Science Fiction – Key Pax Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:34:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Science Fiction – Key Pax 32 32 Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary Was Thanks to a Pinball Game Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:34:25 +0000

In 2023, the British science fiction phenomenon Doctor Who will celebrate its 60th birthday. Over the decades, the show has achieved a level of cultural prominence, but even though the current version of the show is still going strong, there was a dark period in the early 90s when it almost died out. Magazines, comics, and novels kept the series relevant to fans, but the Doctor’s adventures and popularity continued in arcades thanks to pinball.

Pinball can trace its origins to late 18th century France and is credited with starting the wave of 20th century tabletop games. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Doctor Who Pinball Machine released by Midway (under the Bally brand name) in September 1992, designed by Bill Pfutzenreuter (Pfutz) and Barry Oursler, a duo who created over three dozen pinball machines between them , including those based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Dirty Harry.

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Doctor Who Was Kept Alive By Pinball

Announcement Doctor Who Pinball

The Doctor Who the TV series had gone on hiatus indefinitely in 1989, and the 1996 TV movie Paul McGann was not even an idea yet, but the BBC was still seeking to license the property. Doctor Who Pinball featured the first seven Doctors, each associated with a unique scoring feature selected by the player as the game progressed. In addition to hitting balls around the board and trying to hit bumpers and light up icons, the machine had a unique Time Expander unit.

It was a moving mechanic with different levels, which challenged players to lock balls and collect targets in hopes of opening up the game’s multi-ball mode. In the fine tradition of the Doctor Who comics , themed artwork covered the cabinet, and the game featured a light-up TARDIS in the bottom right of the board and a Dalek topper. The game also used a digitized version of the series’ famous theme song and audio clips of the Seven Doctors. Sylvester McCoy, the seventh and current Doctor at the time, recorded his own dialogue specifically for the game.

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The Doctor Who pinball machine was very complex


In the gameplay itself, the First Doctor gave players an extra bullet leading to a video mode. The second doctor gave more time to do a combo shot to double the score. The Third Doctor allowed for an increased chance of scoring extra balls. The Fourth Doctor made it easier to access the Letter Collecting mode. The Fifth Doctor let the player double Jet Bumper’s score, while the Sixth Doctor increased the playground multiplier by an additional half point. Finally, the Seventh Doctor granted an extra shot when the Time Expander was hit, allowing for a faster multi-ball lock.

This was all done on a rising and falling mini-playground, featuring several firing doors (adorned with small images of Daleks) and an in-game video feature where the player got to battle the Dalek Emperor, who reveals himself being Dalek creator Davros. If this all sounds incredibly confusing, it was. The rules of Doctor Who Pinball were much more complex than other pinball machines released at the time, which unfortunately did not help the popularity. Although the game is popular with collectors, casual gamers have had a hard time understanding the game’s complex and ever-changing rules.

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How Doctor Who Pinball survives to this day


These pinball machines lasted in arcades for several years before establishments began to disappear at the turn of the 21st century. Decades later, a digital version inspired an online update, dubbed Doctor Who: Master of Time, which was released in 2016. Based on the original pinball but focusing on incarnations of the Doctor who debuted after the classic series, the new version featured a new voiceover recorded by (then current) Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez portraying the sneaky Mademoiselle. It also included voice clips from other NuWho doctors. The updated version is still available for purchase online.

While video games featuring the Doctor have been hit or miss over the years, Doctor Who Pinball Machine has certainly kept the candle of the Who fandom lit during a dark time for the franchise. It also served as a bridge between Classic Doctor Who and the modern era of show business, paving the way for the franchise to hit the 60-year mark. While it doesn’t completely stand the technological test of time, it’s a product of its time, a wonderful piece of nostalgia, and one that ends up being as complex as the source material itself.

]]> Corangamite Shire blasting blue-green algae on Lake Bullen Merri with ultrasonic waves Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:40:39 +0000

A test using solar-powered ultrasonic waves to blast green slime might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s happening right now in South West Victoria.

The western district’s volcanic lakes look tempting for a summer swim, but are often inaccessible due to blooms of toxic blue-green algae.

Lake Bullen Merri, near Camperdown, has been filled with seaweed mud for years, but the local council is hoping a trial using ultrasonic sound waves in the water will solve the problem.

Corangamite Shire environmental manager Lyall Bond said the solar-powered equipment was on four floating pontoons anchored in the lake.

Toxic blue-green algae have infested Lake Bullen Merri near Camperdown. (Provided: Camperdown Angling Club)

“We normally see when blue-green algae die. They form this thick, paint-like layer that sits on the surface,” he said.

“The science behind this is that basically these sound waves will damage the air sacs in algae that regulate the height of algae in the water column.

“Because they can’t move up and down with sunlight, algae die much faster.”

The method has been used around the world and had mixed success, Mr Bond said.

Two scuba divers in murky green water
The water is popular among lake-goers, but flowers often make it inaccessible.(Provided: PADI)

Hope to expand the project

As its 12-month trial draws to a close, the council hoped Victoria’s Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning (DELWP) would provide the $1.5 million needed to install 16 floating solar devices and monitor algae.

