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Creation Date: 2002-08-22
I think I'm going to take back part of what I said yesterday. I was thinking about doing what I've never done on JF: changing what I wrote after I wrote it. But I won't. What I said about Ayn Rand's Fountainhead was true yet misleading at best. Her main character, Roark, is a free spirit. That is true. He is obsessed with buildings, yes. He is impersonal, also true. But an elitist and an immoral person? Not exactly. You can't characterize even a characterized character in this book. I assume that she built each character on values alone. So his actions are what she thinks of individualism and selfishness. She likes it. She thinks that it is a virtuous lifestyle. The fact that he is a martyr for the cause of modern architecture just bringing out the best and worst in him. What I said about the two allied/opposed factions of capitalists and socialists is true. It is the anarchist's job to fight these two with one thing that Ayn Rand champions above all: the human mind.

This image might tell you the quality of my human mind. I have a bit of creativity, a bit of memory, a bit of spatial ability, and a bit of physics understanding. Perhaps I also show that I have a bit of computer ability seeing that I can reduce the losslessly compressed picture from 200kB to 76kB. I drew it this morning. Now that both of my computers are broken, I don't know whether I should draw in the morning or night, since I can only upload them in the day time. It doesn't really matter, although I assume that I'm a day behind. Who cares? You want to know what I'm talking about here. The drawing in the top left is the top view of my automobile. It's just a sillouette, not the actual view from the top. To the top right we see the side view. Below that is the front view. I'd like you to know that even though I am not very good at doing 3d spatial without a 3d program, I can do it if I want it. What did I want? I wanted a car with a skeleton. The main joint is the center of mass, probably incorrect, but it doesn't matter. The joints connected to it are the wheel bottoms. They aren't the center of the wheel. So this car is going to be used as a physics model. I'm thinking about the calculations and I did the simplest two at the bottom. The first one is just standing with no acceleration. It could be moving at constant velocity; if it had velocity, it would have drag and would need a thrust in the opposite direction. If so, this would be the simplified model. *shrug* Below it is the car driving on horizontal terrain. A torque on the wheels creates a friction force on the ground and propels the car forward. However, being that it is a rigid body model, the acceleration rotates the car backward. The rear wheels put more force on the ground and the normal force presses up on the rear wheels more. This creates a net force forward at the rear wheels, no rotation other than rolling. The center of mass does not rotate either, it does, however move forward. So we end up with it moving forward. We all know this because when you step on the gas, your car moves forward (unless you have the clutch pressed or the car in neutral, park, or reverse, etc). But unless you race cars or are a physicist, you don't know what is really happening. A spoiler adds another force. An aerodynamic body shape messes with the forces also. The lesson today is to learn Physics. You can pay many thousands of dollars to the local University or you can get some books. I recommend the books personally. The university system is quite overrated. For the money that I have spent, I could have learned much more and built a full physics, chemistry, and astronomy lab in a rooming house.

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