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      This article about 6 iconic jobs that are going away forever due to advances in robotics, has me thinking. Especially since I'd already been thinking along these lines years ago when I was coming up with the economic system for Traipah. Basically, the economic system there is a combo of communism and capitalism, where everyone is guaranteed a place to live, food, and water. These things are considered rights. Of course, the guaranteed level is kinda crappy. Housing ranges from tiny little one-person apartments basically no bigger than needed for a bed, a bathroom, and a small kitchen... to being "forced" to live in a house with a bunch of other people. Because of how Ah'Koi Bahnis are, they tend to choose the second option because unlike humans, AKB are really nice people and can live with strangers without having to worry about their stuff getting stolen.
      Also, the guaranteed level for food is food that is healthy and safe, but bland and dull. If you want better housing and/or better food, you have to work for it. Luckily, Traipahni society does everything it can to find you a job you can do, and usually one you can be happy doing. Since the aspect of "must work or I will die" is taken out of the equation, work becomes a means to better one's life and relieve boredom.

      But I'm not going to talk about that anymore. The article I mentioned got me thinking because one of the questions that long ago came up about Traipah's economic system is how do they motivate people to do crappy jobs like garbage hauling or sewer system management if survival-level needs are guaranteed? The answer is - and was back then - that they don't. They don't need to. They have machines to take care of garbage (which on Traipah is split into composting and recycling. They don't *really* throw anything away) and sewer stuff (which also involves a lot of recycling). A lot of it is automated, and what isn't automated is remote-controlled. Occasionally machines will break down and get stuck, but there are machines to take care of those problems as well, if sending a person down there would involve disgusting and dangerous work.

      Reading that article, it occurred to me that the Traipahni people would use machines for other things as well, using machines/robots to do all the most dangerous jobs like firefighting, repairing dangerous machines, etc. They might even take over other really disgusting jobs, too. This cuts out jobs no one would do if they didn't have to.

      Also, certain things are not manufactured by machine. Wooden furniture, buildings, jewelry, clothing, none of these things are manufactured by machine anymore. Machines and machine parts, and various electronics are made by machine, and that's about it. Everything else is made by hand to give people something to do. But instead of being set up in the stupid "people as meat machines" setup that we have in our society today, most of these items are made, bought, and sold locally. Big, worldwide Guilds only exist for machines and electronics and other things that are difficult or impossible to make by hand (like liquid nitrogen).

      Of course, there is trading still. People might not like their local options. They can get on the Traipahni Internet and buy from merchants elsewhere, and pay for shipping. But since a lot of people prefer the convenience of buying local for most things, they do, and it keeps the money mostly local.
      In short, the Traipahni people built their economic system for long-term stability, not caring about growth.
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This was an email to my parents, first.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergirls/201012/imagine-world-where-aspergers-was-the-norm

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergirls/201010/why-people-aspergers-seem-so-awkward-around-others

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/aspergirls/201010/female-asperger-syndrome-how-it-is-different-and-why-it-matters

I suspect the reason why Aspies and Auties get sensory overload is that in neurotypical people, the brain doesn't pay attention to most of the data, just looks for differences. But in people on the autism spectrum, our brains are hyperattuned to details. We see all the little details that NTs (neurotypical people) don't. It explains why I was always the first to notice things like leaks and other problematic things, because the slightest changes are perceptible to me. And, ironically, it also explains why sometimes I miss the completely obvious - hyper-attention to details can make you miss more obvious things.

I generally cope with sensory overload by spacing out, ignoring all but the most crucial information. But some days I get very curious about things around me, looking at everything, and I soon burn myself out.

AHA! My memory problems explained! It's the Asperger's! (See second link, third paragraph.)

RE: dyspraxia/Proprioceptive dysfunction, my comment to the author would be: speak for yourself. With the exception of a few twisted ankles caused by a combo of my shoes and crappy pavement, I am very graceful. Oh, and there are times my multiplicity gets in the way, when several of us try to move in different directions at once. But usually, I'm quite graceful.

RE: Literalism in humor. An ex of a friend of mine, who is much higher on the autism side of the spectrum from either of us, had a great joke. When my friend said, "The bus is coming," he said, "That's more about the sex life of a bus than I wanted to know."

