October Sky!

China is showing stupidity again, so I feel the necessity to complain a little over here. No worries! My new novel now at 70 thousand words will launch before the end of October for sure, at least my commitment for now. Please check it out at my other blog (https://chineselyricpoetry.wordpress.com/the-united-beaks/).

DF-26 is a good missile, but where are the destroyer’s version and the submarine’s version? Is it time for China to end the era of aircraft carriers? I am so tired of them, but China wants to build more mediocre carriers, trying that hard to prove that they have a hard time catching up to US in the oceans. Is it because Chinese generals and admirals are retarded? Again, even for global peacekeeping, aircraft carriers are not the only option. Honestly, Russians have always proven to be more creative at war. In fact, Russian navy remains a dangerous opponent of US navy at sea even with facilities at least 30 years behind US. Technology is not everything. Chinese navy has to be a little more creative to play a bigger role in the 21st century. My 2 cents!

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Almost Done

My new and first novel is near completion, close to 60 thousand words now. It’s got a title and is divided into 3 stories. I welcome you to check it out at my other blog (https://chineselyricpoetry.wordpress.com/the-united-beaks/). I appreciate your support.

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A New Novel

Someone told me that a novel could easily sell millions, if not billions like Harry Potter, not to mention the possibility of signing a franchise with Hollywood for decades of overflowing revenues. In fact, if my novel could sell billions, I probably wouldn’t be too worried about Hollywood. Actually, Hollywood would probably come and beg me to work with them. In any case, that’s about it. So, I am writing a new novel, a science fiction, at my other blog (https://chineselyricpoetry.wordpress.com/new-novel/). I am aiming at 76,944 words, the length of Harry Potter – The Philosopher’s Stone (http://www.betterstorytelling.net/thebasics/storylength.html), for the highest probability of success. It’s not exactly scientific, but it’s my best shot. We’ll see what happens in a few months. It’s a thousand words a day, each a picture perfect. Persistence pays off.

By the way, I have the story perfectly clear in my mind, but my readers may not necessarily think the same way. If you happen to see some crucial details missing that must be inserted for clarity, please let me know. I will add a few paragraphs here and there to improve the reading experience. I truly appreciate every bit of help you are willing to offer. A million thanks!

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A Little Announcement

Well, as of today, China is no longer that bad under the ruling of the Communist Party of China, except for lack of democracy. I am not going to praise the Communists yet, but I will not write a sarcastic science fiction about them, either. Neither will I write anything like that about US or anyone I am not too happy with. I just want a science fiction scientific and intriguing enough to be called science fiction. Otherwise, why not write about science or just fiction? Why combine them at all?

A while ago, I read this news update about long-finned pilot whales (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_by_number_of_neurons), which contradicted with a page of my science fiction that talks about how mammalian intelligence is related to cerebral cortex neuron count (https://simplyjet.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/virgin-complex/). I give all sorts of hypotheses in my science fiction so long as they don’t contradict with known science. Sometimes, I miss a recent discovery, so mistakes happen. Well, of course, I still can argue that many of mammalian cerebral cortex neurons are still too dedicated to motion control, so the larger a mammal is, the more cerebral cortex neurons it needs for motion control. Hence, we have to focus on the neurons dedicated to general intelligence. Nah, it’s not worth the debate for the sake of a novel. I probably am going to simply write a whole new science fiction from scratch, still about Xia, Ying, but in a totally different context. I am sorry, but I really like that name.

I will focus a lot more on physics, just because my physics is much better than my biology. From a purely theoretical point of view, we can assume that the physical world is as perfect as a mathematical world, hence comprising of infinitely many dimensions. The reason why we perceive only 3 dimensions is that the photon in its massless mode is the only messenger responsible for long distance communication in the molecular world. Therefore, bosons, the exchange particles, dictate the number of dimensions in our perceived universe. The more dimensions our long distance bosons can access, the more dimensions we can perceive in our universe. How about the graviton? Well, we don’t even know how it interacts with other particles, let alone devising a mechanism to detect them. At the end of the day, a theoretical particle has to interact with known particles so we can prove its existence and as a result access higher dimensions. Access to higher dimensions is probably the only way to defend ourselves against a superintelligent alien invasion. We will need it for sure.

