Book 3 - Page 326

The not-life chose me

Book 3 - Page 326
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The problem with having that many voices in your head is consistency of thought.
The problem with having that much power is seeing people's lives as valuable.

That's a dangerous combination.
/me wonders how hard Rob is laughing at us all for not understanding anything
greycat wrote:
/me wonders how hard Rob is laughing at us all for not understanding anything


Oh, very hard. He's likely rolling on the floor making a noise like a brain-damaged hyena* as we speak.

* This is what my laugh apparently sounds like. I assume Rob has the same affliction of unsympathetic colleagues.
Lipkin wrote:
canabal wrote:


Well, there is the signamancy of a broadcast dish as we know it requiring a power source (as opposed to a hammer and pliers, which are powered purely by the user). Not to doubt you, but may I ask when Charlie confirmed that the 'dish won't work at all without a connection to the portal? My understanding was that doing so simply upgraded it, not turned it to "on" from "off".

I never claimed it turned it on and off. We know that's not the case. My hypothesis was that the "upgrade" isn't an upgrade. The Dish is supposed to be that powerful, and isn't supposed to need a shocked connection to achieve it. That the Pliers are equally as powerful without the need for a connection.

It doesn't need a shocked connection. I don't know where you get this idea from.

The reason Charlie needs a shocked connection is to allow him to connect to the Arkendish while safe inside, with the 'Dish outside at maximum size. When he is connected to it without power, the connection is unbearably slow, but he doesn't want to go outside to connect to it. So he makes it smaller, which makes it less effective (Charlie complains about this), and brings it inside, where he can touch it directly.

(My apologies if someone else already pointed this out; I can't read the entire thread at the moment and I saw this idea repeated several times.)
So that then begs the question. Why doesn't the Dish have all the power it needs from a direct connection to the Source? And would that change if Charlie was a natural Thinkamancer?
guynietoren wrote:
So that then begs the question. Why doesn't the Dish have all the power it needs from a direct connection to the Source? And would that change if Charlie was a natural Thinkamancer?


The Arkendish DOES have all the power it needs. Several people people have pointed out already that the powered connection is there ONLY so Charlie can use the Dish while safely inside, and speed things up by using his custom built interface, Storybro.

If he were to touch the dish directly, he wouldn't need a shocked connection.
Umbrathor wrote:
guynietoren wrote:
So that then begs the question. Why doesn't the Dish have all the power it needs from a direct connection to the Source? And would that change if Charlie was a natural Thinkamancer?


The Arkendish DOES have all the power it needs. Several people people have pointed out already that the powered connection is there ONLY so Charlie can use the Dish while safely inside, and speed things up by using his custom built interface, Storybro.

If he were to touch the dish directly, he wouldn't need a shocked connection.

Charlie still needs the power inorder to access all those thinkagram logs his tower has. Plus, it doesn't matter how big his arken* dish gets, without a shocked connection he is unable to listen in on two-way phone calls. Without the shocked connection, he can only tap onto one end of a call at a time. So he has to constantly flip channels if he wants to have both sides of a conversation.

*If you'll pardon my Language

The only thing increasing the size of the Arkendish is good for is getting better reception, and long distance linking.

http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/144 second paragraph.
Re-reading a few times to see if I finally get it... OK, so if I gather correctly, these are not Isaac's thoughts, but the thoughts of the Arkenpliers just now made "alive"?

The Arkenpliers are like a portable portal column, drawing from the source, dispensing turnamancy, feeling primal. It knows how it came into being, how Isaac canceled his plan to let Wanda decrypt him, and instead forcibly bypass attunement and wield/activate the Arkenpliers by himself.

And whether intentional or not, Isaac created a new Temple-like entity... This is going to be amazing, to say the least.

Excellent writing, and astonishingly clever, even more so given the RL pressures you face. Kudos!
coineineagh wrote:
Re-reading a few times to see if I finally get it... OK, so if I gather correctly, these are not Isaac's thoughts, but the thoughts of the Arkenpliers just now made "alive"?

The Arkenpliers are like a portable portal column, drawing from the source, dispensing turnamancy, feeling primal. It knows how it came into being, how Isaac canceled his plan to let Wanda decrypt him, and instead forcibly bypass attunement and wield/activate the Arkenpliers by himself.

And whether intentional or not, Isaac created a new Temple-like entity... This is going to be amazing, to say the least.

Excellent writing, and astonishingly clever, even more so given the RL pressures you face. Kudos!


Yes, that is exactly what happened.

And with the writing I am impressed with how even though this is an event that none of us predicted , it does seem like a natural occurance of the story. It fits what we know about the world, Big Think, and the Arkenpliers.
zexius wrote:
Can logic gates be made out of strings. Like NOT. To meke something NOT alive or NOT dead... Just a random idea...


Well, we seen plenty of Minecraft influence so far. The wiring lines in Minecraft basically tie together to make or-gates, and you have a "not" operation.

You can make a logic system with nothing but nor-gates. If you have strings tied together in knots, and the idea is that pulling on any one of them will pull on all of them (an or-gate), and you are somehow doing a "not" operation as well (because of the knot), then you can make a valid logic system.

Of course, if this is your only operation, you're going to have lots and lots of strings running everywhere, and the whole thing is going to be one big knotted mess.

Which… Actually describes what's happening.