February 20th, 2011

pensive

Thoughts on meat, and the animals used for it.

alex_antonin thinks there's really no difference between eating a dog and eating any other animal. He goes on to talk about dogs being an untapped meat market, and that if he had the money, he would start a business producing cruelty-free dog meat, and then pay to battle any animal cruelty charges that were based solely on the fact that the animal being raised for meat was dogs. It's an interesting read, and thought provoking. I myself would not partake of such a product, but I agree it would be interesting to see someone fight to legally have such a business. Because which animals are "food" and which are "not food" is, in many cases, just a social construct.

Poll #1707232 Would you try cruelty-free dog meat?

Would you try cruelty-free dog meat?

Yes, out of curiosity.
4(22.2%)
Yes, I've been wanting to try it for ages!
0(0.0%)
Maybe
6(33.3%)
No.
5(27.8%)
HELL no!
3(16.7%)
I would set on fire anyone who produced it or ate it.
0(0.0%)

Would you support commercially-sold, cruelty free dog meat?

Yes, dogs are just as good a source of meat as any animal.
2(11.1%)
Maybe
10(55.6%)
No.
4(22.2%)
HELL no!
2(11.1%)
I would burn down any store that sold it.
0(0.0%)

You are...

a carnivore
1(5.6%)
an omnivore
13(72.2%)
vegetarian of some sort
0(0.0%)
vegan
0(0.0%)
I only eat things that have died of their own accord
0(0.0%)
I only eat dirt
1(5.6%)
other, and I will explain in comments.
0(0.0%)
I am a filthy, disgusting freegan
0(0.0%)
I am a freegan and I resent that previous option! (boo hoo hoober!)
0(0.0%)
I get all my energy directly from the sun (I envy you, solar-powered person!)
1(5.6%)
I don't eat at all. (Go home, Kate Moss! You're drunk again.)
0(0.0%)
I only consume alcohol.
2(11.1%)
Cyborg velociraptor by Djinni

Human lifespan on Lyria's world

An interesting little something about human lifespan on Orion, the planet Lyria lives on: the presence of magic makes humans live longer than they would without it. Even if they don't use magic, just being exposed to ambient magic all one's life makes one healthier and longer lived, and retards the aging process. How long a non-mage (mage being someone who uses magic) can live, I haven't decided yet. Probably, though, most people regularly survive their hundredth birthday (in Earth years. I don't know how long an Orion year is yet. I should probably get on that). You know how people say things like "50 is the new 40"? Well 100 is the 50 of Orion. Which I guess means non-mages could live to be 200. Yeah, I like that. I'm going with that.

As for human mages, I had already decided that 1,000 Earth years is the upper limit for their life-span. Technically, a mage could live longer than 1000, but without significant modifications to the brain/body, they'd be completely senile for anything past 1000. Senility becomes a serious risk around age 930 or so.

Oh, and I might slip in a little bit about one specific part of the Bible being true: Methuselah and other long-lived humans really existed on Earth, once upon a time; they were mages. This was back when magic was just as potent on Earth as it is on Orion. But at some point after Jesus Christ's life, something happened that all but killed magic on Earth. Magic has been slowly recovering ever since.

Back to Orion's year... Orion is a strange planet. It was artificially created by the Vecerti (Gods). It could not exist without magic, either, as it is impossibly big. It has the surface area of Jupiter, and is hollow (reducing its gravity), supported on the inside by a shell of adamantium, and adamantium beams. There are life-forms that live in the hollow realm, and there are portals extant to go back and forth between the surface and the Hollow.

With that already existing weirdness in mind, I think I'm going to add to that weirdness. It's probably a massive violation of the laws of physics, but hey, Orion already is; Orion's year is basically the same as an Earth year, and its day is just slightly longer than Earth's day... hmm... maybe a 30 hour day? With 15 hours of night and 15 hours of daylight? Hmm... sounds about right. Of course, this makes an Orion week 42 hours longer than an Earth week. *ponders* *shrugs* (Also, a 31 day month on Orion is 186 hours longer than one on Earth. Which means that if they used a similar calendar, their year is 91.25 days longer than ours. Any math beyond that point gets me into Ye Olde Realms of Confusion.)

Why I made Orion so weird, when I first thought of it, I'm not really sure. Though it IS one of the biggest battlefields in the wars between the Gods.

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