creators sued for Floss Dance
The creators behind the popular game “Fortnite” have been sued because they used the so-called floss dance in the game.

“Fortnite” has been sued by floss dance creator, 16-year-old Russell Horning, more famous as The Backpack Kid, who claims that the developer Epic Games have been guilty of copyright infringement when using the dance in Fortnite.

The floss dance, alleged to have been invented by Russell Horning, has been a phenomenon primarily on the internet since 2016.

Horning has also sued 2K Sports developers Interactive Two-Take Interactive.

Even the actor Alfonso Ribeiro has sued the companies for using his so-called Carlton dance from the television series “Fresh Prince in Bel Air”. The same is true of the rapper 2 Milly whose dance Milly rock is used in “Fortnite”.

Do they have a case?

Epic has told multiple outlets it does not plan to comment publicly on the suits while they’re ongoing, but it seems unlikely that they will claim otherwise

Instead, Epic may try to claim that the dances are not distinctive enough to be worthy of copyright protection. It is possible to copyright dance choreography, but the U.S. Copyright office specifically states that “commonplace movement and gestures” cannot be copyrighted. That includes specific short dances like “the YMCA,” because it’s just people making shapes with their arms. According to a legal expert who spoke to Variety, Epic may also claim that the dances in Fortnite are part of a larger procedure that goes beyond “doing the dance.”
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Overwatch patch notes v1.28: new Busan map, Hero Gallery filter, Earthshatter fixes
The latest version of Overwatch is taking shape on the PTR and available for testing. Highlights so far include a new map – Busan in South Korea – a new way to search for cosmetics in the Hero Gallery, and some long-awaited TLC for Reinhardt’s ult, Earthshatter.

Changes elsewhere are pretty minor. Birgitte’s shield bash now knocks down and gets knocked down by other charging targets (such as Reinhardt), and you should find you’re able to more precisely tune the relative aim sensitivity while zoomed as snipers Ana and Widowmaker. Scintillating stuff. Naturally, there’s the customary cavalcade of bug fixes, though one is somewhat more significant than normal: the ‘fix’ to Roadhog’s damage calculation may, in practice, prove to be a nerf of some substance.
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Overwatch patch notes v1.28: new Busan map, Hero Gallery filter, Earthshatter fixes
The latest version of Overwatch is taking shape on the PTR and available for testing. Highlights so far include a new map – Busan in South Korea – a new way to search for cosmetics in the Hero Gallery, and some long-awaited TLC for Reinhardt’s ult, Earthshatter.

Changes elsewhere are pretty minor. Birgitte’s shield bash now knocks down and gets knocked down by other charging targets (such as Reinhardt), and you should find you’re able to more precisely tune the relative aim sensitivity while zoomed as snipers Ana and Widowmaker. Scintillating stuff. Naturally, there’s the customary cavalcade of bug fixes, though one is somewhat more significant than normal: the ‘fix’ to Roadhog’s damage calculation may, in practice, prove to be a nerf of some substance.
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Where did you end up?
Soo, season 11 is over. How did you rank? Leave a comment if you ranked lower or higher than your initial placement.
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Zoo Tycoon
Start building & managing your zoo right from the start -- plan out your exhibits and design a layout

Do your very best to please customers and the animals

Inhabit your zoo with the right animals to draw in the big crowds

Over 200 animals to exhibit, plus all kinds of new & interesting plant life to help make your zoo more exotic

Manage your zoo wisely -- meet the needs of both the people and the animals without losing all your money

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulation video game putting the player in control of their own fictional zoo business. The gameplay formula introduced in the original Zoo Tycoon in 2001 received updates throughout the series, but its theme and main motifs remain unchanged: Players must build, expand, and/or upgrade a zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff and resources for animal maintenance and care. As the ultimate goal of the game is revenue, players must also provide for visitors by building food/drink stands, sanitary facilities, picnic areas, and an aesthetically pleasing environment. Higher revenue is generated by keeping both animals and visitors happy. If the animals are released from their enclosure, they can kill the visitors.

