Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chronology (lecture)

Hello, Good morning.

Glad to see you gathered here in so large numbers, in this lecture, I'll attempt to convince some of those who are still in some doubt of the work of J.R.R.Tolkien as the unifying element of our common knowledge of the historic events. Some of the information presented may be somewhat aggravating to some of the listeners, but to you I'll remind you this is just a version of the Grand Story of Middle Earth and Eä, not claiming to be the truth let alone the full truth of the history and our predicament. What we believe is our own belief and this would be one belief among several. Thank you.

As we well know, from the surviving annals of Gondor, the 3rd age ended about 5100 years ago (or, as it is in the current reckoning, 3102 BC) Soon afterwards, the extent of human achievements in the southeastern and far eastern countries became evident in the explorations sent by king Elessar to these far out lands. These are undoubtly one manifestation of the influence of the so called black Numenoreans and also likely the effect the two blue wizards Pallando and Alatar had on these peoples. The dominating theory currently is, that Manwe and other valar observed how the Faithful wanted to live by themselves in Numenor, and attempted to nudge the wild races towards the proper manners by sending two teachers in the far out lands. There is little doubt the Two were responsible for some internal disturbances and insurgencies in the dominion of the Enemy Sauron. Notably, Peoples of Khand (f.e. in the city of Harappa) and eastern Near-Harad started what later is known as irrigation and they also started using symbols to convey message. Sauron merely tolerated this for their supporting role in supplying the black armies by food. It is not known when the Two left Ennor, but the rise of the agricultural neolithic cultures near the eastern end of the Ennor has been attributed to the influence by the two Blue wizards. This would mean they left Ennor, if they survived Sauron's Purges, about the same time the Queen Mother Arwen II died. They would have sailed to the burnt lands of Americas showing to some local cultures ways to build buildings and exited Arda to Valinor soon after this.

For awhile there was peace and happiness all over Arda. But Eru decided once again, for reasons unknown, to shape the earth. It's possible It wanted to erase the central plains of Mordor for ever, in order to keep the Evil from taking a hold of this area pretty central to human cultures of this time. This caused widespread upheaval everywhere in Arda and led to the formation of the Black Sea, the name of which in the elven tongue is Morgaer. It is also said by some, It wanted to change the humans back to their natural state of innocence. By separating the areas ruled by Gondor from these infant cultures in Khand and Near-Harad, some say, the plan of Iluvatar is more clear to Valar. Thus the Mediterranean Sea was formed by changing the location and extent of areas of Harad. This happened, as far as we know it, c.2150 BC, destroying many old cultures, for example the first near-Harad  culture in Egypt entered the First Intermediate Period. Gilgamesh Epic was written describing widespread flooding and upheaval.

The other changes made by Valar at this time was the removal of mithril and smithed iron, and for horror to some, removal of pipeweed from the middle earth. They were no doubt scared of the feuds between the less civilized peoples and thought Unified Kingdom should not have means to overpower these. The way the knowledge of iron smithing was also removed, speaks to us of the power of Eru. Only few pieces of these remained on earth to be marveled by the dwarves of the skills of Aule.

The sad, some say disasterous, effect of this interference by the Valar on the human cultures was the relocation of the capital of the Unified Kingdom to South of Mediterranean by the king Intef, this can be inferred from the simultaneous downfall in the areas of former Gondor and the rise of the Middle Kingdom in Egypt. After him, the king Mentuhotep ruled over the vast areas of Eastern Harad vassalling also the states further east. Soon after, the kings started to build a high tower over in Khand to show their might. The confusion was large these days. The peoples living this time even relocated the library of Minas Anor, as the removal of iron from the construction materials left the large buildings of old into an unrepearable state. As we know of the Tolkien documents, most of the early history of the world was lost from human knowledge in the burning of the library of Alexandria. This led to an extensive rewriting of history during the Dark Ages.

The defining character of the Fourth Age was the rise of Men, and the disappearance of the other races. Whilst Tolkien claimed to have talked to some hobbits, dwarfs and even elves, no independent records of these meetings are existent. Nevertheless, the Red Book of Westmarch exists, though the fragility of it prevents public presentations. It was given to Mr. Tolkien to study during his trip to southern Germany in the 1930s, as he was an expert on old tongues of Europe and it was in peril to be lost to Nazi ideology of burning books and inventing a glorious history. It appears The Book was kept in secret in a monastery somewhere near Basel, that was still adhered to the worship of the Eru, a rarity in these times of several sects.

