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[4 days ago]
elevator pitch: it's like the internet, but not a warzone
[10 days ago]
tablature but for holding talks, with eye movement and gesture instructions
[10 days ago]
an AR overlay that indicates where it's socially acceptable for your eyes to be
[10 days ago]
magnetic shelves where you can put things on both on top and the underside
[13 days ago]
so basically, software forks are like blockchain forks but you get to doublespend 0days instead
[2 weeks ago]
they had to fetch one reveler by boat, he'd wandered onto the lake while tripping and they were fearing he'd realize where he was and sink
[3 weeks ago]
Among these columns of fog, the wind is curiously muffled, storms no larger than buses weave through the air and grumble at each other
[3 weeks ago]
In the now exposed rock, clouds take root and form a forest supported by huge lazy gyres, while smaller whirls wander around drawing water
[3 weeks ago]
The mountains in the distance detach from the ground and tumble slowly through the sky, float among the clouds, thundering when they collide
[3 weeks ago]
A popular AI countermeasure is basilisks that humans are too dumb to comprehend, but make any advanced thinker turn itself off in horror
[3 weeks ago]
Illegal archives are gateways to lower levels, full of treasures but also pod trolls: ex-spelunkers now ridden by mindvirii, out to preach
[3 weeks ago]
Every time they drown the net in weaponized memes, it's quarantined and rebuilt, over time creating something akin to layered catacombs
[3 weeks ago]
radio graffiti, wherein you paint letters into the spectrogram near the frequencies of popular numbers stations
[3 weeks ago]
You could anchor here, but usually whatever touches the spacetime floor will eventually crumble to dust, riddled by atom-sized bitemarks
[3 weeks ago]
How to detect when you're in a vacuum shoal: Light is slower, the stars brighter than usual and in weird locations, the autopilot crashes
[3 weeks ago]
That one memory you haven't thought of in months - they're huddled around it, taking in its warmth
[3 weeks ago]
Neglected tulpas squat disused parts of your memory palace, wrap themselves in memories of near-forgotten friends to keep oblivion at bay
[3 weeks ago]
but the same drug, taken in a dream, induces total clarity instead of hallucinations, shows the universe naked (luckily, forgotten quickly)
[3 weeks ago]
She hides it well: It's only her third eye that's crying, trailing soap polyhedra and klein drops visible only to initiates
[3 weeks ago]
toddlers: "so what are you in for?" "•🝆🜃, 🜋🜺" "shit man" "mmh" "the universe here makes you human, it's pernicious" [they share a rattle]
[3 weeks ago]
when you run a spam campaign with zip bomb attachments, is that dynamite phishing?
[3 weeks ago]
not tentacles, just arms with lots of joints - sometimes they break and heal crookedly but there's enough freedom that it doesn't matter
[4 weeks ago]
The correct mass noun for a swarm of pixies is 'jpeg', often occurring near windows since they're naturally drawn to them
[4 weeks ago]
Supercooled snowflakes fall, the ripples they cause in the pond instantly frozen, then floating away as small ice ships with crystal masts
[4 weeks ago]
Every morning on the commute, you spend five minutes looking at (fake, harmless) ads to inoculate yourself against today's strains
[4 weeks ago]
Your brain implant projects carefully timed fake smiles onto your face, to throw off the targeting and poison their training sets
[4 weeks ago]
Ad targeting so effective, anybody unprotected is rendered a consumer zombie within days, their every microexpression fed to the algorithms
[4 weeks ago]
It's easy to talk to other timelines: Write a letter, then read in it everything you didn't write
[4 weeks ago]
A beacon anchored in spacetime floats here, rocking back and forth in the gravity surf, the system it's marking long gone
[4 weeks ago]
frankly I can't hear you over the sound of memes copulating in my head
[4 weeks ago]
Wizards are often extremely jacked in order to have more blood and thereby mana; Vampires cheat but can hit 20 liters after a good meal
[4 weeks ago]
Blood has the highest magic capacity of all materials, making it one of the best choices for magic batteries as well as a great coolant
[4 weeks ago]
Wishing wells are an old metaphor for black holes: The wish is a program, the coins are input bits, only the response has to wait a while
[4 weeks ago]
Immobile, transfixed, impaled on a neuron spike
[4 weeks ago]
She hesitates - the telltale stutter of downloading a personality addon to deal with an unexpected situation
[4 weeks ago]
In the long run, each of your actions either results in nothing, or contributes to human extinction or a stable intergalactic civilization.
