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2003-05-05 17:29:41-07:00 - Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (hsuwh@hotmail.com)


My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ Enjoy! -- Banazir

2003-05-05 17:29:41-07:00 - Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (hsuwh@hotmail.com)


My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ Enjoy! -- Banazir

2003-05-05 20:32:28-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (John H <chandin169.spamblock@yahoo.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superp ower%3F/ What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! And I was going for electrokinetics, like Kalkan from _The Lord of Light_ has, but that option wasn't available on your quiz. john

2003-05-05 20:32:28-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (John H <chandin169.spamblock@yahoo.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superp ower%3F/ What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! And I was going for electrokinetics, like Kalkan from _The Lord of Light_ has, but that option wasn't available on your quiz. john

2003-05-06 00:57:29-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Bruce in Cleveland <bmorison@apk.net>)


On 5 May 2003 17:29:41 -0700, hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi Hobbit) wrote: >My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > >Enjoy! Well, I took it, Results Follow uperpower is: Time Dilation (Celerity) Your friends have trouble keeping up with you, especially when you are revved up to fast time. At any rate, it bodes well for you that speed impresses them. Beings who share your superpower: The Shrike (Hyperion Cantos), Data (Star Trek) Bruce in Cleveland

2003-05-06 00:57:29-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Bruce in Cleveland <bmorison@apk.net>)


On 5 May 2003 17:29:41 -0700, hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi Hobbit) wrote: >My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > >Enjoy! Well, I took it, Results Follow uperpower is: Time Dilation (Celerity) Your friends have trouble keeping up with you, especially when you are revved up to fast time. At any rate, it bodes well for you that speed impresses them. Beings who share your superpower: The Shrike (Hyperion Cantos), Data (Star Trek) Bruce in Cleveland

2003-05-06 01:05:17-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - ("Sean G." <dontbother@dontwantnospam.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower %3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will it dominate your destiny. Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) -- ------------------------------------------- Sean G. Who is neither nasty, tricksy, nor false!

2003-05-06 01:05:17-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - ("Sean G." <dontbother@dontwantnospam.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower %3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will it dominate your destiny. Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) -- ------------------------------------------- Sean G. Who is neither nasty, tricksy, nor false!

2003-05-06 01:22:37-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (The Babaloughesian <me@privacy.net>)


"Bruce in Cleveland" <bmorison@apk.net> wrote in message news:s4gebvs49v70innr17ilpvbponon2l6378@4ax.com... > On 5 May 2003 17:29:41 -0700, hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi > Hobbit) wrote: > > >My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpowe r%3F/ > > > >Enjoy! > > Well, I took it, Results Follow > > uperpower is: Time Dilation (Celerity) > Your friends have trouble keeping up with you, especially when you are > revved up to fast time. At any rate, it bodes well for you that speed > impresses them. > Beings who share your superpower: The Shrike (Hyperion Cantos), Data > (Star Trek) > > Bruce in Cleveland Same here. This test is way too bloated with fantasy jargon.

2003-05-06 01:22:37-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (The Babaloughesian <me@privacy.net>)


"Bruce in Cleveland" <bmorison@apk.net> wrote in message news:s4gebvs49v70innr17ilpvbponon2l6378@4ax.com... > On 5 May 2003 17:29:41 -0700, hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi > Hobbit) wrote: > > >My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpowe r%3F/ > > > >Enjoy! > > Well, I took it, Results Follow > > uperpower is: Time Dilation (Celerity) > Your friends have trouble keeping up with you, especially when you are > revved up to fast time. At any rate, it bodes well for you that speed > impresses them. > Beings who share your superpower: The Shrike (Hyperion Cantos), Data > (Star Trek) > > Bruce in Cleveland Same here. This test is way too bloated with fantasy jargon.

2003-05-06 01:49:24+00:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Arthur Lipscomb <aalipscomb@ucdavis.edu>)


Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir Well, I took the quiz: Your SF superpower is: THE MAGE-GIFT People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will it dominate your destiny. Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

2003-05-06 01:49:24+00:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Arthur Lipscomb <aalipscomb@ucdavis.edu>)


Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir Well, I took the quiz: Your SF superpower is: THE MAGE-GIFT People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will it dominate your destiny. Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

2003-05-06 04:38:09+00:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Chris Garcia <NcOhSrPiAsM@chrisgarcia.com>)


hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi Hobbit) decided to join the conversation on 05 May 2003 with message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com: > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Super > power%3F/ > I'm with you Banazir: Your SF superpower is: THE FORCE You are a jack-of-all-trades, whose metabilities include creativity, psychokinesis, farsensing, and weak coercion. Chances are good that, unless you live on backwater Outer Rim planet, your Jedi potential was discovered early. Beings who share your superpower: Yoda, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Mara Jade (Star Wars), Banazir the Jedi Hobbit -- -Chris http://www.ChrisGarcia.com <- My Homepage http://starwars.chrisgarcia.com <- Centerpoint Station http://www.chrisgarcia.com/ginger/ <- Ginger http://www.chrisgarcia.com/leia/ <- Leia "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent." - Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars: Episode 1

2003-05-06 04:38:09+00:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Chris Garcia <NcOhSrPiAsM@chrisgarcia.com>)


hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi Hobbit) decided to join the conversation on 05 May 2003 with message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com: > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Super > power%3F/ > I'm with you Banazir: Your SF superpower is: THE FORCE You are a jack-of-all-trades, whose metabilities include creativity, psychokinesis, farsensing, and weak coercion. Chances are good that, unless you live on backwater Outer Rim planet, your Jedi potential was discovered early. Beings who share your superpower: Yoda, Count Dooku, Mace Windu, Mara Jade (Star Wars), Banazir the Jedi Hobbit -- -Chris http://www.ChrisGarcia.com <- My Homepage http://starwars.chrisgarcia.com <- Centerpoint Station http://www.chrisgarcia.com/ginger/ <- Ginger http://www.chrisgarcia.com/leia/ <- Leia "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent." - Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars: Episode 1

2003-05-06 09:08:15-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (profengs <profengs@ixpres.com>)


I would like the superpower Eliminate Incredible bullshit. Then walk into the Tribune, Paramount, Fox and Sci Fi programming offices and zap all of them. In this way I feel that I can make a lasting contribution to all mankind. That is of course assuming the superpower backlash doesn't cause the galaxy to explode. CJW "Sean G." wrote: > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > > > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower > %3F/ > > > > Enjoy! > > > > -- > > Banazir > > Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift > People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great > and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will > it dominate your destiny. > Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), > King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) > > -- > ------------------------------------------- > Sean G. > Who is neither nasty, tricksy, nor false!

2003-05-06 09:08:15-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (profengs <profengs@ixpres.com>)


I would like the superpower Eliminate Incredible bullshit. Then walk into the Tribune, Paramount, Fox and Sci Fi programming offices and zap all of them. In this way I feel that I can make a lasting contribution to all mankind. That is of course assuming the superpower backlash doesn't cause the galaxy to explode. CJW "Sean G." wrote: > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > > > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower > %3F/ > > > > Enjoy! > > > > -- > > Banazir > > Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift > People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great > and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will > it dominate your destiny. > Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), > King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) > > -- > ------------------------------------------- > Sean G. > Who is neither nasty, tricksy, nor false!

2003-05-06 09:32:05+02:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Darth Maus <darthmaus@hotmail.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> schreef in bericht news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ Guess I'm Yoda. Hmmmmmm!

