On Time Management
It’s been one of those weeks where you have classes to teach, papers to write, editing to get done, résumés to update and sent out.
I’m sorry I neglected you my dearest blog page.
Also, I have been working on a VLog. Don’t get jealous. You know how important to me you are, I just think I need to experience more formats. When I get it ready, I’ll introduce you. You should be great friends.
I would never forget you. No one understands me the way you do or puts up with my insane ranting’s and strange investigations.
Thanks for understanding.
Your creator R W Van Sant
How much of the designing of a space craft is dedicated to making up for the biological structural inadequacies of the species that created it. Our space craft have to make up for quite a few of them. First of all space craft have to have a strong shell that can maintain heat, atmosphere and block out radiation. For longer trips through space, some form of artificial gravity is needed or our muscles start to atrophy and we lose bone mass. It is therefore of critical importance to a human designed space craft to have these features, while remaining light enough to push out of the Earth’s gravitational field.
Alien ships would also by necessity have to make accommodations for the biological inadequacies of the species that designed them. If we believe, and indeed I do, that if life exists in space it will be of any conceivable form that follows biological evolutionary laws that are dependent upon the world, and ecosystems in which they evolved, then these space ships must be built to those specific imperatives. If a species has the ability to maintain its own internal pressure and doesn’t need to breath, then their space ships could be cages with rockets attached. Such a space ship would require less payload requirements and less energy to make it into space.
Such a species may reach the stars much sooner than a species that evolved in an ocean and depends upon the water pressure to maintain internal pressure. This species would not only have to have a strong frame for pressure support, but would also have to use water as atmosphere dramatically increasing the energy required to make it into space. This species would only develop space travel after creating a very powerful energy source.
Enough for now,
Awaiting your thought on the matter.
Is it more important when writing a story to keep the momentum moving, or take time out for some exposition scenes that contain information that is necessary for the reader to fully understand what I, as an author am trying to impart?
I am going over my first novel, again, before sending out to the beta readers (Thanks to all of you who have volunteered). I find myself reading scenes that at first, second and seventh seemed critical to the story even though it slows down the story. I want to delete huge chunks of, is this necessary or can I just lose a few thousand words and incorporate the few bits of important info in other ways.
On the other hand, can you write a book which is just one exciting scene after another until it ends? Maybe, but is that doing justice to the reader or the story. In other words, if I take a knife to my manuscript am I butchering it, or cutting out the cancer which would kill the chance of it ever being published.
Something to think about.
Alien Life part 6
How important is an interpose-able thumb anyway
This is another case where I believe we, as a species fall back into the comfort of conceit. We have thumbs, we can grab things, and therefore the interpose-able thumb is necessary to build a society. Granted an organism with absolutely no ability to manipulate its environment might become hyper intelligent, but it wouldn’t be able to do anything with that ability. I do not believe, however, that the human thumb is solely responsible for our great advancements in civilization.
I believe that all that is required is for a species to have the following abilities:
- To think, and cooperate with others.
- To perceive its environment, in whatever way it can.
- To alter or change that environment, through whatever means it can
We communicate with others, and cooperate with each other, even if involuntarily (such as slavery).
We can hear, see, feel, smell, and taste our environment. Some fish sense electrical impulses through their skin, other creatures use sonar.
We use our hands with thumbs to manipulate our environment, an now we can leave our own world, and remake it to our desires (or against it through carelessness). Even ants make cities, higher animals dig burrows.
It is not necessary to have human traits to develop a civilization. I think, however, that civilizations built on a different trinity of abilities would by necessity be shaped by them. If a creature’s highest developed sense is sonar then shape form and structure would be more important than color.
Think about it. What are your thoughts?