Conworld Detour

I am getting VERY impatient about Ortingenia. This is worsened by my desire for practice at conworlding. For now, I will construct Cerebria (also a name in Dog Latin). It will be the model of my mind and how it interacts with other minds. The process will suspend my temporal compulsions and progress according to which property presents itself first.

COSMOLOGY:

It will be very indefinite, but it will not be a sphere. It will be more like an area on an infinite plane. I will care less about real astronomy and simply follow the culture. I am attempting to have a neurotypical train of thought.

SOCIETY:

The thoughts, ideas, and information are the individual citizens and populations. They are constantly moving like ants. The concepts are small guilds, parties, clubs, or otherwise small groups. The beliefs are strong organizations with great power. The Self is the highest level of governance in the nation of the mind and coordinates the actions of the ideas.

GOVERNMENT:

My mind is a representative democracy (on paper) but is dominated by the various organizations of belief and science. Much of its (time) budget is spent on research, but the real power is a small but powerful organization representing the (alter) I. The It is represented by the general will of a significant amount of the people and the Super-I is a council of elders with great wisdom and experience. Just to keep things interesting, I will be making parties based on the drives and making graphics of their seats in their representative bodies. Since there are no provinces, I imagine a one-house system will be fine.

Asperger’s Disorder is not insanity. Attempting a project like this is. The next post will answer the questions in the Zaharam-Chapelle-Parumas Ethnographical Questionnaire.

Compact Edition/”Millifiche”

The older or wiser among you probably remember the days when microfiche storage was common. I devised something similar, although the credit can hardly be given to me. I named it millifiche mainly because the Wikipedia mentions that the microfiche scale was often around 1:25. Since this is around 1:4, which is close to the square root of 1:25, it shall be known as millifiche because 1 000 is the square root of 1 000 000 (but mainly because I know no common prefixes for numbers between 1 000 and 1 000 000). Generally, the font used will be 8-point, which seems to be very readable even on the 1:1 scale but scales well to 2-point when printed on 1:4 scale. There would probably be problems if I used odd fonts such as 9-point, so that will be averted with 8-point. As a test, I present Nicomachean Ethics derived from the Web Archive version in millifiche formatting guidelines. Do not convert it to DOC format as the DOC format will likely be incapable of handling the special formatting OpenOffice.Org 3 can use. On the subject of the Nicomachean Ethics, I plan on reading this very soon, so keep watching for personal interpretations of it.

Nicomachean Ethics prepared for millifiche printing. This will consume 4 sheets without duplex printing. Note the selection of typeface, unless it is unavailable on your machine.

Monatian: Phonology

Another day of doing nothing follows… I am still struggling to create an orthography for my language. However, the phonology is finished. The consonants are the following:

N, Ɲ, Ŋ, T, D, Ʈ, Ç, K, G, Q, Θ, Ð, S, ʃ, Ʒ, H, R, Rr, L, J

And the vowels are as follows:

I, Y, Ɯ, I, E, Ø, O, Ə, A, Ä, ɒ

I cannot help but wish I had considered the names of the amino acids and nucleotides while creating this language, because the faction for which these would be used is the (alter?) ego and represents my intellectual drive, knowledge without concerns that the super-ego would provide, and the general archetype of, “evil genius,” with the evil being a disregard for ethics and morality. It will take some unusual creativity on my part to rename the current amino acids and nucleotides in such a way that they can be written using these letters. I even managed to get the pronouns determined in this table:

Singular Plural
1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
Absolutive ÇØ DY,ΘY IL,ƏL,OL NY ƷY,SY RrO,ƮO,LO
Ergative QIØ ƮƜ,ΘƜ EL,ÄL,ɒL ƷƜ,SƜ RrÄ,ƮÄ,LÄ
Genitive Ɲɒ Dɒ,Θɒ SLɒ,STɒ,SKɒ NYɒ Ʒɒ,Sɒ SLɒRr,STɒT,STɒK
Dative ÄÇØ ÄÐƜ,AΘƜ ÄLIL,ATƏL,AKOL ÄNØ ÄƷY,AʃY ÄRrO,AƮO,ALO
Ablative DɪØ DɒTƜ,DɒΘƜ DIEL,DƜAL,DOɒL DɪNƜ DØƷY,DØSY DRrO,DAƮO,DLO

