March 18, 2004

Mutant power or monkey's paw?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at March 18, 2004 7:19 PM

I seem to have developed some kind of time-delayed wish fulfillment power lately. "I wish there were a sequel to Altered Carbon" is perhaps the most benevolent example. In most of the cases I've noticed, though, the fulfillment of the wish has arrived too late to allow me to derive the expected utility from it. I am now hesitant to wish for, say, a million dollars, because the most likely outcome would be the collapse of the U.S. economy, followed by hyper-inflation, followed by my acquiring a million dollars in time to spend it in the Coke machine (which will be out of everything but Diet Coke). I should nevertheless try to find a way to harness this power for good, or at least my own personal benefit.

(Am I being deliberately vague about the actual events that inspired this post? Yes!)

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*singsong* I know what it iiiis, I know what it iiiiis....

At least I think I do...

...nah, I know I do...

Posted by: Tracy | March 19, 2004 6:31 AM

Look. Either stop being vague or wish me up a movie deal.

Posted by: Dad | March 19, 2004 8:30 AM

*singsong* I know what it iiiis, I know what it iiiiis....

Xander: Freud would have said the exact same thing...except he might not have done that little dance.

Anyway, your use of the singular is interesting, since I'm being vague about multiple unconnected events. But please, share your crazy theories with the rest of us. :)

Look. Either stop being vague or wish me up a movie deal.

Given the way it's been working out for me so far, I don't think you want me to do that.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | March 19, 2004 9:36 AM

You mean I can't just keep dancing around my office and singing?

No deal, man.

Posted by: Tracy | March 19, 2004 10:26 AM

And who said my theories were crazy, mister???

Posted by: Tracy | March 19, 2004 10:27 AM

Okay then wish up a long career as media idol for that insufferable flatulent toupeeheaded creep Donald Trump GOD I AM SICK OF THAT GUY. He's doing Verizon Wireless ads!

Posted by: Dad | March 19, 2004 10:29 AM

As long as you're not telling us your theories, I have to guess, and I'm guessing at some mighty crazy theories.

(Given my current position, I should be very careful with this line of argument.)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | March 19, 2004 11:15 AM

Now you're talking in code and I'm confused...

Posted by: Tracy | March 19, 2004 12:56 PM

It's possible that too much quality time with Powerpoint has rendered me incoherent.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | March 19, 2004 1:06 PM

Are you sleeping with your keyboard again? :)

Posted by: Tracy | March 19, 2004 1:47 PM

Why haven't you answered this last post yet???

PS - I don't get any of this...

Posted by: mama-san | March 19, 2004 4:37 PM

Occasionally, I am forced to leave the computer and do some actual work. As hard as it may be to believe, they don't pay me to sit around and respond to comments on my blog. :)

Amazing how an entry with basically no content can garner so many comments.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | March 19, 2004 6:05 PM

Even though I am heavily involved with this conversation I am going to have to second your mom's PS...

Hooray for zombie lobsters!

Posted by: Tracy | March 22, 2004 6:32 AM
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