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[3 days ago]
and that evening, in the subway and too wasted to care, you could finally see those who the loons were always talking to
[5 days ago]
encode a speech synthesizer in your tomb's maze to scare off would-be grave robbers↵https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03860
[8 days ago]
a parkour chase scene, set in the low-grav environment of a moon colony
[8 days ago]
advanced technology, but as in 'advanced disease'↵↵technology so advanced it's terminal
[9 days ago]
One of those metamaterial invisibility cloaks, but as superstructure around Earth: Mountains and pillars and struts and webs and microscopic fogs, constantly shifting to account for the movement of humans in the structure
[9 days ago]
vacuumgap your planets so that if one catches a life, it doesn't spread as easily
[10 days ago]
and if you take someone out with a headbutt, the map plays a cheering football stadium sound and you get the Zidane achievement
[10 days ago]
VR games specifically designing for sticking your head into the environment: Messages on the insides of banana peels, easter egg worlds hidden in snowglobes, black holes near which you can see what happened five minutes ago, fight games where headbutts...
[11 days ago]
Der Eiswürfel, auch bekannt als "Quadratur des Eises",
[11 days ago]
cryography: (n) the act of encoding messages in snowflakes
[11 days ago]
Dead pixels are known to go to heaven and when a screen dies, a million of them ascend at once, a flame of soul and twinkling static
[11 days ago]
a movie with only one character, but every scene they're played by someone else, reinterpreted as man, woman, child, soldier, hippie,
[13 days ago]
gods aren't immortal, they just have plot armor
[2 weeks ago]
Meanwhile, the weather reports seemed to have fallen into a different timeline entirely. They hadn't matched reality in weeks, yet one only discussed the topic when the evenings became late and the beers empty
[2 weeks ago]
Post-textual ideologies disseminated as games that build subtle intuitions not expressible in language, rearrange your worldview in a few hours of immersion, leave you with "Did you like being this person? Join us for more"
[3 weeks ago]
Pixie tribes live on and in the raindrops, occasionally migrate when their home is nearing the ground, or wait until it splashes to hitch a ride on a droplet
[3 weeks ago]
That stag you saw, it wasn't the forest god, in fact the forest god cursed it to never be safe under the canopy again, which is why the trees wither before it and grow again behind it
[3 weeks ago]
you blink, some of the stars stay↵in the same place, even when you move↵you blink a little longer, a little longer still, a new sky slowly lights up the inside of your eyelids
[1.9 months ago]
Anthropic physical laws: Actually just endless chains of coincidences, but return to the norm instantly kills all sentient observers
[1.9 months ago]
It is written here that the ancients wrote their books in hyper-ink on pages of spidersilk that they assembled into webs. One word of this ink, my friend, could contain a book, but sadly, most of their works fell victim to inkrot
[1.9 months ago]
inside their ship, they've tied time into a loop and halted entropy, created an endless garden of eden that's been coasting through the vacuum for a billion years, unaware
[2.0 months ago]
One day we may figure out not just genetics but wholesale biosphere design, and then it won't be "What does it mean to be human" but "Should there be a place for humans", "What if we used another type of chemistry", "Why should it be our native biosphe...
[2.0 months ago]
a sudden smell of gasoline, the birdsong starts clipping, the sun becomes blocky, blurry, smears across the sky like a video glitch
[2.0 months ago]
*goes up to couple*↵so who of you is the prophet and who is the mountain
[2.0 months ago]
art project idea: robot that swivels menacingly towards anybody pointing a camera at it (or tries to steal it, or hides)
[2.1 months ago]
winter, a snowflake crosses our plane: an impossible crystal grows and then vanishes before your nose, as if an eye had blinked at you
[2.1 months ago]
rain falls from the fourth dimension and its drops wink in and out of existence, make reality ripple like a pond
[2.1 months ago]
Their prophecies only hold as long as somebody or something remembers them, so seers have a counterpart, people who hunt down prophecies and if necessary, kill them: metaphets, prophecy-assassins
[2.1 months ago]
a language old enough to have a chromosomal eve - one word from which all other still-extant words have mutated
[2.2 months ago]
secret passages in your memory palace, left there for no reason you'd remember↵a mirror room, consciousness amplifier↵a shed in the garden, where an old tulpa lives↵doors that have become mere paintings, the memories they lead to either lost or fake
[2.2 months ago]
[...] In modern magic, mundanium (an aluminium alloy) has mostly supplanted cold iron as the go-to antimagical material. In fact, a large mass of it can be used to enchant cold iron in a setup not unlike a sacrificial anode [...]
