VelociPodcast 153: Platypus Plague
The loss of the loss of Veloce Veloce podcast. The loss of podcasts. Hey, sexy friend. He's making his bitch. Maybe want to get a piece of that. I want to talk about sexy teams, I was getting erections. It's very creepy field. I can guarantee that underwear theft will come up again. None of this whole came on cookie balls. Seven hundred and fifty middle will follow. Welcome to the podcast, a study and Manala. Gee, this is your grumpy uncle Peter. He will say words at you. So after episode one fifty two, I actually realized that was the one where we had the mini Tor versus center controversy put to bed completely forever, so that we never have to talk about it again. So that will never come up again. Send tours and or minute tours or anything similar like it. I actually realized I had a question because when it was revealed that the miniature was an individual and not a species, he came about from the Queen of Crete and a majestic bull having relations, and it came out with this large man body with a miniature head and a bull tail. So he was unique in the universe. And so I was perfectly happy to accept that. Then I realized there was a question that I only thought of late. That I hadn't answered and I don't think I can get an answer for it, but because he's an individual he doesn't really have a species name, but we refer to minute tour. And I think what we're referring to minute or, and this is where the confusion may be originally comes from, as a species as a kind of animal. But now that I know that the miniature is unique in the universe, it would actually seem to make more sense of miniature was his name, and he doesn't actually have a species, because he's a mixture of some kind of Queen and animal being a hybrid doesn't have a name as such but then it because it would also be really weird. If a parent had a baby, even if they didn't really say care for them because they built a labyrinth and put this thing in the labyrinth and then fed it virgins you'd still name it so either that animal things name is miniature or it's a species name in that thing has no name. So that's the point where I'm at. Having a little bit of trouble because it's never clarified as to whether or not that things name is minute tour, or that thing is a minute tour, which I actually think if you look at definition of minutes for the are talking about a species, and not a name, but because it's unique it should have a name. So now this is you can see what happened. What happens in my head? I'm going around in a circle and it just happens again. And again, and that is how I ended up spending hours of my day wondering whether or not minutes for is the name of the creature or the creatures name. Core question why is the ship the enterprise in the Star Trek series? White wouldn't black offer more camouflage and space. Now, there are a couple of problems, and there's a couple of different ways to deal with them. When actually discussing this question, the first one is this is a TV show. So do you want to camouflage your spaceship in a TV show because one of the things they want to do in this TV show to appeal to the science fiction enthusiasts is have the spaceship show up on the TV? So the first thing you need to do is make it. So it contrast with the background the background because it's a spaceship is going to almost always be in space, therefore, you actually want it to be a color that shows up, so it should be a bright color. White is one of those colors that shows up very well against black. So that is a real world practical reason for not making the ship black. If I made a black spaceship from my science fiction TV show, there would be almost no. No reason to show the ship on my science fiction TV show because you would have black space and a black shit moving in front of it. So maybe it would block out the stars behind that would be a cool effect for the short term, but it would not be one of those things that would appeal to people long term because they wouldn't be able to see you wouldn't be able to do any exterior shots of the spaceship. Now the second point is, let's go into the universe and talk about the actual ships themselves. My belief is that there would be no real need to worry about whatever color the ship is because we're talking about ships in space. And I think the reason you would need camouflages because you need to hide your ship from an enemy. So that's the only reason we really do camouflage is that we hide while we're in battle. That's a great idea. I am actually on board with that. But if you've noticed even though the ships are white, they aren't using visual acquisition to target the ship. So what I mean is you don't have pilots looking out the front of the ship shooting at the other ships that they can see they have computers doing it because the distances would be huge. These things are moving probably incredibly fast science fiction often has these ships, be very advanced do be able to move very quickly. People aren't going to be able to track it over the distance. They can't see that far. They probably wouldn't