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Literate Chaotic / Re: Doing some research for a sci-fi story
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:33:43 pm »
k, well, one of the reasons i wanna be really certain about this is that one of the points of the setting is that upon discovering that time travel is a thing, they immediately sought to capitalize on the tech in the greediest way possible using many creative variations of the whole "going back to deposit all your money in your preferred bank the day they were established and then collecting on all that interest years in the future" scam. In this world, CEOs do this all the time, with varying shades of James Bond-esque supervilliany in mind. So all of these changes results in all sorts of created alternate universes with crazy historical results. Some results in blasted landscapes of what used to be earth, some are markedly better than what would've happened in any case, and some are almost the same except for some specific details.

Problem is, the people investing would have no chance at all of getting a return.  None.

If you send energy, matter, or even information back in time, the universe can't accept it without violating conservation of energy.  That means a split HAS to occur, and the transported energy, etc, has to be in the NEW branch, not the old.  So the rich bastard sending it back just loses it.  AND something, probably something very loud and ugly and most likely LOCAL, is going to happen to account for the loss of energy in THIS universe, the same way "Ashtekar loops" tangle to retain gravity (and thus energy) when mass leaves the universe in the case of a Black hole. 

Uncle Albert takes no prisoners.  The universe will put up with any amount of fuckery, except when conservation of energy is in question.  Hell, "quantum tunneling" is the universe doing "Enron accounting" to accomodate both the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and conservation of energy.
is Quantum tunneling kind of what is going on in that comic i posted?

No, quantum tunneling only affects things we Doktors refer to as "very very small".

Remember, however, that you are made of very very small things. The possibility of them all tunneling at once, while absurdly improbable, is not entirely impossible

can you cite the relevant quote from the bar thread? If the idea is that time doesn't exist (which i rather like btw) what does it matter which direction i move in time, and whats keeping me from moving back to the universe i started from? if time is just an ocean of moments, what makes the point i started from any different from any of the other infinite points i could chose to jump to?

You need to work on coherence.  If time doesn't exist, it doesn't exist.

Buncha crap.  Time is the measurement of entropy.  Since shit falls apart, time must exist.

This "time not existing" concept may (but I'm not sure yet as I didn't read all the way through the original link) be a case of a smart idea being phrased in a stupid and provocative way. A three dimensional universe undergoing processes in time is theoretically equivalent to a very complex but timeless and stationary four dimensional object, just as a moving one dimensional object can be interpreted as an unmoving line and a two dimensional object can be understood as an unmoving sheet.

1. I'm planning on taking liberties with the "you can't go back" thing
1.  Then it's not science fiction, it's fantasy.  You can just go ahead and add the telepathic cats now.

Actually it may not be totally impossible to travel through time, just hugely wildly impractical. If I recall correctly there was some research done several years back at the University of Illinois that suggested that if you could somehow build a structure with the mass of a large star but shaped like a football it could collapse to form a [/url=]naked singularity[/url], which would allow for all sorts of screwing around with time. The same is true for if one could somehow induce a normal black hole to rotate with sufficient rapidity or accumulate a sufficient electrical charge

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Hiphop and the Prison Industrial Complex
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:25:17 pm »
It perpetuates a racist trope, namely "black people are simple-minded and easily manipulated through popular media to a degree that nobody would ever dream of applying to white people as a whole".

Where did you get the insane idea that the media doesn't manipulate white people?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: And now Kansas is getting into the act
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:23:52 am »
So long as you can come up with a religious reason to discriminate against straights, sure.

:checks list of major religions:

:checks list of minor religions:

:checks list of irreligons:

Yeah, about that...
The Church of the SubGenius preaches intolerance of anybody deemed to be too normal. You could use that.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: 9/11 Demon
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:36:35 am »
Yeah I have no idea what that guy meant.

What I meant was that the Patriot Act was worse than if nothing was done about the 9/11 attacks at all.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: 9/11 Demon
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:23:31 pm »
Those last few demons actually cancel out the badness of one of the first. If we all had the requisite mixture of composure, numbness, and stupefaction to keep reading our picture books while New York collapsed things like the Patriot Act wouldn't happen. Wu-Wei Forever!

