[ExI] evil laughs, was: RE: voting machines again

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Thu Aug 25 16:21:30 UTC 2016



From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of William Flynn Wallace
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:04 AM
To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Subject: Re: [ExI] voting machines again was: RE: Trump's lies


Hacking a voting machine is a crime.  Which party would be favored by criminals?



>… Do you mean the criminals in the Republican or Democratic party?




Both.  Notice that neither of those parties have done much to drive change.  They apparently wish to continue the current locked duopoly on power indefinitely.  If you need more digits of precision on that answer, look for which party is more favorable to ballot box accountability, and which is more resistant.




>…bill w  (right - I do not know how to do an icon - I tried for evil smile)




Ja, icons are not that good for expressing evil mirth.  I have long struggled to express that sentiment graphically.  We have


}8-]  and }8-)  which are better than nothing, but it falls so far short of the brilliant evil smirk by the Grinch when he hatched the plot to raid Whoville:



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THAT’s evil!


In email, most of the time I fall back on text-ized sound effects, such as muwaahahahahahaaa or buwaahahahahaha, but there is no standardized spelling for an evil laugh (even on Evil-Wiki (I never knew such a thing existed until today)) nor does either spelling look all that much like the one usually credited with the original evil laugh, Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein in the original 1931 version.  


However… if you view that original, you note several things lost on modern audiences.  For starters, Dr. Henry Frankenstein wasn’t actually evil at all, merely drunk on power.  These are similar in some ways, but are two distinct things: power drunkenness is far more dangerous than mere evil.  For that matter, Frankenstein’s assistant Igor wasn’t actually evil either, just grossly incompetent.  He didn’t mean to bring back the wrong brain and couldn’t help his posture.


Also lost on modern audiences: Hank Frankenstein not only wasn’t really evil, he was one hellllll of a doctor.  This guy, working alone (or rather with only one physically challenged assistant) sewed together body parts and made a living human!  And never does he actually utter the comment “Buwaahaaahahaa…”  He exclaims in uncontained elation “It’s alive!  It’s alive!”  etc, but never Bwaahaaahaaa.  Well hell, who wouldn’t?  If I could do that, I would be far less self-controlled than Hank Frankenstein.  We would be shrieking for Igor to go find the phone number for the Nobel Prize committee and see if any of the local mortuaries are up for sale, that kinda thing.  Dr. Frankenstein was the good guy!


OK so he was (understandably) power drunk, and so he had to dig up corpses to do that bit of creative magic, but hell, if a doctor could really do all that, I would donate any part or parts of my corpse he wanted (below the neck.)  On second thought, retract, I would donate my corpse above the neck.  Here ya go, Doc, use this brain, where do I sign?  Give it… that guy’s arms, that guy’s legs, that guy’s… uh…


All this brings up a rather fundamental question: If Henry Frankenstein was such a terrific doctor, creating a living human from parts of corpses, why the hell couldn’t he do something, anything, for Igor’s painfully misshapen back?


BillW, voting machines are a very painful topic for me.  A bit of technology mirth is a welcome thing.  We hafta laugh, otherwise we weep.




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