2003-05-06 09:32:05+02:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Darth Maus <darthmaus@hotmail.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> schreef in bericht news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ Guess I'm Yoda. Hmmmmmm!

2003-05-06 11:18:50-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (hsuwh@hotmail.com)


"John H" <chandin169.spamblock@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<b97abg$jgl$1@slb6.atl.mindspring.net>... > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > > > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superp > ower%3F/ > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! Only for Pyro himself: "I can only manipulate the fire... I can't create it." Oh, and Gandalf: "I cannot burn snow." (You haven't fully experienced TEUNCness until you have witnessed burning snow, but that's another story.) OTOH, Charlie McGee and Laven Firestorm are fireSTARTERs. Hence pyrocreativity. Oh, and Mercedes Lamballa from Julian May's Saga of Pliocene Exile and Lucille Remillard (nee Cartier) from May's Intervention and Galactic Milieu trilogy were fire-raisers (creators in general). I thought about having an ice creator (Iceman, obviously, but also Laura Tremblay and several others). > And I was going for electrokinetics, like Kalkan from _The Lord of Light_ > has, but that option wasn't available on your quiz. Not a half bad idea. Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? -- Banazir

2003-05-06 11:18:50-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (hsuwh@hotmail.com)


"John H" <chandin169.spamblock@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<b97abg$jgl$1@slb6.atl.mindspring.net>... > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > > > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superp > ower%3F/ > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! Only for Pyro himself: "I can only manipulate the fire... I can't create it." Oh, and Gandalf: "I cannot burn snow." (You haven't fully experienced TEUNCness until you have witnessed burning snow, but that's another story.) OTOH, Charlie McGee and Laven Firestorm are fireSTARTERs. Hence pyrocreativity. Oh, and Mercedes Lamballa from Julian May's Saga of Pliocene Exile and Lucille Remillard (nee Cartier) from May's Intervention and Galactic Milieu trilogy were fire-raisers (creators in general). I thought about having an ice creator (Iceman, obviously, but also Laura Tremblay and several others). > And I was going for electrokinetics, like Kalkan from _The Lord of Light_ > has, but that option wasn't available on your quiz. Not a half bad idea. Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? -- Banazir

2003-05-06 12:00:54+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Buckaroo Banzai <blackhole34@yahoo.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower %3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir It coulda been worse: Your SF superpower is: Regeneration (and Trask) Your powers of rapid self-healing allow you to soak a huge amount of damage. This has made you a bit of a hothead, if not an utterly battle lust-filled glutton for violence. Homer's heroic urge to close got nothin' on you, word. Beings who share your superpower: Buffy Summers (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Wolverine (X-Men), Lady Deathstrike (X2)

2003-05-06 12:00:54+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Buckaroo Banzai <blackhole34@yahoo.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower %3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir It coulda been worse: Your SF superpower is: Regeneration (and Trask) Your powers of rapid self-healing allow you to soak a huge amount of damage. This has made you a bit of a hothead, if not an utterly battle lust-filled glutton for violence. Homer's heroic urge to close got nothin' on you, word. Beings who share your superpower: Buffy Summers (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Wolverine (X-Men), Lady Deathstrike (X2)

2003-05-06 22:05:56-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (John H <chandin169.spamblock@yahoo.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > > Not a half bad idea. > Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either > ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. > I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical activity in a man's brain. john

2003-05-06 22:05:56-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (John H <chandin169.spamblock@yahoo.com>)


"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > > Not a half bad idea. > Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either > ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. > I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical activity in a man's brain. john

2003-05-06 23:42:06-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Ebie <sybil5000@yahoo.com>)


Thus spake "Buckaroo Banzai" <blackhole34@yahoo.com>: > >"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message >news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... >> My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >> >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower >%3F/ >> >> Enjoy! >> >> -- >> Banazir > >It coulda been worse: >Your SF superpower is: Regeneration (and Trask) >Your powers of rapid self-healing allow you to soak a huge amount of damage. >This has made you a bit of a hothead, if not an utterly battle lust-filled >glutton for violence. Homer's heroic urge to close got nothin' on you, word. >Beings who share your superpower: Buffy Summers (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), >Wolverine (X-Men), Lady Deathstrike (X2) > Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will it dominate your destiny. Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) Cool :) I always related best to Willow, despite the whole Kennedy thing... -- Q: How can you tell Ari Fleischer is lying? A: His lips are moving.

2003-05-06 23:42:06-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Ebie <sybil5000@yahoo.com>)


Thus spake "Buckaroo Banzai" <blackhole34@yahoo.com>: > >"Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message >news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... >> My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >> >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower >%3F/ >> >> Enjoy! >> >> -- >> Banazir > >It coulda been worse: >Your SF superpower is: Regeneration (and Trask) >Your powers of rapid self-healing allow you to soak a huge amount of damage. >This has made you a bit of a hothead, if not an utterly battle lust-filled >glutton for violence. Homer's heroic urge to close got nothin' on you, word. >Beings who share your superpower: Buffy Summers (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), >Wolverine (X-Men), Lady Deathstrike (X2) > Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will it dominate your destiny. Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) Cool :) I always related best to Willow, despite the whole Kennedy thing... -- Q: How can you tell Ari Fleischer is lying? A: His lips are moving.

2003-05-07 00:23:12-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Petrazickis <spamPETRAZIspam@sympatico.ca>)


Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir Your SF superpower is: Prolepsis You wield the gift of foresight, though your prescience does not usually let you intervene in the course of history. Life's funny that way. Beings who share your superpower: Paul Atreides (Dune series), Lorien (Babylon 5), Aenea (Endymion) Muwahahah. Fear my Fedaykin, non-human humans.:) Leons Petrazickis import java.lang.disclaimer;

2003-05-07 00:23:12-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Petrazickis <spamPETRAZIspam@sympatico.ca>)


Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > > Enjoy! > > -- > Banazir Your SF superpower is: Prolepsis You wield the gift of foresight, though your prescience does not usually let you intervene in the course of history. Life's funny that way. Beings who share your superpower: Paul Atreides (Dune series), Lorien (Babylon 5), Aenea (Endymion) Muwahahah. Fear my Fedaykin, non-human humans.:) Leons Petrazickis import java.lang.disclaimer;

2003-05-07 01:02:25+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Stayka deyAvemta <stayka@saint-seiya.de>)


In rec.arts.sf.written Sean G. <dontbother@dontwantnospam.com> wrote: : Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift : People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great : and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will : it dominate your destiny. *g* Got the same. Well, it shouldn't be a surprise, after all I am a long term Mage Storyteller/Player :-)) Clear Ether! Stayka (And where were the Mad Scientists in the quizlet? :-) -- Stayka's WoD Stuff at http://stayka.keyspace.de/sqhome/wod/ (Characters, online campaigns, my Frankfurt citybook, fun and more)

2003-05-07 01:02:25+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Stayka deyAvemta <stayka@saint-seiya.de>)


In rec.arts.sf.written Sean G. <dontbother@dontwantnospam.com> wrote: : Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift : People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great : and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will : it dominate your destiny. *g* Got the same. Well, it shouldn't be a surprise, after all I am a long term Mage Storyteller/Player :-)) Clear Ether! Stayka (And where were the Mad Scientists in the quizlet? :-) -- Stayka's WoD Stuff at http://stayka.keyspace.de/sqhome/wod/ (Characters, online campaigns, my Frankfurt citybook, fun and more)

2003-05-07 05:19:30+00:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (evilauthor@aol.com)