Blue-green algae in the lake
The council hopes DELWP will provide continued funding to control the algae.(Provided: Camperdown Angling Club)

“This trial has shown it has an impact on algae. Now we are pushing for continued investment,” Mr Bond said.

But he warned that this would not result in the complete eradication of algae from the lake.

“These ultrasonic devices really only treat the symptoms… they don’t actually fix the nutrients that are in the lake or any of these issues,” Mr Bond said.

“So from a longer term perspective, we will continue to have algae and there will be problems.”

What are the best sci-fi series on Netflix? Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:25:15 +0000

Don’t know what to watch on Netflix? Check out these sci-fi shows!

Nowadays, there are too many options to watch series online. Platforms like Paramout+, HBO Max, Disney+, Pluto TV, Apple TV+, among others. But, among all, there is one that is considered the best: Netflix. Although today the platform is not at its best, no one can take away its importance.

Netflix is ​​considered such because of its vast catalog of series, both its own shows and acquired ones. But, due to the size of its library, it is normal for users not to know what to watch, especially fans of the sci-fi genre. Therefore, today we bring you a list of the best sci-fi series on Netflix.

There are many great sci-fi series on Netflix

As we said, Netflix is ​​well known for having amazing series. With the advent of Netflix and its content, it is becoming more and more difficult to watch anything else. The streaming service has a great selection of sci-fi series that will keep you entertained for hours, days, or even months at a time.

For many people, Netflix is ​​the best place to watch sci-fi series because they have a wide range of genres represented in their programming and they cater to all tastes. Also, not all movies or shows are available on these sites, so it’s important to check before paying any upfront fees!

Still, Netflix has a large catalog of sci-fi series waiting for you. But because it’s so vast, it’s hard to know what to watch if you have no idea what you’re looking for specifically. Therefore, here at Game Freaks 365, we’ve put together a short list of what we consider to be the best series of its kind on Netflix.

Altered carbon

Altered Carbon is a Netflix Original series based on the novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. The plot revolves around Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier who was brought back to life after 250 years of cryosleep. In order to bring down an evil corporation trying to take over all of humanity, he must solve a murder mystery.

The sci-fi drama was quickly renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 2, 2019. With your Netflix subscription, you can watch three seasons right now!

stranger things

Stranger Things is a Netflix original television series that premiered in July 2016. The Duffer Brothers created the series, which stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Finn Wolfhard.

Stranger Things is set in the 1980s and follows a group of children who search for a missing friend after he disappears under unexplained circumstances. Because it is set in such an iconic decade, viewers are easily drawn into this series!!

What seemed to be the show’s final season, which premiered this year, left a lot of territory uncharted. As a result, series insiders predict that Stranger Things will continue for a long time.

black mirror

black mirror

Charlie Brooker produced the British science fiction anthology series Black Mirror. The first season aired in 2011, and two more followed in 2012 and 2014. Each episode is set in a separate alternate universe, with different cast and characters in each of the three series.

The show has been called “a 21st century twilight zone”, a reference to the classic TV show The Twilight Zone, which explored science fiction topics through stories that were often metaphors for contemporary social issues or worries. The episodes are stand-alone dramas with no overarching plot or recurring cast.

Although each episode has its own plot, certain elements are common to all three series: for example, some episodes feature people who have complete control over the lives of others (such as the character of Matt Damon in “White Bear”), while that others present protagonists. who use technology to record their private lives (like Rooney Mara’s character in “Entire History Of You”).



Dark is a German science fiction series written by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The first season contains ten episodes, while the second contains six. Each episode lasts about an hour and takes place in a small German village cut off from the rest of the world by an unknown force. The series’ large cast of characters and convoluted plot is what makes it so addictive to watch – it will keep you guessing!

The show opens with two children researching the disappearance of their missing friend, leading them to an abandoned hospital where they discover more than they bargained for: a secret government agency known as Department Q. (or “Department M”). By now, it’s apparent that despite being completely invisible to everyone but those who work there, Department Q is key to investigating crimes such as murders and kidnappings.

In addition to the ones discussed in this article, Netflix has a plethora of fantastic programs that you can dedicate hundreds of hours to. Game Freaks 365 recommends you start with these four sci-fi series.

Then, using the category secret code, you can search Netflix for the entire catalog of sci-fi series. If you are unfamiliar with these codes, they are “secret codes” that you enter into the Netflix search engine to search for something special. If you want to watch other programs of the genre after watching them, enter the following codes: 1568, 3327, 47147, 1492, 6926 and 11014.

USB ports not working well? 7 ways to solve problems Fri, 11 Nov 2022 19:08:33 +0000
  • It is not uncommon for USB ports to stop working properly; switch to another port and change USB cables to solve the problem.
  • You can also use Device Manager in Windows to check for new hardware or uninstall and reinstall the USB controller; on a Mac, you can reset the SMC.
  • Here are seven of the most common ways to troubleshoot and fix a USB port that’s not working properly.

An unrealistic aspect of modern sci-fi movies is that future technology never seems to suffer from mundane problems; interstellar star cruisers never have wayward Wi-Fi or unresponsive USB ports, for example.

