Suppose that ‘time travel’ in Game of Thrones/ASOIAF is the kind where you can’t actually change anything (no free will) but merely fulfill what has already and always happened, but it seems as though our actions are willful rather than pre-destined?
My latest thing: Ned’s son Brandon Stark is Bran the Builder. He did these things in the past in response to events we see currently unfolding. From the GOT wiki Bran the Builder character entry (emphasis added):
“Bran the Builder was a legendary member of the First Men from the Age of Heroes, the founder of House Stark, and the first King in the North. Many famous structures are attributed to have been built under his direction, hence his nickname of “the Builder”, including Winterfell and most famously the Wall, which according to legend, he raised with the aid of giants. <...> According to legend, he advised Durran during the building of Storm’s End *when he was just a boy*. He’s also traditionally attributed to having granted the Gift to the Night’s Watch, though Maesters argue that it must have been a different King in the North also named Brandon.”
It’s has already happened, we have the incorrect perception that actions can affect them. “Are we are playing parts set in motion generations ago…?” (Tyrion paraphrase) In this scenario, yes…
Whadda ya think?
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Thank you Workers!
Catching up on Frontline from last May. The two-parter about the NSA warrantless wiretapping. I still fail to understand why the bulk of the Bush administration and, frankly, some significant sectors of the Obama administration, have not been indicted and sentenced to some serious prison time. And I’m not even referring to the banking crisis (you know, 2008?)
Fun episode. Scored 420 out of 500 on the quizzes at whoknowswho.tv
iTunes 10 won’t install on OSX 10.4.11 on the 1st gen flat panel G4 iMac. /sigh #obsolescence
Happy Birthday to Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) and Sam Seder (latest with Air America).
During tonight’s Colbert Report, he announced (in his own way) their sponsorship of the U.S. Speed Skating Team. Very cool…
I have goose bumps 40 years on
OK, it’s live! Apollo 11 landing on TV as it aired 40 years ago today. http://kottke.org/apollo-11
Not much happens until 4:10pm EDT. But just load it up and let it sit until then.
When will we return?
At 20:17:40 UTC Neil Armstrong said, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
At 02:56 UTC on July 21 He became the first human to walk on the Moon.
I was 13 years old and had been glued to my parent’s TV for several days. I think I slept in front of the TV, too.
It is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen and a memory touchstone.
Where were you and what were you doing? (Provided, of course you were alive. I’m not trying to be a smart-ass.)