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Science / Centenary of Arthur C Clarke's birth.
« Last post by Dave on Today at 06:11:12 AM »
Whilst recognising that Clarke is best known as a science fiction aurhor his factual predictions that approached and even acheived reality cannot be ignored. I feel that he at least equalled Isaac Asimov in his predictive vision.

He conceived the idea of the geostationary communications satellite. Later, in "I Remember Babylon", he uses the comms sattelite idea to warn of the subversive effects that global media could have on society:

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The story takes the form of a non-fiction article by Clarke in which he warns the United States that the People's Republic of China is planning to, using a Russian rocket, launch a communications satellite in geostationary orbit to broadcast directly to Americans. The satellite will offer an uncensorable mix of heterosexual and homosexual pornography (using the Kinsey Report as market research), gore (such as details of bullfights and photographic evidence from the Nuremberg trials), and communist propaganda. The American ex-ad man and Communist sympathizer that reveals the plan to Clarke thanks his influential 1945 article on satellite transmission for giving China the idea, and boasts that "History is on our side. We'll be using America's own decadence as a weapon against her, and it's a weapon for which there's no defence".

One of the pornographic films in the story is described as depicting the erotic sculptures of the Konark Sun Temple in Odisha (Clarke uses the variant spelling of "Konarak").
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Remember_Babylon

There are many other things Clarke touched on in his talks or used as concepts in his stories.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke

https://www.clarkefoundation.org/2016/08/launch-of-arthur-c-clarke-centenary/



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Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by Magdalena on Today at 06:04:39 AM »
^^^

Very powerful voices.
Very nice.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Posts: 12005
« Last post by hermes2015 on Today at 05:50:19 AM »

I think I recall mentioning that you have a severe case of upsidedownism, being in the land down under.

I'm going to lower the cone of silence so the other HAFers can't here us.

Gneeerrrrrrrerrrerrrgunk!

We can talk freely now.

Of course we both know we are the right way up, look at the night sky, the Northerners have a crap sky and the moon is upside down.
Our part of the planet is directed to where the action is.
It amuses me to see them all think they all on top, fools, ha, ha ha, ha ha ha...and repeat

Yeah! I know how we can be on top, though:



See? :grin: Problem solved!

Seeing the world like that made me come over all queer.
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Ask HAF / Re: Hide messages posted by members on my ignore list.
« Last post by Magdalena on Today at 05:31:52 AM »
I selected this option:
Hide messages posted by members on my ignore list.
...Will this block the member's messages or posts?  :headscratch:
I don't want to see any more posts from AngelOfDeath, how can I continue to come here without having to read anything he posts?

You should see this now whenever you are in a thread and someone you block has posted something:

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You are ignoring this user. Show me the post.

Mr. Member formerly known as Father Bruno.

You've had access to this option all this time and you didn't tell me about it!?   :cryandrun:
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Ask HAF / Re: Hide messages posted by members on my ignore list.
« Last post by Magdalena on Today at 05:28:22 AM »
Do, or do not. There is no try.

When you're fed up with stupid...Everything is possible.  :levitate:
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Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by Tom62 on Today at 05:24:17 AM »
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Best argument against mindless forgiveness I've seen yet: "To them, I say: I cannot heal from something that never stops hurting me."

Yes, some things you can never just forget.
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Ask HAF / Re: Hide messages posted by members on my ignore list.
« Last post by hermes2015 on Today at 04:37:19 AM »
That is exactly what I do, Dave. If there is a poster that I am finished with, I completely ignore all that they do.

That has been my modus operandi as well. And I feel much better for it.
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Best argument against mindless forgiveness I've seen yet: "To them, I say: I cannot heal from something that never stops hurting me."
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Ask HAF / Re: Hide messages posted by members on my ignore list.
« Last post by No one on Today at 04:21:44 AM »
Do, or do not. There is no try.
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