From: Petrazickis spamPETRAZIspam@sympatico.ca >Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: >> My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >> >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpo wer%3F/ >> >> Enjoy! >> >> -- >> Banazir > >Your SF superpower is: Prolepsis >You wield the gift of foresight, though your prescience does not usually >let you intervene in the course of history. Life's funny that way. >Beings who share your superpower: Paul Atreides (Dune series), Lorien >(Babylon 5), Aenea (Endymion) > >Muwahahah. Fear my Fedaykin, non-human humans.:) Your SF superpower is: Assimilation Resistance really is futile with you. You have touched many, which accounts for (most of) the voices in your head. Beings who share your superpower: the Borg Queen (Star Trek), Rogue (X-Men), Aiken Drum (Saga of Pliocene Exile), Hydra (Galactic Milieu Trilogy) Cool. I get every other power by default (either copying or via minions depending on the specifics. Muahahahaha! Just call me master. - Nopporn Wongrassamee Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/evilauthor/myhomepage/index.html

2003-05-07 05:19:30+00:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (evilauthor@aol.com)


From: Petrazickis spamPETRAZIspam@sympatico.ca >Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: >> My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >> >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpo wer%3F/ >> >> Enjoy! >> >> -- >> Banazir > >Your SF superpower is: Prolepsis >You wield the gift of foresight, though your prescience does not usually >let you intervene in the course of history. Life's funny that way. >Beings who share your superpower: Paul Atreides (Dune series), Lorien >(Babylon 5), Aenea (Endymion) > >Muwahahah. Fear my Fedaykin, non-human humans.:) Your SF superpower is: Assimilation Resistance really is futile with you. You have touched many, which accounts for (most of) the voices in your head. Beings who share your superpower: the Borg Queen (Star Trek), Rogue (X-Men), Aiken Drum (Saga of Pliocene Exile), Hydra (Galactic Milieu Trilogy) Cool. I get every other power by default (either copying or via minions depending on the specifics. Muahahahaha! Just call me master. - Nopporn Wongrassamee Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/evilauthor/myhomepage/index.html

2003-05-07 10:51:40-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (hsuwh@hotmail.com)


"Christopher Adams" <mhacdebhandia@obvious.spamblock.optushome.com.au> wrote in message news:<3eb8fd55$0$405$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au>... >>> Not a half bad idea. >>> Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either >>> ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. >>> I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? >> >> Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control >> electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical >> activity in a man's brain. Indeed; "fry me to the moon": http://www.engrish.com/music/source/j-sinatra-bc.html > I suppose that, since you're counting superpowers, I can give you Jenny > Sparks from "The Authority" by Warren Ellis as an electrokinetic. And Johnny B. Goode from _The Misfits of Science_! (Not to mention Gloria, played by a young Courteney Cox, as a psychokinetic.) -- Banazir (trask, now i've dated myelf, nesupasu?)

2003-05-07 10:51:40-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (hsuwh@hotmail.com)


"Christopher Adams" <mhacdebhandia@obvious.spamblock.optushome.com.au> wrote in message news:<3eb8fd55$0$405$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au>... >>> Not a half bad idea. >>> Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either >>> ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. >>> I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? >> >> Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control >> electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical >> activity in a man's brain. Indeed; "fry me to the moon": http://www.engrish.com/music/source/j-sinatra-bc.html > I suppose that, since you're counting superpowers, I can give you Jenny > Sparks from "The Authority" by Warren Ellis as an electrokinetic. And Johnny B. Goode from _The Misfits of Science_! (Not to mention Gloria, played by a young Courteney Cox, as a psychokinetic.) -- Banazir (trask, now i've dated myelf, nesupasu?)

2003-05-07 14:02:26-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Merrick Baldelli <Snark_Lord@mindspring.com>)


On 5 May 2003 17:29:41 -0700, hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi Hobbit) wrote: >My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > >Enjoy! Uhhh, the answers were a little too wild and fell into the leaps & bounds category. Which is probably why I got this result: Your SF superpower is: Time Dilation (Celerity) Your friends have trouble keeping up with you, especially when you are revved up to fast time. At any rate, it bodes well for you that speed impresses them. Beings who share your superpower: The Shrike (Hyperion Cantos), Data (Star Trek) -- -=-=-/ )=*=-='=-.-'-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= _( (_ , '_ * . Merrick Baldelli (((\ \> /_1 ` (\\\\ \_/ / -=-\ /-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- \ _/ Home of the Evil Trek Cabal� / / http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/trek_cabal

2003-05-07 14:02:26-04:00 - Re: Quiz: What is your SF superpower? - (Merrick Baldelli <Snark_Lord@mindspring.com>)


On 5 May 2003 17:29:41 -0700, hsuwh@hotmail.com (Banazir the Jedi Hobbit) wrote: >My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" >http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower%3F/ > >Enjoy! Uhhh, the answers were a little too wild and fell into the leaps & bounds category. Which is probably why I got this result: Your SF superpower is: Time Dilation (Celerity) Your friends have trouble keeping up with you, especially when you are revved up to fast time. At any rate, it bodes well for you that speed impresses them. Beings who share your superpower: The Shrike (Hyperion Cantos), Data (Star Trek) -- -=-=-/ )=*=-='=-.-'-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= _( (_ , '_ * . Merrick Baldelli (((\ \> /_1 ` (\\\\ \_/ / -=-\ /-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- \ _/ Home of the Evil Trek Cabal� / / http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/trek_cabal

2003-05-07 17:38:11+01:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (MattLB <mattlb@FAKEBITangelfire.com>)


John H wrote: > > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > > > Not a half bad idea. > > Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either > > ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. > > I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? > > Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control > electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical > activity in a man's brain. To nitpick: the electrical activity of the brain is nothing to do with movement of electrons (unlike electricity in a wire). If an electrokinetic can only manipulate electron flow, your brain is fairly safe. MattLB

2003-05-07 17:38:11+01:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (MattLB <mattlb@FAKEBITangelfire.com>)


John H wrote: > > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > > > Not a half bad idea. > > Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either > > ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. > > I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? > > Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control > electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical > activity in a man's brain. To nitpick: the electrical activity of the brain is nothing to do with movement of electrons (unlike electricity in a wire). If an electrokinetic can only manipulate electron flow, your brain is fairly safe. MattLB

2003-05-07 22:34:24+10:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Christopher Adams <mhacdebhandia@obvious.spamblock.optushome.com.au>)


>> Not a half bad idea. >> Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either >> ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. >> I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? > > Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control > electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical > activity in a man's brain. I suppose that, since you're counting superpowers, I can give you Jenny Sparks from "The Authority" by Warren Ellis as an electrokinetic. -- Christopher Adams SUTEKH Dysfunctions Officer 2003 Remove obvious spamblock to e-mail me. I just would like to make it absolutely clear that both Jean-Luc Picard and Professor Charles Xavier could KICK CAPTAIN KIRK'S BUTT. - Patrick Stewart

2003-05-07 22:34:24+10:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Christopher Adams <mhacdebhandia@obvious.spamblock.optushome.com.au>)


>> Not a half bad idea. >> Personally, I think electrokinesis could be subsumed into either >> ferrokinesis or the mage-gift, but I will take it under consideration. >> I haven't read _The Lord of Light_ - is that the one by Zelazny? > > Yep. Zelazny's the man. You can't beat a man who can control > electricity. It takes very little power to disrupt the electrical > activity in a man's brain. I suppose that, since you're counting superpowers, I can give you Jenny Sparks from "The Authority" by Warren Ellis as an electrokinetic. -- Christopher Adams SUTEKH Dysfunctions Officer 2003 Remove obvious spamblock to e-mail me. I just would like to make it absolutely clear that both Jean-Luc Picard and Professor Charles Xavier could KICK CAPTAIN KIRK'S BUTT. - Patrick Stewart

2003-05-08 00:22:55-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Anton Sherwood <bronto@pobox.com>)


John H wrote: > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power of Rocketry! -- Anton Sherwood, http://www.ogre.nu/

2003-05-08 00:22:55-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Anton Sherwood <bronto@pobox.com>)


John H wrote: > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power of Rocketry! -- Anton Sherwood, http://www.ogre.nu/

2003-05-08 02:39:12+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (David Johnston <rgorman@telusplanet.net>)


Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: > > > I suppose that, since you're counting superpowers, I can give you Jenny > > Sparks from "The Authority" by Warren Ellis as an electrokinetic. > > And Johnny B. Goode from _The Misfits of Science_! Johnny B. Electric. Of course there is substantial overlap between people with electrical powers and people with magnetic powers.

