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JayD030
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JayD030   7/12/2011 6:30:00 PM
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They had asprin 2000 years ago, it was called willow bark tea.

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Duane Benson   7/12/2011 4:42:27 PM
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The fourth doctor was always my favorite. In the modern era, I'm partial to the ninth. Kind of looks like an angry Lance Armstrong. If I recall correctly, there was a limit on regenerations but I suspect that the limit will somehow be circumvented at some point. :-)

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Max The Magnificent   7/12/2011 2:06:58 PM
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Aspirin is a good idea -- I had thought about penicillin, but you can't get that in bulk. In the case of Aspirin I think you can make that easily enough (but taking a bunch of it along with you would be a good idea).

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WKetel   7/12/2011 2:58:31 AM
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The things to take back 2000 years would be woodscrews, nails, and aspirin. The first would be excellent to trade for basics like food, and the aspirin would certainly be a benefit to all, besides which, somebody could probably figure out how to make it, and the world would become a different place. Of course, Tom Baker was my favorite Doctor, although I have liked most of them. That show should be shown as reruns instead of so much of the current stuff that is so incredibly STUPID!!!

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Max The Magnificent   7/11/2011 7:40:39 PM
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So who was your favorite doctor? I quite like the latest one -- Matt Smith -- but I think David Tennant is my overall favorite. I also used to like Tom Baker from way back when -- I thought his long scarf was so cool. How many times can the doctor regenerate. I thought there was some limit like 12 times ... in which case we're getting close because Matt Smith is the eleventh doctor (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_actors_who_have_played_the_Doctor)

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Max The Magnificent   7/11/2011 7:34:47 PM
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I recently read Connie Willis' "Fire Watch" and it was "OK" but I wouldn't rate it as being one of the best... I'm surprised so many other folks seem to rate it so highly... The "Lest Darkness Fall" story mentioned in my blog does involve the main character taking technology back, although it's just what's in his head...

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Paul A. Clayton   7/11/2011 7:29:13 PM
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I certainly agree on bringing back information to bootstrap technological advancement. Even over a 10 year period, such would probably have greater financial value than a similar volume of material items--and would probably have greater moral value. If one knew precisely the destination time (and place), some historical knowledge could be useful in helping to establish oneself (by establishing good relationships with people having economic or political power and/or economically by market prediction). For a far future trip (which does not violate causality), one's own self might be the most valuable. In addition to one's very odd psychology/culture, one's genetic material might be of historical interest. It is possible that a far future technology might be able to reproduce 'artifacts' at atomic detail, so authentication of collectibles might be impossible. (The Twilight Zone episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" gives a hint of the dangers of predicting value of items in the future.) One of my favorite time travel stories is Connie Willis' "Fire Watch" (1983 Hugo and Nebula for novelette)--her Doomsday Book was also touching (1993 Hugo and Nebula for novel).

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Max The Magnificent   7/11/2011 6:54:29 PM
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Come on Jay -- that's not what I mean and you know it (grin). It's like I said in my blog - we're all traveling into the future the old fashioned way :-) Did you see my review of that book "In Search of Time" http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-blogs/other/4208975/Book-Review--In-Search-of-Time--Dan-Falk

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JayD030   7/11/2011 4:24:25 PM
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I have good news for you Max, you already have traveled back in time. You have spent plenty of time jetting from here to there. The high speed of a jet is plenty fast enough to measure the slowing of time for its occupants, thus, relative to us surface dwellers you have travelled backward or forward in time. A 50 ns gain here, a 100 ns loss there, they add up. Here is a link to the experiment: http://www.teslaphysics.com/Chapters/Chapter030-H-K.htm Here you can find a formula to put in your frequent flier miles and find out how many nanoseconds you've gained and lost: http://www.exo.net/~pauld/physics/relativity/relativitytimefly.htm

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Max The Magnificent   7/11/2011 1:57:00 PM
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I started reading this ages ago but I got bogged down -- maybe I need to give it another whirl...

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