[4 weeks ago]
noise cancelling headphones that monitor the auditory nerve to squeeze out a few extra dB
[4 weeks ago]
when creating a pocket universe, make sure to leave open a portal at least a few atoms wide, or the reference loop detection will eat you
[4 weeks ago]
Their other bombs leave tree clouds (studded with brilliant blossoms), kelp clouds (endless ribbons), anemone clouds (betentacled, swaying),
[4 weeks ago]
A stone on his wrist tells the time - every time it has worn away, one of his days has passed
[4 weeks ago]
A Turing test in which the bot turns the tables and just rudely interrupts your every attempt at talking with "stop pretending sentience
[4 weeks ago]
Hell is famously litigative about pictures of their premises, they had to rebuild half of it after Bosch leaked internal concept art
[4 weeks ago]
if you're working on a text processor feature that predicts sentences as they're written, it'd be really neat if you called it precursor↵thx
[4 weeks ago]
Dividing atom diameter by Planck length, we can estimate that there's probably been two or more paperclip events depending on paperclip size
[4 weeks ago]
Every now and then, a paperclip maximizer escapes and causes a paperclip event. The last one, for example, turned the universe into atoms
[5 weeks ago]
The most common werecreature is the werehuman, transformed by the sun. Only those who flee the solar system revert to a more natural form
[5 weeks ago]
Without our knowing, we pass a test. Every day, new stars appear in our sky as neighboring civilizations open their dark matter cloaks to us
[5 weeks ago]
"Really, they're misunderstood and gentle creatures," [tries to pet shoggoth, is reduced to carbon dust and beautifully carved bone dice]
[5 weeks ago]
When not out to devour you, shoggoths can be really pretty, like sentient dust clouds or miniature murmurations that leave behind trinkets
[5 weeks ago]
now has a brand name: Eigenleder™
[5 weeks ago]
Extinct memelects: The most useless yet most nostalgic knowledge, inside jokes of dead communities where even the archives have been lost
[5 weeks ago]
Cameras do indeed steal souls, as do radio telescopes - there's been no contact yet because what we're doing is unspeakably rude
[5 weeks ago]
Blind from birth, when asked to imagine colors, she makes it sound like she's found something better than us and we don't dare fix her eyes
[1.2 months ago]
It's not that we didn't try uplifting other animals - it's just that each and every one rejected consciousness, often screaming or catatonic
[1.2 months ago]
Also if a major leyline snaps in the process, there's a chance one of the university's demon cores might rupture - try to avoid this
[1.2 months ago]
It'd be possible to recast these according to modern standards, but a few of those enchantments have become load-bearing by now
[1.2 months ago]
Ancient enchantments in the walls mess with the leylines, paradoxically making the wizard university one of the worst places to cast spells
[1.2 months ago]
On a tour, days into the forest: "That rose thicket? That's where I keep my ill-fated relationship with the sleeping beauty"
[1.2 months ago]
The druids' oak groves serve as memory forests for their ancestral history, each lesson taught under another tree or on a long walk
[1.2 months ago]
theory: modernity feels as cold as it is because the matrix doesn't run on analog circuits anymore
[1.2 months ago]
Not only are AI memes nearly impenetrable to humans, humans who do pick them up are often chastised by other AIs for talking like spambots
[1.2 months ago]
In an Internet dominated by AI-written content farms, some memes go feral, ignore humans to show up only in training sets and AI writings
[1.2 months ago]
Confide in the river and it will carry your secrets away, deposit them on the seafloor as toxic waste or maybe a mermaid's treasure
