Monday, July 24, 2006


1. You are out walking late on a weekend night. A man approaches and demands that you give him your wallet/purse. He is holding a gun in his hand, but the gun is obviously fake. Nevertheless, he is clearly batshit-crazy. Do you give him your money?

2. In a random 1%-of-the-sky search, SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence project) picks up an unmistakable signal. It's a clearly focused transmission beamed across space in much the same way that SETI and other programs have been transmitting for decades. What's more, it's alien. While the transmission is recognizable as "intelligent," there is no way to translate or understand it. The contents of the transmission are completely unknown.

One bright woman at SETI manages to trace the signal, and reports that she has located the point of the signal's origin.

We can transmit back, or remain silent. You are in charge of the decision. What do you do?

3. You are told that your mother is being held hostage at an undisclosed location. The kidnappers inform you that they will cut off every one of her fingers and toes, individually, unless you agree to tell every third person you meet over the next week that you enjoy molesting children. You may give no indication of saying this under duress. You must be sincere and convincing in the telling. Most importantly, you cannot inform the Police of your deal.

It's possible that the Police could find your mother in less than a day. They have their best people on the case, and they've assured you that they'll have her back to you within 24 hours. You have no way of knowing whether or not this will turn out to be the case, however.

What do you do?

4. You are asleep (not currently, one hopes). In the middle of a particularly vivid dream, Jesus Christ appears. He tells you that the End is near, and that you've been chosen to be his Prophet. He tells you that he will send you a sign to guarantee the truth of what he says. He tells you to make contact with the world, and tell them He is coming. Then he walks over to the bar where a pre-skeletal Jennifer Connelly has been waiting for you, does a shot of Jaegermeister, and leaves.

You wake up, and in the middle of your bedroom floor is the shadow of an enormous cross. You've never seen it before in your life, but it turns out to be the shadow of two trees that have blown over in the night.

Do you treat your dream as a vision?


At 10:07 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

1) I don't typically carry cash and everything in my wallet is very easily cancelled so sure.

2) Transmit back. The amount of time lag in question should give us some time to prepare for the invasion/visitation.

3) I'd agree to it and then spend the rest of the week in bed.

4) No (betcha thought I'd say yes). God doesn't come on dreams (at least not in the Bible) and apparently according to the Bible He doesn't want us to know exactly when the end was near. SO I'd chalk it up to Pepperoni induced indigestion or Satan. Besides everyone knows that Jesus is a wine man.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Actually, I didn't know how you'd answer. Thus, the question. :)

Weren't Joseph and Daniel spoken to in dreams?

1) Probably not.

2) Hold until more effort is put into tranlating.

3) That's a BS answer. :)

4) No. Though Jesus doing a shot of Jaeger might inspire me to try drinking more.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Joseph was into interpreting dreams (and I'm sure he had a few that he interpreted for himself) but those were always symbolic and never (that I recall) required a sign of any sort. The sign thing is kind of fishy because Jesus got a little irate with people that wanted signs. John 4:48
"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

Why wouldn't you give the crazy man your wallet? You're assuming he wouldn't just beat you to death with his plastic gun?

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Oh and at least I answered #3. ;-)

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Wesley said...

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At 2:54 PM, Blogger Wesley said...

1. Yes he can beat me to death with something, not to mention I suck as a fighter.

2. Yes

3. No I trust the police. And besides how can I trust they won't just kill her anyways and just laugh while my ass is being put in prison.
4. I need a better sign than that. Maybe if pre-skeletal Jennifer was cuddled up to me when I woke up. Now THEN I would take it seriously!

At 2:05 AM, Blogger Charlie Brigden said...

1. No fucking way.

2. Yes.

3. Call the cops.

4. I ignore it.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

1. Hell no.

2. Transmit back, of course. As long as we still have Rowdy Roddy Piper and Marc Singer: Earth Is Safe.

3. Sorry, Mom. You had a good run.

4. I go get therapy.


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