When spoken, some of it evokes the French pronoun system, but this is probably a consequence of the similarities between the Romance languages. Some (such as ÇØ) evoke the Spanish pronouns as well, which should be expected. This will probably be final, and I am going to take steps to ensure that pronouns are almost always written, so there will be a departure from the rather Latin conjugations and spellings. Take the basic present indicative conjugations of the verb IRE, meaning to go, to travel, to move below:

Singular Plural
1st YEO YALOŊ
2nd YALEƷ
3rd YA YALENT

It can be seen that the 1st person singular ends in the o vowel, which was taken from Latin because of the quantity of the vowel. The usage of similar vowels of different length was taken from a brief spark of creativity, although it seems familiar. Note that the Y is actually a vowel that sounds something like a cross between V and a W without the movements of the lips. The fundamental premise of the alphabet was a language without labial consonants, so something had to replace at least some of them. Regardless, the plural conjugations do sound like horrible amalgamations of French and Latin, but this is my first (non-English code) constructed language and first serious burst of interest in linguistics. The next irregular verb, ERE, which is defined as to be, to exist, to be present, follows the Latin definition more because it can be used for constructs stating, “There is a…” Here are its conjugations:

Singular Plural
1st SɪO SƜNOŊ
2nd ɪS ɪSTIƷ
3rd ɪST SELENT

You may immediately notice the parallels without my assistance. However, I dislike SELENT. It suggests a verbing [sic] of the adjective lunar. If I shorten it to SENT, it will suggest feeling or judging instead. More research will be needed for this problem, but note the distinct French touch on the otherwise Latin-based spellings. SɪO remains a problem due to the pronunciation difficulties. The ɪ would definitely suggest I, but to use I seems to make the basic form of the verb too distinct from the others. This is a verb that requires improvement. It probably is not as bad as my attempt to combine the verbs for to have and to hold (HENYER).

Singular Plural
1st HENYO HENYOŊ
2nd HENYES HENYEƷ
3rd HENYET HENYENT

Even pronouncing henuere is already terrible enough, but this one produces a regular conjugation out of that. Perhaps, I should keep the verbs for habere and tenere separate, although it seemed nice when I first thought of the idea.

YIDERE (to see). The next verb, YIDERE, should be obvious to anyone who remembers that the Y is not a consonant and is not pronounced like a front vowel.

Singular Plural
1st YIDO YIDOŊ
2nd YIDES YIDEƷ
3rd YIDET YIDENT

I felt I could not get more blatant than uido (–> vido –> video), but transcribing the word as uido would cause confusion with fido, in which the root of fid- has an obvious meaning.

I already feel better now. Critiquing my own work severely and honestly has always been intellectually stimulating and keeps me from accumulating too much hubris.

An Incomplete List of That Which I Despise in the Adolescents of Today

I begin with the details about the rules:
* Electronic device regulations were loosened this year. Now, students can use their cellphones during, “Nutrition,” or snack-time.
* The dress code, which had a contract to be signed by all students, is not enforced.
* Students regularly participate in conversations promoting vulgarity, violence, and vileness.
* Although there are two rules about profanity, not even the campus aides enforce them. This is why I gave up trying to report cases.
* Skateboards are present and used on campus with no more punishment than a very mild warning.
* The use of music players, which are forbidden on campus, is widespread.

I continue with the flaws in the academics:
* Valedictorian status depends on unweighted grade point averages (GPA), which means that a student taking only the most basic classes could still be chosen against the advanced student taking challenging courses.
* The California Standards Tests (CST) appear to produce inordinately large number of passing students. A, “student,” who openly stated that he had engaged in substance abuse and constantly spoke in that odd dialect of profanities, managed to receive a gold rank when the rewards for CST achievement were released.
* The classes provided were often un-stimulating to such a degree that much of my optimistic idealism about the future and students in the ninth and tenth grades disappeared during the eleventh grade. This probably increased the severity of AD as well.
* Political correctness would continually impede lectures even when it was obvious that it was condescending and a new form of superiority. I would not be offended about color references in which I would be included as a subject, but most are too immature.
* The grammar (ARGH ARGH ARGH!) of foreign exchange or transfer students in general is better than the blatant violations of inclusion of punctuation, use of the passive mood where appropriate, et cetera.
* The spelling (ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH ARGH!) is even worse.
* Electronics have become the new mathematical concept-processing nuclei.
* The students struggle to understand analogies even when a simple logical deduction eliminates nearly all the wrong answers.
* The primary condition considered by students when choosing novels was almost always brevity.

