Page 342 - Virtual Biology

12th Oct 2018, 6:00 PM in Image Problem
Page 342 - Virtual Biology
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MagicMixture 12th Oct 2018, 6:00 PM edit delete
MagicMixture
Okay! <claps hands together> Game plan time.

I had wanted to do something like this last year but never got around to it for some reason. For autumn and winter seasons this year, pages will be posted 3 days a week. By spring, I should have enough of a buffer to go back to 5 pages a week. And I would like at least one month in the summer to do 10 pages a week. Kind of a celebrate Lyoko month. If it can't be done, then all of summer and autumn will have 5 pages until winter.

So winter-3, spring-5, summer-10 (maybe), and autumn-5. Rinse and repeat. It's like a hibernation cycle to avoid burning myself out. I've marked it on my calendar when to switch over so it won't sneak up on me.

I've also considered just taking a one week or two week long break between sessions, depending how long the previous session had been. This is so I can recharge a bit before going into a new episode. I didn't plan on taking a "break" this time, but. . . things don't always go the way you want.

At least I'm not having a full-blown breakdown like last year. Finding your limits is a work in progress, but I am miles better at this point, and that's a victory for me.

So! With that said, next page on Monday. Have a good weekend!

Transcript

Eric: I don't see why you're worried. Why would Rachel set a trap for us?
Madeline (quietly): <munch munch>
Stein: It may not be willingly. XANA could've done something to turn Yumi against us, which would explain why Rachel's having her own scene.
Eric: Isn't this a, what was it, a metagaming thing?
Ian: Yes, it is, and you shouldn't do that~. <tsk, tsk, tsk!>
Madeline (quietly): <munch munch munch>
Stein: I think it's perfectly reasonable in-character to assume something could happen. Yumi's code was in XANA's hands.
Andy: Wait, you mean we could be reprogrammed?
Stein: Reprogrammed, infected with a bug, anything's possible.
Eric: Hang on, we don't know for sure if that actually happened.
Madeline (quietly): <munch munch>
Ian: Lean back a little, Madeline. You're chewing in my ear.
Madeline: . . .
Madeline: So, um, d-do you think it's possible to give virtual beings a sense of taste?
Andy: You have pizza?!
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Rastaba 12th Oct 2018, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
Not sure about the sense of taste thing. Analyzing the chemical makeup of various ‘flavors’ and applying those to certain items seems plausible enough I guess? Though I am simplifying it to an almost painful degree and the sheer effort in such an endeavour in the first place would be mind boggling.
Vanacan 13th Oct 2018, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Actually they’ve done it. There’s a robot that can taste things and identify them based on taste.

Humans apparently taste like bacon. (Someone stuck their hand in its mouth).

And there’s really only 5 flavors.
Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty, Savory (umami). Most of the delicate flavors of stuff come from smells, which are also fairly easily identifiable in their chemical compositions. That’s what artificial flavoring is, as well as perfumes. Taste is probably one of the easiest senses to get done right for a virtual world.

Touch would be more difficult in my opinion, not because it’s more complex, but because of how humans process it. We are inundated with “touch” at all times. You’re just not usually aware of your tongue in your mouth, or your legs on the chair, the socks against your feet, the clothes on your back, your underwear beneath that, or even the air on your skin. Modulating it so that there is a balance between “I’m aware of every single thing touching me at all times” and “I can’t feel anything at all” to the degree that the individual feels appropriate would require a lot of testing and effort.
MagicMixture 13th Oct 2018, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
MagicMixture
Dude! That's awesome that they gave a robot the ability to taste. Humans are funny.
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