Today in the June issue of Scientific American I read an article on the evolution of hands by John A.Long and Richard Cloutier. In the article near the end of P49 I read, “In Science, however, knowledge is not written in stone.” I don’t know who wrote the words but in my experience I have learned that they are right.
Now keep in mind that what whomever wrote that was not writing about scientific anomalies, but still… And it served to remind me that not everybody is an authority on everything. Long and Cloutier can be taken as authorities on the evolution of lobe finned fishes, but that doesn’t mean they are going to be authorities on iron/nickel asteroids as an example. Author Gregory Benford can be taken as an authority on physics, but I would hardly call him an authority on matters such as primatology, physical geography, or even the land and history of Beringia. Or David Brin for that matter, another physicist.
Why single them out? Because they have insisted that there can be no such animal as Bigfoot -and I’m not about to link to any online sources on the animal because those sources are rather crappy in my opinion.
Cycles have damn all to do with it. Trouble comes up, we deal with it. We recover and we forget. New troubles come up as they will and having forgotten how we dealt with it before we fluster about until we muddle through again. We just got off our butts and made a real effort to learn from the past we wouldn’t have the problems we do.
And yes, the past is relevant. It matters to us and we need to be concerned and to learn from it. But there are some who must insist on being slothful fools and ignoring matters. Trump isn’t the first and he won’t be the last, so get your shit together and learn.
I’ll be getting money on Monday, and then on Tuesday My caregiver will be cleaning my place up. Then it’s order a computer desk and an office chair, and then get my bed tent set up. After which I’ll be getting a print out of Dave Brin’s “Polemical Judo” so I can read that. Rest? What’s that?
It’s now 1:40 am local time and I’m bushed after yesterday. So I’m off to sleep in the hopes I can get rested up and then add some more posts to this blog. I think I’m going to be crafting some mechanics for endurance and fatigue in Dangerous Journeys, and that because life has features you really can’t ignore. Games are supposed to be simple, life is really no game.
Getting back to Walking with Dragons after the interruption caused by someone hacking the Chrome Browser we now find ourselves dealing with the K/T Boundary on the world of Orth. Though these days it would appear that it’s been renamed the K-PG or Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary.
On Orth the dragons knew about it. they new about the Deccan Traps and the approach of a giant asteroid that would impact too damn soon for their comfort. Now the traps were having a bad enough effect all by themselves, so the dragons of that time decided to just get rid of it. This they did by getting it into an orbit around the Orth when they could some 66 million years ago, then just sort of scraping at it until it was all broken up. It took a few thousand years and a ton lot of magick, but instead of an impact you got a lot of dust and a corresponding climatic collapse. Something the dragons found they could live with.
But still it did a lot of damage to the Orth’s environment and meant that a lot of Orth’s life didn’t survive.
All forms suffered, but once life could recover those groups that made it through the calamity pretty much did. The birds and placental mammals, along with the flowering plants did real well. Among the non-avian dinosaurs the hadrosaurs and dromaesaurs bounced back as well, though the ceratopsians effectively disappeared except for the population on a South Pacific island. The crocodilians also came back to some extent, as did the turtles and lizards etc, but the sauropods were pretty much reduced to the miraphants of Afrika.
At the moment it’s get my place cleaned up, eat something, and get out in order to soak up some sunshine. I also have that iMac I’ve ordered and a larger microwave coming. Then maybe spend some of that $261 in food stamps I now have. Also get straightened out on my meds.
And then, write. It’s dang time I started writing again.
Today I was supposed to get my apartment cleaned up, but then my caregiver had an emergency and so couldn’t make it. Basically another client has ended up in the hospital on a respirator and in a coma. I’m hope he (she?) makes it and makes a full recovery.
In other news I now have a bookcase and a bed tent, both of which need to be assembled. Soon I hope I’ll have a new(er) iMac with Catalina on it, which in turn means new versions of old software and my own copy of Pages to play around with. But overall this all means I’m frazzled and dazzled and ready to nod off. How are you doing?
I don’t see things the way many others do. During my years I’ve learned how to accept things others would rather not, and in this particular instance I really don’t want to see reality as so many do.
You get right down to it I rather doubt many of us actually understand infinity. What is it? Well, it’s big. It’s really enormous. Infinity is just infinite. To keep this simple, infinity has no limits. That is infinity’s one limit, that it has none. So I guess you can describe infinity as that which has just one limit, that it has no limits.
I know, it’s boggling, but I can accept that. Infinity just is and there ain’t nothing you can do about it.