be able to pick it out because of the background. So once the ship got far enough away, it would just be one dot amongst many Dodds. So they do what any sensible science fiction thing would do. They would use something more advanced like a computer now the computer isn't checking the color of the ship. That's not what it's looking for. It's looking for a solid object in space. It's looking for metal. It's looking for something else. It's ping in some way, that humans can't now you might have or you might create a species of aliens that could do that. And they wouldn't have those machines on their ship. They wouldn't have like radar sonar detectors. Any kind of thing that you actually use to track another object in space. They would actually have massive windows because they could actually see, but they don't do that. Because again far far enough away. You wouldn't be able to see it anymore anyways, it would be too, small. So in the Star Trek universe, you have the klingons and they have a cloaking device, which is camouflaged, but that makes the whole ship go invisible. So the idea is that not only can people not see it the computers. Can't see it either. So if you go into the fiction they have actually used camouflage, and it has nothing to do with color. It makes the ship invisible because a computer could probably track an empty space where the stars are supposed to be, and they keep disappearing so they can find the ship now the human, I couldn't do that. So it had to be more than that you had to actually be able to see through the ship so that they computer technically wouldn't be able to track it that way. Now, there's only one other reason have you noticed like the space shuttle, and a lot of things that are in space that are supposed to be realistic or are actually realistic. They are also white, but it's so you can see as much as possible because the only reason to go the exterior of a ship is to try to fix something. So if you can't see it if it's. Hard to see in the night sky, which is exactly where you are. That makes it very hard on my understanding is that when you go to the dark side of the ship, it is almost like there is no light at all. So it's invisible. So I obviously has to do with the closest light source being the most powerful, repairing your ship on a regular basis, which would probably be something, you have to do would take priority over camouflage. Now, the secondary thing within the fiction of Star Trek is that these are not warships. They are research vessels. Now they have armaments because they go into hostile territory. They engage engage with aliens and whatnot, and they don't know if they're going to be friendly or not. So they're trying to protect themselves, but the primary role of these ships is not war. It's actually to explore their signs vessels and things like that. So they are trying to camouflage themselves. They're trying to present themselves as friendly to unknown aliens, so they don't wanna come across as evil or hide themselves or anything like that. Now, there were a couple of movies where they had warships, and they were painted black, but that was again, primarily for the drama that was to create the contrast between the good enterprise, and the evil worship that they had created. There are a couple of other things that would actually go along with this question. And it's the idea that we can't see lasers. So when we see the pew pew lasers or the big long streak of light, that's not what you would see if they were using real lasers, you might see a Mark on the ship, when it hit it, and then it would just start to burn a hole in that ship. But it wouldn't be the long streak of life. But why do we use that because it's more dramatic for the viewer to see because if you don't see anything that would be pretty boring space battle, because we're just be two ships and then one burst into flames. It'd be neat. It'd be realistic, but it would actually be visually quite boring to watch because you have to ships circling around each other, and they just one stops because there, wouldn't be massive explosions in space. There's no oxygen to feed that fire. So there'd be a lot of, like pops and things like that, and that would immediately go dead because the fire wouldn't extend it self into into the area beyond the ship now that takes us to a tertiary issue, which is sound the lasers, wouldn't make any like shoes. Annoys and they wouldn't make any burning sounds at all because this is again space, there is no sound in space. So you would hear maybe a humming from the ship that shooting if you were inside the ship, but probably not lasers. Don't actually make a lot of noise even the machines that make them and they would be on a different deck. So you wouldn't hear anything at all? Certainly not that sh sound that they use in Star Trek. And when missiles fire again, that's going to be two three decks below the actual bridge, you wouldn't hear thing would just see the thing go out into space, and then you would see again, a pop a small explosion. You wouldn't hear anything and then that ship would probably just