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Looking back on would haves and could haves seems to be an inherently depressing activity. Nevertheless, a very interesting post.
posted by mervin_shnegwood at 6:20 AM on January 19, 2005


Fantastic. I'm a huge fan of FlipFlopFlyin'. Too bad though that the pop-ups dont' autoclose or load in one and the same window, 'cause now I have 70 Firefox windows to close.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:00 AM on January 19, 2005


I often think about this. Life is a constant stream of choices and circumstances, with an almost limitless number of outcomes. The limiting factor is that while we can move in any direction through the first three dimensions, we're limited (so far) to only one direction of travel through the fourth-- time. Thus, a single actual outcome, regardless of the choices. Free will's a bitch.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:01 AM on January 19, 2005


Interesting possibilities and a nice balance between hopeful optimism (WTC contract), intense pessimism (killer still unknown), and mundane reality (mid-thirties HMV manager).

But this struck me hard: "Barely recognisable as the rock god of a decade before, I am a bloated alcoholic, living in Lincoln, Nebraska."

I guess it's time I get a'moving.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:05 AM on January 19, 2005


I was just thinking, "Well, we know where every timeline ends." Funny thing, though, some of them don't!
posted by fungible at 7:18 AM on January 19, 2005


I was struck by the inevitable ending of the timelines as well. Fascinating exercise.
Free will's a bitch.... ain't that the truth
posted by nanu at 7:41 AM on January 19, 2005


THIS IS AWESOME. Thank you so much for a fantastic post. I love this.
posted by acridrabbit at 8:35 AM on January 19, 2005


Reminds me of the Jimmy Corrigan cover.
posted by sonofsamiam at 8:49 AM on January 19, 2005


This is a great post. Don't we all wonder how our lives would have turned out had we made one different choice at some point?
posted by SisterHavana at 10:10 AM on January 19, 2005


Fantastic post... thanks!
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:03 PM on January 19, 2005


Neat.
posted by VanRoosta at 3:58 PM on January 19, 2005


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