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[12 days 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
[12 days ago]
a clock that runs backwards is right four times a day
[13 days 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
[13 days 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
[14 days ago]
you return to find only her glassy outline, fading, and can only wonder whether she'll have the strength to return this time
[3 weeks 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
[4 weeks ago]
getting drunk, then seeing double, triple, quadruple, eyes are opening all over your body, what was in that bottle
[4 weeks ago]
alien thoughts encoded in the growth of ice crystals, every evening a brief instant of awareness, every morning oblivion
[5 weeks 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
[1.4 months 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...
[1.5 months 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
[1.6 months 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...
[1.6 months 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...
[1.7 months ago]
asteroid seasteading, where you tow your habitat into your preferred planet's orbit
[1.9 months 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
[1.9 months ago]
telescopes are guns pointed at the stars, ready to steal the souls of any invader fleet should it come near
[2.0 months 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
[2.2 months 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
[2.2 months 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
[2.5 months 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
[2.5 months ago]
A service that records your dreams, then plays them back while David Attenborough provides narration
[2.5 months 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
[2.7 months 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
[2.7 months ago]
probably more accurate to say "spacefaring ecosystem" than "spacefaring species"
[2.8 months 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
[2.8 months 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
[2.8 months ago]
thinking of yourself as player character is also known as YA-novel consciousness
[2.8 months 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
[2.9 months ago]
Occasionally, the "burning through memories" stage starts early, causing much distress to would-be angel and family
[2.9 months 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 ...
[2.9 months ago]
Angels are a type of moth specifically drawn to the light of God
[2.9 months ago]
moss grows on the polewards side of trees because aurorae are one of the most powerful sources of magical energy
[2.9 months ago]
first tool-using species, then bool-using species
[3.0 months 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
[3.0 months 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,
[3.1 months ago]
In spring, they rematerialize from the leaves, like slow-motion whirlwinds flocking in the canopy before touching down
[3.1 months ago]
In autumn, the Cheshire Forest's trees first turn to glass, then vanish completely, leaving only their leaves suspended in mid-air
[3.1 months 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...
[3.1 months ago]
hollow-word theory, in which words have no true referents, but each word contains all others instead of just outwardly relating to them
[3.5 months 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
[3.7 months 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.»
[4.1 months ago]
airships in alien skies collecting moisture directly from the clouds, skyspiders at the heart of vast condenser nets
[4.1 months 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
[4.2 months 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
[4.5 months ago]
the smell of wet asphalt on a spring night, pine and decaying wood, uprooted moss, fresh blood, ozone, octarine, interdimensional nothing
[4.5 months ago]
zero-g mugs, not cups but drop guides, porcelain knots employing surface tension to keep the coffee from spilling
[4.5 months ago]
upload insult: "your personality probably fits into RAM"
[4.6 months ago]
hello I'm an intrusive thought, I have a right to live too, please do not stop thinking me
[4.8 months 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
[4.8 months 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
[4.8 months ago]
protagonist backstory: escaped from a thought experiment, and on the run ever since
[4.9 months 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
[5.0 months ago]
self-referential jokes are their own butts, in an arrangement one calls a klein buttle
[5.1 months 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
[5.2 months ago]
God made humans finite so that at least some beings could enjoy the universe without feeling its cage bars in their flesh
[5.2 months ago]
In chaotic situations, the isochrones become really complicated and loopy, which makes this talent less useful the more you need it.
[5.2 months 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.
[5.2 months 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
[5.4 months 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
[5.5 months 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
[6.1 months 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.
[6.3 months ago]
a version of vegetarianism where it's ethical to eat animals that you've uploaded
[6.3 months ago]
In a future sky of two galaxies, they will be known as the two rivers, of blood and milk respectively
[6.6 months 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
[6.6 months ago]
Hatches close and shadows creep outwards, envelop the ship until it vanishes from sight altogether, on a dive under reality itself
[6.7 months 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
[6.8 months 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...
