[2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

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[2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby RichardSRussell » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:30 pm

Back in 2005, we had a panel on Fermi's Paradox at WisCon, and I put together a semi-scholarly 8-page paper for it called "How Rare Is Earth?". A good chunk of it is devoted to the many different ways in which science fiction has essayed an answer to the question "Where is everybody?". I'm immodestly proud of it and will gladly send a PDF copy to anyone who requests one of me at RichardSRussell@tds.net.
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Kimra » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:39 pm

Wow. Last year I wrote an essay about how cool Tamora Pierce is, how her representation of teenage female characters was integral in my young adult life and how important it is for other young females to have these similar role models. If you'd like a copy of it, just ask me. Here, on the forum. I'm not giving any of you my contract details.
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Edminster » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:53 pm

Neat! A few weeks ago I saw a bunch of pictures of a cat standing on its hind legs begging for treats, taken from different angles and with her face in varying expressions, such that I thought it would be neat to watch animated. I spent about an hour compositing and cropping and scaling them together and am inordinately proud so I'm just going to post it. If you don't want to see it, well then fuck you.

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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Zippy » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:11 pm

Last night, as I lay in my cradle of ephemera and snugglemice, I had a vision of the vast universe, and all the life which perverted it. They were spirits of evil, formed of dark matter and howling at the emptiness of Oprah. I walked amongst them, trusting in the exotic normal matter of my sleepsuit to render me imperceptible. But then I went too far. Their pizza was irresistable, and I stole a slice, non-euclidean in shape and perfused with slices of Gumby. I'm certain, now, that it was this act of green plasticity which revealed my presence to the spirits. The sky turned to the color of television, tuned to CPAN, and I fled in madness. How long I do not know, but long enough to put my recollections and twisted thoughts to pen. Which I shall be happy to send to you, please email me at Zippy@pharm.totally-legitimate.ru
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Kimra » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:44 am

I'm sorry. But we should have stopped at Ed. Because nothing can top that.

Ed. You are the only among us who spends their time well.*

*not sarcasm**

**also not sarcasm, there is literally no sarcasm in this post
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Kaharz » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:00 pm

I was going to carry on the joke, but then I saw Ed's post and realized I have created nothing that is truly worth sharing in my life.* I have four cats, a camera and probably about 30 to 40 years left though.** So I can dream.

*This is both sarcastic and completely true.
**The cast will sadly not last that long, but there will be other cats.
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Joshua » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:48 pm

The cat IS strangely hypnotic...
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby DonRetrasado » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:26 pm

That cat's never gonna get those treats.
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Kimra » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:15 am

Cat doesn't need them, look at that fat belly. :P
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Re: [2014-03-06] Fermi's Paradox

Postby Edminster » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:08 am

cat want treats even in sleep

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