Feel the Burn – Handheld Laser Guns Could Be Beaming Our Way Soon

laser guns

Laser guns are something you’ve probably only seen in science fiction, like Battlestar Galactica or Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Few people realize though that laser guns are about to become a reality because scientists have been experimenting on ways to create handheld laser guns for quite some time. These guns are actually referred to as “directed energy weapons.” You probably know lasers as being beams of light that are narrow and highly concentrated. But what real laser guns do is release highly focused energy towards a specific target that the shooter wants to damage. The gun has to be held still because the laser needs to make continuous contact with its target. Real handheld laser guns aren’t like what you see in Star Wars where a visible red or yellow beam shoots out of the gun repeatedly like bullets. Instead, a beam of powerful light will burn the target continuously as long as the laser stays pointed at it. To give you an idea of what this laser looks like, watch the classic James Bond movie “Goldfinger” and look at the scene where the laser gun shoots down at Bond as he is strapped to a table. Now imagine that same laser coming out of a handheld gun. This is a good representation of what a real handheld laser gun will do.


Laser energy is typically produced through electromagnetic radiation. The amount of watts of the energy is what determines how powerful the laser will be. Laser technology has actually existed in the consumer marketplace for quite some time. Have you ever heard of laser pointers? These are handheld devices that produce a laser in which you can point to things with. All you will see is a dot of light on the target and not the full beam because the light is not powerful enough. Now you are probably wondering why laser pointers don’t cause any damage to the target. Well the reason they don’t is because laser pointers only use .005 watts of energy. The U.S. Navy has a laser cannon prototype that is 30,000 watts, which can actually shoot down a drone flying in the sky. Therefore, this should give you an idea of how the number of watts makes a difference in its level of destructiveness.

The Soviet Union in 1984 also had a prototype laser pistol.These were intended for use by Russian cosmonauts to take out optic sensors on enemy spacecrafts. It was apparently a ruby laser and may have worked by a synthetic ruby rod, which would be pumped with high energy and very bright light from a flashtube. The ruby rod would then send out a short burst of laser beam. The pistol had an effective range of about 20 meters.


Thanks to the internet, people can now learn how to make their own handheld laser guns at home. One can also find laser gun demonstrations on YouTube where people have made them at their house. These guns typically have 40 watts of power to them, which is enough to cause a fire on the target and do some damage. You should take caution when trying this for yourself(in fact, don’t do it at all.)

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4 Reasons to Consider Squeezing Into a Micro Apartment

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Much controversy has been generated by the recent development of micro apartments and tiny houses. These are smaller than normal living spaces, which in the case of micro apartments often means less than 300 sq ft. They have emerged as an option for environmentally conscious young professionals and students to live in parts of town where they would otherwise be unable to economically sustain themselves. The rent is just too damn high. A lot of people hate the idea of these micro flats.”How could anyone live like that?” some people wonder. “These new buildings are ruining property values!” real estate agents complain. If you have a family of 2 or require a lot of space for your hair dryer, I’m sure you’ve already concluded these little apartments are not for you. Not everyone needs or wants a lot of room though. Here are a few reasons why some of us(at least for a while) wouldn’t mind calling a micro apartment our home:

1. They’re Affordable
This is perhaps the most obvious selling point. In many thriving metropolitan cities, cost of living has long ago outpaced real wages. Places in the heart of San Francisco, Seattle and Portland are expensive and almost impossible to afford for many of the young single professionals work in the city. This tends to require people to make long commutes from far off suburbs or have to hunker down like turtles at the mercy of slumlords in nearby ghettos. That or they end up packed like sardines into an decent but “communal” apartment with bunch of random roommates of various quality and shadiness. Micro apartments allow you to sacrifice space for affordability, privacy and the chance to live in a small compartment in the best part of town.

2. Good for the Environment
No big surprise here. Micro apartment buildings are designed specifically to be energy efficient in all areas. From low-flow shower heads to compact fluorescent light bulbs, these were built for green living. The small area also requires less energy to heat, cool or light. There is so little to do in one of these apartments that unless you turn your room into a bitcoin mining outpost, it’s difficult to see how you could ever run up much of a utility bill. Also, the fact that you can live right where the action is(and likely close to work) means you’ll be using less gas and may not even need to drive an automobile at all.

micro apartment room with window

3. Minimalist Lifestyle
One might think of the idea of being cramped in a tiny apartment as being a stressful thought in and of itself. Instead of falling victim to an anxiety induced cheek bite, chew on this for a second. when I look around at all the junk I’ve accumulated over the years cluttered about, it stressed me out. Life is one’s head is complicated and heavy enough without having a ton of crap in the physical world to weigh you down(and yes I realize that thoughts themselves are technically a physical manifestation, but you know what I mean.) I have fantasies about chucking all my material possessions and going back to basics. At one time I lived for 2 years in a small studio apartment armed with nothing but a $20 cot from Target to sleep on and a Super Nintendo for recreational activity. Those were simple yet carefree times. Micro apartments allow for this kind of minimalist lifestyle. Small spaces can be liberating after all.

4. The Views
Believe it or not, many of these micro apartments come equipped with breathtaking views. The units are often situated in modernist mini high-rise buildings. One of the rare features these units have is large windows. After all, if there’s not room to do anything else your apartment, at least you can gaze outside from the 7th floor and stare at the Cascades all day.

micro flat rooftop view

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Attractive Qualities Emerging in Tractor Beam Technology

Tractor Beams

For years the term “tractor beam” has been synonymous with the science fiction technology that we see in movies, television or read about in books. Tractor beams are basically beams of energy that have the ability to move objects or pull objects closer to the source of the beam. Some fictional examples of tractor beams include the Enterprise in “Star Trek” and the common theory that flying saucers have the ability to lift people into their ships through a tractor beam at their base. But now, tractor beams may become part of real life the same way mobile phones have become part of real life, even though they were once considered science fiction as well.