2003-05-08 02:39:12+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (David Johnston <rgorman@telusplanet.net>)


Banazir the Jedi Hobbit wrote: > > > I suppose that, since you're counting superpowers, I can give you Jenny > > Sparks from "The Authority" by Warren Ellis as an electrokinetic. > > And Johnny B. Goode from _The Misfits of Science_! Johnny B. Electric. Of course there is substantial overlap between people with electrical powers and people with magnetic powers.

2003-05-08 12:16:25+01:00 - Re: [I] What is your SF superpower? - (John Aldis <John-png@HyperMactive.com>)


On Thu, May 8, 2003 3:39 am, David Johnston <mailto:rgorman@telusplanet.net> wrote: >Johnny B. Electric. Of course there is substantial overlap between >people with electrical powers and people with magnetic powers. But (wait for it) they don't tend to interfere with one another? <g,d,r> (Strange, I got this through BtVS, and haven't seen it on AFP yet... Oh well. Hello to all those newsgroups I haven't posted on before, and sorry about the OLF. And possibly the preponderance of (E)TLAs in this post.) -- John Aldis, B.F. "As mutant powers go, the ability to bite unusual patterns into bread rinds is, take it from me, pathetic." -- Andrew D. on alt.fan.pratchett, April 2003.

2003-05-08 12:16:25+01:00 - Re: [I] What is your SF superpower? - (John Aldis <John-png@HyperMactive.com>)


On Thu, May 8, 2003 3:39 am, David Johnston <mailto:rgorman@telusplanet.net> wrote: >Johnny B. Electric. Of course there is substantial overlap between >people with electrical powers and people with magnetic powers. But (wait for it) they don't tend to interfere with one another? <g,d,r> (Strange, I got this through BtVS, and haven't seen it on AFP yet... Oh well. Hello to all those newsgroups I haven't posted on before, and sorry about the OLF. And possibly the preponderance of (E)TLAs in this post.) -- John Aldis, B.F. "As mutant powers go, the ability to bite unusual patterns into bread rinds is, take it from me, pathetic." -- Andrew D. on alt.fan.pratchett, April 2003.

2003-05-09 08:24:22-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (johnmichaelmars@yahoo.com)


"Sean G." <dontbother@dontwantnospam.com> wrote in message news:<3eb7509c$0$79555$4bb17d6e@news.dwave.net>... > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > > > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower > %3F/ > > > > Enjoy! > > > > -- > > Banazir > > > Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift > People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great > and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will > it dominate your destiny. > Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), > King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) This seems like a possibly fairly common one to this joke quiz. Both myself and my wife got the same answer.

2003-05-09 08:24:22-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (johnmichaelmars@yahoo.com)


"Sean G." <dontbother@dontwantnospam.com> wrote in message news:<3eb7509c$0$79555$4bb17d6e@news.dwave.net>... > "Banazir the Jedi Hobbit" <hsuwh@hotmail.com> wrote in message > news:91a1d472.0305051629.7ce16130@posting.google.com... > > My first Quizilla quiz: "What is your SF superpower?" > > > http://quizilla.com/users/banazir/quizzes/What%20Is%20Your%20SF%20Superpower > %3F/ > > > > Enjoy! > > > > -- > > Banazir > > > Your SF superpower is: The Mage-Gift > People would do well to stay on your good side, as you wield magicks great > and terrible. Beware of the Dark Side, for if once you succumb, forever will > it dominate your destiny. > Beings who share your superpower: Vanyel Ashkevron (The Last Herald-Mage), > King Kelson (Deryni series), Willow Rosenberg (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) This seems like a possibly fairly common one to this joke quiz. Both myself and my wife got the same answer.

2003-06-14 13:24:45-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us>)


Anton Sherwood wrote: > John H wrote: > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . > > Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; > psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess > pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power > of Rocketry! LOL!

2003-06-14 13:24:45-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us>)


Anton Sherwood wrote: > John H wrote: > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . > > Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; > psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess > pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power > of Rocketry! LOL!

2003-06-16 08:24:55+01:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Dugs <scratch@filmbuffs.com>)


I read a series of books by Larry Niven which featured a world in which "wire heads" existed. These individuals would install a wire into the pleasure centres of the brain and using special equipment would give themselves perfect bliss sometimes to the point of death. It was also possible in these stories to induce a form of this without the wire implant and there was a sort of practical joker type who would wander the parks and anonymously give some one a quick fix of pleasure. That would be my ideal, to be able to give some one the perfect O as a little boost to their day from an anonymous well wisher. A telepathic power from a skewed perspective. -- Basil: "Manuel, this is a rat." Manuel: " Is not rat, is Filigree Siberian hamster." www.evafaq.com Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote in message news:3EEB848D.22B324C7@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us... > > > Anton Sherwood wrote: > > > John H wrote: > > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . > > > > Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; > > psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess > > pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power > > of Rocketry! > > LOL! > >

2003-06-16 08:24:55+01:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Dugs <scratch@filmbuffs.com>)


I read a series of books by Larry Niven which featured a world in which "wire heads" existed. These individuals would install a wire into the pleasure centres of the brain and using special equipment would give themselves perfect bliss sometimes to the point of death. It was also possible in these stories to induce a form of this without the wire implant and there was a sort of practical joker type who would wander the parks and anonymously give some one a quick fix of pleasure. That would be my ideal, to be able to give some one the perfect O as a little boost to their day from an anonymous well wisher. A telepathic power from a skewed perspective. -- Basil: "Manuel, this is a rat." Manuel: " Is not rat, is Filigree Siberian hamster." www.evafaq.com Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote in message news:3EEB848D.22B324C7@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us... > > > Anton Sherwood wrote: > > > John H wrote: > > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . > > > > Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; > > psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess > > pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power > > of Rocketry! > > LOL! > >

2003-08-03 13:38:02-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us>)


Anton Sherwood wrote: > John H wrote: > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . > > Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; > psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess > pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power > of Rocketry! LOL!

2003-08-03 13:38:02-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us>)


Anton Sherwood wrote: > John H wrote: > > What the hell is pyrocreativity? Its pyrokinetics! . . . > > Let's see. Telekinesis is moving stuff at a distance; > psychokinesis is moving stuff with the mind; so I guess > pyrokinesis must be moving stuff using fire. The Power > of Rocketry! LOL!