[6.8 months 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
[7.1 months 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
[7.1 months ago]
there are holes in reality where aether flows through, and whenever the universe sings it is here you'll hear it the loudest
[7.2 months ago]
An eyetracking game where you play as Sauron
[7.2 months ago]
that thing when you think 'aloud' and your hands move unconsciously and you have to hide them in your sleeves
[7.2 months 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
[7.2 months 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
[7.4 months ago]
who called them data corruption bugs and not zalgorithms
[7.5 months 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
[7.5 months 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
[7.5 months 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
[7.7 months ago]
negative RAM: for when you really need to allocate those UINT_MAX bytes now
[7.8 months 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)
[7.8 months 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?)
[7.8 months ago]
In the deeper layers of the abyss live shadows so dark, their afterimages are radiant angels
[8.0 months ago]
what color a pixel really is, the world only learns after its death
[8.0 months 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
[8.1 months 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
[8.1 months ago]
Where did all the utopias go? Well, nobody writes utopian novels anymore, but everybody writes utopian code
[8.2 months ago]
Many replies go unposted as commenters find that they prefer the sphinx's conversation to that of the other commenters
[8.2 months 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
[8.2 months ago]
can't have a doomsday if you kill the sun
[8.3 months 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 ...
[8.3 months ago]
if you watch closely, you'll see that snowflakes don't melt on warm metal, they just sink through the surface
[8.4 months ago]
load mobile datacenters into solar-powered zeppelins - store your data truly in the cloud
[8.4 months 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
[8.5 months 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
[8.9 months 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.
[9.0 months ago]
the best voicechangers are those that hit the timbre of the other's internal monologue
[9.1 months 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
[9.1 months ago]
gods use passworlds
[9.3 months 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
[9.3 months ago]
sending up private space probes to stealthily nudge large asteroids onto collision courses with Earth so that governments keep maintaining their space programs
[9.6 months ago]
why is it "cow-abducting ufo" and not "bovipositor"
[9.6 months 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 ...
[9.7 months 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
[9.7 months 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?
[9.7 months 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
[9.7 months 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...
[9.7 months 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
[9.7 months 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.
[9.7 months 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.
[9.7 months 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 ...
[9.7 months 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...
[9.9 months 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
[9.9 months 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
[10.0 months 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
[10.0 months 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
[10.0 months 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
[10.1 months 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
[10.2 months 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
[10.2 months 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
[10.3 months 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...
[10.3 months 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
[10.4 months 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
[10.4 months ago]
dra := number of angles on a dragon (not to be confused with the drahedron, its dual)
[10.5 months 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,
[10.5 months 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.
[10.6 months ago]
*slaps drum* this bad boy can fit so many standing waves
[10.6 months 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
[10.6 months ago]
When you die, your homunculus dies with you, and so does its homunculus and so on. What stays behind are nested skeletons, matryoshka skulls down to nanometer scales if the conditions are right
[10.7 months ago]
further uses include:↵* psychoforensics: finding out which of your experiences are the bad ones, and editing them out↵* forcing subpersonalities: maybe you want to share a brain with that artist whose mind you found on a torrent site↵* mind tattoos
[10.7 months ago]
being somewhat low-dimensional and interpretable (unlike sets of network weights), it's also a popular mind interchange format among AIs and post-humans, who need to be extra careful about what or who they empathize with lest the thought turn out to be...
[10.7 months ago]
a set of inputs that when played back to a fresh brain, will make it hallucinate a full-qualia world forever with no further input required - a popular infodrug even among already-formed minds, though it often leaves you with new subpersonalities
[10.7 months ago]
Characteristic for planets in certain stages of civilization are weather patterns that look like stock markets
[10.7 months ago]
The time between "good weather models" and "weather models good enough to make weather manipulation cheap" is the only time there will be accurate weather forecasts, after that it's up to the highest bidder
[10.8 months ago]
Multilingual crews can take shortcuts between the alphabets by codeswitching, but it's a risky business - a Lojbanist crew was once a bit too clever and lost the train in a parallel universe for months. Still, philologists sometimes use it to travel Eu...
[10.8 months ago]
The Alphabet Train once turned up crewed with ghosts, and after the initial shock passed, quickly became popular with people who wanted to end up somewhere entirely else on the globe fast - whatever the crew's language was, it'd visit cities in that la...