The photon in its massive mode decays very quickly in many of the known Feynman diagrams, whose exact quantum mechanism Feynman was unwilling to explain to us lest we leap beyond the already deadly nuclear warfare. Therefore, we still don’t know if Feynman was too intelligent or simply not intelligent enough. If latter, then the fear of nuclear warfare was indeed his worst and lamest excuse ever. This is why I keep on talking about the possible 2 modes of the photon, massless and massive, the latter still needing a genius in theoretical physics to formulate properly. By the way, Feynman didn’t believe in the existence of aliens. Don’t ask me why. I guess that for him the only way for humans to die was through nuclear warfare and he was doing a really good job in protecting us from killing ourselves. We really have to thank him, the father of QED!

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Confusion Or Stealth

It’s been reported a few times that F-22, the so-called stealthiest fighter in the world, cannot even penetrate Chinese air defense, not to mention F-35 or Russian air defense. Now, can F-22 penetrate their own American air defense? Probably easily, which is why they can be so proud of F-22. Second to stealth, confusion has been considered the best option for air penetration attacks in a YouTube video published 2 years ago (https://youtu.be/A85Czh9KexI), unveiled by US Air Force meant to scare Putin. What do you think? Confusion or stealth? In fact, confusion is so cheap that it’s almost irresistible. Why bother with stealth if confusion works so well? Aren’t stealth fighters too expensive?

Well, drones are vulnerable to cyber attacks and electronic attacks, just because they are unmanned. A large-scale electromagnetic bomb detonated in the sky may disable thousands of incoming drones simultaneously, in which case S-400 can simply follow up to take out the remaining manned aircraft, nothing confusing at all. Stealth is still the best policy. The ignorance of your enemy is always your best friend. Use it to your very advantage. Knowledge is the first, if not the only, game changer in the battlefield. Knowledge matters.

It isn’t obvious that ignorance is a far inferior state to confusion until you start thinking in the shoes of your enemy. I’d rather be confused any day. Be very scared when you are ignorant.

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Does China Do The Right Things?

Long March 7 launched successfully (https://youtu.be/rQ9mxTyPYfE), the first Chinese rocket running on kerosene. Kerosene rockets tend to have much higher thrusts than cryogenic rockets because carbon dioxide is a lot heavier than water steam. Also, due to lower temperature at the nozzles, kerosene rockets are readily reusable. So, China does have plans for reusable rockets in future following this successful launch. How about solid fuel rockets that take unit thrust to a whole new level (http://qz.com/721180/watch-the-massive-rocket-blast-that-will-send-humans-to-mars/)? Well, China is not planning to go to Mars yet. Solid fuel rockets are rather easy to make, but recycling them is not an easy task, well, at least not easy yet for China. However, with their new launch site on Hainan Island, they should be able to drop those used solid fuel rockets in the South China Sea on parachutes. Otherwise, they will have to wait until they have the complete rocket recycling technology, which they can apply to all their reusable rockets. Solid fuel rockets are a lot more expensive, so unless China has the need for super high thrust, I am not seeing when they are going to use them for space exploration. For now, solid fuel rockets remain in the domain of missile engines in China. However, I believe that China should still at least try everything once, if they have the money, just to accumulate their national technology base.

China is also building the largest navy in the world. By 2030, they want to complete 4 carriers, 99 submarines, 102 destroyers and cruisers, 26 frigates, 73 amphibious assault ships and 111 missile corvettes, a total of 415 units (https://youtu.be/mThfwlGFvkI). However, this is unit count and not total tonnage. In terms of total tonnage, China will still be far behind US in 2030. China’s focus will be on the defense of nearby waters, such as the East China Sea and the South China Sea, because as we all know, global presence requires tonnage, but that’s not the focus of China now. Although it is important to mass produce using the existing technology base, it is also as important to research new ways of naval warfare to counter the global strategy of US. For example, US Navy is completely nuclearized, but both Russia and China do not have a nuclearized navy. True, nuclearized warships tend to be much larger and heavier, hence more attractive to anti-ship missiles, but they have unlimited range, food supply being the only limitation. Two technologies will be game changers in naval warfare: complete automation and nuclear reactor miniaturization. While everyone is trying to automate aircraft and tanks, no one is trying to automate warships yet. With the advancement of artificial intelligence and telecommunication technologies, unmanned miniaturized nuclear warships and submarines will rewrite the way nuclear warfare and naval warfare are fought. China is too shortsighted. If Russia can use money as their excuse, China can only use stupidity as their excuse. Both artificial intelligence and telecommunication technologies have very high commercial value. You make lots of money while building the most powerful army in the world. Why not? You always have to think ahead of your competitor to remain in an advantageous position.

