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eyelikeart
May 4, 2002, 01:44 PM
ok I know this is sorta Fight Club-ish...but I'm gonna ask anyway...

if u could go back in history to a time...event....or just to meet someone...when, where, or who would it be??

my answer: the Sands Casino back in the 60's...gotta love the RatPack...Sinatra was a God!!! :cool:

jelloshotsrule
May 4, 2002, 01:46 PM
not too long ago i guess.... but... chris farley!

or maybe someone like gandhi or thomas jefferson.....

curious how TJ would feel about the state of the union.....

mc68k
May 4, 2002, 04:16 PM
I would go to that garage and meet Jobs and Woz right at the beginning of the personal computer revolution. That would be cool.

blackpeter
May 4, 2002, 04:36 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
ok I know this is sorta Fight Club-ish...but I'm gonna ask anyway...

if u could go back in history to a time...event....or just to meet someone...when, where, or who would it be??

my answer: the Sands Casino back in the 60's...gotta love the RatPack...Sinatra was a God!!! :cool:

Well, it'd only be Fight Clubish if I went back back in time to fight someone, like - oh, I don't know. ...Bill Gates? Or at least to tell Steve NOT to let Bill see the Macintosh UI! That could change everything...

Durandal7
May 4, 2002, 04:51 PM
I would meet myself and give myself a long list of stock tips.

TiMacLover
May 4, 2002, 05:31 PM
I would have gone back and killed bill gates:)

Mr. Anderson
May 4, 2002, 05:41 PM
Time travel just once, or more than once. I'd like to go and see all sorts of things, Rome at the height of it power. Ancient Greece and Egypt too. Go see George Washington and tell him how everything worked out. I'd probably like to go see everything I could.

eyelikeart
May 4, 2002, 05:55 PM
Originally posted by TiMacLover
I would have gone back and killed bill gates:)

now that's not nice...he may be reading this ;)

edesignuk
May 4, 2002, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by TiMacLover
I would have gone back and killed bill gates:)
What would the world be like without Bill Gates and Windows? What would have happened, would the whole world now be running OS X? Can u imagine :confused:!

AlphaTech
May 4, 2002, 06:15 PM
I would have to go back to 1903 and meet the founders of Harley-Davidson. There are other times I would go to, and people I would like to meet, but that is top on the list.

gerror
May 5, 2002, 12:23 PM
I would go back and buy DOS from the guy who sold it to Bill Gates. And then I would flush it to the toilet, hehehe

AlphaTech
May 5, 2002, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by gerror
I would go back and buy DOS from the guy who sold it to Bill Gates. And then I would flush it to the toilet, hehehe

I have a better idea.. buy dos, all the rights to it, so that they cannot sell it to anyone else. Then sell it to gates for a ton of money. Invest that money in Apple, and advance them beyond anything m$ will ever put out. I would tell Jobs and Woz to never allow gates to see anything they have/make. That way windblows will be several years behind where it is now (if it ever comes into existance at all).

Vilacr
May 5, 2002, 01:22 PM
I would go back and stop slavery before it was ever started.

jefhatfield
May 5, 2002, 01:35 PM
i would want to meet the young woz in the old days before apple

i could go to los gatos right now before my breakfast gets cold and try and meet him where he is known to hang out...but it is the inventor in progress woz i most want to meet...he is the old veteran now and i don't think he is into any huge revolutions at this point in his life

one of my students in my computer class, he's in his 60s, was in "home brew" in silicon valley when woz was showing stuff off and the funny thing is that my student is neutral towards macs and thinks steve jobs is a jerk

i told him steve may be a jerk, but that it has nothing to do with macs being good or bad...that it is possible to have a mean ceo and a great computer

i personally believe steve is mean but he is not cut throat or greedy, that title belongs to bill gates;)

my problem with steve jobs is his disorganized management skills and lack of money management...even former ceo gil amelio had more cash in the bank for apple and a better market share...but then again, competitor mike dell was not on the rampage then like he is now

sometimes steve jobs' worst enemy is himself, but that is also the attitude which brought apple into fruition as early as it did...if it were left up to woz to promote his own invention, we may not be typing these threads with our macs

but at this point, if steve j retired, i think steve w could be a good replacement for apple inc

apple inc is a company but it is also a cult with a cult following and as history has shown, we need an apple co-founder to run the show

besides woz, guy kawasaki would get the old guard excited...guy was number three man at apple and often called the apple evangelist and went on to find a dot.com a few years ago

in a couple of decades, there will be no original candidates left to run apple so i wonder what will become of our esteemed cult

3rdpath
May 5, 2002, 01:43 PM
i'd head back to concord mass. to help thoreau move into his cabin at walden pond. then over to emerson's house for some lively conversation, dinner and more conversation( finally, someone more verbose than me!).