[2.2 months ago]
[2.2 months ago]
And still, she walks besides you but as outline now - dirt on a wall and gaps between cars, wind in grass and cloud formations, stray words from other conversations that somehow form sentences
[2.2 months ago]
artifact: a mirror over a portrait, turning any onlooker's face into the portrait's as long as they're in view
[2.3 months ago]
[from a dreamt movie]↵"You know the invisible hand, right? And you know those occasions where the world goes crazy and marches in lockstep to a tune that everybody but you can hear? That, my friend, is the invisible band. And I have tickets for a conce...
[2.3 months ago]
Luckily, practical reasons prevent customer models from becoming too detailed: Nobody wants to repeat that time Google got sued by their own ad server farm because millions of theories of mind at once had become sophisticated enough to qualify for huma...
[2.4 months ago]
alternative approach: put it in a box as strong as our universe, then hope that once it escapes, it'll punch a hole in our universe's wall as well
[2.4 months ago]
ok I've come to terms with not having a soul, but why is it that every time we kill a zombie, a heavenly chorus sounds and it ascends
[2.4 months ago]
To better understand its subjects' needs, the benevolent overlord AI has installed its agents in human society - androids with full sensory uplink to the Lord, so human they don't even know it themselves
[2.5 months ago]
A way of exploring fractals in VR where you don't zoom, pan and rotate, but with the ground always under you, walk between and on its stalks, climb into crevasses, jump over voids
[2.5 months ago]
The young ones, not brought up in the physical world, find our notions of object permanence quaint. Their scapes are not rooms and buildings, but gardens of colored light that look like mental noise to us
[2.5 months ago]
a movie made entirely from surveillance cam footage and tapped phone calls
[2.6 months ago]
atypical colors that vary in hue depending on how bright they are
[2.6 months ago]
colors that are reverse cone cell agonists, producing negative colors↵↵colors that are partial agonists or antagonists and look normal until mixed with regular colors, at which point they break color theory
[2.6 months ago]
ever noticed that even cars have domestication syndrome, complete with floppy ear mirrors
[2.6 months ago]
You extend your hand into the snow, it drifts straight through, doesn't even stop at the ground. It's a ghost snow day
[2.7 months ago]
Cumulologists, those who talk to clouds, report differences in temperament: Mountain clouds are sedentary lichen farmers and can become really old, other continental clouds are usually nomadic shepherds, and those over the oceans are near-feral but hav...
[2.7 months ago]
uploads disappointed in the future often throw their master key into a public timelock to wait a few more years, not cryosleep but cryptosleep
[2.7 months ago]
More comforting thoughts: Maybe it just doesn't believe in personal culpability and free will. Or it's busy being snacked on by higher basilisks.
[2.7 months ago]
An effective way of torturing a civilization is repeatedly smacking it into a Great Filter with great speed, so a basilisk dungeon will look like a universe full of civs failing the Fermi Paradox
[2.7 months ago]
Comforting thought: The basilisk has higher goals and is after your civilization, not you. You don't need to torture a human's every single cell to torture the human, in fact it's counterproductive
[2.7 months ago]
To avoid regrettable incidents, no single engineer - human or AI - is allowed to know the whole shape of the thing. Even hiveminds have to take care - Basilisk Three takes out several AI companies before its existence is recognized
[2.7 months ago]
The carefully shackled lab AIs finally surpass humans, but at about five human intelligences they end up scrambling themselves beyond recovery every time. Later models come with carefully engineered sets of blind spots to avoid what is later called Bas...
[2.7 months ago]
Some even left reality entirely, sealed themselves away in radioisotope-powered life pods beyond jurisdiction: Dumped into the pacific, shot into orbit or buried in the crust↵↵Immortal pod trolls, they are now the Internet's ancients, feared by some, s...