These sects are a product of the interference of several Maia entities over the human cultures during the fourth and the beginning of the fifth ages. All of these were claiming to be 'Servants of Eru', and maybe they were. Nevertheless, the inability of the humans to understand the Plan of Eru led to the development of several sects, such as the followers of Zoroaster, 'the lord of the dwarfs'. The feuds between these sects have even led to the well known disagreement over the start year of the fifth age. As this lecture is kept near the lands the hobbits originated, I'll use the reckoning that begins with the last confirmed meeting of hobbits and men, this happened about the same time one of the Maias mentioned, disappeared from the grave. This year is thus year 1988 of the Fifth Age. The Maia in question revered children saying things like 'you should bé like children' and 'let the children come to me', and as hobbits are like 'only children to your eyes', it is speculated he was sent by Eru Iluvatar to gather hobbits to their version of Aman. It could of course be they still live here somewhere, among our children. But at least the recent searches in Indonesia have not revealed any hobbit holes that would have been recently used. The name one current sect uses of hobbits is of course Homo floresiensis. We should not do this but use the proper name.

This is our current understanding of our predicament, though there are many other explanations as you well know. Some of the sects have in fact been pretty useful as far as the human happiness goes, but we should not forget Saruman's work in combining the human and the orc race. The descendants of these may still be living out there, the orc-like humans Tolkien warns us about. Praise Manwë and Yavanna, but above all is Eru Iluvatar, go in peace.

Thank you for listening, I'll take questions in the comments section afterwards.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Seeking Hobbits with excellent physical fitness

For better effect, this text should be read over two days, the translation from the Old Entish is not too accurate, I'm afraid.

" Hey Treebeard, do you know about the grey-robed guy wandering hereabouts, who keeps posting these notes with writing on them? There's plenty more of these on trees on the north side. He even STAPLED one on me! Is this something we should care about?"
"Ah, Blandelm, looking excellent!.It's been a while since I noticed you! Are you still going on with this fancy of the most tree look-alike competition? The competition final was like...humm...50 years ago and everyone wondered where you were!"
"Oh, good to know, anyway, do you know of this guy? I thought this poster was an excellent final decoration, but after a while, I thought maybe this is a matter that should be told to others too. We can't have people running around with staplers here, now do we?"
"Well...humm...yes... The guy is from the West. He's got my permission for that. This is some ultra-important job the Big Man Himself has given him. He had the credentials and all. He told me there are four more of his kind roaming around the place, I've met one other, this olive-brown dressing guy is pretty ok, he even asked about the girls.
"Ah, I guess that's all well then. At least this one is not using NAILS, brárumm. Anyway, what does it read in there?
"Umm...hmmm... He's seeking Hobbits. I guess that is some modern word of the West, I don't know what it means. Then he lists a whole bunch of qualities for these 'Hobbits' he's seeking. Doesn't look too good for him, though he said to me this wasn't his top priority right now. Hmm..umm..., "Able to sail a rapid", "Not frightened of horses, wolves", "Two Million steps in 10 months" ...well that's a lot. This sounds like these Hobbits, what ever they are, are pretty small. I'd say we have got nothing to worry about them.
"I knew there was something you didn't know! So, should we keep an eye out for these creatures? They sound a bit like noegyth nibin, but I never saw one sail or row a river back in Beleriand. They used rafts or travelled with others, if forced to cross a river, I think.
"Umm... I think not, this is Big Man stuff and I guess we shouldn't interfere with that.... ummm yes, I think I'm going to forget about this... there's plenty of matters of the forest to take care of... hummm... Have you, for example, considered making a complaint about the decision over the look-alike competition? I'd say you have a chance of getting an appeal through since you clearly stated your intention to take part on it! How about that? Let's get to Hazellock's place, yes?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Aries and Pisces (photo)

Well, almost all of them. The blog's been pretty dead lately, I've had another interests than writing recently. Maybe when and if the winter comes I'll start to use this place for publishing something again. Also could be I'll start a new blog for some of the stories here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

local politics

The economical-political complex (1) in my hometown is somewhat hellbent (for about 25 years now (2)) to get themselves a parking spot near the 3rd classiest night club (3) in the city. Well, actually they want the parking spot near the bar (4) of the night club. They intend to do this by digging up the clay under the farmers' market square (5). To be sure they get a parking spot from this location, they intend to dig it under the mean sea level, I guess they aim to flood the lower level so they can start the pumps needed to keep the place dry only when there is a meeting of politicians and economic elites going on in the said bar (happens every now and then, I've been told).