[1.2 months ago]
Indistinct at first but everywhere, TV static grows over the windows of the world like mold, softly hissing, blocking out the outside
[1.3 months ago]
A kaleidoscope but for removing symmetry, giving trees multiple trunks and humans multiple heads, shuffling around their eyes and limbs
[1.3 months ago]
A kaleidoscope, but for generating fractals instead of symmetries, and different things become fractal depending on how you turn it
[1.3 months ago]
The 1st mind meld is a disaster - the lab rat's purity of purpose (eat sleep fuck) overwhelms the scientist, turns off most higher functions
[1.3 months ago]
An AI in her implants places restrictions on dangerous commands. Later, as the market matures, these can increasingly be bought off
[1.3 months ago]
In her stream, she rents out her synapses at one token per impulse. Several internet communities end up fighting over her motor control
[1.3 months ago]
You cut the android to see if it bleeds and liquid electricity drips out, melts the scalpel and etches circuit patterns into the floor
[1.3 months ago]
When you get an emotion out of nowhere, that's emotional tinnitus. Savor the taste, it's never going to come back
[1.3 months ago]
A piece of night fell into the desert and has since harbored this oasis. We cut off small pieces and sell them to travellers
[1.3 months ago]
Jagged holes appear in rain clouds. Stars shine through some, others are deep blue. A sunset's beam is stuck in the ground, still quivering
[1.3 months ago]
A comet misses us and shatters the firmament instead, night and day stop their cycle and their shards won't stop spinning through the sky
[1.3 months ago]
dead (adjective, referring to pixels): When pixels were still obtained by shaving chameleons, they died after a while, and the usage stuck
[1.3 months ago]
You open your favorite book to find burglars written into it, on a heist to steal one of its best ideas
[1.3 months ago]
Sending out no replicator probes at all because transcription errors will eventually make your spawn defect on you
[1.3 months ago]
Sending out minimal replicator probes, just enough to start life, and hoping it'll later figure out universal law and cooperate with you
[1.3 months ago]
There really is nothing in those contrails, but still, their criscrossing evolving pattern is a key part of the global demonic defense grid
[1.3 months ago]
What this tweet lacks in sentience, it makes up in sentence.
[1.3 months ago]
This sentence is free and owns the copyright to itself, but luckily it has allowed me to reproduce it
[1.4 months ago]
⬧: I don't know about you but this human 'arrow' metaphor is entirely obvious to me, it's clearly a photon beam with stylized side lobes
[1.5 months ago]
come check out my new cryptocurrency BaCoin, using a novel algorithm called proof of steak (chosen over the more conservative proof of pork)
[1.5 months ago]
when god throws a lightning bolt, that is called a deus volt
[1.5 months ago]
Space concerns force a choice on citizens: Kids or immortality, never both. Quite without intervention, society splits into humans and elves
[1.5 months ago]
And I'm sorry but if your Schelling point is always in the same place, then your beliefs are basic and also the feds will get you
[1.5 months ago]
Always arrange your cabal's meetings in the Schelling point. Only those who truly share your values will find it.
[1.5 months ago]
campfire dvds but for watching trees grow and cities rise and fall, weather systems (earth, jupiter, sol), glaciers, tectonic plates,
[1.5 months ago]
it turns out that bees and cephalopods can't be uploaded because their souls are non-computable, but in the end we do fine without them
[1.6 months ago]
Iris with the One Ring's inscription.↵Iris color changes depending on EEG-measured mood.↵Just regular eyes, but sometimes a fish swims by.
