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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2012, 09:44:33 AM »

My only real nitpick was this: cell phones do not have dial tones!!!

Ha!  I didn't even notice that.  I imagine the next generation would say "What's a dial tone?"

Which reminds me of an anecdote someone was telling me the other day when someone showed some current high-schoolers a picture of a floppy disk and asked them what it was.  Someone immediately piped up and said "Yeah, that's the Save button."


That's fantastic! Cheesy It's amazing how quickly stuff like that is changing. Over New Years' we did a massive cleaning and I was taking pictures of all the old stuff we found: a floppy disk, some mix tapes from the nineties, an old vhs we used to record tv shows, a disposable camera...
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« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2012, 02:19:15 PM »

This story had its moments.
I mean, spiders sniffing at meat? Grin Loved that one!
And yes, I know alien spiders are well known for their sniffing at things...

The story itself rated high on my Stephen King detector.
Liked it though, good one.

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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2012, 01:00:13 AM »

I liked the hint of black comedy smattered through out (or was it just my own personality quirk that found this?).  I also find myself contemplating how the beasty got locked in a fridge, perhaps a valiant humans attempt to capture it.  Or was it just a pet that got out of control, like alligators in the sewer?
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2012, 10:18:44 PM »

I liked the concept, and found the setting a bit weak.  I probably would have survived when I was a kid, I had a tendency to count to 5000 or 10000 via multiples,[(2,4,6,8)...(3,6,9,12)...(4,8,12,16)etc] and to see how far I could accurately double a number.  The latter was extremely helpful when I started learning binary. But now, I would probably be dead unless someone told me to do one of these atypical behaviors. 

I don't see this as an escapist "This impairment is not an impairment at all" story, but rather a "This impairment could save your life" story.  The story about the autistic girl who saw the world in a different speed is an example of the former to me. The atypical people in this story weren't superheroes at all, they were just lucky enough to have a skill that helped them survive.
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2012, 09:49:50 PM »

I happily enjoyed this story.  The sci fi plotting was a bit weak, but as a neuro-typical geek with some some autisic-like social issues I really enjoyed the heroes of the story.  I don't have OCD, but I feel enough like an outsider that I really enjoyed reading about the outsiders saving the day.  Plus the characterization seemed like the meat of the story so the plot problems were not in the forefront.

On a technical note: I agree it would be really handy for Escape Pod to use some of sound to signify flashback and flashforwards in the stories.  I've found that to be a problem in some previous stories, but not in this one.  I was able to pick up right away that it was a flashback usually because his wife or mom was mentioned as alive.  In general, though, this is a need because in addition to not having  a visual symbol it's simply harder to pause an audio story or rewind it than it is to stop reading to think or to reread to the previous paragraph when actually reading.
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« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2012, 02:35:17 PM »

My only real nitpick was this: cell phones do not have dial tones!!!

This drives my wife up the effing wall.
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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2012, 02:31:27 AM »

My only real nitpick was this: cell phones do not have dial tones!!!

This drives my wife up the effing wall.
Me too. I miss having something to listen to while dragging my finger around that clickety little dial.
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2012, 08:07:22 AM »

My only real nitpick was this: cell phones do not have dial tones!!!

This drives my wife up the effing wall.
Me too. I miss having something to listen to while dragging my finger around that clickety little dial.

rotary cell phone?  sweet!
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2012, 10:58:17 AM »

My only real nitpick was this: cell phones do not have dial tones!!!

This drives my wife up the effing wall.
Me too. I miss having something to listen to while dragging my finger around that clickety little dial.

rotary cell phone?  sweet!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxXmC3K_B4o
Too bad that young little whippersnapper in the video doesn't get the point.
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« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2012, 03:12:17 PM »

This was NOT the story to listen to the same week I had to frantically dial 9-1-1 for someone having a seizure!! AHHH!!

This was very reminciant of an indie horror movie made in Atlanta about a madness inducing tone. Can't quite cough up the name but it was very freaky. This was a bit more optimistic. No, really.
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« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2012, 04:53:56 PM »

THE SIGNAL?
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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2012, 12:48:39 PM »

THE SIGNAL?

Yes, that's it exactly. Thank you.
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« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2012, 01:57:40 PM »

I enjoyed this story; it was Fun!

I understand the negative points several forumites have brought up, but those just didn't bug me (pun intended Wink). It was an enjoyable story, and didn't end just at the main character opens the freezer door (which, in my mind, is what a bunch of recent EP stories have been doing). 
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« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2012, 03:36:21 PM »

The plot doesn't hold up well to close scrutiny, but it was a fantastic character sketch. In addition, even with the plot holes, it was way better than that stupid alien bug movie starring Doogie Howser. I would take this any day of the week and twice on Sunday over that bit of "entertainment".
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« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2012, 04:56:57 PM »

Hi everyone,
<---Newby here.

