I am working in a new time line for my conworld, Taura —which since the 90s has always revolved around the planet itself and its classical and modern cultures—, that takes place in an undetermined moment of that universe's far future and in a scenario that goes far beyond that world, since it explores practically half of the galaxy Taura is part of, and it does it with genres that I didn't explore before too deeply, like (neo)noir and science-fiction, as well as themes that have always interested me (biotechnology, space travel, etc) but don't fit well in the more classic-fantasy-focused Taura-universe.
Anyway, the thing is that I was working the map of the galaxy and puting planets with their names and other galaxographic stuff, and to do it I was reading some scientific papers and articles about star sizes and planetary habitability. And I came across this paper and this article about the habitability of our galaxy, this is the areas of the Milky Way that are really suitable to support life as we know it or, at least, human life. In other words, the goldilocks concept (circumstellar habitable zone) apllied to the entire galaxy (galactic habitable zone).
I don't find the theory surprising or mind-blowing but, in all honestly, I didn't think about the Galactic Habitable Zone (GHZ) before. Fortunately the map made sense when I found those papers, so I have no need to makes changes, but I thought it would of interest to others who like me are creating or developing sci-fi universes that demand that level of 'accuracy'.
There are other related articles that could be useful, at least as a starter point or for conworlders that don't care about excessive scientific accuracy. For example this one: The Drake Equation and its implications (PDF).
Don't we have a birhday thread yet? Well, that's, probably, because we're such good people and we don't want to remind our colleagues that thyey're getting older, leaving their best years behind and approaching the unavoidable meeting with the thanatopractor.
In any case... happy birthday!
29 Diogenes; Hālian
19 Radius Solis
12 Janko Gorenc
Feel free to ask to be included in the list if you want to be shamelessly reminded of your birthday every year by a team of professional orcs.
<Izambri> The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again / Ска́зочное путеше́ствие ми́стера Би́льбо Бе́ггинса, Хо́ббита, че́рез ди́кий край, чёрный лес, за тума́нные го́ры. Туда́ и обра́тно
<Izambri> No subtitles, though. But why when you have the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre's dancers acting as goblins?
<@guitarplayer> why does that cyrillic have accents o_O
<Izambri> that may be one the longest movie titles I've ever seen, by the way
<Izambri> but that may be the soviet way. Elongate things to improve them
<Izambri> example: people
<Izambri> another example: production time
<@ayyub> that is a Title
<@guitarplayer> it is almost baroque in length
<@guitarplayer> except a baroque title would basically be the entire first chapter
<@guitarplayer> and telling you how useful the book is
<Izambri> and suggesting you to search for a new job, change your hairstyle and get a new girlfriend/boyfriend
<Izambri> it's only one line or two, so it doesn't matter
<@guitarplayer> and in the end "Printed by royal license by XY at ABC in DEF alley at the sign of the Whatever"
<Izambri> and I would add "ad Rvdolphvs II Romanorvm Imperator"
<Izambri> just because yes
<@guitarplayer> yeah, can't hurt mentioning the Kaiser
<@miekko> would that we all could be Erdoǧan
<Izambri> "and if you don't like my retromonocratic way of ruling I have other borderline-absolutist suggestions"
<Izambri> I'm still waiting for the day he will cast a vote for every person with the right to vote in the country. The milions of voters, the thousands of electoral colleges...
<Izambri> the other option is to reduce legal voters to one: himself
<Izambri> that will be done until Turkey is reduced to a simple particle, the Erdogon
<@Rhetorica> but now that this is over and i've dropped the ultimate soul-sucking corpse of destiny <@Doncelame> està dui te adà ai macasatz è ei dallatz naucir is parchimatz naucante syoraveu-n’ànvires nas frau
The Lord of the Rings' Ring Poem, Hellesan version (revised September 2018).
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
Reu Casars trais Llirs Elfs nafou s’erau
Rom trais Eralds Naucants ī irns tavenches
Gol trais Berans Maurarns te rourant
Min èu tra s’Erald Murt ī vin murt tàvol
a se Farde na Mórdor au v’escàs s’Aule
Min Casar tar ī ardar a erds, Min Casar tar ī foldar-ris
Min Casar tar ī darnir-ris è ī ses Tredances girar-ris
ī se Farde na Mórdor au v’escàs s’Aule
Three rings for the Elf Kings below the sky
Seven for the Dwarvish Lords in their caverns
Nine for the Mortal Men who will perish
One is for the Dark Lord in his Dark Throne
there in the Land of Mordor where the Shadow spreads
One Ring to rule all of them, One Ring to find them
One Ring to join them and in the Shadows bind them
in the Land of Mordor where the Shadow spreads.