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  1. Story Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020

    Paint it red so it goes faster ...
  2. Story Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020

    Ebay lyrics - the bath robe is pink.
  3. Story Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020

    Ooo, they also have pink snow globes; must've done his homework. Or was it a pink bath robe? Aw, now I gotta listen to it.
  4. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    Not extensively. Data is cheap, human actor. Star Wars style ubiquitous robots requires a bigger budget. Very efficient, but so far, not much thrust. Promising for the future. Sails as well.
  5. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    Yes, why indeed did I not use the Internet, to watch Space, Above and Beyond in 1995? Could there be any possible reason? In other words, one of the most advanced Federation ships in the series looks like you'd expect such a ship to look, not like someone had a fun afternoon gluing parts together, and 'the best Romulan design' was an early one, yet they abandoned that and produced a bazillion of the later D'Deridex model; and this all makes sense to you? You are citing one of the weaker features of the series as evidence of parallel evolution. The reason Romulans look like humans with pointy ears is that human actors and makeup are available on our world. It really is that simple. Actual parallel evolution exists, we've already discussed it. You seemed to have missed ' down to the nth detail'. It matters. You are comparing the entire ship containing the engines with one individual steam plant; setting aside that you know nothing of the steam plant, it seems like comparing the ship to the steel mill would be a better comparison. The entire plant was more than five miles long. There were three steam powered rolling mills, with three stages of rollers each; a fourth had been steam, but was converted to electric drive ( which must not have been cost effective, because they only did the one). The individual steam engines that powered the rolling mills were each on the order of one hundred feet long; we had to change a piston ring once, and a man could (and did) stand up in the low pressure cylinder. The crank shafts, which ran perpendicular, were similarly sized, and there was significant separation between engines. So, roughly 600 feet by maybe 800 feet for just the rolling mill area. If you add where the ingots were loaded and where the finished beams were unloaded, a quarter of a mile long. The Nimitz aircraft carrier can probably share steam form either or both reactors to any of the four turbines, as you say; I don't know. It is direct steam turbine drive, so no steam, no movement. You may be thinking subs, which use electric drive. They wouldn't have to, but you want to be able to run silent, hence electric and batteries. Some of the ideas were prescient, or even a bit backward in hindsight. The communicators looked like magic, but my cell phone does much more, more like the tricorder. You. May. Be. Unaware. Of. Some of. His. Quirks. OTOH, if you are a true fan, you may enjoy T. J. Hooker. It's Captain Kirk as a cop. It also features Heather Locklear looking good.
  6. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    Preachin' to the choir, man.
  7. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    That is, honest to God, the most sensible comment yet.
  8. Wild Speculation version 3.14159265...

    My impression is that Sarah would not have any magic of her own if not for being marked. She's shown no other abilities. There is no evidence that Ashley had any magical affinity prior to the Dewitchery Diamond exploding, but on the other hand, it is easy to see her and everyone else missing her nominal ability. Some of the strength is through use and practice, numerous examples, but most clearly stated by Pandora to Sarah. Susan has been using hers, and is likely to keep up with her spell book; Diane looks like she'd be an enthusiast. Thinness of bloodline sounds reasonable, but may not be a factor. It might come down to presence or absence of a specific gene. Number of copies might matter. I don't think Heka's statement was meant to be exclusive in the sense we are talking about, or possibly hkmaly's notion that everyone has immortal ancestry is true. Interesting speculations.
  9. Wild Speculation version 3.14159265...

