LL :: Volume 9 :: LR
|The Last Refuse of the Incompetent|
Past tense across the outlying districts today and tonight. City
center will be imperfect, tending towards the perfect and future
perfect. Tomorrow would be entirely subjunctive, but for irregular
pronouns and traces of a gendered declension system. Expect sudden
vocative episodes on Thursday, fading overnight, followed by Germanic
tendencies as an agglutinative word formation rolls in over the
Some hack-graffitist has been creating persistent-field applications
that live off the power lines. The apps -- toys, vehicles, mock-life,
what you will -- look like stylized, brightly-colored birds suspended
between parallel wires. They feed off induced electromagnetic
currents, and are in constant motion, zipping throughout the City
wherever power is run on overhead lines. (Making cheery "zip" noises
as they go. Plus additional squawks and bleeps when they pass each
other on the wires.)
The "zippy-birds" draw very little power, and have not been seen to interfere with any legitimate application. They do not appear to be self-replicating -- at least, their numbers have not increased exponentially, as would be expected of a virus app. They seem to be released from several generator apps placed around the City. Field Safety is attempting to track down the sources and the author, but has not issued a statement about whether the apps will be removed from the system.
The orange car wrangle continues, as orange car devotees continue to
flout the vehicular sumptuary laws. Photographic mixtures of red and
yellow dots have long since been banned, as have yellow filter fields
over red paint, blue-green-tuned antireflec, and most other surfaces
that could be mistaken for an orange emergency vehicle. The orange car
loyalists are now experimenting with red and yellow stripes of varying
widths. Dedicated effort (and willingness to pay fines) has produced a
thicket of rulings, which now distinguishes minimum legal stripe width
for vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, stripes on the side of the
vehicle, stripes on the front of the vehicle, zip-zag stripes, wavy
The Holy Order of the Acts of God has donated fifteen million credits
to the cause of recovering dinosaur DNA, with the eventual goal of
cloning live dinosaurs.
The University has been making slow progress on this project for a decade now, ever since holographic molecular analysis became viable. DNA cannot be recovered directly from fossils, because fossils do not retain any traces of organic molecules. However, the deposition patterns formed by carbonate and silicate molecules during petrifaction are minutely and indirectly affected by those lost DNA traces. By analyzing tons of fossil-bed stone, a computer model can slowly coverge on molecules which commonly occurred before fossilization. DNA's regular structure makes it particularly easy to recognize -- or, at least, easier than other organic molecules.
The Holy Order has expressed no motivation for their support of this research. However, it is suggested that once live dinosaurs exist, the Order will take it as a holy duty to stand around throwing rocks at them.
"If God did it," say sources within the Order, "we should do it as well. For we are made in His image."
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