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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: Yesterday at 01:43:49 am »
Cosmic trigger is, in large part, Robert Anton Wilson's autobiography with swollen appendices. It documents what he did and what he was interested in during various points in his life. As a result, it's structurally different from his other nonfiction. (For instance, Cosmic Trigger II and III are basically essay collections, along with a lot of his later work, and Prometheus Rising is structured like a tutorial or textbook.) It generally works, in my opinion. Because it's an early work, it avoids a lot of the repetition that later works engaged in. It also seems to have mostly aged well -- the worst things about it that I can remember are related to treating a couple different academic works (The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind and The Sirius Mystery) with more respect than would even have been afforded them in the early 70s.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 28, 2016, 11:08:05 am »
After our protagonist dies on the table during surgery for ten minutes, he spends the rest of his life literally haunted by the ghost of the person he used to be -- which becomes irritating as both he and his ghost develop independently and their personalities begin to diverge.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:45:52 pm »
A man discovers that he can 'consume' people's worries by listening to them complain, and becomes a counselor. Once he consumes their worries, they cease to be worried (even if the cause of their worry still exists), and he gets a rush of euphoria. Unfortunately, he becomes addicted to the worries and anxieties of others, and he has to deal with his own guilt over the fact that his patients have ended up in major trouble due to the fact that they lost self-preserving levels of fear after sessions with him (for instance, brushing off very real threats to their lives because of an irrational boost of self-confidence). He confides, one night, in a colleague from down the hall and feels a great weight lift off his shoulders -- and then the colleague begins to tell a familiar story, about a man who can 'consume' guilt...

I dunno, man. It probably wouldn't do you any good. Whenever the office here is closed due to "inclement weather", we end up forced to take one of our vacation or sick days off.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 23, 2016, 01:26:16 am »
Nanotechnology is used in the space program in order to cyborgize tardigrades. The cyborg tardigrades are put into torpor in generation ships and programmed to begin building large radio transmitters whenever they wake up, broadcasting information about whereever they landed.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 20, 2016, 01:58:06 am »
In the future, the poor sell recordings to their dreams to pop stars and film directors for fifty cents per hour to supplement those stars' creativity. There is a thriving black market for drugs that make dreams longer and stranger, even when such drugs have negative health effects.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 12, 2016, 12:11:32 pm »
Terrorists spike the water supply with Versed.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:33:04 am »
The Japanese government, in order to combat declining birth rates, partners with a marketing research firm to perform a strange experimental cure: they created a short film about childhood friends who promise marriage with a locket and key, showed it to groups of six year olds, and then provide these kids with replica props, with the assumption that some large number of them will over time mistake the film as their own memories and assume that they made a childhood promise to marry whoever is around who happens to have a key (or a locket), and that a certain number of them will actually go through with it either through misplaced romanticism or through a misplaced sense of honor. Of course, the marketing research firm implanted individualized tracking chips into these objects and has been conducting various marketing experiments using these groups as subjects without their knowledge; as a result, these kids actually have a very different cultural experience than the norm specifically because the media they're exposed to has been frequently modified based on the presence of these chips.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:10:48 am »
I'm about half-way through Player of Games, and we haven't actually gotten to the planet with the titular games yet. This author really likes to stretch out the beginning of every book.

About half-way through David Wong's Futuristic Weapons and Fancy Suits, which comes off like a slightly more gonzo version of The Peripheral thus far, with some satire over California Ideology folks on top of it.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 02, 2016, 03:27:19 am »
An ultra-violent revenge film (in the vein of Kill Bill or the features it imitated) wherein fight scenes are shown using super-deformed (i.e., low-detail/cartoony/cutesy) animation, but the aftermath of the fight is shown completely realistically (if not with significantly greater gore than is realistic).

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 01, 2016, 05:38:22 pm »
A political drama (think House of Cards or The West Wing) with some animated minor/mascot characters popping up every so often to explain procedural details (like how fillibustering works). Early on these mascot characters are almost wholly non-diagetic, but over time there will be occasional gags that imply that some character sees them or is somehow effected by them without noticing (such as repeating word for word part of their immediate previous explanation). Over time, the explanations they give get less and less grounded in reality, and a sub-plot emerges wherein several minor characters talk to each other about the strange things they've been experiencing and vow to investigate. The punch-line: the water supply for the building has been spiked with a hallucinogen that encourages telepathy, and all of these back-stabbing politicians are sharing a group hallucination.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 28, 2015, 01:37:55 pm »
A horror film or novel based loosely on the obscure urban legend that the Titanic was sunk due to a mummy's curse. Throughout most of the film the spirit of the mummy goes forth and causes trouble as a ghost shaped like an albatross with a human head and creates the circumstances leading to the iceberg impact, but in the end the mummy itself animates and restrains it's victim from fleeing the sinking ship.

Or that the musicians on the titanic kept playing because they were elf-led.

So, my new favorite reaction image to PUA shit:

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 26, 2015, 02:18:15 am »
A sitcom about six former child actors who worked together on a long-running sitcom, who are now all out of show business and having a hard time keeping themselves afloat financially and thus have all moved in together and are sharing the same tiny cheap-ass apartment. Despite the show having gone off the air a decade earlier and having had little contact with each other since, festering resentments have been maintained over minor slights made during filming.

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