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Author Topic: EP277: Rejiggering the Thingamajig  (Read 6295 times)
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« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2011, 04:35:59 PM »

RE: the reading - I personally would have been annoyed by such theatrics in this piece, so I'm rather glad they were understated. The gun's personality was such that, amplified, would have quite irritated me.

I didn't (necessarily) mean amplifying the gun's personality.  Just not dampening it, either, which, like Kibitzer, is the effect I got.
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« Reply #41 on: February 04, 2011, 05:36:55 AM »

And the EA forum's criminal element is born! :p

born? Ha.

There are some problems with this story, as many have pointed out, and I'd love to list them, but my mind cannot move past sentient, Buddhist, passivist, vegetarian, fucking dinosaurs with sentient, smart-arse, insane, fucking guns. seriously.
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« Reply #42 on: February 04, 2011, 05:03:08 PM »

There are some problems with this story, as many have pointed out, and I'd love to list them, but my mind cannot move past sentient, Buddhist, passivist, vegetarian, fucking dinosaurs with sentient, smart-arse, insane, fucking guns. seriously.

Wait, when were the dinosaurs or gun fucking?
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« Reply #43 on: February 07, 2011, 12:58:13 PM »

Awesome story!  I'll also jump on the bandwagon and say that between the Buddhist T-Rex, AI Machine gun, and trans-dimensional singularity aliens, there was nothing I disliked about it.  The Buddhist/Pacifist T-Rex was humorous to say the least, but as a semi-practicing Buddhist I feel that I should clear up some things:

1) Contrary to popular belief, some Buddhists are not vegetarians.  There is some historical evidence that Guatama Buddha himself was not vegetarian.  The earliest monks begged for food, and if that food was meat, it was better to eat it (as long as the animal wasn't explicitly killed to feed the monks) rather than let it go to waste.

2) Not all Buddhists are pacifists.  It was considered perfectly acceptable to use violence or even to kill in order to defend one-self or to prevent suffering.  As a shaolin creed goes:

Build rather than destroy
avoid rather than check
check rather than maim
maim rather than kill
for all life is precious and none can be replaced.
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« Reply #44 on: February 08, 2011, 02:03:23 AM »

But but but, you didn't really have a Buddhist, pacifist Tyrannosaur author of children's books.  Not really.  You had a protagonist who brought a magic thing to another magic thing.  The end.  Yeah, the idea of the Buddhist, pacifist Tyrannosaur author of children's books is cute and sort of clever, but the character doesn't do anything Buddhisty, Tyrannosaury, or authory.   Terry Pratchet and Douglas Adams are funny because they play with the absurdity, take it to the next, unexpected absurd level.

I found it difficult to accept that the the galactic transporter authorities had no contingency plan other than wait 12 years.

But I did like the story.  I chuckled in spots and I cared what happened.  I actually thought the Buddhism was well set up in that it was necessary at the end, but it didn't feel like a Chekov's religion.

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« Reply #45 on: February 08, 2011, 02:07:03 AM »

I'm wondering how many creatures humanity had to uplift before they got to the Tyrannosaurus freakin Rex.   I'm guessing all of them.  Because isn't the thing that, without even seeing one, we call a "tyrant lizard king" the absolute last thing you want to make smart?
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« Reply #46 on: February 08, 2011, 03:03:30 AM »

I'm wondering how many creatures humanity had to uplift before they got to the Tyrannosaurus freakin Rex.   I'm guessing all of them.  Because isn't the thing that, without even seeing one, we call a "tyrant lizard king" the absolute last thing you want to make smart?
I think it was last week, or perhaps the week before last, when scientists in Japan announced that they would clone a mammoth. Something to do with new techniques in repairing damaged chromosomes and gestating the baby mammoth in an elephant for two and a half years. One radio personality said "Well, we have finally found the only scientists on the planet who have not seen Jurassic Park."
So, how many creatures? I dunno, but it starts with mammoths.
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« Reply #47 on: February 08, 2011, 12:05:59 PM »

I agree with the Douglas Adams comparisons, because both the writer of this story and DNA have the ability to present a place, people, and actions that, when looked at strenuously and individually, make no sense.  However, if you put together all these people, places, and actions, they add up to something that makes sense.  They transcend the "silly barrier", where there is so much nonsense going on(in a good way) that your brain says "Okay, I'm not going to try to compare this to reality", and just goes with it.  Funnily enough, this was experienced by the MC in the Schroedinger's Cat Lady story a couple weeks ago.  Things got so bizarre, her brain gave up and accepted what it was seeing. 
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« Reply #48 on: February 18, 2011, 02:19:24 PM »

I found it difficult to accept that the the galactic transporter authorities had no contingency plan other than wait 12 years.

Why so? Our current Climate Change contingency plan is wait 1000 or so years... Wink
My point being that it is very normal to not think about bad things that you don't want to happen, and then be taken by surprise when they do.

Anyway, back to the story. I enjoyed this story. It was fun fluff. But, like many people, I thought the ending was a major weak point. It ended too quickly (resolution was too pat) and in the wrong place (dinosaur still in a dangerous situation). Fix that, and you have a really great piece of fun!
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« Reply #49 on: February 21, 2011, 11:24:03 PM »

Loved this one. A lot.
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« Reply #50 on: February 27, 2011, 10:15:55 PM »


Calvin and Hobbes FTW!

Quibbles aside (40 miles? Try 40 yards. Same story no changes.) Awesome offering. Just not every week, okay?
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« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2011, 10:40:46 AM »

My entire week so far has been filled with awesome dinosaur goodness. First this and now this. I feel like my whole week has been filled with one big win! Thanks for this funny hilarious story.
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