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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Nov 9 2009, 03:56 AM
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Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Zombie Dragonriders!

Ellen Diegenerus (SP) and several others of that group would make good green riders. :D
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 29 2009, 09:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,070
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: dolphiners attire

The tanks the Gold riders used where about the same as the HNO3 tanks used by the farmers for fertilizing. All they would need for the sea is a smaller regulator than was used on the antimatter...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 27 2009, 08:05 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,567
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: The last book of the ninth pass

Yep-per, that's what I was thinking. :good:
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 22 2009, 09:26 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,567
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: The last book of the ninth pass

Hmmm..how about a "Triumperat" (sorry on the spelling) goverment? Using the Charter as a base and a representitive from each social group. With more holds springing up, the originals will have less...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 22 2009, 12:11 AM
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Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Older folks on Pern.

In Dragons Eye (US paperback) the old folks seemed to have repect from all. They were also used to inform those saved from the Bitra border crossings about their Charter rights. I see them mostly, as...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 22 2009, 12:01 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,567
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: The last book of the ninth pass

Also remember that they are "one" and not multiple "countries". It's posible that at some point there will be another Fax, but I think the mindset they currently have of overall planitary involvement...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 17 2009, 10:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,829
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: wagons on Pern

OPPS! Thanks, Ginny. Too many "Mondays at work" makes me loopie!
:crazy:
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 15 2009, 07:51 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,987
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: 9th Pass Pern clothing

I believe you are right, Brenda. I just figure it to be one of those "oops" where a semi-simple piece of head gear has to be "re-learned". The speed of flying thread would be much faster than a...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 14 2009, 08:26 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,567
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: The last book of the ninth pass

If I remember correctly, the Red Star was near in size to Pern. Described as a rouge "planet" and not a moon. Regardless, either size would more than likely leave a new ring of rocks in place around...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 14 2009, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,829
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: wagons on Pern

Those are great pics and they look as desribed by Inatine during his stay in Fort Wyer.
Forum: Science of Pern Sep 14 2009, 08:00 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 25,066
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Agenothree (HNO3, nitric acid)

In DD, Admiral Benden was informed by a stake holder that there was heavy rain at the time of a fall which "probably" saved them.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Sep 4 2009, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,997
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Ships on Pern

In DD, it's stated that the sliplex ships are the schooner-type. As space was at a premium, this type vessel seems to have been built in sections for compact shipping. As there were only a few...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 26 2009, 12:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,519
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Weaving and Tailoring - same Hall?

That's a excellent question! Never thought of that while reading. There's the rug makers (great example in the Question Song for Lessa). The tailors, as your example of Robinton's "glad rags" for the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 14 2009, 12:01 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,987
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: 9th Pass Pern clothing

I agree, Corinth, except on the glass goggles. Remember that the Norist was credited with making a fine clear glass with a beautiful tinted Harper Blue base for the Master-Harper. The only problem...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 13 2009, 11:50 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

In the realm of sci-fi, dragons usually have long segment joints in front and back. We can't assume cat and dog structures simply because they would be a different speices. No reason the sheath of...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 12 2009, 12:13 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

In Red Star Rising / Dragonseye, when just hatched Morath attacked the irate father of her rider, they mentioned about unsheathed claws raking his leather tunic. I would imagine Anne had a...
Forum: Science of Pern Aug 6 2009, 09:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 25,066
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Agenothree (HNO3, nitric acid)

Yes it was mentioned, P'ter, that there were open pools of crude. The one thing that always stumped me was that in DD it was said that all you needed was electricity to make HNO3. BUT it seems that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 5 2009, 01:01 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

In DD, the statment was made that Kitt Ping changed the fire lizards front toe arrangment on the bio-engineered embrios because she thought it would be a better arrangment for catching/eating. I...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 3 2009, 02:28 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

Ginny, that's what I meant about them being "enhanced", though I don't believe that that made them bigger, just better able to form a better comunicative relationship with the human partners.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 2 2009, 02:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,640
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Would all Harper Play and instrument...?

I remember it was mentioned that all children were "encouraged" to try to learn at least one instrument. Also singing was a evening passtime. There was a "Artist Hall" (as mention in Red Star Rising...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 2 2009, 01:51 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

Weyrlady,
It's not mentioned in the origional three books, but as it was menetioned in DD and Kitt Ping didn't mess with ordinary fire lizards, we would have to assume that they still have three...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 11 2009, 09:08 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,567
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: The last book of the ninth pass

As a bye-line: remember that comets still come in from time to time from way out yonder. It would be interesting to have a young rider (just a Blue) who sits and listens to his grandsire's stories...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 6 2009, 10:12 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,567
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: The last book of the ninth pass

I'll take a crack at this for the 9th Pass:
A. Toric gets caught doing something so stupid (and bad) that he becomes only the second Lord Holder to get dropped on an island and his son takes over....
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 6 2009, 09:09 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

Emeralrose, I have to agree with you on the "Lessa" trip. As an average person can hold their breath for about 60 secs, you wouldn't think she would suffer from oxygen depradation. Though I don't...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 1 2009, 01:40 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 12,884
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Before humans reached Pern

I know this is an old thread but I wanted to add this. Because the Red Star was an "intruder" into the Pern system, it would have been out of balance with all the origional planets in the system, a...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 30 2009, 01:02 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,509
Posted By Old Hippie
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 29 2009, 11:43 PM
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Views: 7,266
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Dragonriders on Earth???

