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  1. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 18 minutes ago

    “Read Frederik Pohl’s “Day Million”…”
    That’s one of my favorite authors, and a quirky story quite representative of his style. A less bizarre one is THE WORLD AT THE END OF TIME.
    Might I also suggest “Slow Tuesday Night,” by R.A. Lafferty. Talk about quickies!

  2. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles about 4 hours ago


  3. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles about 6 hours ago

    “We’re probably still a long way from “murder by drone” — at least in regard to illegal murder carried out by private persons. It may never be an actual problem, outside of the movies. Still …”
    Gee, tanks. You just HAD to stir that pot, didn’t you?
    I predict: As drones become smaller and smaller and more innately mobile (per limited artificial intelligence), they will go anywhere insects and spiders can go. Toxic weapons could go with them, but more likely, snooping devices. People will be so paranoid about the situation, there will be a whole new industries of blocking technology that emerge. Bug Zappers will be for more than insects.
    For some reason I’m reminded of the story “On Wings of Song,” by Thomas M. Disch.

  4. emptc12 commented on Savage Chickens about 6 hours ago

    Old, old cartoon:

    Boss to Idle Worker: “Why aren’t you working?”
    Idle Worker: “I didn’t see you coming.”

  5. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal about 6 hours ago

    I guess. Every time I read an Emily Dickinson poem I feel a twinge of love for her. It’s my fancy that whenever someone reads the words or plays the music of someone who has died, somewhere out of Oblivion their shade is temporarily called forth to bask in Life.
    Now that art is stored more and more in The Cloud (Teilhard de Chardin’s “Noosphere”?) and recalled so easily, do the creative dead constantly hum in some analogy to Power Save?

  6. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles about 22 hours ago

    “Came across a quote today that seems appropriate…”
    And with similar wisdom, problems in the so-called Middle East can be handled. All it takes is cooperation between parties involved. As an old-timer told me long ago, “With patience and a lot of saliva, the elephant was able to make love to the mosquito.”

  7. emptc12 commented on Tom Toles 1 day ago

    Our dependence on petroleum always makes me think of Frank Herbert’s DUNE novels, the spice Melange, and Desert Power. Was bin Laden a fan? Are the ISIS leaders?

  8. emptc12 commented on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 1 day ago

    Just give him a copy of Hermann Hesse’s SIDDHARTHA to read in solitary, preferably next to a storm drain.

  9. emptc12 commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    “‘Childhood’s End’ by Arthur Clarke. Simplistic story, but pleasant to imagine.”
    I guess a lot of works from the so-called Golden Age seem simplistic to us today. Why is that? Maybe movie special effects have spoiled our imaginative abilities. There are some books I hope are never made into movies.

  10. emptc12 commented on Ted Rall 2 days ago

    Enter the Overlords: From now on movies should no longer be allowed to direct our impressions toward war, UNLESS they become total immersion experiences.
    Blood and gore on the screen should be accompanied by actual blood and gore that rains down on the movie goers. Injuries shown on the screen should be inflicted at the time they occur on one or two random people in the audience. Destruction of homes and family members shown on the screen should happen in actuality to at least one person during each movie.
    It has to be real. If everybody were to be hooked up to sensory units that only simulate those sensations, no doubt people will become addicted to them as the next level of video games.