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January 26th, 2006

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11:41 am
Remember -- Rabbit Hole Day is tomorrow.

While I'm at it, today is NASA's day of remembrance. The three major space accidents (Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia) all happened the last week of January apparently. NASA has a nice page up about the three accidents and the people killed.

It's odd -- As worried, fearful, and emotional as people got about 9/11, I remember being relatively impassive. It didn't matter that much to me apart from the political realities brought to light by it (i.e. there's terrorists out there and they're serious and relatively capable).

I cried after hearing about Columbia. I'm still a bit upset by it. It's hard to say why 7 people I never met and knew little about meant a lot to me, but I think it was what they stood for -- a ticket off of this rock. I want one of those so very desperately.

I'm tired of reading science fiction. I'm ready to live it.

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Date:January 27th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm tired of reading science fiction. I'm ready to live it.

I was just thinking the other night about being cryogenically frozen. You know, if there was a guarantee that I'd be woken up and not just lying around a meat locker like Ted Williams is.

It'd be great, really. Get frozen at age 30. Get woken up at 39 (that'd be the year 2019, for me). Live a year in that world, playing with the computers. Maybe I'll get my B&W G3 cryogenically frozen with me. Get frozen again. Get woken up at 49 just in time to get shot at by a T-800. Live a year. Get frozen again, and wake up at 59 -- of course, I'm only looking and feeling 33 at this point. Repeat -- live a year, chill (no pun intended) for nine. And just keep doing it and doing it and doing it. Eventually, something interesting is bound to happen. And the odds are 90% that the apocalypse will happen while I'm frozen, meaning that my last memories will be tinkering with a 40PHz quad-Quantum Power Mac with 11 TB of onboard cache and a googolbyte of RAM. And having sex with my wife, who is still fairly hot for a 169-year-old.

I read a book called "Future Shock" by Alvin Toffler -- I highly recommend it, if you haven't read it. It discusses the exponential growth of every facet of human technology and how humans aren't capable of keeping up -- the result being stress, detachment, mental illness, et cetera.

I can vouch for all three of those, being a good Gen-Y'er (or Gen-X'er, depending on your cutoff date)... but technology doesn't bother me much. I spend about 90% of my time impatiently waiting for the good things we know are in the pipeline -- OLED, SED, true virtual reality, an end to platter-based hard drives, renewable safe energy resources, the end of corrupt politics, the end of cruel economics, the end of starving children and the end of having to work for a goddamned living, for that matter.

After dancing through just about every ideological hoop trying to find something that suited me, I've basically decided that I'm a technocratic transhumanist. All human economic systems are prone to corruption, as are all political systems. Human computer systems are similarly corrupt. Only when computers design the computers that design computers will those systems be pure, and only when those computers assimilate the human race into one giant Utopian orgy of sex, drugs, rock and roll, music-sharing, movie-pirating, Kung Fu-downloading, self-healing, never-aging, star-faring, ecstatic heaven... what was I saying?

I, for one, welcome our new Borg overlords and their nifty (and feature-rich) OS.

-- Nate, who's too lazy to log off his wife's account.
Date:January 29th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
You had the exact same idea that I had! Except in my fantasy, I had a cult of worshippers who built an artificial island for me in the south pacific and thawed me periodically in a "resurrection" ritual where I would be given a tour of the future and continue to lead my followers into the hereafter.
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Date:January 29th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Definite plus sides to that plan, though I think a year would be too little. Also, I'd like to be awake when the end of Western civilization comes around. If nothing else, then to say I was there and that I heard of it first in the after life.

Additionally, I have a sneaking suspicion that your bike might not keep as well under sub-zero temperatures as you would.

I haven't read Future Shock (and you're one of five to recommend it to me, which means I should REALLY haul my ass down to the bookstore and indulge my addiction habit self).

Best line about VR ever -- "How many senses have you simulated while in VR?" "2. 3 when my wires started burning."

I definitely like the idea of the end of having to work for a living. In fact, there's not a lot more that I'd want than that. If that happened in my life time, I might even be OK with not making it to another planet.

I'm less certain about the computer-run utopia. "Pure", "perfection", and "corrupt" tend to be things said about the same Rohrschach blots. And besides, the Borg's OS sucks. It couldn't even handle a couple of virii without wiping out the entire net (which sounds scarily familiar...Hello Code Red, how are you?)

Just free me of an obligation to work. If no one else'll put me in space, I'll put myself there. And if no one else'll colonize Mars, then damnit, I'll do it!

Or, if nothing else, I just might finally ascend in Nethack.
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Date:January 29th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Heh. Borg. *remembers when they had to reboot the Enterprise*
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Date:February 2nd, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
I suspect that the expensive/important parts of a bicycle would actually keep better frozen than living cells would.
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Date:February 2nd, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Bike == motorbike.

The premise is of course that there's a way to freeze living cells and keep them viable.

A motorbike on the other hand would suffer. Being machined with very specific tolerances, freezing would no doubt distort parts if not break them.

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