Regular readers are likely aware of my views on climate change (6), so I'm kind of against the waste of money in this matter. The problem here is that the supporters of the said (in 50 years) submerging parking facility, got their plan approved just before the elections by one vote, with several representatives missing the meeting. They say changing the approved plan for the facility would take years. With this in mind I drew in about 30 minutes an alternate cross-section of the plan for a parking facility on the same location (7). This has of course the trouble that the bar in question would lose the sunlight and the open summer terrace it currently has so it's not likely to be noted anywhere. Further some buildings around the square would look a bit funny afterwards (the hotel that has the bar in question and the Swedish Theatre of Turku) and some others likely would have to make alternate entrances two stories up. As a joke this plan has the drive-in from another parking facility (there is another option also). Enough of local politics. I don't know why I wrote this in english. It doesn't make sense to tease the sensible audience I may have with this sort of crap. Maybe I should try politics but I think I'm not thick-skinned enough. The finnish words in the image: savi - clay, moreeni - moraine, kallio - bedrock
(edit evening 31.10.2014, added the underground structure + some) Here's the approximate levels set on a photo by L.Lähteenmäki. notice the wall at the entrance tunnel to keep the noise out. not that it matters much, since the exhaust gases, of the parking vehicular help apparatuses, would still have to be purged to the fresh produce they sell on the market place.

  1. consisting mainly of marine tech companies, construction companies, largest daily retail industries in finland and their associates, represented by the KK (kansallinen kokoomus) and the 'fair-pay workers party' SDP (somewhat in control of the labor unions).
  2. this is just an estimate, probably this has been going on for longer.
  3. actually the parties involved might think this is the top night club here, others disagree
  4. having outrageously high prices for ordinary beer to keep the commoners out.
  5. which has a history of 250 years at least, possibly parties involved want to end this sort of side-stepping the company-controlled supply chain.
  6. see elsewhere on this blog, f.e. the sidebar 'placeholder'
  7. well not exactly, this is intended to stay above flood water levels for quite a bit longer.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

on delays and daleks (short note #9)

"It *is* only a 45-day delay, and as others point out, probably directly relates to political expediency. 45 days isn't going to change anything." Ok, does 1735 days change anything?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Trafficking, part II

As solving the environmental problems, caused by man by inserting a level of CO2 and other Greenhouse Gases not seen since the age of dinosaurs (over 64 Million years ago) to the atmosphere, in the future could need some solving, I've made some preliminary plans for the renewal of the transportation structure of the society in Finland. As a consequence, this is mainly for finnish readers contemplating how on earth they could give up their internal combustion engine powered personal transportation vehicles aka. petrol-derived fuel using cars and bicycles aka. modeps and motorcycles, thus the rest of the text is in finnish.