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Rand Paul finally commits the ultimate sin.
« on: November 16, 2013, 07:01:08 am »
The argument is that it's actually the label I'm ripping off since they're the only one that actually profits.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Rand Paul finally commits the ultimate sin.
« on: November 16, 2013, 06:09:21 am »
Because getting ripped off by your record label/film studio/tech company because you didn't read all of the fine print or misunderstood the legalese is so much better than getting ripped off by actual people.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Rand Paul finally commits the ultimate sin.
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:40:38 am »
Personally I'm ok with plagiarism. To say otherwise would be to support the concept of intellectual property, and that is something that I absolutely will not do.

The idea that anyone could claim with a straight face that Intellectual Property laws aren't too strict already makes me sick.

Please join with me in praying that every single person involved with this trade agreement dies slowly and painfully of cancer.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Women Fighters In Reasonable Armor
« on: November 14, 2013, 05:57:14 am »
Personally I prefer to play RPGs where the characters have armors that are impractical in the opposite of the usual direction. Like a psionicist encased in a solid 5'x5'x8' block of cement/concrete with eye holes, a ring of sustenance, and a necklace of adaptation.

RPG Ghetto / Re: Official D&D 5E Announcement
« on: November 14, 2013, 05:49:21 am »
I abandoned WotC's products in disgust when 4e came out. Every good thing the Hasboro corporation touches eventually turns to shit

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:37:26 am »
-Fantasy adventure centering on conflict of regular elves against dark elves. The customs, practices, and traditions of the regular elves gradually begin to bear a closer and closer and grimmer and grimmer resemblance to those of the Ku Klux Klan as the novel progresses.

-Animes like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Beyblade deconstructed with an anime series where everyone in the world is bizarrely obsessed with Rock-Paper-Scissors, or Tic-Tac-Toe or something

Literate Chaotic / Re: "The Story of the Eye" Contest
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:50:53 am »
And it struck me that death was the sole outcome of my erection, and if Simone and I were killed, then the universe of our unbearable personal vision was certain to be replaced by the pure stars, fully unrelated to any external gazes and realizing in a cold state, without human delays or detours, something that strikes me as the goal of my sexual licentiousness: a geometric incandescence (among other things, the coinciding point of life and death, being and nothingness), perfectly fulgurating.  Yet these images were, of course, tied to the contradiction of a prolonged state of exhaustion and an absurd rigidity of my penis.

that's almost like Lovecraft slashfic!

Oh my god, it totally is!

Bump because I just discovered there's a movie

Bump because I just discovered there's a movie

That review says it's not accurate to the book. Why is french pornography never adapted accurately in film!?

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:05:49 pm »
An Englishman or other European is turned into a vampire but, due to a preexisting fondness for black pudding, is completely unaware of it until he takes a trip to the United States, where black pudding is hard to find.

For clarification he works the night shift so the sun isn't usually an issue either.

Literate Chaotic / Re: High tech "primitive" sci-fi
« on: October 28, 2013, 04:47:53 am »
This thread actually reminded me of a story idea i had: the concepts was there was a highly intelligent insectile race, with the intellect, drive and will to create advanced technology, but no concept of society. they are born alone, raise themselves, feed themselves, teach  themselves and whatever they create in their lifetime is ultimately lost, because it either goes unfinished or is looted by some other insect who wants their raw materials for their own project. Basically it's what a race of people would LITERALLY have to be in order to truly be everything that RUGGED INDIVIDUALISTS claim to be.

If they don't pass on their knowledge to others, they don't get past the "picking up a sharp rock" stage.

They could if they were phenomenally intelligent or phenomenally durable and long-lived

All the combined knowledge of millions of people has taken us thousands of years to get this far. I think that one dude achieving much by way of technology all by itself, even if it lived for centuries,

I agree with this as written. It could however achieve centuries worth of technology if it lived for centuries. (or thousands of years worth if it lived for thousands of years).

Especially if, as I said before, they were much smarter than humans.


But most high technology is also socially driven. Communication and travel technologies, for example. Medical technologies.

And again, the reason all highly intelligent species we have so far observed developed their giant brains is specifically because they are social, which requires far more complex levels of processing than solitary survival. So I would find it impossible to suspend disbelief.

What if they had an intelligent social species somewhere in their evolutionary background?

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