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August 20th, 2009


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09:16 pm - Musings on Leverage
We just watched the latest episode of Leverage ("The Top Hat Job"), it was not nearly as good as the previous (excellent) episode ("The Three Days of the Hunter Job"), in part because the computer antics were ludicrously gonzo. Then, an idea occurred to me (and both teaotter & amberite agreed) - Alec Hardison is clearly a Mage: The Ascension Virtual Adept. I've long maintained that the proper way to play a VA is to understand that they can do all of the goofy foolishness that is TV-style hacking - hack any security camera, gain access to any system by hacking the password, instantly turn off the power in someone's home via the internet...
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From:roseembolism
Date:August 21st, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
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Back in the day, that was how my VA justified all of his computer tricks, because "everyone knows" you can control anything electrical through the internets.

I miss that guy- I was sick and tired of the "Elite" types, so I deliberately made him a 40ish Texan shitkicker formerly from TI and related companies. Add in a healthy dose of paranoia, and he fit in with the Santa Barbara group like Texas longhorn in a china shop.
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From:heron61
Date:August 21st, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
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Back in the day, that was how my VA justified all of his computer tricks, because "everyone knows" you can control anything electrical through the internets.

Pretty much. In addition, spy sats gave you a high res top down view of everyplace that didn't have cameras, and the right sort of computer wizardry (quite literally) allowed you to turn the crappiest photo or video into something sufficiently high res that you could read the fingerprints off of someone's hand.
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From:onyxrising
Date:August 21st, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
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I was surprised, given your glowing recommendation, to find that I disliked Leverage quite a bit.
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From:heron61
Date:August 21st, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
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I'm curious as to what you didn't like about it. Also, which episode did you see, this season has been somewhat uneven (for example, the episode from 2 weeks back was fairly bad).
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From:onyxrising
Date:August 21st, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
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See email.
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From:slothman
Date:August 21st, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
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That could be one sect. Another sect might be the ones who believe that the physical universe is essentially code, and they’re hacking it: simulations are where you practice it, you then proceed to using sympathy between the simulation and reality to affect external reality, and eventually graduate to running your code on the substrate of the universe itself.
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From:heron61
Date:August 21st, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
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True. However, I've never really understood how one of that type would work play - obviously the ability to create objects out of nothing would be a big schtick of theirs, but beyond that they either have the ability to do literally anything (which seems sufficiently dull to be limiting) or they're limited to also doing various sorts of Entropy magics to fiddle with probability as well as creating objects and manipulating perception, and not much else. What do you think they can do?
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From:slothman
Date:August 21st, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
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They’re better (a) at things that are easier to model in a computer and (b) at things that require minimal alterations in order to sneak past the universe’s anti-hacking protections, which manifest as Paradox. So Life and Mind are much harder than Forces and Matter because they involve more intricate changes; even big conjurations of Forces are tricky because the universe gets very cranky about conservation laws. They would be very good at Correspondence rotes both vulgar (reassign all my particles to this location over here, and swap some other ones back to account for gravitational potential energy and conservation of angular momentum; we’re just juggling quantum numbers, nothing to see here, Mr. Paradox) and coincidental (run my daemon that tweaks the timing of stoplights so the bus shows up at just the right time and prearranges my plane tickets), and all manner of coincidental magic involving subtle breakdowns (run “decrease quality control in all gunpowder in 100 yards” Matter program).
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:August 21st, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
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"Another sect might be the ones who believe that the physical universe is essentially code, and they’re hacking it: simulations are where you practice it, you then proceed to using sympathy between the simulation and reality to affect external reality, and eventually graduate to running your code on the substrate of the universe itself."

Huh. That sounds like what every religion and magickal system has been trying to do for the last zillion years (discover the secrets of the universe and then rewrite it in the system's image.)
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From:slothman
Date:August 21st, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Pretty much. “The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.” — Robert Anton Wilson

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