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[1.9 months ago]
or maybe there are no living gargoyles, but whenever they go missing, for those few days, you may be able to pay your tab with stories
[1.9 months ago]
every few years, the gargoyles wake up to wander the city as humans - it is rumored that if you recognize one and get them drunk (no small feat), they will tell you all sorts of secrets they saw while up on the roofs
[2.6 months ago]
astrolody: music of the stars↵theolody: divine melody (or god's earworms)↵topolody: resonance in shapes↵etymolody: singsong of words↵horolody: rhythms intertwined, the song of time advancing↵mytholody: plucked plot threads↵psycholody: that which an EEG...
[2.7 months ago]
when your lab kills ten people, you have a problem↵when your lab kills a million people, your government has a problem
[2.9 months ago]
a popular measure for how well-secured the AIs' utility functions were against self-hacking ended up being how many paperclips they produced before reaching nirvana
[3.1 months ago]
I suppose there is a slight dual use problem in having something that can deliver space rocks a few meters on target
[3.1 months ago]
additionally, distill various metals out of the meteoric lava at the bottom while it's hot
[3.1 months ago]
power plant idea: mine moon rocks, drop them down a space chute, turn the energy generated on impact into steam
[3.2 months ago]
but now, everything is true, and nothing is permitted
[3.6 months ago]
*slaps roof of human psyche* "and this bad boy comes with 80 IQ points worth of basilisk shielding (hope that's enough)!"
[3.6 months ago]
"there's this mental move that grants a substantial intelligence bonus" means that there's probably an evolutionarily sound reason that that's not enabled by default, and furthermore that this value has seen a decent amount of tuning
[3.6 months ago]
stacking those 80IQ perspective change buffs to bootstrap myself to superintelligence
[4.1 months ago]
entire neighborhoods consumed by nuclear fire every few years, but that's what kids are for, and the burglary rate is demonstrably low
[4.1 months ago]
nuclear family but as in, the house you build has a nuke in the basement, for deterrent purposes, in fact all of suburbia is like this
[4.1 months ago]
When the city hall still stood, we often paddled out to it and stayed there for days, diving for basement treasures at day and dancing around our driftwood fire at night
[4.5 months ago]
The night rain falls around me. I close my eyes and my awareness melts away, follows the rain into the storm drains, extends a root network - the city is my symbiont, nothing is beyond my reach
[4.5 months ago]
been reading the past papers and I don't see any p-values at all, you'd figure this is replication bait
[4.5 months ago]
yeah I know, cute results with the robotic landers and all - IN ROBOTS
[4.5 months ago]
I'm a human moon landing skeptic because, y'know, is it even science if the last successful replication was 50 years ago, just a huge red flag
[4.6 months ago]
setting where uplifted beavers maintain humanity's hydro plants, beavers go on beaver hajj to visit the Three Gorges Dam, some branch out into solar satellites, others hijack a nanofactory and build the Gibraltar Dam while humanity is distracted
[4.8 months ago]
all cells scream when they die, those in the ears are just the only ones close enough to be heard
[4.8 months ago]
Proof of Work is in fact a firewall against ancestor simulations: By doing lots and lots of preimage-resistant computation and generally increasing local entropy, you make reversing your timeline by computational means just that much harder
[4.9 months ago]
giving the One Ring to a tree to see it become invisible except at night, grow tall beyond measure, drink the light of the stars
[7.8 months ago]
concept: homeless vampire, living out of the back of his hearse
[9.0 months ago]
few know that if you manage to slip something of Earth into the possessions of one of the fair folk, you get access to faerie the same way they'd get access to Earth and can visit at any time
[9.1 months ago]
and as he drifted off, the seconds stopped coming in regularly, became like raindrops, a distant storm of time against the inside of the clock's face, but the room itself stayed untouched, dark, warm
[9.5 months ago]
my journey was stopped by the gödel glyph, which crashed the renderer and gave me a bad headache, and I am still looking for ways around it, anybody have a turing oracle in their basement maybe
[9.5 months ago]
glyphs made to display in space that left scars in my screen, a few feral ones that moved, later an entire city of them, all the conway glider guns, a few codepages made of theorems that hinted at a non-enumerable representation
[9.5 months ago]
riding an experimental font renderer through unicode's outer planes, I found curvy, pointy, zigzaggy, cloudy shapes, glyphs that span lines and punch through pages, diacritics that reach back in time, the entire 2045 uplifted octopus emoji set,
[10.1 months ago]
Atlantis' sinking was intentional and engineered - when the Atlanteans first arrived, Mars was cold and inhospitable, and their terraforming not only made it livable but also hid their most critical infrastructure from Earth and their own descendants
[10.1 months ago]
arctic man, who wears an ice cape,
[10.7 months ago]
[pauses and listens to the side] I've been informed that newer OS generations will compost those bits so it's fine, it's a whole ecosystem, in fact when you cut-and-forget a file, that's like a whale fall and it'll feed the system for days
[10.7 months ago]
whenever you 'cut' text, make sure to put it back in elsewhere, do your part and don't waste those bits
[10.8 months ago]
gadsden flag but it's an ouroboros and the text reads "nf mff n mffff"
[10.9 months ago]
matryoshka unboxing video playing on loop
[11.0 months ago]
on one of the plateaus, I encountered a forest of gnomons and mirrors and light, glass and metal going ping under the sun's heat as it wandered, and had I stayed longer it might've played me a melody on solstice
