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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:41:13 pm »
Limited time dilation tech (using layers of superdense and superlight materials) becomes inexpensive; this isn't time travel tech proper, but instead just emphasizes the difference in time's flow rate between inside and outside. There isn't much call for this outside of couriership of freshness-sensitive products -- such as organs and (more importantly) pizza. In fact, major pizza chains decide that their 20-minutes-or-less guarantee is about freshness instead of service speed, and that therefore, in delivery trucks covered in these time-dilating microlayers, the time inside the truck is what counts rather than the time outside the truck. As a result, pizza delivery trucks are essentially the only product with this coating -- with layers at such a scale that a 20 minute delivery time typically results in a five minute old pizza. One day, a seismic event deep below the earth sudenly changed the density of the magma below a major city so quickly that a delivery down the street from the pizza place accidentally occurred before the pizza was ordered. The pizza's age was negative, and the pizza collapsed into a super-dense disc that sucked in time. It's up to the delivery boy to return the pizza to the appropriate time before it can prematurely age the whole city -- relying upon doing high speed doughnuts around the densest building in the city to rocket himself forward in time.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:04:11 pm »
A touch-telepath working for a clandestine intelligence agency starts a massage parlor catering to members of organized crime syndicates, but discovers that one of the major organized crime families is run by vampires -- and that she can extract information from bodily fluids (including the blood sucked by her vampire clients)! Under orders from her contact, she becomes a vampire herself, drinking the blood of various people who might be useful as informants and essentially continuously intercepting their stream of consciousness. She discovers that her contact does not actually work for the government and is instead just a con artist who put a lot of effort into convincing her that she was a spy for the sake of indulging in a bizarrely specific sexual fetish. She gathers some evidence and turns him into the real feds.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:50:42 pm »
Graphene byproducts from supersemiconductor & nanomachine manufacturing pose an environmental problem because nearby spiders produce webbing that cannot be broken without diamond-tipped tools. We follow the personal life of a specialist janitor who exclusively removes crystalline webbing from waste exhaust pipes, as he discovers that the spiders have plans.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:50:07 pm »
An mturker keeps being assigned to transcribe voice and handwriting material from the same source -- each one a clue to what appears to be a conspiracy of murder and corruption -- but the real mystery is: who is manipulating the ranking algo to convince this particular mturker to want to investigate this third party, and why are they being framed?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:50:52 pm »
Brain chips improve memory by listening to call and response signals from the hippocampus and mimicing them; unfortunate side effect: these chips solidify memory too much and the memories don't mutate over time, so every one retains the vividness and emotional intensity of a PTSD flashback, memories of memories of memories compounding. Without the possibility of confabulation, all memories become traumatic, because their raw emotional edges cannot be sanded off by repeated handling.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:49:00 pm »
a superman origin story, except it's basically the Infancy Gospel

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 06, 2017, 01:08:28 am »
As part of a national PR stunt, the government creates a centralized school for child prodigies -- a boarding school with lots of expensive facilities on an island. However, when their cold war turns hot, the first strike isolates the school during a period when only a skeleton crew of administrators were there -- all the child prodigies of the nation are stuck on an island together with very little adult supervision -- and because this is a total war and the invasion is aggressive, it's not until after the war (which takes about five years) that contact with the island is reestablished. The population is much lower, and those who have survived are very much changed, finding it difficult to reintegrate into society. Likewise, political changes between the patriotic lead-up and the reconstruction are hard to navigate.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:25:40 am »
Just finished cryptonomicon.  I love stephenson, but his endings are always so unsatisfying.
Have you noticed that every sex scene he writes involves premature ejaculation? I feel like there's a deep metaphysical connection there.

