my response to news that information stored in a satellite time capsule named KEO will be on (believe it or not) DVDs:
FUTURE SCIENTIST 1: sir, completed, have we, the player of salad plates, as in the KEO described. however, understand not, do we, the message it brings.
FUTURE SCIENTIST 2: play you, then, the messages, from our wise forefathers, brought forth.
FUTURE SCIENTIST 1 inserts the glass DVD and presses play. the box emits a plaintive beep and a single message appears on the screen.
FUTURE SCIENTIST 2: what means that? in here a translator get!
FS1 hooks a language computer1 up to the machine.
LANGUAGE COMPUTER (translating): "You have exceeded your maximum of five plays of this DVD. Please contact your vendor for a new copy."
FUTURE SCIENTIST 1: WHAT?!? Only one copy do we have!! and not what before it said that is!
FUTURE SCIENTIST 2: the first message what was?
FS1 feeds a transcript of the previous message to the language computer.
LANGUAGE COMPUTER (translating): "This is a region 2 DVD. Please contact your vendor for a DVD valid for your region."
FUTURE SCIENTIST 1 (in shock): appalled am i at the lack of wisdom of our forefathers.
FUTURE SCIENTIST 2: heretic! now, for the public, a good story up with must we come.
FUTURE SCIENTIST 1: hmmm. how about, "down 42 roads must a man walk in his life"?
 was so awesome in plan 9, i couldn't help myself.
Wed, 23 Jan 2002 08:20:09 -0500