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May 2, 2005 3:11 PM   Subscribe

We are hosting the first and only Time Traveler Convention at MIT in one week, and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Anyone plan to attend?
posted by Ricky_gr10 (64 comments total)

 
Anyone plan to attend?

Maybe in a few decades I'll stop by. :)
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:13 PM on May 2, 2005


i love this!

I'm from the future, and I'd like to attend!

We're not sure how you're emailing us from the future, but we'd love to have you! Come as you are! No dress code whatsoever. We do request that you bring some sort of proof that you do indeed come from the future, and haven't just dressed like you do. We welcome any sort of proof, but things like a cure for AIDS or cancer, a solution for global poverty, or a cold fusion reactor would be particularly convincing as well as greatly appreciated.


Cures please, future people, ok? : >
posted by amberglow at 3:13 PM on May 2, 2005


I was there. It was great.
posted by sveskemus at 3:15 PM on May 2, 2005


Been there.
posted by wendell at 3:15 PM on May 2, 2005


Remind me to go back and keep sveskemus' parents from meeting.
posted by wendell at 3:16 PM on May 2, 2005


I went to this year's show last year.
posted by fenriq at 3:17 PM on May 2, 2005


Double post, I saw this on MetaFilter next week.
posted by Specklet at 3:19 PM on May 2, 2005


What a great idea. (=

Of course, we'll have conclusive proof of the extinction of the human race if no one from the future shows up- I guess we didn't discover it in time to save us!

It's either that, or maybe something cataclysmic occurs to prevent those in the future from knowing that there's a time travel conference.

Anywho, I love Deloreans, so I'll be there!
posted by id at 3:21 PM on May 2, 2005


Is Titor a guest speaker?
posted by AlexReynolds at 3:24 PM on May 2, 2005


I'm wearing the t-shirt right now.
posted by mischief at 3:30 PM on May 2, 2005


I thought this years was disappointing-- to many people from the past, not enough from the future.
posted by cosmonaught at 3:33 PM on May 2, 2005


What's so amusing is that I first saw the quote, "technically, you'd only need one time traveler convention" as a result of a link to Cat and Girl from a FPP awhile ago, and I thought it was so clever, and such a quaint but technically brilliant idea... and what do you know? They're actually doing it! Fantastic.
posted by odinsdream at 3:36 PM on May 2, 2005


I'd need a few weeks to review Dr. Streetmentioner's book before I coulden willgo. I always confuse "wioll onhaven be" with "weres beening."
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 3:45 PM on May 2, 2005


TIME MACHINE ! For Time Travel ? very low reserve
posted by homunculus at 3:50 PM on May 2, 2005


technically, you'd only need one time traveler convention

Thats true, technically, but the problem is that everyone wants to host "the one." Anyways, the really good one that people actually go to is in 1,427 years. In Alpha Centauri.

Also, nobody is likely to come to this one because things are so primitive right now that its a real bitch to get a replacement part in case your time machine has even a minor malfunction. I mean, I've been looking for a way to replace the psion shield on my tachyonic-graviton radiator for 20 years now and counting...
posted by vacapinta at 3:53 PM on May 2, 2005


I was a little disappointed at the oversight on their resource section so I sent them the following letter...

You guy are missing the essential time machine text from your bibliography. Alfred Jarry's How
to Construct a Time Machine
is key to understanding parallel constructs of time travel. Here is a web version of the text tho I can't attest to the completeness of this version.

Also the work of Paul
Laffoley
seems to be absent, he more than any contemporary artist has created the definite vision of Time Travel. His works are all over the net but this site seems as good an intro as any.

See you there/here!
posted by memexikon at 4:00 PM on May 2, 2005


If you people really knew all of the physical and emotional demands inherent in time travel, you wouldn't make fun of it or those of us who've done it.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 4:04 PM on May 2, 2005


It was great! Y'all need to make sure to not eat the shellfish at the buffett, whew, I was sick for days.
posted by thedevildancedlightly at 4:07 PM on May 2, 2005


Yes, this meeting apparently follows the rules of 'Terminator' time traveling, which is one way, and no going back, as opposed to 'Back to the Future' rules, which allows going back and forth freely, and of course, 'Timerider' rules, which are just plain silly.
posted by ORthey at 4:08 PM on May 2, 2005


I'm so going.
posted by scarymonsterrrr at 4:11 PM on May 2, 2005


I missed it. I'm always late, even in the future.
posted by alteredcarbon at 4:12 PM on May 2, 2005


I love it when smart people are clever and funny. Thanks for the link! This is great.