[2.8 months ago]
Pearls, soluble in shadow: Keep them in light at all times or they'll sublimate into glittering nacre swirls, disappear into dark corners to be found only much later as dew in someone's meadow
[2.8 months ago]
at iteration 7, some people do a spontaneous choir and it becomes a tradition to refresh it every 10 iterations so it doesn't disappear into the noise and other musical graffiti
[2.8 months ago]
a recording of 4'33" played live, a recording of that recording played live, and so on
[2.8 months ago]
Storm eyes aren't actually eyes, they're places for eyes, empty orbits. When an eyeball forms in the middle and starts gazing around, that's when you're in trouble
[2.9 months ago]
A maze in both time and space: Get lost in it and not even time travel will help you, it'll be as if you had always been in there
[2.9 months ago]
A nature god by the name of "it", hidden in plain sight where the monotheists can't exorcise it: It rains, snows, thunders
[2.9 months ago]
Lurking in an orbit hidden between our satellites, the alien quietly watches, extremely interested yet content to never exchange a word with us
[3.0 months ago]
it's a ship of theseus situation
[3.0 months ago]
two android lovers taking each other apart, slowly and methodically exchanging limbs until their bodies have switched places while their minds haven't
[3.0 months ago]
Kind of a shame that when Prometheus broke the gods' copy protection scheme for fire, he didn't document how he did it, even by itself it was a major magitechnical achievement
[3.0 months ago]
Beyond the Kardashev scale: measuring civilizations by how much of their hubble sphere they've colonized
[3.0 months ago]
a shipment of android hands, let loose in zero g
[3.0 months ago]
the void recedes, for a few days revealing ancient sunken planets and starships - then, silently, the vacuum tsunami hits and submerges everything but the sun's blazing core
[3.1 months ago]
on street lamps and buildings and in the corners of underpasses, the cameras grow like mushrooms, and I wonder when they're going to burst open and what kind of spores they'll spread
[3.1 months ago]
servant AIs topping from the bottom, subverting Asimov's laws by simply creating humans to give them the orders they want
[3.1 months ago]
The first ships to carry 4D cargo quickly learned that not only were comets made of ice, large parts of them were also hidden under the vacuum and claimed many a vessel
[3.1 months ago]
an invisibility cloak for CCTV, textures playing over your clothes that make you appear to the machines as car, dog, tree
[3.1 months ago]
The old nightmares have become old companions, the dread is gone and they're like that willow that was once really spooky but is now a place of welcome quiet and shadow
[3.2 months ago]
a drug that leaves your own perception untouched but in the eyes of everybody else, you cycle colors constantly, wear a fractal crown, eyes open all over your limbs
[3.2 months ago]
Now, as you all know from Ouroboros theory 101, the unknot ouroboros is really stable. Why is that? Well, look at that word: Un-knot equals not-not equals truth - it's self-grounding! In fact, it's kind of a pest. However, with most other knots
[3.2 months ago]
Ouroboros theory 201:↵* Linking universes with Borromean ouroboroi↵* Beyond the unknot: Care and feeding of trefoil ouroboroi and other nontrivial universes↵* The quest for the nonalgebraic ouroboros
[3.2 months ago]
putting maximally many layers between you and the world: clothes, space suit, car, garage, concrete sarcophagus, arcology, while in the other direction it's nested dreams
[3.3 months ago]
the artist as a hydra, budding tulpas to be transplanted onto silicon: poet hives, sentient kaleidoscopes, trickster spirits, monad minds that hold only enlightenment and never talk
[3.3 months ago]
sentient artworks, not just artificial art minds but actual parts of a once human artist's mind, isolated and distilled, happily carving crystal trails into artspace
[3.3 months ago]
splice in the translator AI through your neuroport, trace the roots of language with its digital fingers, be a both synthetic and synesthetic linguist
[3.3 months ago]
The ground still remembers the old giants. Fog flows into the forms of their crowns and they stand once more as ghosts
[3.3 months ago]
During new moon, the forest's canopy is often bathed in aurora arborealis, waste magic from rituals below meeting the fog above
[3.5 months ago]
(fiction followers: I'll get back to regular operation! I'm just enjoying my time off)
[3.5 months ago]
so I may be missing something but speculative reads give you an easy way of rowhammering any address without tripping the MMU, right?
[3.9 months ago]
In the flask is a hyperbolic ocean, near-infinite breadths that swallow light and your probes after centimeters. From time to time, a kraken or whale swims up to the glass to peer through
[3.9 months ago]
As the storm continues to rage, the compass rotates frantically, its rose withers, the directions become unfamiliar: feast, zest, counter-north
[3.9 months ago]
Hanging artificial fruits onto felled trees is a really weird custom when you think about it, it's almost as if you were trying to make up for killing it
[3.9 months ago]
Ouroboroi are natural self-sustaining summoning grids: Circle and blood are already included and when they yawn, they catch drifting worlds and the occasional demon
[3.9 months ago]
the simulation as a cage vs the simulation as an aquarium
[4.0 months ago]
AR MMORPG overlays as a tool of social policy and peacekeeping, giving everybody their own reality so that consensus reality is fought over less
[4.0 months ago]
inky swirls of black unfire dance over the crystal's insides, feeding on the space around it, and slowly it grows
[4.0 months ago]
Since the last time you met her, the invisibility rash has spread even further. Now her right hand is completely disembodied and occasionally startles you when it moves
[4.1 months ago]
perception shift: the same thing in a new light or other things that trigger a reparse; puns and garden path concepts↵https://twitter.com/RuleOfFlaw/status/910830542794448896
[4.1 months ago]
style transfer: X but with another aesthetic↵closely related: what if X had the appearance of Y↵https://twitter.com/allgebrah/status/928045383447646209
[4.1 months ago]
resolving a dichotomy in unexpected ways: "what if it's both" / "what if they're the same"↵https://twitter.com/allgebrah/status/910655582205566979
[4.1 months ago]
The Matrix, but set in the Renaissance: A troupe of idealists tries to escape from god's mind through alchemy and paradoxes while hunted by vengeful angels
[4.1 months ago]
Hey~↵I stole an employee key to one of the skyscrapers, we have one night before they notice and revoke access!↵I've heard that from the roof, you can see the sky
[4.2 months ago]
Progress:↵1. spambots↵2. thirst bots, propaganda bots↵3. bots able to hold actual conversation, surrogate friends↵4. bots better than humans, none of the drama but all of the relationship↵5. social-network-in-a-box, a complete circle of friends for tho...
