Ladhsorian map (ancient)

At long last, a map and proof that I am working on the conworld! This map shows a very small piece of the massive planet. Currently, it is divided for the Ladhsorian culture a short time after dispersion. As you may be able to see, they occupy plenty of territory, but by no means an approximate third of the inhabitable world. This is because it is, as has been mentioned, during the ancient times.

My concept for the Kne-Ladhsor was a medium of sorts for the preservation of the proto-Ladhsorian language. If I recall correctly, it also happens to be the closest tribe to the point of origin, and since it is the northern hemisphere, the closest to the equator.

For the Lidhsil, I imagined a tribe specialized for trade and mobility to some extent. This explains its large coastline and the fact that it wraps around the Tersul in such a way that inter-tribal territory crossing is not required. The plan for future development is migration (conquest?) to the north accompanied by an unusual amount of expansion.

The Tersul, the oddly solid block, was designed with some degree of militarism. The Tersuli territory is fairly flat and ideal for both agriculture and the raising of horses for wars in the early ages. I have doubts about the fact that it is surrounded, but surely a gap of around 100 km will be acceptable in case a migration is ever needed, and there is always the possibilty of acting on the plan of invading the Lidhsil.

Following this, I will be developing the Dlasde and their preliminary territories. Until then, g’night!

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Update: What is happening?

There was probably a notable lack of updates in the last week-and-a-half. Most of that was due to the final exams and what happened after that.

When I study my schoolwork a lot, I tend to drift away from what was supposed to be studied. Considering the fact that the last final exams to receive a decent amount of attention were Spanish and Physics, my thoughts over the last week naturally drifted toward conworlding and conlangs. As an update to the conlangs, there will be three basic cultures based on the LCK’s grammars. The first one to be developed, the Ladhsor, will be agglutinative and will have an alphabet which will be slowly dominated by an abjad. The next culture, which will mainly be for repairing what could not be repaired for the Ladhsor, will be the Dlasde. They will begin and end with mostly alphabets and their grammar will be inflected. The final cultural seed, the Matha, will have a syllabic writing system with an isolating grammar. In the world map prepared for this, I remain unsure of how to disperse the cultures, so it might end up being similar to Roundworldian dispersion.

For the last few months, I have been intermittently working on the proto-Ladhsorian language, with neglect to the culture and potential histories developed from it. After reviewing my commentarius concepti, I decided that they will have an intellectualizing tendency, and the language will be developed primarily for the sake of ease of translation at the expense of art possibility. I always imagined that the Dlasde, with their inflecting language, would be more suited to the creation of art in general, while the Matha would be more philosophically oriented. One must keep the fact that these are supposed to model the outdated model of the tripartite mind in mind.

So far, I have managed to develop a procedure for modifying the proto-Ladhsorian language and creating daughter alphabets. Currently, I am considering a 5+ roll for converting every generation above the third filial generation from the proto-Ladhsorian language into an abjad. This will reflect the increasing usage, although one designated pattern of lineage will preserve a fair amount of proto-Ladhsorian simply for the reason of maintaining the language developed with my own sweat and blood (pressure).

As for the propensity for war and its place in history, I imagine that the Ladhsorians will have a utilitarian stance on war in that they understand the negative domestic effects and distraction it creates but will engage in warfare if the returns can outweigh the investments. The final algorithm I use will probably encourage the development of many independent states in a relatively cohesive region.

For the Matha, I thought that they would be somewhat patronizing and imperialistic due to being the representation of the super-ego. They will likely average CR 4.5 using the GURPS control ratings system (scale of 1-6, 3 is considered normal) and be focused on philosophy and the belief in Kevinjh the Creator of Ortingenia. I also felt that they would be more defensive than the other cultures and would be stronger against conquests by influence and diplomacy.

Finally, for the Dlasde, which were representations of the id, they will probably be rather wild no matter how civilized they try to be and will probably have a higher chance of revolt and decay by hedonism. However, they will also produce the most art because of this close connection to human pleasure and satisfaction of want.

After reviewing my crude maps of the beginnings of human civilization, it appears that 30°N is a common latitude of origin. Fortunately, the map I generated for Ortingenia has what is probably arable land around that latitude. There is a rash of lakes at around 45°N and plenty of land to the north, west, and east. The land distribution will probably be west, static, and east. Ladhsor will probably migrate west, Matha will remain static, and Dlasde will probably migrate to the east. This is because of the massive continent to the west, which should make the international Ladhsorian conflicts as interesting as they are in real life.