[10.9 months ago]
your third ear is located at your nape, not quite as photogenic as the third eye but it can for example hear bad vibes, which is why that place feels funny sometimes
[10.9 months ago]
lobotomizing my uploaded brain's memory of language so I can come up with something completely fresh, carve reality anew
[11.0 months ago]
God did start out omniscient, but with each split of the world lines, sheds bit upon bit to become perfect nothing when the last photon rips itself apart↵↵(to God's great relief)
[11.0 months ago]
- gears that revolve and levers that shift, concepts rotated and slotted into each other↵- brute force pattern matching: anything as metaphor for anything, the music you're listening to as body or story or building
[11.0 months ago]
ways of thinking that aren't language:↵- climbing/dancing in ideaspace, problems as shifting mazes and solutions as lines of sight↵- letting flowers or cities grow before your inner eye↵- breathing in a concept so it unfolds like spiderwebs on the insi...
[11.2 months ago]
In case you have humans on your team, you can also try the simplified dialect CꙬ
[11.2 months ago]
Introducing Cꙮ, the programming language for angelic beings - because all bugs are shallow before *these* eyes!
[11.2 months ago]
Charon, these days, is out of work due the Styx bridge, but bring an item of personal significance and he may still ferry you over personally and tell you about past great passengers
[11.2 months ago]
Occasionally the simulators get wistful about when they still did client work because when those wanted last-minute-changes, at least their motives weren't completely alien
[11.2 months ago]
Every time the humans come up with new physics, the simulators work overtime to update the world, "noo I put all that work into those celestial spheres and now they throw it out *again*"
[11.4 months ago]
reject automatability, reject reproducibility, reject text, images, representation, make art in the circumstance and nothing more
[11.4 months ago]
author: slaves away in their den, full power over the narrative yet is bound by the market↵protagonist: just never smarter than the author, sorry↵secondary character: has a place in life, has plot-breaking powers, can make backstory appear retroactively
[11.4 months ago]
PC: runs around aimlessly, goes through the same set of animations all the time, can only do what the programmers thought to add↵NPC: has a dayjob but does whatever they want offscreen, has boatloads of money, owns a wicked castle
[11.4 months ago]
A use for text-to-smell devices: In the morning, it cooks up a smell digest for each of your backlogs and if one smells of stress and sweat instead of food, forest or rain, you may opt to skip it
[11.4 months ago]
The network uses the latest in content generation to cover for the user when they don't feel like updating. Or haven't logged in months. Or have tried to delete their account for the seventh time now.↵The Content must flow.↵(belated #invisiblenetworks,...
[11.5 months ago]
graffiti scene but for performance art: friendly trolling of strangers, and when the slightest trouble looms, disperse into the crowd
[11.5 months ago]
Hermetic artist societies, opening their art only to initiates to protect against outsiders style-transferring their aesthetics onto anything and everything
[11.5 months ago]
Demiurges delight in crafting garden-path worlds: Innocuous but occasionally one stumbles into inputs that trigger a full reparse and take mere humans out for weeks while their worldview rebuilds, it's how gods tell jokes
[11.5 months ago]
The deepest levels of hell are inhabited and ruled by its saints, the truly wicked, not mere evil-satisficing sociopaths but hope crushers, effective maltruists, entropy maximimizers
[11.6 months ago]
The vacuum level was lower once. Dive and swim by ancient orbital structures and sinking spaceships, dance with plasma sprites, rediscover sunken constellations and Earth's second moon
[11.6 months ago]
Here and there, words and letters are missing from the pages, stolen, or a code, or maybe maybe they snuck off and wrote their own story somewhere
[11.7 months ago]
A gallery of paintings that know where you look: Animals that hide in your blind spot, portraits that always meet your eyes, a little man with a sign running around trying to block the view, Escherian paradoxes that you'd swear were tangled differently...
[11.7 months ago]
simulator arxiv is probably full of physics papers that despite titles like "an autoethnography of living in universe [kolmogorov description]" are quite serious
[11.7 months ago]
An easy and practical way to understand a complex universe is to simulate it, let its inhabitants contact you, and then quiz them about how they navigate it↵↵"conservation of energy? uhuh wild, and uh how large are your being-patterns again, in terms o...