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Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:23:58 am »

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:29:47 pm »
An orphan discovers that he is the product of parthenogenesis and actually has no parents -- he famously appeared, as an infant, out of thin air in front of several witnesses and the truth has been kept from him his whole life.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: October 22, 2017, 01:34:51 am »
Having finished the third of David Wong's John Dies At the End books & noting that that trilogy is a good candidate for a more modern equivalent to The Illuminatus Trilogy (having the same mix of heady psychological and philosophical ideas, crude humor, and genuine empathy), I acquired the one Robert Anton Wilson trilogy I haven't read yet (the Historical Illuminatus Chronicles). I just finished the first two books & need a break from immersion in that headspace, but I have to say that this series is almost as underrated as Masks of the Illuminati. Aside from the constant references to his other books, the first book feels more like a cross between Foucault's Pendulum and The Baroque Cycle than a normal RAW book; the second is a good follow-up but is a little more indulgent, with a lot of references to the P-2 conspiracy that RAW got obsessed with in the 80s and seemingly remained obsessed with through the turn of the century.

Also reading Scott Alexander's Unsong, which is simultaneously intellectually stimulating and hilarious. It can be read as a political and religious farce or as a satire about silicon valley or as a source of genuinely interesting kaballistic connections. The premise: Apollo astronauts trying to go to the moon instead collide with the celestial spheres, proving that medieval religious cosmology is literally true and causing reality to begin glitching out; fifty years later, the world is run by a handful of megacorporations dealing in the sale of DRM-protected names of god (magic spells based on hermetic associations) and political and economic life has been warped by the existence of literal hell, fallen angels who are confused about how time works and can't imagine anybody ever saying anything that wasn't absolutely true, and the archangel Uriel in the center of a permanent hurricane playing the frustrated sysadmin and trying to prevent people from boiling goats in their mother's milk lest he need to restore new zealand from backups again.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 21, 2017, 09:22:54 pm »
A vampire horror movie or novel using only unconvemtional vampire traits and no standard ones. ie. They sparkle in sunlight (Twlight), they live in hives (Priest), they feed not on blood itself but on the color red (Adventure Time), there's a thunderclap whenever they finish counting something (Sesame Street), but no garlic vulnerability, no lack of reflection, etc.
They glow in the dark, have only one nostril, their feet are on backwards, and they can only prey upon blood relations?

Where are those from?
Eastern europe, romani.

In china they leap like fleas. In malaysia their heads detatch and fly around but drag their whole digestive system along. But movies have been made about both of those variants. (There are only two movies I'm aware of about the variation where vampires prey only on blood relations -- the Werdelac segment of Black Sabbath & the romanian film Strigoi.)

There's also a variant that's a blood-sucking rotting banana person, which might also be malay but I'm not sure.

Plus there's always the vampire watermelons.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 19, 2017, 01:21:53 pm »
A vampire horror movie or novel using only unconvemtional vampire traits and no standard ones. ie. They sparkle in sunlight (Twlight), they live in hives (Priest), they feed not on blood itself but on the color red (Adventure Time), there's a thunderclap whenever they finish counting something (Sesame Street), but no garlic vulnerability, no lack of reflection, etc.
They glow in the dark, have only one nostril, their feet are on backwards, and they can only prey upon blood relations?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:30:55 pm »
A famously paranoid & misanthropic businessman who kept his money in a safe rather than a bank died alone, and his body wasn't discovered for weeks. After its discovery, a will is found indicating that the money in his safe & his other belongings should be distributed to the people of the surrounding town physically (something that probably came out of his distrust of his estranged children, rather than love for the area). It is discovered that his money and belongings are all haunted by the man, who tries to possess their owners & turn them into cutthroat businessmen -- the money they made became, itself, haunted. Elaborate money-laundering schemes are initially attempted, but in the end it's decided that this wouldn't work -- and a massive pile of cash and expensive furniture is burned in a bonfire in the center of this poor town. (Maybe call this The Invisible Hand.)

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 16, 2017, 02:08:50 pm »
The mute scion of a twisted aristocratic lineage builds hand-crafted porcelain dolls and transfers people's consciousness into them. The daughter of the policewoman investigating the rash of people falling into vegetative states discovers that she is a sensitive telepathic receiver, as she hears the cries of these transferred consciousnesses -- who are alive and immortal but cannot move and have no senses, trapped in darkness. She must convince her mother to follow the clues revealed to her in violent recurring dreams, and later visions.

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