Alternative uses of paperclips

post by taw · 2012-01-08T18:24:33.344Z · score: 11 (26 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 16 comments

Somewhere in the distant galaxy, Clippys post pictures of alternative uses of humans.

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comment by [deleted] · 2012-01-09T00:32:24.233Z · score: 15 (15 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Something like this, perhaps?

(Sedlec Ossuary)

comment by Matt_Simpson · 2012-01-09T02:35:05.426Z · score: 6 (8 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Am I the only one who thought that looked awesome?

Edit: Does an upvote of this signify that the individual also thinks this room is awesome or that I am in fact the only one that thinks it's awesome?

comment by tut · 2012-01-09T11:54:06.553Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I found it awesome too. I would even go so far as to venture that it was the intention of whoever built the place that anyone that entered it would find it awesome.

comment by Vaniver · 2012-01-08T19:51:11.603Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Clippys post pictures of alternative uses of humans.

Do humans have uses besides holding paper together, or fashioning metallic objects that do so?

comment by TheOtherDave · 2012-01-08T20:11:25.395Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Maintaining and advancing the infrastructure that allows and encourages other humans to fashion such objects? Though admittedly that's a derivative value.

comment by wedrifid · 2012-01-09T03:46:54.156Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Do humans have a use besides holding paper together, or fashioning metallic objects that do so?

Is it acceptable to make paperclips out of, say, bone? Or are the humans only useful for the iron they contain (and a touch of carbon to form the alloy.)

comment by [deleted] · 2012-01-09T04:20:52.687Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I think a sufficiently advanced clippy would be able to do a lot more than steel.

comment by wedrifid · 2012-01-09T04:34:57.779Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

It's a matter of what kind of paperclipper it is. If it was created to make paperclips where paperclips are defined as steel paperclips of given dimensions then it doesn't matter how advanced it becomes. It'll make steel paperclips.

Mind you it can still use our atoms in a fusion generator.

comment by wedrifid · 2012-01-10T03:42:40.078Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

It just occurred to me that it is iron that is the building material required. That being the case everything in the human body (and the universe) represents either a building material or a potential source of nuclear energy. How convenient!

comment by Armok_GoB · 2012-01-10T14:42:27.193Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Huh? I think your grammar broke. Or you're trying for some kind of very far fetched pun. Either way, please clarify.

comment by arundelo · 2012-01-10T15:08:25.183Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The second sentence begins with an absolute phrase. My Little, Brown Handbook says that these are "always set off from the rest of the sentence with punctuation, usually a comma". In this instance the comma would come between "case" and "everything".

comment by wedrifid · 2012-01-10T14:57:53.485Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Huh? I think your grammar broke.

Not especially. I simplified things somewhat but I don't think it was necessary.

Or you're trying for some kind of very far fetched pun. Either way, please clarify.

I'm confused. What isn't clear? The physics reference?

comment by Armok_GoB · 2012-01-10T15:21:57.326Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

huh? No. The confusing parts are "building material" and "represents" I think.

comment by hamnox · 2012-01-09T16:44:16.907Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I like the pattern it makes on the walls and ceiling. I want one for my room.

comment by lukeprog · 2012-01-09T02:30:03.011Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

See also: The Paperclip Art of Tim Sterling.

comment by thomblake · 2012-01-10T15:31:42.324Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Somewhere in the distant galaxy, Clippys make paperclips.

FTFY