Welcome to the realm of Meta-Earth–homepage of Mark William Chase–writer, programmer, and creator of the World of Mythania.

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Everything, the Universe, and Life

The final episode of Phil Plait’s “Crash Course in Astronomy” is out, and it’s a pretty good wrap-up to the series. If you been watching the show, be sure to watch the last episode, and if you haven’t seen the show, but have any interest in space or astronomy, then what are you waiting for? Check it out starting at episode 1!

This Is The Way The World Ends

Have you ever wondered how the universe will end? Will it end with a bang, a whimper, a crunch, a fizzle, a freeze? To find out, have a look at the latest episode of Crash Course Astronomy with Phil Plait. Spoilers: it will be a very cold, dark, empty place, but not for a few hundred trillion years… unless, of course, our universe is rebooted in a quantum fluctuation, or slams into another universe first.

The Mines of Nuram

My steampunk fantasy short story, The Mines of Nuram, has been published in the January 2016 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly. If you want to check it out, and read some other good stories as well, you can get a print copy through Amazon or a Kindle addition if you prefer.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I just saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. No spoilers here, but I can tell you it was great, and just full of surprises! (Now I can get back to reading Wookieepedia and not worry about spoilers).

More Images From Pluto

NASA has just released a new video showing the highest resolution yet of the surface of Pluto, and it’s looking quite amazing! According to his NPR article, the new images reveal details of craters and mountains, along with icy plains. With a resolution of around 80 meters per pixel, they show features that NASA says “would be smaller than half a city block on Pluto’s diverse surface.” You can see more of the new images here.

Captain America: Civil War

The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War is out, and it’s looking pretty good! Starring all your favorite Avengers heroes: Captain America (of course), Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, and more, all duking it out over the Superhero Registration Act.

The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello is an animated short film by Anthony Lucas. It is a beautiful blend of Gothic horror and steampunk aesthetics, complete with iron dirigibles, a grungy Victorian city, a mad scientist, a tragic hero, and a horrifying monster. It doesn’t get better than this!

See it here, or on YouTube!

New Force Awakens Trailer

A new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just come out, and it’s a doozy! This is the first real trailer, as opposed to a mere teaser, and it shows more of the characters and reveals more of what the story is about. Once you’ve watched the trailer, be sure to read this shot-by-shot breakdown of the trailer. And keep an eye out for lens flares. It wouldn’t be a proper J.J. Abrams film without lens flares.

Steampunk Amplifier

To go along with my steampunk speakers, I have now put up my Instructables tutorial for putting together a nice little steampunk audio amplifier. This is the amplifier which I have mounted on the hutch over my desk, through which I play all music an audio from my PC. This is a bit more involved that the steampunk speakers, but if you feel up to the challenge, feel free to give it go!

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