07/30/20 – Beyond Endurance

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, July 30, 2020.




This is actually my biggest fear if I was ever imprisoned. The boredom.


  1. Erhannis

    I’ve considered before that if I went to jail, I’d probably start e.g. think-working on an elaborate story universe to write later. And/or try to get a bunch of paper or a voice recorder.

  2. Rikard

    Well, Stangor dear, just be glad that the cage doesn’t have interactive personality modulation programming and talks to you.

    Not to mention pesky little things like air, waste and suchlike…

  3. Kaidah

    If someone developed a device power shut-downer they could make a fortune selling it to theaters and performance halls and the like. Hell, I’d buy one just to put it in my son’s room so he couldn’t stay up half the night on his phone.

    1. Muzhik

      @Kaidah, they tried that a few years back. Some theaters put in devices that blocked cellphone signals to keep the phones from ringing during the show or even (death-penalty offense here) people pulling out their phones and chatting with their friends while the movie is still going on. IIRC, courts banned those devices because it would prevent someone from dialing 911 if necessary.

    1. Muzhik

      Some artists might have taken a break and have this entire conversation be illustrated by a pair of eyes in a black panel.

      Do you hear that? That slow rhythmic THUMP THUMP THUMP? It almost sounds like Christopher slowly banging his head on his drawing desk …

  4. Pete Rogan

    I seem to be structurally incapable of boredom. No, really. If I’m by myself and have to be there alone, my head goes and plays elsewhere and sometimes takes me with it.

    This has frustrated a number of ex-girlfriends who couldn’t do the same thing, or it caused them to hyperventilate to the point of exploding. I came to the conclusion that I could only vex such persons, and have avoided them since.

    Fortunately I have friends who are capable of pun games, spontaneous new Monty Python routines, or coming up with plots for Star Trek: Voyager novels, so I never have a dull time. Never.

          1. Pete Rogan

            Gorgeous. I think that’s Dione off to the right, and Rhea in front, but I can’t be sure.

            I note that the north polar hexagon is visible here, which means we could have discovered it from Earth eventually. But a great deal more of Saturn remains concealed in plain sight, like how the ring divisions are maintained, let alone the magnetic dust drifts above the rings, or the ‘mountains’ of ring particles on the outer edge of the B ring. So much more to explore and discover.

  5. Patrick

    It’s surprising how effective boredom is as a torture tactic. You can really go down a rabbit hole learning about the POW’s from WWII, Vietnam, etc., and what they went through when they were imprisoned. Many “adopted” bugs or mice to take care of and then spent their entire day taking care of their pets just so they’d have something to occupy their minds.

  6. Bonker of Things

    When the 14th Dalai Lama was released from house arrest he allegedly (as I haven’t read it first hand and most info on the subject seems to gave been erased from the internet) said “I thank my captors for allowing me to practice my patience”. I guess that’s the only sane way to look upon such cruel practice as incarceration really is.

    1. Max

      Incarceration, yes, surely. But HOUSE arrest?!? Okay, we just had a front row demo of how hard some people take that, but ALSO of how plenty of other people completely fail to see any problem with that concept whatsoever, assuming things one needs to leave a house for are taken care of; anyhoo, what the heck is this “outside” thing you speak of…? I find it incredibly overrated…

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