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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
>
>


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Niall Hosking
aka Kserokhs Vaene
884744ho@????.???.??.uk

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Re: 3D    Skreyn@???.com    20 Oct 1994 10:26:58
Re: 3D    Niall Hosking    20 Oct 1994 11:04:22
3D    Skreyn@???.com    20 Oct 1994 15:17:46

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