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Old 05-04-2014, 03:21 PM   #5476
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #5477
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I was listening to an audio play of "Waiting For Godot." Is it my imagination or does the play seem to be a circle with variations?
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I was listening to an audio play of "Waiting For Godot." Is it my imagination or does the play seem to be a circle with variations?
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:37 PM   #5479
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If practical and cost-effective teleportation becomes possible, how would it impact the world? As an example, rather than having to get on a plane you just go to your local teleport booth down the street and instantly arrive where you need to be anywhere on the planet.

Could it be the end of the need for most modes of transport? Planes, automobiles, and other mechanized modes of transport would become obsolete since, like with most technological advances, the standards would change. Likewise, packing for a trip would be unneeded since you can just return home and come back to get anything that you need.

As an example, in the days of manual typewriters you only retyped something if it was truly necessary. Usually, you just corrected minor errors and let it go. Now, there's little concern about making multiple minor changes since it's so easy and, in turn, the standards for documents is now that they be letter perfect.

In the same way, would practical and cost-effective teleportation result in a faster world? It would seem so since travel times would be reduced to little more than the time it takes to walk to one booth and then from another booth to your destination. A few hours to make a trip is acceptable now due to the limitations of travel technology, but this might be reduced to a small number of minutes.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:03 PM   #5480
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If practical and cost-effective teleportation becomes possible, how would it impact the world? As an example, rather than having to get on a plane you just go to your local teleport booth down the street and instantly arrive where you need to be anywhere on the planet.

Could it be the end of the need for most modes of transport? Planes, automobiles, and other mechanized modes of transport would become obsolete since, like with most technological advances, the standards would change. Likewise, packing for a trip would be unneeded since you can just return home and come back to get anything that you need.

As an example, in the days of manual typewriters you only retyped something if it was truly necessary. Usually, you just corrected minor errors and let it go. Now, there's little concern about making multiple minor changes since it's so easy and, in turn, the standards for documents is now that they be letter perfect.

In the same way, would practical and cost-effective teleportation result in a faster world? It would seem so since travel times would be reduced to little more than the time it takes to walk to one booth and then from another booth to your destination. A few hours to make a trip is acceptable now due to the limitations of travel technology, but this might be reduced to a small number of minutes.
It will never happen. Never mind the physics involved and the need for a Star Trek style Heisenberg compensator to overcome the randomness of quantum events; the Mystery Writers Guild would never allow it. It would be the end of "locked room" mysteries.

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Old 05-08-2014, 12:22 PM   #5481
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And now for something really REALLY different...

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes Darth Vader wearing a kilt while riding a unicycle and playing flaming bagpipes.
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:30 PM   #5482
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Old 05-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #5483
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Didn't expect to see that.
Nor did I. I was thinking about posting a video of Darth in full attire running a mile in full blazing 131 F sunshine in Death Valley but it pales (or maybe pails) in comparison.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:21 PM   #5484
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Could the ultimate audio experience be obtained by wearing an enclosed helmet fitted with a high-quality sound system?
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:55 PM   #5485
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:17 AM   #5486
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Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes Darth Vader wearing a kilt while riding a unicycle and playing flaming bagpipes.
Actually, what cracks me up most--and man, with that image, that's a freaking list--is the idea of the sound effects of it all. The {hiss,hoos} of whatever ventilator system is going on in there behind the mask, the crackling of the flames, and the screaming-banshee (yes, I know, different Gaels, but just go with it, thanks) of the bagpipe. Cacophonous much?

And of course, my inner nerd (okay, okay, so, it's pretty much outer nerd with me, but...) wants to know how the frack Darth McVader is BLOWING those pipes, baby.

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P.S., W.T.: can you source that? I'd love to use that image, if I could find the source and obtain permission. I have at least a dozen blog topics for which that puppy would suit.

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P.S., W.T.: can you source that? I'd love to use that image, if I could find the source and obtain permission. I have at least a dozen blog topics for which that puppy would suit.

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I first saw it on Twitter, but a more complete picture shows it must have been taken in Portland, Oregon. As to the source, I haven't a clue, but it has suddenly begun to pop up everywhere.

Perhaps the picture's title ("daily-morning-awesomeness-24.jpg") offers a hint.
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This is from may 5. The author is credited simply as "Bob", but whether he's the originator of that photo I couldn't say.

http://thechive.com/2014/05/05/daily...meness-24-228/

His name is most likely Bob or Robert Phillipp.

http://thechive.com/author/bphillipp/
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