stop moving or would be floating in the direction. It was already going because momentum, it's really hard to look at science fiction using real science because if you did that it'd be great, but it would be visually, an auditory very boring to experience space battles, would just not be interesting at all. So what you've run up against is what I call the drama drive, which is things break and need to be fixed, just in time to create tension and drama in a story, and that has nothing to do with real life. And that is why the ships and Star Trek are white and not black for camouflage. Hey, Peter Lorre here with all this animal talk recently, I'd really, like to know your opinion about platypuses, first of all, there's a couple of things within the question. I think we need to clarify its Peter here, and Laura there. So let's just get that right from the start. The second point is the plural of platypuses now, people have always said occupies incorrect because grammatically it's not correct. And it has to go back to the Greek, and Latin roots of words. But we all know that I is way more fun to say than s so people who say, octopuses are boring unhappy, people people who say occupy are just generally better in all ways. And I think this should apply to almost everything that ends with an S saying, plural with an eye is just more fun. So grammar rules be damned. It shouldn't be platypuses. It should be Plata pie. It shouldn't be stewardesses. It should be steward. I it shouldn't be ambulances. It should be ambulance. And that's something that Veloce podcast is offering out into the world. It has nothing to do with anything is just when people say anything with sort of a US sound at the end of the word, you would just be more fun. There will be more levity more joy more positive feelings in the world. If we started using, I as the plural for a lot more words so does something to consider. I'm not saying that's the answer to your question because your question is different from the thing. I said, it's just the, the question you asked included something that I have always felt very strongly about that S's isn't the right answer to our grammar problems. I is because when you say the occupy the plateau pie the steward I your face just makes that smile and as we've known scientists said, and it's complete bunk as far as I'm concerned that when your face makes a smile, you just feel better. Now I've known. That's not true because I fixed mile a lot, and I don't feel better so proof in the pudding, if I happen to be the pudding, and that is a weird euphemism for something. I'm sure that I've just made a mistake. But as your actual question, what do I feel or think about the platypus? So I'm not gonna use the plural just to, to avoid the problem. That I've just created for myself, most of the questions I deal with, when it came to dragons, and Wibran's, and centers and minutae is that they are fictional. So because they're fictional weaken apply rules to them. We can decide things about them. We can create definitions we can change things. The platypus is a real animal. So because it's real, we have to look at what it really is. And then see if we appreciate that because we call it like a mixture of animals. It has a duck's Bill. It has a beaver tail it has sort of auto body, but that's not true. The platypus is a real animal, and it doesn't have things that has taken from other animals. It has developed to be its own unique individual, and that is something I think we have to appreciate because it doesn't have a duck's, Bill. It has a plot to post, Bill. It doesn't have a beaver tail has it's own tale. It's a mammal. But it lays eggs it has a poisonous spur. And I think those are things that you just have to respect because no other animal is like that it's unique in the universe. Now, when people discovered the plan of Perry him, they brought it back to England. And people didn't believe it. They thought it was a hoax. And I think that in itself is worth appreciating that this animal is so unique that people couldn't conceive couldn't believe of it, where we conceived of centers because they're so garbage. They are such a waste of thought and time and space and then throw it into our mythology. But then everyone realizes it's garbage in his bad. You shouldn't spend any time thinking about it ever again. So the question is what do I really think I think it's amazing? I think it's awesome. I think anything with a poisonous spur just immediately deserve some kind of regard, in fact that it's cute and has a poisonous Burgess makes it better because you have the scorpion in the scorpion has a tail and a poisonous spur at the end. And sure that's great. It's almost like it was designed or we have grown to see it as just inherently evil thing. You give something a score. Entail? And we already we just inherently think that's a bad thing. It's kind of evil, but you respected. The plot area is deceptive in that you would see something. And then we have grown to believe that these fuzzy things are cute, and friendly, and we should snuggle them. And as you snuggle, it, that's