The Freeze-Frame Revolution

By telleropnul, October 12, 2021

You monster, I thought. You mass-murdering motherfucker. You liar. You impostor.
You helpless machine. You innocent puppet.
You false friend.

“I hate you,” I said.  “I’ll kill you if I can.”
“I’ll save you,” it said. “If you let me.”

“The Freeze-Frame Revolution”
Peter Watts

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Our mind continuously plays tricks on us.  We think we exist all the time.  But when we go to sleep every night, we briefly cease to self-consciously exist.

Transcendence is transformation.


Apparently two was a tragedy. Three thousand was a utility function.


IF vocal stress harmonics > X THEN invoke name. DO UNTIL calm.


“I know.” I picked up the pace, lowered my voice enough to release the Chimp from DO UNTIL.

<insert human logic here>

“I see.”

Maybe it did, or maybe it was flowchart filler.


What is Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface?
This tunnel adapter is for Teredo, an IPv6 transition technology used for sending IPv4- encapsulated IPv6 packets across a network address translator (NAT).

Teredo navalis a.k.a. sea ship worm

In the Icelandic Volsunga Saga (late 13th century), Fáfnir is a dwarf with a powerful arm and fearless soul. He guards his father’s house of glittering gold and flashing gems.

The Law of Requisite Variety
“When the variety or complexity of the environment exceeds the capacity of a system (natural or artificial) the environment will dominate and ultimately destroy the system.”, or

no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it, or

the major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

In memory of Banana/Chip.
They hated each other.

The reason we do not just ask the Chimp is because the Chimp is fucking haunted, and we don’t know what those ghosts are liable to do if they notice us.”

Jahaziel said nothing. It was a welcome change.

Lian shook her head admiringly. “You get better every time you say that. I swear, even I’m believing it now.”

She was, too. It had been ages since she’d worried out loud about the Chimp’s occasional moments of unaccountable insight. All just preloaded subroutines after all. All just ghosts of Engineers past.

Of course, if you are who I think you are, you know what an idiotic mistake that was.

Unlike some of the others, I might still be able to fix that one.