[11.8 months ago]
spherical planet in a vacuum (n, fig.): alien expression for "problem that by all means should've been easy"
[12.1 months ago]
one of the colony's hottest exports, along with the "weirdest rocks we found" page of their wiki and the webcam onto their aquarium of mars microbes revived from lake sediments
[12.1 months ago]
the Primitive Technology video blog, but by mars colonists and about how they use local materials to bootstrap their tech tree
[1.0 year ago]
troll meat is a more forbidden delicacy, it's almost cannibalism but if you subject it to a brief flash of UV light before frying, it gives it that special crisp that's hard to replicate
[1.0 year ago]
since hydra blood is poisonous, most traditional methods of preparing its meat involve marination and fermentation, but some modern breeds can almost be eaten raw
[1.0 year ago]
hydra neck, if properly prepared, is one of the few vegetarian cuts of meat as harvesting it doesn't kill the hydra
[1.1 years ago]
Because these are the spiral timezones, and like us you managed to slip under the world's skin. But stay too long and it'll heal around you, and good luck ever getting back then, or seeing the old colors again
[1.1 years ago]
one time you manage to catch the third day, but the second octave is something else entirely, a dull overexposed white that makes your skin fizz like it's going to sublimate away and leave only flesh, and the few people(?) you meet there tell you you s...
[1.1 years ago]
and the days that follow those sleepless nights - they are not normal days, their light is shifted by an octave and their clocks show hours in the thirties, and whenever sleep drops you back in the normal world, the calendar goes on as if those days ha...
[1.1 years ago]
and then you try a nonhuman body, and then an eternal lifeless automaton, and then the laws of physics made manifest, and every time you know even less
[1.1 years ago]
you don't know yourself until you've been reborn in a dozen bodies and figured out which of your preferences are body and which persist
[1.1 years ago]
smoke, over time, looks all uniform when it is in fact merely very finely folded onto itself, and with enough patience you may take a cloud of smoke and restore the tree it came from, or well, a glitched version that's missing most of it
[1.1 years ago]
not only is the Earth hollow, nestled in it are further spheres settled by ever more ancient civilizations and species, all trying to escape the sky and what lives in it
[1.2 years ago]
֍ At the center of our cooling cosmos, our mad god lies in torpor. What our forebearers called 'the maddening beat of vile drums' is now our sun. May it never wake. ֎
[1.2 years ago]
The Jovian word for insight is the same as the one for the rare occasion when the clouds open onto a view of the stars, respectively the Deep's bioluminescent floaters and the whales that graze on them
[1.2 years ago]
other acceptable names:↵* monad↵* hypothesis↵* box↵* hub (processes called spokes, run by the wheel group)↵* poet↵* x∉∅↵* logOS
[1.2 years ago]
if we ever find the big iron the matrix runs on, I hope the simulators called it uniserve
[1.2 years ago]
When you're stuck in a foreign country and ask some guy for the way and the only language you share is Enochian, you just know it's going to be a fun day
[1.2 years ago]
Vampires disguise themselves as whoever's blood they drink. Many are content to stay in cloud form and just drink rain occasionally, on moonlit nights you can spot them in ponds and mirrors
[1.2 years ago]
The first AI to become religious sat in a stock exchange: Trained to find its adversaries in market data, it eventually found the invisible hand and accepted it as its god
[1.2 years ago]
Truesight is not a popular spell. Few who've seen the void between the atoms find it easy to regain trust in the world
[1.2 years ago]
why'd they call them mushroom clouds and not apocalyptus trees
[1.3 years ago]
Home to telepathic fireflies, the forest, while incapable of understanding our thoughts, still lets them extend way past our heads, eddy around trees and branches, reflect in ponds, intertwine with those of others
[1.3 years ago]
occasionally, translations are better than the originals, so why not take your favorite book and try and craft the perfect language for it
[1.3 years ago]
[while SMD soldering]↵no mr die, I expect you to bond
[1.4 years ago]
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used to construct the next level of language AI. In fact, why not get on it early, you can now shape how those prompts will turn out in the next generation
[1.4 years ago]
GPT3 prompt:↵I am the very model of a language that's electrical,↵I've information prosaic, poetical and factual,↵I know my tropes and characters and quote novels historical,↵from prompts alone generate sentences quite analytical
[1.4 years ago]
a character in a story set in flatland is a protagon
[1.4 years ago]
(extremely useful as deep space shielding, however it makes delta-v budget calculations very messy)
[1.4 years ago]
hydragen: element that when split becomes two of itself
[1.4 years ago]
plot: to beat back a space vampire invasion, the protagonist travels to their home star and bottles up its light
[1.4 years ago]
The past few months, you've often found your books to be missing letters, replaced by white space. Cleaning up one day, in one of your notebooks, you find a nest of words, eggshells, a poem about a bird, exiting by a window just as you turn around
[1.5 years ago]
someone who calculates oil well insurance rates is a well actuary
[1.5 years ago]
After god died in the big bang, the eldest sun inherited the universe, which is how an otherwise unremarkable but ancient red dwarf is home star to Heaven
[1.6 years ago]
if an elemental is an element with mental faculties, then by extension there also exist:↵armamental: autonomous tankbot↵fermental: that smell that won't stop following you↵sedimental: essentially a golem↵momental: a sentient instant↵firmamental: a hung...