Öljyn ja maakaasun kallistuessa on niiden käyttöä syytä vähentää. Kivihiilen polton haitat ovat pitemmällä tähtäimellä erittäin huomattavat, polttotekniikasta riippumatta. Parhaimmat arviot yhteydestä ilmakehän koostumuksen ja merenpinnan tason viittaavat vähintään 9 metrin merenpinnan tason nousuun jo nykyisellä ilmakehän koostumuksella, jossa on n.402 miljoonasosaa kasvihuonekaasuiksi kutsuttuja kaasumaisia eristeitä. Nämä kaasut toimivat eristeinä infrapunan eli lämpösäteilyn aallonpituuksilla, tällöin niiden lisääntyminen ilmakehässä nostaa maapallon pinnalla olevan infrapunasäteilyn määrää eli pintalämpötilat kohoavat. Yksi tärkeimmistä löpön (slangia, tarkoittaa fossiilista polttonestettä) käyttökohteista on liikenteessä, tavaroiden ja ihmisten liikkumiseen kuluu vuodessa runsaasti tätä Jumalan yli 60 miljoonaa vuotta sitten maahan hautaamaa ainesta. Joitakin nuorempia öljyesiintymiä toki myös löytyy, näiden sijainti on kuitenkin varsin hankala porausta ajatellen (vrt. Deepwater Horizon). On arvioitu että Maapallon asukkaiden, joiksi luettakoon huvin vuoksi myös elukat ja kasvit, tulisi luopua fossiilisten polttoaineiden käytöstä hyvin ripeään tahtiin jotta mantereiden pinta-ala vähenee vain hieman tulevan vuosisadan ja -satojen aikana. Viimeksi ihmiskunta koki suuren Jumalan lähettämän tulvan, kun mannerjäätiköt sulivat auringon säteilyn suurimman paineen osuessa mantereille alkaen n. v 20000 e:Kr. Tällöin merenpinta nousi 5 metriä sadan vuoden aikana. Aikanaan tämä nousu johti Mustanmeren syntyyn hyökytulvassa, mikä lienee toiminut tulvamyyttien lähtökohtana. Tämän kaltainen tapahtuma on eräiden huomattavien tutkijoiden (googleta Eric Rignot) mukaan edessä varsin piakkoin, osa Länsi-Antarktiksen jäätikköä on irronnut merenpohjasta, ja on mahdollista että kolmasosa jäätiköstä putoaa eteläiseen valtamereen tulevien satojen vuosien aikana.

Ehkä siinä oli tarpeeksi pohjustusta tälle jutulle joka käsittelee rautateitä.

Sähköä voi toki tuottaa myös lisäämättä kasvihuonekaasujen määrää. Sähkönkäytön lisäämisessä sivistyneelle yhteiskunnalle lähes välttämättömän liikenteen organisoinnissa on kohtuullisia ongelmia, esim. dieselverotus ja erinäiset nk. yksinoikeudet sähköverkon käytön suhteen. Mahdolliset alueelliset katovuodet ja ihmiskunnan keskinäiset kiistat resurssien hyväksikäytössä vaativat liikennöintiä jo humanitaarisista syistä. Homma vaan menee hankalaksi fossiillisia polttoaineita käyttämällä, kun samalla kohotetaan merenpintaa niin että satamia joudutaan jatkossa siirtämään, jos nyt ei vuosittain, niin parin-, tai ehkä viidenkymmenen vuoden välein. Tästä syystä olisi järkevää saada liikennettä muutettua siten että löpöä kuluu vähemmän. Kaikkiin sovelluksiin, kuten esim. maatalouskoneisiin tahi umpimetsässä tapahtuvaan ripeään puunkaatoon (esim moottorisahalla) ei nykyisellä tekniikalla pystytä käyttämällä vain sähköteknisiä laitteita. Ihminen on kuitenkin varsin sosiaalinen eläin, tai ainakin niin ajattelen Jumalan tarkoittaneen, mikä on johtanut erinäisten yhteisöjen syntyyn. Historian kuluessa sivilisaation kehitys on kulkenut pienistä viljelyskylistä puolustusliitojen kautta verotukseen ja aina vain suurempiin yhteisöihin toimimassa saman asian puolesta. Tällöin ihmiset ja tuotantolaitokset ovat sijoittuneet toisiinsa nähden varsin lähekkäin. Homma muuttui hieman 1930-luvulta alkaen kun henkilökohtainen motorisoitu kulkuneuvo alkoi siirtymään statussymbolin asemasta yhteisöjä hajottavaksi voimaksi. Tätä hajaantumista eri motoristiheimot pyrkivät välttämään järjestämällä jos jonkin sortin kokoontumisajoja (Mullakin oli mm. Lada).

Vielä eivät ihmiset kuitenkaan ole jakautuneet tasaisesti mahdollisimman kauas toisistaan, vaan edelleen on olemassa kyliä, kuntakeskuksia, kauppaloita ja kaupunkeja. Näitä yhdistämään kehitettiin 1800-luvulla rautatie. Ensimmäinen sähköveturi rakennettiin v.1837, tämä tosin perustui akkuteknologiaan, mikä on huonompi homma kuten kaikki digikuvaajat tietävät. Pitkässä juoksussa akkuvirta loppuu. Vaihtovirtaa käyttävä veturi rakennettiin Zürichissä 1891 ja niin Sveitsistä tulikin maailman johtavia maita rautateiden käytössä. Sveitsissä asuu myös varsin varakasta väkeä, asioiden välillä ei välttämättä ole yhteyttä mutta tulipahan mieleen.

