Death in Tryslmaistan...


Kaye Haychold's ambitious plan

Re: Death in Tryslmaistan...

Postby Alfador » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:03 pm

strange_person wrote:There was a setting I was working on where the Aztecs were a superpower. Rome has them beat for raw industrial capacity, and even the Norse/Iroquois Confederacy (a niche similar to RL third-world countries) manages a better overall standard-of-living, but they've got the best medical technology, and that's exactly why. If you're already used to ripping the still-beating heart out of someone's chest, the idea of reinstalling a different one doesn't seem too bizzare.

Their lack of progress in the ongoing, religiously-motivated war with the Empire of Nippon (sure, both groups worship the sun, but when the issue of the orbital fusion reactor's gender comes up, suddenly it's all "die, heretic!") can be attributed primarily to superior cybernetic technology. At some point, the armor-plating on Jaguar Marines got so thick, they lost buoyancy. So, the engineers started adding more artificial muscle, tuned for swimming, but that just put even more drain on the already-limited oxygen supply. Tanks of compressed air led to slow, painful deaths from aeroembolism; tanks of compressed oxygen, with the relatively-insoluble nitrogen removed, led to somewhat faster deaths from spontaneous ignition. Nobody thought to make proper landing craft, because they're too small for pykrete, and compared to the near-invincible Temple Carriers, other hull materials looked too expensive and too flimsy.


You make me want to play one of the Civilization games (I dunno which; I've only ever played Civ II and Alpha Centauri)
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Re: Death in Tryslmaistan...

Postby Wizard CaT » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:14 pm

I played Civ 4 on a computer that didn't come close to handling it, but it seemed kinda fun. Sad I can't reinstall it though, since I deleted the- oh wait I do have the .mdf file. Whats a mdf file though... heh.
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Re: Death in Tryslmaistan...

Postby SilverFeathers » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:26 pm

Alfador wrote:
SilverFeathers wrote:
Monocheres wrote:Ahem ... uh, don't you mean, a dissection lab? Vivisection is dissection of a body that is still alive. You know, like in pre-Columbian Aztec high schools...


Freudian slip.


*giggle*


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Re: Death in Tryslmaistan...

Postby Monocheres » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:32 am

Monocheres wrote:Ahem ... uh, don't you mean, a dissection lab? Vivisection is dissection of a body that is still alive. You know, like in pre-Columbian Aztec high schools...

SilverFeathers wrote:Freudian slip.

Alfador wrote:*giggle*

SilverFeathers wrote:*tries to look innocent* 0-0


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Re: Death in Tryslmaistan...

Postby SilverFeathers » Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:42 am

Monocheres wrote:
Monocheres wrote:Ahem ... uh, don't you mean, a dissection lab? Vivisection is dissection of a body that is still alive. You know, like in pre-Columbian Aztec high schools...

SilverFeathers wrote:Freudian slip.

Alfador wrote:*giggle*

SilverFeathers wrote:*tries to look innocent* 0-0


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Re: Death in Tryslmaistan...

Postby Anna » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:35 am

New things about "Body Worlds"
- gift section -

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zei ... 34,00.html
SLICES OF LIFE

'Body Worlds' Entrepreneur to Sell Corpse Cross-Sections

Looking for an unusual gift or that perfect ornament for your living room? How about a cross-section of a preserved corpse, courtesy of "Body Worlds" entrepreneur Gunther von Hagens -- a snip at €12,000.


Just when you thought the "Body Worlds" exhibition couldn't get any more gross, Plastination pioneer Gunther von Hagens (more...) comes up with a stomach-churning new idea: selling slices of human bodies.

According to the mass circulation daily Bild, von Hagens, famous for developing the patented Plastination technique for preserving corpses, has come up with a new business model involving selling cross-sections of bodies prepared in his "Plastinarium" workshop in Guben on the German-Polish border.

Until now, he has only sold cross-sections, where plastinated organs are clearly visible, to universities as teaching materials. But now private individuals will be able to buy slices of corpses too. Von Hagens' assistant Nadine Diwersi told the newspaper: "We are able to quickly produce large quantities with high quality and for a good price."

A cross-section down the length of the body will cost €12,000 ($17,800), while a cross-section across the body will be priced at €250, or €1,600 for a 16-slice set. A typical corpse can produce eight vertical cross-sections or 230 horizontal cross-sections.

However, only a minority of the donated bodies will be available for purchase by private individuals as 80 percent of donors, who make their bodies available free of charge to von Hagens, stipulate that they can only be used "for scientific progress."

There's another hitch: the German law against "disturbing the peace of the dead" which makes it illegal to commit "insulting mischief" with the body parts of the deceased. Diwersi told Bild that their lawyers were currently investigating the conditions under which corpse slices could be sold to private individuals. However, she expressed optimism that "in three or four months, anyone will be able to buy the slices on the Internet or in our Plastinarium."

Around 25 million people have viewed von Hagens' "Body Worlds" exhibitions, which show preserved human specimens in a variety of poses, in cities across Asia, Europe and North America over the last 10 years, according to the "Body Worlds" Web site.

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