MUSCLE MASS AND THE CLEANING LADY - 07.07.2021
July 7, 2021
I have figured out that these posts have become part of my note-taking system for novel writing. Ideas I have developed from my research and daydreaming are often first posted here. Most will eventually end up as narrative, action, and dialog in my novels. Yes, this does provide a lot of spoilers for my readers. Or, maybe it motivates you to search them out in my books. Hopefully, this is what happens.
Today, we will look at the Bowman Moon Colony Aqua Center, the Jump Hole, the Cleaning Lady, her Janitors, and doxing.
I am getting mixed messages about the potential loss to humans of muscle mass while living on the moon because of the gravitational difference. Because of the moon's reduced gravity (1/6 that of Earth), a person who could lift 50 pounds on Earth could lift 300 pounds on the moon. So if they are using the moon colonies workout facility, they would use a 300-pound barbell. I'm going to use my authors' license and go with this.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am back to taking my summer aqua fitness classes. This got me wondering if my classes and lap swimming would work on the moon. According to Kim Holder writing in the Internet book "What if?" Swimming on the Moon would be about like swimming on Earth. "The inertia of the water is the main source of drag when swimming, and inertia is a property of matter independent of gravity. The top speed of a submerged swimmer would be about the same on the moon as here. . ."
Yes, you can build an indoor swimming pool on the moon. One problem you will have is drying off as the moon's reduced gravity won't pull quite as much water off you as on Earth, so make sure to always have your towel close by. In my novel B, there will be a Bowman Colony Aqua Center to maintain appropriate muscle mass.
"Where is Chris," Norm asks?
Jeff responds, "He just went up the jump hole."
In SKYWARD, there are no stairs in the moon colony. Rather there are what are laughingly called jump holes between levels of structures. This is because of the reduced gravity, which allows a person to easily jump six feet. The jump holes between floors are located next to walls with hand bars to assist upward movement through the holes. Elimination of stairs in the colony allows for more usable living space. It also means many living and working spaces are designed vertically rather than horizontally.
Mary likes the term 'cleaning lady.' Without her computer programing skills, artificial intelligence knowledge, and robotics development skills, the Bowman Colony would not be livable. As the American Apollo 17 Astronauts found out, moondust is very abrasive, clingy, and presents serious health risks.
The 'cleaning lady' makes sure that moondust and other debris do not overwhelm the colony. She is in charge of installing, programming, and maintaining the robovac's (robotic vacuum cleaners) to clean the floors. And the robojanitor's to clean the walls and ceilings. She has never received a complaint for harassment or bullying from any of her staff. Though there have been some shocking experiences.
I read an article in the LOS ANGELES TIMES that used the term 'doxing.' Yes, I'm getting old. If you are also old or just not up on current cyber terms, here's what it means - the action or process of searching for and publishing private or identifying information about a particular individual on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
Doxing is the act of publicly revealing previously private personal information about an individual or organization, usually through the Internet. Methods employed to acquire such information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering. Doxing may be carried out for various reasons, including online shaming, extortion, and vigilante aid to law enforcement. It also may be associated with hacktivism.
I'll leave looking up 'hacktivism' to you. This could go on forever. Well, actually, it will.
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