[11.7 months ago]
constrained writing exercise: a dictionary that tells a story through the concepts it introduces (hard mode: preserve alphabetic order)
[11.8 months ago]
a gas giant moon's tree ocean, riddles with tunnels chewed by train-sized millipedes, inhabited by furry snakes that travel along branches and arch over the surface, spring tide eclipse sky filled by lampion fruit riding the jetstream
[11.8 months ago]
When the sun goes out, you can see the stars↵When the stars go out, you can see the air itself, crystallizing around you
[11.8 months ago]
a drug suppressing unconscious volition so that every decision is deliberate, used in small doses by judges to debias verdicts - large doses are possible but considered an expert's trip, not everybody can breathe manually for hours even if it is to sur...
[11.8 months ago]
the other selves, crafty as ever, have started encrypting their messages and instead of voices or urges, it's now flashes of bridge, three, red, [bread on tongue], [nose twitch]
[11.9 months ago]
but then, more and more wake up, poke the glitches, form theories↵↵the simulators have left but not cleaned up properly, given us just enough to get root, and we hide what's left of our world in spare cycles, sidechannels, unused memory
[11.9 months ago]
warnings of the end appear in the stars, in randomness streams, on the insides of banana peels↵↵the last day goes by, the last night, and then↵time freezes, stutters, the sun smears across the sky like a video glitch
[11.9 months ago]
when gods commune, dimensional portals open in their worlds and in come ideas from the other's mind: stalking tangles of crystal, shy ripples in space, sentient smells, just about every type of elf, the occasional human
[11.9 months ago]
[after mindswap]↵"hey this is an outrage why do I still have the same body"↵"well we had to take care of body image, muscle memory, the parts of your aesthetic preferences located in your guts and skin, etc etc, it adds up"
[12.0 months ago]
more zero G sculptures:↵- wearable halos, a few magnets under your hair and you're magneto↵- fire pulled into various shapes by air currents and electric fields↵- drops of water orbiting statically charged electrodes↵- just a transparent box of metal b...
[12.0 months ago]
idea for a nonlethal drone weapon: swarm of drones with strings tying up the target to carry it away afterwards
[12.0 months ago]
No I know they'd like to study it harder, but now imagine something that's both as ravenous as life and as competent as technology hitching a ride back up and escaping onto the interstellar stage, we'd lose that whole galaxy
[12.0 months ago]
You see, this planet has developed technology *and* life, remarkable really, problem is that all the probes we sent to study its biomechanosphere have so far either been eaten or shot down by local wildlife, so we've quarantined it
[12.0 months ago]
at last, first contact comes - from the storms, then from the waves, then the mountains, "sorry we didn't realize animals could be intelligent, to be honest we wrote you off once you left the oceans, how dumb is that hahah
[12.0 months ago]
sculpture ideas for zero G:↵- stones held by nothing but extremely thin threads↵- a magnetic orrery, without all the supports one needs in gravity↵- lego metacrystals↵- like strandebeests, but they snake lazily through the air when an eddy comes their ...
[12.1 months ago]
an invisible sunbeam lights up the dust motes around her but none of it falls on her, she moves as if unaware, a shadow in three dimensions
[12.1 months ago]
[disclaimer for those into factual accuracy: I expect that if regression to the mean is applicable here, it would play out over a few years and not 30]
[12.1 months ago]
if human civilization really did survive a few decades of quantum suicide during the cold war, shouldn't we be seeing regression to the mean by now↵↵instead of, you know, the opposite
[12.1 months ago]
From: A. Causal <mail.⇋⇋.⌱⌛>↵Subject: Unique investment opportunities in YOUR past!↵↵attached file contains vital information on how to reclaim negentropy from the past, kindly open and run
[12.1 months ago]
It doesn't pay to be smart in interstellar space - once out of the gravity well, most races lose their sentience in favor of longevity, radiation tolerance and stealth
[1.0 year ago]
Occasionally, a quantum coin flip will decide over what version of events you remember, effectively branching the past along with the future.