Pseudo-sonnet

I know what M. Pascal thinks about sonnets, but it was a stressful day and I had to find an outlet. The scansion is awful (I recall at least three lines that would be much better as trochaic pentameter than iambic pentameter) but the rhyme scheme is not too stretched and the syllable count is perfect if your pronunciation is similar enough to mine. However, the main reason for why it is a pseudo-sonnet is that it has no structure.

01 Oh what a heavy burden knowledge is,
To toil while knowing the details of all,
And know that knowledge known is but abyss
To all things to realize that Man is small.
05 E’en the common house would dwarf near all men,
And of the base, humble, animalcule,
All the functions could not be put in pen.
Only partly know we of molecule,
Emptiness itself presents a myst’ry.
10 Of our tiny rock we know so little,
As well, the orb in the sky fiery,
Indescribable to us yet little.
Oh what a heavy burden knowledge is,
14 Ephemeral are we, the best to miss.

Conworld: Conlang (Step 2)

With that system practically finished, I am free to begin modeling society. As you may have noticed, the world government is factionalized, with three factions (Guess what they represent!) speaking the same language on a planet larger than the earth [sic]. I know how this immediately destroys suspension of disbelief, but creating a conlang takes a lot of time (If I had suggestions for the next conlang, I would probably implement them). Currently, LaMont’s faction will likely receive the first conlang, which is heavily based on Latin but is ergative-absolutive. Then, simply for the reason of creating a conflict and gaining further experience in creating a language, I will develop Lowell’s nation and language. It will probably be based on a simple natural language, although I do not know what makes a given language simple, although it will likely be agglutinating and utilize the nominative-accusative grammar with plenty of affixes for the lexicon in general. I am considering a script-based orthography as well. As for Cyril’s faction (Representing my favorite component: the super-ego), I am planning on basing it on Koine Greek, as that will be fascinating. Since this is a what-if universe, maybe Cyril’s Greek(-based) faction will overrun LaMont’s Roman(-based) faction. Perhaps, Lowell’s faction grows in power beyond its original intent. Until then, I can only speculate. In addition, I will have to create a personality model for the humanoids accounting for the vastly different cultures. Most likely, I will have finished conceptualizing this following Monday, once Thanksgiving week has begun. Then, I will be able to present the flags of the factions, more realistic economic data, better societal profiles, political models, religious data, technological information, and all that stuff. Perhaps, I will include some extras to make the world friendlier to imagination and hand-wave it as magic. The possibilities are practically endless!

Post Scriptum (to GHS students): STOP BRINGING UP PARADOXES! MY BRAIN LOVES THEM BUT MY MIND HATES PARADOXES FOR THEIR UNUSUALLY HIGH DISTRACTION POTENTIAL! (This applies to topological questions I have not independently solved, time-consuming thought experiments, and inordinately interesting physics problems as well.)

Post Post Scriptum: the Death Star energy question is no longer a mind-locker. It turns out that one would need about an dodecajoule (derived by extrapolating what will come after tetra, penta, hexa, zeptta, yoctta,… Apparently, Asperger’s Disorder comes with plenty of pattern recognition skills.)

Conworld: Consystem (Step 1)

With all that out of the way, may I present to you the star system housing Ortingenia (for want of a better name)! Note that this is unformatted output and the fact that the goal was to self-understanding the possibly existent but otherwise convenient model of the mind.