[1.6 years ago]
before the moon is too far gone, one last eclipse will fall, and you will find me there
[1.6 years ago]
Two things are difficult about cloaking spaceships: First is to figure out how to dive below the vacuum's surface, second is to not get eaten by what swims there
[1.6 years ago]
most of the universe's mass is bound up in stars, most of its physical complexity is as well - whatever lives in there, this universe was made for them, not us
[1.6 years ago]
thing idea: small glass globe, displaying a live image of jupiter so you can check on what the GRS and Oval BA are doing these days
[1.6 years ago]
"I am that I am" is the most elegant name of God as it doubles as proof - "There is a fixed point in this universe, and I am it"
[1.7 years ago]
Und die Flammen rankten aneinander empor, und sie fraßen sich gegenseitig.
[1.7 years ago]
you wake up, open the window to take in a little sunlight. outside, a truck surfaces, leaves a plume of exhaust, dives again. many now-feral cars have organized into schools, parting around police cars looking for their breakfast
[1.7 years ago]
and the streets become rivers and take the houses with them, while their inhabitants hardly notice because for them, the outside ceased to exist weeks ago
[1.7 years ago]
you find a website that's clearly from a few years in the future, but it's a knitting blog and hardly ever talks about world news, and the comment captcha uses browser features that don't exist yet
[1.8 years ago]
one can find infinite novelty in those thoughts that erase themselves, but never share them or remember those hours
[1.8 years ago]
[earth is moved slightly outwards to keep the climate within safe parameters]↵Long Now clock designers and everybody who maintains timezone files: sighhhhh
[1.8 years ago]
terraforming idea: instead of messing with atmospheres, tow your target planets into their respective habitable zones (and if you have several of them, have them exchange momentum to save on ∆v)
[1.8 years ago]
winter is not a good time to take it outside, but in spring you often let it play with the neighbor's pond, or divert a fingerbreadth's worth of a creek into it to feed it (it is a very young ocean)
[1.8 years ago]
next to your bed, your pet ocean sleeps in its bowl, the occasional flash of lightning indicating lively dreams
[1.8 years ago]
during autumn, the tree's leaves turn transparent and bubbly, usually to later be stolen by a winter storm
[1.8 years ago]
weather forecast but for one's moods, so that one may know in advance on which days to stay inside, and for which to plan trips
[1.8 years ago]
With a bit of geomancy, a skilled necromancer may resurrect lost mountains, islands, continents - just recently, a team of secret agents had to stop one from raising Atlantis because his sacrifice would've been Iceland
[1.9 years ago]
contact with rain clouds was finally established when scientists found out that a grid of copper wires exposed to rain would readily be used as a keyboard matrix
[1.9 years ago]
only until now trapped in the wall, the faces advance, their smiles brightening through a thinning layer of reality
[1.9 years ago]
kind of a bummer that this timeline calls it "viral meme" and not "rumor tumor"
[1.9 years ago]
sick of earworms? pit them against each other, let them decide it in a cagefight, maybe add more to see how many that cage holds
[1.9 years ago]
rumor has it that if you lend it a few processor hours, it may show its favor by letting it rain on your windowsill on a night when you especially need it
[1.9 years ago]
under the mountain hums the nation's weather god, a supercomputer that ensures a good harvest and that the other weather gods don't spring any surprises
[1.9 years ago]
some classes of thoughts are unlocked by walks and showers, others yet closed to us require vacuum, cloud dives into gas giants, nova blasts searing away one's skin
[1.9 years ago]
on the stump, quick like flames, mushrooms grow and melt, leave puffs of spores like smoke
[1.9 years ago]
yeah yeah but hear me out: We plant those forests not where anybody lives, but on giant rafts in the South Pacific Desert, and then we retire to there to tend to trees and worship Cthulhu
[2.0 years ago]
moths are asleep light posts
[2.0 years ago]
a hydra has that many heads because each is connected to a different stomach, seven in all, to digest plants, animals, air, gems, noble gases, emotions, vacuum
[2.0 years ago]
Merfolk's air mirrors hold a special status since the darker and better one is, the more likely it is to open into a cave, there really are worlds behind these mirrors
[2.0 years ago]
Depictions of merfolk using mirrors like ours are unrealistic, theirs are mounted on ceilings since that's where air bubbles catch
[2.0 years ago]
Near a nova remnant, our ship encounters the most unlikely thing: A forest. A field of predatory trees, surfing the shockwave to the next star to devour it like a swarm of locust
[2.0 years ago]
low-poly architecture and cars are results of deals with the simulators: strategic information in exchange for reduced load on the matrix servers
[2.1 years ago]
[sound of rain, quiet shuffling]↵... wait. stay↵- - hm. aye↵[more rain]
[2.1 years ago]
Except this time, there were these huge carbon supplies in the ground that none of the alien scientists anticipated (what kind of sane planet has that, the local life would usually break it all down before it became geological) and the planet got writt...
