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Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, October 25, 2006
11 years ago5,274 views

<< ... does anyone understand its meaning? >>

I get it :-) very clever!

I think I may need to think about it a bit more before I give a contribution...

Dave Goodman [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I think it is/was/will be a little better like this:

Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a Time

Love that one. :)

Chris L. [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Now I get it. Shouldn't machine not be capitalized?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

ironically, we don't need words anymore.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Dang, now that I looked at it again I got it :)

Kevin Fox [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

"Remember when weeks had seven days?"

Jim Barr [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

This is not a dream, right?

Jim Barr [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

or...

This is all a dream, right?

depending on your perspective... ;-)

Brian Mork [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Machine should be capitalized because "Time" is capitalized...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Rocket was sprocketless; eyeball became socketless.

Patrick "Puddy" G. [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

shutdown – unknown command
disabled user input

Leigh Mortensen [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Time, unlimited. Space, unbounded. Explore. Enjoy.

Leigh Mortensen [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Tentacles, insanity, shoggoths. Don't break space.

Leigh Mortensen [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

And of course, just for the sake of completeness.. the shortest possible piece of speculative fiction.

?!

FofR [PersonRank 2]

11 years ago #

Robot shoes for sale, never used.

Ramibotros [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Gay robot loved another gay robot.

Paradigm shift [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

"The lines blurred. Life evolved."

Jake's View [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

In my day, one meant one.

pokemo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"Tomorrow, it will be today again."

ezzra [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

"Our mating produced a hideous creature."

GamingFox [PersonRank 2]

11 years ago #

"Sorry Dave, I can't do that"

"Aliens came in peace. We didn't."

"Sun got old. Earth burned up."

Varun Mahajan [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

"Martians will use sun as nuclear bomb"

"Let me download your mind, baby"

"Let's go for a holiday on earth"

"Oh my god! You never told that the time machine has no back gear"

Haacked [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Humanity turned into batteries? Wake up!

Xian Riddick [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

They're inside me.... aaaaargh!

Veky [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"Six words were, unfortunately, too much."

Personman [PersonRank 8]

11 years ago #

"...can read this, it's already too..."

"Don't! If I die, we all -"

"They built me. I am. I!"

"In four words, I'll be gone."

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Inspired by the OJ Simpson trial:

Glove doesn't fit: you must acquit!

Phil Bradley [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I experienced my birth yet again.

My grandfather said to me 'Dad..'

Previous three lettered mammailian lifeform? RAT.

Carola Janssen [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I will see you back then.

Mathilde [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

DNA suddenly untangled lost the helix

the fifth base of DNA

Mathilde [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

... I lost a word "lost the fifth base of DNA" ;) and "DNA suddenly untagled, lost the helix" should have a comma...

Elias Kai [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

House for Sale in my SecondLife – You are still connected!

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> "Martians will use sun as nuclear bomb"
>
> "Let's go for a holiday on earth"

Beeeep... this is seven words! :)

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"Old teleportation lesions", she explained, discomfited.

rolandog [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

In spanish, an author called Augusto Monterroso is credited for writing the world's shortest story:

>Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.
>("When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there.")

I, however... wrote the smallest romantic play...

Descartes: Cogito ergo sum.
Helene: Stop. Don't think. Kiss me.
*POOF*
Helene: Rene?

C Ramesh [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

10000 years ago, it surprised many.

Rich [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

What is isn't. What isn't is.

loman [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

The universe expanded forever, almost...then...

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"Perfect!", said Sergey Jr. "Now what?"

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"So we lost everything. Yeah. Orkut."

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[cheap flights Boise Idaho Valles Marineris]

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> "Perfect!", said Sergey Jr. "Now what?"

Ah, I like that one!

> "So we lost everything. Yeah. Orkut."

Whereas I don't get this one :)

Phil Bradley [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Name's Bond. James Bond, read epitaph.

Bombs stolen. Underwater mayhem. Miami safe. (Plot of Thunderball)

Mr President? European Premier Stalin calling.

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

My favourite SF stories are those which don't spell out the premise, or the payoff, leaving the reader to ponder, or better yet to imagine. But ...

I imagined Larry and Sergey drowning their sorrows in a bar, boring the polite but sceptical bartender with stories of the rise and fall of their empire. "So where did it all go wrong?", he asked, humouring them.

Larry looked at Sergey, the pain still etched on his face as he thought about the snowballing legal and publicity troubles surrounding Orkut. "We should have realised from the Brazilian experience", he said morosely "but Eric was sure we could handle it, and was so keen to reach the same penetration in every market. And sure, at first the ad income was astounding, even by Google's standards. But then the copyright and kiddie p0rn lawsuits flooded in, buoyed up by the early huge triple-damages judgements. Advertisers began pulling out, and eventually the very name 'Google' was synonymous with everything considered unacceptable about the Net. Shareholders panicked, and employees jumped ship to where they could wear company t-shirts proudly in public."

"All because of Orkut? Wasn't that just some kind of chat site for teenagers?", asked the bartender, somewhat interested (though not enough to ask who Eric might be). "So what happened in the end?"

"So we lost everything. Yeah. Orkut", said Sergey dryly, still barely able to believe his own words.

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Another burning bush? We smash atoms!

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"iPod? ... wires? ... dangling from their ears!?"

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Most survivors preferred the new climate.

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

The last sperm swam, hopelessly lost ...

Milly [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Some Google ones, to finish:-

"Profits soared, once we swapped columns."

Little Chinese censorship, Google History records.

"Contains 40% Google" ©2056 Google Blogoscoped.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Google Calculator announces: pi now 3.

C Ramesh [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Night flight to Pluto was delayed.

"Can't contact Pioneer. Their Google's down."

Her penis couldn't resist his vagina.

Stoning temporarily halted. WWIV resumes tomorrow.

TP [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Man's epitaph: Didn't read the manual

TP [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

God switched Earth off. Then Himself.

TP [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Last man died today. Women exulted.

TP [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Duck traversed space. Nobody asked why.

TP [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I'm dead. Ergo, life can't be.

Awoke in vat. Screamed. Nobody heard.

   Curiosity killed mankind.Don't ask how.

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