Another thing, the changing of time frames.
This is a complaint that gets heard a lot, that it is often hard to tell in audio when a new sequence begins that takes the reader/listener back in time to a previous point, and then back to the "present". It gets confusing and results in some serious mental-gear clashing.
Perhaps our fine editors - who do an extraordinary job - can introduce some kind of audible cue that signifies that large white space or three spaced asterisks you get in text. You know, that thing telling you that this is a new scene.
Perhaps 5 solid seconds of silence? A tone? A whoosh? An entry from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Personally, I didn't find the changes in time difficult to follow, mostly because there was a change in tense each time. Current events were in present tense, past events were in past tense. So it was only a matter of seconds into a new segment before a dialogue tag "says/said" clued me in. Not to mention that the time change occurred at every break, I think. HOWEVER, I do find stories like this increasingly recurrent in modern fiction and also increasingly annoying. I agree with Unblinking that it tends to leach the tension out of the story.

Overall I enjoyed this story. Being neuro-typical, I found it very interesting to catch a glimpse of what life might be like for people with OCD or other atypical mentalities. It was a nice change from the standard protagonist.

My only real nitpick was this: cell phones do not have dial tones!!!

Which reminds me of an anecdote someone was telling me the other day when someone showed some current high-schoolers a picture of a floppy disk and asked them what it was.  Someone immediately piped up and said "Yeah, that's the Save button."


Another fun anecdote along along those lines: My preteen niece was hounding her father, my brother, for a cell phone. After repeated denials, she finally asked my brother, "Oh yeah? Well how old were you when you got YOUR first cell phone?" To which my brother smirked and replied, "Thirty-two." Not surprisingly, she didn't believe him. It took a phone call to Grandma to convince her.
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« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2012, 10:44:59 PM »

I didn't enjoy listening to this one very much, but I sure enjoyed thinking about it afterwards.

It was apparent quite quickly to me that the narrator was going to triumph, and I didn't feel any real sense of drama in the buildup to the showdown.  I also wasn't expecting (or liking) the cause of the hum to be . . .  aliens camped out in a supermarket.  I was expecting a natural phenomenon, or a science experiment gone wrong.  Or even some kind of industrial accident – perhaps someone trying to jury-rig a power plant in a way that generated a maddening hum.   I got plenty hung up on why would aliens who have mastered intersteller travel would behave so strangely and ineffectively.  The showdown was far too “Independence Day” for my taste in its unlikelihood as well.

All that said, I do like how this story reinforces what is, to me, one of the key pieces of proof of the method and power of evolution.  Namely, the fact that evolution consists of two parts – random variation and culling of those without certain traits.  The simple fact that humanity is so diverse right now is a kind of proof (to me) that evolution has already happened.  We are different in ways that could make a difference between life and death in many different situations.  We are probably a single global disaster away from demonstrating (to those who find the concept of evolution scary to their belief system) that the evolving of the human race has already happened.  If a new black death plague kills 95% of all humans, except those who randomly produce a single enzyme, or if a nuclear winter raises radiation to a level that kills 98% of all humans, except those with a unique metabolism, it is likely that nearly all humans afterwards will share whatever trait saved them.  We do not need to wait for the global disaster to actually understand this point.

What I liked about this story is that it may be improbable that having OCD will be the difference between surviving an apocalypse, it is not impossible.  And we have no way of knowing right now which random trait may be what saves a subset of our children's children from some catastrophe they never see coming.
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« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2012, 09:17:02 AM »

What I liked about this story is that it may be improbable that having OCD will be the difference between surviving an apocalypse, it is not impossible.  And we have no way of knowing right now which random trait may be what saves a subset of our children's children from some catastrophe they never see coming.

Interesting!  I've heard many times that genetic diversity is a major key to species survival, but usually it's used in respect to disease immunity, not of thinking patterns.  Cool!
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« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2012, 05:40:08 PM »


Interesting!  I've heard many times that genetic diversity is a major key to species survival, but usually it's used in respect to disease immunity, not of thinking patterns.  Cool!

The list of physical and behavioral variations that could make a difference in a life or death situation is nearly endless.  This concept could be nicely explored in the context of a large series of interstellar generation ships heading in different directions.  100 ships head out and a bunch of them suffer different types of disasters that wipe out everyone on board who doesn't share a certain characteristic.  Maybe on one ship the oxygen runs low and only people with supercharged hemoglobin survive.  Maybe on another there's an intense cosmic wind that overwhelms the shields and only those people who have a certain skin type survive.  Oh the speculation could go on and on....
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« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2012, 06:18:51 AM »

I love the idea of an apocalypse that shunts peoples that are, societally speaking, at the back of the queue straight to the front. What a lovely karmic picture that paints.
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« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2012, 02:12:42 PM »

Any story that can successfully use the word "snausages" is a winner in my book.
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