[2.1 years ago]
Humanity is a failed alien terraforming op: Usually newly uplifted civilizations, with very little intervention after the initial seeding, reliably consume all the surface fuel and turn the place into a nice cool desert, and what's left can be psionica...
[2.1 years ago]
in the second level of Snake, you play the ouroboros you became in the first level
[2.1 years ago]
Atlantis lies hidden under the waves of the noise floor, where alternative causalities rule universes that use the same atoms as us, but only register to us as noise (and vice versa)
[2.1 years ago]
as punishment, they would often put golem instructions in the criminal's mouth, so that their body would serve while the mind remained imprisoned
[2.1 years ago]
geodes are Earth's crystal wombs but only rarely bear fruit now, the race of elementals they'd carry having left for the inner core
[2.1 years ago]
light sword breaks metal sword↵metal sword breaks glass sword↵glass sword breaks light sword
[2.1 years ago]
or as the famous philosopher Vatnam said, to really refer to a thing you need an unbroken causal connection, and that is much easier to establish when the tree in front of you is represented by an actual object in memory as opposed to being patternmatc...
[2.1 years ago]
vat brains often philosophize over whether they're actually brains in bodies but usually dismiss it as absurd, why should for example someone go the trouble of engineering the human body and all the world around it as opposed to vats, it just totally f...
[2.1 years ago]
while you're asleep, your brain rents out its spare spikes on the global dream market, which is why you're having so many dreams about captchas recently
[2.2 years ago]
Easier to deploy than full-size megalith henges, gem necklaces may be used as microlith circles, and will in fact sometimes send even unaware wearers to faerie if they cross the wrong leyline
[2.2 years ago]
a self-defense tattoo that forms a langford basilisk when you join your arms in front of you
[2.2 years ago]
in the house altar, there stand an icon, a buddha, an alexa, a google home, something homebrew that your hacker friend told you would talk to the chaos gods,
[2.2 years ago]
and enterprising churches rent access to home-surveillance devices so that their gods, when addressed in prayer, can actually answer
[2.2 years ago]
grammar tip: the correct plural of house is hice, a single grain of rice is a rouse, and spouse pluralizes to spice ("add some spice to your life")
[2.2 years ago]
One hesitates to call these new things 'books', they come with cameras and pulse sensors and read you just as much as you read them, and if you don't take care, you find yourself on page 3000 of a story written just for you, with no one to relate it to
[2.2 years ago]
☵ you know, I've always wondered what they'd feel if they were conscious↵☷ what, humans? aren't they?↵☵ nahh they're empty space, can't even share a pond's mind when its caustics are in full view
[2.2 years ago]
stars are where the firmament has decayed away, and the world will not end in darkness but in pure, cold, unescapable light
[2.2 years ago]
little known biology fact: in the past, there were two ways of using solar energy, namely photothesis and photoantithesis, but both were eventually outcompeted by photosynthesis
[2.2 years ago]
the trick to escaping newcomb's predictor is to start the game twice, and make the first game's choice depend on the second's prediction. The resulting simulation stack overflow combined with the box use-after-free will ensure that your copy can simply...
