This short treatise was inspired by a public thread in an online game, Planets.Nu, and many of the terms are specific to that game. Nevertheless, the concepts are common ones, and I don’t think the game terms will be any bar to your understanding.
In the original thread, two Emperors, at least one likely prospective Emperor, and several current and former championship contestants participated in a lively discussion on the subject, but in the end I felt that as many questions were raised as were answered. Here, then, I have attempted to organize many of the thoughts expressed there and to (more…)
Your attention please, students: It has been brought to my attention that a reminder of our policy on questions is, for some inexplicable reason, again needed. That policy is, simply, that questions are not permitted during class. If you wish to ask me something in private, just pass through the web outside my office door during the posted hours. And no, I won’t be providing the Friendly Code; don’t be absurd.
Some few of you who approach a convincing mimicry of sentience may recall from one of our early lessons the reason that interplanetary travel is represented two-dimensionally (more…)