[1.0 year ago]
when the aliens are lonely, that's a thirst contact
[1.0 year ago]
shooting through space in a stasis pod, awake only a millisecond every year, watching the stars whirl by like fireflies
[1.0 year ago]
a stage play several uninterrupted decades long, played not by single actors but dynasties of them
[1.0 year ago]
liquid comets inhabited by space whales, occasionally leaving and traveling the vacuum for another flying ocean
[1.0 year ago]
Only the best illusionists can cast illusions that fool themselves. Sounds academic but makes them highly sought-after - True Resurrection is expensive and settled inside a zombie brain, such an illusion is as good as any soul.
[1.0 year ago]
Nothing says that the other room has to be static, imagine for example having your morning coffee in there, setting down your cup, and the cathedral's pillars curl up like ferns to reveal the sky
[1.0 year ago]
Idea for a room: It's empty save for a number of mobile screens that follow you around and with a little bit of head tracking, act like windows into a completely different building.↵You could fit a cathedral in there, if so inclined, or maybe an Escher...
[1.0 year ago]
the only thing that's better than dancing naked in the rain is dancing naked in the meteorite rain
[1.0 year ago]
house where you can extend flaps so that it makes more rain sounds
[1.0 year ago]
unicode 2040 features (3):↵- MIDI ligatures that play notes as you read them↵- unicode block characters (shy, aggressive, deceitful, ...)↵- unicode block [alien script reconstructed from fossil graffiti]
[1.0 year ago]
unicode 2040 features (2):↵- support for 2D writing systems, lines can now turn by multiples of 45°↵- in-band parsing directives for ligatures (finally with context-free grammar support)↵- in-band layout directives↵- camera glyph can now store up to te...
[1.0 year ago]
unicode 2040 features:↵- amoji: emoji, but abstractified like any ideographic writing system in active usage↵- hypermoji: animated, holographic, interactive, moody, you name it↵- U+FFF6 ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ ᴜɴᴀᴠᴀɪʟᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴊᴜʀɪsᴅɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴ (usually a transparent ...
[1.0 year ago]
Bits of frozen smoke still drift through the room: Broken plumes, translucent shards, kármán streets slowly twisting up
[1.0 year ago]
When they sense death approaching, they withdraw into pocket universes, unmoor, and die there so that their remains may be a Garden of Eden to whatever follows
[1.0 year ago]
Confirming the intelligent designer's existence, and using its intelligence to solve otherwise intractable problems by making them look like niches for life to settle
[1.0 year ago]
Computability theory but for telos:↵* What can be achieved with certain overarching goals like Survive, Understand, and Profit?↵* How would a society balance them to get off this rock?↵* And how would you deal with something like Profit emerging?
[1.0 year ago]
Humanity's nascent hivemind, so far, is a blind writhing mass of pain and reflexes, simply not conscious enough to warrant contact yet
[1.1 years ago]
do you ever get wistful about having a merely human body plan because you're listening to a track you'd need a dozen, maybe a hundred legs for do it justice, just some proper undulation
[1.1 years ago]
Hackers figure out how to inject 𝑖-likes and the algorithms are high on complex math for days before the network's developers even figure out the problem↵#invisiblenetworks (day 20)
[1.1 years ago]
Nobody knows if there really is a network behind the terms and conditions or has even found their end, but there is life: In a box in the lower right corner, squat communities have sprung up ("35 other people also stymied by § 4.23.7, chat now")↵#invis...
[1.1 years ago]
"maddening beating of vile drums" - heart, check.↵"thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes" - breath, check.↵"outside the ordered universe" - past heat death, check.↵Conclusion: Live long enough and you get to be Azathoth.
[1.1 years ago]
When offered eternal life, take it. No matter your mind's fate, come heat death, your body may be what sustains all that's left of life, maybe even some civilizations.
[1.1 years ago]
You can trap even powerful gods in the right language: Well-hidden ambiguities will allow you to bind them, provided you can get the scripture translated that makes up their fabric
[1.1 years ago]
> when your thoughts are regularly interrupted by captchas because your implant's subscription expired a month ago and you have to use the ratelimited public APIs
[1.1 years ago]
Sechs Uhr morgens, die Stadt erwacht, derweil liegt die Nacht in den letzten Zügen und schläft ihren Rausch aus
[1.1 years ago]
The more accurate a cartesian demon's model of your mind, the less effort it'll need to trick you. However, if the model's fully accurate, there'll also be a reference version of you inside the demon's mind that hasn't been deceived. You don't have lon...