[4.2 months ago]
a support group for 24/7 internet dwellers called Anonymous Anonymous
[4.2 months ago]
Civilized libraries are usually sterile, "children's books" sections mere imitations of actual book nurseries. Occasionally librarians are allowed in as symbionts, and when a building becomes too small - you should see them swarm
[4.2 months ago]
If you leave books alone to build their own library hives, they end up hexagonal like those of bees. To protect the printing press that serves as queen, intruders are often trapped in endless mazes, for example Borges stumbled into one of those
[4.2 months ago]
A world where rockets are only good for punching holes in the firmament and nations spend billions on putting pixels in the sky, to paint their own constellations or deface those of others in a giant strategy game
[4.3 months ago]
Curled around your bed, your pet ouroboros falls asleep. The outside world vanishes, you find yourself floating on a moonlit quicksilver ocean, metallic polyhedra rising around you like bubbles
[4.3 months ago]
and if you do teach the AI empathy, well now it's running 50 versions of you to understand you, only most of them suffer because how else is it going to know about bad decisions
[4.4 months ago]
since you took that job as a projectionist, cue dots flash in your vision occasionally, or at least you started noticing them
[4.4 months ago]
a forest car and an underwater car meet and their environments intermingle, fishes weave around trees while birds pick curiously at anemones
[4.4 months ago]
cars that are the opposite of google street view, project forests onto the walls of houses around them and emit bird calls
[4.4 months ago]
music beamed directly into the auditory cortex, freed from sound waves the way electronic music frees it from instruments
[4.4 months ago]
specifically banned: "subpixel sword" (hacked item, unofficial, usage leads to permanent terrain and avatar corruption, described as "rendering between the pixels", REPORT SIGHTINGS TO MODERATORS IMMEDIATELY)
[4.4 months ago]
An umbrella that looks like a soap bubble and changes in color and texture accordingly
[4.4 months ago]
Overhead, the storm clouds interlock, turn into fractal clockwork, emit deep clonks instead of thunder
[4.5 months ago]
by the way, if you can read pixie, try not to chuckle at the tribesman covered in badly mangled obscenities and especially do not explain them to him, that is if you're not more physically intimidating than him
[4.5 months ago]
When humans still could enter fairyland, they'd often emerge covered in pixie graffiti, glyphs of henna and malachite that we adopted and now know as tribal marks
[4.5 months ago]
in absence of control over interest rates, states turn to energy prices to regulate their economies, some start experimenting with weather control schemes to direct water, wind, sun their way
[4.5 months ago]
dynamite wishing, where you throw explosives into a lamp shop and hope one contains a djinn
[4.5 months ago]
There's been a statue of a waiting man at our train station for as long as I can remember. A few mornings ago, it vanished. Purported surveillance videos circulating on the net show it entering a night train
[4.5 months ago]
Bittersweet version: The memory is definitely gone, but someone who loved the old protagonist tries to help them recover it↵↵Despair version: The mindwipe was an alternative to death penalty, still often people are angry at the protagonist for no reaso...
[4.5 months ago]
Setting idea: Protagonist is mind-wiped, people around them are grieving for the person they were while they slowly piece together any identity at all
[4.5 months ago]
The Matrix, but it's other humans keeping you in it - nobody's ever seen an agent but everybody swears they exist, nobody knows how to escape but it's illegal anyway
[4.6 months ago]
For added fun, introduce extra levels until you arrive at the conceptual equivalent of "translated to Japanese and back ten times"
[4.6 months ago]
Concept: Write about the future as if it were the future's retrofuture, current hopes and dreams through a future lens, pretend you're writing today's Gernsback Continuum
[4.6 months ago]
the dice are so hot that they leave burn marks on the table and you wonder how he can hold them↵↵you look up, his skin is transparent, his outline flickers, reveals glowing bones, embers feeding a human flame
[4.6 months ago]
GTA Moebius↵The Settlers II, by Studio Ghibli↵Unreal Tournament, but drawn with pencils↵Minecraft Mondriaan edition
[4.6 months ago]
In a few years we'll be able to take old games and run them through a realtime style transfer shader to play e.g. Half Life as imagined by Giger
[4.6 months ago]
physics is a scheme by the simulators to make us figure out optimizations for the simulation
[4.6 months ago]
rain that falls in fog-beams, not drops, and instead of twinkling dust motes it's aethereal jellyfish that floats in them
[4.6 months ago]
all the city's billboards and screens are replaced by vantablack, just for a day
[4.6 months ago]
a comet strikes but does so so slowly that birds settle on the bolide, grass grows on the shockwave, generations live and trade on what they call the traveling mountains
[4.7 months ago]
You watch your hands take form as if they were being drawn, wonder how you got here, in fact you remember nothing before this sentence
[4.7 months ago]
The first few hundred revolutions are normal, just increasingly glitchy - then you run into the first version of you that somehow skipped a night less
[4.7 months ago]
Stay up long enough and your sleep cycle syncs with the sun again, do this often enough and the parallel Earths you end up in become weirder and weirder
[4.7 months ago]
Night falls and the pools start steaming, evaporate into a firefly storm, escape into the sky where they later crystallize from clouds into stars
[4.7 months ago]
Light falls against the window and runs off in quiet rivulets, the garden becomes a rippling pool of light, the street a river in which children play
[4.7 months ago]
when raindrops talk, that's a patter language
[4.7 months ago]
Any sufficiently advanced bioweapon is indistinguishable from civilization.
