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Re: why 'Martians' should be bipeds (some WoW spoiler)
--- don ohmes <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Y'all don't know much about Martians... it's
> to remember they evolved in Mars gravity, and don't
> tolerate Earth g well.
> That's why they send bionic agents too accomplish
> their ends.. usually disguised as lawyers.
And Car Salesmen. Don't forget about Car Salesmen.
The compustion engine will turn our air into carbon
dioxide or some very martian like simily.
The fact that Car Salesmen are Jerks is the marsian
way of marking their distain for us.
They might even want our gold.
> --- David Marjanovic <email@example.com>
> > > In human ancestors, standing upright freed our
> > hands to do other things,
> > > specifically to carry things, like bananas and
> > prey. Before long we were
> > > fashioning stone into tools and weapons; vines
> > sinew into string and
> > > rope; skins and leaves into garments and
> > adornments. This led to trade,
> > > greed, invention, the moon landing and MTV. So
> > quadrupedal aliens in
> > > hi-tech ware doesn't cut it for me.
> > You're merely arguing that _some_ sort of grasping
> > organ is needed. I just
> > say "elephant trunk". Or "spider monkey tail". And
> > those are just the
> > mammals. Nothing requires that such a grasping
> > have evolved from a
> > walking organ, and I don't think the number is too
> > constrained either.
> > > They were unprotected and apparently naive about
> > life's littlest denizens.
> > > Even in the late 60s we were cautious enough to
> > quarantine our astronauts
> > > [...]
> > Which was of course rather silly. It's not like
> > virus could just infect
> > any cell. It needs to have the right surface
> > proteins so the virus can
> > attach in the first place, and that's just the
> > start. Now remember that our
> > 20 (OK, 22) amino acids are a _highly_ arbitrary
> > selection of all amino
> > acids that _could_ in principle occur in
> > proteins... besides, who
> > needs amino acids, perhaps glycolipids or whatever
> > can do the tricks just as
> > well... While we are at it, viruses need to
> > replicate inside cells. This
> > requires DNA and RNA. There doesn't appear to be a
> > special reason why we
> > have just these four bases and not any others.
> > Pyridine bases could bind
> > metal ions and conduct all sorts of interesting
> > enzyme activities without
> > proteins...
> > > PS. Do you think they'll ever do an invasion
> > where the aliens want
> > > our gold, want to force us to their religion and
> > we give them syphyllis?
> > Syphilis? How many _mammal_ species can get
> > syphilis?
> > -------------------------------------
> > "First let me say that I'm a big fan of
> > life. Some of my best
> > friends are carbon-based."
> > -- David Harry Grinspoon
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