I am currently writing a story about a shape-shifter who is very much like the animal she can turn into. She is a very sensitive person and if someone insults her/does something to injure her pride she will take it as some sort of challenge and try to attack them. I was wondering if there are any animals that act like this, or if I should just blame it on the character being an overly sensitive jerk.
Thanks in advance.
Google and Ask.com have failed me. All I've found on the topic has been a collection of different RPG rules that contradict each other.
My question? How fast would a renaissance-era sailing ship like a galleon move under typical conditions? I'm trying to calculate some rough travel times.
I can deal with answers expressed in either MPH or knots, given that the conversion (roughly 1:1.15, if memory serves) is easy enough.
Thank you very much!
Edit: I finally found stats on a couple of ships from roughly the period I'm looking for. On her famous voyage from Plymouth, England to Provincetown (which took 66 days and was against the gulf stream), it has been calculated that Mayflower averaged about 2 knots. On her return voyage to England, she appears to have averaged just over 3 (3.75 mph). The fastest clippers of a hundred years later were averaging about 3 knots along the same route from Britain to New England, so Mayflower appears to have been a fair sailer for her time rather than the leaky tub that some writers have attempted to characterize her as.
Now, if only I could find numbers on some slightly older vessels. Time to get back to digging.
I'm not quite sure how to get the idea across when Google searching/Wikipedia...ing so I'm trying here.
I was wondering if it's at all possible for one to write a program that, when you run it, allows you to APPEAR to be doing one thing, while you're doing something else. Not quite like a Trojan horse, but a bit similar. What I have is, a character has written a program to use during work that, when opened, allows him to surf the internet, while to his superiors' eyes his computer appears to be doing some other mundane thing that is not surfing the Internet. The computers at his job are always connected to the internet, btw. I seem to recall from high school that our tech people said they could monitor our internet useage from their own computers, but they never actually said how.
Anyway, I was just wondering if the idea is feasible. It's not THAT integral to the story, but it's an Important Little Detail.
edit Lovely, I've got what I need. Thanks, guys!