Let's have a salon

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:00 am
jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
[personal profile] jenett
Several years ago, I ran a series of weekly salon posts, where I'd post a topic to get us started, people would show up in the comments, and conversation would ensue. Now seems a good time to try them again!

(You should not feel restrained to keep on this topic! Start other topics! Encourage topic drift! That's part of the point. Feel free to ask random questions, there's a chance someone might know about the thing.)

This week's question

What are you learning right now that you're really interested by? (That might be a project for work, for personal stuff, a gaming geekery thing, a book you're reading, a podcast you're listening to, the fact you're learning a lot about Dreamwidth and how it works this week, or anything else.)

What do you like about it? What are you finding more challenging?

Things currently contemplating

I'm currently reading Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, which is well-researched and has a really interesting structure where he's looking at different pieces of it through small slices (individual people, towns, situations) and tracing back to the origins as much as possible. I really like books where the information part is well done, but the structure creates connections between pieces of information in helpful and new ways.


* Consider this a conversation in my living room, only with a lot more seating. I reserve the right to redirect, screen, and otherwise moderate stuff, but would vastly prefer not to have to.
* If this works this week, I'll do an updated FAQ and continue.
* If you don't have a DW account or want to post anonymously, please include a name we can call you in this particular post. (You can say AnonymousOne or your favourite colour or whatever. Just something to help keep conversations clear.)
* If you've got a question or concern, feel free to PM me.

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 02:03 pm (UTC)
anandrine: (ouat. belle: book lover)
From: [personal profile] anandrine
what a fun idea!

right now i'm researching the long-term effects of climate change -- like what our world will actually look like thousands and millions of years from now as a result -- for a story and it's fascinating. there's obvious things, like obviously rising temperatures are going to impact what wildlife (flora and fauna) can survive. BUT also when i think heat i think dry, which isn't going to necessarily be the case: we'll actually have new forests and swamplands! i was watching a documentary last night that said mount everest is actually growing taller. when i said this to my wife, she said "duh, that's how plate tectonics work" and i was like, i KNOW that exists but i didn't realize the tectonics and continental shifting actually made existing mountains GROW. that's pretty cool. also weather impacts plate tectonics (which in turn impacts weather again) so the continents are gradually shifting more and are going to create new mountain ranges! it's pretty cool.

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
maellenkleth: (consultant)
From: [personal profile] maellenkleth
20 Celsius warmer, on average; CO2 concentrations around 1200 ppm, lower O2 concentrations, lots of BIG flying reptiles, perhaps. Coal-forming swamps. BIG trees falling down into those swamps.

In other words, back to the Late Cretaceous.

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:30 pm (UTC)
anandrine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anandrine
YEP! for the sake of my story i'm guesstimating the very broad average temp is going to be around 80* F, but the extremely hot areas like deserts could get up to 160*F. it's gonna be toasty.

why do you think flying reptiles?

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 08:39 pm (UTC)
maellenkleth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] maellenkleth
Mainly because flying animals did REALLY well in the thicker, more-viscuous, CO2-enriched air of the Cretaceous. Despite lower O2 levels, the greater average air temperature did wonders for the propogation of wildfires, which was selectively more detrimental to terrestrial animals.

Figure mean daily summer temperatures in Massachusetts on the order of 35 to 40 C, perhaps a bit less along the coast.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 02:16 am (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Ooh, ooh, yes, I'm doing that is a slowly-written novel, going on for about five years. Currently that's languishing in writers' block land.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 02:43 am (UTC)
used_songs: (Run!)
From: [personal profile] used_songs
I had no idea that weather impacted plate tectonics.

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 03:12 am (UTC)
anandrine: (bssm. usagi: manga angel)
From: [personal profile] anandrine
yep, from what i understand it's more extreme weather (like monsoons) and obviously over a very, very long period of time, but they think it does! here's an article from discover.
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