Besides the problem of dust from meteor stikes on the moons, let's not forget that the moons, like Pern, is getting whacked with space-frozen Thread ovoids the size of firelizard eggs. Thousands of...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 14 2009, 08:12 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,739
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Should have been something else

I believe Toric was ok until the "Old Timer" weyrleader boxed him down because he wanted a try at an impression.
Lytol wanted to do what he could to help the last weyr and hated Fax so much that...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 14 2009, 07:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,688
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Dragon mental abilities

From Dragonseye (Red Star Rising), Morath communicated with Iantine. This was, I believe, simply due to the fact that her rider, Debra, was in love with him and visa versa. Most non-rider...
Forum: Science of Pern May 30 2009, 02:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,348
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Between [split]

Ok, here's my take on "Between": You enter a large revolving door at point A. It spins around with lots of little doors in a BIG circle. You know you have to get out at the right door to get to point...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 30 2009, 02:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,866
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Which character are you most like?

F'nor. I like to joke around with everyone. I don't get serious about things in life and try to get others not to be so serious. If I have enough to get by with, that's cool (a few marks in the...
Forum: Science of Pern May 14 2009, 07:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,330
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Energy in post 9th Pass Pern [split]

I believe that a form of "wave generator" works with the back and forth motion of the inshore water action: waves come in to shore (upper) and the undertow pulls back (lower). I forgot what mag I...
Forum: Science of Pern May 11 2009, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,614
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: On the Genesis of Species

Opps! Should have read up on the possibility of that. :(
Forum: Science of Pern May 7 2009, 10:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,614
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: On the Genesis of Species

Thread (as reported in DD) is a hydro-carbon based life form living in the systems Ort cloud. The theory of it's possiblity is from two scientist on (future) Earth Hoyle and Wickramansingh.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 7 2009, 10:34 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,521
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Which book is your favourite?

The main three and the follow-ups was hard to choose from as it was a great story continued. I had to settle on Dragonsdawn because it set the entire series up. Not only for the story, but the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern May 7 2009, 10:25 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,987
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: 9th Pass Pern clothing

As to my comment from DD: Pg.49 (USA paperback)when Sorka exits the shuttle: ""funny bluish bushes" and "the bushes were more blue than green".
The hats used in the crosssing were plastic "coolie"...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 16 2009, 06:31 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,987
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: 9th Pass Pern clothing

I remember in DD that when the colonist landed they noticed that the plants had a blueish cast to it. This would seem to indicate that blue would be an easy color to get. Wa-La! Kids with blue grass...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 15 2009, 01:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,951
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Eyeglasses on Pern

Thanks for the remarks on veterans, Weyrlady! :blush: As I know there are others in this forum, you deserve a big KISS!
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 13 2009, 10:36 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,987
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: 9th Pass Pern clothing

I agree with you Laurenth. I would think that all of their clothing would be "downgrade" versions of the colonist varied styles. Even the Lord Holders and craftsmen had a spindown of the military...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 13 2009, 10:19 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,057
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Do you think there were....?

I have to admit back in the 60's/70's my hair was pretty long before I went into the service. Putting it in a ponytail (quite appropriate in those days :D) kept it out of the way when I was pouring...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 13 2009, 10:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,951
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Eyeglasses on Pern

Remember that tech from Earth's early history and Pern's is going in opposite directions. Glasses for nobility in early history was a refinement of new tech. On Pern it was a known quanity and should...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 9 2009, 11:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,776
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Green mating flights

I remember that Jaxom was told that even a green's mating flight would have a influence on people on the ground. Kind of a empathicly transmitted "I think I'm horny" influence. That could put (and...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 9 2009, 11:13 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,987
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: 9th Pass Pern clothing

E.D., I think the guards would probably wear the layered leather jerkins with or without metal bands such as the Romans used. I say this only because of Pern being metal poor and the marks required...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Apr 6 2009, 02:07 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,057
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Do you think there were....?

Remember that the smithcraft hall made simple surgical instuments for the healers. A pair of sissors is just two blades with a rivet. A good old fashion stroping razor a fine edged thin blade. Both...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 24 2009, 11:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,692
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: When was Southern Weyr re-populated?

I believe it was stated that Toric and company stayed, probably fishing was good and it gave them 10 years to get ready for thread, which not many thought was coming again. Alot of time for kids and...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 24 2009, 11:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,699
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Hold Doors...

Remember that "THE" smith was exclaiming about producing sheet metal in continous sheets. It would seem that the they're only producing metal items in bars and then hammering it out. A big anvil is...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 11 2009, 01:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,699
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Hold Doors...

The recessed idea is very plausable. Remember that the rock removed from the large holds was shaped and use for cot holds. They can easily be shaped to form recessed entries. Think of the entry of...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 11 2009, 01:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,765
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Dragon Jobs Post-9th Pass

Thanks Hans, that's exactly what was meant. No disrespect to anyone. A typical solar sytem is a disk with all the big mass (planets) speeding around the sun. All the left over stuff is way out in the...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Mar 9 2009, 11:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,765
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Dragon Jobs Post-9th Pass

There's another possibility that came to me as I finished re-reading SoP. Comets and asteroids. There could always be the possibility that they will find one coming in from deep space through the...
Forum: Science of Pern Mar 9 2009, 11:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 19,602
Posted By Old Hippie
Re: Eye Facets

Well, I like the "Between" as a demensional shift, not into the void of space (freeze and vacume). Just no reference points for the mind to follow.
As far as the eyes go, I just figure it works like...
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