Oh, and...
DevilsAdvocate wins!
posted by Dr. Wu at 4:14 PM on May 2, 2005


One week doesn't give much time for event publicity.

Ohhh ... never mind.
posted by chipr at 4:19 PM on May 2, 2005


I met my wife there, but she turned out to be my granddaugher. Ewww.
posted by Falconetti at 4:27 PM on May 2, 2005


Afterparty at the restaurant at the end of the universe. Be there or be three-dimensional.
posted by longsleeves at 4:29 PM on May 2, 2005


Coming back to it as soon as I have my cold fusion plans sorted
posted by Doof at 5:00 PM on May 2, 2005


I liked it so much I went back 20 times. Then I convinced the cutie at the reception desk to come along and we had a BIG party, if you know what I mean. Best Convention Evar. I am so looking forward to next week, I already know it's going to be a blast!
posted by dragstroke at 5:04 PM on May 2, 2005


vacapinta : It was OK, but the 100 year preunion was something special. Now I know why I've never enjoyed Cerenkov Vodka.
I know how that one feels. I couldn't drink the stuff for six years before the Cantauri do. Man, that stuff is harsh.
posted by seanyboy at 5:05 PM on May 2, 2005


could one of you be a doll and pop back to the early 70s and get me some Fudgetowns and Burry's Best cookies? oh, and a Big Buddy (cherry), and some lik-m-aid...thanks!
posted by amberglow at 5:08 PM on May 2, 2005


I will have been wanting to go to this by tomorrow but yesterday I had thought it was tired.
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:12 PM on May 2, 2005


I like this because it's one of the best arguments for a chain letter I have ever seen. Indeed, if time travel is ever possible, it is a perfectly good argument. I'm sure we have our doubts about that, though.
posted by mek at 5:14 PM on May 2, 2005


So what you're saying is, all the time travelers will be in one place, where I can easily eliminate them all? Excellen
posted by furiousthought at 5:16 PM on May 2, 2005


Cerenkov Vodka? Only when it's used to make a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster(tm), of course.
posted by clevershark at 5:24 PM on May 2, 2005


I guess those coordinates are useful, but think of the math involved in hitting them in space-time. The earth rotation, the various revolutions, not to mention the galaxy zooming at 1.3M MPH in space. Gotta be a right bitch to get within an AU of the place. (then again the math JPL does is already awe-inspiring)
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 5:27 PM on May 2, 2005


When will you mortals get it? Time is just a concept. When you realise this then you will find that you are already "then", always have been and always will be. It's only the where that makes a difference.
posted by Merlin at 5:28 PM on May 2, 2005


I met my wife there, but she turned out to be my granddaugher.

If you're gay, you can hook up with yourself.
The ultimate in narcissism.
posted by NorthernLite at 5:31 PM on May 2, 2005


If you're straight and drunk enough, you can hook up with yourself and forget all about it by the next morning. Or the previous morning. Or whatever.
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:39 PM on May 2, 2005


This is a bad idea. The code explicitly forbids time-travellers from revealing ourselves to the locals even at the cost of innocent lives. If you want to meet people from the future then you'll have to go there.
posted by nixerman at 5:41 PM on May 2, 2005


If you're gay, you can hook up with yourself.
You don't need a time machine to masturbate.
posted by fleacircus at 5:43 PM on May 2, 2005


so, what would happen if you went there, and a future you also went there?
posted by amberglow at 5:45 PM on May 2, 2005


amberglow -> Wacky hijinks would happen
posted by klik99 at 6:04 PM on May 2, 2005


Anyone up for some U.S. Patent Number 1?
posted by samw at 6:18 PM on May 2, 2005


Well, there's one (of many) time travel philosophies which holds that the past was always the way it was, never different. So, whatever you go back to do, like, say, try and kill Hitler, already happened (remember, it's the past).