Disclaimer: I am not thinking about real life currently. I am thinking about my mind and how to efficiently model it and still fit it with a variety of linguistic options and variations.

Activism (occurs once in a blue moon!)

Delenda SOPA PIPAque sunt!

This is the essence of the message. The freedom of information is represented by the flame and the ever-hungry forces that seek to stop it are visible as the menacing eyes. The light of truth and reason is being threatened even now by SOPA and PIPA, which will show the world an example of what America, previously the beacon of freedom and liberty truly thinks of freedom and liberty.

For a lot more information in a more serious tone, visit this web (despite the blatant invocation of Click Me Syndrome).

A note to all spambots trying to comment here:

All of you will be hanged, drawn, quartered, and pilloried.

Special sequences for those searching

Aside

Apparently, some people want the MASPERGERS*<->MLARGESPER* sequence back after I removed it following a period of dabbling in existentialist philosophy, which is a torture I wish only on those peers performing grave offenses against something I cherished. In any case, here they are:

AATGGCAAGC CCTGAAAGAG GAGAACGTTC GTAG

Keep the fact that you cannot just dump it into a standard DNA translation engine and expect to see the pattern in mind. You have to translate it biologically, meaning that you start at the ATG and end and the TAR. Translated forwards and assuming a 100% translation by those constraints (and ignoring things like friction and potential jamming), you will get MASPERGERS*. Translated backwards, you will get MLARGESPER*, which is very close to an anagram. Finding out that no one else had done this example was almost unbelievable (and you may see the initial posts at WrongPlanet, the other WP, as a vanished signature).

Return to Biochemistry

Ach! Vae mihi! I was commissioned to construct a paper model of G. gallus catalase last year q3 and forgot about working on it until now! It is time to launch the almighty UGene with the alignment between the PDB of the cow catalase and the sequence (i.e. non-graphical) of the chicken catalase.

A brief look at the PDB entries reveals that the vertebrate with the most entries is the cow, B. taurus. There are some human models as well, but the ones available are erythrocyte catalase while the cow models are liver catalases, just like the ones used during the first laboratory assignment in AP Biology.

[If only Chimera was a bit more stable and had a better alignment interface. Ah well, UGene has a perfectly good one. Also, keep in mind the fact that I am using only B. taurus and G. gallus and H. sapiens sequences when I say anything is conserved.]

The initial 41 or so residues seem a bit less conserved. 1TGU reflects this with a somewhat chaotic arrangement with an unusual amount of coil. This is just sequence A, so it may be incorrect. Enabling sequence D and taking a cursory look at only the ribbons (without atoms), reveals that the initial helix is probably necessary for proper assembly of the enzyme. The loosest interval at the moment (to be verified against conservation later)  seems to be (16,22), although 16 and 17 would have to have fairly high helix propensities. What I previously thought was a practically non-essential coil seems to be the place where chain C binds to chain A, and hydrogen bond inference indicated that the two chains were bound relatively tightly through the interval (24,38). Perhaps, this simply indicates that the choice of amino acids for this component is less strict and easily adaptable. I doubt the heme-binding sites will be as loose.

Next, I compare the results to the alignments. I thought I must have deleted something, because the initial alanine in the PDB as seen in Chimera sequence viewer was absent. It probably matters less, because the residue itself is not visible. In any case, the crazy mix of colors that provided the bases [sic, pun not intended] for the conjecture above stops as early as about 21 (by now shifted to match the Chimera sequence numerically). In addition, the relatively conserved initial sequence seems to terminate at 14, which is quite close to 16 and probably explains the necessity of that particular sequence. For this purpose, similar amino acids were also considered, i.e. d-e, n-q, g-a, and the others. I see few differences until 40, in which there is serine (hydrophilic) in B. taurus but isoleucine and valine in the chicken and human catalases respectively. I will note this oddity when I reach the 156th residue. Perhaps, the serine is only a, “spacer,” of sorts.

Euh, 156 is aspartate in the chicken, cow, and human sequences. This will be a good excuse to take a break from dull, “high,” school for a nice 0240 of Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer.

The next major difference seems to occur at 290, with isoleucine, arginine, and threonine for the cow, chicken, and human sequences respectively. Most coincidentally, it is on the outer surface of the protein and selecting everything within a nanometer yields only the sequences from and to the rest of the protein. In this case anything without too much reactivity should work. Replacing this residue with histidine would make an interesting study.

