Saturday, May 07, 2005

Any Plans for the weekend?

Any plans for the weekend? If you don’t, you could attend the first and last Time Traveler Conference. You really only need one of these conferences ever – because IF you miss AND time travel becomes a reality, you can always go some other time. It must be for real since even the International Herald Tribune picked it up.

It is a rather interesting concept, send out invitations by planting them in library books – they are instantly in the future. I see they used coordinates instead of just saying MIT, in case MIT doesn’t exist sometime in the future, but – I wonder, did they account for continental drift and such. I guess if the historical record is kept – those in the future could figure out where that coordinate from the past would be in their today.

Just found it vaguely amusing for some reason. I don't have time to go this weekend -- but maybe I will in 20 or 30 years from now....



Blogger DaPi said....

Not sure I like the idea of it being the last. Won't it be boring if they are all the same one?

Sat May 07, 09:47:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

But you can just go again tomorrow and change it right?

Sat May 07, 09:48:00 AM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

I thought that was against the rules.

(Can't find it, Ursula K Le Guin (?) story: time-travller steps on butterfly in the past and changes political regime in his own day . . ring any bells?)

Sat May 07, 10:04:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Hey,if Jean-Claude Van Damme can do it!

Just don't touch your past self, it looked very painful in the movie. The same person wasn't allowed to occupy the same physical space in a given time.

I liked the comment on that site "One of Van Damme's better efforts (which isn't saying much...)"

Sat May 07, 10:11:00 AM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

"The same person wasn't allowed to occupy the same physical space in a given time."

Hmmm . . . . paradoxical. I'd say that's the ONLY space you'd be allowed to occupy. It could get infinitely crowded otherwise!?

Sat May 07, 10:18:00 AM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

Those conferences are great. I went to the one in twenty-five years time, but the talk was that the one after that had been even better.

Sat May 07, 12:35:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

>> Just don't touch your past self, it looked very painful in the movie. <<

Some one needs to tell Mr Hanky to stop touching his present self.

Sat May 07, 12:37:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Pete_S said....

I went to it sometime next year

Sat May 07, 04:22:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Paul said....

This is all very deja vu, but I'm not sure if it's for the first time ...

Sat May 07, 04:56:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Connor McDonald said....

If you like the concept, then pick up a book called "The Time Traveller's Wife".

Its a romance novel :-(, but written in a very interesting way since the husband in the story has a 'genetic disorder' where he randomly jumps through time. eg he spends time talking to younger self (and older self), and similarly, spends time at various ages talking to his wife (at various ages).

As I said, its not a sci-fi book per se, but still a good read.

Sat May 07, 09:51:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Ajay said....

I came back for the time conference.
For all of you with a keen interest in the future, here's a tip. Twenty years from now, it still rains every weekend in Boston.

Sun May 08, 12:04:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Mr. Ed said....

Someone already had such a party.

Are sidekicks invited, too?

Sun May 08, 02:23:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Pete_S said....

I'm surprised that David Aldridge didn't say it, but data warehouse engineers have been time travelling for years ;-)

Sun May 08, 07:19:00 AM EDT  

Blogger melanie caffrey said....

There was a very entertaining film made in the late '70's entitled "Time after Time".

Jack the Ripper escapes into the future after attending a late night gathering at the home of H.G. Wells.

H.G. Wells is unveiling his new time travel machine to London's uppercrust (Wasn't the theory that Jack the Ripper was a wealthy surgeon?)

When H.G. Wells realizes what has happened, he must also travel to the future to try and catch him.


Sun May 08, 10:18:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Paul said....

Tom - I can guess why the blog is going. Shame. You'll have to come up with something that doesn't get so cluttered.

Sun May 08, 12:01:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

There was a very entertaining film made in the late '70's entitled "Time after Time".

I saw that too ;) Maybe that is why I like enterprise the series so much -- the paradox of time, and the fact that they spend a lot of time in different times.

All of my favorite episodes involved that concept (and or parallel universes of course)

Sun May 08, 01:07:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Tom - I can guess why the blog is going

Sorry for the confusing message on asktom -- the blog isn't "going" as in going away.

The blog seems to be going as in going pretty good. It is no longer a matter of "if", it is "here".

Sun May 08, 01:08:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Bill S. said....

For another very good read on time travel, pick up Dean Koontz's novel Lightning - an exceptional book IMO even though the author seems to take some license with the paradoxes of time travel. Also made me sit back and think, "Wow - if that actually could have happened, what WOULD the world be like today?"

Very entertaining!

Sun May 08, 11:37:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Paul said....

Tom - glad to here it's 'going good' and not going. Thanks for that and all the great help on askTom.

Mon May 09, 03:24:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....


You do not really believe in -backward- time travel, do you?

Well, I guess it's fun just to go see all the geeks at a meeting like that ;-)


Mon May 09, 05:47:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

Don't know what Tom would say, but it seems to me that backwards Time Travel suffers from a variation of the Fermi Paradox, namely where are all these time travellers.

Mon May 09, 07:51:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Your next blog will be
because many claim that over 20/30/40 yrs experience. But who is real DBA. Like write papers,seminars...etc.

Mon May 09, 07:57:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

namely where are all these time travellers.

well, right next to you of course...

Forgot the name of the movie (time travel of course), but there was a vacation club in the future that would travel back to watch historic events unfold -- not interfere but watch. Someone figured out who they were and when they showed up -- prevented a catastrophe from happening, thus changing the future of course.

(no, i don't really believe in the concept, just find it fun to think about the ramifications if it were true)...

Mon May 09, 08:02:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Rachel said....

Then there's the book by Jack Finney called Time and Again... man travels back to early 20th century NYC through the power of his mind (we don't need no stinkin' time machines!)... brings someone forward in time.

Mon May 09, 08:41:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous bill thater said....

i remember a short story where a group spent a year enjoying the best months that ever happened in small towns. seems one small town resident falls in love with one of the ladies and she can't take him with her.

Mon May 09, 08:42:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Forgot the name of the movie (time travel of course), but there was a vacation club in the future that would travel back to watch historic events unfold


Mon May 09, 09:27:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

bingo -- that is it ;)

Mon May 09, 09:31:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I'm a time traveler - I'm traveling into the future at the rate of one second per second. Although, when I get there, it's never the future -- can't figure that one out --

Tue May 10, 01:21:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Rita said....

To DaPi it wasn't Ursula Le Guin, it was Ray Bradbury.

Fri May 13, 07:19:00 AM EDT  


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