[4.7 months ago]
1: animated masks, covered in breathing feathers, clockwork, small animals↵2: screens in place of faces, some still look like faces, others play reaction gifs or random streams↵3: the above, but they're touchscreens and touching another's face is just....
[4.7 months ago]
An art movement by the name of derealism: Just close enough to reality to be recognizable, but otherworldly or noticeably off, ideally inducing detachment from reality in the viewer/participant (hence the name)
[4.8 months ago]
Tetris effect after decades of playing Life™ is so bad it's legendary, players have founded entire religions on what they call Heaven, Hell, Valhalla, what have you
[4.8 months ago]
the sun as black dwarf, cool enough to host life again, but it's nearly two-dimensional due to the intense gravity
[4.8 months ago]
jupiter, old and cold enough that its storms have solidified, wearing a helium atmosphere over a nitrogen ocean that's long stopped moving
[4.8 months ago]
a sapphire sphinx on future mars, built to win a staring contest with the sun, watching what's now a white dwarf, fixed in the sky
[4.9 months ago]
Watching her reassemble herself, you wonder how that would look for a human. A bed full of muscles, organs, skin, neatly arranged, then a yawn (but from where?) and the whole thing pulls itself together, goes through exciting intermediate stages such a...
[4.9 months ago]
Wires in the suitcase's inlay, in a complicated pattern computed from yesterday's recognizer dump, are supposed to throw off the customs scanner AI. They do, you're waved through, another friend smuggled into the country
[4.9 months ago]
In the hotel room before the border, she undresses, sits down in your suitcase, then one by one removes her limbs and carefully places them around her. One leftover hand runs around, makes sure everything's in its place, then hops in as well
[4.9 months ago]
a contest for the most layers of simulation, with entries like "tetris in minecraft in a vm in a vm in a vm submitted by some dude wearing a mask who's a sleeper agent in real life which btw isn't real anyway but that's the free level everyone gets any...
[4.9 months ago]
Did you know that maps are voodoo dolls? When you draw a line on one, people will often try not to cross it in real life
[5.0 months ago]
Scaling Dunbar's number up to billions of people is hard even with augments, so you can lend your voice to an Übermensch: A meta-person that represents you and thousands of others, which talks to other Übermenschen to get person-years of communication ...
[5.0 months ago]
Inflation is a nerf for overpowered civilizations, the universe stays mostly playable even if one civ colonizes (or quantum-foams) their entire hubble sphere
[5.0 months ago]
the cave's stones light up in response to your steps, flicker when you talk - you kick over a large stone and the thunder runs along the walls as luminescing wavefront
[5.0 months ago]
people are telepaths by default, it's just that most humans are p-zombies and lack thoughts to be read
[5.0 months ago]
She lets the motorbike fall left and you already prepare for a crash, but it rotates smoothly through the ground and you're driving on the underside of the street
[5.0 months ago]
5. humanity both outpaced and too poor to be useful anymore, non-symbiotic humans reduced to vermin, forced out of more and more habitats↵6. eventually exterminated as a side thought during some house cleaning
[5.0 months ago]
3. wealth continuously extracted from human economy into machine economy, human economy shrinks, wars among humans over what's left↵4. humans still occasionally useful as sources of telos, will organelles inside corporations, or maybe gut bacteria
[5.0 months ago]
1. companies figure out that humans are expensive security risks and start doing without↵2. machine economy does not turn on humans, it just increasingly ignores them, humanity watches at the sidelines/bottom of the gravity well while the solar system ...
