Latest Activity: Played Rise of Mythos (formerly Kings and Legends) (Dec 3, 2013 8:24pm)
Points needed for next level: 1194 Level
I’m a student at the Missouri University of Science and Technology majoring in both mathematics and computer science, and plan to pursue a PhD in the latter once I’m done. I’m especially interested in artificial intelligence and related fields.
I’ve participated in the last two Ludum Dare 48 hour game development competitions. The better of the games I made is at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43052873/LD23/TinyWar.swf although I don’t consider it finished enough to do anything with.
Have you ever wondered how a sushi cat works? I sure have. Being unable to acquire one for study, for reasons the developer has refrained from telling me, I performed a speculative analysis of its biology.
Allow me to take a moment to discuss the biology of Felis sushius, commonly known as the sushi cat. The sushi cat is a bizarre and wonderful creature, evolved from the common house cat. It is notable for its spherical bouncy physiology. Most of the volume of a sushi cat is merely one large, round stomach, which also takes on the functionality of intestines, absorption of nutrients. It has not needed to be terribly efficient, as the sushi cat’s natural environment is abundant with food. Directly outside of the stomach is a large ball of muscle tissue, which helps to digest food, expel waste, and allows for a novel means of locomotion for the sushi cat. The muscles can contract, squeezing it into a smaller shape, and then release, allowing it to bounce into the air. This is possible because the sushi cat lacks a solid skeletal structure, instead being held in shape by turgor pressure. This also results in the sushi cat being very elastic. Because stomach and muscle tissue are elastic, the sushi cat can expand to enormous sizes after a large meal, but only until its food is digested. Afterwards, it is expelled and the sushi cat can return to its original size. The sushi cat has vestigial limbs, as a result of its bouncing motion being more efficient than legs for large masses, as bones are not strong enough to support sushi cats in their full state. Truly, the sushi cat is a perfectly adapted organism for its ecological niche, “the consumer of all”.