not poison spur is gonna get you and it's going to kill you and you're going to die. I have actually in a weird way. Modeled, my life on the platypus because I have tried to hone what innate abilities I have to be a killing machine. Past my prime. We'll be honest about that. But have also tried to be as cute as possible now that takes a lot more work because I'm not a particularly attractive human being, but I've used what charm I have available to me to endear myself, so that I can get close to people, so that should I choose to I could hug and then murder them. So what do I think of the platypus platypus is awesome? I think anyone with any sense would agree. But maybe the more important take away from this is that if you can plural is something with an eye. You should. This podcast does not tend to be topical is because I wanted to be timeless. I want you to be able to go back and listen from the very first episode all the way up to now episode one hundred and fifty whatever and have everything that is said, still be relevant now that's impossible. But one of the things we can explore and always be topical, even if it came comes from the news today is human nature, and the things we believe, now, it was revealed recently in the news, that a couple caught the plague now, the plague is not like a term for a new disease. This is the actual plague that decimated Europe, in the fourteen hundreds. Now, I personally surprised when I read that headline because I thought the plague was gone. I thought it was one of those diseases that have been a radical not because of any sort of technological advance on, our part is just it had killed so many people that just couldn't kill anymore, people. And then it died out with the last people who died of the plague this turns out to not be the case. There are lots of animals that still hot. For the plague and one thing, we do know is the play is often transferred by flea bites, so there are fleas that have the plague and they go from animal to animal, and they give it to animals, but those animals die relatively quickly. They don't have a chance to spread the disease, which is why we don't really have a huge problem with it anymore, when it gets into humans, though, just like in the fourteen hundreds, it can be spread more easily, apparently when it gets into humans, it can actually be spread through droplets is the nice way to refer to it. But it means if anything from my body gets onto your body. There's a good chance. You are going to catch the plague as well. So if I'm coughing and I call on you or I cough on a doorknob or something and you touch it. There's a good chance you're going to get the plate, too. So I appreciate is, is there still the plague, and this is another thing that I surprised me because measles was basically a radical until anti vaccine decided that vaccines were bad. And now measles is come back now, the scientific evidence there is that measles has come back, which would show that the science isn't trying to kill you or make your kids autistic or anything like that. It's actually. Get rid of the measles, because they basically done it until you stop vaccinating your kids. There is just a core logic there measles was gone. Now. It's not gone. People were vaccinating now. They're not vaccinating. There's an equivalency there that anti vaccine, don't seem to want to admit to because if science was trying to do something else. Sure. Maybe they are trying to let's even give him the benefit of the doubt and say they are trying to do something else. At least they were still getting rid of the measles. But that's not the story. This is among Golan couple, and they decided they were going to get up in the morning. And this is how whenever I hear a story like this surprised me, I like to think of the decisions, the lead up to that moment. So they say, hey, Honey. I don't know what the Mongolian word for Honey is. But, you know, there's something, hey, Honey. You know we should do today. We should go eat some raw rat. Well, my love rat. Isn't that appealing to me, and it doesn't have the health benefits of eating raw marmot? Oh, you're right round marmot is better than raw rat, because a moment is a much larger animal, and therefore, we'll get more meat out of it. So that's where the couple started. They woke up in the morning and they said, let's eat some raw rodent, and they agreed on that. They actually went out together and did it now. The first thing I had to do was actually catch the marmot now Mongolia, being a country that still has a lot of hunting and hurting of animals. I'm sure they actually are very adept at hunting, so off. They go out. I'm sure they trapped amendment, or they mar the marmot. They have to play right? Mamat. No. If you eat Mamat, you actually gain the ability to write plays that I will never see. That's maybe a fun morning. Couple goes out catches a marmot together. I don't know if the USA trap, or they shot it or these bow and arrow or what but they caught it and they had their fresh marmot now they sat down and said, well, you know, the health benefits come from this, if