In the latest issue of MIT Technology Review is a list of ten tech breakthroughs; one item mentioned is that we are now producing embryos from stem cells. This includes human.
It does mention that the embryos can be brought to maturity, which means we could soon have babies grown from stem cells instead of zygotes, and as you could expect some people are having conniptions about that. Their complaint amounts to, “How are we going to tell the difference?” My question is, “Why would we want to?”
They wouldn’t be true humans?
As far as I can see there wouldn’t be a damn difference other than how the chap got his start. All the genetic say “human”, so let’s call them human. Folks, a difference that makes no difference is no difference.
So I have to proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law allowing for any way of marking a person as being in any way artificial.
Let’s block the sort of discrimination some fussbudgets are insisting on.
Today I learned that the fellow who was supposed to move out of his apartment as he promised to changed his mind. Steps are being taken to persuade him to follow through on his promise, but at the moment it looks like he’s going to get evicted, and that’s going to take a couple of months.
Keep in mind that he likely has a place to move to, and that it’s likely his family and his doctor are urging him to. But it sounds to me as if he’s gotten scared and wants to stay where he feels safe.
In the meantime I’m feeling unsafe and I really do need a place of my own. Or at least a room in a home with a stable environment and the landlord has some knowledge of the autistic and how we tend to behave.
To add to that I really do need to start using a cpap, I don’t think a delay of close to 60 days is going to do me any good.
In New England Might… author Erik Klemetti writes about the possibility of volcanoes popping up in New England in a million years or so. But—I can hear you protest—New England is in the wrong place for volcanoes.
Here’s the thing, we make mistakes.
Something We’ve Overlooked
When we first started dividing the planet into tectonic plates we went by the obvious. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge was obvious. So the MAR was named as the eastern edge of the North American Plate and is considered as such to this day. Trouble is, the floor of the western North Atlantic is basaltic, while the continent is North America is granitic. Last I heard, granite and basalt just don’t mix. That is, they don’t blend or merge in any real sense. Basaltic rock will always be distinct from granitic rock, in any great extent.
What Does this Mean?
What it means when you get right down to it is that the Western North Atlantic plate and the North American plate are separate tectonic plates, with the WNA subducting under the eastern NA. And as happens with plates sinking into the mantle as they subduct melting. In the case of the newly discovered plume it would appear that that location in the WNA plate just happens to have a lower melting point for some reason, or it’s right above a mantle hot spot and so is melting.
And the Volcanism?
And the million years or so just happens to be the guess we’re most comfortable with. As far as I know it could be tomorrow. For that matter, there is already volcanism in northern New York state near the border with Vermont. And for your information hot springs are volcanic activity.
There’s Potential Here
Think of it, lava and ash burying New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Naturally some editors are going to have conniptions should you mention it in a story, and there will be a lot of bitching and moaning about it on social sites should it start happening in the near future. But I’ll bet the first persons to start taking the possibility seriously—and they’re right—are going to be talked about for a very long time.
Then again, it’ll probably be our distant descendants who’ll have volcanoes where we now have New Hampshire.
Just remember, we don’t know everything and what we do now can be wrong.
I’ve been getting good news recently, so I’m up to posting again, and posting about Dangerous Journeys. So you get this.
The Post in Question
We start with the measure that the average human walking speed is about 3 MPH. This amount to approximately 15,000 feet an hour. A rough approximation that is true, but it makes what follows easier for me
Walking Speed in DJ
Now with a speed of 15,000 feet an hour that comes out to be 125 feet in a Battle Turn. Which, since I’m fussy about that kind of thing, I’ve decided to make 120 feet a BT.
That comes out to be 12 feet a Critical Turn, and 0.4 foot a Beat.
Walking Speed and PTrait
Then to complicate the players’ lives I decided to make walking speed dependent on his PTrait. So walking speed can range from 6% of 120 feet a BT—a truly aged individual, to 180% of 120 feet a BT. Or 7.2 feet at the one end and 216 feet at the other.
What this means is that in DJ that is no set movement rate since it depends on the Persona’s statistics.
Though it also means I need to figure out how size affect movement. If you have any idea feel free to pass them on.