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(MIT)   MIT to hold a time travellers' convention in the hopes that people in the future will hear about it and come back to attend   ( divider line
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2005-05-02 01:11:14 AM  
if they are in the future, they will have already attended it, and will not have to come back for it again.

2005-05-02 01:12:39 AM  
It wasn't that good. Quite a few showed up though.
2005-05-02 01:21:21 AM  
Boring convention. If you've seen it a thousand times, you've seen it once.
2005-05-02 01:37:37 AM  
They trk rr jrbbs !
2005-05-02 01:55:10 AM  
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You ever come across anything... like time travel?
2005-05-02 09:25:11 AM  
Even if time travel IS possible, wouldn't you think they would have some seriously strict rules about affecting the time line and all?
Simply showing up to this event would prove that time travel is possible and would speed up the advent of it and change the course of a shiatload of events.
2005-05-02 09:33:48 AM  

Anything one did when going back in time would affect the future in ways they would not be able to comprehend.

Just stopping someone on the street to ask for the time would affect the future (throwing off the world by a few seconds). That few seconds would cause people not to be born and all sorts of calamities (and make for a shiatty movie).

The nice thing is that time travel will never exist (if it did exist in the future or past, we would have seen the effects already.)
2005-05-02 09:37:54 AM  
NO, becuase you would not actually know the effects. In fact, reality less than a second ago could be much different that it is now...yet we have know idea whether it actually is or not.

However, taking Asimov's stand, the only stable universe in the multiverse is one where Time Travel is never invented. So don't get your hopes up.
2005-05-02 09:38:40 AM  

Even if time travel IS possible, wouldn't you think they would have some seriously strict rules about affecting the time line and all?

Yes, the rules will be fearsomely strict and time travel restricted to an tiny elite group of researchers, so naturally everyone will be doing it.
2005-05-02 09:52:34 AM  
This is boring. Time travel is easy. You just have to use the gravitational force of the sun to slingshot around it whammo--you're back in time. Some people are so dense, sometimes.
2005-05-02 10:44:10 AM  

The nice thing is that time travel will never exist (if it did exist in the future or past, we would have seen the effects already.)

How do you know we haven't seen the effects? What if Columbia was carrying a supervirus that caused a pandemic less than a week after it landed? What if JFK nuked Cuba in 1966 and set off an atomic war?
2005-05-02 11:01:55 AM  
Missed it again.

2005-05-02 11:10:14 AM  
It's still 1983 in Marcus Hook, PA. Maybe the future-men could there and use it as some sort of theme park. It's got a great smell and sometimes you can see birds exploding.
2005-05-02 11:32:24 AM  

Too many things happened that someone would have gone back in time to fix.

Unless, of course, something much worse happens in the future and they are busy fixing that.

Or like in that "Twilight Zone" episode the meddling is actually what caused the trouble.
2005-05-02 11:56:38 AM  
Hi, folks, can anyone direct me to the ...uh...time traveller's convention? Had the settings on this stupid box off a bit. Should have done the 1000,000 year tune-up like the dealer told me.

2005-05-02 12:32:32 PM  
If time travel were possible, we would have seen a huge amount of evidence for it. Because time travel breaks down the continuity of time (ie. people can travel back and forth and live in whatever time they wish) it basically means that people could be found at any point in time. It also means that there are infinite opportunities for people to travel back in time and leave evidence behind.
DAR [TotalFark]
2005-05-02 12:33:33 PM  
Special Guest appearance by:

John Titor, purported military time traveler from 2036, who predicted civil war in America by 2004-2005 and global nuclear war in 2015.

/can't believe no John Titor jokes yet!
2005-05-02 12:40:17 PM  
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"Give me yaw Schwinn bicycle and yaw clothes."
2005-05-02 12:53:29 PM  
so.. whats the count on the number of mental cases that show up to this convention in tin foil?
2005-05-02 12:58:31 PM  

/just wanted to show time travel was possible.
2005-05-02 12:59:47 PM  
Damn, thought the Fark filter would hurtle me into the future.
2005-05-02 01:09:04 PM  
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2005-05-02 01:13:25 PM  
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Be careful out there.
2005-05-02 01:20:43 PM  
I hear pre-registration for this conference is a pain in the rear.

