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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 7 2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,113
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragon's Business

Oh god, I hate reading my old posts. Why didn't anyone smack me upside the head for this?! :crazy:
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 9 2010, 01:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 15,095
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Glows

Aha! That'll be where I picked it up, thank you! I'm the last one to use the DLG in support of anything, but that image has definitely gotten itself lodged in my mind.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 7 2010, 03:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 15,095
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Glows

I had always thought that glows were little balls that were picked off a fungus plant, but now that I think of it, I don't recall if it was ever specified what they actually look like.

Do glows...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 13 2010, 12:14 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,745
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: F'lar loves Lessa?

Interesting concept - although it's a little screwed from the start, with Pern's time-travel mechanics. If Lessa failed, then the Weyrs would not have gone missing in the first place, and we're in a...
Forum: Science of Pern Jul 13 2010, 08:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,823
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Pern study

Firelizards do not have a pincer configuration on the rear limbs, I guess that's what had me confused. The hind limbs have feet that are pretty much like a theropod dinosaur foot, as far as I've seen...
Forum: Science of Pern Jun 4 2010, 05:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,823
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Pern study

The pincer configuration is exclusive to the native firelizards. The forelimbs of mentasynth enhanced firelizards and the dragons were definitely altered to have five digits. I can't find any...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 4 2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,658
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Prayer

This wiki article explains a fair amount about speculations as to the evolutionary origins of religion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_psychology_of_religion
Forum: Science of Pern Jun 2 2010, 11:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,823
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Pern study

Nicely done! I can't wait to see further progress on these :D

Yes, the dragons definitely have three toes on the hind limbs, all forward facing. But the forelimbs have four fingers and a thumb.
Forum: Science of Pern Jun 1 2010, 01:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,186
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Just how big can flying creatures get anyway?

The normal range of a giraffe is 14-17 feet tall, so that picture is only slightly out of the norm. If he's 6' tall, then that would make the giraffe 18' at the very tip of the head knob thingies....
Forum: Science of Pern May 30 2010, 10:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,186
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Just how big can flying creatures get anyway?

Unless your dragon was built like a toothpick, it would be impossible for it to fly anyway, regardless of size, so I think you can get away with a suspension of disbelief ;)
Forum: Science of Pern May 29 2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,186
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Just how big can flying creatures get anyway?

It all hinges on the square cubed law, a mathematical principle of proportion. Like if you double the proportions of a sugar cube, you end up with eight times the volume rather than the intuitive...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 26 2010, 01:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,658
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Prayer

Praying doesn't always have to imply belief in any supernatural agency either. That's the common usage, obviously, but it's not necessary. One form of prayer could be considered as a mantra repeated...
Forum: Exhibit Hall May 19 2010, 02:53 AM
Replies: 64
Art: F'lar
Views: 8,355
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: F'lar

Wow, what a beautiful portrait! I'm catching a strong Obama resemblance... which seems appropriate due to their shared banners of hope and change ;) I love that you got the detail of his forelock...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 16 2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

I tried starting on a different rendition of another Whelan painting. Thank you Tamara for getting me inspired to paint Pern again :D

Here's what I have so far of The White Dragon. Sorry it's so...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 11 2010, 01:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

I'll send you a new version with a watermark - but you can only use it if it's made extremely clear that this is not my original work, I don't want to steal any of Whelan's thunder. This is meant to...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 11 2010, 01:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

I've searched and searched my hard drive and I can't find it! I could have sworn that I worked in a hi-res version, but all the WIPs I have saved are the same size as the one here. I must have been...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 10 2010, 10:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

I know, I'm terrible for being absent for so long :sorry: Thank Cheryl for giving me a poke :lol:


Thanks :blush: I reeeeaaaally wish I could do more paintings like this, it just takes so...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 9 2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

:lol: I thought I made it clear on the KT when I entered it! Either way, thank you :blush:
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 9 2010, 07:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

Yes. I love the double moons, but I needed the image centered on Ruth. I moved them over so I could keep them in the picture. And I made the wings slightly larger, which is why they look different in...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 9 2010, 07:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,900
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Who's Painting is This?

Yes, this is my work :) I painted it for the KT art competition several years ago, that must have been where it was picked up from, or the photobucket account for it, as that is the only place it's...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 25 2009, 02:25 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 110,800
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Your Pern Movie Cast

I had to look her up to find out who she was. It's not that I avoid TV/Youtube, I just avoid terrible reality shows :crazy: Admittedly, that makes up most of TV, though :roll:

I can't see her as...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 12 2009, 02:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,366
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Menolly...how old was she....

I'm fairly sure there's at least one reference in the books to her having dark hair, though that's not very specific.

But I don't really care about proof on this matter. I have a very strong...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Mar 12 2009, 01:55 PM
Replies: 89
Art: Lessa
Views: 20,260
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Lessa

WOAH. This isn't quite how I imagine Lessa to look, but you have her attitude NAILED.

I'm guessing you used Eva Green for a reference? The eyes, the eyes! Spectacular intensity.

There's VERY...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 12 2009, 05:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,638
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Question on dragon gestation?