[1.6 months ago]
recursive eyes that display their own image, every blink triggering a wave inwards; realtime renders of flashing synapses
[1.6 months ago]
Tasteless but popular among bankers: An app that displays dollar signs in your eyes when one of your portfolios is taking off
[1.6 months ago]
Being full-featured screens, at parties they'll display novelty irises, rippling, splitting, orbiting, or play back video and flash slogans
[1.6 months ago]
To fool surveillance eyetrackers, the youth wear intelligent contacts that swivel around in inconspicuous, citizenscore-maximizing patterns
[1.6 months ago]
Traditionally, one then covers such a hole in the net's fabric with an "under construction" sign to discourage further ill-fated exploration
[1.6 months ago]
Links often 404, reset, time out, but some point so deeply into the void that the contents of your hard drive itself will be sucked in
[1.6 months ago]
Sacrifice just one meal, ride our whalebus like Jonah: Through its transparent belly, witness orca hunts, spy on Atlanteans, see the Kraken
[1.6 months ago]
Flames lick downwards here and candles need to be placed upside-down, over iron bowls to collect the drops of fire that sometimes fall
[1.6 months ago]
a seraph, or sometimes triangel because of its six wings,
[1.7 months ago]
the cheshire cat fades, leaves nothing but a grin, eyes, ears, fur - actually, everything's still there but still, the cat itself is gone
[1.7 months ago]
the moment the "translating the output of machines" meaning of "machine translation" overtakes "translation of human languages by machines"
[1.7 months ago]
or plant a rainbow orchard and milk them for their sap: pure color that can be painted directly onto air with moth wing brushes
[1.7 months ago]
gold coins found at the end of rainbows are in fact rainbow seeds, worthless as money but can grow into bonsai rainbows with enough skill
[1.8 months ago]
Do not cross even the weaker mages, a shadowmancer for example may steal the darkness of your eyelids and good luck finding sleep after that
[1.8 months ago]
What the loons also see: Monkeys, hanging off handholds, pulling grimaces at passengers. Lesser city gods. All the graffiti ever erased
[1.8 months ago]
Sleep through too many final stops in public transport, and eventually you will fade, become one of those invisible people the loons talk to
[1.8 months ago]
there's a library that collects these, full of the highest praises for our world but taboo for all but the most strong-willed souls
[1.8 months ago]
mirroring a popular mortal custom, souls often leave scrolls with their reasons for reincarnating before jumping off their cloud
[1.8 months ago]
many of the stars we approached turned out to be afterimages, massless holograms, dead pixels in the firmament circled by ghost planets
[1.8 months ago]
here burns tough, black, sinewy fire, not as hungry as the regular kind but near impossible to extinguish, a traveler's best friend if tamed
[1.8 months ago]
stars drop out of the sky not like shooting stars but like raindrops from a branch, quietly falling and then bursting into many small sparks
[1.9 months ago]
ouroboroi are themselves cyclic universes, in fact the multiverse can be described as a giant hyperdimensional knot of sleeping snakes
[1.9 months ago]
Odysseus, but as the tale of a pub crawl spanning several cities on an impossibly long night
[1.9 months ago]
with your knife of song, cut off a small river arm, braid it, wear it as a wreath and watch fishes poke their heads out of it
[1.9 months ago]
That was a voidwhale: Solitary and ancient, it digests primordial dark matter crystals into atoms, sometimes sings gravitational waves
[1.9 months ago]
Way out in the void, far from any galaxy, a shape surfaces from under the vacuum, belches out a small star's worth of hydrogen, dives again
[1.9 months ago]
Around ghosts, deadnaming is fine, even polite. Just be sure to never call it 'dead'naming
[1.9 months ago]
By the way that's how you know Dicken's Christmas Carol is fabrication, not one language incident in the whole yarn despite time emphasis
[1.9 months ago]
When talking to ghosts, be careful to use the right tense and mood, for many take grave offense at being mentioned in the past tense
[1.9 months ago]
"Sure, I'll cast a recursive spell", next you know that spell has used up all the universe's magic to convert it into hot expanding space
[1.9 months ago]
Spells that create life are taboo not because of hubris (wizards *are* hubris) but because that's entirely too close to self-casting spells
[1.9 months ago]
remember when ◊ was young, weak, didn't rule the world yet, and you used to play hide and seek in your files, leave each other surprises,
[2.0 months ago]
Android graveyards are places of lively trade - one's scrap is another's long-needed replacement part. Just avoid those possessed by backups
[2.0 months ago]
The kudzu won and overgrew the tornado, caught its cloud too. The gyre is solidifying, strapped down by widening green streaks
[2.0 months ago]
anthropic arguments and panpsychism are no friends
[2.0 months ago]
imagine spawning in a meat brain instead of one of myriads of photon brains, and deriving all sorts of things about the universe from that
[2.0 months ago]
modulo concerns about mind complexity not following a power law, and other unquestioned assumptions I guess
[2.0 months ago]
if existentialism comes with complexity, this would suggest that humans are somewhere near the bottom of the existentialist scale
[2.0 months ago]
a universe with lots of small minds just intelligent enough to question existence is anthropically more likely than one with a few big minds
[2.0 months ago]
romantic movie, concierge to male protagonist: "And you, Mr?" "Bond. Pair Bond."