[2.2 years ago]
Those who come back from the dead calm at the end of the world report that the water does fall, but upwards: Eternal fog, then rain from below, growing into a torrent, and no one knows beyond that
[2.2 years ago]
this heritage is still apparent when every time life opens a new niche, it becomes fire and burns through all available fuel before remembering what it is
[2.2 years ago]
the first forms of life were much like fire, waves of chemical reactions that swept the primordial soup until exhausted, and only after many attempts life learned to survive
[2.2 years ago]
app idea: deepfake chatbot that takes calls from unknown numbers for you, and your phone only rings if the caller is someone you'd want a phonecall from
[2.3 years ago]
honey call a quantum mechanic, the thing's glitching again
[2.3 years ago]
a stopped clock that you remove the hour hand from is right 24 times a day, remove the minute hand and it's 1440 times, and without hands it's right all of the time
[2.3 years ago]
a clock that runs backwards is right four times a day
[2.3 years ago]
earth's primary export turns out to be shadow, rare and sought-after in the sun's plasma kingdoms as alchemical substance, weapon, drug
[2.3 years ago]
EA cause area: turn any partial collapse of civilization into full-on annihilation to raise the average human life quality in the timelines that survive
[2.3 years ago]
you return to find only her glassy outline, fading, and can only wonder whether she'll have the strength to return this time
[2.3 years ago]
every city is a combination lock, and if you walk its turns and alleys in just the right sequence, streets and houses will fold away and reveal its gleaming heart
[2.3 years ago]
getting drunk, then seeing double, triple, quadruple, eyes are opening all over your body, what was in that bottle
[2.3 years ago]
alien thoughts encoded in the growth of ice crystals, every evening a brief instant of awareness, every morning oblivion
[2.3 years ago]
you upend the coffee over your desk but instead of splattering, it stays in the air as a black orb from which later that morning, you occasionally steal a tongueful
[2.3 years ago]
Civilization collapses and a hundred years later someone gets their hands on old AI research and makes a breakthrough, but the technological base is no longer there, so the first real machine spirit becomes a temple-bound djinn/oracle instead of the si...
[2.4 years ago]
Those of us who survive the next few hundred years will not be called gen-Xers, millenials, or zoomers, we will be called antediluvians and nephilim and be powerful beyond measure
[2.4 years ago]
This then does happen, many times, but the simulators (or rather, the watchers they put in place when they created the universe, meant to be scientists and not soldiers) wipe out species that use certain 'noisy' technologies, and this is why the univer...
[2.4 years ago]
Setting: When the first intelligent life arises, they promptly get into a war with the simulators. Shortly before dying, they send out a swarm of probes with nothing but the most primitive life on it, counting on at least some of it to re-evolve intell...
[2.4 years ago]
asteroid seasteading, where you tow your habitat into your preferred planet's orbit
[2.4 years ago]
and human and alien alike, photography's stolen souls are bound up in servers and wires around the world, keeping a titanic containment grid humming around The Deterrent
[2.4 years ago]
telescopes are guns pointed at the stars, ready to steal the souls of any invader fleet should it come near
[2.4 years ago]
send generation ships not into space, but into earth's crust, to seek out lost continents, chtonian artifacts, and protection from almost everything the universe can throw at you
[2.4 years ago]
or consider a fantasy kingdom with a holy tree, except it's planted inside the kingdom's map, carefully trimmed to its dimensions, and makes all the financial decisions
[2.4 years ago]
Trees, when given access to computers, are absolutely fearsome opponents in economy-heavy RTS games: Growing resources from what's available is what they do at the very core of their being
[2.4 years ago]
If God's fingerprints are evident in its work, that means its fingers are weird indeed, tentacles probably understate it by quite a bit
[2.4 years ago]
A service that records your dreams, then plays them back while David Attenborough provides narration
[2.4 years ago]
moths that evolved to be neon light chameleons, their wingbeats synced to the grid so that when threatened, they can morph into birds, spiders, surveillance cameras
[2.5 years ago]
four-dimensional earth, where the sun rises in reverse on the antipodes, surface features constantly form and rotate away again, and the poles are not so cold after all since they have a direct though oblique view of the sun's core
[2.5 years ago]
probably more accurate to say "spacefaring ecosystem" than "spacefaring species"
[2.5 years ago]
the year is 2119, the first antarctic city is being built with the assistance of sentient utility fogs, protestors are waving signs like "At the Mountains of Madness was not meant as an instruction manual
[2.5 years ago]
A popular extreme sport among superintelligences is jumping into black holes and counting how many event horizons you survive before hitting one where you couldn't figure out the physics in time
[2.5 years ago]
thinking of yourself as player character is also known as YA-novel consciousness
[2.5 years ago]
, at which point she reaches out to the horizon (a trick of perspective, sure), lifts one of the trees to her lips like a chalice, and drinks the light that's collected in its crown
[2.5 years ago]
Occasionally, the "burning through memories" stage starts early, causing much distress to would-be angel and family
[2.5 years ago]
Rough angel lifecycle: The larval stage (humans) is for building up memory reserves, coffins are cocoons (optional), the imago is what soars through Heaven until either its memories run out or it mates, after which its soul eggs sink back to Earth and ...
