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OH MY GOD, y'all, I started a project and didn't abandon it immediately! of course, there is still plenty of time to abandon it yet, but whatever. So.

Book II )
Book I
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So I'm taking this class called Gore and Glory: Early Heroic Literature. And, well, I shouldn't really be taking it, because we're reading the Iliad on such a shallow level, and I'm pretty sure most of the people in the class are just there to get their literature and the arts credit. But good things are born from the mediocre, I suppose: something sparked me thinking about what would have happened if Achilles had actually killed Agamemnon in Book I. And so I've decided to write it. (with some help from A.T. Murray's translation) Book I is basically summary, though.

So heres Book I )
polutrope: (sleep is for pussies)
Time Period ???

What is a day? Twenty four hours, a rotation of the sun around the earth? What hubris it is for Man to put names on the endless movement of Time and the World!

The name "day" has lost all meaning; dark and light do not demarcate the boundaries of a new period - why should they? We have conquered the night with electricity, and my room is all blazing amid the dark of night.

I sleep when I am tired and wake when I am done sleeping; perhaps the sun will shine through my window, or perhaps the night will extend its fingers to my bed. What does it matter, as long as I can type and read and think?

Someday I will fix this; someday I will align myself with the norms of wakefulness and sleep; but that day is not today, nor will it be tomorrow or the day after.
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I think my psyche is trying to tell me something (probably, fix your goddamn sleep schedule and stop sleeping during the day). In any case, having totally awesome dreams while sleeping from 11AM to 8PM is probably not the way.

First, the main character was some sort of marine animal, perhaps formed of pure blue light (?) It and its friends were set the task of moving everything on the bottom of the ocean to the top, to "remove context" as the main character's mother said. Also most of these things were cereal boxes. Then the scene switched to above the ocean (but the same people, just human now). There was a man, who was also Umberto Eco (?) and he showed the main character an underground pit that was the inspiration for something.

Somehow, the main character got the idea that the Sun god was trying to kill them. He watched a shadow play on the wall of the courtyard that told him how to get to the Sun god without getting killed, and he and his friend followed the directions. At last there was a room full of tests that had to be passed, which looked a lot like a gym. (one of the tests was multiple sets of push-ups; another was a set time on a stationary bike.) Then you had to press a button at exactly the right time (11:11, I think.) (there were a few more of these buttons but I totally forget how they came into it. It was always the same number of minutes as the hour, though [i.e. 12:12])

Finally they reached the Sun god (who was very Egyptian), and he talked about how immortality kind of sucked, and showed them a game that would save them from destruction. There were several colors, which represented wood, water, and sand. The goal was to get to the sun if you were a "warm" color and to the moon if you were a "cool" color. To do this, you had to build a raft by taking the wood piece and sending it down the waterway.

Having done this and saved themselves I guess they wandered around for a while talking about how King Arthur and Sigurd were both sun-heroes, except there wasn't much agreement; one of them thought that maybe Sigurd was weak at the new moon.

And then one of the old ladies who was the Sun god's companion scattered yellow dust over everything and told one of them (a young girl) that it would be her kingdom - Tunisia. Did I mention that this was in a sort of Darkness-before-the-world, in a night full of stars?

And then I woke up.


Nov. 28th, 2008 02:37 am
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Pater: Qvid amusat?

polutrope: I'm watching a terrible tv show called sliders
I alternate between laughing because it's amusing and because it's terrible in an entertaining way

pater: one understands

polutrope: He goes to different dimensions! alternate dimension him said horrible things to his professor and kissed his coworker!

pater: and he remembers and they don’t?

polutrope: No! No one believes it's not him! he gets Fired!

pater: in both worlds?


[At this point, his professor is in his basement looking at his invention; the professor’s lead-up leads one to believe that academic fraud is imminent. Alas, it is not.]
pater: he steals an accent?

polutrope: No
He's not going to, but it would have been awesome

pater: Isuppose it would

polutrope: His name is Prof. English Accent as long as I don't know his name

polutrope: They found a really terrible world :(

pater: They get to pick worlds?

polutrope: Nope!
polutrope: Oh my word, there's an ice tornado

pater: we don’t have them

polutrope: Also, Teenage Main Character is totally clueless about the fact that Female Character likes him

pater: a regular Henry Huggins


pater: When is this from?

polutrope: 1990s, I think
And the crazy guy from the park is a senator in this universe!
[the crazy guy from the park had given speeches to the pigeons about how America was going to fall. ]

pater: Does anybody else know about this?

polutrope: I dunno
Started in 1995
One of the travelers is trying to explain what happened to the communist people! and he sounds crazy, of course

Sent at 1:54 AM on Friday
YES ALTERNATE UNIVERSE HIM IS A COMMANDER [At this point I was wrong: alternate universe!her was a commander]

pater: I am beginning to. I understand that
the show only appears to you

polutrope: That's not true!

pater: I was hoping that you would say that


pater: Russian?

polutrope: no
Just a commander
Pick up your phone and pledge to public television...or else!
I can't tell whether this is actually good or if I'm just being sucked in
People's Court is a Threatening Tool of the Soviets
After being sentenced to 15 years in a gulag: "Small claims my beep!"

pater: It sounds unhinged

polutrope: It's hilarious

pater: Who is responsible for this show?

polutrope: No idea
OK, his name is Maximillian Arturo
No more Prof. English Accent
My word, he is my favorite charater
At this point Pater enters the room with a thermometer, to see if I am delirious.
polutrope: "She's off looking for herself"
This episode has everything! [After things blow up spectacularly

pater: !
What ever possessed NBC to go with this?

polutrope: I have no idea. None at all.

polutrope: This is kind of weird in 95, though
This part is just so height-of-cold-war

polutrope: YOU CAN'T HAVE WACKY ADVENTURES WITH AN ATOM BOMB PROF ARTURO [The good professor has just suggested destroying the travelling machine, and compares it to the atom bomb.


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