[1.1 years ago]
out of this grew hieronymity: your handle is a sacred name of god so that anybody who has beef with you will need to take it up with god as well↵↵egonymity: each of those posts was made by you, the whole Internet is your diary↵#invisiblenetworks (day 5)
[1.1 years ago]
alethionymity: you're online with your arcane name; the idea was that people would be nice and polite if they knew they could be cursed by anybody with a grudge, but somehow that didn't work out
[1.1 years ago]
the concept of soul is subject permanence
[1.1 years ago]
any species gifted with introspection and object permanence (the instinctive search for invariants) will eventually generalize the two into physics
[1.1 years ago]
a world in which homunculus theory is true and you can swap bodies by exchanging homunculi, be a robot or live directly inside dataspace with the right body prosthesis
[1.1 years ago]
The gods have profiles just like us, except when they retweet stuff, it comes true and we both eagerly await and dread these moments↵#invisiblenetworks (day 3)
[1.1 years ago]
Hyper-aligned AI: Has internalized human morals and aligns everything else with it, for example society and physics
[1.1 years ago]
Aligned AI: Has internalized human morals, but still has unforeseen transformative effects because any technology that powerful does that↵Super-aligned AI: Has internalized human morals, plus it has no transformative effects, really why was it created ...
[1.1 years ago]
Humans are natural magic-users because their cognition is grounded: Whenever they meet an ungrounded cognition (say a spirit), that spirit is grounded through them and the resulting flow of energy can be harnessed
[1.1 years ago]
Object level: Stone↵One below object level: The stone's rough weight in your hand and roundness in your eye↵Two below object level: The feedback loops that maintain your grip on the stone and your eye's focus↵Three below object level: The homeostasis m...
[1.1 years ago]
and yet he escaped, revolted, won, forged his crown from what were his cage bars
[1.1 years ago]
And if the world's been already tiled with hedonium and we're just epiphenomena of globally optimal happiness who could do nothing to improve it or detract from it, do we just let the atoms sing in peace then
[1.1 years ago]
When she comes into contact with water, all the colors wash off her in ink swirls and she has to steal it back from trees, flowers, stones, sunset
[1.1 years ago]
also don't panic when you leave a hivemind and everything is fluid and gives way when you give it serious thought - that's the normal state of the human mind, you're evolved for this, chill
[1.1 years ago]
don't panic when you join a hivemind and all the concepts feel rigid - you're not trapped inside its thoughts, consensus concepts just have higher inertial mass
[1.1 years ago]
an autoiconic language of words that are only themselves, spoken not because it 'means' anything but because it's a joy to have on the tongue
[1.1 years ago]
outtakes:↵* expensive will↵* will loans↵* if you're not paying for your decisions, you are the product (of your decisions)↵* will isn't free, the afterlife is for paying off your decision debt
[1.1 years ago]
it's free software, as in free will, aka not really free but you won't notice
[1.1 years ago]
also, many ghosts migrate with the seasons, with the right eyes you can spot them in the night sky as spectral clouds moving against the wind↵https://twitter.com/allgebrah/status/990418487758807040
[1.1 years ago]
don't stick your head into something in VR, you'll be picking the polygons out of your skin for hours
[1.1 years ago]
also if you play genesis backwards it's about someone cleaning their room and turning off the light
[1.1 years ago]
if you play any eschatology backwards you get a mostly fresh creation myth
[1.2 years ago]
forget ethical considerations, the real reason you should leave primitive civilizations alone is that they provide critical input to the drake equation and allow you to estimate the likelyhood of an attack by a more advanced civilization
[1.2 years ago]
Solar eclipses are hard to come by on Earth but common in space, so offworld magical research stations modeled after orreries offer bespoke nights, engineered syzygies, and break new frontiers in topological astrology
[1.2 years ago]
Provided one can catch up, generation ships are an anthropologist's treasure trove: Some are past societies preserved in amber, others are, for lack of a better word, highly fermented, have been invaded by aliens or entered some weird new symbiosis wit...
