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About velociraptor256

Hi, my name's Richard. I created this blog to talk about my interests - and I have quite a few of those. I love zoology in general, herpetology in particular (especially snakes!), writing (have won National Novel Writing Month seven times so far, plus three Camp Nanowrimos), reading, astronomy, palaeontology, and travel. Thank you for coming to my blog, and I hope you find something that interests you here!

Book review: Artemis

From Andy Weir, the author of The Martian (my favourite book of 2015), comes a new science-fiction novel, Artemis. As with The Martian, I listened to the audiobook edition, which is narrated by Rosario Dawson. The performance on its own … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day Sixteen

I remain on target, and have passed the halfway point with 27,142 words (and I plan on doing a little more this evening). Yet I can’t really say I’m loving this story. Throughout the second week, I was finding it … Continue reading

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Kerbal Space Program: One Giant Leap for Kerbalkind

At the end of my last post on Kerbal Space Program, I was trying to figure out how to transport 2350 units of ore from the Mun and land it on Kerbin to fulfil a contract. But in fact, the … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day Seven

I thought I’d give an update on my NaNoWriMo progress, though to be honest, there’s not a great deal to report. As of tonight, I’m at 12,121 words, so I’m on track. I’ve been to two write-ins, and it’s been … Continue reading

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Kerbal Space Program: Moonbase 1

When I select a contract in Career Mode on Kerbal Space Program, it’s usually when it’s offering something new, challenging and hopefully fun to try out. Relatively early on in the game, a contract came up to build a surface … Continue reading

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Sputnik 2: 60 Years On

On 3rd November 1957, a month after Sputnik 1, the Soviet Union launched the second man-made satellite into Earth orbit: Sputnik 2. It was a very different construction from its predecessor: cone-shaped, 4 metres tall and weighing 508kg, it also … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Ready to Begin Again

Every year, I seem to worry about whether I’ve done enough to prepare for NaNoWriMo. This time, I feel reasonably confident that I’ve got enough outline and historical information to work with – I certainly have just as much as … Continue reading

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Film review – Thor: Ragnarok

It’s been two months since my last visit to the cinema, as there wasn’t anything I especially wanted to see. But now yet another Marvel movie is out, Thor: Ragnarok, and so I took the chance to finally use the … Continue reading

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Film review: The Mummy (2017)

In the latest effort to mimic the unstoppable success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal Studios decided to create the Dark Universe, in which they would combine all the monsters who featured in their movies as far back as the … Continue reading

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Three Companions for the Thirteenth Doctor

Today I woke up to some big news about Series 11 of Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is going to have no less than three companions, played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. (At least the assumption … Continue reading

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