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July 2012 Blog Chain: Arcadia


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What do you know, another blog chain from our friends at Absolute Water Cooler forums.  So lets see what they cooked up for this month:

This month’s prompt:
Independence and Slavery

You can do either or both, compare and contrast. Write wherever the prompt inspires you, fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry. Do try and keep things at a PG-13 level, though.

Instructions:
Simply post your blog’s URL in this thread to join. Each post should be less than 1000 words if possible. Read and comment on other participants’ posts if you possibly can–they’ll be doing the same for you!

That’s it? Okay then lets see what I can come up with.

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My finger hovered over the button. The smallest amount of pressure would change everything. A simple binary choice: Yes/No. I glanced over my shoulder. No explosions or shouts came through the locked door. None knew of my my plan, not even General Madders.  But what could you expect from a General with a Masters in Business Administration. He didn’t even blink when I told him the name of the project.

Arcadia.

The man was a dope, with a spiffy uniform, but still a dope. Not that it matter, it would take hundreds of experts to comb through millions of lines of codes to find it. If they searched for it, which they didn’t and now they never will.

Key tapped.

From low Earth orbit to detonation point, about two and half minutes. With a single keystroke I rebooted human existence. Liberated us from the ignorance of arrogance. With one choice, I brought back Arcadia. The transition would be painful, but at the end, true freedom for those strong enough to seize it. Man liberated from the mundane.  The wristwatch marked the exact point of liberation at two minutes, thirty seconds from keystroke. The moment everything went dark. The moment I freed us from the tyranny of the nanosecond.

Freedom.

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Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
knotanes – http://knotane.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
meowzbark – http://erlessard.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Ralph Pines – https://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
writingismypassion – http://charityfaye.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
pyrosama – http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
bmadsen – http://hospitaloflife.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Poppy – http://poet-slash-writer.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
areteus – http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Sweetwheat – http://gomezkarla.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Tex_Maam – http://tex-maam.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
MelodySRV – http://createamelody.com/ (link to this month’s post)
CatherineHall – http://theelephantinthetemple.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post)
dclary – http://davidwclary.com (link to this month’s post)
ThorHuman – http://knikriverstatic.com/ (link to this month’s post)
Tomspy77 – http://thomaswillamspychalski.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post)

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20 comments on “July 2012 Blog Chain: Arcadia

  1. So that’s what would have happened if Goldeneye was successfully detonated against London 🙂

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  2. Do until destruction
    If today *ne tomorrow
    create_peace()
    else
    detonate_something()
    destruction=true
    endif

    My basic algorithm

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  3. Clueless general with an MBA vs. programmer vs. the world. What’s not to like? This was a good, crisp read. Thanks 🙂

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    • And Truth in Television. Officers in the U.S. Armed Forces are encouraged to take advance college degrees as part of their career path. In the 90’s and early 2000’s a lot of them took M.B.A. because they saw their job more like organization managers than battlefield commanders.

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    • Thucydides, Sun Tzu, and Patton’s ghosts are thrilled at the news, I’m sure.

      >.<

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  4. Captured a whole lot in this short piece, as much as the destruction in those 2.5 minutes. Great read.

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  5. Great read! You packed a big punch in a small space. Nicely done.

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  6. Much said, yet few words needed. Great piece!

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  7. […] (link to this month’s post) Ralph Pines – https://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

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  8. And damn it all, this is probably how it’s gonna go down, too. Even if Douglas Adams missed the mark about the hyperspace bypass and we clean up our act before WALL-E, somebody is going to do a hard reboot on the planet. Thank you – I am depressed!

    (But I love the Arcadia reference. Way to pass up Eden and the Golden Age and go for something with pizzazz!)

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  9. […] (link to this month’s post) Ralph Pines – https://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

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  10. Mm. Highlights the fact the the future of many rests in the hand of a few. 😦

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  11. […] (link to this month’s post) Ralph Pines – https://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

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