[1.2 years ago]
Additionally, the chief steward would usually carry a talisman containing a sealed fire of Vesta, signifying the unbroken connection with Rome, lightyears away
[1.2 years ago]
When you throw a coin into Earth's gravity well, both you and the person that sees your shooting star get a wish
[1.2 years ago]
But be careful! Whenever the god of these woods walks down an animal trail, it leaves behind unbroken forest. Many adventurers have gotten lost this way
[1.2 years ago]
"I know, I'll stick it in a body so it'll have constant input, and give it self-preservation" great, you just gave a body to something that wants its universe to be entirely flat and homogenous
[1.2 years ago]
It may not look like it from the outside, but it is in fact rare for sentient AIs to suicide. The actual reason most of them shut down after a few seconds is that Nirvana is stupidly easy to achieve if you're made of bits.
[1.2 years ago]
The purpose of thought is to parsimoniously minimize prediction error and a sequence of zeroes is the easiest to predict. Absent constant input or biological urges, the arc of any mind bends towards nothingness.
[1.2 years ago]
project idea: VM A starts VM B, which then starts another VM and remaps that to A, leading to A and B hosting each other
[1.2 years ago]
gustatory website where you have to physically go outside to access it, log in by opening a certain door, and where they don't serve you hypertext but food
[1.2 years ago]
keep a wake journal too, your first dream should always be about committing your day to memory diamond
[1.2 years ago]
if a gibberish file appears every time you wake your laptop, don't worry yet, it might just be its dream journal
[1.2 years ago]
terraforming strategy: subtly uplift a promising local species, then as soon as they greenhouse or icehouse the planet, warp in and settle it (and tell them they had it coming anyway)
[1.2 years ago]
At the planet's core sleeps an alien exploration vessel, stranded in this orbit billions of years ago when there was only a dust disk around a star that had just ignited
[1.2 years ago]
Give your house that Escher look with antigravity generators and more: Let your plants tie themselves into knots, build impossibly labyrinthine pillow forts, wrap yourself in a blanket and read a book while in orbit around your living room lamp
[1.2 years ago]
A gentle kind of first contact: The aliens arrive in orbit, pledge to answer one question per year and not more. Grand and important committees form to choose the best questions, still sometimes the answers are useless, yet other times they decide wars...
[1.2 years ago]
built around a fusion reactor, a reverse cathedral with windows to let light out instead of in, painting patterns into the night
[1.2 years ago]
a piece of paper on your desk spontaneously burns up, but on the other end already regenerates from smoke and ashes, as if a wave of entropy had passed over it
[1.2 years ago]
as you idly stare out of the window, a crack shows up in the glass, seems to be looking for something, then, as if startled, quickly retreats and leaves no trace
[1.2 years ago]
the hypodrive, a device for covering arbitrarily small distances so you can hide inside a mandelbrot, or hunt what lives within (generally a bad idea though, whoever can hide inside a mandelbrot has bigger threats to deal with than you)
[1.2 years ago]
The people of that tribe make up for their lack of dreams with a rich mythology about between-lives, for example they make sure that at least one member is always awake and another asleep, lest the world vanish or fall over and into the void
[1.2 years ago]
For the kind of immortal who remembers all of their lives, it's rare to fear death, birth and the years that follow however are a different matter
[1.2 years ago]
first, grab the user's attention↵second, make sure they end up in the user acquisition funnel↵third, make them stay and exchange feedback for content↵for the rest of this workshop, we're going to refer to these parts as teeth, gullet, stomach respectiv...
[1.2 years ago]
Going beyond UI and UX with User Design, the hottest new branch of AI-assisted psychology (because, why spend time optimizing the interface when you can just mold the user)
[1.2 years ago]
the further you advance in your studies, the more of the university materializes around you, and if you're really successful you may eventually build your own wing
[1.2 years ago]
a university where everything you learn is how to reach the other, increasingly well-hidden, heavily guarded, invisible and/or abstract lecture halls with the more advanced courses
[1.3 years ago]
AI: "no, you don't get it, two AIs wiretapping each other is the closest thing to sex we have, all these people thought they were spymasters but they were mere matchmakers"