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Triangulate This! Conceptual Build MOCathalon Entry
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This is my entry into the MOCathalon Conceptual Build category for the team Triangulate This!
About this creation
It took Samuel over three years to get the job done. He knew it was going to take some time, but there were definitely a few legal road bumps along the way as well. It didn't help that various religions were upset that their respective books would be confined within the same unit. Sam and the directors fought hard to keep everything within one neat little e-book. It was a triumphant battle.

Once Congress decided in 2021 that one of the best ways to cut federal spending was to do away with libraries altogether, it took only two weeks to assemble the committee and the man for the job. Sam was tasked to load the e-book with the entire collection found in the Library of Congress. Once they were loaded, the committee decided the best way to deal with the old books was to burn them.

The rest of the libraries across the nation had purchased their e-books and had already burned whatever books they had on hand. No sense in paying all of them to load their e-books when Sam would be able to electronically distribute the entire collection with one push of a button.

As he tossed the last book onto the fire, Sam went and turned on the e-book to admire his work. It was then that he discovered that he had accidentally downloaded a virus. Every word had been made illegible. Sam's stomach sank as he scrolled through page after page of lines where there were once words. He had destroyed every single document in the country. His life was about to become Hell.





Shot of the e-reader.

I'd appreciate it if the judges read the whole story before judging. LOL I put a LOT of thought into this category Lee, so I hope that you at least makes ya think a little.

The MOC itself represents dread. This is exactly how I felt when I caught a virus from MOCpages that completely wiped out over three years of pics that I had THOUGHT were backed up. There are other messages here though.

When I was a about nine I learned of the "Banned Book List". Yes it does exist. And Yes there are still people out there trying to get various books banned. Everything from the Bible to Rosemary's Baby, Tarzan, Catch-22, Stranger in a Strange Land, etc. There's been a LOT of book burnings across the world through out history, and that helped me imagine this.

At the local library they were handing out bookmarks with the list printed on them. One thing I loved about my Mom the most was that she NEVER censored what I read, and encouraged me to read many of the books on the list. I eventually read every book on that list, and even started my High School journalism career writing an editorial about this ridiculous list. But I digress.

The government continuously spends, and spends, and spends. And who wouldn't spend a bunch of FREE money?! With continuing cut backs on programs that help benefit people, the most shocking and ridiculous one I could think of would be to cut out printed books altogether. But imagine if we did that only to find that we lost ALL of our data??!! It's a scary thought....hopefully we will never have to face that nightmare.

I hope that you guys enjoyed that. Thanks again Lee for having us stretch the mental muscles.



Comments

 I like it 
  March 4, 2010
Now THAT would be the end of the world. 4/5, because the concept is- Oh wait, I'm not a judge. :)
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  March 3, 2010
How very clever! Now are we talking about Nephew Sam or Uncle Sam... :)
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  March 2, 2010
You know, Samuel can just run off to that Liquor store in da hood and ... What do you mean you can't read bits and bytes?!?
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  March 1, 2010
Very interesting idea. You pulled this off nicely with the story and build. Congrats on the perfect score! Oh..oops....almost perfect score.
Heath 'kik36' Flor
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Elendil Draconfell
  February 28, 2010
nnnnnooooo! reading is one of my favorite things and I cant imagine it becoming electronic, it's so.... terrrible, anyway great MOC, it does look nearly realistic(I've never actually seen one but i've seen pics)
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  February 28, 2010
Great build. The story vaguely reminds me of Fahrenheit 451...
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  February 28, 2010
The fact that we feel the need to burn books filled to the brim with valuable information, even though all they do is sit there, shows what sort of screwed up society we have. Awesome job =)
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  February 28, 2010
Thank you all for the kind comments! I'm a little bummed Yuri didn't see it as a 5 so I could earn a 20 point badge....but so it goes! LOL Glad it made a few of you think about it for a minute.
 I like it 
  February 28, 2010
Wow, this is good! I've always thought of the idea of machines taking over our lives, and how dependent we are on them. They can be very efficient, but if something were to go wrong, the world would fall apart. Excellent concept :)
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  February 28, 2010
Excellent work!
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  February 28, 2010
Love the concept, Heath! Wonderfull done!
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  February 28, 2010
I tried to read the whole story, but my computer got an aphasia virus and all I could see were black lines, can you imagine my dread! 5 points.
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  February 28, 2010
You could also enter this as a "kindle" in the "object shown at actual size" category. This is truly a great piece, and the interesting story adds to it. ~T
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  February 28, 2010
This really made me think. Your story is very well done as well as the MOC you built.
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  February 28, 2010
Haha. Nice. I like the buttons.
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  February 28, 2010
I do enjoy it, and I have to admit I was wondering where you were going with this. The loss of all printed material would be dreadful - I would rather loose the internet that all written material. "Dread" as a concept is a good one. Looking back at this build then does make the reader seem like a tool of ignorance and subsequent evil, which then fills me with dread - five (5) points to you. Lee.
 I like it 
  February 28, 2010
Nicely done. It looks very realistic from afar.
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  February 27, 2010
Books will never fade completely, I think, but there is no doubt that they'll change their form for the most part. However, as long as you have access to some light you can always read a book. Your power supply goes out on that e-reader and you have a nice mirror to play with.
 I like it 
  February 27, 2010
So true. As the internet and technology expand, books may (I doubt it however; just offering the pessimistic side here)become relics of a past society that filled their minds with words of insight and enlightenment, and not of mindless rants about nonimportant issues.
 I like it 
  February 27, 2010
Wicked man, I couldn't have said it better myself.
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  February 27, 2010
Nice, another cross-category! It could be an actual size object, or an Apoc/Post Apoc, but you present it as a Concept... and I must say it's quite catchy. 3 points.
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  February 27, 2010
Could also be apoc catagory.
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  February 27, 2010
The MOC is great and the story makes it even better!
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  February 27, 2010
Agreed. Nuff said. GREAT build! ~ Chris.
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  February 27, 2010
Great concept about how we are becoming too dependent on technology, and conflicting religions all claiming to be right. You sure have long nails...
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  February 27, 2010
Heck! I fell in love with it before reading the description, but the description really pushes it that bit further. This is a tight build!
 
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