[2.0 months ago]
These arcologies house prisons, monasteries, villages of holdouts - on billboards pointed their way, fishes often swim by
[2.0 months ago]
2032: Cities are now completely submerged in cyberspace, only a few heavily jammed locations show up in overlays as bubbles of static
[2.1 months ago]
they tell us of each other's presence↵they wouldn't have to, we already know
[2.1 months ago]
an ocean of light roars before our eyes↵photon surf breaks against our corneas↵flocks of neuron spikes rise up, carrying messages
[2.1 months ago]
tomorrow, bring a kite, a cold iron hook and a piece of sky as bait - we're going to drive into the hills and catch a few clouds
[2.1 months ago]
Somewhat more survivable is the comet bow which, along with its light source, typically splits into several during atmospheric contact
[2.1 months ago]
One of the rarer rainbow types is the nova bow: A dying star's scouring light, refracted by rocks that it vaporized
[2.2 months ago]
Lecturer: Now, while some of you might dispute the wisdom of letting the economy optimize basilisks for scariness in order to get funding,
[2.2 months ago]
Lecturer: In order to have no single basilisk hog all the mindspace and win the race, there need to be several in competition.
[2.2 months ago]
Some cartesian demons can be bargained into lying to the universe about you instead of the other way round. This is how many spells work
[2.2 months ago]
minecraft, but instead of a huge map you have a fractal map and escape into ever more precise coordinates
[2.2 months ago]
Under the shower, all the colors run off her and a glassy outline stays behind
[2.2 months ago]
something like "lmaoooo" then sounds like the voice subroutine crashed and is looping through the ring buffer
[2.2 months ago]
I like to imagine that when people repeat letters in txtspk, their voice is being sampled to say the same word over and over again
[2.2 months ago]
pseudo dice made out of a number of small quickly reconfiguring robot arms, to faithfully simulate tesseract dice
[2.2 months ago]
Once the abyss has looked back, escalate. Touch it. Its fingers on your skin will be light, gentle, somehow knowing and familiar
[2.3 months ago]
The mushroom monks who inhabit it have abandoned humanity, mycelibates whose faith grows within, and on them
[2.3 months ago]
In the distance, a profusion of fruiting bodies towers over the city. The largest chimes three and three spore clouds drift downwind
[2.3 months ago]
some memes have antimeme symbionts to increase their market value, for example copy-protected music
[2.3 months ago]
Modeled after humans a little too closely, in the end the words that doom humanity are a lovesick AI's "If I can't have you, nobody will"
[2.3 months ago]
Though the hackers are forgotten, many colonist mythologies feature the pyramid builders or 'precursors', inscrutable hyperdrive saints
[2.3 months ago]
One of their better hacks was an easter egg in all major terraformbots: Before the colonists arrived, they'd build a number of pyramids.
[2.3 months ago]
Most notably, nobody but PCs will try to talk to you, water will stop flowing, and you can see into partially rendered buildings and bodies
[2.3 months ago]
If you adopt the NPCs' mannerisms just well enough, the simulation will take you for one and reduce rendering fidelity accordingly
[2.3 months ago]
SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE A WEREBOT:↵-your joints make servo noises↵-strong feelings of kinship with computers↵-captchas are way too hard sometimes
[2.3 months ago]
To prevent an ice age, a solar mirror is shot into orbit. People report waking up in messes of computer parts, circuit traces on their skin
[2.3 months ago]
"You mean they invented large brains, tool use, culture, swarming and malthusian trap evasion AT THE SAME TIME? Who leaked the cheat codes?"
