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    Thread: Social Autopilot
Post: RE: Social Autopilot

Thanks! I think all but one of the corrections are quite reasonable. However, I think the last "may" is arguable. Often "may" means "have permission" (as in the snarky "you can but you may not"). As...
selden Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 20 209 11-10-2021, 05:37 AM
    Thread: A Random Notion - 'Infinity Pen'
Post: RE: A Random Notion - 'Infinity Pen'

Inks primarily based on pure carbon tend not to fade due to exposure to UV. Far too many commercial ink formulations fade when exposed to fluorescent lights, which emit some UV. It’s frustrating to ha...
selden General Setting Discussion 3 45 10-29-2021, 11:58 PM
    Thread: DNI - Why only implants?
Post: RE: DNI - Why only implants?

Research into non-intrusive DNI is proceeding apace. See https://www.news-medical.net/news/202101...ality.aspx
selden General Setting Discussion 9 104 10-13-2021, 11:42 PM
    Thread: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)
Post: RE: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)

Well, materials used in the future might be somewhat more resistant, too.
selden Creative Writing 301 2,404 10-05-2021, 02:08 AM
    Thread: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)
Post: RE: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)

Shaped charges control the direction of the blast from an explosive.
selden Creative Writing 301 2,404 10-05-2021, 01:28 AM
    Thread: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)
Post: RE: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)

Presumably there are many interior rooms which have no walls in direct contact to the outside, so drilling holes in them wouldn't be an option. Maybe some inconspicuous drones could glue hinges (or o...
selden Creative Writing 301 2,404 10-03-2021, 09:53 PM
    Thread: Character Profile: Ferria
Post: RE: Character Profile: Ferria

I suggest having a separate section title for the description of the events involving Xi's "corruption", and maybe another one for the final paragraph. I noticed some English problems (in number and ...
selden Creative Writing 134 1,821 10-02-2021, 04:13 AM
    Thread: Character Profile: Ferria
Post: RE: Character Profile: Ferria

Manufacturing ships in the ring and dropping them off its outer side has the problem of obtaining their construction materials from somewhere. If they’re not prestaged while the ring is being construc...
selden Creative Writing 134 1,821 09-30-2021, 01:01 PM
    Thread: Character Profile: Ferria
Post: RE: Character Profile: Ferria

Re: moon in the center of the ring: Don't forget that this is an unstable gravitational situation. Larry Niven got a lot of flack about this when Ringworld was published. While there is a restorative...
selden Creative Writing 134 1,821 09-28-2021, 01:56 PM
    Thread: Character Profile: Ferria
Post: RE: Character Profile: Ferria

WRT an unrecognizable signal and/or source, don’t forget that there are vast numbers of virtual environments and civilizations in the setting. Doubtless many of them have evolved into things unrecogni...
selden Creative Writing 134 1,821 09-28-2021, 07:35 AM
    Thread: Changes to Early Timeline Transhumanism
Post: RE: Changes to Early Timeline Transhumanism

It seems to me that, while describing their attitudes as transhumanist in a research paper or EG article is reasonable, the average person would never think of considering their point of view in that ...
selden Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 38 505 09-26-2021, 11:25 PM
    Thread: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)
Post: RE: Ice Bleeding (Ocean Untamed Sequel)

WRT explosives in elevator cars, it seems to me that basic safety measures in space elevators would make this very difficult. The potential threat of terrorist, gangster or other anti-social groups ho...
selden Creative Writing 301 2,404 09-26-2021, 11:21 PM
    Thread: Character Profile: Ferria
Post: RE: Character Profile: Ferria

The punishment used by the Messengers bothers me since it’s what’s used by some current extremists. Perhaps something less topical would be more appropriate. The ancient and time honored practice of ...
selden Creative Writing 134 1,821 09-25-2021, 11:11 AM
    Thread: HEEC2 and radiation level in galactic core
Post: RE: HEEC2 and radiation level in galactic core

https://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/5babc03f04379 (Alien Civilizations in the Local Group)
selden Website and Content Issues 5 29 09-25-2021, 03:14 AM
    Thread: HD 24040
Post: RE: HD 24040

Re: using asteroids as spacecraft Don't forget that there are M-type asteroids which consist primarily of iron and nickel. That type wouldn't be likely to crumble, but they wouldn't include much in t...
selden General Setting Discussion 40 503 09-24-2021, 01:15 AM
    Thread: Heavtal
Post: RE: Heavtal

A minor grammar issue: “and etc.” is redundant. Etc. is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase “et cetera” which translates as (and is used in English to mean) “and others.” (I found a description of ...
selden Creative Writing 57 934 09-22-2021, 11:45 PM
    Thread: Focus: Age of Expansion/Establishment, core themes/ideas.
Post: RE: Focus: Age of Expansion/Establishment, core th...

My impression is that there are at least 7 different ways to produce a new transapient, several of which might be considered “breeding”. I think this might imply a more rapid population increase. On t...
selden General Setting Discussion 15 185 09-14-2021, 11:53 PM
    Thread: Imaginary vs real stars
Post: RE: Imaginary vs real stars

A problem with real stars is that as distance measurements improve, especially in new Gaia data releases over the next few years, the shapes of constellations made using them are going to change. Th...
selden General Setting Discussion 10 110 09-11-2021, 03:56 AM
    Thread: First Federation Update
Post: RE: First Federation Update

Changing to "Golden Age" (or its variants) seems fine to me.
selden Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 214 2,265 09-10-2021, 03:41 AM
    Thread: Constellations List
Post: RE: Constellations List

But people aren't sensible! I can imagine some early colonies wanting to preserve some memories of the home system by reusing constellation names. Also, since the earliest colonies will be around ne...
selden Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 50 438 09-08-2021, 05:47 AM