I got a book printed out, which will make it tons easier for me to read through it and make notes in the margin. In other news I got back in touch with my care giver Roxanne, and she'll be giving me a ride to drop off rent to my landlord and pick up medication.
I have appointments to make, rent to pay, shopping to do, but at the moment I can do none of this without a mobility scooter. Said scooter will cost me about $1300 which I don't have. Have you anything to spare, go ahead and donate via my campaign on GoFundMe. Thanks for what you can do, and I hope you're doing well.
Okay, what I'm doing here is writing about memes. Not memes as in jokes or humor, but memes as in ideas. The original description of the term.
As I'm using the term here, memes are ideas. Thoughts if you'd like. In this case a proposed thought that describes what the author (me in this case) proposes as something to think about. Properly speaking a meme does not have to be funny. It does need to provoke thought. That is, to get the reader to think about an idea. Evolution is a meme. Physics is a meme. The mechanism of evolution is a memeplex, a body of memes connected in some fashion so as to bolster or reinforce a proposition.
Today's meme has to do with what amounts to my description of the term, "metaphysics". I'm using the second definition of "metaphysics" from Merriam-Webster, which says in part, "A division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality...". In short, where physics deals with the physical, metaphysics deals with the nature of physics. In other words, how it works. We all know of gravity, but with Newton and Einstein their theories deal with how it works, and by extension why.
Which brings us to the nature or metaphysics of the universe. As I see it it works this way.
The universe is an expanding sphere. Last I've heard it's some 40 billion light years in diameter, though I could be wrong. It is also a solid sphere, being entirely space/time in composition with no gaps. Indeed, there can be no gaps in space time. To make this simple, there can never be nothing. What we think of as nothing is just an illusion.
In addition space/time can be neither created or destroyed, only changed from one state to another. As I see it, it is either compressed (folded) or uncompressed (flat).
In addition space time as a whole is always in contact with itself. In a sense everything we know of is entangled, it is always entangled, and it can not be separated in any sense of the word from itself.
There are implications here, what those implications will have what for later. In case you're wondering, I like to think of myself as a theoretical metaphysician. Experimental metaphysican is another matter entirely and a field I'm just not competent in. In any case I'll write more on this subject later in the series.
And this in contrast to their other workers. The impression I get is that the people behind Kaiser don't really take mental health all that seriously, and they really need to.
Mental illness costs us a lot of money. Too much money in fact, and we need to give it priority because it costs so much when we are short sighted with it.
The strike can also be taken as a sign that our workers are starting to see labor actions as an answer to how they are being treated poorly and without consideration. This strike could well be a sign of a coming movement, a movement in which labor starts to speak out and act on its own behalf. The middle of this century could well be marked by strikes and labor actions across the board, with measures taken in the past to restrict such action being taken on and overturned. Revolution is coming, are you ready for it?
The Tlantic Ocean is a vast body of water west of The Wolf Folk Sea. Between the two is a strip of land about 20 miles wide which does not entirely separate the two. For about 20 years ago the young of the tlantic shark have been spotted in the western sea, and some of them have been measured at up to 4’ in length. The tlantic shark is known to be a vicious beast and a voracious easter.,
Then there is the tlantic ray, a skate known to have a wingspan of around 20’ that flies through water and air. And according to a few tales through a shadow realm, which is how they got from the Tlantic Ocean to the Wolf Folk Sea.
There are stories of a tlantic ray given the Km name of Shu Qhn -a Bright Thought- known to now inhabit the mouth of the river Hkn, which is the river that flows through the land of the Km.
Shu Qhn is known to be a priest, may well be a mage, and is known to be the cræfter who is teaching the Km how to write down their magick so that they of all the Wolf Folk Sea area can have libraries and colleges of magick.
Note: I should be adding more to this, then reposting them in a knowledge base.
This would be good news if we could agree on a small matter, regulatory approval. Some people could oppose this because it could endanger our workers. With the new construction techniques many in construction could feel their careers are in danger because they won't be necessary.
To make this simple, we first need to make sure the new techniques are safe and reliable, and because they are new you can be sure some people are going to claim they can't be safe and reliable. That means court cases, and depending on the court that means they are likely to be banned because being new they will not be understood. And to be honest with you, not all the new techniques are going to be safe or reliable because we are an animal that makes mistakes.
Then you have our reluctance to innovate because innovation is new and so not something we're used to.
Then you have homelessness, which is not entirely a matter of people not having a home. Seems that even when homes are available up to something like 25% of the homeless population can't handle having a home. Even when homes are available up to a quarter of those given homes can't handle it and end up on the streets anyway. Before we can end homelessness we need to know why some see a need to live on the streets and find a way to address that. Maybe camping grounds or the like those who have a need to live mobile can live there safely, along with measures to keep them safe and out of the hands of the lawless.
Homes as we think of them are not for everybody, and the faster we get used to that fact the better off we will all be.
But in any case if we are to make affordable housing available to all we first need to address the need some have to limit housing to just the "right" people. We need to end the intolerance some have to certain elements in our society, and make housing open to all regardless of situation.