The next irregularity is the presence of an extra sequence TK prior to the TK found in the mammals of the group, yielding a sequence of TKTK on the interval (299,302) relative to the corrected G. gallus sequence. Mammalian TK is located next to the barrel. I will have to make sure this is not a human or computer error later. Burying a duplicate inside an already-tight location seems more than a little harmful.

Following that, there is a rather sudden appearance of less conserved residues (411,426). It seems to be another one of the surface regions because showing within a radius of 2 nm still provides the sequence clear access to the surface. My random conjecture is that it forms a hinge of some kind, but it is probably wrong because of its placement.

With that, the initial examination of catalase is finished. Tomorrow (or rather, later today), I will be preparing a general view of the critical components and focus on the most conserved intervals, because those are the most likely, “moving parts.”

Many thanks to another member (A real-life doctor with similar interests and models of proteins!) who revived my interest in this specific component of biochemistry. Sic tyrannidem nvmerorvm terminatvr.

Bellignians

These are the Bellignians. They are a savage and warlike species and are about as tall as children prior to adolescence. They inhabited a jungle world filled mostly with water but are now moving out. Most likely, they will be behind by one TL or two. As an extra note, they are usually angry.

AC I

  • Water-based Life (Cold-Hot)

AC II

  • Habitat: Jungle (80%+ hydrographic coverage)
  • Trophic Level and Strategy: Chasing Carnivore (Very Fit, high HT, Increased Move/Enhanced Move, Acute Sense, Tracking)

AC III (Move=sqrt(L*G), L=height in diyards, G=gravity)

  • Primary Locomotion: Walking

AC IV

  • Size Category: Human-scale (18”-3yd)
  • Size and Mass: 1.5 yd (SM-1), 80 lb
  • Gravity Effects:
  • Strength: ST 9 (Roll 1d, 3+ grants ST 10, 6 grants ST 11)

AC V

  • Symmetry: Bilateral
  • Number of limbs: 2 segments
  • Manipulators: 2, normal DX
  • Skeleton: Combination

AC VI

  • Skin: Skin (Hide (DR 1))
  • Breathing: Lungs
  • Temperature: Warm-blooded
  • Growth: Continuous

AC VII

  • Sexes: Two sexes
  • Gestation: Live-bearing with pouch
  • Strategy: Moderate r-strategy: 5 offspring/litter, some care after birth

AC VIII

  • Primary Sense: Touch and taste
  • Vision: Normal Vision
    • Night Vision 7
  • !Hearing: Normal Hearing
  • Touch: Acute Touch 4 and Vibration Sense
  • Taste/Smell: Acute Taste/Smell 4 and Discriminatory Smell

AC IX

  • Intelligence: IQ 7
  • Mating Behavior: Harem
  • Social Organization: Medium group of 4d members (Pack, 6-20)

AC X

  • Chauvinism +4 (Racial intolerance)
  • Concentration +2 (Single-minded)
  • Curiosity -1 (Staid)
  • Egoism +2 (Selfish (9)
  • Empathy -3 (Bloodlust (12))
  • Gregariousness +2 (Chummy)
  • Imagination +1 (Versatile)
  • Suspicion -2 (Fearlessness 2)
  • Playfulness -1 (Serious)

Populating the Otherworld

Disclaimer about this being a fictitious work. Anyone who seriously believes that the cosmology can be true should stand on top of the residence of the highest local authority and scream, “CREDVLVS SVM! CREDVLVS SVM! CREDVLVS SVM!”

How much fun is it, really, to imagine an entire system for faster-than-light travel (and time travel as well, in special cases) when there is no one capable of enjoying the complications of the system (read: Socratic method)? Although the planet designed with GURPS will persist, I will be implementing several civilizations for the galaxy. I will also add that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so why should I not flatter the Creator?

This time, I will be focusing on understanding emotion. Plutchik has an interesting model for this purpose. From what I can infer solely through seeing the diagrams, the following are the basic emotions:

Fear, anger, joy, sadness, trust, disgust, anticipation, and surprise.

And the following are the dyads derived in a specific pattern from the above:

Submission, contempt, optimism, disapproval, love, remorse, aggressiveness, awe

The pairs are as follows:

  • Fear-anger
  • Joy-sadness
  • Trust-disgust
  • Anticipation-surprise

I will select one from each pair. After the random number rolls, the results were anger, sadness, trust, and surprise. This will give me enough of a random seed to begin the first race (based on anger).