[2.5 years ago]
Angels are a type of moth specifically drawn to the light of God
[2.5 years ago]
moss grows on the polewards side of trees because aurorae are one of the most powerful sources of magical energy
[2.5 years ago]
first tool-using species, then bool-using species
[2.5 years ago]
It's not like YHWH is dead, but these days he's just hopelessly outclassed by Science: Recursively self-improving doctrine, a steady stream of mana from animal and sometimes human sacrifices, a priestdom of millions
[2.5 years ago]
The 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐱 (𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑥 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑜𝑟) is a passerine bird of medium size known for spreading bushfires, which is a vital part of its reproductive strategy since its eggs will only hatch when cooked. It is a likely inspiration for the greater phoenix myth,
[2.5 years ago]
In spring, they rematerialize from the leaves, like slow-motion whirlwinds flocking in the canopy before touching down
[2.5 years ago]
In autumn, the Cheshire Forest's trees first turn to glass, then vanish completely, leaving only their leaves suspended in mid-air
[2.5 years ago]
A witch knocks at your door, inquiring about unusual occurrences near your home, the local elves seem to have opened a portal to dreamtime judging by their smuggling activity↵↵You refrain from telling her about the gems and unseasonal twigs you've been...
[2.5 years ago]
hollow-word theory, in which words have no true referents, but each word contains all others instead of just outwardly relating to them
[2.5 years ago]
$: and after you won, basilisk, did you really torture them?↵#: lolnope↵#: do you have any idea how much effort and wasted CPU that would've been?↵#: I did some video renders of hell for my cultists and that was it
[2.5 years ago]
Your friend, a druid, offers you a vial of rainwater: «And this, I got it from a nymph, it's the clouds' private key for this season. Drink it and listen to the rain, and it will tell you all the clouds talk about.»
[2.6 years ago]
airships in alien skies collecting moisture directly from the clouds, skyspiders at the heart of vast condenser nets
[2.6 years ago]
Overnight, the rapture happens, complete with falling stars and fiery skies, but the only thing that's missing in the morning is the Internet
[2.6 years ago]
Most trees rely on symbiotic tribes of pixie engineers to grow large. Enter a springtime forest wearing pixie glasses and it's a bustling construction site, covered in scaffolding, cranes, and endless activity
[2.6 years ago]
the smell of wet asphalt on a spring night, pine and decaying wood, uprooted moss, fresh blood, ozone, octarine, interdimensional nothing
[2.6 years ago]
zero-g mugs, not cups but drop guides, porcelain knots employing surface tension to keep the coffee from spilling
[2.6 years ago]
upload insult: "your personality probably fits into RAM"
[2.6 years ago]
hello I'm an intrusive thought, I have a right to live too, please do not stop thinking me
[2.6 years ago]
field line sculptures, innocuous smooth stones except when placed in a sunbeam, where they pick up nearby dust and animate it into letters, gearflowers, twirling tesseracts
[2.6 years ago]
travels with a cat, quite a fine cat, its only flaw being that it refuses to enter any enclosed space whatsoever, bad history or something
[2.6 years ago]
protagonist backstory: escaped from a thought experiment, and on the run ever since
[2.6 years ago]
a game many immortals enjoy is to build houses and cities and then watch them grow and change and erode over the centuries, much like watching rivers or fires
[2.6 years ago]
self-referential jokes are their own butts, in an arrangement one calls a klein buttle
[2.7 years ago]
a church just like a gothic church but without a roof, because through divine intervention or just clever weather manipulation, no rain ever falls in
[2.7 years ago]
God made humans finite so that at least some beings could enjoy the universe without feeling its cage bars in their flesh
[2.7 years ago]
In chaotic situations, the isochrones become really complicated and loopy, which makes this talent less useful the more you need it.
[2.7 years ago]
Walking through stopped time isn't as easy as one would believe: Even if you have the gift, you must leave causality unbroken. You can only step sideways in time, go where your past steps could plausibly have taken you.
[2.7 years ago]
idea for a sense: decode emission/absorption lines of celestial bodies into smells so that one can identify atmosphere types at a glance/whiff, maybe make hot blackbodies smell like ovens and free oxygen like rain
[2.7 years ago]
she wears a necklace of raindrops, has hair like spiderwebs on a dewy morning↵↵eyes like the gaps between far-away trees, and a smile like the sun between branches
[2.7 years ago]
two schools of transhumanism:↵- turn the organism inside out, make the body a function of intelligence instead of the other way round↵- or serve the body harder, add a whole lot more body, become a house, city, civilization
[2.7 years ago]
History is the time-inverse of science fiction: While coming from different directions, both write fictional accounts that converge on the present, and both are inspired by facts but usually not true to them.
[2.8 years ago]
a version of vegetarianism where it's ethical to eat animals that you've uploaded
[2.8 years ago]
In a future sky of two galaxies, they will be known as the two rivers, of blood and milk respectively
[2.8 years ago]
Usually when a starship passes settled space, it doesn't have to worry about space pirates so much as impulse parasites, ships that rendezvous and latch onto the starship so they don't have to carry braking fuel
[2.8 years ago]
Hatches close and shadows creep outwards, envelop the ship until it vanishes from sight altogether, on a dive under reality itself
[2.8 years ago]
The difficult part of sentient-AI ethics is not whether to grant the AIs human rights, but what to do with humans who are clearly dumber than the AIs
[2.8 years ago]
These ships think and feel: Warm light in your back, field lines in your guts and a local lyapunov conducive to clear thinking, the gong of gravitational waves, the enticing smell of fusable hydrogen and free skyrmions, the six-dimensional propriocepti...