RE: Anxiety and touching. There was a woman coworker at the casino I worked at, a very nice woman, a 40-something mother; she had this habit of touching people. It was all perfectly innocent, like shoulder taps and so on, but nearly made me jump out of my skin every time. I was soooo tempted to tell her not to do that, but never did. Just like I never told the idiot boss that her sexist assumption that because I am biologically male I should be strong pissed me off. I am not strong, I have never been. I had to literally drag those damned plastic boxes of silverware across the floor because 1. They were too heavy. 2. Even if I could pick one up, they hurt my hands. How anyone could lift those damn things, I will never know, but there were 15 year old girls who could carry them without a problem while I consistently could not. Every time that idiot boss made a comment like that, I wanted to punch her in the goddamn face. But if I had, I probably would've just ended up breaking a bone in my hand.
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Had a great idea today, so I made it real. A filk of "Fiddler's Green" called "Astronaut's Green." Enjoy:

"Astronaut's Green"
A filk by Tristan A. Arts
To the tune of "Fiddler's Green"

As I walked by the spaceport one evening so rare
To view the space shuttles go up past the air
I heard an old astronaut singing this song:
"Oh take me away, boys, me time is not long

(chorus): Belt me up in me hyperspace jumper
No more on the ports I'll be seen
Just tell me old shipmates I'm takin a trip mates
I'll see you someday in Astronaut's Green

Oh in Astronaut's Green is a place I've heard tell
Where astronauts go if they don't go to hell
Where the tether's a spare and the AIs do play
And the old ghost of Terra is far far away

(chorus)

Where the lanes are all clear and you don't leave a trail
And all you need do is to tell a good tale
Where you lie at your leisure - there's no work to do
And the skipper's below making tea for the crew

(chorus)

Oh and when you are docked and the long trip is through
There's pubs and there's clubs and there's lassies there too
Where the girls are all pretty and the beer is all free
And there's bottles of rum growin off every tree

(chorus)

Oh I don't want a harp nor a halo, not me
Just give me a ship and a fabber or three
And I'll play me auld squeezebox as we warp along
With the creaks in the engines to sing me this song

(chorus)

~ ~ ~

Lyrics to the original song

Settings?

Nov. 16th, 2009 03:01 am
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When wandering about the intertubes today, I found this link about a place with lots of stone towers, which was an inspiration for a new planet in my Mindeodean storyverse.

This is a good thing, because as it stands now, I've been struggling to come up with new planets for this storyverse. Since the whole base premise of the stories is that there are over 700 worlds with humans on them, and that a lot of these had to resort to genetic engineering (and thus become new species) to adapt to their new environments, my muse has been a little perplexed as of late. I need to think of some more of the kind of unusual planets/ecosystems that might make humans need to use genetic engineering to adapt to. So far Mindeodean is the least Earthlike, with the "saltwater and desert" planet of [forgot its name momentarily] being a close second.

I tried Googling some potential settings, but my Google-fu on this topic is failing me. I'm kind of looking for the kind of stuff a real scientist might think of, and had an old Discovery Channel special (the name of which I cannot recall) in mind in that regard. I'd like to watch something like that for possible ideas. Especially since it would be neat to have more than one species in that storyverse that were not very humanlike in appearance anymore. (So far, the only non-bipedal human species in this storyverse are the Joquari, who sort of resemble squid with human hands.)

So, basically, if anyone spots any kind of habitat/environment/ecosystem/etc, real or imagined, that you think might have even the slightest chance of sparking ideas in my brain for alien planets to put humans onto, send me the info either here or at fayanora @ yahoo gmail . com (minus the spaces, of course). Pretty please? (What the hell? I don't use yahoo mail anymore, why did I type that?)

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Nov. 16th, 2009 01:39 am
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When wandering about the intertubes today, I found this link about a place with lots of stone towers, which was an inspiration for a new planet in my Mindeodean storyverse.

