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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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Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:22:05 pm »

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:50:55 pm »
Consciousness is a memetic parasite, siphoning important resources into its own reproduction rather than ours. After ten thousand years, we're finally beginning to evolve a resistance to it...

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:40:19 pm »
A semiconductor research lab accidentally creates a bimetallic wafer that, when current flows through it, creates a chain reaction among nitrogen atoms such that they hold each other in place within some small distance (and exert no hold on each other beyond that distance), with the extents of this change limited to some field of unknown type. The result: through several unknown mechanisms, a cone of air ends up having the consistency of foam rubber, while also becoming slightly opaque. The size of the cone is dependent upon the wafer size and the amount of current (scaling linearly); if the current is removed the cone stays, but it will disappear if the same current is sent the other way through the cone. Because of the distance limits, hollow things can be encapsulated in this field without their insides becoming solid -- meaning that a living creature can be held in such a field so long as their orifices are sticking out. Very quickly, this mechanism replaces packing materials; more slowly, it starts to be used as a restraining device in prison systems. However, widespread access to these wafers (they are Figuratively embedded in mail-order boxes) creates some potential problems: putting aside the problem of suffocation, the consistency of the field is entirely dependent upon the amount of nitrogen, and while earth's atmosphere creates a nice soft foam-rubber consistency, pure nitrogen becomes hard as diamonds. In the same way that juvenile delinquents didn't take long to recognize that aerosol sprays were flammable, they didn't take long to recognize that puffing a tank of pure nitrogen into the air and then solidifying it would create an incredibly sharp blade with finely serrated edges encased in a cone of foam rubber.

Does it stay solid after the current is shut off?
Yes. It's solid until you reverse the current (sort of like how a memristor retains its resistance across the read gate until you reverse the current on the write gate).

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:31:12 pm »
A semiconductor research lab accidentally creates a bimetallic wafer that, when current flows through it, creates a chain reaction among nitrogen atoms such that they hold each other in place within some small distance (and exert no hold on each other beyond that distance), with the extents of this change limited to some field of unknown type. The result: through several unknown mechanisms, a cone of air ends up having the consistency of foam rubber, while also becoming slightly opaque. The size of the cone is dependent upon the wafer size and the amount of current (scaling linearly); if the current is removed the cone stays, but it will disappear if the same current is sent the other way through the cone. Because of the distance limits, hollow things can be encapsulated in this field without their insides becoming solid -- meaning that a living creature can be held in such a field so long as their orifices are sticking out. Very quickly, this mechanism replaces packing materials; more slowly, it starts to be used as a restraining device in prison systems. However, widespread access to these wafers (they are literally embedded in mail-order boxes) creates some potential problems: putting aside the problem of suffocation, the consistency of the field is entirely dependent upon the amount of nitrogen, and while earth's atmosphere creates a nice soft foam-rubber consistency, pure nitrogen becomes hard as diamonds. In the same way that juvenile delinquents didn't take long to recognize that aerosol sprays were flammable, they didn't take long to recognize that puffing a tank of pure nitrogen into the air and then solidifying it would create an incredibly sharp blade with finely serrated edges encased in a cone of foam rubber.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 25, 2017, 04:06:51 pm »
Unbeknownst to his employers or enemies, a James Bond style secret agent is a buffoon of below-average cunning, entirely dependent upon the advice of his wise-cracking telepathic sentient corsage (an alien, who has his own hidden goals). As a result, cold war spy-fi slowly unfolds into interplanetary intrigue.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 22, 2017, 12:38:53 am »
After the existence of crystal energy / crystal healing is scientifically verified, research money pours into the production of novel synthetic crystals with novel shapes. However, reality warps around these research labs because what the crystals are really doing is refracting thought & intent into the physical world in particular (consistent, predictable, but mostly unknown) ways.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:30:31 pm »
The language of mages cannot be spoken by those with no magic in their blood. All known words of the language of mages have been discovered by non-magic folk via a phenomenon similar to the Scunthorpe Problem
I love this.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:49:17 pm »
A swashbuckling garbagologist (i.e., an anthropologist who studies modern society by studying its waste) uses a form of divination based on garbage to track down a powerful artifact accidentally discarded by a chaos magic group, before a neo-nazi skinhead street gang can get hold of it and use it for their own destructive ends.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:06:10 am »
A chef working for a mafia-owned restaurant is laid off, and his family is taken as collateral on debts he owes. He goes on a cooking-themed rampage through the criminal underworld.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:11:15 pm »
A marketing agency is hired to fix an election by dropping machines into swing states that repeatedly google search for non-existent scandals with queries that begin the same way as the most common queries in that area. At first there are no results for these searches, but it works anyway: conspiracy theorists provide results by free-associating on the evocative names created by the marketing team. Wracked with guilt, the person who came up with the plan commits suicide, and becomes a campaign martyr as the new president suggests he was killed for refusing to aid in the cover-up of the (wholly imaginary) scandals surrounding his opponent.

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Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:05:59 am »

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 09, 2017, 03:57:27 am »
Scientists figure out how to do teleportation, instantaneously swapping two equal volumes, but the limitation is that they don't have any control  over where one of the samples is from. Because most volumes in the universe are total vacuum, this is essentially an incredible kinetic weapon. It becomes more and more common, replacing TNT, since (by lowering the volume) you can finely tune the amount of force. However, one day, an implosion goes wrong during a controlled demolition and it's discovered that we have accidentally teleported half of a large living alien being. This is our first contact.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 08, 2017, 01:36:32 am »
After a global-scale disaster, a former renegade cop quickly adjusts to life in the wasteland, caring only for himself and becoming a killing-and-survival machine (Mad Max style). However, after only a few years, society begins to really rebuild. He's roped into some of the early attempts at recreating stable social structures only to become suspicious and sabotage everyone based on extremely weak evidence. People around him try to encourage him to learn to trust again, but he pushes them away: he has a psychological need to see the world as doomed and people as untrustworthy, because otherwise the betrayals in his life are specific events rather than part of some grand dismal mechanism of the universe. For the ending, we cut to a busy, happy walled city that's clearly beginning to regain steam and electric power to some degree -- a bustling marketplace, smiling children running in the street, and abundant food. We zoom out to the outside of the wall, where we see the protagonist, much aged, slowly starving to death leaning against the wall in a big gap between groups of other homeless people who are mostly huddled together in front of small fires.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:47:56 pm »
Unexpectedly, the resurrection of cryopreserved heads takes significantly longer than the resurrection of cryopreserved full bodies. The heads were mostly put on ice by one facility (Alcor in California) and mostly during the short period between 1960 and 2050, after which advances in cryopreservation tech and tax breaks for facilities (along with new legislation related to euthanasia) made full-body preservation both cheaper and less legally risky. Unexpected difficulties related to head transplants, however, meant that cryopreserved heads couldn't be resurrected for another 200 years after full bodies were taken from the facility. When it finally happened, the sudden introduction of a monoculture of a few hundred west coast elite ex-hippie types into the community had a huge cultural and political impact, related to the romanticization of the 20th century as a golden era of simple life. These people were raised up into celebrity born of exoticization, but remained mostly unaware that they were considered noble savages, so when they tried to exercise power the way they did during their first lives they were crushed to find themselves laughed off -- or worse yet, made unwitting figureheads of conservative movements that would like to return to an imaginary 20th century by removing the significant technical and social improvements of the past 500 years.

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