2003-08-05 02:39:15+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - ("Christopher M." <cm_anon76@hotmail.com>)


Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote in message news:3F2D72AA.206B9FF3@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us... > > > Anton Sherwood wrote: > Is telekinesis the same as psychokinesis? And how can you tell if peanuts are rancid? Is it okay to eat rancid peanuts? W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)

2003-08-05 02:39:15+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - ("Christopher M." <cm_anon76@hotmail.com>)


Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote in message news:3F2D72AA.206B9FF3@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us... > > > Anton Sherwood wrote: > Is telekinesis the same as psychokinesis? And how can you tell if peanuts are rancid? Is it okay to eat rancid peanuts? W. Pooh (AKA Winnie P.)

2003-08-05 08:12:47-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Dreamer <dreamer@dreamstrike.com>)


In the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee) mutants are usually identified with their Mutant Ability(tm Stan Lee). One of my favorites was a young man who had the ability to understand any form of technology instantly. This is even sillier than it sounds when you find out that it included ALIEN technology. Somehow, his *genes* could tell him which button to push on a machine invented by the three-headed reptile men from the Lesser Magellanic. (It turned out that he was a biological weapon invented by an alien race, and not a human mutant, but that didn't make his power seem any more unusual to anybody.) I get even more Amusement out of this because it's basically *my* Mutant Ability(tm Stan Lee.) I don't *think* I've ever been exposed to alien technology, although I did learn to program in assembly language on a VAX, which might count. But somehow just by futzing around with a machine for a few minutes, or diddling with a computer program, I get a basic sense of how it must work and how to make it do what I want. Lots of people, including lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar ability, but in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't know how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've ever fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything that plugs into the wall. I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA without some serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier moments I do refer to it as my Eerie Power. D

2003-08-05 08:12:47-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Dreamer <dreamer@dreamstrike.com>)


In the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee) mutants are usually identified with their Mutant Ability(tm Stan Lee). One of my favorites was a young man who had the ability to understand any form of technology instantly. This is even sillier than it sounds when you find out that it included ALIEN technology. Somehow, his *genes* could tell him which button to push on a machine invented by the three-headed reptile men from the Lesser Magellanic. (It turned out that he was a biological weapon invented by an alien race, and not a human mutant, but that didn't make his power seem any more unusual to anybody.) I get even more Amusement out of this because it's basically *my* Mutant Ability(tm Stan Lee.) I don't *think* I've ever been exposed to alien technology, although I did learn to program in assembly language on a VAX, which might count. But somehow just by futzing around with a machine for a few minutes, or diddling with a computer program, I get a basic sense of how it must work and how to make it do what I want. Lots of people, including lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar ability, but in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't know how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've ever fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything that plugs into the wall. I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA without some serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier moments I do refer to it as my Eerie Power. D

2003-08-05 15:21:21+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Rowan Hawthorn <rowan_hawthorn@hotmail.com>)


"Christopher M." <cm_anon76@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:nNEXa.379$jP.12464169@newssvr15.news.prodigy.com... > Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote in message > news:3F2D72AA.206B9FF3@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us... > > > > > > Anton Sherwood wrote: > > > > Is telekinesis the same as psychokinesis? Telekinesis, AFAIK, is what PK *used* to be called. Used to hear it a lot in sci-fi from the 50s and 60s, before PK became the preferred term. -- Rowan Hawthorn

2003-08-05 15:21:21+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Rowan Hawthorn <rowan_hawthorn@hotmail.com>)


"Christopher M." <cm_anon76@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:nNEXa.379$jP.12464169@newssvr15.news.prodigy.com... > Tim Bruening <tsbrueni@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote in message > news:3F2D72AA.206B9FF3@pop.dcn.davis.ca.us... > > > > > > Anton Sherwood wrote: > > > > Is telekinesis the same as psychokinesis? Telekinesis, AFAIK, is what PK *used* to be called. Used to hear it a lot in sci-fi from the 50s and 60s, before PK became the preferred term. -- Rowan Hawthorn

2003-08-06 12:46:27-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Dreamer <dreamer@dreamstrike.com>)


"William December Starr" <wdstarr@panix.com> wrote in message news:bgrdgd$gqv$1@panix2.panix.com... > Mind you, a form of remote manipulation of physical objects which > was constrained by the actor's own physical strength and bodily > limitations, and which fatigued him exactly as if he'd performed the > actions with that body, would be an interesting take on things. > About the only place I can recall seeing it done was in a fantasy > novel by R.A. MacAvoy... _Damiano_, I believe it was, in which the > title character explains to someone that he could use his magic to, > for example, instantly close and lock every door and window in the > mansion that they're in, but that doing so would tire him out exactly > as if he'd run through the place doing it all by hand. I don't remember that exact event, but that is completely in line with the way magic works in that series. No Free Lunch. In Eddings' "Belgariad," when you do sorcery, it tires you out physically and you can even die of exhaustion if you do too much or try something too hard (although the way they describe it, since you use your "will" to do sorcery, if you use it up too fast, your mind doesn't retain enough "will" to keep your body functioning.) However, "something too hard" for one of the primary characters involves moving enough air (from a warm front several miles away) to disperse a ground-level cloud which covers at least several acres of ground. Not *quite* what you had in mind. A Force Multiplier is still in effect. D

2003-08-06 12:46:27-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Dreamer <dreamer@dreamstrike.com>)


"William December Starr" <wdstarr@panix.com> wrote in message news:bgrdgd$gqv$1@panix2.panix.com... > Mind you, a form of remote manipulation of physical objects which > was constrained by the actor's own physical strength and bodily > limitations, and which fatigued him exactly as if he'd performed the > actions with that body, would be an interesting take on things. > About the only place I can recall seeing it done was in a fantasy > novel by R.A. MacAvoy... _Damiano_, I believe it was, in which the > title character explains to someone that he could use his magic to, > for example, instantly close and lock every door and window in the > mansion that they're in, but that doing so would tire him out exactly > as if he'd run through the place doing it all by hand. I don't remember that exact event, but that is completely in line with the way magic works in that series. No Free Lunch. In Eddings' "Belgariad," when you do sorcery, it tires you out physically and you can even die of exhaustion if you do too much or try something too hard (although the way they describe it, since you use your "will" to do sorcery, if you use it up too fast, your mind doesn't retain enough "will" to keep your body functioning.) However, "something too hard" for one of the primary characters involves moving enough air (from a warm front several miles away) to disperse a ground-level cloud which covers at least several acres of ground. Not *quite* what you had in mind. A Force Multiplier is still in effect. D

2003-08-06 13:22:21-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (wdstarr@panix.com)


In article <bgphig$r9dbk$1@ID-95375.news.uni-berlin.de>, "coordination kid" <coordination_kid@hotmail.com> said: >>> Is telekinesis the same as psychokinesis? >> >> Telekinesis, AFAIK, is what PK *used* to be called. Used to hear >> it a lot in sci-fi from the 50s and 60s, before PK became the >> preferred term. > > Actuly there is a difference in the two. Tellakinesis is using your > bodies energy to move objects around you, where as psychokinesis is > moving objuct with your mind. There is no limitation as to how far > they are from you as long as you can picture the object and its > seroundings in your mind. Aside from the odd spelling -- it's usually "telekinesis" -- where are you getting those definitions from? Mind you, a form of remote manipulation of physical objects which was constrained by the actor's own physical strength and bodily limitations, and which fatigued him exactly as if he'd performed the actions with that body, would be an interesting take on things. About the only place I can recall seeing it done was in a fantasy novel by R.A. MacAvoy... _Damiano_, I believe it was, in which the title character explains to someone that he could use his magic to, for example, instantly close and lock every door and window in the mansion that they're in, but that doing so would tire him out exactly as if he'd run through the place doing it all by hand. (On an analogous tangent, in either _Changeling_ or its sequel _Madwand_ by Roger Zelazny a traveling magician with musical interests has the ability to carry is guitar around with him intangibly, in sort of an "otherwhere" pocket, but when asked why he doesn't also carry, say, a year's supply of food and water that way, explains that what he carries _does_ weigh him down just as if it was fully physically present.) -- William December Starr <wdstarr@panix.com>