What if Trump is right, that his request that Ukraine look into Hunter Biden's role on a board of directors for a Ukrainian company had nothing to do with the blockage of aid to the republic? That there was no quid pro quo? Would that mean Trump's request was proper and right? That he was right to ask for Ukraine to look into Hunter Biden?
Not as far as I can see.
As far as I can see what Hunter Biden was doing on that board of directors had nothing to do with what his father, Joe Biden was doing running against Trump for the office of President of the United States. What I'm seeing here is a matter of guilt by association. Hunter was associated with a company that was associated with a society known for it's corruption. In turn Joe is associated with his son, and by that association guilty of whatever Hunter is guilty of by association. As the saying goes, "Correlation is not causation."
To make this simple, by asking for dirt on Hunter Biden Trump was looking for a way to smear Joe Biden, Hunter's father. That amounts in my considered opinion to the interference of American elections by a foreign power. As far as I can see that amounts to an abuse of power. And I don't see what Hunter Biden was doing for a foreign company can have anything to do with what his father, Joe Biden was doing running against President Trump for the office of President. My advice for Donald J. Trump is, fight your own battles.
But, no, he had to ask for a third party to interfere. Instead of using his own resources he had to ask for another to get involved. I say, "malarky" and I say the Hell with it.
And then we have the other matters Trump has been involved in. Thanks to my autism I'm not up on everything, but I do recall enough to remember that Trump has been involved in matters such as his interference with foreign trade, and our treatment of asylum seekers at our southern border. We have a problem with a flu outbreak at the southern borders, and that means we have a reservoir of flu cases near ready to spread beyond the current locus bringing what amounts to an epidemic to millions more. For our safety we need to get those people vaccinated, no matter how long or how short their stay in detentions is going to be. Saying that the detainees are only going to be there for a short time means nothing, as long as they are vulnerable to infection they need to be vaccinated. And who bears the ultimate responsibility here? Who's prejudice and hostility encourages the prejudice and hostility of those under him? President Donald Trump.
That's what it comes down to. Donald Trump is just a bad President. His actions and behaviors have placed this country in danger and he needs to go. Abuse of power be damned, his crime is his abuse of the nation as a whole and I say it's time he got stopped. It doesn't look like it's going to happen anything before the general election, but we can work towards his ouster on Inauguration Day in 2021.
Let's focus on what we can do to remove Trump from office, instead of fixating on something that could well back fire on us. Let's fight the battle we can win.
As I understand it, rules are prescriptive, mechanics are descriptive. An RPG -role playing game- uses rules. An RPS -role playing system- uses mechanics.
That is to say, in a game the rules tell you how you have to play and lay out what you can't do on moral grounds. While in a system the mechanics tell you what you can't do simply because it is not possible.
Think of the speed of light. That mechanic describes how and why you can't go as fast as light no matter how much power you put into acceleration. You'll get a teeny bit closer, but you'll never reach 1C. It's a simple matter of how the universe works and you're not going to change it.
The same thing with role playing systems. The mechanics of such a system tell you how the system works and you can't change it. Oh, you can change the description -that is, change the mechanics- but all you've really done is change how things work, and that change applies to everything in the system.
That's the clearest I can make it, if you have a better explanation that doesn't contradict what I've said above, drop it into comments.
You know, it has occurred to me that the late Gary Gygax was wrong when he asserted that rules aren't necessary in an RPG. Now when you think of them as prescriptive, they're not. But think of them as descriptive and they very much are.
What is the difference between prescriptive and descriptive?
Prescriptive is a matter of what must be. Descriptive is a matter of what is. Criminal law is prescriptive, scientific law is descriptive. A rule in a game tells you what you should do, a law in science tells you how something works.
Take for example falling in DnD. In the original your character suffered 1d6 in damage for each 10' he fell. He fell 30 feet he suffered 3d6 in damage. With a d6 for hit points for each level in the original rules the longer the fall the better the chance he would die. It was really more a matter of luck than it was a physical matter.
Later in Dangerous Journeys Gary devised a variant on the above, in Mythus the damage suffered was still 1d6 per 10', plus a multiplier of 1d6. So a fall of just 10' could still do between one and 36 points of damage depending not only on how long the fall was, but on how hard the character landed, and what he landed on. Now given that the average mundane character in Mythus has something like 60 points he can take in damage, a 10' fall no matter how hard, how he landed, or on what shouldn't kill him. But not everybody can take average damage.
But my main point regarding the rules (mechanics if you like) of an adventure guide (as I like to call them) is that they are best employed as descriptions of how things work in the AG's setting. Think of them as models, or simulations of reality. Emulations if you like. The original mechanics of Tensor's Floating Disk described them working one way. A later version had the magick working another way, a milder way. We learned about the spell when it first came out, and being young and smart and creative figured out how to weaponize it. Let's face it, you've got a half ton of mass moving at 3 miles an hour it's going to mow things down. And I can just hear DMs of the day going "Ack!" and looking for ways to stop the carnage.
And that's the sort of thinking you get when you think of what we're doing as games. You can't nerf physics. Physics basically says that this is how matters work and you're not going to change a damn thing. You can cheat, but if you want to cheat you'd better damn well know how it works.
And I've got more thinking to do here. I'll address this further later.