 Step 1: Concept
 A perfect world for the forces of Kevin’s mind, factionalized, a large paradise otherwise, and what else left to chance.
 Step 2: World Type
 Large (Garden): dense atmosphere with plenty of noble gases, obviously supports humans
 Step 3: Atmosphere
 Atmospheric Mass: 0.3000
No marginal composition, maybe Low Oxygen?
 Step 4: Hydrographic Coverage
 82.344%
 Step 5: Climate
 Average Surface Temperature: 282K (Cool, 40-60 F)
Blackbody Correction: 0.88*(1+0.76812*0.16)=0.98815
Blackbody Temperature: 285K
 Step 6: World Size
 K=0.85351 earth densities
S=1.0000 earth gravities
D=1.1716 earth diameters
M=1.3726 earth masses
W=4.0544 minimum molecular weight
P=1.5000 earth atmospheres
Step 7: Resources and Habitability
 RVM +2
Breathable (Standard) +3
Breathable (Not Marginal) +1
Liquid Coverage +2
Climate (Cool) +2
Affinity +11
Step 8: Settlement Type
 Homeworld
Step 9: Technology Level
 Standard (Advanced) (TL 8+)
Step 10: Population
 k=20 billion
n=25 billion
Step 11-12: Society Type, Control Rating
 World Unity: Factionalized
Cyril (nation to be named)
Representative Democracy, oligarchy (CR 3)
Civil rights: 3
Economic freedom: 2
Human rights: 2
Legal restrictions: 4
Punishment: 4
Social control: 4
Taxation: 2
Weapons: 3
Lowell (nation to be named)
Representative Democracy, subjugated, utopia (CR 1)
Civil rights: 0
Economic freedom: 3
Human rights: 3
Legal restrictions: 0
Punishment: 0
Social control: 1
Taxation: 1
Weapons: 0
 Lamont (nation to be named)
Corporate (CR 3.5)
Civil rights: 5
Economic freedom: 1
Human rights: 2
Legal restrictions: 3
Punishment: 3
Social control: 2
Taxation: 6
Weapons: 4
Step 13: Economics
Base per capita income: $43400
Typical Wealth: Comfortable
Volume: $1,085 T
 Step 14: Bases and Facilities
Class V – Full Facilities Spaceport
Cyril (CR 3, PR 9)
Corporate HQ (PR 1)
60 Espionage facilities
Government research station (PR 3)
Private research station
Naval base (PR 4)
Lowell (CR 1, PR 9)
Black Market
Criminal Base (PR 5)
37 Espionage facilities
Government research station (PR 1)
Terrorist base (PR 4)
Lamont (CR 3.5, PR 9)
Corporate HQ (PR 2)
Criminal Base (PR 3)
49 Espionage facilities
Government reserach station (PR 1)
Mercenary Base (PR 4)
3 Private reseearch stations
Step 15: Number of Stars
 1
Step 17: Star Masses and Star System Age
 M=1.1323 sun masses
3B yr
Step 18: Stellar Characteristics
Type: F9 V
Temp: 6100K
L-Min: 1.4 sun luminosities
L-Max: 2.6 sun luminosities
M-Span: 6.7B years
S-Span: 1.0B years
G-Span: 0.6B years
Lumin: 1.4+((3/6.7)(2.6-1.4))=1.9373 sun luminosities
R=0.005798 AU
Step 20: Orbital Zones
 I=0.11323AU
I=0.013919AU
O=45.292AU
R=5.1609AU
Step 21-23: Placing First Planets
 Arrangement of Gas Giants: Eccentric Gas Giant (between inner limit and snow line)
I R=0.27055: 631K, Small (Rock)
II R=0.48699: 470K, Small (Rock)
III R=0.77918: 372K, Standard (Greenhouse), F=1.2
IV R=1.3246: 285K, Large (Ortingenia), 1 Tiny (Moon), F=0.3
V R=2.2518: 219K, Asteroid Belt (Rock)
VI R=3.1525: 185K, Gas Giant (Medium), 5, 1, 2
VII R=5.0441: 146K, Gas Giant (Large), 9, 4, 6
VIII R=8.5749: 112K, Gas Giant (Small), 8, 5, 5
IX R=13.720: 89K, Asteroid Belt (Ice)
X R=24.696: 66K, Small (Hadean), 4 moonlets
XI R=39.513: 52K, Tiny (Hadean), 1 moonlet
VIa: Tiny (Rock)
VIIa: Standard (Ice), F=1.4, VIIb: Tiny (Rock), VIIc: Small (Rock), VIId: Tiny (Rock)
VIIIa: Standard (Ice), F=1.2, VIIIb: Tiny (Sulfur), VIIc: Standard (Ice), F=1.3, VIId: Small (Ice), VIIe: Standard (Ice), F=1.9
IVa:
AST 276K
K=0.72104 earth densities
D=0.35786 earth diameters
S=0.25803 earth gravities
M=0.033044 earth masses
W=51.441 minimum molecular weight
Step 30: Dynamic Parameters
 Ortingenian year: 1.4326707 earth years or 523.29729 earth days
Planetary orbital eccentricity: 0.2 (perihelion at 1.0597, aphelion at 1.5895)
74.757 weeks with 5.29729 extra days each year
40=0.0588*sqrt(r^3/m)
Orbital radius: 27.109
Rotational period: 24 hours
T=34.590 (by moon on planet)
T=0.26257 (by star on planet)
T=75.519 (or maybe 50.346)
Day length on moon: -1.1667 days
Apparent moon orbital cycle length: 1.1667 days
Axial tilt of Ortingenia: 25 degrees
Can anyone guess where I received the information required to make this information? And which parts due the factions represent?
The next step will be constructing the language that binds the place and naming the astronomical bodies.