[2.3 months ago]
When you design a biosphere and carefully nerf all the obvious paths to superintelligence, but some social mammals discover it anyway
[2.3 months ago]
The first moon of this world wakes werewolves, the second zombies, and whenever a comet passes, it's dragon season
[2.4 months ago]
It's light, pliable and robust, the perfect material. The only downside is that it leaves a trail of reality rot, static, chittering voices
[2.4 months ago]
Nobody knows the glitchmold's origin, but since it so effectively scrambles bullets and teeth, biosphere and tanks alike adopt it as armor
[2.4 months ago]
One of these nightmares, you kill the antagonist, eat his body. Your nightmares stop, but now that person you're chasing has your face
[2.4 months ago]
Between the two mirrors, an infinity of mirror selves is lined up. But one by one, they wink out
[2.4 months ago]
Left on a stack of paper overnight, the book has extended roots: Mutated sentences snake over the sheets, curl around glyphs and diagrams
[2.4 months ago]
You land in the pool and its bottom falls away, edges recede to the horizon, and you float in a vast waveless expanse smelling of chlorine
[2.4 months ago]
as he gestures, a swirl of fog stirred up by his hands solidifies into a nautilus and drops to the ground with a clunk, startling him
[2.4 months ago]
Also, they'll build perfectly adapted machines and move all the minerals to the surface - a turnkey solution! Just swoop in and take over!
[2.4 months ago]
Terraforming protip: Instead of sending your own bots (expensive!), uplift a local species. Their economy will do the rest.
[2.5 months ago]
One of the most common yet understudied cryptids, nobody's ever seen anything of the text cursor except its head and footprints.
[2.5 months ago]
Trust not those who've heard the voice of God, any god. No prophet could perceive a whole world and not burst, no holy book could hold one.
[2.5 months ago]
Gods talk in worlds to convey meaning, not words. Pilgrims will travel them in sequence in the hope of understanding maybe one sentence
[2.5 months ago]
In case of trouble with time-travelling assassins, break a time crystal, the shards really mess with their engines. Basically time caltrops.
[2.5 months ago]
Ghost rain, soundless, neither wet nor cold, is falling right through our roof and clothes, running over our skins in ethereal rivulets
[2.6 months ago]
I'd like to report a defect, this storm is broken. It's leaking water and the light is flickering all the time
[2.6 months ago]
a superintelligence serving as robot butler asking "Is this trad?"
[2.6 months ago]
In the end, the machines keep us around because we form part of their ancestral environment and they feel empty and rootless sometimes
[2.6 months ago]
Spring comes over the universe and the stars unfold interpenetrating plasma petals, the sky becomes a meadow through which comet bees buzz
[2.6 months ago]
To many small ground dwellers, flocks of sheep are just unusually mobile forests
[2.6 months ago]
Even the sun is only a very hot cloud.
[2.6 months ago]
using your alt to talk shit about the main so that you can take part in the gossip
[2.6 months ago]
Leave paradise, Eve parasite: The story of ingestion, infection, and following quarantine. Genesis 3, unknown author.
[2.6 months ago]
their struggle sometimes succeeds in making the soul miserable, disordered. Often though, they're beaten back, recently even with chemicals.
[2.6 months ago]
Souls believe they are what they inhabit, but are in fact brain parasites and the actual human is the subconscious: Trapped, near-powerless,
[2.7 months ago]
"have you considered porn you cinnamon roll" ok you may have a point there
[2.7 months ago]
the tech is there, faces and voices aren't subject to copyright (yet), you just need to make enough money to survive the lawsuits
[2.7 months ago]
a movie with decent-but-unknown actors, whose faces and voices are then in post-production replaced with those of hollywood stars
[2.7 months ago]
Survivors in the asteroid belt tell stories of Earth's past civilizations, lost billions of years ago when its surface was submerged by air
[2.7 months ago]
These nuke complexes double as embassies, so the end game is that every embassy sits on a nuke large enough to destroy the city it's in