Here in the real world, these kinds of annoying issues happen all the time, and USB ports not working as they should are at the top of the list. If you’re having a USB port that works intermittently, won’t charge, or won’t recognize a device, here are the seven best ways to try and fix the problem.

Try another USB port

When you start troubleshooting a USB problem, you might not know where the problem lies. It could be related to the device you are trying to connect, the cable, the USB port, your computer software or something else. Start with the USB port – unplug the device and plug it into another USB port. If it works, great – there’s probably something wrong with the port you were using. But if it still doesn’t work, move on to the next troubleshooting step.

USB ports on the side of a laptop.

If a USB port seems not to work, switch to another device and try again.

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Replace the USB cable

Another likely culprit is the USB cable, especially if it’s old or has been abused. It is not uncommon for a USB cable to fray or break under the insulation, so it may no longer function properly even if there is no visible damage. Change the cable and see if that fixes the problem.

Clean the USB port

USB ports were apparently not designed for routine day-to-day use. Not only are USB-A ports nearly but not quite symmetrical, making them very difficult to insert correctly the first time, but it’s easy to accidentally get dirt and debris stuck in the port itself when trying routine use. In extreme cases, this dirt can prevent the port from working properly. Use a bright flashlight and look into the harbor. If you see anything inside, use a very thin, non-metallic tool like a toothpick to carefully clean the port. Do not use high pressure canned air jets or you run the risk of forcing debris further into the port.

Restart PC

If you’re still not sure what the root cause is, it might be a good idea to restart your computer. Turning it off and then back on can wipe out all corrupted data and automatically reset device drivers. After the Mac or PC comes back to life, a faulty USB port will work normally again, making it a very simple fix.

Scan for hardware changes (in Windows)

If you are using Windows, the computer may sometimes stop recognizing your USB port or device. This is especially true if you unplug and reinsert a USB cable too quickly. One way to fix this problem is to let Device Manager scan your system for hardware changes. Click on Begintype Deviceand click Device Manager when you see it appear in search results. In Device Manager, make sure your PC at the top of the device tree is selected. Then click Stock in the menu bar, and choose Search for material changes. Once done, try your USB port again.

Device Manager in Windows.

Scan your computer in Device Manager to see if that solves your USB dilemma.

Dave Johnson/Insider

Reset the System Management Controller (on a Mac)

If you have a Mac, you may need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC). If you have an iMac, Mac Pro, or Mac Mini, start by shutting down the computer and unplugging it. Press and hold the power button for five seconds, then plug the power cord back in and start it up normally.

For most other Macs, shut down the computer. Press and hold the Shift + Control + Option keys, then without releasing these keys, press and hold the power button. Hold them all for 10 seconds. Release all keys and the power button at the same time. Power the Mac back on and see if that fixed your USB problem.

Reset your USB controller (in Windows)

Similar to resetting the SMC on a Mac, you have another option on Windows: resetting the USB controller. Click on Begintype “device”, then click Device Manager when you see it appear in search results. In Device Manager, locate the entry for Universal serial bus controllers and click to enlarge. Right-click the first entry in the list, then click Uninstall device to delete it. Then repeat this over and over again for each device in the list of Universal Serial Bus controllers. When you’re done, restart your computer. On startup, Windows will automatically scan your hardware and reinstall your USB controllers, hoping to fix your problem in the process.

Device Manager in Windows.

Remove all USB controllers from your computer and let Windows reinstall them.

Dave Johnson/Insider

Celebration of writers on the river returns to Monroe after COVID break Wed, 09 Nov 2022 11:15:32 +0000

Writers on the River is back.

Once an annual celebration of writers, illustrators, readers and books, Writers on the River was last held in 2019 at the Ellis Library & Reference Center. After a pandemic hiatus, the popular event returns this year and is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. this Sunday at Ellis, 3700 S. Custer Rd. Admission is free.

New this year is a chance to win a Kindle Paperwrite.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome him back after two long years,” said Jaclyn Young, librarian at Ellis and one of the organizers of this year’s event.

Writers on the River has been held for about 20 years and since 2013 has been organized by the late Bill Reiser, director of Ellis.

Writers on the River 2022 will feature 22 authors from Michigan and Northwest Ohio who work in genres such as poetry, romance, science fiction and more. Seven authors write adult fiction; five are adult nonfiction authors; four are children’s authors and two are poets.

In this file photo, the authors prepare for the Writers on the River event at Ellis Library & Reference Center.  This year, Writers on the River is Sunday.

The Monroe County Genealogical Society and Rick Grassley will also have a table. Other local authors scheduled to attend are Shawna Lynn Mazur, Keith Julius and Jim Abb.

“We welcome a diverse group of writers eager to meet readers of all ages,” Young said.

As in the past, attendees can speak with authors at their table and purchase personalized autographed copies of their books.

Prize winners will be selected at random.

“Each customer who enters will be given a ticket to write down their name and phone number. After the event, we will raffle prizes,” Young said. “We will draw two names and each will win a free Kindle Paperwhite. They are courtesy of groups of friends from different branches.

The writers on the river are usually well attended.

“We had 19 writers and about 100 people came to the event (in 2019),” Young said.