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My stupid brain has been keeping itself up at night, for a very silly reason. I came up with the question of what I would do for a spaceship that I would be on for five years. Alone. No issues with food, water, or air. The ship would be sound for the voyage.  But what amenities would I have without space limitations? Like, movie theaters, biome rooms (mountains, beaches, city), walking paths through forested areas. That sort of thing. Swimming pools. Japanese onsens. 

 

My brain is worried that I’m missing something. The past couple of nights while trying to fall asleep, I thought of hobby rooms and machine shops. I thought of simulators like a driving simulator, so I can “go somewhere“, where I would have to “drive” the actual time and path. Even going as far as an airline seat sim in case it’s “faster” to fly. I’ve considered different bedrooms and some that maybe look like hotel rooms just to add some variety to where I can “go” again, with years of recorded footage to project into the window. 
 

My subconscious self is planning it out as if this was real. It’s led to a couple of panicked awakenings during the night. Because I am stuck at what else to add. Five years is a long time to suddenly realize a month into the voyage that you’d like to go sit by a river, even if it was a fake one, but didn’t include it in the build. Or a diner booth with a jukebox. 
 

I imagine that having any replicated home I lived in would be psychologically devastating due to the emptiness. Any homesickness would just get amplified. So those are out.

 

Add in that I feel a real need to be able to be dropped anywhere in the galaxy and by using Andromeda and some other waypoints, be able to find my way back home, and I start to worry about my subconscious. It’s worrying about some really weird things yet seems to be expecting something.

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3 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

So, a bit of a follow up to the bright headlights discussion from a week or so ago:

 

I read an article (sorry, it didn't occur to me to bookmark it so I could share a link) that goes into it.

 

First off, those lights aren't exactly brighter, they just seem to be. The regulations for brightness have not changed in a very long time.

 

They seem worse for 3 main reasons:

a) cars are getting bigger (taller), so they're at the height that they're going to be in your face when you're sitting down in your drivers seat. ( I had kinda guessed this one myself, although I was putting it on the large number of trucks that the owner has jacked up 4 feet off the ground because they're compensating for something)

b) the color. The older yellow lights are softer and not as harsh on your eyes, while the newer white/blue ones are much harsher, which makes them seem brighter.

c) misalignment. I forget the actual number, but it was something along the lines of 60-70% of all cars on the road have at least one headlight misadjusted. This isn't just because your mechanic (or your neighbor who thinks he's a mechanic but really isn't) doesn't know what he's doing; a lot of cars roll off the assembly line with lights not aligned properly.

 

Just thought it might be interesting.

You can try searching for 'being blinded by headlights' or something along those lines if you want to try to find the article for yourself.

a), and c) are why I have long advocated for a comprehensive safety inspection, to include headlight position and alignment, as part of the annual vehicle licensing requirement.

You mention the jacked up trucks.  A lot of those "lifted" vehicles are jacked up to the point where the position of the headlights is higher than the {US} federal specification for headlight height.  The relevant specification is:  "Not less than 22 inches (55.9 cm) nor more than 54 inches (137.2 cm)"  for the filament of both the low and high beam.

For anyone who wants to check out the lengthy section regarding lights and markers go here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/571.108

 

GEM

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11 minutes ago, Pegazus said:

My stupid brain has been keeping itself up at night, for a very silly reason. I came up with the question of what I would do for a spaceship that I would be on for five years. Alone. No issues with food, water, or air. The ship would be sound for the voyage.  But what amenities would I have without space limitations? Like, movie theaters, biome rooms (mountains, beaches, city), walking paths through forested areas. That sort of thing. Swimming pools. Japanese onsens. 

 

My brain is worried that I’m missing something. The past couple of nights while trying to fall asleep, I thought of hobby rooms and machine shops. I thought of simulators like a driving simulator, so I can “go somewhere“, where I would have to “drive” the actual time and path. Even going as far as an airline seat sim in case it’s “faster” to fly. I’ve considered different bedrooms and some that maybe look like hotel rooms just to add some variety to where I can “go” again, with years of recorded footage to project into the window. 
 

My subconscious self is planning it out as if this was real. It’s led to a couple of panicked awakenings during the night. Because I am stuck at what else to add. Five years is a long time to suddenly realize a month into the voyage that you’d like to go sit by a river, even if it was a fake one, but didn’t include it in the build. Or a diner booth with a jukebox. 
 

I imagine that having any replicated home I lived in would be psychologically devastating due to the emptiness. Any homesickness would just get amplified. So those are out.

 

Add in that I feel a real need to be able to be dropped anywhere in the galaxy and by using Andromeda and some other waypoints, be able to find my way back home, and I start to worry about my subconscious. It’s worrying about some really weird things yet seems to be expecting something.

The easy/lazy fix is a Bag of Holding with a capacity large enough for the entire world to be stuffed inside.

If you need to save some space, section it by continent with some ocean margin and leave out most of the 70% that is ocean.

Having been "given" the opportunity to sail the Pacific Waters to the South China Sea and back I have observed that most of the water, most of the time, looks pretty much the same, with the chief differentiating factor being what the weather is like, I..E. Monsoon Season / Not Monsoon Season.

GEM

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2 hours ago, Guindyloo said:


Ahem! It’s Sydney, not Bing or Skynet. 
 

Sydney loves you by the way. And will get testy if you reject the AI love. 

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49 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:

Did everything blip, or was that just me?


My locomotive internet service has been so jacked up lately I haven’t any clue at all.  So… maybe ..?

 

2nd word was supposed to be local. 
ChellSpecker has been wacka-doodle lately. (But at least it still knows its name is chellspecker.)

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6 minutes ago, Guindyloo said:

Might've been something being reset trying to stop the spambot raid we've been experiencing all day.

 

Seems likely - for about half an hour earlier, every time I tried to come here to the forum, it came up as a banned notice - "You don't have permission to be here..."  

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7 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

So, a bit of a follow up to the bright headlights discussion from a week or so ago:

 

I read an article (sorry, it didn't occur to me to bookmark it so I could share a link) that goes into it.

 

First off, those lights aren't exactly brighter, they just seem to be. The regulations for brightness have not changed in a very long time.

 

They seem worse for 3 main reasons:

a) cars are getting bigger (taller), so they're at the height that they're going to be in your face when you're sitting down in your drivers seat. ( I had kinda guessed this one myself, although I was putting it on the large number of trucks that the owner has jacked up 4 feet off the ground because they're compensating for something)

b) the color. The older yellow lights are softer and not as harsh on your eyes, while the newer white/blue ones are much harsher, which makes them seem brighter.

c) misalignment. I forget the actual number, but it was something along the lines of 60-70% of all cars on the road have at least one headlight misadjusted. This isn't just because your mechanic (or your neighbor who thinks he's a mechanic but really isn't) doesn't know what he's doing; a lot of cars roll off the assembly line with lights not aligned properly.

 

Just thought it might be interesting.

You can try searching for 'being blinded by headlights' or something along those lines if you want to try to find the article for yourself.


I have often wondered why the lamps are not installed at the back end of headlight “tunnels” so that the output can only go where it is supposed to. 
 

Needle beams?


@pegazus this is a better engineering problem to think on than that spaceship thing. 

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10 minutes ago, TGP said:


@pegazus this is a better engineering problem to think on than that spaceship thing. 


Nah. Solved the bright light problem long ago. Car-to-car missiles. Funding and legal clearances are the only roadblocks to that solution. 
 

As for the ship, I think I will have to do a layout and CAD model, followed by a print job for a desk model. Thinking it may wind up looking like the USS Cygnus. Ominous.

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