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[Apr. 18th, 2007|10:23 pm]
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You are never going into space.
You will never own a jet pack.
Your car will never fly.
HIV will not be cured in your lifetime.
Cancer will not be cured in your lifetime.
The common cold will not be cured in your lifetime.
Don't these things bother you?

Suicide is the third biggest killer of teenagers in the United States.
In 1999 more people in America died from suicide than from homicide.
Do you think about this?

As anyone who ever read MyDeathSpace.com for any period of time know, the leading cause of death in America is automobile accident. This is generally interpolated into a number placed under the heading "accidental death." When the operation of cars is the leading cause of loss of life I'm not entirely sure how it comes under the term "accidental death." It wasn't a fucking accident, it was done by someone with a car. It's 2007 and we don't know how to operate cars without killing people. It's not a fucking accident if it was caused by someone getting into a one-ton metal bullet that cannot be operated with complete control at all times.

In Europe in 2004, 13000 kids – persons under the age of fourteen -- died due to poor water. It’s 2007 and the society does not yet understand how to operate water.

Are you thinking about this now?

People keep asking me what DOKTOR SLEEPLESS is about. This is what it's about.

Someone stole your future. Don't you ever wonder who?
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[User Picture]From: channonyarrow
2007-04-18 09:26 pm (UTC)

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I wonder who, but I also wonder why people simply tell things.

Don't you ever wonder whether there's more to be done than simply raising awareness?
[User Picture]From: warren_ellis
2007-04-18 09:33 pm (UTC)

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How do you know that I don't?
From: indigi
2007-04-18 09:26 pm (UTC)

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Were the questions for funnybook babylon too long, or are you just so backlogged it'll take a million years before you can get to them? If it's the former, I'd be able to do a rewrite.


And now I'm pretty excited for Doktor Sleepless.
[User Picture]From: dishliquid
2007-04-18 09:26 pm (UTC)

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You're a liar!!
[User Picture]From: kadath
2007-04-18 09:27 pm (UTC)

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Someone stole your future. Don't you ever wonder who?

It was a long line of people, starting with the Persians conquering Ionia.
[User Picture]From: edanya
2007-04-18 09:27 pm (UTC)

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POOR WATER?
[User Picture]From: benchilada
2007-04-19 03:31 am (UTC)

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In most underdeveloped nations, minimum wage for water is still less than 13 cents a day.
[User Picture]From: cjtremlett
2007-04-18 09:30 pm (UTC)

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I need a creative outlet for all this anger.

Icon-making doesn't cut it, but I think it turned out okay.

How do you explain being angry enough to kill when what you want to kill isn't a person but a whole chain of events and people and societies leading up to the mess we're in right now?
[User Picture]From: withiel
2007-09-05 01:52 am (UTC)

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socialism.
[User Picture]From: venacava
2007-04-18 09:31 pm (UTC)

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You stole my future. Don't blame it on poor doktor.
[User Picture]From: warren_ellis
2007-04-18 09:37 pm (UTC)

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I ate it, too.
[User Picture]From: metasynthesthia
2007-04-18 09:32 pm (UTC)

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The bit about car accidents always gets to me.

I still don't know how to drive, and probably never will bother to learn. I just don't care.
[User Picture]From: octopodes
2007-04-18 10:02 pm (UTC)

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glad i'm not the only one.
[User Picture]From: suncynic
2007-04-18 09:33 pm (UTC)

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I just assumed it had something to do with too few guns and too many fuckwit morons breeding, but on a more serious note, yeah. I'm worried. Things like this have been known to keep me up at night.

Although, if you can't operate water--WATER--you and your spawn are no loss to society.
[User Picture]From: pentheus
2007-04-18 09:47 pm (UTC)

You're missing the point.

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Society doesn't know how to operate water. It's not the kids' fault.
[User Picture]From: hemlock_martini
2007-04-18 09:33 pm (UTC)

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So Doktor Sleepless is going to bring about the Singularity?

Keen.

I hear it'll smell like bacon.
[User Picture]From: youri_zoutman
2007-04-18 09:34 pm (UTC)

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We did. Most people like thinking small, in terms of maybe 3 years. Not thinking in terms of tens of years or even thousands of years.

That, and humanity is a pile of scum.
[User Picture]From: androidqueen
2007-04-18 09:34 pm (UTC)

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I'm going to space, dammit.

And that's why I bike.
[User Picture]From: skellington1
2007-04-18 10:27 pm (UTC)

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Yes.

Someone might kill us, but at least we won't 'accidentally' kill anyone else.
[User Picture]From: tragical_mirth
2007-04-18 09:37 pm (UTC)

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Yes.
From: lovelyoliver
2007-04-18 09:38 pm (UTC)

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This future is rubbish. I want a better one now. If you haven't seen this this link from the BBC website already I suspect it might interest you. Outbreaks of the future still happen from time to time.
[User Picture]From: vorkosigan
2007-04-18 09:39 pm (UTC)

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Yeah I do, but I have some ideas.

It pisses me the fuck off.
[User Picture]From: rikkisimons
2007-04-18 09:39 pm (UTC)

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I don't expect cancer to be cured in my lifetime, but I do expect it to be contained, or even made benign. Full immersion virtual reality will help to ease the pain of the rest of what I can't have in RealTime, because if it feels real enough, I think the question becomes "should I care if it isn't."
[User Picture]From: digitalraven
2007-04-18 09:40 pm (UTC)

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I've wondered who stole my future ever since 3 a.m. on the 1st of January, 2001. True story. But, y'know, not a story save in the sense of a news story, a report of real events. None of this is false.

