Ig Nobels reward research that first makes you laugh and then makes you think. Investigating the internet meme of fluid felines fits the bill – and adds to the physics field of rheology.Source: Answering the question that won me the Ig Nobel prize: Are cats liquid? Though it’s not really because cats do fit the container, but more because cats can fit their container,and that because they can relax to a point where you’d swear they were about to flow much as water flows to a lower level. Though keep in mind that a cat is also able to react to a stimulus at the speed of a, well, cat.
The idea that we create reality seems absurd. But an audacious new take on quantum theory suggests the fundamental laws of nature emerge from our own experiencesSource: Consciously quantum: How you make everything real | New Scientist First a confession I just haven’t read the whole article because I don’t have the money, I can’t afford a subscription. That said it strikes me that somebody is rather blatantly overestimating how capable we are. We are smart, we are incredible smart, we’re just not that smart. It strikes me that it is more a matter of how we interpret things, and that depends a lot on how we can interpret it. And that depends a great deal on how we perceive things, and on how we can perceive them. Then you have the matter of timing. For as far as I know we are limited as to when we can perceive, for our perceptions are not instantaneous. It takes us time to see, and time to interpret what we’re seeing. So what it comes down to us; it takes us time to see and how we see will affect what we see. To put it this way, what we’re getting his physically and temporally a blur. We might be able to sharpen our focus, but that is not quaranteed. And depending on how we can process the information we receive I suspect that there will always be a certain “murkiness” in our observations. No, it sounds to me more a matter of wishful thinking than anything else. We don’t create, we learn. And what we learn and how we learn it depends a great deal on how we learn, how we can learn, how we interpret what we learn, and how we can interpret what we learn. We create reality? Like Hell. It’s a matter of how we can see things, and that’s about the end of it
I am going to be so happy when I have wifi of my own. I’ll be getting it through AT&T and their program Access.
I’ll be paying $10 a month because I’m on SSI and living in California. And it means I’ll be able to stay on line without having to worry about some ass knocking me off, and that means I’ll be able to get more done. Production, what a concept.
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On Ærth the first train of the modern railroad of the modern type was laid down in an empty field some 5 miles north of Paris in France. The track was a mile in circumfrance and the train ran at a dizzying 5 miles an hour. This prototype railroad was established at the direction of Charles IX le Roi, then monarch of France. The route was established at the direction of the court diviner, who had seen vision of French rail crisscrossing the country, with long trains carrying passengers and cargo. He made sure to mention the tax revenues that would come with the railroads.
This first rail was established as a proof of concept, with Charles’ encouragement—and a few executions of the obstinant, it took just a few months to get the track laid and the locomotive and a car built.. The next couple of years were spent working out some kinks; such as the need for flanged wheel, better brakes and connections, and better signalling. The first cowcatchers were installed aroound this time.
But this micro railroad had a few limitations, so Charles pushed for and got and the track extented to a circumverence of 10 miles. Along with this came a more powerful locomotive pulliing a three car train.
Wheels,rails, brakes, connections, and signals saw further improvement, and soon enough the royal railroad was carrying passengers our for a day of adventure. There were tourneys and fairs, and circus strongmen vied against each other to see who could pull the heaviest load. During a series of strong rains the need for sand to provide traction on the wet rails saw boxes that could provide it. While the first attempted train robbery pointed out the need to provide personnel to handle disposing of the resulting corpses—Lady J’darc took care of the blackguard by puncturing his heart with her epee, an event that would be followed by others over the course of time.
In 985 Charles IX le Roi ordered the construction of a track 20 miles in diameter at a location some 20 miles north of Paris. Along with the track were built more powerful locomotives capable of 10 miles an hour, larger passengers cars and the first frieght cars. The first railroad stations were established at one mile intervals,and farmers and the like were encouraged to send their goods by rail. Along with passenger and merchant traffic this proved to be popular and profitable to the crown.
In a special stunt arranged between two cavalier troops—one going by rail, the other “on foot” if you like—it was shown that that the troop who traveled by rail, though it actually took longer for one reason or another,actually arrived at their destination better rested and better able to participate in the competition the two held.
Not that everybody was convinced of the value of railroads to France, but the objections were rather firmly squashed and it wasn’t long before railroads were being planned between Paris, Orleans, Nancy, Nantes, and as far as Tours in the south. It also led to delegations from as far away as Japan and the Mandan nations of Vargaard visiting to see how things worked. There are stories saying that parties of Lemurians skulked around, but no such delegations announced themselves.
By 994 it looked like France was well on the way to becoming a nation of rails. The time between then and now—1017—seeing some 200 miles of track being laid done, with another 500 miles planned for.
And that is your except of The Trains of Ærth
As sometimes happens with us creative types I had thoughts flooding my mind keeping me awake. They were sparked by the work I’d done earlier on steam engines and trains and what I’d read while preparing the work. In short, I got ideas.
One thing that occurre to me is the fact that on Ærth while internal combustion isn’t possible chemically, it would appear that it is possible magickal. That means that it is possible to have magickal internal combustion engines. Though what with magick being rather limited in it’s availability magickal engines are going to be correspondingly rare and correspondingly expensive. Which in turn means that such as internal combustion vehicles such as automobiles, trucks,buses and even aircraft are going to be rare.
And then it struck me that external combustion engines are possible, and what is a jet turbine but an external combustion engine? Which gives you turbine cars and turbine aircraft, you just need further technological development and the incentive to pursue it.
And then it occured to me that such development is most apt to make life better for mortals across the board regardless of species, and that in turn means that Ærth in turn would be able to support a higher population, regardless of what Ærth’s deities think of the matter.
So I’m thinking that on Advanced Ærth you could have a population of some 2 billion people even if it does give some gods conniptions. And with 2 billion souls you get effectively 20 million casters and maybe a couple hundred thousand mages and priests.
And this all means that magick is that much more common and available, which further means that people are going to be more comfortable with it and use it more often. It may even result in people being more open to being able to use castings meaning a higher percentage of the population who can.
You get right down to it, it mean substantial changes in the world and a very different look and feel. But it’s not very likely it’s not going to really be anything like ours, for this Ærth will still have some substantial differences with our Earth.
So I’ve given you some of my thinking on this matter. Not exactly indepth, but it could be developed further. For your part how you handle it, should you decide to, is up to you. Though think of what it might be like for the pilot of a jet plane to have to be diverted due to a flight of carpets that have gone off course.