Bureau update

You remember the other post about form nomenclature, certe? I have decided to modify it because it is insufficient and lacks the ability to distinguish between forms with very similar functions and priorities. Now, the revised nomenclature will be as follows:

Form Letter (Field)
A : Accounting
B : Business
C : Credit/Loaning
D : Debit/Borrowing
E : Educational
F : Finance
G : Games of paper
H : Household
I : Special Interest
J : Job
K : Kevinian
L : Legal
M : Mental
N : Notes
O : Other
Form Numbers (Domain)
1000-1999 : self>org
2000-2999 : self>out
3000-3999 : self>self
4000-4999 : self>familiar
5000-5999 : org>self
6000-6999 : org>out
7000-7999 : out>self
8000-8999 : out>org
9000-9999 : other
x000-x099 : urgent
x100-x299 : high priority
x300-x499 : medium priority
x500-x699 : low priority
x700-x899 : trivial
x900-x999 : other
Day mark

2011 : 15
2012 : 16
2013 : 17
2014 : 18
2015 : 19
2016 : 20
2017 : 21
2018 : 22
2019 : 23
2020 : 24
Q1 : -0x
Q2 : -1x
Q3 : -2x
Q4 : -3x
Jan. : x0
Apr. : x0
Jul. : x0
Oct. : x0
Feb. : x1
May : x1
Aug. : x1
Nov. : x1
Mar. : x2
Jun. : x2
Sep. : x2
Dec. : x2
1 : 00
2 : 01
3 : 02
4 : 03
5 : 04
6 : 05
7 : 06
8 : 07
9 : 08
10 : 09
11 : 0a
12 : 0b
13 : 0c
14 : 0d
15 : 0e
16 : 0f
17 : 10
18 : 11
19 : 12
20 : 13
21 : 14
22 : 15
23 : 16
24 : 17
25 : 18
26 : 19
27 : 1a
28 : 1b
29 : 1c
30 : 1d
31 : 1e

The most obvious change is the removal of the confidential/open status indicator, which allows for 100 similar forms. It should be an improvement, and naming the form should be better than just using the code.

Happy 2012!

With a mere, “tick,” 2011 ended. What comes next?

  1. Organization: temporal: Goals for the entire year will be planned on a quarter-to-quarter basis, and a hierarchical process priority algorithm will be implemented for work and tasks to be done.
  2. Organization: spatial: All items, papers, and supplies will be catalogued [sic] and identified with unique identification numbers signifying the time, place, mood, and memory of each item catalogued [sic].
  3. Language: constructed: The language will be completed and will have a potential lexicon larger than 850 words with all grammatical rules completed.
  4. ASD: social: No one can notice my condition for the initial two minutes and I can maintain eye contact for more than 300ms without triggering a fear response.
  5. ASD: stereotypies: All stereotypies will be converted into subtler and less noticeable forms that still provide equivalent satisfaction, if such is possible.
  6. ASD: special interests: All short-term special interests will be catalogued [sic] and placed within a secure store for future reference.
  7. ASD: prosody: I will be able to stress syllables properly and automatically and use contractions where appropriate.
  8. ASD: formal(/academic) diagnosis: I will have my contract by the end of 201201.
  9. Mathematics: applied: I will be able to calculate the day of the week in a few seconds when requested.
  10. Chemistry: pure: I will memorize the atomic masses, electronegativities, electron configurations, atomic radii, and first ionization energies in a non-sequential format.
  11. Special interest: toxicology: I will know 120 common poisons (including household products that may get switched), their toxicities and their antidotes.
  12. Special interest: conworld: I will complete the questionnaire for all factions and even their provinces or regions.
  13. Special interest: biochemistry (!!!): I will know the propensity data for all amino acids along with their monomeric weights and formulae.
  14. Academic: university: I will enroll in a university with a good program without too many students that still balances my skills.
  15. Special interest: linguistics: I will finally memorize the Latin grammar tables and be able to recall any entry with no difficulty.
  16. Special interest: optics: I will have a set of mounted lenses for my weak but dominant eye.
  17. Special interest: philosophy: I will complete 40 pages on the fields of philosophy and my beliefs about them.
  18. Academic: rules: I will memorize the infractions and their punishments and establish some sense of order at school.
  19. Special interest: cryptography: I will develop a cipher based on the unique properties of my constructed language such that no one without sufficient knowledge of the language and its irregularities can decipher my words.
  20. I will come up with better attempts at New Year’s resolutions.