This is a good thing, because as it stands now, I've been struggling to come up with new planets for this storyverse. Since the whole base premise of the stories is that there are over 700 worlds with humans on them, and that a lot of these had to resort to genetic engineering (and thus become new species) to adapt to their new environments, my muse has been a little perplexed as of late. I need to think of some more of the kind of unusual planets/ecosystems that might make humans need to use genetic engineering to adapt to. So far Mindeodean is the least Earthlike, with the "saltwater and desert" planet of [forgot its name momentarily] being a close second.

I tried Googling some potential settings, but my Google-fu on this topic is failing me. I'm kind of looking for the kind of stuff a real scientist might think of, and had an old Discovery Channel special (the name of which I cannot recall) in mind in that regard. I'd like to watch something like that for possible ideas. Especially since it would be neat to have more than one species in that storyverse that were not very humanlike in appearance anymore. (So far, the only non-bipedal human species in this storyverse are the Joquari, who sort of resemble squid with human hands.)

So, basically, if anyone spots any kind of habitat/environment/ecosystem/etc, real or imagined, that you think might have even the slightest chance of sparking ideas in my brain for alien planets to put humans onto, send me the info either here or at fayanora @ yahoo gmail . com (minus the spaces, of course). Pretty please? (What the hell? I don't use yahoo mail anymore, why did I type that?)
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From this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082101778.html

U.S. health insurance companies have the highest administrative costs in the world; they spend roughly 20 cents of every dollar for nonmedical costs, such as paperwork, reviewing claims and marketing. France's health insurance industry, in contrast, covers everybody and spends about 4 percent on administration. Canada's universal insurance system, run by government bureaucrats, spends 6 percent on administration. In Taiwan, a leaner version of the Canadian model has administrative costs of 1.5 percent; one year, this figure ballooned to 2 percent, and the opposition parties savaged the government for wasting money.

~ ~ ~

In Japan, waiting times are so short that most patients don't bother to make an appointment. One Thursday morning in Tokyo, I called the prestigious orthopedic clinic at Keio University Hospital to schedule a consultation about my aching shoulder. "Why don't you just drop by?" the receptionist said. That same afternoon, I was in the surgeon's office. Dr. Nakamichi recommended an operation. "When could we do it?" I asked. The doctor checked his computer and said, "Tomorrow would be pretty difficult. Perhaps some day next week?"
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http://thereifixedit.com/ is a great website! It shows off the ingenuity of people by showing off their jury-rigged stuff. It can also show off their thoughtlessness with examples of unsafe jury-rigs. I love this site!
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[livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar has a nifty new community called [livejournal.com profile] freestuffday where you can go to announce any instance of giving free stuff (icons, writing, artwork) to either 1. Whoever drops by the post on your LJ that particular day. or 2. Whoever gives you a prompt. Read this page for more details.

Dropbox

Aug. 27th, 2009 08:57 pm
fayanora: Dakota & Elle by LJ user dancingwithme (Dakota & Elle)
DropBox is a neat program that puts a folder on one's computer that automatically uploads anything in it to a backup on the Dropbox website, which one can access from another of your computers. In other words, an online drive to store files on accessable from any computer you own that also has Dropbox installed on it. Free Dropbox accounts give you 2 gigs of space.

And, if you use the link above to sign up, you get an extra 250 megs of space, as do I!

DropBox

Aug. 26th, 2009 07:51 pm
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DropBox is a neat program that puts a folder on one's computer that automatically uploads anything in it to a backup on the Dropbox website, which one can access from another of your computers. In other words, an online drive to store files on accessable from any computer you own that also has Dropbox installed on it. Free Dropbox accounts give you 2 gigs of space.

And, if you use the link above to sign up, you get an extra 250 megs of space, as do I!

Dropbox

Aug. 26th, 2009 07:43 pm
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DropBox is a neat program that puts a folder on one's computer that automatically uploads anything in it to a backup on the Dropbox website, which one can access from another of your computers. In other words, an online drive to store files on accessable from any computer you own that also has Dropbox installed on it. Free Dropbox accounts give you 2 gigs of space.

