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I write short stories and the occasional novel, generally in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, and have a select few published stories out there in unheard of online magazines. I also do art on occasion, which I don't take quite as seriously as writing but for which I still try to maintain a healthy level of quality. I produce such works rather infrequently, as I'm an astronomy postdoc who's also trying to finish up a novel. When I'm not doing any of those things, I'm probably wasting time playing NES games or something.

The MLR stands for Monsieur LeRenard, si cela vous avez intéressé, but you can call me Frank.



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On Disruption

on 14 June 2020 at 03:38:06 MDT

Hi. I'm Tech Man, founder of Innovative Innovations Inc., and I'm here today to tell you about an exciting new idea that will change the way you look at transportation.

On founding this company, I came to a simple realization: no matter who you talk to, in no matter what part of the world, when you ask someone to describe a "vehicle", there's always one thing that gets brought up: round wheels. And this has been true for centuries. For millennia, even. Maybe even eons! For as long as humans have needed to push heavy things around without carrying them, the wheel has always been there. Well, I and my colleagues at III say: no more.

I present to you the next generation of wheel, which we call, simply: Box (TM). A wheel with flat sides.

Now, I am the first to admit that I have no experience as an engineer, and, being an elementary school dropout, I don't even have a basic understanding of fundamental physics, logic, or philosophy. In fact, the only thing I'm qualified for is programming spread sheet applications using Perl. But I know a good idea when I see one, and Box (TM) is a good idea.

Here's the basic concept: if you think about it, a standard wheel has more sides than any one person could count---in fact, it might even have an infinite number of sides! How can one object require that many facets? It's a level of complexity that's beyond most peoples' understanding.

But what if a wheel only had four sides?

We present to you, Box (TM): a wheel with only four sides. By reducing the number of sides from infinite to only four, we reduce manufacturing costs by an infinite amount. This in turn reduces the cost of vehicle manufacture by nearly 3.14%, saving your automotive company millions annually. It's also environmentally friendly; did you know that for every ten surfaces we remove from the standard wheel, we are reducing carbon dioxide production by 0.01%? That may not sound like much, but considering that every wheel currently requires manufacturing an infinite number of sides, we predict that the mass manufacture of Box (TM) wheels will not only stop global climate change, but will cause the Earth to instantaneously stabilize its climate into that of pure blackbody radiation, resulting in global temperatures of only -23 degrees Celsius.

Now, during the past year, we have managed to raise nearly $10,000,000,000 in venture capital funding, putting us at the very top of the S&P 500 without having produced a single product or having hired a single new employee. But in order to make our dream a reality, we need an additional $15,000,000,000 so that we can build ourselves a private, fully self-sustaining space station in orbit around the Kuiper Belt Object Eris, so that we can permanently sequester ourselves in a life of pure luxury while the planet Earth continues to decay and human civilization crumbles, which is something we have implicitly resigned ourselves to believing is going to happen.

So please, help us achieve our dream, and together we can forever disrupt one of mankind's oldest technologies!

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