The emerging tractor beam technology seems to be starting with a sonic tractor beam created by British scientists which has the ability to turn, levitate, pull and push objects. This beam is dependent on a sequence of sound waves that are timed precisely in order to create an area of low pressure which can trap objects that are small. Then the sound waves are used to move the objects around as they please. However, this technology can only work on small objects at the moment. British scientists and researchers from the University of Sussex and the University of Bristol have been able to move particles that have a diameter of up to 3.1 mm. In order to do this, they used acoustic transducers to create acoustic force fields that could move these objects. Even though these objects are small, it makes scientists wonder how this technology can be advanced into other areas later on down the road. For example, this tractor beam technology could be used to manipulate cells within the human body and cause them to move too. This could do wonders for treating patients and advancing modern medicine.

This tractor beam technology is still in its infancy stage. Speculation surrounding it suggests that law enforcement officers of the future will be able to have non-lethal weapons using this technology that can stop attackers or suspects at close range. As the technology grows into moving bigger objects, the possibilities are endless. The military could build bases through acoustic force fields or catch planes in the air that are about to crash on the ground. We might not even have to fight wars anymore with boots on the ground because we will eventually have the ability to move objects on the ground through a tractor beam in outer space.

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Dust on the Moon


If advanced civilization and a continuous expansion of our understanding of the universe are the paramount objectives we strive toward, then a barbarous third world religious populace is not compatible, period. Even the faithful of the first world represent an encumbrance in this regard(and radical traditionalists are not interested is pursuing futurism anyway.) Indeed, any religion which claims authority to create policies related to technology or promote ‘noble savage’ fetishism based on a literal interpretation of scientifically unproven (perhaps even unprovable) supernatural or metaphysical beliefs, is something we need to distance ourselves from… unless we can restrict it’s utility to that of mythological guidance as strictly fictitious metaphor. There is an aesthetic case to be made for “cultural Christianity” or nominalism for neoreactionaries who idealize the medieval frame yet are not true believers. As an escapist who once clocked in nearly 300 hours marveling at the majestic world of Elder Scrolls IV (without ever even bothering with the main quest,) I could certainly see the appeal of such a society. Hell, even that virtual environment in many ways felt superior to what exists in our current reality.

The problem with cultural Christianity though arrives when it intersects with authentic believers. True believers will never accept those who embrace their religion for “values” or utilitarian purposes. Their faith requires them to be disgusted by it and they view it as form of heresy, which is why they recoil at post rationalist attempts at inventing religious concepts like “gnon” as a necessary part of the design of a functional society. Orthodox Christians take it as an insult that one would attempt to adopt their values while denying the divine “truth” of their doctrine. You could not have one without the other, they would claim, and they would find doubly insulting the notion that their values could simply be transplanted into some new metaphysical belief system that a few reactosphere bloggers came up with over the weekend. Not that that sort of thing can’t work on it’s own. Look at the success of Scientology as a religion, the closest thing to a neoreactionary tech comm monarchy that exists today. Have fun getting militant Christian reactionaries to accept your nominalism though in the new nation. As natural busybodies, they are not known for a hands off approach toward non-believers anyway.

To the extent religions, including Christianity (in anything other than their most benign strains) can be compatible with highly advanced technological civilizations at all is a stretch. If you think they are able to, then you and I simply define “advanced” civilization differently. It’s been shown possible with Christianity in the 19th and 20th century, but the pathological altruism and biblical aversion to pursuing certain avenues of technology present a significant hindrance to both civilizational maintenance and technological progress (think where genetic engineering, eugenics, stem cell research and transhumanism would be right now without constant obstruction from religious puritans)

Those who favor Islamification of Europe, or radical christian traditionalism would seem to be content with a sort of “Ape City” from Planet of The Apes as their gold standard, a primitive theocracy which makes use of some modest level of technology. In actuality, the orangutans like Dr. Zaius were pretty wise aristocrats and ape city would probably be preferable to living under actual Islamic law or being governed by pervy bishops, various third world tribal chieftains and the like.


For those of us who prefer to seek out and supersede the biologically imposed limits of our understanding of the universe as organisms, without restricting ourselves to uncritical faith in currently unproven bronze age supernatural beliefs or leaning on the crutch of an imagined higher power, the future is this way. Let those who are content on the prairie, live as happy families in their familiar traditional communities. We will strive to build lunar cities, our ashes will become moon dust, a lifeless and indifferent soil to be kicked up by the boots of subsequent pioneering dreamers, marching toward their next destination.

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Flight From The Senses


Flight From The Senses 

Brandon Adamson, 2011

Putting on the invisible disguise
in an effort to evade untimely demise
it’s off to navigate the maze of the skies
without a wingman, minus a stewardess,
and the crash lessons of the last
as the only guide,
such is the flight experience on the airline of the times.
turbulence from the moment you lift off the ground
from the up up uppity ups to the dipstick dippity downs-
could someone please turn this plane around?
and head back toward those now distant,
familiar sounds,
but you fear that they no longer exist.
Consulting once again the trusty oracle,
peering into your past, going back even one minute!
always reveals an inexperienced pilot..
talking to yourself on the captain’s radio
from the cockpit of despair “away we go!”
with the empty air of being alone,
the fare you pay to fly on your own.

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