Apr 25, 2016

RhoDeo 1617 Foundation

Hello,  at this moment season six of Game Of Thrones is running, was it just a vision, will he live, is the red witch capable of bringing John Snow back and has she all she needs for that (royal blood). Some say he's the halfbrother of the Kaleeshi (dragonblood) then there are those that believe there's a relation to the king of the white walkers (likely as his nemesis). In short he cannot die. I can see a 'failed' attempt by Melissandre and him rising from the funeral pyre, that would have those stuck up nightwatch traitors pissing their pants. (i should write scripts). Meanwhile there's plenty of other issues in the realm.
I expect first downloads come available in an hour

Rumor has it that HBO is working on the next big thing, a scifi series taking place far in the future Foundation where they will need to introduce a lot more female characters to make it appealing to the female audience, not a thing a fifties sci fi writer worried much about. If they manage to pull it of, there's potential for many seasons and spin offs

The Foundation series is a science fiction series by Isaac Asimov. For nearly thirty years, the series was a trilogy: Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation. It won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966. Asimov began adding to the series in 1981, with two sequels: Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth, and two prequels: Prelude to Foundation, Forward the Foundation. .

The premise of the series is that the mathematician Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept of mathematical sociology. Using the laws of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale. Seldon foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting 30,000 years before a second great empire arises. Seldon also foresees an alternative where the interregnum will last only one thousand years. To ensure the more favorable outcome, Seldon creates a foundation of talented artisans and engineers at the extreme end of the galaxy, to preserve and expand on humanity's collective knowledge, and thus become the foundation for a new galactic empire ....N'Joy

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Psychohistory is a fictional science that combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people, such as the Galactic Empire. It was first introduced in the three short stories (1942–1944) which would later be collected as the 1951 novel Foundation.

Psychohistory depends on the idea that, while one cannot foresee the actions of a particular individual, the laws of statistics as applied to large groups of people could predict the general flow of future events. Asimov used the analogy of a gas: an observer has great difficulty in predicting the motion of a single molecule in a gas, but can predict the mass action of the gas to a high level of accuracy. (Physicists know this as the Kinetic theory). Asimov applied this concept to the population of his fictional Galactic Empire, which numbered a quintillion. The character responsible for the science's creation, Hari Seldon, established two axioms:

  • that the population whose behaviour was modeled should be sufficiently large
  • that the population should remain in ignorance of the results of the application of psychohistorical analyses

There is a third underlying axiom of Psychohistory, which is trivial and thus not stated by Seldon in his Plan:
that Human Beings are the only sentient intelligence in the Galaxy.

Asimov presents the Prime Radiant, a device designed by Hari Seldon and built by Yugo Amaryl, as storing the psychohistorical equations showing the future development of humanity. The Prime Radiant projects the equations onto walls in some unexplained manner, but it does not cast shadows, thus allowing workers easy interaction. Control operates through the power of the mind, allowing the user to zoom in to details of the equations, and to change them. One can make annotations, but by convention all amendments remain anonymous.

A student destined for speakerhood has to present an amendment to the plan. Five different boards then check the mathematics rigorously. Students have to defend their proposals against concerted and merciless attacks. After two years the change gets reviewed again. If after the second examination it still passes muster the contribution becomes part of the Seldon Plan.

  • The Radiant, as well as being interactive, employs a type of colour-coding to equations within itself for ready comprehension by Psychohistorians.
  • Seldon Black are the original Seldon Plan equations developed by Seldon and Amaryl during the first four decades of Seldon's work at the University of Streeling, and define Seldon Crises, the Plan's duration, and the eventuation of the Second Galactic Empire.
  • Speaker Red are additions to the plan by Speakers (Senior Mentalic Psychohistorians of the Second Foundation) since the time of Seldon.
  • Deviation Blue are observed deviations away from Psychohistorical projections with a deviation in excess of 1.5 standard deviation of predicted outcomes (1.5 σ). The Era of Deviations, at the rise of the Mule, produced deviations in the Seldon Plan in excess of .5 through 10 sigmas, and the resolution of this period required a full century of labour on the part of the Second Foundation to return the Galaxy to the Plan.

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Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy was adapted for the BBC in eight hour-long episodes by Patrick Tull (episodes 1 to 4) and Mike Stott (episodes 5 to 8), directed by David Cain, first broadcast in 1973, and repeated in 1977 and 2002.

Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy 1 (mp3  52mb)

The Foundation Trilogy 1 - Psychohistory and Encyclopedia   ... 56:34

The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Hari Seldon and Gaal Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward fifty years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin.

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Watchmen 01 At Midnight, All the Agents... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 02 Absent Friends... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 03 The Judge of All the Earth... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 04 Watchmaker... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 05 Fearful Symmetry... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 06 The Abyss Gazes Also... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 07 A Brother to Dragons... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 08 Old Ghosts... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 09 The Darkness of Mere Being... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 10 Two Riders Were Approaching... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 11 Look on My Works, Ye Mighty...... (avi  233mb)
Watchmen 12 A Stronger Loving World...... (avi  233mb)

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1 comment:

Matt said...

Love these books, love all of Asimov's work. Looking forward to checking this out. Thanks.