I was in Edinburgh, standing in the middle of South Clerk Street, completely fucked out of my skull on beer, vodka, rum, and not a little whisky. I was deadly certain that the cars coming towards me would either pull up at the last minute, or were just holograms to help the morons adjust to the future when the cars were really airborne.

Then our token sober person (well, someone sober enough to know that being hit by a car fucking hurts) pulled me out of the road about half a second before a taxi turned me into roadkill. It was 2001. Where the fuck were all the flying cars?

I've wondered who stole my future since then. Key homeostats in the world. Focused nexuses of the past. When I find them, I'm fucking coming for them. Me and my beard both.
[User Picture]From: pfrank
2007-04-19 12:11 am (UTC)

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The group that I used to run with back in those days had an important rule when taking hallucinogens: Cars are always real.
[User Picture]From: anoxiana
2007-04-18 09:41 pm (UTC)

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In the US they let them drive cars at the age of 16 and wonder at the high 'accident' rate.

In Spain they let you drive 75cc motorbikes legally at the age of 14. It's not cool to wear a helmet when you're 14, it's too hot to wear a helmet in the summertime. Shorts and t-shirts are the standard clothing you'll see on on them driving by.

I have a pretty good idea who goes around stealing futures.
[User Picture]From: skellington1
2007-04-18 10:32 pm (UTC)

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In the US, a motorcycle endorsement is in addition to the license for a car. In Japan, motorcycles and scooters are allowed first, and the age where it's permissible to drive a car is higher. I always thought that was one of the best examples of a society focused on the individual vs. the group. An inexperienced driver doing something stupid on a motorcycle can kill themselves. An inexperienced driver behind the wheel of a car can kill lots of others, and stands a decent chance of getting out of it okay.
[User Picture]From: styossarian
2007-04-18 09:41 pm (UTC)

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Every damn day.
[User Picture]From: ibnfirnas
2007-04-18 09:41 pm (UTC)

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Fuck. Yes.
Okay, between this and the script page you posted, I'm pretty utterly sold on Doktor Sleepless.
Way to prime me for a new addiction, Warren.
[User Picture]From: josienutter
2007-04-18 09:43 pm (UTC)

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Call me naive, but I still hope to see the Singularity in my lifetime...

People like Bush can't stop it, but they CAN slow things down. :/
[User Picture]From: theheretic
2007-04-18 10:08 pm (UTC)

Singularity Problems

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The trouble with the Technological Singularity, is its kinda dependent on cheap (free) energy, which is just about... done. All the energy from 2005 on is expensive and will get moreso. Food is directly linked to cheap oil, as well. Before cheap oil, world population was around 1.2 billion. We've developed better methods, but also forgotten and abandoned most of the old farmland, paved and built over considerable amounts of the rest, so carrying capacity with remaining land and sustainable (non-oil linked methods) is around 2 billion. If the transition to sustainable farming is over 4-6 years instead of 1-3, then there's hope for the third world to relearn farming and restore their soil. Very best case, 1 billion dead.

We're going to live (or die) through that.

After famine caused by the Peak Oil collapse, the world population will shrink abruptly from 6.3 billion to 2-4 billion, though worst case it will drop to 1 billion. This basically means that 5 out of 6 people alive today won't be in a few years, or best case, 1 out of 3 will die. All in the next half dozen years or so.

The singularity will have to happen AFTER the recovery from this massive famine and economic collapse. It will have to happen with renewable cheap energy, not oil, probably cheap solar and expensive (to build and maintain) wind turbines. Nuclear takes 10 years to get built and running. Coal releases mercury and other toxins into the air (heavy metal poisoning, cancer, poisoned water are side effects of burning coal). Will people, who have killed others to stay alive, or at the very least, looked away while others died, having harsh feelings towards each other, be ready and willing to share? This level of catastrophe leads to long and painful hatred, wars of retaliation, and terrorism. But the terrorists will arrive via sailboat, carrying plagues or backpack nukes tucked into the bilge.

The upshot is, best case, we'll have cheap solar power, ride bicycles, and all of us spend time in our gardens. You'll know where your food comes from or you won't eat.

Hope for the best case. And study gardening.
[User Picture]From: notrafficlights
2007-04-18 09:43 pm (UTC)

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Babyboomers? Terrorists? Anal Skrulls? Kittens?
[User Picture]From: shadow27
2007-04-18 09:45 pm (UTC)

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I read - but cannot find the source - that for what Americans spend on bottled water, clean water could be provided to the world.

I was able to find "we" (but not myself) spend $11 billion/year on bottled water, so I very much believe it.
[User Picture]From: pirateman
2007-04-18 09:45 pm (UTC)

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Too many people writing about the future and not enough people making it.
From: burket
2007-04-18 09:56 pm (UTC)

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so get on with it.
[User Picture]From: blackaire
2007-04-18 09:47 pm (UTC)

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We stole our future, because for the most part we're fucking complacent.

Fortunately a few people stand back from the whole thing and say "WTF?", and that gives me a little hope.
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