You're the captain of a spaceship and the last of humanity to find a new home. You realize that you only have enough fuel to land on one planet. The first one has few resources and scientists say it will be consumed by a nearby black hole in about 200 years. The second one has a lot of resources, but scientists estimate the nearby star could explode at any point. If you choose neither, you can survive on the ship for 500 years, but only if you kill enough settlers and crew to do so. Pick.
The first planet with a few resources.
Humans have built everything there is today from scratch and they can do it again but they will need time for that and maybe 200 years are not really sufficient either but it still is better than being on a planet with a lot of resources and probably not enough time to use them. Maybe in 200 years they can at least find another planet with more chances of survival than these two and come up with something to leave that planet with as many as possible.
And considering my survival, I under no circumstances will live for 500 more years, I‘ll be dead even before the first planet gets swallowed up by a black hole so I don’t really need to kill anyone and live the rest of my days on a spacecraft. It’s a win-win situation for me.
I never thought I’d get to see club penguin’s iceberg tip but here we are, probably 10 years since I stopped believing it was possible, and dreams have come true. (Excuse the sniff in the middle - I was holding back tears)
I have just finished reading Alan Turing’s biography (written by Andrew Hodges) and I wrote down some interesting/cute/amazing/nerdy facts about Alan:
• Alan taught himself to read, but was quicker to recognise figures, and
he had an infuriating habit of stopping at every lamppost to identify
its serial number • on picnic with his family, he wanted to gather the wild bee’s honey and observed the bees’ flightpaths to locate the nest • he hated games at school, and he later said that the necessity of avoiding the ball in hockey had taught him to run fast • his father loved literature and was pleased when Alan told him he
liked one line from Hamlet - only to learn that it was the last line:
“Exeunt, bearing off the bodies…” • his first friend at school was
Christopher, who he first met in 1927, and he was struck by him and
“wanted to look again at his face, as he felt so attracted” • during what Alan said was the happiest week of his life, he, Chris,
and a friend went to the cinema and on the way back Alan wanted to test
how much Chris wanted his company, so he hung back and then Chris
“beckoned to me (mostly with his eyes) to walk beside me” • he made a star globe out of a lampshade and woke up at 4am to look at the night sky • in Chris’ memory, his family founded a prize which Alan won • at Christmas 1934 Alan asked for a teddy bear because he never had one as a little boy - he got one and it was called Porgy • when Alan was at Princeton in the US he complained in a letter that he
didn’t like “the way they speak”, “the impossibility of getting a
bath” and “their ideas on room temperature” • Alan liked to chant the couplet “Dip the apple in the brew, let the
Sleeping Death seep through” from Disney’s Snow White over and over
again • he broke up with Joan by reciting the closing lines of Oscar Wilde’s “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” • he didn’t like the sight of blood and even once fainted when he grazed himself shaving • he was an avid long-distance runner • he wrote a short story about a gay man named Alec, but only three pages survived • Alan died on 7 June 1954, most likely by committing suicide; the cause
of death was cyanide poisoning (next to his bed was half an apple which
might have been dipped in cyanide)