2005-05-02 01:24:37 PM  
It actually wasn't half-bad. The surprise standout speaker of the conference was Brian Hicks, who showed up on behalf of David Aulmshar from Germany (German engineers get there before we do, but only by a couple months).

And again this year, no show from Titor. What a wanker.
2005-05-02 02:27:37 PM  
This should ferret out the whackjobs.

MIT people: "Why didn't you come forward before?"

Supposed time traveller: "You never asked!"
2005-05-02 02:27:42 PM  
this is what happens when you go and revive Dr. Who.
2005-05-02 02:31:18 PM  
At least invite the timecube guy.
2005-05-02 02:31:33 PM  
Joe Don Faker you just scared me. Great work! :)
2005-05-02 02:32:47 PM  
"I put instant coffee in the microwave and went back in time."

--Steven Wright
2005-05-02 02:33:14 PM  
There are tim-travellers all over the place. Thing is, when you go back you CAN'T change anything. No matter how hard you try. I tried to stop Lincoln from being assassinated 3 times, but events always conspired to keep me away from the theater. I tried to assassinate Hitler, but my gun jammed and i only barely escaped with my life! I even tried to leave my past-self from yesterday a note about what was going to happen today, but I never got it because the cleaning lady threw it away before my past-self could read it.

You think I'm mad, but you'll be sorry.
Believe me!
2005-05-02 02:34:34 PM  
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John is supposed show up
2005-05-02 02:35:13 PM  
I tried to stop myself from typing "tim-travellers" just then by emailing my past-self, but I didn't check it until just now.

See what I mean?
2005-05-02 02:35:38 PM  
Bah... In my day we travelled through time at the rate of one second per second, and we liked it!

/onion in my belt?
2005-05-02 02:36:35 PM  
I'm traveling through time into the future at a ratio of 1:1. Are we there yet?
2005-05-02 02:37:48 PM  
I thought smart people went to MIT. Who let this moran in? I bet his parents are happy to be paying tuition.
2005-05-02 02:38:10 PM  
Brewerd88: That does it, I'm turning my time machine all the way to 11.
2005-05-02 02:38:32 PM  
onion in my belt

As was the style at the time.
2005-05-02 02:38:35 PM  
Vorticity the Monkey: I hear pre-registration for this conference is a pain in the rear.

That's why I always post-register. The lines are so much shorter.
2005-05-02 02:39:42 PM  
Even with only 31 comments, someone still beat me to it!
This time it was You_mean_Im_gonna_stay_this_color...
2005-05-02 02:39:43 PM  
If I could time travel, I wouldn't go to any ole boring convention. I would make sure my electric bill was paid on time.
2005-05-02 02:40:01 PM  
I would go, but I happen to know that that will be a very bad day for a convention.
2005-05-02 02:40:36 PM  
They are forgetting:

The first rule of the Time Travelers' Club is don't talk about the Time Travelers' Club.
2005-05-02 02:41:23 PM  
Are we there yet?

Almost. Here it comes. Dammit we just passed it. Hang on, here it comes again... dammit. Ok, this time... damn.

Apparently the future is slippery.
2005-05-02 02:41:28 PM  
2005-05-02 02:41:58 PM  
Ok say timetravel is eventually possible... if it were i bet some asshat would eventually get his hands on it and try to stop shiat like the ww1...

...then again i guess people could travel back in time to when that asshat was born and drop him...

/trying to think of a joke involving a time machinie, parking meter, and the boot
2005-05-02 02:42:14 PM  
I once got into an argument with a nerd friend of mine about going forward in time to meet yourself. I say even if time travel were possible, meeting yourself in the future would be impossible----because you wouldn't be there to meet yourself. The only way it could happen is if time "knew" you would return back from the future after meeting your future self and live long enough to meet your past self when it came to meet your future self.

/now my head hurts
2005-05-02 02:42:32 PM  
That was a boring convention.
2005-05-02 02:42:51 PM  
"Come with me if you want to live."
2005-05-02 02:43:49 PM  
Titor had better show if he knows what's good for him! *shakes fist*
And that other guy who showed up in, like, medieval France or some rot speaking in our modern day slang. He should come, too.
/doesn't have all the info on that last one.
//hopes there will be cake.
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