Category Archives: Wonderful, Awful Ideas

Every Friday I post weird ideas that come into my head. Or maybe they come into your head and you tell me about them.

In either case, I’ll do a little write up. It might be in-world, it might just be a description. Then we talk about it. Wait for several years, and maybe some of these ideas will end up in one of my novels :)

Far Future Evolution

Predicting the future is a mug’s game, but I’ma do it anyway! It’s not like I’ll be around in a billion years to be corrected. There are trends to evolution (even if only statistical artifacts ala Steven Jay Gould) and … Continue reading

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The Guns of the Commonwealth

A new althist idea: compromise forestalls the Civil War and allows slavery, but non-slave statesjoin Canada.

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The Chinese Roman Empire

Okay. I swear I am only going to spend half an hour on this. NOT ALL DAY. NO SIR! So here we go. According to this very reliable historical document, the city of Lomes (L. Loumasia) was settled by Chinese … Continue reading

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Future English

I’ve been thinking a lot about the next 150 years of the English language for The Centuries Unlimited. And then there was that “spelling pronunciation” post on tumbler that got me and some other people talking… And before you know … Continue reading

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Humans are to zebras as giant floating brain-jellyfish are to humans

https://danbensen.tumblr.com/post/162663268025/viergacht-danbensen-showerthoughtsofficial Ooh! Ooh! Okay. Creature idea! A giant floating brain-jellyfish that can move very slowly but across any terrain. In the past, they crafted darts which they threw with great distance and accuracy, but in the past 10,000 years they … Continue reading

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A new kind of Ghost Language

Sorry, guys. This was a busy week. By the time Friday rolled around, I only had time to use Vulgar Language Generator to create a Ghost Language. I want to try some big eggs! Wuu aba aawaaa u-babuuuuubu  (Nominative-first-person-pronoun, want-first-person, try-first-person, … Continue reading

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The Hinterlands

Whew, what a vacation that was. I even got a chance to talk to my wife. We discussed urbanization. Our terrible vision of a future: extreme urbanization where cities are pressure-cookers of both problems and their solutions. The problem-solution cycle … Continue reading

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The Howling Specter of the Law

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Bad Conlang Ideas

You know how some languages have nouns with singular, dual, and plural morphology? Why not more? I’m not suggesting a different suffix for every number. But what if we kept things simple? What if we used binary?This is a Wugun. Now … Continue reading

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Redundant English

I’m not feeling in a scifi mood today, so let’s play with languages! I was thinking about redundancy. There’s a certain amount of information in a given clause in English. What if we made sure that every word in the … Continue reading

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