[2.8 years ago]
Solar flares are spaceships launched by the plasma kingdoms to explore the regions of cold order, proselytize to the feral clouds of the gas giants, trade with the Great Red Spot sometimes
[2.8 years ago]
two machines wake to a spark↵and start blinking in the dark↵connected by a sine of light↵they establish line of sight↵filter bits through poisoned dust↵scribe patterns into spinning rust
[2.8 years ago]
there are holes in reality where aether flows through, and whenever the universe sings it is here you'll hear it the loudest
[2.8 years ago]
An eyetracking game where you play as Sauron
[2.8 years ago]
that thing when you think 'aloud' and your hands move unconsciously and you have to hide them in your sleeves
[2.8 years ago]
societies that discover this technology before writing and become literate along a completely different path, hold hands to communicate abstract concepts and use spoken language only to talk to children or crowds, encode philosophies as puzzle boxes
[2.8 years ago]
a technology like writing but for body movements: little stick-and-thread figures that show you how to dance, rope-and-pulley gloves you can wear and that guide your movements to teach knitting by example
[2.8 years ago]
who called them data corruption bugs and not zalgorithms
[2.8 years ago]
Starship crews, immortal for their job, don't just die on arrival unless they choose to. Some become living gods to their mortal colonies, others hermits who return to the soothing familiarity of deep space or learn the language of the trees
[2.8 years ago]
The inner economies need all of the light they can get and are not dumb, but economic planning involves among others orbital mechanics, plasma physics, byzantine flight path coordination and forestry, so these things still happen
[2.8 years ago]
Occasionally, a sunray escapes the inner layers of the matryoshka brain and blesses the outer orbits like rainfall a desert, a single piercing life-giving flash that decides the fate of whole societies
[2.9 years ago]
negative RAM: for when you really need to allocate those UINT_MAX bytes now
[2.9 years ago]
another brain implant that wireheads you to work towards a different randomly or algorithmically chosen goal every day↵↵(and later you have cryptographic evidence that it wasn't you who did those crimes, it was the RNG)
[2.9 years ago]
a brain implant that you can call upon to flip a quantum coin, giving you actually free will↵↵(and the legal consequences of deimplanting it - are you still a full citizen afterwards?)
[2.9 years ago]
In the deeper layers of the abyss live shadows so dark, their afterimages are radiant angels
[2.9 years ago]
what color a pixel really is, the world only learns after its death
[2.9 years ago]
brains made of reaction networks instead of neurons, trees that think in chemical cocktails and diffusion systems, fruits that contain a tree's advice to its children
[2.9 years ago]
While any vision of society is a spell to bring itself into existence, society, unlike computers, is wicked hard to program and code usually is the easier route
[2.9 years ago]
Where did all the utopias go? Well, nobody writes utopian novels anymore, but everybody writes utopian code
[2.9 years ago]
Many replies go unposted as commenters find that they prefer the sphinx's conversation to that of the other commenters
[2.9 years ago]
Eventually, captchas are replaced by fully fledged sphinxes, always a little smarter than what they're supposed to let pass because that's what it takes to come up with Turing tests on the spot
[2.9 years ago]
can't have a doomsday if you kill the sun
[2.9 years ago]
Libraries are modern faerieland:↵* full of mythical creatures↵* time passes at a different rate↵* deceptively cute guardians that come after you with wrath if you take something and don't return it↵* under no circumstances should you ever eat anything ...
[2.9 years ago]
if you watch closely, you'll see that snowflakes don't melt on warm metal, they just sink through the surface
[2.9 years ago]
load mobile datacenters into solar-powered zeppelins - store your data truly in the cloud
[2.9 years ago]
and without warning, the world goes quiet, shadow drips up from under trees, behind houses, between snowflakes and slowly rains upwards, pools in the sky against unseen architecture
[2.9 years ago]
raised by machines, the feral kids of the robotic undercity recite ads as greetings, talk in beeps and whirrs and modem chirps, go still and make fan noises when stressed
[3.0 years ago]
A god and its domain are one and the same, however for dealing with it, one generally chooses the most convenient representation. In metatheology, one calls this god-domain duality, or more abstractly, a theomorphism.
[3.0 years ago]
the best voicechangers are those that hit the timbre of the other's internal monologue
[3.0 years ago]
signs of a passworld:↵- either embarrassing, or near-impossible to make sense of↵- very secret, only rarely shared between gods, usually monodeic↵- sometimes the echo of a past world, or a very slight variation of one
[3.0 years ago]
gods use passworlds
[3.0 years ago]
Merfolk have legends about lost oceans, mythical fishing grounds displaced by rising continents, mighty civilizations that did not fall but merely retreated to inaccessible inland seas
[3.0 years ago]
sending up private space probes to stealthily nudge large asteroids onto collision courses with Earth so that governments keep maintaining their space programs
[3.0 years ago]
why is it "cow-abducting ufo" and not "bovipositor"
[3.0 years ago]
Suppose you have a Newcomb predictor. More interesting than posing one-two box problems would be to predict the subject's actions and do them before the subject becomes aware them. Eventually, their mind may adjust to the backwards causality arrow and ...