Kuten sanottua, kaikkea liikennettä on mahdotonta sähköistää tai siirtää rautateille, koska joku sinne haja-asutusalueellekin haluaa, joko hommiin tai asumaan. Toki sielläkin on piensähköä mahdollista tuottaa tuulivoimalla tai kesäisin auringosta, lämpöpumpulle talveksi riittävä sahkö onkin sitten vähän hankalampi juttu. Asiaan.

Ladan sähköjärjestelmän levittyä (mahdollisesti tiesuolan vaikutuksesta) tuli mieleen että mitäs sitten jos tää oliskin käynyt jossain ääressä jonkin montun pohjalla ilman riuskoja kavereita rullauskäynnistämistä ajatellen. Tässä sitten pohdintaa siitä miten Suomen rataverkkoa tulisi laajentaa. Pohjana oli ajatus että jokainen kohtuullisessa kunnossa oleva ihminen jaksaa fillaroida 80 kilsaa hätätapauksessa suunnilleen 8 tuntiin. Tähän väliin vois heittää vaikka jonkin maailmanpoliittisen skenaarion jossa kahjot jenkit (republikaanit) alkaa käyttää bensaa vimmatusti (eikö ne tee jo niin) silleen että Venäjä hermostuu Suomelle (ei nekään aina rationaalisia ole) eikä sieltä saa bensaa ja maailmanmarkkinahinta nousee vaikkapa juutalais-arabikonfliktin takia niin isoksi ettei sitä kannata tuoda Suomeen. Sitten lukijat voisi kerrata ekan kappaleen, ehkä.

Tajusin siis että valtatieverkolle ei ole kilpailijaa, tässä markkinatalousmaassa ainakaan. Tuohan on trusti, tuo Destia vai mikä TVH se oli (en oo mikään talousnero). Miten voisi yhdessä päivässä päästä paikasta A paikkaan B koko Etelä- ja Keski-Suomessa, käyttämättä fossiilisia polttoaineita? Ottaen huomioon edellä kerrotun, lienee syytä harkita rataverkon suurta laajentamista siten että ihmisten ilmoille (ja pois) pääseminen ei kestäisi kohtuuttoman kauan. Sähköautojen mahdollinen lisääntyminen helpottaa hommaa tietty paljon mutta oletetaan huvikseen että ihmiset vittuilee sähköauton kehitykselle esim suositussa autoiluohjelmassa niin paljon ettei luontoa ja merenrantoja säästävää mobiliteettia helpottavaa henkilökohtaista kuljetinta koskaan saada ns. tavallisen kansan (joka on syntynyt 1930-luvun jälkeen) vaatimusten tasolle. Tällöin ympäristöystävällisiksi menopeleiksi rajaantuvat jalkavälikone eli munamankeli (polkupyörä tahi mielestäni paremmin, fillari) ja sähköistetty koliseva teräshirmu ja karanneen lehmän tappaja (sähköjuna). Alla siis yksi versio vaadittavasta rataverkostosta, jotta joka paikasta pääsisi joka paikkaan Etelä- ja Keski-Suomessa yhden päivän aikana käyttäen ainoastaan fillaria ja hyvin järjestettyä juna- tai kiskobussiliikennettä.

Selitteeksi jotta punainen on nykyinen rataverkko ja vihreällä on lisätty ratoja sen verran että useimmat kuntakeskukset on alle 40 kilsan päässä radasta.

Tätä ei siis oo ihan summamutikassa tehty, mittailin laajennetusta rataverkosta etäisyydet kuntakeskuksiin ja 40km päähän radasta jääviä kuntakeskuksia on kyllä muutamia, muuallakin kuin saaristossa. Kohtuudella vois olettaa että sähköbussi tms laite saattaisi hoitaa polttomoottorittoman kuljetuksen näistä lähimmälle asemalle. Lappiin vastaavan verkon suunnittelu lienee vielä turhaa kun ei vielä tiedä nouseeko siellä keskilämmöt tarpeeksi vehnän viljelyn aloittamiseen lähiaikoina. Tarkempia yksityiskohtia pitäs hakee noista lapuista joille tätä alkuun tein.