Thursday, April 12, 2018

What, Again?

Maybe Meyers and Briggs were onto something more complicated than I thought.
Just trotted Aias (Ajax) through the test, and am surprised to see that he, like Akhaides, is also an ISTJ.

I think of the two of them as quite different from each other, but maybe that is illusory. I CAN see them working together extremely smoothly, without even bothering to talk about it. Each reading clearly what the other intends, and moving to help, or to take the logical following step without having to ask.

Related image

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meyers-Briggs Were (Was?) Onto Something

I often recommend that writers who have trouble building an interesting and complete fictional character trot that person through the Meyers-Briggs personality assessment. I just did that for Peryton's protagonist and this is no surprise: Akhaides is an ISTJ, a Logistician. Perfect!

Logistician (ISTJ) personality

"When Logisticians say they are going to get something done, they do it, meeting their obligations no matter the personal cost, and they are baffled by people who don’t hold their own word in the same respect." Totally true for him.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sailing into the Wind

I used to sail a Sunfish around Baltimore harbor and the Chesapeake Bay, but now I'm spending entertaining hours learning about how to sail square-rigged ships, such as were used all over the Mediterranean before the Arabs invented lateens.

It is common belief that a square-rigged ship can only be sailed with the wind. But that's not totally true. While no sailing boat can sail directly into the wind, and lateen sales allow much closer upwind travel, a square-rigged ship CAN move forward into an angled wind - not efficiently and maybe no faster than walking - or swimming - but it can do it. It's tacking, just far more broadly than is necessary in a lateen-rigged boat. The limit appears to be at more than 45 degrees in a boat with a deep enough keel to keep it from sliding too much sideways.Image result for minoan ship

Mycenaean ships had modest keels, but they did use ballast (or else put the heaviest trade goods in the bottom of the boat), and had pointed underwater prows. Like Viking ships, that also used only square sails, they were also lapstraked, yet another feature that would encourage forward motion.

So yes, the Greeks could have sailed to Troy in any season, but the spring winds, blowing from the southwest, would have made it far easier.