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Mixed Bag 01

by Roger Bourke White Jr., copyright January 2016 and September 2016

Introduction

This is a mixed bag of thoughts.

01 Thoughts -- Sports in TES

02 Story idea -- North To Alaska / Out to Europa

 

01 Thoughts -- Sports in TES

In the TES lifestyle of the 2050's sports are going to play a big role.

With "get a job" playing a much smaller role as an enfranchiser and life-fulfiller, sports and entertainment are going to play much bigger roles. This is the 2050's equivalent of Ancient Rome's "bread and circuses" -- bread is the TES providing necessities and sports and entertainment will be part of the circuses.

How to participate as a sports spectator is going to change. In the 2010's people can participate by going to a sports arena while the event unfolds, by watching the event live on TV and other viewing media, and by watching it after the fact as a rerun, or watching highlights.

In the 2050's another way will be by watching and participating in Augmented or Virtual Reality versions of the events. (AR/VR) This will be a form of closer spectating by watching from many angles and points of view. The closer participating will be by playing AR/VR fantasy sports versions of the games.

Because sports will play a much bigger role in the attention span of people living the TES lifestyle, sports celebrities and the whole sports infrastructure will be even more prominent than it is in the 2050's. There will be a larger variety in the infrastructure as well. There will be fantasy sports celebrities as well as physical sports celebrities and fantasy settings as well as physical settings.

What other changes?

 

02 Story idea -- North To Alaska / Out to Europa

Big Sam is prosperous, and is now helping George who is looking for Sweet Jenny's hand. (or he's looking himself)

Big Sam is a successful ambitious type. He's accomplished something big and has been rewarded with a lot of luxury money. He is currently surrounded with cyber muses and a couple of male buddies.

He surprises them, buddies and muses, by deciding it is now time to get himself a wife and raise a family. The buddies point out that he doesn't need a wife to raise a family. But the muses are happy to help him accomplish this getting-a-wife business as his next big task. (human population is in decline, so the cybers are happy to help make families happen, and feel it is a rewarding activity they can engage in)

or...

"Sam" is a successful Belter woman. She's trying to figure out how to get a man (from Earth, most likely) to come out, and how she's going to raise children out in the Belt.

This scenario reminds me of Aunt Peggy taking pictures of kids in bars at the Fort Peck dam in the 1930's. The kids didn't have anywhere else to go, so the local moralists couldn't criticize. But those seeing the pictures in Life magazine who were back in civilized areas like NYC certainly did!

So, how will Belter children get raised? Will there be any? There is likely to be lots and lots of cyber muse involvement in the raising. There will be moralists back on Earth who want the children brought back to Earth for a proper raising. (which brings up gravity and other environmental issues: are these kids Earth-adapted, or deep space-adapted?)

or ...

More adventure from the Wise Old Man now living in a necessity child body on Europa. He wants to get married and he's quite willing to use the tools of the day to accomplish it.

Lyrics -- change to "Out to Europa"

 

North to Alaska

North to Alaska
You go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska
I go North, the rush is on

Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two
With George Pratt, his partner and brother, Billy, too
They crossed the Yukon River
And found the Bonanza Gold
Below that old white mountain
Just a little south-east of Nome

Sam crossed the majestic mountains (mush)
To the valleys far below (mush)
He talked to his team of huskies (mush)
As he mushed on through the snow (mush)
With the northern lights a-runnin' wild (mush)
In the land of the midnight sun (mush)
Yes, Sam McCord was a mighty man (mush)
In the year of nineteen-one (mush)

Where the river is windin'
Big nuggets they're findin'
North to Alaska
They go North, the rush is on

A-way up north (north to Alaska)
Way up north (north to Alaska)
North to Alaska
They go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska
They go north the rush is on

George turned to Sam
With his gold in his hand
Said, 'Sam you're a-lookin' at a lonely, lonely man
'I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land
For one small band of gold to place
On sweet little Ginnie's hand

'Cause a man needs a woman
To love him all the time
'Remember, Sam, a true love is so hard to find
I'd build for my Ginnie, a honeymoon home
Below that old white mountain
Just a little south-east of Nome'

Where the river is windin'
Big nuggets they're findin'
North to Alaska
They go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska
They go North, the rush is on

Out to Europa

Out to Europa
You go out, the rush is on
Out to Europa
I go out, the rush is on

Big Bull left Old Titan in the year of ninety-two
With Mary Mayking, his cyber on the blue ship Yonder Two
They crossed the Rings of Saturn
And found the Bonanza Grain
Inside that old white mountain
On Europa's Great White Plain

Bull crossed the majestic mountains (mush)
To the valleys far below (mush)
He talked to his team of cybers (mush)
As he pushed on through the snow (mush)
With Jupiter's storms a-runnin' wild (mush)
Above this land of ice and snow (mush)
Yes, Bull Boromov was a mighty man (mush)
In the year of ninety-one (mush)

Where the glacier is slidin'
Big nuggets they're findin'
Out to Europa
They go out, the rush is on

Way out far (out to Europa)
Way out far (out to Europa)
Out to Europa
They go out, the rush is on
Out to Europa
They go out, the rush is on

George turned to Bull
With his gold in his hand
Said, 'Bull you're a-lookin' at a lonely, lonely man
'I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land
For one small band of gold to place
On sweet little Ginnie's hand

'Cause a man needs a woman
To love him all the time
'Remember, Bull, a true love is so hard to find
I'd build for my Ginnie, a honeymoon home
Beyond that old white glacier
That you and I call home'

Where the glacier is windin'
Big nuggets they're findin'
Out to Europa
They go out, the rush is on
Out to Europa
They go out, the rush is on

 

 

 

--The End--

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