Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blue Ruins 2013

2012 proved to be a great year for Project Blue Ruins.

The DeManta completed several orbital tests and the new systems are working well.  The only exception being the intercessor which will be shipped to Denmark for restoration in April due to an intermittent short in the secondary lobe. In a ship this small this is really only a redundancy feature and we're expecting she'll be space-worthy as early as May.

Which leads us to our next voyage...which mysterious indigenous otherworld musics would you most like to see Blue Ruins document?

The Mudstraws of Moon Libulous?

Cracking Kryz Phahs of the Dimunites?


Dancing Pickle-People of the Outer NahaimaLammptoon?

Blue Ruins is currently seeking sponsors for her next sonic us today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Progress on Vellux

Clod 9 sent us off the same way she greeted us; with a screaming sandstorm.

We finally left last night with the Blue Ruins in tow. None of the repairs we attempted over the past 6 months there seem to have gotten us any closer to space-ready. We re-programmed the sentience systems and repaired the primary lobe only to find that the advanced intercessor wouldn't power-up. And we still don't know if the intercessor works because when we rewired a problem connector the whole cognator went silent (right after it flashed that the inertions weren't charging).

In light of these developments we have made the difficult decision to modernize the Blue Ruins infrastructure with new propulsion and logic. I had personally hoped all-along to keep the Ruins restored in original condition, but the costs are growing beyond anything near sustainability and an opportunity has arisen that was just too good to pass up.

There is heartening news to impart...

The Blue Ruins modernization has been fully funded through 2012 and we have relocated to Vellux thanks to the generosity and vision of one great friend of our Project.

The new facilities on Vellux are a big step up for those of us who've been on this project for years.  All of us are walking around pinching one another to see if we're dreaming. Plenty of room to work and lots of great equipment has been brought in for the Blue Ruins transformation. If everything goes reasonably according to schedule we may be looking at test flights as soon as June 1st!

Thanks to all of you who have been supporting this project through the rough times.  It is my sincere hope that you will understand the decision to modernize the Blue Ruins,  At the end of the day it is the lure of the sounds beyond the stars that draws us together, and this will have us out among them in the surest and quickest fashion.

The Professor

Sunday, January 1, 2012

When It Rains...

Cash in your pennies...Racing through the squall in my daily commuter, a cherry 1955 Zerrill Raggio Azzurro...7Invertrino Scatter-Drive Core...they sure don't make 'em like they used too.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Shambles of Clod 9

We've been on Clod 9 for a couple of months now and the one thing that seems to pique most folks curiosity are the shambles.
Shambles are sluggish nocturnal creatures that have a very unusual form of ambulation. They move a bit like a slow-motion slinky, stretching their boneless, turret-like bodies forward and toppling over in a repeated arch. Their bodies secrete a sticky substance, called brime, that grips whatever they are moving over and allows them to climb up just about any surface as well.
Brime keeps the shambles well anchored during the severe windstorms that occur almost daily on Clod 9; it also is what they use to adhere to their prey when they attack. Brime creates an instantaneous bond with flesh that is almost impossible to release. Once bonded to it's victim, the shamble will burrow into the muscle-tissue with it's myriad hair-like tendrils. These tendrils resemble tiny, fine-toothed worms that slide easily through the arteries of it's victims until they reach the heart, killing it's victim within seconds of adhesion.
This is of course the reason for the distinctive high boots and wide-brimmed headgear of the citizens of Clod 9. A favorite tactic of the shambles is an attack from underneath a vehicle or to drop from a high perch above a doorway.
Another unpleasant characteristic of the shambles is their propensity to defecate on doorsteps and walkways. Their large odorous droppings are plentiful and most mornings you will find Clodians out hosing down their perimeters. The constant dry winds make watering of plants a necessity as well so this morning ritual usually serves a dual purpose.
Due to their extremely slow pace, shambles are easy to avoid if you are aware of their presence. At night they move in large groups of 7-10 individuals, know as pods. Pods slowly cruise the streets of Clod 9 at night soaking up anything edible they can find.
Shambles are extremely hard to kill. They collapse into themselves forming a hard button of tissue when attacked. This button of compacted cartilage is practically impervious to impact, fire or laceration. Thus the old saying "It is easier to avoid a shamble than to kill one".
Locals of Clod 9 have taken to avoiding the shambles as a kind of a sport. An extremely popular pastime is a drinking game which ends in inebriated Clodians stumbling around the streets at night to find the shelter that a key they've selected at random will unlock. A handful of people are killed playing this game almost every year.
Another way in which shambles are used by the local population is as a punishment for foul-mouthed children. Instead of washing the mouth out with soap, a child on Clod 9 might be forced to chew a strip of shamble jerky. The extremely tough, fibrous meat of these creature takes several minutes to chew into a manageable bite and the awful aftertaste is said to last for hours. I have observed that the children of Clod 9 are given to very polite speech.

I hope this article has answered some of your questions about these unique little beings. Remember that your generous contributions make our research possible. We are certain that 2012 will bring a new year of discovery to and that we are nearing the goal of having Blue Ruins space-worthy once more. If you have any questions about our research or this article, please feel free to comment below.

Inquisitively Yours,
The Professor

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Temporary Outpost on Clod 9

It's swiftly nearing the end of 2011 and we felt it was time to get you up-to-date with the goings on of Project Blue Ruins.
In November of this year we moved all operations to a temporary outpost on Clod 9 in the Canis Minor region. Our funding from the University was not renewed due to budgetary shortfalls related to the damages sustained at Forqongue.
Thanks to your generous donations we have been able to keep the project on life-support but we have many hurdles to see the Blue Ruins ready for her next endeavor.
It has always been my intent to keep the Blue Ruins in her original configuration as much as possible. However, the cost of reproducing the one-of-a-kind components for Zerrill's 1937 DeManta prototype have us at a standstill. I must admit we are giving serious consideration to updating the Blue Ruins to get her space-worthy again. Please let us know how this would affect your willingness to support this project. We know many of you supporters are keen on keeping Zerrill's vision alive just as it was created. We are sensitive to this venerable history but also anxious to get the ship in working shape as is a dilemma.
Meanwhile, the folks here on Clod 9 are extremely close-knit and friendly. Everybody is quick to lend a hand and no one has been lost to the shambles since we've arrived. The storm shields have kept us and the Blue Ruins safe and the arid clime has been great for her alloys and electronics.
We are still eyeing a possible move to Vellux in the near future...we'll keep you abreast.
Happy New Year,
The Professor

Friday, May 14, 2010

Under Construction.

Many of you are asking what the next endeavor for the "Blue Ruins" will be?

It seems that the ship was aptly named, for she is still in near ruins from her incredible historic trip to Forqongue. Zerril's genius was poured into this one of a kind prototype over 70 years ago; and rebuilding some of this archaic machinery in this day and age seems almost impossible.

I wish I had a better answer, but rest assured...we are as eager to return her to exotic reaches of the Milky Way as you!

Stay Tuned!

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Mystery is Revealed!

Have you've ever wondered what the mysterious arias from the Cryptocombs of Forqongue sound like? What beckoning dirge has lured so many to their doom? Would you be able to resist their deadly hypnotic spell?

The Professor has emerged from his rehabilitation at Tharsis General Wellness with the cure for your curiosity. A song composed from the melody that nearly cost him his life in the dark caves of a planet 12 light years from Earth!

Try the link below and transport yourself to the source of this notorious enigma! A secret unraveled by...Blue Ruins!

(Full length composition available to members of The Blue Ruins Project)