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>jump out window
The window is too high to manipulate.

Karlok - 12 April 2021 08:07 AM

maybe the valve does something

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Yes, maybe it does.

>x magnetophone
A stout metallic box, approximately two feet long by a foot deep. On its side is a small label which reads “Wheatstone/Cooke Aether-Magnetophone Company,” beneath which is a small, closed panel.

Its front contains a simple toggle switch, a button labeled ‘transmit’, and the long graceful curve of a cygnet speaker. At its back is a small valve, connected to a rubber tube which trails along the floor.

     
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> turn valve
> toggle switch
> transmit “Calling CQ”

     

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Luhr28 - 12 April 2021 08:09 AM

>jump out window
The window is too high to manipulate.

The one in the office at the start?

No possibility to
> open window
> jump out window
?

     

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>turn valve
Nothing obvious happens.

>toggle switch
That’s not a verb I recognise.

>transmit calling cq
That’s not a verb I recognise.

     
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>press TRANSMIT
>hold TRANSMIT
>tell magnetophone CALLING CQ
>say CALLING CQ
>CALLING CQ

About Du Monde: I like her style. Maybe it’s because the other characters seem well-meaning, grandiose, but also rather hapless and doomed. Du Monde has intent, she seems to know what she’s doing.

edit: I’m going to read the manual for the magnetophone again..

     

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(at the office)

>jump out window
It’s as simple as that, then—as the thought leaps outward, so does the body. And then all is open air and blowing wind, and the moment stretched - elongated along some impossible axis - one choice out of a million possibilities, outstretched in flight…

If there are words for this…

/(reference|point|metaphor)\

...they have not yet been written.

/(:timeline/date/1919:wbyeates/secondcoming)\

The ground is a living thing now—leaping, spinning—

/(the darkness drops again; but now I know)\

rushing forward in the slow infinity it will take to reach (you?).

/(that twenty centuries of stony sleep)\

Is this penance, then? To die for one’s sins? Or the sins of another?

/(were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,)\

Whose hubris is greater - the sinner or the savior?

/(and what rough beast)\

And the (weaker?) thing within whoever (you? me?) made this choice—

/(its hour come round at last)\

has only enough time to barely begin (voicing?) its disapproval—

/(slouches towards)\

as the ground—

/(bethlehem)\

swiftly flies—

/(?behtlehem?)\

upwards

/(BEDLAM)\

towards

/(to be born?)\

its final home.



  ***/(finishendcompleteconclude|periodmomentpointspacetime))\***


/(reachedfoundendfinishcomplete|possibleprobablyonlyoneinofmany))\

/(nowfurtheryetaheadrelease-APPENDIX-A-availableaccessableopen))\.

/(?? RESTARTperiodfirstrevisit ?? RESTOREbackrecallrelease ?? UNDObackreverseunmake ?? APPENDIXfurtherjumpyet ?? QUITleaveenddone ??))\

     
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Is that the best possible ending, since it seems the spread of the infection is stopped?

     
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Well that was anticlimactic for something that should have ended the infection altogether… Gasp

What does the Appendix command do? We’ve seen Appendix A and B now, are these the alternative endings?

> Appendix

     

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Appendix A?

     

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>press transmit
The button stays depressed as long as it is pushed, then releases. Nothing more happens.

>hold transmit
With the tiniest *pop* the Amplifier slides from the slot.

>tell magnetophone calling cq
That is not a recognized verb.

>say calling cq
(to yourself)
You talk to yourself a while.

>calling cq
That’s not a verb I recognise.

     
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TimovieMan - 12 April 2021 08:28 AM

Well that was anticlimactic for something that should have ended the infection altogether… Gasp

What does the Appendix command do? We’ve seen Appendix A and B now, are these the alternative endings?

> Appendix

>appendix
That’s not a verb I recognise.

     
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Luhr, you could have shown us Appendix A.

     

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Luhr28 - 12 April 2021 08:29 AM

>appendix
That’s not a verb I recognise.

I think it only works when we’re at the ending.

     
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Pegbiter - 12 April 2021 08:32 AM

I think it only works when we’re at the ending.

So, jump out window again and then
> appendix
or
> appendix a

And showing the diary to Du Monde again and then
> appendix
or
> appendix b

     

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I believe the previous Appendix told the ending from the perspective of the infection, or the voices in your mind.

Curious!

     

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