Definitely not, since it's a year before they are allowed to fly at all, let alone fight Thread.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 6 2009, 11:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,638
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Question on dragon gestation?

Yes, that is correct. In the books, there's a Teaching Ballad that states it.

Rise in glory,
Bronze and gold.
Dive entwined,
Enhance the Hold.

Count three months and more
And five heated...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Feb 4 2009, 11:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,488
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Q from Dragonsblood: Eridani Adept families?

WHAT?! In Dragonsdawn it very specifically mentions that Kitti Ping was the ONLY human to ever have been trained directly by the Eridani. Unless Adepts are just a group that are trained in the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 24 2009, 01:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,187
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonrider Psychic Abilities (or, what openings are left for 9th Pass stories?)

Well, considering the ratio of dragonriders-to-regular Pernese population, that is a very small number, especially those who have significant telepathic abilities, such as HADs, Lessa in particular....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 24 2009, 11:11 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,187
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonrider Psychic Abilities (or, what openings are left for 9th Pass stories?)

That's not true. It said specifically that mentasynth enhancement on humans was widespread before the Pure Human Life group got involved. This does seem to contradict the standard of reluctance to...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 18 2009, 09:05 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,187
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 18 2009, 04:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,187
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonrider Psychic Abilities (or, what openings are left for 9th Pass stories?)

Since claims of psychic abilities and telepathy, with present scientific knowledge, are highly dubious, I think your reasoning is very unlikely. Wouldn't it be far more likely and realistic that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jan 18 2009, 03:57 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,187
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonrider Psychic Abilities (or, what openings are left for 9th Pass stories?)

I would say that it makes a lot of sense and is very likely that SOME of the colonists descended from those who had been "touched". It certainly does not give the slightest indication of the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 15 2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 27,735
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Defunct script for Pern TV

Those are most certainly not reins. The fighting straps are those that connect from his riding belt to the harness (four, I believe) that keep him from falling off or leaning too much to either side....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 9 2008, 12:04 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 27,735
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Defunct script for Pern TV

How else do you explain it? She WAS a virgin until she came to the Weyr. You would think that someone would have taken it before then, but they didn't. What explanation would you give?
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 9 2008, 02:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,926
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Forked tongues on firelizards?

I don't know when anyone has ever stated that there's nothing accurate in it. Mainly it's people advising against using parts of it in debates when the information is not present in the books. There...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 8 2008, 12:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,938
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonrider ID and other stuff

About the tongues, Cavatica answered that very well in the thread that was split off from this.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 6 2008, 11:58 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 27,735
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Defunct script for Pern TV

While it's certainly a possibility that one of them could have fought against it enough to overcome it, it's obvious that they didn't. She was a virgin until she came to the Weyr, and the explanation...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 3 2008, 12:45 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 27,735
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Defunct script for Pern TV

Hey, I already have a script. *waves the Dragonflight book around*

;)
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Dec 3 2008, 10:53 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 27,735
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Defunct script for Pern TV

AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!




I think I just died after reading that.
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 22 2008, 11:10 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 17,832
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: A question ...

Who says a creature has to be organized to have intelligence? :shrug:
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 22 2008, 11:09 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 17,832
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: A question ...

It would depend on exactly what you mean. If you are defining Thread as any life that comes from the Oort cloud, then definitely. But he said that there was a whole ecology, which means many...
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 19 2008, 09:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,487
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 19 2008, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,487
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Possibilities of draconic space research

Well, they made it to the Red Star, which is certainly MUCH farther than their moons. I think as long as both dragon and rider have sufficient oxygen to last them through the wait, it's potentially...
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 19 2008, 09:10 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 17,832
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: A question ...

They're certainly not in stasis, otherwise Aivas's zebedee project would have failed. I can't remember details, but there is something that springs out of them, I think that Aivas theorized it may...
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 18 2008, 04:45 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 17,832
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: A question ...

In our star system at least, the Oort cloud is a light-year from the sun. I don't know if Pern's system is different, but that it's really stretching it for the Red Star to swing that far out so...
Forum: Science of Pern Nov 17 2008, 06:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 17,832
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: A question ...

Who says that they only become viable when entering Pern's atmosphere? In my point of view, this is the death of Thread, which is coincidentally also the death of anything it touches.

Thread dies...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 16 2008, 11:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,952
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonflight movie trailer

I'm not much of a gamer, so I couldn't say. I already don't like X-box, so we'll just have to disagree ;)
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 14 2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,952
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonflight movie trailer

Even though they are expensive, they are well worth the money since it not only plays top=notch video games, but also has a Blu Ray (high definition DVD) player built into it, which would go for...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 14 2008, 11:22 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,774
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Grubs

Thread could not become lodged in a tree because it would eat through it and eventually reach the ground and then get eaten by grubs. Perhaps you're thinking of the reference of Skybroom trees being...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 10 2008, 11:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,952
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonflight movie trailer

As far as I know, it is only available on the PS3.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 10 2008, 04:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,952
Posted By Spaceman Spiff
Re: Dragonflight movie trailer

I haven't gotten far, but as far as I can remember, there are two nations at war, and you ride dragons to fight each others' armies, be it dragons and their riders, soldiers on foot (ripping swaths...
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