Mechanics

I have taken physical and natural science, the study of the natural world around us, as the most basic component of human knowledge. With my recent decision to focus on the simpler end rather than historical end comes a decision to focus most particularly on physics, and within physics, on mechanics, and specifically particle mechanics. The first thing to I want to do is to concentrate on the mathematical description of time and space. I don’t have any deep philosophical insight into the description of time: I just use a number of time units from an arbitrary beginning, which will depend on the context of the problem. As I develop more applications, this will become a more complex topic. As far as space, I am using three types: Linear, or one-dimensional space; planar or two dimensional space; and three dimensional space. There are more complex variants of these, but I will also defer this for a later time. Although time and space are considered mathematically continuous, I can only represent them approximately. For beginning applications, a small number of divisions will be sufficient.
The next task is to describe particle motion. I consider a particle to consider a mass point, which is an idealization and is only represented approximately. Motion is the association of positions in space with instants of time, and there are various types and cases of motion. I am still working on my programming skills to represent these in a computer program, but I am getting close.

Developing

I had the notion that my studies of history are going much too slowly to be useful. I want to start making a commercial product. Given that smart phones are becoming so common and useful and applications are becoming so common, I want to go back to the low-level science end and begin programming scientific applications in what I will be calling the Sapience Learning Laboratory.
When I did a search on Android development, the first thing that came up was Udacity. This has numerous free courses that I can used to update and improve my various skills.

As I work through the knowledge base, there is a great deal of emphasis on physics. Many topics use this, at least indirectly. The most basic, elementary topic is particle mechanics. In order to work with particle mechanics, I need the concepts of time and space. I am taking a purely mathematical approach. Although space in reality seems to be infinite, unbounded, and continuous, for practical, computational purposes, I am dealing with small, discrete, bounded spaces. As I enlarge these in the process of development, they will begin to approximate reality. There are linear or one dimensional spaces, planar or two-dimensional spaces, and solid or three-dimensional spaces. I am also including time as if it were a space. This should get me started.

Writing history

I have known for some time that studies of prehistory depend heavily on archaeology and earth science, which began to develop most seriously in the 19th century and 20th century. I had not begun to seriously develop those periods, but I am starting to go through them going through them as an aid to study of prehistory. Studies of prehistory also depend heavily on academic institutions and scholarly heritage in Western Civilization. I have been conducting a review of the history of Western Civilization, in hopes of filling in the details of academic and scholarly history. One of the things I accomplished in the last few months was the connection of biographical pages to Anglic history. It has long been one of my goals to use these biographical figures to fill in details of history. This allows me to get a picture of important developments. I don’t have many of these in antiquity or classical and medieval history, but modern history, starting with the 16th century and 17th century, is coming along nicely. I am also connecting biographies of Latin peoples with the intention of doing a similar review.

Biology

I am finding that working in prehistory is more satisfying than trying to track current events, so I’ve been trying to expand the examination of the earliest periods. This is requiring that I look more into the development of science, particularly biology. Since I had set this aside for a long while, there’s a certain satisfaction in getting back to it.

Growling

WordPress hates me. It tried to lock me out so I had to reset the password. I understand that it hates everybody, so at least I don’t need to be lonely.

Today’s work revealed a bunch of continuing wars and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, which gives me something to look for in previous weeks and months. But then, I already know that. The goal is to get more specific detail. I have decided to move information about the 2020 presidential campaign to the next 5 years, since the election is beyond the 1-year horizon.

 

Really? That long?

