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Post  MattBass6 on Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:17 pm

daviddurey wrote:
raj087 wrote:
MattBass6 wrote: Rach always wants more "spod" talk and will never be full up with it, so unfortunately, keep it coming Sleep

Don't you Sleep me, Boyo!!
And anyway, what the f**k is a .MOV? pig pig tongue xxx

Rach, I think .MOV stands for Men On Viagra. But I could be wrong. Exclamation


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Post  Portly Piggle on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:45 pm

I hope that you will forgive the Non-Spod nature of this post.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RACH.

By way of a small gift, my avatar is a picture of a genuine piece of New York cheesecake taken at a genuine New York deli just off Times Square. I hope that this will help keep your dream alive. Very Happy

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Not sure if this is spod ...

Post  crimsonwombat on Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:04 pm

'fraid I'm one of those damn yanks (and therefore hopelessly provincial and clueless ... but some of us try ...)

I've always thought some awesome material for an album would be Ursula LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness. For those of you too young for it (early '70s I'm afraid, and yeah I read it when it came out). I had dreams of developing an electronic album once upon a time (maybe I will some day)

The basic premise is a planet on which all the inhabitants change gender from time to time (in a process called kemmer). Earthlings, with a permanent gender are considered complete perverts. It's a very interesting exploration of the boundaries between love, friendship, individuality, group identity. It's brilliant, as you would expect form LeGuin.

To get a little more hardcore nerd: what would happen if we all read the in the paper tomorrow that earth had received a message from another distant civilization? Would it change things forever or are we too wrapped up in the trivial to even notice? Would anything change or would we all simply twist whatever the message contained to fit our already formed notions of our place in the universe? Would it such an event be a window into a wider existence or just a mirror reflecting our own narrow perspectives?

Just wondering (I teach a course on this sort of stuff).

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Re: Rach's Spod Space

Post  chris on Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:14 am

crimsonwombat spodded:

"To get a little more hardcore nerd: what would happen if we all read the in the paper tomorrow that earth had received a message from another distant civilization? Would it change things forever or are we too wrapped up in the trivial to even notice?"

Wouldn't it rather depend on which paper it was, what the message said, and how it arrived/was presented to us (for some value of "us")?

Mere proof -- if that were proof -- that there's Others Out There wouldn't directly affect /me/ very much, because it already seems plausible & I'm an SF fan from way back (waves virtual copy of LHoD). And what would count as a proof that They were There? Wouldn't a planet-wide conspiracy seem just as plausible as Real Others if one was a determined non-belieVer?

Another Le Guin work that might be interesting in this context is The Lathe of Heaven: a man has the power to change the world with his dreams, and his psychiatrist wants to use this power to improve the world. Naturally this isn't as straightforward as one might hope.

Chris

Should "spodded" be "spade"?

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Rach's Spod Space

Post  daviddurey on Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:59 am

Or Spayed??!
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Re: Rach's Spod Space

Post  chris on Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:33 am

David said:

"Or Spayed??!"

That doesn't seem to be a fruitful line of discussion.

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Re: Rach's Spod Space

Post  daviddurey on Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:47 am

chris wrote:David said:

"Or Spayed??!"

That doesn't seem to be a fruitful line of discussion.

No offence meant.
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Re: Rach's Spod Space

Post  chris on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:19 pm

David: "No offence meant."

Sorry, David -- I was punning off "spayed", not being offended.
Apologies if I've induced unnecessary guilt.

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Re: Rach's Spod Space

Post  daviddurey on Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:09 pm

chris wrote:David: "No offence meant."

Sorry, David -- I was punning off "spayed", not being offended.
Apologies if I've induced unnecessary guilt.

Chris

Yes, I should have seen that. I was probably being a little thick.

Take care, mate. Laughing
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Post  chris on Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:47 am

Riffing again off ideas of identity ... how much of me is other people, incorporated into my self by my experiences, and consequent internal simulations, of them? To be able to understand other people is to have incomplete copies of them running in your head. With the attendent dangers of losing yourself in the copy, mistaking the copy for the real thing, or becoming little more than a collection of copies ...)

Running memories of the dead is one way to deal with them being gone, one imperfect immortality for them.

(Today's post courtesy of Hofstadter's "I am a strange loop" and yesterday's passing of Diana Wynne Jones.)

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Post  Paul Q on Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:09 pm

crimsonwombat wrote:To get a little more hardcore nerd: what would happen if we all read the in the paper tomorrow that earth had received a message from another distant civilization? Would it change things forever or are we too wrapped up in the trivial to even notice? Would anything change or would we all simply twist whatever the message contained to fit our already formed notions of our place in the universe? Would it such an event be a window into a wider existence or just a mirror reflecting our own narrow perspectives?

For some reason I'm reminded of a quote from, I think, Philip K.Dick, when he said that there were two possibilities. Either we were alone in the universe, or we weren't, but either way it was awe-inspiring.

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