Zoo Tycoon features three modes: Scenario, Challenge, and Freestyle. The Scenario mode puts players in control of a preset scenario in which they have to accomplish multiple objectives within a time period. New items are unlocked as the scenario progresses. The Challenge mode, first introduced in Zoo Tycoon 2, resembles the Scenario mode in that the player is in a preset scenario with limited funds and must accomplish certain goals. It differs in that this mode is not progressive. The Freestyle mode differs in each game, but usually leaves the player free to build a zoo from scratch however they see it.
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In 1990, Maxis made the first and legendary Simcity, a city construction simulator. Starting in 1900, no buildings exists and you have to create road, create industrial and residential zones, school, police stations and much more to make you city grow.

Sometime you have to face natural disasters like a twister or a flood. In the free mode no goal is set, so the victory or the defeat does not exist.

You may also play a scenario where you have a limited number of year to change the city. Several problems exist : high criminality, traffic jams, nuclear disaster or very high unemployment.

The game was a big it and a lot of Sim games followed later on, though the second opus, sim city 2000, is seen as one of the best.

Addon 1

Ancient Cities - SimCity Graphics Set 1: Ancient Cities

Addon 2

Future Cities - SimCity Graphics Set 2 Future Cities

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Here is the video game “Liero”! Released in 1999 on DOS, it's still available and playable with some tinkering. It's an action game, set in an arcade, real-time, shooter and tank themes and it was released on Windows as well.

You may also play Liero 1.36 or lierolibre ; these version are perfect clones of the DOS version, working on modern computers.
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Grand Theft Auto 2
Grand Theft Auto is back. The cars are faster. The streets are busier. The bad guys are nastier. The police are angrier. And now, the FBI and the Army are getting involved...
Seven ruthless gangs are involved in a ruthless power struggle and it is up to you to make a name for yourself.
Respect is earned, not given.
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It’s undeniable that Myst has both in equal measure, as it’s better to describe it all as an experience than a game. You start off Myst completely clueless, with nothing but a note from Artrus and his wife Catherine guiding you. This note leads you to a hidden chamber next to the dock, where you discover another secret message. The story slowly unfolds, through Artrus’ writings you learn about the man and his creation of the Ages. Artrus suspects that one of his sons is destroying the books, and so he imprisons both of them.

You find the books in the library and, assuming you’ve got Quicktime working correctly, find a video message from each son proclaiming his innocence, but whom do you believe? There are also missing pages scattered throughout the Ages which you have to retrieve, and all manner of puzzles to solve. In one Age, for example, you have to guide water through pipes to trigger a series of switches. As in previous games made by the Millers, Myst isn’t completely linear. You get a feeling of exploration as you’re snooping around the place, and you can even travel through various Ages before you decide which puzzle you want to tackle.

Myst was truly ambitious and highly successful for many reasons. First it was one of the first games that shipped exclusively for CD-ROMs, a risky but in the long run rewarding undertaking. The best-selling CD-ROM of its time, it lead the way for an army of copycats to follow the same route – the infamous Myst clones, which were so numerous that they fielded their own gaming category. The game was released on almost every console that had the memory to run it, popularizing point and click adventures like never before.
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Magic and Mayhem
Magic and Mayhem comes from Mythos, the guys famous for the creation of X-Com. A game that combines elements of role-playing with strategy, action and puzzles, Magic and Mayhem almost succeeds in creating a new category. Set in a world ripe with magic and mythology, you play a young mage, Cornelius, who seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his mentor. The result is adventures that will span three islands, which will uncover new mysteries and make new friends, and force you to face a multitude of challenges, puzzles and enemies.
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Blood II: The Chosen + Expansion
Yes, you can kill with Voodoo dolls in Blood 2

Hellbent on being ultra-violent and generally disagreeable, Blood 2 follows the original game but sets the action some one hundred years into the future, incorporating lots of sci-fi imagery in the process. Visually, this game is miles away from its Build-powered predecessor, using Monolith’s patented LithTech engine (the same one used in No One Lives Forever and Shogo). As a result, Blood II is practically bursting with vibrant colors and neat environmental effects, like fire, smoke, and, of course, blood. Buckets of blood actually, as this coupled with the game’s dark humor are the only things differentiating it from any other shooter.
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The X-Files Game
Join special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-Files Game, an live-action adventure from Fox Interactive. This investigation into the shadowy world of The X-Files contains entirely new footage, shot exclusively for this title.