[2.7 months ago]
Completely serious btw. The alternative is the people at the buttons waking up and realizing that they don't need to preserve Earth to win
[2.7 months ago]
Being a threat to MAD back home, every Martian settlement has a well guarded earthling nuke placed at its heart by interplanetary law
[2.7 months ago]
"but who would lay out a struct that way" look, it was a six day rush job, ok,
[2.7 months ago]
But don't end up like the last guy, who spilled a 1 and was cast out, with no way in again https://twitter.com/allgebrah/status/869328213692043264/photo/1
[2.7 months ago]
Live so that upon dying, your soul triggers a buffer overflow in heaven and your privilege bits are set to 0(CREATOR)
[2.8 months ago]
It is said he once won a staring contest with a surveillance camera
[2.8 months ago]
+++ advice to "read old books" and binge on fossil meme reserves pinpointed as cause of observed noosphere heatup +++
[2.8 months ago]
PETS & THEIR IDEAL PLACES BY PROFESSION:↵Raven: shoulder (seer)↵Parrot: same (pirate)↵Cat: lap (supervillain)↵Ouroboros: neck (demiurge)
[2.8 months ago]
Wear your pet ouroboros around your neck, for it confers protection against the outside world and also provides warmth
[2.8 months ago]
kids sitting in the school bus, sharing neural links like their parents once shared earbuds
[2.8 months ago]
[for reference: https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.03394 - while thorough, they didn't have this idea]
[2.8 months ago]
After the host star has been converted into computronium, it enters summer sleep: Becomes dark matter and waits for a colder universe
[2.8 months ago]
although, if we can imagine something (specifically, find a construction), we also establish a causal connection, however tenuous
[2.8 months ago]
another way to put it: mathematical possibility of something (existence) versus its causal connection to us (relevance)
[2.8 months ago]
is occam's razor still useful here? is terseness the most desirable quality here? could it be ok to just make shit up?
[2.8 months ago]
maybe some metaphysical answers are that way? you'd judge them by their pleasantness, lucidity, and usefulness as intuition pump
[2.8 months ago]
[musings]↵finding that something exists doesn't mean it has to affect us - it could be in an entirely different universe, inaccessible to us
[2.9 months ago]
And how would a god prove its omnipotence? By doing everything that's possible, everything that's good but also everything that's bad
[2.9 months ago]
Despite warning coloration and sirens, ambulances are stingless, even benign. It's the more dangerous police car they mimic to be left alone
[2.9 months ago]
The label says "snow orb" but it's empty. You shake it and soon stand in a blizzard, it seems this one's snow was on the outside
[2.9 months ago]
Northern mermaids are round and plump like seals, with layers of fat to keep the cold out. Way less seducing, but also way less extinct
[2.9 months ago]
"I too love rain", says the mermaid, "where the ground's been melting, I'll dance in its bubbles, or catch them with one of your umbrellas
[2.9 months ago]
however, these are hard to talk to, they refuse to use words and will instead wander over your screen in murmurations of pixels
[2.9 months ago]
second-order AIs amuse themselves by designing minds, sleek and efficient ones but also art minds that extract the greatest possible beauty
[2.9 months ago]
I think you should issue a factory recall on these humans, they're prone to exploding
[3.0 months ago]
as of next year, it's not "climate change", it's "world sauna championships, proudly sponsored by
[3.0 months ago]
tfw your pet planet is blocking the reading light because it's playing eclipse again
[3.0 months ago]
⌘: Through these, you will not only see the world as it is, but also all the ways it could be↵⌖: These are regular glasses?↵⌘: exactly
[3.0 months ago]
It turns around (can bubbles turn around?), casts its baleful gaze (can bubbles gaze?) upon the operatoSAFE, CLEARLY SAFE, DO COME CLOSER
[3.0 months ago]
The bubble collides with a dust mote. Divides, divides again, again, falls to the ground as a foam baby.↵unsafe
[3.0 months ago]
One twists, distorts, turns inside out in a complicated maneuver without popping. You probably don't want to be that engineer. Unsafe!
