From: "Dan Meliza"
Subject: RE: (urth) Human JPEGs Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 10:26:22 -0700 The other possibility, I suppose, is that the gods upload (download, whatever) fragments of themselves into people and animals which can later be recombined into a full personality. In fact, fragments of holograms display the same image as the full hologram but at a lower fidelity. So any intelligence can serve as a substrate for personality transfer but in proportion to the size of the brain. What we see in Oreb is actually the interference pattern between Scylla and Oreb proper expressed in the limited vocabulary of a two-bite bird. As Nutria points out this is a fine metaphor for human interaction, a tidy attack on modernism's atomic individual; and it goes a long ways toward explaining why Scylla's personality is more or less admirable depending on who she's occupying. never one to capitalize after a colon, dan -----Original Message----- From: Nigel Price [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 5:39 PM To: email@example.com Subject: (urth) Human JPEGs Having failed to learn my lesson, I have to confess that I too, like Dan, have been whimsically speculating to myself whether, in the Whorl, the copies of personalities which are transferred between windows and people and windows and night choughs might not in fact be radically compressed in some way, or use some sort of wonderfully super-advanced lossy algorithm which gives such an accurate approximation of a personality that you really don't miss the bits that aren't there. In other words, Scylla didn't unload a "bitmap" of herself into Oreb, it was more a sort of "human JPEG". Only speaking metaphorically of course. Nigel --