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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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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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