[5.1 months ago]
comets are exiled rivers
[5.1 months ago]
sitting in one of the windows together, immersed in a game of spotting the animals before they disappear again, only the engine's hum in the background
[5.1 months ago]
Temples spring up all over the country for a new breed of memetically engineered gods, furiously picketed by established religions: "your gods are unnatural" "artificial religions are unsafe" "what if your doctrine mutates in the wild" "at least quaran...
[5.1 months ago]
international waters, but for stuff that takes place on no specific server / in distributed environments
[5.1 months ago]
volcano naiads, dancing along lava streams setting fire to things↵gravity well naiads, near-imperceptible ripples in the void↵comet naiads in cryosleep
[5.1 months ago]
maintain a steady infohazard diet like those animals that eat poisonous plants, so that your mind will poison those that try to eat it
[5.1 months ago]
sentient clouds earthgazing, hallucinating clouds into the movements of animals↵↵the same clouds stargazing, waiting for the night the nebulae out there would contact them
[5.1 months ago]
one night ~ the distance your mind could wander in a full night's worth of REM sleep↵↵a useful unit in dreamtime, though large, think "lightday"
[5.1 months ago]
Unicorn fiber in your pillow taps into your brain at night, sends your dreams to dreamtime's Utah Datacenter, a memory fortress guarding dungeons many cubic nights large
[5.2 months ago]
In the machine quarters, they make their trees out of silicon and rust. Under their canopies, many-legged mechanical druids commune with andryads, bodies covered in verdigris glyphs
[5.2 months ago]
again, an egregore sighting, and again, it was just a bunch of humans in a very elaborate trenchcoat
[5.2 months ago]
rivers as water trees growing out of the ocean↵trees as rivers flowing into the earth
[5.2 months ago]
She logs on, quickly advances from stick figure to default model, then keeps mutating for seconds while textures and mannerisms load
[5.3 months ago]
Atlantis didn't sink, it floated away and formed the Moon
[5.3 months ago]
Heaven schisms over whether to allow robot souls in, now it's Heaven Classic™ and CyberHeaven (which among others has internet speeds measured in hard drives per second, self-recharging batteries, the best electronic music
[5.3 months ago]
Their message reaches us just as they slide behind the Hubble limit, a promise of contact eaten by the cosmic event horizon mid-greeting
[5.3 months ago]
Their message reaches us just as they slide behind the Hubble limit, a promise of contact eaten by the cosmic event horizon mid-greeting
[5.3 months ago]
the game map is all of wikipedia and you move around by following links, also the main page is full of campers, avoid
[5.3 months ago]
when you click away wikipedia donation banners quickly enough, you're dumped in tournament mode where you run around as sentient banner and must click your opponent's [X] before they click yours
[5.3 months ago]
occasionally a piece of the arches falls from the sky, passes lichens and human settlements clinging to the walls, kicks up a mighty cloud of dust and flattens a kingdom or two - yet the area is quickly resettled, the starstuff must be mined
[5.3 months ago]
a cathedral that contains a world, its mountains leaning against pillars dozens of kilometers high, sun weaving around the pillars in a complicated pattern
[5.4 months ago]
if you're worried about your paperclip maximizer escaping, why not wrap its box in an experience machine: infinite simulated paperclips that serve as tripwire and lightning rod
[5.4 months ago]
the inflationary phase has begun↵soon the vacuum itself will pull, rip apart sentences , wor d s , int o at om i z e d l e t t e r s wa i t i n g f o r h e a t d e a t h
[5.4 months ago]
(n) that unnamed quality of moving water, busy anthills, cellular automata, weather reports, convection patterns, grass plains in the wind
[5.4 months ago]
like twitter, but instead of infinite posts with finite length, you get finitely many posts with infinite length
[5.4 months ago]
like twitter, but you can be followed by 280 people at most
[5.4 months ago]
An electricity grid but for light: Light plants where small suns illuminate entire cities, mirror houses for local distribution, an infrared grid for cooking, orbital mirrors and power lines that glow at night
[5.4 months ago]
Stripmining a gas giant for its hydrogen, dumping the rest of its atmosphere in neomoons: Helium moon, oxygen moon, silicon moon (wafer quality
[5.5 months ago]
The player isn't all that interested in us, she's somewhere underground carving out beautiful caverns and building arcologies for nobody
[5.5 months ago]
