dlowan
 
Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 03:02 pm
What do you think?


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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 03:12 pm
Well...oh...nevermind. I thought you meant hoover...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 03:20 pm
I don't think their lairs have carpet.
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 03:21 pm
Yeah, carpets burns would be a drag.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 04:03 pm
Dlowan--

You're wearing that dress.

If one can extrapolate from hummingbirds, a hovering dragon of any size would stir up a great deal of dust and debris. A dragon of any size could circle.

Everyone knows that Dragons amass Hoards of precious items. Would electronic gadgets (dusty or Hoovered) qualify as precious?
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 04:42 pm
No. At the bottom of their stoop, however, they can spread their wings and come to a momentary stop. This is probably the origin of this particular part of dragon mythology. As Noddy implies, this can be a dusty affair.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 04:46 pm
And this seems to mark the end of an a2k era, with a change in the longest running unchanged avatar.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 06:40 pm
So...you're thinking that they can hover only, as it were, in the moments between the stoop and the upward movement?


Kind of like one can become weightless momentarily in an aircraft?


But why do you think this?



As to the avatar, it's no big deal, I just have to hop down to the shop and buy my "cigrarettes".
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 06:44 pm
Certain dragons could hover, but only at a young age. Once they surpassed the age of 34 and the weight begin to set in, the hovering process became difficult and, eventually, impossible.

From "Joe's Book of Dragons"
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 06:49 pm
gustavratzenhofer wrote:
Certain dragons could hover, but only at a young age. Once they surpassed the age of 34 and the weight begin to set in, the hovering process became difficult and, eventually, impossible.

From "Joe's Book of Dragons"



But what are the biomechanics of that?

Don't the wings get bigger with the dragon? Is the relativity not maintained, unless the dragon becomes chubby?


I want SCIENCE here!
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 07:19 pm
They hardly become weightless. In fact, the "G" forces are quite respectable.

Gus has it on the weight. While an adult dragon can take off from a level strip (headwinds help), they much prefer to more or less topple off a handy cliff to gain flying speed. After the manner of gooney birds, they soar like eagles; take offs and landings are difficult to discuss with a straight face.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 07:23 pm
Science?

You are talking in terms of reptilian mechanics.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 07:23 pm
Oh, but Roger please discuss them......but can you give your references?


The weightlessness in planes occurs when the pilot causes the G forces to balance out.


Albatrosses also take off like goony birds, but I bet they can hover.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 07:26 pm
Noddy24 wrote:
Science?

You are talking in terms of reptilian mechanics.



I AM?


But...dragon can hardly be cold blooded, can they? And I can think of no true flying reptiles any more.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 07:39 pm
Dragons could be classified as an early stage in the evolution of birds.

They have hollow bones, but lack feathers. Both reptiles and birds lay eggs.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 07:47 pm
Noddy24 wrote:
Dragons could be classified as an early stage in the evolution of birds.

They have hollow bones, but lack feathers. Both reptiles and birds lay eggs.


By their heart ye shall know them.

Do they have three or four chambers?
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 08:12 pm
Three chambers? Four chambers?

It depends on whether or not they are fire-breathing.
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 5 Aug, 2006 09:28 pm
I'm going to refer you to the monumental work of Gordon R. Dickson on dragonology. The Dragon and the George are a good starting point. This is presented as a work of fiction; there are liability issues, you understand.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 6 Aug, 2006 02:38 am
The dragon and the GEORGE??????
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sun 6 Aug, 2006 09:14 am
The Dragon and the George

http://snipurl.com/uhqn
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