Monday, May 02, 2005

More advertisement, among other things

I’ve got another blog here. It’s a joint effort between Vic and me. Topics of discussion range from theoretical to applied science. While many of the titles are horribly intimidating, some of the materials are actually quite friendly to read.

Indirect perception of time-derivatives
Some thoughts on the 4d problem
Automotive braking loads and the occupants' perception of it
On postulates of quantum physics
Real materials as opposed to rigid bodies
On Entropy
Rigid Bodies violate Special Relativity

We go a long way back in terms of joint writing projects. We started out in a rather impromptu fashion in August 2002*, when we wrote a short story (at a friend’s expense) in 20 minutes. More stories followed. Initially, the works were based on common jokes among the readers. Later stories incorporated more of our own (toilet) humour. Compositions began to show some semblance of plot development.

We moved away from writing for a very small niche market of about 10 to write general material for anyone who might be interested. In February 2003, a public portfolio was created at With university upon us, there was significantly less time to write fiction. Several were started, but sputtered and stalled due to lack of development time.

Personally, my favourite method to introduce an unfamiliar city was by its transportation networks (maps easily obtained via the web). I can tell you that the Kakhovskaya line is the shortest line in the Moscow Metro network, spanning 3 stations. The Kakhovskaya is used to connect two parallel lines, the Zamoskvoretskaya and Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya lines. To visit the Kremlin, stop at the Kitay Gorod or Teatralnaya stations.

Knowledge about the transportation details seem to convince the reader that the setting IS Moscow instead of some imaginary city pretending to be Moscow (minus the Moscow River and its tributary the Yauzza River.

* Prior to this, I had never written anything on a voluntary basis.