SWN Elysian Beta – 25 Feb 3200

Seong-Hallfrid Research Agreement Crumbles

The HDF Höfn, accompanied by a number of unmarked frigates, arrived in orbit of Seong earlier today. With tensions rising between Seong and the Hallfridian Cooperative, experts are expressing concern about the future of Seong’s research agreement with Hallfrid.

Malena Nielson, the Hallfridian representative brought over by the Höfn, has spent the day in meeting with Prime Minister Layla Nguyen, and other government members. A spokesperson for Quorum House, Seong’s seat of government, reported that Hallfrid is uneasy with recent academic and research ventures made by the Seong Intellectuals Party.

Nielson has commented that “The items in question are the property of [Hallfrid], which does not condone the method of study used.” Under the Halling Research Agreement, the owner to an item of study reserves the right to restrict the methods of study of that item if they feel it is culturally insesitive, damaging to the item, or believe it potentially harmful to life.

Professor R. Pang from the Kimura College of Sciences speculates that the item in question is likely to be the terraforming engine (circa. 2470) recently loaned to Capitol Engineering for study. Research in the subject suggests that these machines may be the cause of the unusual weather on Hallfrid and that, based on our current understanding of terraforming technology, may be hazardous if used on an inhabited planet.

Thousands Take to Streets – Unrest on Seong

Thousands took to the streets earlier today in response the the Government’s choice to issue illicit research fines to the University of Shimanai and Capitol Engineering. The government’s subsequent attempt to seize the research was met with strong resistance by members of the public.

After security forces arrived at the scene, protests quickly broke down into violence. The riots lasted aproximately two days before the security force was able to dissipate it. An estimated 10 Million credits of damage was done to the capital.

Three individuals were detained for attempting arson of Quorum House. Other government buildings have suffered aproximately 500,000 credits of damage collectively.

Terran Archive Seize of Grav Racer

Deuel Engineering, best known in the sector for the manufacture of luxury and racing vehicles, suffered a major setback last week as a group, believed to be contracted Terran Archive bailiffs, seized Deuel’s prize-winning gravbike. Their latest gravbike set speed records for the Rihana surface-survival races and brought the survival-races trophy firmly back home to Rihana.

The bailiffs were witnessed ascociating with members of a Perimiter Agency, whom were using Hallfridian soldiers and diffused the situation between the bailiffs and local security forces. It is implied from the uniforms worn that the Hallfridian soldiers were for hire; and not representing Hallfrid.

After the recent seizure of their bike, and repeated data-loss throughout the sector, race officials are considering an inquiry into Deuel Engineering’s victory, the rules for which strictly forbid the use of certain technologies (most commonly found in pretech) within races. The Rihana Sport Commission has admitted that it will be difficult to persue an investigation with both the engine itself missing, and Deuel’s recent loss of information.

Deuel Engineering’s Rihana garage had it’s server’s destroyed in a fragmentation blast, assumed to be the result of the security’s resistance to the Bailiffs. In the following weeks, various Deuel facilities have encountered numberous technical failures resulting in data loss. It is unclear if this is an attempt by the Terran Archive to remove details about the engine in question.

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SWN Elysian Beta – 10 Jan 3200

Seong News Network

14 have been reported dead, and 36 injured, in the vicious bombing of the troubled Player Outfit Industries manufactory in the Grey Hill District. Ms Flak, who was unavailable for comment, has faced repeated scrutiny for going against local customs relating to large-scale employment.

It is believed that the terrorists – one of whom appeared mentally challenged – were granted access to restricted parts of the building by an employee; whom was later found injured at the scene. Security footage shows the three assailants, and a driver, fleeing the scene in a pink open-topped gravity vehicle.

Further details are as of yet unavailable, however a representative for the Seong Security Agency has expressed concerns that the assailants are likely “aggitated locals who feel they should have been employed by [Falk].”

The Mad Rok Fan Forum

Hey guys. Just to let everyone know, some of our beloved community members have gone missing in the past week. JontheTron52, Magrloe, TheBobicus123 and Myung3172. They’re not at home, and are not answering their comms (they’re definately still in Alcathous though!).

If anyone has any idea where they might be, let me know!

Thanks, FreakyBeej241

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Invisible Treasure, from FanShen

Invisible Treasure Poster

Invisible Treasure

FanSHEN produce theatre productions with the aim of giving participants something to experience, instead of something to consume. Encouraging people to participate, rather than observe.

Invisible Treasure was their digital-playground that was avaiable form the end of October until mid-November back in 2015 that – even after participating in – I couldn’t adequately explain to another, no matter how hard I tried. Fortunately, they have a video for that!

One of the department lecturers was asked by a collaberator of theirs at FanSHEN if any of his students would be interested in, or able to do some content for their Invisible Treasure show. I replied due haste to the email/request, and was apparently the first to reply. I’m quite sure that’s the only reason I got the work.

The folks at FanSHEN were looking four lightweight web games and quizzes to be used as a part of their promotional and preparational material. Most of the users would be ticket-holders to their Invisible Treasure show, purportedly to help them get into a mindset required to do well at the experience. They had all of their content designed already, all I had to do was implement it. All the project would need from me is some HTML, a bunch of Javascript and a bit of PHP with mySQL. Nothing too grand or complicated.

I quickly realised that in the time frame they were hoping for, it was going to be difficult – albeit doable – to get it all done. I could comfortably take care of two of the four pieces, so that’s what happened. Time management and delegation to the rescue! I got in touch with someone else who was very enthusiatic about working on the project, and just like that the workload was halved.

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A Link Aggregator to Kill my Bookmarks Folder

What is a Link Aggregator?

A link aggregator is an application that collects and stores links to websites. Both Reddit and the bookmarking feature of your browser are excellent examples of this.

Link aggregator screenshot

Have you ever found interesting articles online while you’re out and about? Well I have, and I’m willing to bet that reading those beefier articles on a mobile device is difficult. You feel a need to save those links for later, but what are the chanced you’ll actually remember remember to? Reading list apps tend to be a bit clunky, and bookmark syncing with a browser like Chrome simply doesn’t work in the way I – personally – want it to.

The easiest solution? Build my own solution of course!
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Save Santa Project Summary

Save Santa is a javascript game created by our group for our Digital Media class. The purpose of the project, as I understood it, was twofold. First, to simply teach people to work in groups. Secondly, to learn to demonstrate a tangible trail of idea and design development, as well as to briefly summarise the project to expediate the complete understanding of an application by an outsider.

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