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2012-02-10 03:58:05.922331+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-10 04:45:06.770655+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Link needs repair please...

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-10 12:39:25.207907+00 by: andylyke

The machines won!

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-10 13:57:17.261127+00 by: Dan Lyke

Fixed! The human has struck back!

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-10 14:16:43.46309+00 by: andylyke

You're up early. good morning

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-10 14:40:47.664752+00 by: Dan Lyke

The light goes on at 5:30!

#Comment Re: made: 2012-02-10 22:24:40.642572+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

This jumps off on a tangent, but -- there's a piece of fan fiction called "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality". It's basically a somewhat modified alternate reality where Harry's stepmom married a college professor rather than a schlub, and Harry turned out rather differently. It's rather interesting reading.

Anyway, to get back on track, one of the chapters is dedicated to excerpts from alternate universes for other fictons, and the last one is about the Matrix...


MORPHEUS: For the longest time, I wouldn't believe it. But then I saw the fields with my own eyes, watched them liquefy the dead so they could be fed intravenously to the living -

NEO (politely): Excuse me, please.


NEO: I've kept quiet for as long as I could, but I feel a certain need to speak up at this point. The human body is the most inefficient source of energy you could possibly imagine. The efficiency of a power plant at converting thermal energy into electricity decreases as you run the turbines at lower temperatures. If you had any sort of food humans could eat, it would be more efficient to burn it in a furnace than feed it to humans. And now you're telling me that their food is the bodies of the dead, fed to the living? Haven't you ever heard of the laws of thermodynamics?

MORPHEUS: Where did you hear about the laws of thermodynamics, Neo?

NEO: Anyone who's made it past one science class in high school ought to know about the laws of thermodynamics!

MORPHEUS: Where did you go to high school, Neo?


NEO: ...in the Matrix.

MORPHEUS: The machines tell elegant lies.


NEO (in a small voice): Could I please have a real physics textbook?

MORPHEUS: There is no such thing, Neo. The universe doesn't run on math.