Predictions About 2013 – White Flannel Trousers Season 1 Episode 12

 

Dan and Rob talk precognition! You can find it here.

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9 comments on “Predictions About 2013 – White Flannel Trousers Season 1 Episode 12
  1. Ross says:

    Highlight – The intro music, and Molly making Tom and Abinadi eat bugs.

    Lowlight – Too much agreeing.

    Predicting Jennifer Aniston’s engagement is pretty lucky. Is it legitimate? If I sink a half-court basketball shot while looking backwards once I would not be a legitimate baller.

    Glad everyone liked my post last week! I had no idea so many people would defend LotR, but I’m more than happy to bolster the dissenting position.

    Mental powers are a tricky business I think. Extra dimensional perception does seem pretty useless, as Tom said. You can see things happening in other dimensions, but can you interact with them? Can they interact with other people? What is their effect on our own dimensions? If you could move around in higher dimensions that would make travel interesting, but just seeing them seems weak.

    I mentioned in the poll that precognition would be overwhelming and you framed that really well with the Minority Report reference. That precog was not a happy person, she was loaded down with too much information, too much to think about. You know the good and the bad that’s going to happen to everyone. If you could slow it down and only have a very limited set then I could see it being cool, but then you get into causality questions that I would rather not have to think about.

    Technopathy seems really neat. I was thinking along the lines of Kaylee from Firefly. She’s not a true technopath, but she does seem to have an innate understanding of machinery and engines. She can tell what’s wrong and keep them working with the most limited data and resources. Actually having a mental ability to commune with machinery could be endlessly useful in our techno-world.

    Jurassic Park uses a Unix system… Do you think she could have run it through any Unix based OS? I would love to see her bust out her Android phone to have mobile access to the park.

    • Abinadi says:

      Ross, I’ve read your comments. There is no question that you are a legitimate baller.

      Running Jurassic Park from an Android phone? Ross, FTW!

  2. Ree says:

    Highlights:
    * Conan is hilarious.
    * About Molly’s bugs: “As soon as I ate it, I regretted it for the rest of my life.”

    Lowlights:
    * Also about Molly’s bugs: Bug burger. Centrifuged bug meat. I want no part of that future.

    Random other things:
    * On the subject of mind reading, go read The Worthing Saga by OSC right now. NOW!
    * Bright flash of white in the sky = Russian meteor?

    Who was right: I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Tom was right. (Enjoy it while you can Mr. Wright, I have faith that you’ll be wrong again soon.) The Anniston thing is weak. She’s a celebrity, and the chances of her getting engaged in any particular year are higher than average. It’s also non-interesting.

    In fact, non-interesting seems to be this “pre-cog”‘s specialty. If it doesn’t produce something useful and/or actionable, then it’s a stupid super power. Right up there with being able to see other dimensions.

    (Although, now that I think about it, it would be a useful super power for a mathematician if it meant being able to visualize higher dimensions – Hilbert space, for example. Hmmmm.)

    • Tom says:

      I love being right at everything I say and do.

      Thanks Ree. I knew I could count on you.

    • Abinadi says:

      Snap! That actionable bit is awesome … and true.

      But let’s face the facts. Whether or not his odds were good, he still made a legitimate prediction. That doesn’t make him a legitimate precog, but a good call is a good call.

  3. Molly says:

    Highlight: I’m going with Ross, the intro music was awesome!

    Lowlight:
    There was a bright light in the sky with the Russian meteor? No!?

    I did not make you eat the cookie or the fritter thing, not at all. Y’all did that of your own free will so congratulations on regretting a decision y’all made all on your own.

    Who won, Tom. This guy was nuts, and his “predictions” were too vague to say he really can see the future.

    • Tom says:

      Thank you for pointing out that I’m right, as usual.

      No thanks to you for force-feeding us horrible bugs. That’s gross.

    • Abinadi says:

      If you think the Russian meteor was a good call, add that to the Jennifer Aniston engagement, and maybe you believe this guy is a precog after all.

      But just remember that I never said this guy was legit, only that he made one legit call. Think about it.

  4. Alicia says:

    Highlight – I have to agree with the other comments and say the bugs. It could be improved by eating bugs on air…for the benefit of the listeners. I liked the talk about mental powers and other dimensions.

    Lowlight – ehh…maybe all the celebrity talk? The news items were interesting, though.

    I liked that you talked about Sliders. I LOVE that show, if only for the episode with the alternate reality where Hillary is president instead of Bill. It’s funny how it was so far fetched when the show was made, but now it isn’t at all.

    I just commented on the poll about the precog from Minority Report (before I listened to this podcast)! Precognition would be depressing and boring. Even Paul Muad-dib seemed kind of upset by it. It seems to take all the fun out of life because it’s too much to handle. What a drag to never have anything unexpected happen.

    Maybe the celebrity predictor has a friend at TMZ and is a good guesser…

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