China is developing a new strategic stealth bomber for both naval warfare and nuclear warfare, again an idea of US. It just feels like China always trying to catching up to US from behind but never really making it. Can China please have their own fresh new ideas and military strategies? Innovation is key to global leadership. Again, you always have to think ahead of your competitor to remain in an advantageous position and to be a true leader, a point that both US and Russia know very well. Is China ready to be a leader of tomorrow, given the amount of the resources it owns and controls, human, financial and physical? That’s the question.

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Railgun is the best military technology that US can ever have for this century, so much better than directed energy weaponry. I can’t make it more obvious than that. Russia calls it useless but China shouldn’t be stupid enough to listen. Railgun can run on nuclear energy, so it definitely is not a conventional weapon. Whenever railgun is used in a war, that war is immediately unconventional, an unwritten rule to say the least. Russia calls railgun a military fantasy simply because Russian navy isn’t nuclearized. Power is not an issue for the latest naval nuclear reactors. So, what’s the problem then? Well, I talked about this before and you certainly can find lots of articles about this on Google. Railgun is simply too powerful that it breaks down very often after a certain number of shots, needing frequent serious repairs. In the battlefield, you don’t have time for repairs like that. It breaks down and you are dead.

It used to be that missiles are the only option for long-range attacks. Unfortunately, missile engines are too expensive. In order to save money, US thought about directed energy weaponry and railgun. Gliders are very interesting, too, but they are essentially missiles and in fact powered by expensive rockets. Glider rockets may be reusable, but their reuse cycle is definitely too long for military purposes. You can’t keep on firing because you have to wait for rockets to land and refuel, not to mention regular maintenance each time. You will have to store enough rockets for continuous firing. Directed energy weaponry are great, but protons cannot penetrate strong magnetic shielding while photons cannot penetrate superreflective materials. They have their limitations. That leaves railgun, the only candidate standing. What’s more? Railgun can fire gliders as well. Railgun can easily exceed escape velocity and hit any target in space, including geosynchronous satellites or even a moon base. Of course, the projectile will have to carry a small engine for final adjustments in this case, simply because there’s no air in space. Otherwise, gliders will do. Railgun can kill everything and anything, anywhere and anytime, at the click of a button. You can’t ask for more. However, there’s one limitation. You can’t touch anything too deep underwater. It’s not the perfect weapon yet, but close.

China will have to make its own railgun, by all means, given that Russia already opts out. I don’t see why Russia is that shortsighted and I don’t know why China is listening to Russia on this one. This is not an engineering problem but a military strategic failure. China is very advanced on Maglev and all kinds of electromagnetic technologies. Even if they just start now, they will not lose to US. Listening to Russia will be the most stupid decision ever made by Chinese military leaders. Enough said. Now, let’s look at how they want to follow US on a stpuid mistake.

There you go. US is always right, unless Russia says no. Russia still has that veto power in the Chinese military circle. How funny is that? Why do I want a submarine carrier underwater? Nuclearized submarines already have unlimited range, don’t they? Why do they need a carrier? Anyways. I am not going too deep into this, as US is still not spending big enough on this option. They really have to invest more on their new unmanned underwater navy before we can talk about it. Money attracts talents. Once they start pouring tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars into this research program, smart people will show up and join them. We will see what the smartest of US have to say about underwater options. Of course, they will embrace the strategy to make money, but they will optimize the tactical options, the why and how of which we will want to know.

That’s about it.

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