Latest Lovecraft links (December 22, 2014)

Here’s a guy who’s compressing the fabric of space in his garage

His name is David Pares and he likes to spend time in his garage in Omaha, Nebraska, working on a warp drive:

On average, Pares spends a couple of hours a day here almost every day of the week. To bend the fabric of space, he sits in front of a tray of instruments, twisting knobs and glancing every now and then into a Faraday cage, where a 3.5-pound weight hangs inside an electrically isolated case. Outside the case hangs a strange instrument made up of V-shape panels with fractal arrays on the surfaces. The instrument is the latest version of what Pares believes is the world’s first low-power warp drive motor.

He turns around and points to the back of his garage door, where a red laser — beamed at the weight and reflected back against the door to demonstrate the movement happening in the case — drifts from its original spot. Slowly, in incremental amounts, the weight is drawn toward the V-shape motor.

“You’re not supposed to be able to do this,” Pares says.

As I’m not a physicist, I can’t comment on any of this. But I’m not exactly holding my breath in anticipation of a successful outcome.

An Indiegogo campaign earlier this year reached 3% of its $80,000 funding goal.

Latest (late) Lovecraft links (December 16, 2014)

Things are quieting down a bit in time for Cthulhumas, but there’s still some stuff to read, so here’s another link dump (hopefully I will ease up on these in the coming year and do something a bit more creative with this stuff, if my other cultist activities will permit):