This avoids the annoying "what if you kill your mom" paradox, since your activity in the past already happened, and its outcome is already factored in to the present. If you, for instance, invented a time machine and traveled back in time to kill your mom, you would fail, just like you already did. You (in the present) would be able to look in the historical record and find evidence of your time travel to the past already, but you wouldn't know to look for it yet.

Whoookayyy...nevermind.
posted by odinsdream at 6:18 PM on May 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


amberglow -> Wacky hijinks would happen

Cool! I love wacky hijinks! One of you, be a doll and go to the future and get me and bring me back? thanks! : >
posted by amberglow at 6:21 PM on May 2, 2005


Uh-oh. This has the makings of another Crisis on Infinite Earths...
posted by klangklangston at 6:23 PM on May 2, 2005


pretty good movie about the subject but then you saw it years ago
posted by fungible at 6:26 PM on May 2, 2005


My t-shirt just disappeared. One second it was there, the next gone. Also, I smell ozone with just a hint of sulfur.

Although, the latter may have been the cat farting.
posted by mischief at 6:28 PM on May 2, 2005


mischief writes " Although, the latter may have been the cat farting."

Oh sure, blame it on the cat!
posted by clevershark at 6:31 PM on May 2, 2005


Damn, my Time Travel Agent told me the hotels have been booked solid since 1776.
posted by wendell at 6:39 PM on May 2, 2005


And I hear Steve Jobs will be there to make an Apple product introduction. The bad news is: it's the Lisa.
posted by wendell at 6:40 PM on May 2, 2005


Sorry I was late next year. I promise to be on time last year.
posted by buzzman at 7:14 PM on May 2, 2005


It was better than "Cats". I want to go again and again and again.
posted by yhbc at 7:24 PM on May 2, 2005


I traveled in time just to post this message at this exact moment. It's a little game I play.
posted by malaprohibita at 9:55 AM on May 3, 2005


these guys have been spamming every site i visit.
posted by jimmy at 10:07 AM on May 3, 2005


You know, if they REALLY believed in time travel, and were looking for a successful (more time travellers than muggles) convention, they would have announced it for LAST week!
posted by BigLankyBastard at 10:49 AM on May 3, 2005


Cool, I need to get me a new PPT.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:06 AM on May 3, 2005


I traveled in time just to post this message at this exact moment. It's a little game I play.

If that was true - then why didn't you get a first post? Or are you just messing with us . . .
posted by klik99 at 11:31 AM on May 3, 2005


If you're gay, you can hook up with yourself.

You don't even have to be gay (or drunk). Read Heinlein's "All You Zombies" if you haven't already (sorry about the crappy formatting, it's what's out there).

Oh, and the meetup in 800 in Baghdad was the best. You know all those "Arabian Nights" stories? That's where we came up with them. Sorry you missed it.
posted by languagehat at 11:43 AM on May 3, 2005


I'm not going unless Dr. Who can make it.
posted by filchyboy at 11:46 AM on May 3, 2005


these guys have been spamming every site i visit.

Same here. Apparently the future is where all the spam comes from.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:47 AM on May 3, 2005


Scary predictions and portents for '05!

A revolution in Russia will begin when troops fire onto a defenseless group of demonstrators in St. Petersburg. Strikes and riots will follow
and the day will be called “Bloody Sunday"!

After a revolt on the Potemkin, a battleship, Czar Nicholas II' will create a Russion parliment with the “October Manifesto!”

A patent clerk named Einstein will revolutionize physics!

The Giants of New York will defeat the Philidelphia A's in the World Series!

Trains will be equipped with electric lights!

An earthquake in San Francisco will start a three-day fire and leave more than 500 dead!
posted by Smedleyman at 12:37 PM on May 3, 2005


....Oops, 100 years short. Sorry. Didn't have the internet in 1905. Huh. Never mind.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:38 PM on May 3, 2005


Well, they did have the internet in 1905, but quonsar went back and got rid of it.
posted by languagehat at 2:39 PM on May 3, 2005


Metafilter: You don't need a time machine to masturbate.
posted by Kifer85 at 4:50 PM on May 3, 2005


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