Protein Modeling I

I finally got around to crafting a basic model. This one is of a monomer of 4-oxalocrotonate tautomerase. Here is a picture of it:

See the beauty of this monomer of a hexameric enzyme! See it fail at functioning!

Now if that does not make a professor laugh, I really have no idea what will. Of course, when I end up making people laugh, it is always unintentional because bringing up the obvious seems humorous. On the other hand, when I make a pun I personally think is funny, no one understands. Must all the, “humor,” these days involve something blatantly truthful or something blatantly obscene?

Ach, I am getting too impatient. Therefore, I will green-light Project: Ortingeni (from now on, stylized as Ortingenia) and commence my personal ConWorld!

Catalase Construction II

Now that I have verified my project with my teacher, I can get started. I decided to construct the model of Gallus gallus, or chicken, liver catalase. Although the PDB seems to have plenty of structures for other species, the humble chicken, which is absent, is significant because of the fact that chicken liver was used for a catalase experiment. Because I plan to build a moderately functioning model (out of paper, no less), I will be testing out smaller, less complicated enzymes. Anything done for Knowledge! can eventually be excused.

After alignment and checking, the structures are similar enough that the average non-interested lay person would not notice if I simply built bovine liver catalase. However, the alignment and verification are very interesting components, and that is why I must do them. As with any project, there will be no cheating.

Bureau of KH’s Life

I decided that I had to have some order in my day-to-day activities. This was the start of the BKHL, or the Bureau of Kevin H’s Life. First, I created a system of form nomenclature that would cover most aspects of communication. Here, it is simplified:
Form Letter (Field)
A: Accounting
B: Business
C: Credit/Loaning
D: Debit/Borrowing
E: Educational
F: Finance
G: Personal
H: Other

Form Number (Domain)
100-199: Self to Inside
200-299: Self to Outside
300-399: Inside to Self
400-499: Inside to Outside
500-599: Outside to Self
600-699: Outside to Inside
700-799: Personal
900-999: Other

Form Priority
x00-x09: urgent
x10-x29: high priority
x30-x49: normal
x50-x69: low priority
x70-x80: trivial
x90-x99: other

Form Confidentiality
xx0: confidential
xx1-xx2: urgent
xx3-xx5: important
xx6-xx7: low confidentiality
xx8: open
xx9: other/special

Now all that remains is making forms for everything! For absolute order!

Not yet, that will have to wait. For now, the main issue is effectively producing and using the forms. This will start with commission confirmations, time management, and minor tasks, in addition to creating an outlet for the drive to plan.

Catalase Construction I

I have been commissioned to construct a paper model of catalase. Just for an extra challenge, I decided against copying the existing PDB and began aligning the chicken catalase (which brings back memories of the liver experiment). As it turns out, the two are similar enough to not require much SP, so the next step will be making forms for confirming this commission. Apparently, most NT students do not care much for learning about the molecules but are fascinated by the models. My teacher requested something grand that would shock the students into loving the curriculum. Therefore, I will have to complete this by the end of Thanksgiving, or finals will dominate the students’ minds and distract them from the molecular component of biology that I love discussing. If only all people were also AS and did not care much for the non-verbal cues and shared the special interest…

Hello!

If you managed to reach this blog, then congratulations on your decision to accompany me on this journey called life. Here, the posts will primarily consist of these things:

  • Special Interest: Biochemistry!: a majority of the posts
  • Periodic interest: Knowledge! and other Science!s [sic]: current interests will be posted somewhere
  • Philosophy: likely concerning M. Descartes
  • Music: horrible baby steps in music theory: listen if you want headaches and horrible earworms from failed counterpoint
    • Poetry: unforgettably miserable attempts at incorporating both scansion and excellent rhyme
  • Conlang: more details after studying the psychology of linguistics, likely to suit my unique preferences in a language
  • Asperger’s Syndrome, of course!

These are the results for the current quizzes available everywhere:
You scored 123 aloof, 118 rigid and 96 pragmatic
AQ Test: 40
Brain Type: Extreme Systemizing, EQ5 vs SQ70
Sensitivity Test: 17 (High Sensitivity)
Face reading score: 15 (Trouble knowing expressions)

For the pedants, I concur about the bullet points *inward wink*

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