A good book written by George Orwell in 1948. It is about someone who tries to rebel against an extremely fascist government, and is captured, tortured, and brainwashed until he himself becomes a follower of the government. It shows what the people of 1948 thought the future might be like if the Axis powers had defeated the Allies in World War 2.
By the way, it actually does take place in 1984, and it says that quite a few times in the book. It's not just because it's the last two digits of 1948 backwards, although that might have been why he chose that year.
In the year 1984 we will all be shouting "All hail Big Brother!!!"
1. A combination of keys used in most Windows operating system to open the task manager, most notably used for closing programs which are for some reason difficult otherwise. Has other features that no one ever uses though.
2. A gaming webcomic created by Tim Buckley often with associated other webcomics such as 8-Bit Theater, Penny Arcade, and VG Cats. However, many consider it to be inferior to the forementioned webcomics due to the fact that it often steals jokes and ideas from them. It is also considered to be a lot more commercialistic than the others. Overall, it isn't too bad though.
1. After attempting to run Windows Media Player, Battlefield 2, Doom 3, and Norton Antivirus all at the same time, my computer 'asploded and I had to use Ctrl+Alt+Del to to put it out of its mysery.
2. All hail Ethan, king of Winter-een-mas!
The series of events that has taken place from the beginning of time and will be that way until the end of it. Everything in the future can be known if you know everything about the present. That's because every single thing happens for a reason, specifically some factor of the past. I am writing this definition because I was bored. I was bored because there was nothing to do. There was nothing to do because no one was home and/or online to talk to. etc. Absolutely every single event is predictable through cause and effect. If you knew absolutely every single factor effecting a situation, then you would know exactly what the outcome would be. Whatever the universe was created by, the very first event that started it started a chain reaction that will last forever through the magic of cause and effect. Blah. I'm rambiling. If you don't know what I'm talking about by now then meh
Almost the only thing that could contradict fate is if you believe in true free will. I personally don't. Nobody has free will. All your actions are determined by your personality and experiences. Your personality comes from your parents. Your experiences come from the outside world. Your parents and the outside world came from the creation of the universe. So if "God" or what have you, knew exactly everything about what he was creating, then how could he not know exactly every single thing that people would do and how the future would unfold? So if it's possible to predict the future without error by knowing everything about the present, then wouldn't fate have to be true? Actually, I wouldn't mind getting emailed if someone wants to argue with me or something =P lol
A boxing game for the NES. It became in instant classic and is still one of the NES's most famous titles.
I totally just knocked out that flamingo dude without taking a single blow in Punch Out!
The belief that if one knew absolutely every single thing there is to know about the present, than that person could predict with perfect accuracy every single event that would happen in the future. This is based off the idea of cause and affect, and the structured and unchanging laws of physics. Simply put, determinism = fate.
This is often related to theology in that unless by some unknown means time has existed for all eternity, something had to have started existence. Has all matter simply been here forever, with no beginning? That's a pretty hard to believe theory, if you think about it. Something HAD to have started the universe somewhere, sometime. And with the first single event that started the chain reaction that is time, the fate of everything that has and will ever happen has already been written. But then brings the question, from where did the creator of time and space come from? But meh, these are things we will probably never know, I think you get my point anyway.
Example of determinism-
Knowing the velocity, direction, wind speed, and exactly every other factor effecting a rocket, you can predict perfectly where it will land. Why couldn't you? The same goes for absolutely anything else in the world. If you knew absolutely every factor effecting a situation, you could perfectly its outcome with complete accuracy.
Food that computer nerds eat
An annual LAN party hosted by Tim Buckley, creater of the Ctrl+Alt+Del webcomic. Takes LAN parties to a massive scale with thousands of people attending. 2006 was the first year that the event was hosted.
Man, I wanted to go to Digital Overload 2006 but, damn, the tickets were sold out! Better luck next year...