we eat it, we have to eat it raw can't cook it. Well, wait a minute. Isn't the reason we cook animals, dead animals? Hopefully don't cook his live ones. That's pretty awful. Isn't the reason we cook animals is to kill bacteria that could kill us? Yes. That is true. But the problem is if we kill those bacteria, wall, speak the other stuff that might give us health benefits that our local culture beliefs, so we have to eat it raw. So sure, let's eat it raw. So then they agree, we're going to take this thing this rodent that we just caught. We're going to eat it without cooking it, and that will make us healthier and stronger, and better people in it might even solidify our love forever. I don't know. So they said, well, what, what bid should we each the muscles? That's the meat bit. Or let's eat the kidney, which is the bit that actually filters out stuff in the body. So, you know, there's a lot of bad bacteria in their gallbladder, which is another thing that's full of bacteria, and the stomach, which has a lot of acid, but also a lot of bacteria in as well. So let's eat three things from the rodent raw uncooked that have a ton of bacterium, and that will make our lives better. That'll make us healthier, Mongolian people. And so they agreed to that. And then ate it now, I can't imagine that the rock kidney Rog, all Bader. And the Ross stomach actually tasted that good taste is not universal. I'm a lot of people are disgusted by the idea of raw fish and Japan. Whereas, I personally quite like it, but I know one of the things that before I ate raw fish in Japan was that it was safe. I mean relatively nothing's really safe. Every day you walk out your house. You could get hit by a bus. I don't know why these buses are so angry at us, but that's always the expression, you could get hit by a bus. So they ate the kidney the gallbladder in the stomach. They didn't need the whole marmot, which is. Kind of disappointing to me because that's a bit of a waste, but they had gotten the bits they wanted gall bladder seems to come up a lot in these sort of eastern ideas of what will make you healthy, and strong. A lot of the medicines actually talk about sort of vigor for men, eating a bacteria Laden, Oregon of raw will not make vigorous. I know that it would actually probably make me feel sick just from the idea. And then I don't want to have any sort of relations or sexual intercourse after that. So I know it's not gonna work for me, but this is a belief system and it sort of the placebo effect. If you believe it, it might be true. The problem was this marmot had the plague a probably a flea bitten it, and the plague was in its system. It had manifest a to a degree. Or maybe that's why it was caught because it was the slower marmot because it wasn't feeling well, they ate it and within a few days, they died. The result was the quarantine. Of the area, they lived in for six days and people apparently weren't going outside because they were afraid of catching the play is again. They didn't really understand where it comes from just like I thought they probably thought it was gone, just like, like I actually believed it was eradicated hundreds and hundreds of years ago. But there is the series of decisions, each one of which seems like it would definitely due to the final result of something bad happening. That's wake up. Let's catch a rodent. Let's eat, what I actually think might be the worst bits healthwise. Let's eat that and not cook it to counteract soda the bacteria in the system in see what happens because I think this is gonna make us better. Now the only way I could justify this series of decisions this kind of logic is that if they had survived the plague they would be healthier overall. In fact, even then I think it would do enough damage to your system that you wouldn't be healthier overall, but it might actually induce into you the ability to pass on traits to your kids, because it is my understanding that because the people who survived the plague in the fourteen hundreds of some of their offspring actually became immune to later diseases. Like, there are people in Europe who are immune to the. The aids virus because in their ancestry, they had someone who survived, the plague. So if that was your goal, I almost accept it. Except the problem is, if you look at the percentage of survival rate versus death when it actually came to contracting, the plague your chances of surviving are quite low. So unless you think you're special this isn't gonna work out. And let me be really clear, you're not special, and there is your Veloce podcast, moral for the day, make decisions as if you are not special. And I think you'll actually live a better healthier longer life. The loss of. Veloce. Veloce Veloce Veloce podcast. The loss of podcasts. Hey, sexy friend. He's making me bitch. Thank you for listening. If you have questions or comments, you can tweet at velocity Peter or Email Veloce podcast, g mail dot com. You can find the podcast on night, Younes Stitcher at cost, or go to villa Z, pita dot com slash podcast. 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