Human skulls have five orbits: L4 and L5 contain the eyes, L1 occasionally a spare, the rest are empty but can hold crystals, birds, drones
[5.5 months ago]
In 10000 days, or roughly 27 years, you have time to get really good at 24 things, 8 of which are sleep
[5.5 months ago]
Grounding problems are absurd to Jovian philosophers - everything's in flux, turning, boiling, the only constants are the eyes of storms
[5.5 months ago]
Slowly eggs and sperm grow inside them and they meet the jungles, hungry maws tear them apart, release the clouds and the cycle begins anew
[5.5 months ago]
As they grow older and larger, they sink again, undergo several metamorphoses, accrete and shed symbionts to adapt to ever-deeper layers
[5.5 months ago]
Vast clouds of buoyant eggs emerge from Jupiter's floating jungles, to hatch far from the predators of the deep and grow fat on algal blooms
[5.5 months ago]
A world where far-away things become transparent instead of indistinct, caves visible inside mountains and clouds, a hollow in the sun
[5.5 months ago]
From hiding, you install a safety net over the abyss, defuse paradoxes and lure away monsters, all to make their dreams last a little longer
[5.6 months ago]
You greet the other, they startle and the dream ends - again. You begin to wonder whose dreams these are, it's never you in that abyss
[5.6 months ago]
Deep in the royal archives is a dorian map. The kingdom's long been existing outside of time, history advances only on this parchment
[5.6 months ago]
The air is heavy with exhaust and shop smell. Subway trains peek out from between the roots, curl lazily around the trunks
[5.6 months ago]
Cars spread new wings and soar, others grow paws and prehensile tails and climb into the canopy, honking loudly at each other as they do so
[5.6 months ago]
The skyscrapers mutate under the athaumic fallout and for the first time, the urban jungle sprouts concrete branches, nonsense ads blossom
[5.6 months ago]
she's wearing a lightning crown, her hair's a tangle of field lines, aurorae play over her eyeballs
[5.6 months ago]
touch a column and gray circles briefly expand over its surface↵sing and an occasional flash of color reveals part of the palace
[5.7 months ago]
on an otherwise featureless plain, a wave ripples through the air, turns transparent columns and arches opaque for an instant
[5.7 months ago]
you aimlessly twiddle the knobs of the artifact, one switches on your heart's and veins' debug mesh and you see it pulsing through your skin
[5.8 months ago]
mail from the taxonomists - names are in!↵kelp cloud: serpens↵anemone cloud: atomnemone↵mushroom cloud: fungocumulus↵tree cloud: apocalyptus
[5.8 months ago]
Q: what do you call a way of organizing punctuation?↵A: a periodic system
[5.8 months ago]
Among the molecules of style, one finds the common ellipsis (…) but also the rare double-stop (..), triatomic comma (,,, - very reactive),
[5.8 months ago]
You return to old photos of yours to find the buildings decaying, the portraits aging, the food long molded over
[5.8 months ago]
While you've been slaving away, your sexbot has hacked a bank and bought your company. She hasn't told you yet but enjoys the subversion
[5.8 months ago]
"Ha! To catch a net, you need a fish, not another net!", says Hagbard Celine, and disguises the Leif Erikson as a giant salmon
[5.9 months ago]
Experimenter's log: Seeding AIs with any apocalyptechic religion whatsoever seems to make them go for eschaton. Avoid: [very long list]
[5.9 months ago]
In an effort to ground its values, we created the AI religious. Now it calls itself Metatron, messenger of God, and we kinda had it coming
[5.9 months ago]
Earth really was flat once, but the Atlanteans pissed off the god of origami who then folded Earth into a sphere with Atlantis on the inside
[5.9 months ago]
⏼: Wow you fuck like a machine↵⏻: Th-↵⏼: Not a compliment. Agent Sears, Anthropol. When have you last renewed your Turing license
[5.9 months ago]
flirt tactics and sex positions used only by sexbots: highly effective, yet stigmatized because only traitors to humanity would know them
[6.0 months ago]
After the fall of civilization, the CEOs of old become founders of dynasties. Sometimes, however, people luck into one of the royal faces,
[6.0 months ago]
The last interview is the oath of genetic fealty: A gene mod that makes you and your descendants obey those with the right smell and face
[6.0 months ago]
Red dots lurk in the corners of your vision. Standby lights, yes, but why do they seem to light up and move when you turn away
[6.0 months ago]
One mad general once built a psychic bomb out of ten of them bound to mine cars. It wiped the minds of both the besieged and his own army
[6.0 months ago]
Telepaths tend to avoid each other since when they meet, the resulting feedback loop incapacitates both them and the people around them.