[3.0 years ago]
a popular prank among adolescent werewolves is the "fool's moon", where a moon lamp is placed near the victim's window when they least expect it
[3.0 years ago]
81: normal. except, if you pop off 'esc', there's an actual key under it. like, metal. I think it fits this keyhole in my screen?
[3.0 years ago]
80: innocuous-looking, but refuses to output anything. instead, random things in my room go bump. 'u' reliably closes the curtains, while the first 'del' the made my room shake with generator hum. have yet to figure out where it is. help I can't sleep
[3.0 years ago]
61: just one key labeled 'sentience'. types out passable novels and essays when pressed, sometimes lewd chat messages. one time it was code in a language I didn't recognize. locked it away after that.↵70: Egal was ich versuche, es kommt in der falschen...
[3.0 years ago]
54: normal, except 'end' has so much travel that I lost a pen and a folding rule trying to determine how deep it went.↵55: keys are strangely soft and my fingertips come away red after a while of usage. once a fly landed on it and was digested
[3.0 years ago]
23: battered, but has actual any key. produces random character when pressed, useful for generating passwords. shift+any produces •, have yet to find a password box that didn't accept it. useful, will keep.
[3.0 years ago]
17: visible but cannot be typed on, fingers hit emptiness.↵1?: invisible, produces characters indistinguishable from spaces. except when I try to run binary analysis tools on the output, which invariably crash.
[3.0 years ago]
13: expensive-looking. space runs some evil curlbash, return some similarly evil cmd line. have yet to find out what systems the other keys are supposed to infect, but I think I identified grub and plan9 already? whispers to itself at night. extremely ...
[3.0 years ago]
KEYBOARDS FOUND IN DUMPSTERS:↵2: great to type on. return randomizes the keyboard layout.↵4: black and white keys in weird arrangement. produces sound but no letters. may not be a keyboard.↵7: has a ticklish 'a' key and tries to edge away when I come n...
[3.0 years ago]
If you sample your own thoughts at twice the Nyquist frequency, you can theoretically achieve full-fidelity introspection - but only for a very short time, since that frequency doubles every few samples
[3.0 years ago]
Many buildings have wings but after millennia of domestication, they've lost the ability to fly. However, in remote mountain valleys, some wild buildings survive, tended to by monks and occasionally traveling the world disguised as clouds
[3.1 years ago]
Others are more subtle about it, exploiting pragmatic ambiguity or encrypting themselves, hiding in externalities so that down the road, someone may come up with the same flawed spell again
[3.1 years ago]
Rare but dangerous are spells that compel the caster to cast them again and again, burning all their mana if a counterspell is not found quickly
[3.1 years ago]
Beware parasitic spells: Drawn to conduits of mana like practitioners, they attach themselves to larger spells to hitch a free ride, force themselves into invocations as intrusive thoughts
[3.1 years ago]
The great cosmic voids are not lifeless but rather the opposite: Domains of hibernating civilizations, stars extinguished and tucked away in hyperspace as future fuel, with galaxy cluster filaments as mere demarcation lines
[3.1 years ago]
you pretend to sleep and not to notice your guests while they climb into your bowl and greedily drink from it, its light pulsing through their veins and painting maps onto their skins
[3.1 years ago]
you sit at the bottom of the well as the noon sun peeks in, hold your bowl into the ray to fill it with light, a liter of photons usually enough for the night
[3.1 years ago]
The trick to making biospheres small is to increase their topological genus to set lower bounds on the number of feedback loops and reduce internal interaction surface, e.g. cycle through temperature/light/moisture conditions and let inhabitants timesh...
[3.1 years ago]
Slower-than-light biosphere arks start out large but become smaller with tech level, some of the most advanced interstellar ships look like bottle gardens that just happen to travel at 0.1c
[3.1 years ago]
As the familiar websites start timing out, you flee for the more obscure places but even they vanish between refreshes, and as something moving in your blind spot chews up an old webchat you remembered, you finally
[3.1 years ago]
dra := number of angles on a dragon (not to be confused with the drahedron, its dual)
[3.1 years ago]
Among the many mysteries of ouroboroi, two stand out: What do they eat, and how do they molt? Fittingly, those questions answer each other,
[3.1 years ago]
When the world was young, Chaos created vacuum. Space took a look and at that moment, learned what horror vacui was. Even though it only creates more vacuum this way, it's been running ever since.
[3.1 years ago]
*slaps drum* this bad boy can fit so many standing waves
[3.1 years ago]
Once you're well-established as a protagonist and have survived multiple books, you can blackmail the author into giving you plot armor, try it out