“And over here, kids, is our Society Simulation chamber.” the professor gestured towards a wide array of supercomputers that filled a chamber the size of a warehouse. Each of the computers was the size and shape of a small brick house.
Some of the kids gasped aloud at the enormous size of the room while others waved some of the server engineers, who waved them back. The professor continued as she lead them up the stairs towards a watching room. A smart glass served as an observation port to the computers below.
“Each of these computers is simulating a society of AI people. Their growth as a species from simple bit gatherers to complex civilizations with entire data economies. Our findings have been very interesting to say the least. Here, let me show you around.” she continued. The smart glass lit up and began zooming in on a variety of computers.
I missed Tony’s birthday, but I wanted to do something for Mer-May while I still had a chance, so here you go. New snippet of “Scaled.” (Prev. chapters) This is un-betaed, so forgive all the typos. I’ll go back and grab them when I put this on AO3.
Warnings: Sea creatures and Steve eating fish raw, awkward discussions of bowel movements, near panic attack
Steve has no concept of how far they go, no idea how quickly the whale swims.
His body is still weak from lack of nutrition, and after the first hour or so,
it takes most of his concentration just to keep hold on the nubby dorsal fin.
Tony keeps an easy pace aside them, and at times seems like he could easily
outpace the whale if he wished. It’s the difference, Steve thinks, between a
sedate grandmother and her children’s children.
Around them the ocean begins to grow dark, and on the surface, Steve can
just tell that the sun’s rays have grown long. He cannot hold on any longer.
The moment he thinks it, Tony is at his side, hands delicate as they guide him
up into the whale’s wake and gradually slow him to a halt. The she-whale
sings to them, her song rising haunting, all-encompassing.
Just a moment, Tony says, patting Steve’s shaking arms. If you
would just stay right here? Then he breaks away, swimming out to the beast
circling them. Through his haze of exhaustion, Steve tries to pay attention.
Tony is patting the whale’s flanks, a tiny bright flash of red and gold
against the whale’s dark flank and the gloomening sea. Suddenly something fills
Steve’s vision, a blinding electric blue like lightning. It briefly arcs out
around Tony, then dances over the skin of the whale. In the afterglow, Steve can see
detritus falling from the whale’s flesh. Tiny black and gray flecks make their
way down into the deep, beyond where Steve can see.
With more than fifty connected structures and twenty thousand rooms and chambers, the great size and complexity of the Imperial Palace had inspired many stories.
It was said that near the end of construction, eight workers were lost for nearly a month when their comtracker failed. Rumors persisted about a chamber with no doors, sections with a hundred or more rooms that had never been occupied, and the hidden treasure compartment of “the pirate general,” Toleph-Sor.
There were at least eleven offices and nine other rooms with their own true stories of murder, plus the grisly tale of Frona Zeffla, who died at her desk and went undiscovered for more than a year. Longtime staffers recalled how the children of Palpatine’s aides, given free rein to roam at will, played three-day-long games of “Hunter” in the lifts and corridors.
Black Fleet Crisis 3: Tyrant’s Test
I really like the feeling of life in this description, that the palace wasn’t a museum of horrors, but a real place inhabited by real people, with their own stories. Now I wish there was anthology Tales from the Imperial Palace in the EU.
if it meant you could become a giant stone pyramid for 1 month out of the year would you eat all fruits with their skin on? Your pyramid form a traditional pyramid, 123 meters tall and 200 meters wide, with an interior chamber the size of a modest 6 bedroom house, and made out of a sandstone and limestone mix. You can choose the month you turn into the pyramid, but it has to be a full month all at once.
An echocardiogram is a sonogram of the heart. Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart. Echocardiography has become routinely used in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests in cardiology. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart (internal chamber size quantification), pumping capacity, and the location and extent of any tissue damage. An Echocardiogram can also give physicians other estimates of heart function such as a calculation of the cardiac output, ejection fraction, and diastolic function (how well the heart relaxes).
Echocardiography can help detect cardiomyopathies, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, and many others. The use of Stress Echocardiography may also help determine whether any chest pain or associated symptoms are related to heart disease. The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive (doesn’t involve breaking the skin or entering body cavities) and has no known risks or side effects.
(Image: Echocardiogram in the parasternal long-axis view, showing a measurement of the heart’s left ventricle)
Lighthoof swallowed a lump in his throat as he was escorted to the throne room of the Changeling Queen, her guards flanking him on either side. Princess Celestia had given him full trust and discretion to act on her behalf... but still... for his first appointment as a full-fledged ambassador? He could only hope he didn't mess this up—this peace had taken so long to achieve, he didn't want to be the one to cause its fall.
The throne was deep underground, and it had taken no small walk to make it this far. The changelings escorting Lighthoof remained silent. It had been a very long time since the Queen had intentionally allowed contact with outsiders. It was only permitted because they came with the promises of peace. Something Chrysalis had thought impossible after an attempted invasion with herself at the helm, centuries ago.
Perhaps it had been long enough. She meant to find out.
The tunnels the guards led the pony down finally ended in a fair-sized chamber with a large throne made of dark stone and the same glowing green crystals that lit the tunnels. The Queen herself was sitting on it, looking no worse for wear for the passage of time.
A pity his help had insisted on keeping their weapons. None were allowed here. Even the changelings carried none. His royal guard escort had been left outside.
“Welcome to Beryl, pony.” The Queen started simply. “You’re the first outsider to step through these halls in over a hundred years. Why is that?”
Almost nothing is more obvious than the fact that time flows from the past, which we remember, toward the future, which we don’t. Scientists and philosophers call this the psychological arrow of time. Hot coffee left on your desk cools down, and never heats up on its own, which reflects the thermodynamic arrow of time.
The principles of thermodynamics show that large collections of particles, like the trillions upon trillions of liquid molecules in a coffee cup, always move toward more disorganized arrangements. For instance, hot water molecules clumped together in a cold room need a lot of organization, so warm drinks eventually cool to the surrounding temperature. Physicists say such disorganized arrangements have high entropy, whereas ordered arrangements have low entropy.
The Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs are situated) and West Valley.
With the 2005 discovery of a new chamber (KV63), and the 2008 discovery of two further tomb entrances, the valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers (ranging in size from KV54, a simple pit, to KV5, a complex tomb with over 120 chambers). It was the principal burial place of the major royal figures of the Egyptian New Kingdom, together with those of a number of privileged nobles. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. Almost all of the tombs seem to have been opened and robbed in antiquity, but they still give an idea of the opulence and power of the Pharaohs. This area has been a focus of archaeological and egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest. In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs), and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. In 1979, it became a World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis. Exploration, excavation and conservation continues in the valley, and a new tourist centre has recently been opened. Read more
"M'lady?" Sloth asks, walking ibto the chambers, holding a medium sized silver box with a gold ribbon. "Are you here?" He says, timidly. The knights outside had given him steely glares, and that had unnerved him.
“Oh I am in here!” Gwynevere called out from her bedroom. She was waiting for Sloth to show up. She had a good surprise for him.