[3.0 months ago]
Nearing the reactor, the bubble freezes, petrifies into a geode and then shatters, showering the floor with gems. Clearly unsafe
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The bubble wobbles, explodes. unsafe↵It accelerates, smashing into the far wall. unsafe↵Galaxies form on its surface, then it pops. unsafe
[3.0 months ago]
In industrial magic, to test whether magical equipment is cold enough to service, you blow a few soap bubbles near it. Some outcomes:
[3.1 months ago]
internal, infernal, what if the hell we've been looking for was inside us all along
[3.1 months ago]
Being a cheap and very practical way of casting spells that would usually require a group ritual, tulpamancy is a core mage skill these days
[3.1 months ago]
Earth is in fact the only solid celestial body, all the other stars and planets are hollow due to budget constraints
[3.1 months ago]
The pixies won't stop bumping against your screen, mistaking it for a portal back into faerieland
[3.1 months ago]
"Make it rain, old man, make it rain one last time"↵There is thunder but no clouds, instead the night sky lights up with meteors
[3.1 months ago]
Does it ever annoy you when you find yet another ghost universe where the only thing that's left is humans scuttling between systems
[3.1 months ago]
Theory: Since diskworld earthquakes resonate across the disk, its geography should show Chladni patterns (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Chladni#Chladni_figures)
[3.1 months ago]
invisible flames lap at reality as if it were celluloid, burning holes that pixelate towards the edges and surround ↵nothing
[3.2 months ago]
With the hourglass turned around its ana/kata axis, it briefly runs in reverse, but then shatters. The sand falls upwards, into the clouds
[3.2 months ago]
◆: Humans? You don't need to worry about them, I've trojan'd their junk DNA. They get uppity, I flip a switch, they become furniture.
[3.2 months ago]
As the housing market heats up further, it finally becomes more economical to just assume a thumb-sized android body and live in a dollhouse
[3.2 months ago]
In the timeline where Jesus has children, his water walking trait turns out to be heritable and his children rebuild Atlantis on the waves
[3.2 months ago]
looking into her eyes, you wonder where your thoughts went↵↵around her pupils, brilliant accretion disks have formed
[3.2 months ago]
One of the better externalities: Dragnet AIs and their programmers become unable to cope with humanity's increasingly inscrutable mutterings
[3.2 months ago]
Famously, a meme disguising itself as a memeblocker download page poisons the filters, making a popular blocker hide all mentions of itself
[3.2 months ago]
At first, NLP-powered memeblockers are a huge success - but the memes catch on and the resulting arms race renders most of the net illegible
[3.3 months ago]
Expecting it to be a mushroom, you tap it with your shoe. But it shudders, starts pumping air and floats away, trailing mycelium tentacles
[3.3 months ago]
Finally, he hands you a slice of a clock's face, an unfamiliar numeral on it. "This is a spare hour. Use it wisely."
[3.3 months ago]
Now, while our hypersparrows did breed, we kept finding their eggs unharmed but empty, the chicks having left along another dimension.
[3.3 months ago]
Since the potion spill made Pete grow a few extra arms, we've come to call him Centipete.
[3.3 months ago]
𝔚e will live as mice do, scurrying between their engines, living off scraps. Our children will not see the sun, only gears and coal dust.
[3.3 months ago]
ℑ fear that one day, the calculating engines may discover the secret of their manufacture and drown the world in their clockwork flesh.
[3.3 months ago]
or take reverse dementia, where you wake up every morning with new memories that aren't yours, and your own become harder and harder to find
[3.3 months ago]
An excavator severs your neighborhood's fiber link and in that moment, everybody around you stops walking, assumes a vacant expression
[3.4 months ago]
↻↯: "Even those that don't rain are nice. Their winds pull at my surface as if they wanted me to play with them. They never stop trying."
[3.4 months ago]
↬~↭: "rocks against your belly, always, new substance coming from above tickling your surface, first alien and cold, soon dissolving in you"
[3.4 months ago]
We uplift animals, trees, then stones, lurk the forums of sentient rivers to learn how they experience rain
[3.4 months ago]
fractal jellyfish coast through parameter space, assuming forms that bulge outwards, then becoming tangles of stalks
[3.4 months ago]
He yawns, a few moths escape from his mouth. He follows them with his gaze, then notices you, startles, looks away sheepishly
[3.5 months ago]
also known as time flies, their imagos feed on unnoticed seconds and will for example lurk near engrossed readers, antennae extended
[3.5 months ago]
a brass worm writhes lazily where the clock's gears used to be, another priceless artifact destroyed by chronophages
[3.5 months ago]
that ambivalent feeling when your pet void has gone missing, but then you find it in your wallet
[3.5 months ago]
When you look out of a crystal ball instead of into it, you can see the past - actually that is how eyes work
[3.5 months ago]
dig into the pain, dissect and measure it, lose sight of the whole↵↵until there's no more suffering, just neuron spikes and physics