And, if you use the link above to sign up, you get an extra 250 megs of space, as do I!
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I'm writing a Young Adult novel. It stars Lolita Leigh Smith, her family, and her friends. I have been wanting to novelize these stories for ages, since I first started writing them over 2 years ago in Osceola. These characters are the most fun to write for that I've ever experienced! The genre is dramatic comedy, basically. Lo and her friends are part of a club Lo and her friend Beverly Holden (Behold or B) founded, called the Scary Things Club. It is a club for people who have no other friends in school which also doubles (for official members) as a Discordian cabal bent on improving the world by pulling harmless pranks called mindfucks.

The novel is going to cover the issues of bullying, being an outcast, sexuality, gender issues, and related issues.

I've been writing it for a few days now, and have finally gotten to the first bit of bullying. I thought it would be really difficult for me, seeing as bullies ruined my life, but the first bully so far, named Valerie, is surprisingly fun to write for. She's a loathesome, detestable person, but fun to write, for some reason. Also, she's surprisingly witty herself. Not as witty as some of the STC members when they're at their best, but still witty. Oh, and she's the school gossip.

I also made another awesome character, a teacher, who is a basketball coach and science teacher. He disagrees with treating athletes with kid gloves, letting them get away with shit; he punishes athletes who misbehave the same as any other students who misbehave. Which, if things go as planned, will be important in the story.

EDIT: Oh my Gods! Valerie is even worse than I originally imagined her to be! We may have the arch-nemesis here. I don't think it would be much of a stretch to call her "truly evil."

~ ~ ~

In related news, I was having some trouble the other day with first names and last names. I'm used to writing science fiction and fantasy, which is why I have the problem. In scifi, you can make up any kind of weird thing for a name. But this is conventional fiction, and the more names I came up with, the harder it was getting. So I looked up some stuff online, and now I share with you these resources:

Most common surnames (last names) in the USA.

Most common American male first names.

Most common American female first names.
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I'm writing a Young Adult novel. It stars Lolita Leigh Smith, her family, and her friends. I have been wanting to novelize these stories for ages, since I first started writing them over 2 years ago in Osceola. These characters are the most fun to write for that I've ever experienced! The genre is dramatic comedy, basically. Lo and her friends are part of a club Lo and her friend Beverly Holden (Behold or B) founded, called the Scary Things Club. It is a club for people who have no other friends in school which also doubles (for official members) as a Discordian cabal bent on improving the world by pulling harmless pranks called mindfucks.

The novel is going to cover the issues of bullying, being an outcast, sexuality, gender issues, and related issues.

I've been writing it for a few days now, and have finally gotten to the first bit of bullying. I thought it would be really difficult for me, seeing as bullies ruined my life, but the first bully so far, named Valerie, is surprisingly fun to write for. She's a loathesome, detestable person, but fun to write, for some reason. Also, she's surprisingly witty herself. Not as witty as some of the STC members when they're at their best, but still witty. Oh, and she's the school gossip.

I also made another awesome character, a teacher, who is a basketball coach and science teacher. He disagrees with treating athletes with kid gloves, letting them get away with shit; he punishes athletes who misbehave the same as any other students who misbehave. Which, if things go as planned, will be important in the story.

EDIT: Oh my Gods! Valerie is even worse than I originally imagined her to be! We may have the arch-nemesis here. I don't think it would be much of a stretch to call her "truly evil."

~ ~ ~

In related news, I was having some trouble the other day with first names and last names. I'm used to writing science fiction and fantasy, which is why I have the problem. In scifi, you can make up any kind of weird thing for a name. But this is conventional fiction, and the more names I came up with, the harder it was getting. So I looked up some stuff online, and now I share with you these resources:

Most common surnames (last names) in the USA.

Most common American male first names.

Most common American female first names.
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Potpourri

Funny song: "Reluctant Pirates" by Strong Men Stoop.

Stories that would have been different if they'd had cell phones. "But soft! What SMS through yonder RAZR breaks?"

Funny: Interview with a Dalek!

A comic about a character who knows he's a character in a comic.

52 ways to piss off Naraku. (Explanation, though some of the details are wrong. For example, Kagura was detatched before Kanna was.)

This is awesome: Brainwaves power new brain-to-computer headset. From games will come eventually the ability to control work machines with your mind. Maybe even pilot or drive via mind power.

