ASH/NTB: Pointless Mini Contest! (was: re: ASH: ASH #109)
saxonbrenton at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 28 10:38:18 PDT 2010
On 27/Oct/2010 Dvandom wrote:
The Human resource said:
> "I perform the necessary human interactions for the Office, in
> such rare situations that proper procedure alone is insufficient." [...]
> "And to anticipate your next two questions, I am authorized to say that I
> am not a god and that I am unaware of any career or existence I may have
> had prior to assuming this duty, or even if I had a prior life.
And I immediately though: "Which might mean that the Human Resource is
nothing more than a specialised node of the Office, created out of the
Office's substance and imbued with enough self-awareness and creative thought
to be able to recognise, interpret and handle unusual situatons."
And then I thought: "Which would be really dangerous. Because you just *know*
that somewhere out there is a member of the Net.Trenchcoat Brigade who *used*
to be the Human Resource, and was delegated *just enough* self awareness and
creative thought that it tipped over that nebulous but critical line into
having free will. At which point that prior Human Resource bailed out."
So: Pointless Mini Contest Time!
* Name this hypothetical member of the Net.Trenchcoat Brigade.
* Suggest any pertinent details about the character.
(For my part, I think he looks very whitebread and middleclass. He has
an inherent love of neatness, order and cooperation because of how he was
created, but recognises that if he wants to retain his freedom he has to
engage in carefully applied anarchy. So he goes about cheerfully, politely
and helpfully poking a metaphorical umbrella between the spokes of the bicycle
wheels of society at certain carefully determined points. As a matter of
principle he'd like to take up a hobby as a way of expressing his
individuality, but can't get the hang of liking something for its own sake.
He has quite good interpersonal skills, but the fact that he doesn't blink
bothers people on a subconscious level.)
Any other ideas/alternative takes? And, yes, you just know I'm to put this
character on the backburner for a story one day.
The world will not end in 20102. Not with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who being in 2013.
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