2003-08-06 13:22:21-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (wdstarr@panix.com)


In article <bgphig$r9dbk$1@ID-95375.news.uni-berlin.de>, "coordination kid" <coordination_kid@hotmail.com> said: >>> Is telekinesis the same as psychokinesis? >> >> Telekinesis, AFAIK, is what PK *used* to be called. Used to hear >> it a lot in sci-fi from the 50s and 60s, before PK became the >> preferred term. > > Actuly there is a difference in the two. Tellakinesis is using your > bodies energy to move objects around you, where as psychokinesis is > moving objuct with your mind. There is no limitation as to how far > they are from you as long as you can picture the object and its > seroundings in your mind. Aside from the odd spelling -- it's usually "telekinesis" -- where are you getting those definitions from? Mind you, a form of remote manipulation of physical objects which was constrained by the actor's own physical strength and bodily limitations, and which fatigued him exactly as if he'd performed the actions with that body, would be an interesting take on things. About the only place I can recall seeing it done was in a fantasy novel by R.A. MacAvoy... _Damiano_, I believe it was, in which the title character explains to someone that he could use his magic to, for example, instantly close and lock every door and window in the mansion that they're in, but that doing so would tire him out exactly as if he'd run through the place doing it all by hand. (On an analogous tangent, in either _Changeling_ or its sequel _Madwand_ by Roger Zelazny a traveling magician with musical interests has the ability to carry is guitar around with him intangibly, in sort of an "otherwhere" pocket, but when asked why he doesn't also carry, say, a year's supply of food and water that way, explains that what he carries _does_ weigh him down just as if it was fully physically present.) -- William December Starr <wdstarr@panix.com>

2003-08-07 08:19:43-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (trike@cinci.rr.com)


"Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... > Lots of people, including > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar ability, but > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't know > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've ever > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything that > plugs into the wall. > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA without some > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier moments I > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands to operate it. Doug

2003-08-07 08:19:43-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (trike@cinci.rr.com)


"Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... > Lots of people, including > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar ability, but > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't know > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've ever > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything that > plugs into the wall. > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA without some > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier moments I > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands to operate it. Doug

2003-08-07 10:21:11-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Mark Atwood <mra@pobox.com>)


"Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> writes: > > I get even more Amusement out of this because it's basically *my* Mutant > Ability(tm Stan Lee.) ... > But in my sillier moments I > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. It's called The Knack. One of the more amusing episodes of the Dilbert TV show is when Dilbert loses his. -- Mark Atwood | When you do things right, mra@pobox.com | people won't be sure you've done anything at all. http://www.pobox.com/~mra

2003-08-07 10:21:11-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Mark Atwood <mra@pobox.com>)


"Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> writes: > > I get even more Amusement out of this because it's basically *my* Mutant > Ability(tm Stan Lee.) ... > But in my sillier moments I > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. It's called The Knack. One of the more amusing episodes of the Dilbert TV show is when Dilbert loses his. -- Mark Atwood | When you do things right, mra@pobox.com | people won't be sure you've done anything at all. http://www.pobox.com/~mra

2003-08-07 12:37:07-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Insane Ranter <no@spam.net>)


"Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote in message news:bgtspr$lhj$1@sun-news.laserlink.net... > > "Doug" <trike@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message > news:db01bae.0308070719.35d28537@posting.google.com... > > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... > > > Lots of people, including > > > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar ability, > but > > > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't > know > > > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've ever > > > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything that > > > plugs into the wall. > > > > > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA without > some > > > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, > > > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier > moments I > > > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. > > > > Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of > > counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding > > machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands > > to operate it. > > Bring it on. I've managed to get my eighty-year-old *grandmother* to program > her VCR over the *telephone.* Without ever even having *seen* it or knowing > where the controls were. VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most people don't want to do either

2003-08-07 12:37:07-04:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Insane Ranter <no@spam.net>)


"Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote in message news:bgtspr$lhj$1@sun-news.laserlink.net... > > "Doug" <trike@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message > news:db01bae.0308070719.35d28537@posting.google.com... > > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... > > > Lots of people, including > > > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar ability, > but > > > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't > know > > > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've ever > > > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything that > > > plugs into the wall. > > > > > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA without > some > > > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, > > > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier > moments I > > > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. > > > > Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of > > counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding > > machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands > > to operate it. > > Bring it on. I've managed to get my eighty-year-old *grandmother* to program > her VCR over the *telephone.* Without ever even having *seen* it or knowing > where the controls were. VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most people don't want to do either

2003-08-07 21:03:00-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (trike@cinci.rr.com)


"Insane Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote in message news:<N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>... > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote in message > news:bgtspr$lhj$1@sun-news.laserlink.net... > > > > "Doug" <trike@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message > > news:db01bae.0308070719.35d28537@posting.google.com... > > > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... > > > > Lots of people, including > > > > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar > ability, > but > > > > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't > know > > > > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've > ever > > > > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything > that > > > > plugs into the wall. > > > > > > > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA > without > some > > > > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, > > > > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier > moments I > > > > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. > > > > > > Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of > > > counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding > > > machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands > > > to operate it. > > > > Bring it on. I've managed to get my eighty-year-old *grandmother* to > program > > her VCR over the *telephone.* Without ever even having *seen* it or > knowing > > where the controls were. > > VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most > people don't want to do either No, no, you don't understand. When I said that it literally takes three hands to operate it, I wasn't using "literally" figuratively, I meant LITERALLY. I always thought people who couldn't operate VCRs must be idiots because, like you, I can usually operate most machines without instruction. That's because designers go out of their way to make things intuitive if not always clearly labelled. I even re-wired a video editing bench when I was in film school, without ever having seen one before. Well, this early-VHS machine we inherited was orders of magnitude more complicated than that video bench. I suspect that the engineers designed it so that you didn't accidentally change channels while you were setting it to record or change the clock, but the buttons you have to push are so far apart and the combination is just complicated enough that you can't do it without help from someone else. There were, as I recall, some 20 steps to programming the thing, necessitating the simultaneously depressing of at least five buttons. It took me two hours of looking through the manual and comparing the cryptic diagrams to the actual device just to comprehend that there are probably three people in all of history who had the physical ability to accomplish the feat: Robert Wadlow, Goliath and the 50 Foot Woman. Even teaming up, we weren't able to actually program the thing. The clock never did anything other than blink "12:00" and it never recorded a show. It truly is a magnificent piece of hardware for use in demonstrating how not to design a user interface. Doug

2003-08-07 21:03:00-07:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (trike@cinci.rr.com)


