and the universe is filled with english-speaking humanoids;-)
tom swift jr can finally create his repelatron!-)
i'm reminded of the scene where the m-5 fries the redshirt in the hallway;-)
" Soon, however, it begins to act independently of its human masters, tapping directly into the warp engines for its power and erecting a force field to protect itself."
a friend who worked @ nhtsa told me the audi investigation showed gas pedals mangled by the operators, who insisted they were braking;-\
keep 'em in the dark, feed 'em shit, then can 'em;-\
that was a cdc 6400 in 1968
i started on punchcards in college on a cdc mainframe: drop the deck in the tray outside the machine room, operator periodically runs them, puts the output in the out tray, hours later...
i improved my turnaround by dating 1 of the operators;-)
lucky 4 me i won't be around that long;-}
and having an imaginary friend means u r never alone, very comforting...
al got it wrong: god_is_the dice of the universe;-) "acts of god" are all random events...and in texas football is a religion, based on a random event generator: the points on the oblate spheroid guarantee random bounding, unlike roundball;-)
indeed one can be moral w/o religion, but most people need help, and what better way to motivate them than thru fear of eternal damnation...words create images in our imaginations;-}
the bible also sez get ur drinking water _upstream_ from ur latrine, so of course all religions evolved thru natural selection;-) in a pre-literate world how do u pass on such survival tips? oral traditions wrap them in mnemonic narratives, and how better to enforce their practice than gods' gonna zap u (b4 lightning was understood, which wasn't all that long ago*) if u don't?-)
the downside is when those narratives are elevated to blind obedience/conformity...
*like the response of an undamped resonant system to a step function: we're still oscillating to the introduction of fire ffsake...prometheus caused global warming;-)
i've always thought singing was the mechanism for the physical bennies: improves breathing/blood oxygenation...and where else can u sing out loud in public w/o appearing loony;-)