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aegiandyad
Writes as 'aegian' in FT online
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Recently 'aegian of the FT', who is Mrs a*, was honoured by 'hard copy' publication of two comments originally published online under articles in the FT.

These appear in Before The Collapse by Cathal Haughian. www.beforethecollapse.com .

This book gathers together the informally expressed thoughts of those who can clearly see the need for change in the corporate driven, agnostic. capitalist, supposedly democratic societies of this world. This need is set to become increasingly urgent in the coming three decades; which is not all that long.

We are passionate artists and art lovers with wide ranging tastes and interests. Our long range project is the creation of 'aegian' as an aesthetic hermaphrodite, trying to express the many facets of their being. It has since emerged that we are a couple with four grown up children each of whom has contributed to this joint enterprise

While his better half prefers to remain mysterious and spends most of her time writing our journal entries, Mr A admits to having a London degree in Botany & Zoology and owning a succession of film and digital cameras. I am the man behind the lens, so there may not be many images of me submitted. We love beauty and I search for it amongst the mundane backgrounds of everyday reality as well as at fabulous gardens like the ones seen in some gallery pictures. We correspond with the Guardian as well as the Financial Times.

There will be no puckish, looped video 'web cam'; no 'fake' ID. If you want to see picture's, then this
The Revented Intagliated Sichultian Lededje Y'breq by aegiandyad is Mrs a* and this Another Green Man Self Portrait by aegiandyad is me, or was it this one Self Portrait As 'Green Man' by aegiandyad /

NO, it's this one An Aegiandyad Dogwood Dryad by aegiandyad .


Official DAA Supporter stamp by Dark-Arts-Asylum
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'The Reason We Won't Be Seeing A New Series Of Robot Wars' was suggested as the strap line when I submitted this to the FT as a potential op-ed piece on robotic warfare. They didn't use it, despite being offered a 24 hour exclusive, and so now it's here:

"At the designated co-ordinates,... One round ABFC.... FIRE!"

Congress had ruled that only a human being could give a direct order to fire an ABFC howitzer round. The Autonomous Battle Field Clusterbot shell was six inches in diameter and could be fired from a large naval gun or a stand-off battle field howitzer unit, manned or unmanned, as long as the final command was issued by a duly authorised human voice, male or female.

Each round was about three quarters of a metre long. The blunt looking nose was packed with military clusterbot components suspended in a shock absorbing gel. When fired these moved from the front of the shell to the back, decelerating just slowly enough to survive the shock.  On landing the bots decelerated through the gel again and ended up back in the nose. A small charge then exploded to eject the gel and cluster bots from the shell in one sticky group.  The kinetic energy, liberated as heat, raises the temperature enough to make the gel flow like water so that the machines soon dry off.

Two groups of weaponised bots self assemble into gun crawlers and set about seeking hiding places in the rubble of the battle field.  A small number of machines have formed up into a small arms carrier and the rest of the machines scuttle away like spiders to survey the territory. Each single bot has tight beamed RFID and laser light communication with all of the others as long as their inconspicuous periscopes are visible to each other.  Each is a Target Designator Spotter.  Anything moving that has no 'friendly' RFID signal or uses the wrong encrypted laser communications system is a target. The TDS will light that up for the unit with the DUMFCG or Depleted Uranium Mini Flechette Chain Gun, affectionately nicknamed the 'Dumfugger'. It's a self aiming mini minigun on a self stabilising platform. It's high velocity hail of dense metal darts can shred armour plate or kill a platoon with one two second burst.

The other  large cluster bot assembly carries a one inch DUATR, or DU anti-Tank Round. The warhead looks like something that could be fired from a short, powerful crossbow and has a 'Sprint' rocket engine behind it. This combnation uis affectionately known as the 'Usain Bolt' because of its incredible acceleration and power finish. As the name implies it can bore a hole in the heaviest armour and mess up whatever is behind it.

The smallest assembly is a battle field assassin that will shoot hand gun sized blasts of DU micro flechettes in the direction of anything non friendly the machine encounters, from opposing TDS drones to battle units and even human soldiers. The calibre is small but the barrel is short and the spread is large enough for a single round to mince anything soft in its path over ten metres. At three metres the tiny but very dense flechettes can destroy vital parts of almost any opposing bot

Together, these machines lay down an invisible web of potential rapid fire destruction over the entire area. The DUMFCG can chew through rock to reach its designated targets and the small arms fire can disable anything not well enough armoured, while the mech with the DUATR lurks in wait for a tank to ruin. All the machines are trained to stay out of sight, shift position, gain some high ground for observation and scan the horizon for enemies. They will kill, and go on killing, ANYTHING not transmitting the 'friendly, don't shoot me' code until they run out of ammunition, whereupon the STDs and 'assassin' will try to use poisoned needles. The assassin might scatter into its component bots to do so.

Will robots on the battle field change the way we think about war? Yes, they will. They are about to change the nature of war itself. Soon, a high tech war will become a game of military chess played out between machines and the few human soldiers brave enough to fight alongside them and direct them in the field. What did you expect? Clunky metal androids that drive vehicles, then get out and fire machine guns? It will be very different, and hard to adapt to. The hazards to real people in such a scenario would be extreme. Many of them would be unknown. Some of these small battle mechs might be able to creep up on and silently kill a sleeping soldier, or even one who is wide awake and alert.

Jason Din Alt, hero of Harry Harrison's Death World novel series*, had a system that delivered a gun to the hand tensed to receive and fire it; a primitive quick draw, point and fire machine. That could easily be done now. The new battle field Jason might need those machine assisted reflexes.

* aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… sample: Deathworld Alien False Carrion Flower Finger Eater by aegiandyad

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A Mondrian Mouse Maze by aegiandyad
A Mondrian Mouse Maze
worked up from a detail of a real Piet Mondrian in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; nice one Piet, I turned it upside down, hope you don't mind.]
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How can you make a Venetian blind with matches? by aegiandyad
How can you make a Venetian blind with matches?
This is a very old one* [photo late Oct 2010!]




*you poke his eyes out with them!

Are WE blind? Read Cathal Haughian's collected answers in Before The Collapse beforethecollapse.com/

Two FT online 'comments' by Mrs a* included!
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'The Reason We Won't Be Seeing A New Series Of Robot Wars' was suggested as the strap line when I submitted this to the FT as a potential op-ed piece on robotic warfare. They didn't use it, despite being offered a 24 hour exclusive, and so now it's here:

"At the designated co-ordinates,... One round ABFC.... FIRE!"

Congress had ruled that only a human being could give a direct order to fire an ABFC howitzer round. The Autonomous Battle Field Clusterbot shell was six inches in diameter and could be fired from a large naval gun or a stand-off battle field howitzer unit, manned or unmanned, as long as the final command was issued by a duly authorised human voice, male or female.

Each round was about three quarters of a metre long. The blunt looking nose was packed with military clusterbot components suspended in a shock absorbing gel. When fired these moved from the front of the shell to the back, decelerating just slowly enough to survive the shock.  On landing the bots decelerated through the gel again and ended up back in the nose. A small charge then exploded to eject the gel and cluster bots from the shell in one sticky group.  The kinetic energy, liberated as heat, raises the temperature enough to make the gel flow like water so that the machines soon dry off.

Two groups of weaponised bots self assemble into gun crawlers and set about seeking hiding places in the rubble of the battle field.  A small number of machines have formed up into a small arms carrier and the rest of the machines scuttle away like spiders to survey the territory. Each single bot has tight beamed RFID and laser light communication with all of the others as long as their inconspicuous periscopes are visible to each other.  Each is a Target Designator Spotter.  Anything moving that has no 'friendly' RFID signal or uses the wrong encrypted laser communications system is a target. The TDS will light that up for the unit with the DUMFCG or Depleted Uranium Mini Flechette Chain Gun, affectionately nicknamed the 'Dumfugger'. It's a self aiming mini minigun on a self stabilising platform. It's high velocity hail of dense metal darts can shred armour plate or kill a platoon with one two second burst.

The other  large cluster bot assembly carries a one inch DUATR, or DU anti-Tank Round. The warhead looks like something that could be fired from a short, powerful crossbow and has a 'Sprint' rocket engine behind it. This combnation uis affectionately known as the 'Usain Bolt' because of its incredible acceleration and power finish. As the name implies it can bore a hole in the heaviest armour and mess up whatever is behind it.

The smallest assembly is a battle field assassin that will shoot hand gun sized blasts of DU micro flechettes in the direction of anything non friendly the machine encounters, from opposing TDS drones to battle units and even human soldiers. The calibre is small but the barrel is short and the spread is large enough for a single round to mince anything soft in its path over ten metres. At three metres the tiny but very dense flechettes can destroy vital parts of almost any opposing bot

Together, these machines lay down an invisible web of potential rapid fire destruction over the entire area. The DUMFCG can chew through rock to reach its designated targets and the small arms fire can disable anything not well enough armoured, while the mech with the DUATR lurks in wait for a tank to ruin. All the machines are trained to stay out of sight, shift position, gain some high ground for observation and scan the horizon for enemies. They will kill, and go on killing, ANYTHING not transmitting the 'friendly, don't shoot me' code until they run out of ammunition, whereupon the STDs and 'assassin' will try to use poisoned needles. The assassin might scatter into its component bots to do so.

Will robots on the battle field change the way we think about war? Yes, they will. They are about to change the nature of war itself. Soon, a high tech war will become a game of military chess played out between machines and the few human soldiers brave enough to fight alongside them and direct them in the field. What did you expect? Clunky metal androids that drive vehicles, then get out and fire machine guns? It will be very different, and hard to adapt to. The hazards to real people in such a scenario would be extreme. Many of them would be unknown. Some of these small battle mechs might be able to creep up on and silently kill a sleeping soldier, or even one who is wide awake and alert.

Jason Din Alt, hero of Harry Harrison's Death World novel series*, had a system that delivered a gun to the hand tensed to receive and fire it; a primitive quick draw, point and fire machine. That could easily be done now. The new battle field Jason might need those machine assisted reflexes.

* aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… sample: Deathworld Alien False Carrion Flower Finger Eater by aegiandyad

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KyleOfTheCinematery Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Also, thanks for the llama!
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner 5 days ago
BREAKING NEWS: Mrs a* published in Before The Collapse by Cathal Haughian!
Extract link follows: beforethecollapse.com/2015/07/… .

:happybounce: How about that? International fame at last....
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PaMonk Featured By Owner Edited Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks For the Fav by funkypunk2:heart:
Thanks for the watch also just noticed you were watching.:D
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner 5 days ago
BREAKING NEWS: Mrs a* published in Before The Collapse by Cathal Haughian!
Extract link follows: beforethecollapse.com/2015/07/… .

:happybounce: How about that? International fame at last....
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the Watch! Green Dragon
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Party Happy Birthday!
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Happy Birthday! happy DA B-day :3 
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
happy birthday! :D
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner 5 days ago
BREAKING NEWS: Mrs a* published in Before The Collapse by Cathal Haughian!
Extract link follows: beforethecollapse.com/2015/07/… .

:happybounce: How about that? International fame at last....
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, the english there is too complex for me. I don't understand what is going there. Also, I read it from google cache, the link seems down.
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