Have I really not posted on the blog since October?
Alright, I did drop working on the future in favor of going back to prehistory. But I recently decided to switch back to the present and work on current events some.
I am not working much on the far future or middle future. The near future is being connected. I don’t have much for the next 5 years. Within the next year, the major anticipated event is the US 2020 Presidental election. President Trump is already campaigning for re-election. On Sarah Hoyt’s blog, one of the commenters referred to the crowded field last election cycle, and mentioned 76 Unknowns. It seems appropriate. I didn’t even try following this last time, but the Knowledge Base has developed enough that I can give it a try this time.
Looking ahead in the next month, Brexit negotiations and another Summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea are anticipated.
Modern history is being connected to more cities. For the 20th century I am reviewing Asiatic peoples, and for the early 21st century I am reviewing Latin peoples. The late 2010s are being connected to cities.
Current events, those of 2019, are a month behind. So far, there are references to earlier events in the 20th century, since World War II, and I will be looking into these a little. The connections to nations and peoples are not yet very broad. Western Civilization is dominated by Anglic peoples. So far, political events in the United States are getting most attention, followed political events in Venezuela. I will be looking deeper into both religion and government, although government has more associated events.
I wanted to go to LTUE again this year, but car repairs this last fall were too costly and ate my savings. I have also not put much attention into creative endeavors, so I don’t have as much to show as I wanted. Hopefully I can go next year.

Peering into the future

Prediction of the future is risky, but examination of what is planned is useful. Things such as the Olympic games and the Gordie Howe International bridge between Detroit and Windsor are planned years in advance. It is possible to categorize the next 5 years, next year, next quarter, and next month. These are moving targets, and I may move projections and predictions into the past as events overtake them. This will allow comparison between plans and forecasts and historical events. As I work back through weeks of the current year, and previous years, I expect to accumulate a greater variety of plans and predictions. I have a few predictions and plans for the next quarter I will be watching. For the next month, maneuvers of the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe of asteroid 162173 Ryugu can be anticipated.

I now have reasonable summaries of India and Pakistan for the past year. Events of Northeast European peoples are being separated and distinguished from general Western civilization.

Sewing and Stitching

Although many events in the future are not predictable, a certain amount can be be determined from plans, and I am starting to being work on the near future, and next month, by noting planned and future events for each week.
Now that I have events for the past year sufficiently sliced, diced, and rearranged, I can go to work on establishing other connections. In order to construct an outline of history from a raw chronicle of events, I need continuity and connections. This means connecting events and periods to earlier ones, for background purposes, and to later ones, to help evaluate their importance and consequences.
So far, events of India are emerging. For the past quarter, I note that the Supreme Court of India has decriminalized homosexuality, and India is planning a manned space program. I will be watching this. Other nations should also start emerging.

Closing in

Examination of the future is still difficult, but I’m starting to make a little progress. I have just a few more weeks in April to analyze before I have my outline of events for the year 2018. I hope to get that done soon.

The work on design of liquid-fueled rocked engines is going slow, but I made a little bit of progress. I got through the fuel and oxidizer flow rates, which is where I gave up the last time I worked on this. Now I’m working on calculations for the combustion chamber and nozzle. Copying the necessary equations into a word processor is excessively tedious, but I need to do this to document my work before I run the numbers.

I paid out a while ago for GURPS Vehicle Builder, which was supposed to aid and simplify the design process. As a writer working with simulations, this gives me a reasonably plausible ballpark estimates for what might be practical to try to actually design. I can only apply it to the real world with great caution, but it is giving me some preliminary ballpark figures. After a couple of hours figuring out how to use it, I established that liquid rocket fueled engines with extreme low values of thrust (below 2 lbs) are probably impractical, even for hobbyists. I need a lot more information about radio control and instrumentation before I can write convincingly about the design program. A few years ago, I make inquiries about the local model rocketry club, which was going through some difficulties. With my revival of interest in the subject, I would like too attend the next launch.

More slicing

I indicated that I’m starting to work on the future. I don’t think I can do much in the future without a solid grip on the present. I’m still working analyzing and rearranging events of April and May, but I;m getting closer.

This has been re-igniting my interest in creative science fiction. I started work on a near-future science fiction novel, incorporating some of my thoughts on reusable launch vehicles. I came across a book that’s been published and made available on the web; “How to Design, Build, and Test Liquid-fueled Rocket Engines”, and I’m starting to work through the design equations. I don’t have the machinery or the skill to actually build one, but my fictional characters do, and I feel like I need to work through the problems so I will know what problems they will have to deal with.

I am also working through my gaming material, GURPS and Traveller; which provide other ideas and design sequence I can use for fictional vehicles.

I also have some software for mapping and cartography that I am using, and a couple of projects. We shall see what, if anything, comes of all this.