If there are any problems with either the installer or the game, try running them in XP compatibility mode. I got this game installed and running on my Windows 10 PC.

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Desktop Sidebar
Desktop Sidebar provides you with instant access to the information you most desire by grabbing data from your PC and the internet. The result is a dynamic visual display you configure and control.

How can you make this possible? Choose from among a wide selection of information conduits (e.g. MS Outlook, toolbars, newsfeeds), called "panels". Fully customizable, Desktop Sidebar allows you to dock these panels to the edge of the screen, or arrange them anywhere on your desktop as you wish. All panels are configurable with a number of specific options. With hundreds of skins available in our Extras Page and an easy to use Skin Editor, you can freely change the appearance of Desktop Sidebar to suit your tastes.
Desktop Sidebar Features

Changeable appearance of Desktop Sidebar to suit your tastes

Arrange the dock anywhere on the desktop - Flexible

Instant access to information

All panels are configurable with a number of specific options

Available panels include Newsroom, Calendar, Tasks, Inbox, Notes, Performance, Mail Checker, Clock, Messenger, Miranda IM and ICQ, Media Player, WinAmp, Volume Control, Toolbar, Weather, and Search Bar.

Desktop Sidebar is FREEWARE. Feel free to use and distribute!
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Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It’s free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers. Now it also supports video conferencing over the net.

Skype is a proprietary peer-to-peer Internet telephony (VoIP) network, founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the creators of KaZaA and competing against established open VoIP protocols like SIP, IAX, or H.323. The Skype Group is headquartered in Luxembourg with offices also in London and Tallinn. The system has a reputation for working across different types of network connections (including firewalls and NAT) because voice packets are routed by the combined users of the free desktop software application. Skype users can speak to other Skype users for free. Skype also has paid services allowing users to call traditional telephone numbers (SkypeOut), receive calls from traditional phones (SkypeIn), and receive voicemail messages.
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Winamp was born as a very basic media player and has slowly but consistently improving for many years. Its main purpose was to be completely customizable and through the years, many people have contributed to a library that now consists of over 20,000 skins and loads of plug-ins.

Winamp supports a wide range of file formats, and because the program is small and simple, it works quickly on almost all computers. Have a look through the available plug-ins and you will also find that you can hook up your iPod and manage its music library.Winamp may have been around for ever, but it hasn't been left behind and is a fully featured music player that's really customizable. A good alternative to iTunes.

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Open TTD
OpenTTD is modelled after the original Transport Tycoon game by Chris Sawyer and enhances the game experience dramatically. Many features were inspired by TTDPatch while others are original.
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Alien Carnage
Earth is on the verge of a takeover by aliens intent on turning humans into mindless slave zombies, who can be used in their conquest of the universe. Harry's called into action to Space Station Liberty and given orders to penetrate the alien ship which has burrowed itself under a high-rise city.

In addition to the flamethrower, Harry can use weapon dispensers, giving him access to weapons like the photon cannon, guided missiles, grenades, shields, micro nukes, and the very powerful Omega bomb. It's an arsenal that will have the aliens shakin' in their slimy shoes.

Kill in Color: Incredible VGA graphics and animation with 256 colors and over a dozen cinematic sequences.

Game Over, Man: Huge "boss" aliens in each of the four missions.

Page Turner: A compelling and sometimes-comical narrative prior to every mission.

Area 51: Many secrets and bonuses to discover - lots of replay value.

Save Your Game: Games saves, cheat mode, three skill levels and more.

Controller Support: Partial Xbox 360 Controller support.


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