Merry Christmas!

Various things that I am looking forward to doing as hobby projects next year, or at least chewing over:

  • Investigating building a procedural generation course in Godot on the Udemy platform
  • Writing a paper on pyramid / 2-simplicial categories and submitting it to a mathematics conference (maybe Category Theory 2019?)
  • Writing a paper on algebraic information theory
  • Further afield (2025/2030+ ?), thinking vaguely about lens-categories, and 1-complexity reduction techniques. Such techniques are important if one wishes to construct control circuitry to solve field equations sufficiently quickly for precision control of fairly advanced technology, such as craft capable of practical and routine flight through interstellar space.

Things that I thought were really neat that have happened this year:

  • Discovery of conventional superconductors with Tc conservatively at 250K (however, not at ambient pressure), with potential to find closely related superconductors with Tc up to 320K: https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.01561 . Exotic ‘high-Tc’ superconductivity still remains a mystery.
  • Reaction engines have completed TF2 in Colorado USA and are on track to open TF1 in Westcott UK for testing in 2019: https://www.reactionengines.co.uk/news/building-momentum-our-development-programme . For a reminder, this company is researching technology that may reduce cost of payload to orbit from ~USD 10000 / kg to ~USD 100/kg (although I may be a bit wrong about the precise pricepoints).
  • The Max Planck institute continued to set new records with their Wendelstein 7-X experiment (which is not designed to be a prototype power plant, but a stepping stone for plasma physics research along those lines), with a fusion product produced with temperatures up to 20 million Kelvin, and “high plasma densities of up to 2 x 10^20 particles per cubic meter – values that are sufficient for a future power station.” (Temperatures of 100 million Kelvin are needed for a power plant (to achieve ignition of the plasma), as well as continuous operation.) Further upgrades are to be made to the device over the next few years, by installing cooled carbon tiling (I think), allowing the stellarator to potentially achieve continuous operation (and certainly pulses up to 30 minutes). Current pulse duration achieved has been up to 100 seconds. In short, multiple records have been set by the Wendelstein 7-X team over the last year, and things are looking very promising: https://www.ipp.mpg.de/4550215/11_18

Various software projects that I am excited about include:

(Actually, I think that is the main software project that excites me at the moment, outside of work related ones)

In terms of yet other projects:

Merry Christmas! Here’s looking forward to many exciting, interesting and useful things happening in 2019!

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