"It’s a long, long time from now, and machines have developed into sentient beings. Starting with the high-tech space stuff, a whole new set of different mechanistic species have come into existence. The machines are not only sentient; they are alive in other ways as well. They even produce offspring and evolve.
At first, it was just the super high-tech orbiting stuff that achieved self-awareness, but soon more terrestrial devices gained intelligence. Unfortunately the machines loathed each other, and war broke out between orbiting and earthly devices. Humankind had already moved out into space, but at the discovery that our original home world was in a crisis situation, we returned.
By the time we reached Earth again, all the original machines had been destroyed. The descendants of those original devices were still battling, trying to obliterate each other, an ancient blood feud where one planetary region wasn’t big enough for the two mechanical clans.
The future humans had to make a decision that would end the war. But it was clear that humankind had been in space too long as there was no sympathy for the terrestrial machines. And that’s when we found ourselves backing the satellite kin
." [more inside]
posted by 256
on Aug 6, 2012 -
Though best-of-the-year lists seem soooo
two days ago, the end of holidays may require a comedy break, and the increasingly excellent Splitsider has produced a really nice review of the year in humor
. The Year's Best Humor Writing
features, in addition to the best of The Onion
, pieces like Sometimes State Flags
, The Most Emailed New York Times Story Ever
, and Roger Ebert's one star reviews
(you may want to check out last year's list as well
). There is also a list of the 17 best comedy web series
, best comedy podcasts
, funniest video games
, and moments in 2011 where comedy made you think
(featuring lots of video).
posted by blahblahblah
on Jan 2, 2012 -
The one-liner judged as the Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is about computer passwords (also SPOILER a classic Disney cartoon). Runners-up and the joke judged WORST also listed. Warning: jokes contain drugs, sex, food (including broccoli and McDonald's), voicemail, crime, time, The Cure and a British chain store you Americans may never have heard of. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Aug 25, 2011 -
What do you mean you don't remember Olegco Gaming? They were like the best developer for the Atari! They had classics, like Cool Beens, and Ghost Garden Man. Don't tell me you never played Baron of the SkeleBone Zone! Well, you take a look at all of their games on their archive site.
Now try to be a little more knowledgeable before we talk about video games again... thanks.
posted by codacorolla
on Mar 14, 2011 -
The Humournet Collage Archive
is an artifact of of the Old Web consisting of hundreds of .txt collages
(422 to be exact) of jokes and anecdotes, originally issued as part of the HumourNet mailing list. Sometimes the moderator's opener
is as funny as the content.
posted by griphus
on Sep 22, 2010 -
The "Benign Violation Theory
" posits that for something to be funny, three conditions must be met. First, there must be a violation of the norm. Second, the violation must be perceived to be benign. Last, both these perceptions must occur simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by cosmac
on Aug 27, 2010 -
"Ever since the time of dinosaurs, man has told jokes. Humor has been evolving for literally millions of years. And many historians now believe that the current era may very well be the funniest time in the history of history. We’ve moved from an era of knock-knock jokes to a more sophisticated and mature form of comedy that represents the culmination of man’s struggle to evolve: The Deez Nuts Joke
." [more inside]
posted by dhammond
on Aug 19, 2010 -
As a belated tribute (of sorts) to Victoria Day
, may you find interest in a variety of Victorina era
literature, short and long. In the short category, there is Chit-Chat of Humor, Wit, and Anecdote
(Edited by Pierce Pungent; New York: Stringer & Townsend (1857), who has written quite a bit
of such work) [via mefi projects]
, and Conundrums New and Old
(Collected by John Ray Frederick; J. Drake & Company Publishers Chicago, 1902) [via mefi projects]
This publishing house also published The Art of Characturing
, copyright 1941. If you prefer your antiquated humor with a twist, take a gander at bizarro version of Conundrums New and Old [via mefi projects]
. In the category of longer works, behold the The Lost Novels of Victorian New Zealand [via an older mefi projects]
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 29, 2009 -
April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of the year. April 1 is most notable in the Western world for being April Fools
. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Mar 31, 2009 -
Sadie tells Maurice, "You’re a schmuck! You always were a schmuck and you always will be a schmuck! You look, act and dress like a schmuck! You’ll be a schmuck until the day you die! And if they ran a world-wide competition for schmucks, you would be the world’s second biggest schmuck!" "Why only second place?" Maurice asks. "Because you’re a schmuck!" Sadie screams.
Some Jewish humor
posted by serazin
on Dec 7, 2008 -
A math professor
was explaining a particularly complicated calculus concept to his class when a frustrated pre-med student interrupts him. "Why do we have to learn this stuff?" the pre-med blurts out. The professor pauses, and answers matter-of-factly: "Because math saves lives." "How?" demanded the student. "How on Earth does calculus save lives?" "Because," replied the professor, "it keeps certain people out of medical school."
posted by cthuljew
on Nov 9, 2008 -