Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars

Plenty of science fiction writers have presented their visions for the future, and in my opinion most of them have gotten it flat wrong. So here’s my list of predictions for the year 2100:

Governments have grown extremely oppressive (more so than they are now, if believable), driving the move of humans into space. Earth based governments try during the latter half of the 21st century to assert control over nearby territories, like the moon and earth orbit, but fail miserably due to the widespread usage of orbital bombardment by space settlers and simple lack of experience. Such government is therefore largely contained to earth, the space settlers not allowing earth flights beyond orbit. The usurping of such unjust governments on earth has begun to happen, and is expected to be complete no later than 2120.

Of the few hundred-thousand to million humans in space, most live in the asteroid belt with the de facto capital at Ceres. There’s a wild-west style vigilante anarchy in the belt and open space, a weak confederation style government on Mars and the Moon. Never before had there been such a time of such personal liberty for humans. Science and technology have begun to advance at a remarkable pace due to the achievement of Singularity, and a significant amount of humans now have indefinite, disease free lifespans due to nanobots. The nanobots, however, came about in the mid-21st century, thus of the people then were still alive and thriving by 2100. A new species of post-humans is beginning to take form, using cybernetic enhancements and genetic engineering to advance themselves to new levels. The terraforming of mars is taking place, and post humans are able to use their advanced cybernetics to venture beyond the pressurized colonies without space suits or additional oxygen years before baseline humans would be able to.

Faster than light travel is still science fiction, though research is being done. Anti-matter pulse powered city ships are making decade long interstellar voyages a reality, settlements being established around Alpha Centauriy and Brenard’s star among other locations, though there are less than a dozen ships in service. First contact with an alien intelligence probably occurs around this time, in which it is discovered that humanity’s mastery of spaceflight is highly unusual, most planets having missed the window of technology and willpower necessary. Inside the solar system, voyages between worlds and asteroids take anywhere from months between the outer and inner planets, to about a week or two between the moon and mars or venus thanks to fusion powered plasma-ion engines. The majority of trade occurs in the belt, due to easily controlled environments, plentiful resources and low gravity wells. Cloud city style cities have sprung up in high venusian atmosphere, and are exporting mass quantities of oxygen derived from Venus’s mostly CO2 atmosphere.

 

This is my rather idealistic take on the future, take it as you will.

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Morrowind is awesome

Morrowind is awesome. It’s barley comprehensible just how awesome it really is; and I haven’t installed any mods, or Tribunal and Bloodmoon (by the way, if you don’t own a copy, game of the year edition is a good buy: Amazon). The scope of the game is simply mind blowing, each game can be as similar or as different from the next as you want, and the gameplay is more open world than most MMOs. Simply put: there are no right or wrong ways to play Morrowind, play however the hell you want. You want to play by the book and get the wraithguard from the demi-god Vivec? Great. You want to just kill him, embed his soul in your sword, and loot the wraithguard off of his cold corpse? That’s fine too. You can literally kill anybody you want (but you’ll also face the consequences if they’re essential to completion of the main quest). Want to level the natural way? Fine. Want to skip it by becoming a werewolf or vampire? That’s cool. Want to kill somebody for their house? Alright. Want to design a mod to give you a house- no, a castle- in the middle of downtown Balmora? OK. This game is a must have, simply put. And if possible, get the PC version instead of the Xbox version; the elder scrolls construction set is quite epic.

..but I’ve been having, among other things, computer troubles. That is, my laptop got stepped on, destroying the screen. That compounded with the fact that it’s only got svga output and the fact that the monitor which I could connect it to in tandem with my DVI out desktop is well outside wireless range makes it difficult to post. I’m working on getting a wired network to my desktop which is not currently net connected, but it could take quite a while. I plan to make two more postings today to rectify my latest drought.

Venting

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

I just felt like venting a little bit about a specific topic; science fairs. Or rather, their modern day castrated incarnation. Being in AP/Gifted classes, I’m forced to participate; I can’t opt out. Ordinarily, I love science but this is an exception; this science fair, its not science its bookkeeping! No live demonstrations in the presentation room, only pictures charts and plenty of paperwork. I absolutely hate something as awesome as pure science being wrapped up in layers of bureaucracy, but that’s what’s happening. Sometimes I wonder if this kind of thing is what’s causing our shocking technological stagnation. Other times, I’m well aware that it is. I do not see good things in store for this society until the great reset button is pushed.

Yahoo Horror Story

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

I thought I’d share my tale of absolute horror reading a yahoo news story a couple weeks ago. It was about a type of jellyfish that endlessly cycles through life, never dying if I recall correctly. 5th comment was “wow, does this mean none of them has died since they created 6000 years ago by god?”. And it had 2 thumbs up… I didn’t know that young earth creationists even existed, let alone were common.

Someday I hope to laugh at this experience...

Something that annoys me

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’ve been going to loads of academic team competitions in the past week, and I’ve found a new pet peeve. True or false questions. You answer one wrong, automatic 10 points to the other team. On the other hand, it provides a new source of comic relief when somebody on the other team buzzes in with the same answer that you just got wrong.

Predetermined response list B

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

Predetermined response list B- comebacks to particularly stupid recurring posts.

1. Typical post: “Stop bashing adobe, without them you wouldn’t even have flash on linux. (What’s gnash?)”
Proper form: Without x, you wouldn’t have y’ or ‘Without x, y wouldn’t be z’
Proper response: You cannot predict alternate realities (opt). If flash had never been released for linux, gnash would have a lot more developers than it does now; in fact, it’d probably be superior to that bloated blob adobe flash. (see adobe reader).

Posting: Product (browser, DE, OS) rocks, everyone else should use it!
Answer: Your experiences don’t speak for everyone’s.