Cool: Lost Aboriginal Language Revived!

Girl born with a Y chromosome!

Think humans have 46 chromosomes and chimps have 48? Think again!

Blogspot

Apr. 9th, 2009 05:22 pm
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I have joined Blogger/Blogspot: http://fayanora.blogspot.com/

Here is my first post: http://fayanora.blogspot.com/?zx=808af10f816f57ec

Admittedly, I was upset when I wrote it. But it's worth reading, if only for the list of things that disgust me about society.
I have to admit, being suspected of being a spambot has not helped my mood.

I joined because of this:

An excellent personal tale of being a 40+ year old Aspie. To give you an idea just HOW good it is: I read the whole thing on the computer screen. I almost never read long blocks of text on computer screens unless it's my own writing. That, and I almost cried in public reading it.

A funny quote from there, while she's talking about how she sometimes hates herself for not being neurotypical: "It's like a cat hating herself for not barking."

And oh gods, the uncomfortableness with my body, I SO identify with that. The hardest part of working in a restaurant was that even with clean clothes and being freshly showered, I itch constantly: head, arms, neck, face, etc. It gets even worse when I know I can't scratch the itch. And I fidget. My body is almost always moving, one part of it or another. And every few minutes I go through this complex ritual of popping the air bubbles in my knuckles, my neck, and even the knuckles in my toes (which I can do without touching my feet, even with shoes on). When I walk by strangers on the street, it often triggers the neck part of the ritual.
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Potpourri

This speaks for itself: http://www.hoodthong.com/

FASCINATING VIDEO: Six areas of exploration to make publishing better. Very good video about seeking out innovations during recessions to improve the economy.

Wanna find really bizarre porn? Go here. (Most of it is cartoon stuff.) Need I say it's NSFW?

ATM users: be on the lookout for card skimmers!

Prepare for a laugh: [livejournal.com profile] sumrandomnutt gets chased by a manic 10-year-old girl who is clearly just very hungry! XD I laughed like a maniac after reading this!

Wikipedia is deleting ALL articles on Contemporary Gnosticism due to some BS reason of "all resources" about it being "unreliable." And, as that page says, "Given that Gnosticism straddles esoteric Christianity, Paganism, Jungian thought and even Buddhism, what chance does Asatru or Druidry or Hellenismos have of maintaining a presence on Wikipedia when their populations are so much smaller and the level of academic interest is marginal".
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Potpourri

What one trillion actually looks like.

Children born to lesbian parents can now legally list both as their mother, at least in NY.

Ice that burns could be eco-friendly fuel.

These next three are courtesy of my new friend Ben M.:

Bigelow Aerospace wants to make a space hotel on the ISS.

Wonder why China and the US have a new moon race? Because there'senough eco-friendly "helium-3" fuel on the moon, in vast quantities, which is rare on earth and common as dirt on the moon because unfiltered cosmic rays make it possible. Ben said the US thinks there's enough there to last us hundreds of years, and the Chinese say there's at least 1000 years' worth.

Nuclear Fusion-fission Hybrid Could Contribute To Carbon-free Energy Future.
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Titling these things "potpourri" all the time is kind of boring. Feel free to jump in with subject suggestions, everyone.

This gave me a several minute long giggle fit: Taco Bell introduces the new "morning after" burrito.

Periodic table of typefaces

Man in faraday cage suit plays Tesla Coil music - awesome!

Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory as a horror movie.

Hilarious but NSFW video under the cut )

Romania weighs decriminalizing concentual incest. What's most fascinating about this article is that I learned from it that concentual incest is already decriminalized in France, Spain, and Portugal. So if anyone out there is in a concentual incestual relationship, y'all should run away to one of those three countries.

This website, Save The Words, is MADE OF AWESOME!

Speaking of words, this site is a list of hapax legomena, or words that occur only once in the written body of a language.

This is fascinating: 5 technologies that turn handicaps into superpowers. So far I find the #5 entry very interesting: carbon-fiber replacement legs for runners are apparently banned from the Olympics because they give their owners an unfair advantage over people with normal meat legs.

Also, five scientific explanations for why people act like assholes.

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