03/08/10 Bedroom Comfort


Well, we are underway. The intro strips, showing the structure of how I tell the tale, introducing the currently major characters, and negotiating their relationship, has settled down… and today is the first day of voyage.

Strap yourself in…. lean back, and… actually, get really comfy, it’ll be a long while, and have a long drink. Maybe several.


  1. Frank

    ROFL! This is great!
    allow me to quote Douglas Adams

    When the ‘Drink’ button is pressed on the Nutrimatics Drinks Dispenser, it makes an instant but highly detailed examination of the subject’s taste buds, a spectroscopic analysis of the subject’s metabolism, and then sends tiny experimental signals down the neural pathways to the taste centres of the subject’s brain to see what is likely to be well received. However, no-one knows quite why it does this because it then invariably delivers a cupful of liquid that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

  2. Frank

    Oh, and sorry to double-post, but I still remember when a 1.4 Megabyte diskette was a lot of memory (one in particular contained 10 games on it, and still had space left over). Today, 1.4 MB is a laughable ammount of space, and any single program you buy is likely to have some 14 Gigabytes (equivalent to about 10,000 diskettes, or a little over a DVD*) at least.

    It’s easy to foresee that a zettabyte (a trillion** gigabytes), which is about the ammount of information produced over the course of the year 2009, will some day be considered “hardly any space at all”. On the other hand, it’s possible that extraterrestrial technology may be something so alien entirely, that it may not be measurable using bytes.

    * Programs which are too big to fit on a DVD usually are sold such that what the DVD actually contains is a compressed version of a program that generates what you actually want.
    **this trillion is short scale, meaning “a million millions” or ten to the power of twelve. It is the longscale (i.e. non-U.S.) billion

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