"Insane Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote in message news:<N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>... > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote in message > news:bgtspr$lhj$1@sun-news.laserlink.net... > > > > "Doug" <trike@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message > > news:db01bae.0308070719.35d28537@posting.google.com... > > > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... > > > > Lots of people, including > > > > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar > ability, > but > > > > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't > know > > > > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've > ever > > > > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything > that > > > > plugs into the wall. > > > > > > > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA > without > some > > > > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, > > > > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier > moments I > > > > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. > > > > > > Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of > > > counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding > > > machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands > > > to operate it. > > > > Bring it on. I've managed to get my eighty-year-old *grandmother* to > program > > her VCR over the *telephone.* Without ever even having *seen* it or > knowing > > where the controls were. > > VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most > people don't want to do either No, no, you don't understand. When I said that it literally takes three hands to operate it, I wasn't using "literally" figuratively, I meant LITERALLY. I always thought people who couldn't operate VCRs must be idiots because, like you, I can usually operate most machines without instruction. That's because designers go out of their way to make things intuitive if not always clearly labelled. I even re-wired a video editing bench when I was in film school, without ever having seen one before. Well, this early-VHS machine we inherited was orders of magnitude more complicated than that video bench. I suspect that the engineers designed it so that you didn't accidentally change channels while you were setting it to record or change the clock, but the buttons you have to push are so far apart and the combination is just complicated enough that you can't do it without help from someone else. There were, as I recall, some 20 steps to programming the thing, necessitating the simultaneously depressing of at least five buttons. It took me two hours of looking through the manual and comparing the cryptic diagrams to the actual device just to comprehend that there are probably three people in all of history who had the physical ability to accomplish the feat: Robert Wadlow, Goliath and the 50 Foot Woman. Even teaming up, we weren't able to actually program the thing. The clock never did anything other than blink "12:00" and it never recorded a show. It truly is a magnificent piece of hardware for use in demonstrating how not to design a user interface. Doug

2003-08-08 05:57:43+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Aethelrede <aethelrede@worldnet.att.net>)


Doug wrote in message ... >"Insane Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote in message news:<N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>... >> "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote in message >> news:bgtspr$lhj$1@sun-news.laserlink.net... >> > >> > "Doug" <trike@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message >> > news:db01bae.0308070719.35d28537@posting.google.com... >> > > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... >> > > > Lots of people, including >> > > > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar >> ability, >> but >> > > > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't >> know >> > > > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've >> ever >> > > > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything >> that >> > > > plugs into the wall. >> > > > >> > > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA >> without >> some >> > > > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, >> > > > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier >> moments I >> > > > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. >> > > >> > > Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of >> > > counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding >> > > machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands >> > > to operate it. >> > >> > Bring it on. I've managed to get my eighty-year-old *grandmother* to >> program >> > her VCR over the *telephone.* Without ever even having *seen* it or >> knowing >> > where the controls were. >> >> VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most >> people don't want to do either > > >No, no, you don't understand. When I said that it literally takes >three hands to operate it, I wasn't using "literally" figuratively, I >meant LITERALLY. > >I always thought people who couldn't operate VCRs must be idiots >because, like you, I can usually operate most machines without >instruction. That's because designers go out of their way to make >things intuitive if not always clearly labelled. I even re-wired a >video editing bench when I was in film school, without ever having >seen one before. Well, this early-VHS machine we inherited was orders >of magnitude more complicated than that video bench. > >I suspect that the engineers designed it so that you didn't >accidentally change channels while you were setting it to record or >change the clock, but the buttons you have to push are so far apart >and the combination is just complicated enough that you can't do it >without help from someone else. There were, as I recall, some 20 >steps to programming the thing, necessitating the simultaneously >depressing of at least five buttons. > >It took me two hours of looking through the manual and comparing the >cryptic diagrams to the actual device just to comprehend that there >are probably three people in all of history who had the physical >ability to accomplish the feat: Robert Wadlow, Goliath and the 50 Foot >Woman. Even teaming up, we weren't able to actually program the >thing. The clock never did anything other than blink "12:00" and it >never recorded a show. > >It truly is a magnificent piece of hardware for use in demonstrating >how not to design a user interface. But I'm sure that if you were allowed into the prison in China where the designer will be living for the next 30 or 40 years, he'd tell you that he and the other 6 people sharing his cell could make the thing work without any problems. Although why would they make it easy for anyone else to use? It's not as if they're getting paid.

2003-08-08 05:57:43+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Aethelrede <aethelrede@worldnet.att.net>)


Doug wrote in message ... >"Insane Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote in message news:<N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>... >> "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote in message >> news:bgtspr$lhj$1@sun-news.laserlink.net... >> > >> > "Doug" <trike@cinci.rr.com> wrote in message >> > news:db01bae.0308070719.35d28537@posting.google.com... >> > > "Dreamer" <dreamer@dreamstrike.com> wrote ... >> > > > Lots of people, including >> > > > lots of people who read this newsgroup, probably have a similar >> ability, >> but >> > > > in me, modesty aside, it does sometimes get a little spooky. I don't >> know >> > > > how I do it, I just do. It works on pretty much every machine I've >> ever >> > > > fooled with, including cars, guns, power tools, and about anything >> that >> > > > plugs into the wall. >> > > > >> > > > I'm pretty sure I couldn't arm a nuclear weapon or hack the CIA >> without >> some >> > > > serious preparation - I don't live in the Marvel Universe(tm Stan Lee, >> > > > official motto: "Time Travelers are Bad News.") But in my sillier >> moments I >> > > > do refer to it as my Eerie Power. >> > > >> > > Heh. We own a VCR that would break you. The level of >> > > counter-intuitiveness built into it is the equal to the Enigma coding >> > > machine designed by evil alien elves. You literally need three hands >> > > to operate it. >> > >> > Bring it on. I've managed to get my eighty-year-old *grandmother* to >> program >> > her VCR over the *telephone.* Without ever even having *seen* it or >> knowing >> > where the controls were. >> >> VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most >> people don't want to do either > > >No, no, you don't understand. When I said that it literally takes >three hands to operate it, I wasn't using "literally" figuratively, I >meant LITERALLY. > >I always thought people who couldn't operate VCRs must be idiots >because, like you, I can usually operate most machines without >instruction. That's because designers go out of their way to make >things intuitive if not always clearly labelled. I even re-wired a >video editing bench when I was in film school, without ever having >seen one before. Well, this early-VHS machine we inherited was orders >of magnitude more complicated than that video bench. > >I suspect that the engineers designed it so that you didn't >accidentally change channels while you were setting it to record or >change the clock, but the buttons you have to push are so far apart >and the combination is just complicated enough that you can't do it >without help from someone else. There were, as I recall, some 20 >steps to programming the thing, necessitating the simultaneously >depressing of at least five buttons. > >It took me two hours of looking through the manual and comparing the >cryptic diagrams to the actual device just to comprehend that there >are probably three people in all of history who had the physical >ability to accomplish the feat: Robert Wadlow, Goliath and the 50 Foot >Woman. Even teaming up, we weren't able to actually program the >thing. The clock never did anything other than blink "12:00" and it >never recorded a show. > >It truly is a magnificent piece of hardware for use in demonstrating >how not to design a user interface. But I'm sure that if you were allowed into the prison in China where the designer will be living for the next 30 or 40 years, he'd tell you that he and the other 6 people sharing his cell could make the thing work without any problems. Although why would they make it easy for anyone else to use? It's not as if they're getting paid.

2003-08-13 22:45:48-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (trag@io.com)


In article <N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>, "Insane Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote: > VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most > people don't want to do either Heh. VCRs from the last fifteen years or so are easy. Bring in an early eighties model with the little thumb wheels that need adjusting to tune each station, no on-screen menus, and the bizarrly named buttons and indicators on the front, and you'll change your tune. I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which have on-screen programming. But the ones before that were a nightmare and probably where VCRs got their (now) undeserved reputation. -- A friend will help you move. A real friend will help you move a body.

