From: Niall Hosking <884744ho@????.???????.??.uk> Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 12:04:22 +0100 (BST) Subject: Re: 3D
> > Point taken. Maybe we should define a spacial unit for the > flow, since we only have distances between spheres measured > in travel times. How about: > > 1 parsec = the distance travelled in 1 week on an average-speed > flow current As an astronomer, I am not very keen on using a parsec, as it is an actual unit, which I feel would be confusing. If you want to define the distance between spheres more exactly, and start defining speeds for phlogiston flows, fair enough, but I feel that if we use real-world units, they shouldn't be changed - how would you feel if I started using the mile as the distance covered by a person on average terrain by foot in one day? Not very exact, and certainly misleading. If you don't want exact times/distances, then all the more reason for a more nebulous, 'new' unit. Speaking of which, if we start using real distances, what would happen to a ship that left a phlogiston flow? Do we use real interstellar distances? (Which would fit with the real inter-planetary distances). Imagine the problems navigating, and dealing with loss of air! Imagine rogue undead ships travelling through the slow-flow for centuries, sunddenly appearing and terrorising people. I think we have a lot of room to make 'real' definitions of distances/travel times, whilst still leaving it undefined enough for those who prefer more leeway and uncertainty (ie GM fiat). This is coming from someone who hated the fact that on Star Trek they ignored real life distances, and the speeds necessary to travel them. > > Thus, amend my statement to: red = 3 parsecs into the paper, > purple = 3 parsecs out of the paper.... > -- > Sean K Reynolds a.k.a. Veggie Boy skreyn@??????.com skreyn@???.com > "You think you're so smart, but I've seen you naked, > "I'll probably see you naked again." 'Blame it on me', BareNaked Ladies > > -- Niall Hosking aka Kserokhs Vaene 884744ho@????.???.??.uk 'Practise random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.'
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