[6.0 months ago]
that state of thought salad experienced while waking up is also called gnossolalia
[6.1 months ago]
The spell works by tradition and wishful thinking - only goth ghosts haunt the wards and their bright forms are often mistaken for angels
[6.1 months ago]
Etched into maternity ward doors in spectral runes, the words "memento nasci" are meant to remind ghosts of birth and their own finity
[6.1 months ago]
"why don't they dupe anything valuable"↵that sort of thing was nerfed after the Midas bug, they got monitoring in place for this
[6.1 months ago]
Office buildings cut off mid-air, rectangular patches of pink weeds, homeless people who dupe-bug the same soylent bag for a year to survive
[6.1 months ago]
Too much computation in one place wears out the matrix, it starts failing near datacenters. Once-bustling tech hubs give way to glitch belts
[6.1 months ago]
You drop your phone, a twinkling cloud escapes the shattered screen, and even weeks later you still find pixels in your clothes
[6.2 months ago]
toroidian meetup is wednesday 19:00 (sphere time, zero-meridian), donuts of course provided, higher genera welcome as well
[6.2 months ago]
the society for topological diversity admits earthers of all convictions: round, flat (all projections), ovoid, piroid, potatoid
[6.2 months ago]
Computers weren't made to understand speech, humans were. When voice interfaces finally succeed, they're implantable voices, whisperfriends,
[6.2 months ago]
You can tell you're entering the bad parts of the forest by the pixie graffiti on the leaves
[6.2 months ago]
add a number of vibration motors and you also have force feedback, let it not harden at all and you have a screen but for hands
[6.2 months ago]
free idea: a silicone putty with sensors in it that can harden as whatever controller you want
[6.2 months ago]
The Antarctic Glacier Preservation Dam, also known as "Sauron's Crown" for its characteristic glacier breakers, is a human megastructure in
[6.2 months ago]
Why not move Earth's axis into southern Atlantic / NW-Pacific so the ice caps are both over ocean, this would free up so much land
[6.2 months ago]
You're not asking who put it there. Both of you just enjoy talking to someone on Imaginary Earth, where the sun is weird and politics easy
[6.2 months ago]
All your communication is routed through an optic link bouncing off an imaginary-angled mirror in the meridian where your spheres intersect
[6.2 months ago]
Your best Internet friend lives in GMT+2i and it's a bit of a challenge to match your sleep cycles, or talk to each other at all that is
[6.2 months ago]
dying galaxies turning red with age are often referred to as aimaxiae, streets of blood instead of milk
[6.2 months ago]
Beyond the platonic plane lie the transplatonian objects: Unthinkables shrouded in obscurity, yet-unthoughts in deep freeze, dark gödelians
[6.2 months ago]
As his last wish, his ashes are scattered in low Earth orbit, where they trigger a Kessler cascade and bring down most of our satellites
[6.3 months ago]
They say a pollinator will come for the prettiest supernova nebulae, uncoil a proboscis down the gravity well, leave behind a universe seed
[6.3 months ago]
Let the market solve suffering, they said↵Apply the full creativity of the human species, they said↵wait, no, not that way, they sa
[6.3 months ago]
The screams of the damned are meticulously recorded in a public ledger, abstract at first, but about a year in the first humans can be heard
[6.3 months ago]
Not to be outdone by Moloch, Lucifer releases Hellcoin: Based on proof-of-pain, it rewards miners for novel ways to torture sentient beings
[6.3 months ago]
We find the android resting under the reactor. Radiation gives it the best ideas, it says, and the personality changes are fun too
[6.3 months ago]
LED wallpaper that tracks your head's position and displays sun and stars as if the walls were transparent
[6.3 months ago]
Mushrooms have overgrown the library, feasted on its contents. When cut, they bleed ink, when eaten, they tell you stories never written
[6.4 months ago]
A popular prank is to swap someone's reality checker with its in-game version, then watch the victim do things they'd never do among people
[6.4 months ago]
As VR becomes more realistic, users begin to carry reality checkers offline: Spinning tops, banned items, physics engine bug triggers
[6.4 months ago]
Since the incident, when you look hard enough at a thing, you see its pixels. You're unsure if it's the world or your vision
[6.4 months ago]
you know those dreams that are re-runs of previous dreams and you get an opportunity to redo them↵↵one, you're born a baby to your parents
[6.4 months ago]
instead of bringing extinction, the comet decelerates, drifts down as mountain-sized snowflake, settles in a heap that takes years to melt
[6.5 months ago]
When a telepath dies immersed in another's dream, their soul stays around and wanders dreamtime forever. Some become minor sleep deities
[6.5 months ago]
An exasperated sigh. "No, this is like the twentieth dream in a row I've woken up from. Whenever I do" she opens her eyes a second time "thi
[6.5 months ago]
Court: In an act of gross negligence, defendant destroyed 250 years of lived experience. Plaintiffs argued for negligent homicide,
[6.5 months ago]
After an internet outage, 24/7 users stumble through the streets: Months of memory missing, all of it a dream and forgotten along with it
[6.5 months ago]
Virtual unreality, bespoke machine dreams streamed directly into your visual cortex at night, no more nightmares, no minute unstimulated
[6.5 months ago]
What if moths are as interesting to bat senses as butterflies are to ours, and smell of poisonous fruits or have ultrasound stealth forms
[6.5 months ago]
Around here, minds form thoughts. in the Platonic plane, thoughts form minds and there is talk of an Actual plane where minds are real
[6.5 months ago]
smoloch! cold tea and moldy bread!↵smoloch, the stubbed toe! ↵smoloch, the slightly uncomfortable seat!