2003-08-13 22:45:48-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (trag@io.com)


In article <N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>, "Insane Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote: > VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. most > people don't want to do either Heh. VCRs from the last fifteen years or so are easy. Bring in an early eighties model with the little thumb wheels that need adjusting to tune each station, no on-screen menus, and the bizarrly named buttons and indicators on the front, and you'll change your tune. I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which have on-screen programming. But the ones before that were a nightmare and probably where VCRs got their (now) undeserved reputation. -- A friend will help you move. A real friend will help you move a body.

2003-08-14 09:09:40-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Ford Prefect <Ford.Prefect@babblefish.org>)


Jeff Walther wrote: > In article <N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>, "Insane > Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote: > > >> VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. >> most people don't want to do either > > Heh. VCRs from the last fifteen years or so are easy. Bring in an > early eighties model with the little thumb wheels that need adjusting > to tune each station, no on-screen menus, and the bizarrly named > buttons and indicators on the front, and you'll change your tune. > > I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which > have on-screen programming. But the ones before that were a > nightmare and probably where VCRs got their (now) undeserved > reputation. Aint that the truth, still have 2 of those sitting around that actually still work. -- ---------- | Don't | | Panic | ---------- -- I fart in OPEC's general direction! I would like to wave my private parts at their aunties, those cheesy load of secondhand electric camel-bottom fuckers!

2003-08-14 09:09:40-05:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Ford Prefect <Ford.Prefect@babblefish.org>)


Jeff Walther wrote: > In article <N0vYa.354$Pa4.189@fe03.atl2.webusenet.com>, "Insane > Ranter" <no@spam.net> wrote: > > >> VCR are easy if you take the time and put a little effort into it. >> most people don't want to do either > > Heh. VCRs from the last fifteen years or so are easy. Bring in an > early eighties model with the little thumb wheels that need adjusting > to tune each station, no on-screen menus, and the bizarrly named > buttons and indicators on the front, and you'll change your tune. > > I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which > have on-screen programming. But the ones before that were a > nightmare and probably where VCRs got their (now) undeserved > reputation. Aint that the truth, still have 2 of those sitting around that actually still work. -- ---------- | Don't | | Panic | ---------- -- I fart in OPEC's general direction! I would like to wave my private parts at their aunties, those cheesy load of secondhand electric camel-bottom fuckers!

2003-08-14 14:52:52+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (pv+usenet@pobox.com)


trag@io.com (Jeff Walther) writes: >I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which have >on-screen programming. You haven't seen some of the really stupid ones. Just because there's onscreen programming, doesn't mean that the engineers did it in a sensible manner. As far as I can tell, the job of designing the user interface for VCRs is given as a punishment. Sure, you can make most of them work, but almost all of them suck in some fundamental way or another. >But the ones before that were a nightmare and probably where VCRs got >their (now) undeserved reputation. I had an early VCR, and you're right that they were even worse before, but they still are total crap now. * -- * PV something like badgers--something like lizards--and something like corkscrews.

2003-08-14 14:52:52+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (pv+usenet@pobox.com)


trag@io.com (Jeff Walther) writes: >I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which have >on-screen programming. You haven't seen some of the really stupid ones. Just because there's onscreen programming, doesn't mean that the engineers did it in a sensible manner. As far as I can tell, the job of designing the user interface for VCRs is given as a punishment. Sure, you can make most of them work, but almost all of them suck in some fundamental way or another. >But the ones before that were a nightmare and probably where VCRs got >their (now) undeserved reputation. I had an early VCR, and you're right that they were even worse before, but they still are total crap now. * -- * PV something like badgers--something like lizards--and something like corkscrews.

2003-08-14 23:05:29+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Jason Maxwell <jasonrmax@comcast.net>)


"Paul Vader" <pv+usenet@pobox.com> wrote in message news:vjn8i4rl2pmt6c@news.supernews.com... > trag@io.com (Jeff Walther) writes: > >I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which have > >on-screen programming. > > You haven't seen some of the really stupid ones. Just because there's > onscreen programming, doesn't mean that the engineers did it in a sensible > manner. As far as I can tell, the job of designing the user interface for > VCRs is given as a punishment. Sure, you can make most of them work, but > almost all of them suck in some fundamental way or another. > Like the Phillips model we have. On screen programming, but no ability to input data. Instead everything is done by pushing up or down arrows. Want to tape channel 63? Push the up arrow 60 times to get there (OK, you can hold it down, but still). Want to tape in 12 hours, that's 24 pushes (Jumps in half hour incriments). Want to set it for a month for now, 30 pushes... Jason

2003-08-14 23:05:29+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Jason Maxwell <jasonrmax@comcast.net>)


"Paul Vader" <pv+usenet@pobox.com> wrote in message news:vjn8i4rl2pmt6c@news.supernews.com... > trag@io.com (Jeff Walther) writes: > >I don't understand why anyone complains about programming VCRs which have > >on-screen programming. > > You haven't seen some of the really stupid ones. Just because there's > onscreen programming, doesn't mean that the engineers did it in a sensible > manner. As far as I can tell, the job of designing the user interface for > VCRs is given as a punishment. Sure, you can make most of them work, but > almost all of them suck in some fundamental way or another. > Like the Phillips model we have. On screen programming, but no ability to input data. Instead everything is done by pushing up or down arrows. Want to tape channel 63? Push the up arrow 60 times to get there (OK, you can hold it down, but still). Want to tape in 12 hours, that's 24 pushes (Jumps in half hour incriments). Want to set it for a month for now, 30 pushes... Jason

2003-08-16 07:53:19+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Yngvar F�lling <yngvar.folling@c2i.net>)


In article <ZAU_a.113104$Oz4.24211@rwcrnsc54>, jasonrmax@comcast.net says... > Like the Phillips model we have. On screen programming, but no ability to > input data. Instead everything is done by pushing up or down arrows. Want > to tape channel 63? Push the up arrow 60 times to get there (OK, you can > hold it down, but still). Want to tape in 12 hours, that's 24 pushes (Jumps > in half hour incriments). Want to set it for a month for now, 30 pushes... My JVC is the same way (though to get to a high numbered channel, I'd go *down* from the top, so I'd never need more than 50 pushes even if I had all 99 channels programmed). Does anyone know the terms under which VCR manufacturers licence ShowView from Gemstar Corporation? I sometimes wonder if manual programming is made deliberately complex to make ShowView seem simple by comparison. Yngvar

2003-08-16 07:53:19+00:00 - Re: What is your SF superpower? - (Yngvar F�lling <yngvar.folling@c2i.net>)


In article <ZAU_a.113104$Oz4.24211@rwcrnsc54>, jasonrmax@comcast.net says... > Like the Phillips model we have. On screen programming, but no ability to > input data. Instead everything is done by pushing up or down arrows. Want > to tape channel 63? Push the up arrow 60 times to get there (OK, you can > hold it down, but still). Want to tape in 12 hours, that's 24 pushes (Jumps > in half hour incriments). Want to set it for a month for now, 30 pushes... My JVC is the same way (though to get to a high numbered channel, I'd go *down* from the top, so I'd never need more than 50 pushes even if I had all 99 channels programmed). Does anyone know the terms under which VCR manufacturers licence ShowView from Gemstar Corporation? I sometimes wonder if manual programming is made deliberately complex to make ShowView seem simple by comparison. Yngvar