    Is it canon that the recipient of a magic mark must be descended from an Immortal? Pandora did not seem to be considering that as a factor.
  10. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    I never saw that. I had high hopes for Space: Above and Beyond. Fox's track record of trashing successful shows truly sucks.
  11. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    Yes, we've agreed on that, and I mad it abundantly clear that without bending space or some such you were not getting anywhere anytime soon. OTOH, without f=ma, you are not moving at all. Meh, they were all designed to look impressive but people who where more artist than scientist. 2001 got space travel right, and at times it is boring; I could not get my kids to sit still to watch it. Star Wars does better that Star Trek in the 'ships look functional' department. The original Romulan war bird, which I believe was only used in one early episode, had a broad flat back so it could display a war bird emblem (because, as we all know, evolution is always parallel down to the nth detail, so of course Romulans had raptors (original meaning; hawks, eagles, falcons, and such)). And so it goes. Every thing about TOS is 'because it looks cool', not 'because we thought it out and this makes the most sense'. Trying to fit a rational scientific framework is after the fact. These ships all bend a bit of space time around them. Wouldn't a compact shape, something like an egg, make the most sense? Presumably, this is the most energy costly thing they do, and would be the thing they need to most optimize. Where would you stick the engine? Maybe dead center, because "Hell, if it fails, we're screwed anyway" and "Might as well give it as much shielding as possible". What you wouldn't do is stick a long spar on the front of your ship that needed would be contained in that warp field, unless for some reason, your entire engine section was lethal and needed to be separate, in which case, what's up with the broad, thick wings? The Discovery in 2020 was long for that reason, but the living section was a ball, and the spar was just that, a long structure for transferring force from the engines way in the back. (basically a tower, if you view thrust as 'down', and it does indeed look like a utility tower) So, I ask you, which of these two scenarios makes more sense: A. The federation thinks that dragging along a bunch of extraneous whatever is good ship design. B. "Hey, you know what would look cool? A saucer. Space ships are saucers, right?" "Nah, it's been done. The Jupiter II was a saucer." "Well, maybe we could have a saucer that's part of a ship." "That could work." "I'll stick it on top." I might design a ship that looked like the Enterprise. It would be much smaller, and you'd drive it from the bottom section. The removable saucer section would be for delivering the pizzas. Reminder, this is fiction. All the retcon in the world doesn't change that. The plotmovium of the week does not make it actual science. Do we have real world counterparts? Yes, we do. We have structural integrity fields. It's called strength of materials. Do we have inertial dampers? Why, yes, we do. We have cushions, and body orientation, and restraints. Do we have multiple engines as sources of power? Yes, that as well. Consider, in Star Trek, the fields are able to hold an atmosphere against the vacuum of space, yet a shuttle can arrive and depart though it. Orly? And this makes more sense than, oh, an airlock? Or better yet, what we currently do, dock on the outside and come in through a sealed passageway? The inertial dampers of Star Trek implies anti-gravity technology, and indeed we briefly see that in use in one movie. It should be ubiquitous. Star Wars gets that. Where are the robots? We have one android character, his failed brother prototype, his failed daughter, ... did I miss any? They should be all over the place. Star Wars get that. Warp field; well, we don't really know, but compact would make sense, see above. Extra engines, generally dedicated to a specific purpose, and power is not generally reroutable. Reroutablity of power is costly on a mobile platform. It works fine on the ground on our non movable electric grid. It works well in a large facility, like the pneumatic distribution systems that used to be in vogue, or the huge stream plant that powered the archaic steel mill I once worked in. An airplane or ship may have extra engines, and be somewhat functional if they are not all working, but they don't swap power between them. And they are hampered in their mission. All of this, though is essentially superfluous. Gene Roddenberry created a vehicle too tell stories. He had an agenda, but it was not about creating great science fiction, it was about social narrative. That is was enjoyable space opera as well, eh, that's kind of gravy. Also, the things that are missing in Star Trek, like robots? Cost. I don't recall it. Seems like if you disconnect the saucer near the battle, you're leaving a very vulnerable target. If you leave it a good distance away, you are stranding it if you get destroyed, and at the very least are committing to backtrack and pick it up. I'm going to stick with someone though it looked good, and everything else is rationalization. If you ever see the episodes, you will probably cringe, and wonder how anyone ever watched them. The production values were not up to current standards, and William Shatner's portrayal of Capt. Kirk is notoriously over the top. Mostly, the stories are pretty good, and Early NG is a recap of a few.
  12. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    Dang, U mus et lotta mouses.
  13. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    Aye stawkin wyeld Kleeneks, 'scaep frum boks.
  14. Story Monday, Jun 1, 2020

    I like how Mayday (Traveller-related GDW Box game) handled movement. Each turn, your default future move was based on your current position marked by your token and your velocity; use a second 'future position token' to show this. You can apply thrust to modify your velocity. Planetary masses apply gravity as non optional thrust based on distance. Mark modified future position with a third kind of token. Everyone update their current position and default future position. It is very quantized, restricted to hexes, with enough resolution to work. Triplanetary is similar, with grease pens.
  15. NP Saturday, Jun 6, 2020

    The nudity prohibitions in games is not a revolutionary idea, but Dan's timing seems to coincide with our discussions lately. But people have been quoting Discord, maybe that's the source.