then at sundown, back over to the pond for a restful night of sleep. clears skies, bright stars and nothing but the sounds of crickets and frogs.

jefhatfield
May 5, 2002, 01:50 PM
i think those guys would even put the crickets to sleep:p

3rdpath
May 5, 2002, 02:02 PM
Originally posted by jefhatfield
i think those guys would even put the crickets to sleep:p

the old fashioned cure for insomnia.....but i find their work much more lively than whitman...never could make the connection with his writings. and thus, i will NOT visit him on my trip.

plus i have to go see if l.m. alcott looks anything like wynona ryder:D

jefhatfield
May 5, 2002, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by 3rdpath


the old fashioned cure for insomnia.....but i find their work much more lively than whitman...never could make the connection with his writings. and thus, i will NOT visit him on my trip.

plus i have to go see if l.m. alcott looks anything like wynona ryder:D

i was once, among many other majors, an english major from 85-87 and i could never get past those guys

i never had the attention span for reading those long sentences...i bet if i picked up their work now, i would probably love it

i was also a die hard rock and roller then, and now i love opera...domingo is up there with john lennon in my book these days

3rdpath
May 5, 2002, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by jefhatfield


i was once, among many other majors, an english major from 85-87 and i could never get past those guys

i never had the attention span for reading those long sentences...i bet if i picked up their work now, i would probably love it

i was also a die hard rock and roller then, and now i love opera...domingo is up there with john lennon in my book these days

yeah, i was post college before i could appreciate their work. thought about being a lit teacher myself before getting the biz degree ( only to become a musician....). sometimes their writings are like panning for gold-lotsa work with only a nugget here and there to show for it. but they're BIG eternal nuggets that seem to hold enormous insight. change the dates and you could publish them in Fast Company and no one would ever know :)

lucs
May 5, 2002, 02:47 PM
Dude, there are just too many possibilities. But if I could go back, i'd go to Mongolia and meet good old Genghis Kahn (sp?). i mean, cmon, he was the man...he ruled almost 1/5th of the world, and he didn't know what joint ventures were....that takes talent....

jefhatfield
May 5, 2002, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by 3rdpath


yeah, i was post college before i could appreciate their work. thought about being a lit teacher myself before getting the biz degree ( only to become a musician....). sometimes their writings are like panning for gold-lotsa work with only a nugget here and there to show for it. but they're BIG eternal nuggets that seem to hold enormous insight. change the dates and you could publish them in Fast Company and no one would ever know :)

i did the same thing...biz to english, english to hr (biz topic), then in grad school biz to tax law, tax law back to biz, and biz to computers

my problem is i find everything interesting and while i am not busy on a required class, i am off taking something at the junior college (on and off for 23 years...student for life with well over 200 units)

i also did the music thing for 23 years...guitar and later on, just singer:D

mymemory
May 5, 2002, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by asurace
I would meet myself and give myself a long list of stock tips.


You got it man, I would save so much time, energy and money doing that. The paradigma is... would I listen to myself?

AlphaTech
May 5, 2002, 10:09 PM
I would also go back and assassinate Bin Laden before he went and became a terrorist. Either that, or I would give solid intel to the Israelies and let them pull the trigger. Imagine how many people would still be around if that was to happen. The two towers would most likely still be standing too.

MacAztec
May 5, 2002, 10:26 PM
First, I would go back and kill Bin Laden.

Then, I would go out and talk to Steve Jobs and Woz and probly print up some chip specs, and give it to them, so chips would start off at like a G4 speed, back in the 70s...

I would go meet Joe Montana and Steve Young (my heroes :D) and get some tips on Quarterbacking.

I would go back and give myself stock tips, so I could become rich.

I would go back to the Civil War days, and check it out....

I would go back to Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. I have been to Rome (I went in October of 2001) and it is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. The churches, the castles, the streets rivers and bridges and islands, and the blue grotto :D

I would go back to Egypt and see how the Pyramids were made, and take a few pictures.

I would travel 10 years into the future, and steal a machine from Apple Computer (it would probly be like the Quartz Titanium A.K.A. G8) and then bring them back with the future OS and do some crazy stuff.

I would go meet my dad when he was a kid, and play a few sports with him.

I would go see Eric Clapton back in his prime....

3rdpath
May 5, 2002, 11:48 PM
Originally posted by jefhatfield


i did the same thing...biz to english, english to hr (biz topic), then in grad school biz to tax law, tax law back to biz, and biz to computers

my problem is i find everything interesting and while i am not busy on a required class, i am off taking something at the junior college (on and off for 23 years...student for life with well over 200 units)

i also did the music thing for 23 years...guitar and later on, just singer:D

life seems too short to choose a specialty. almost switched to geology one year-all of this with the original intention of getting my JD. just never could get the music thing out of my system - and why should i?

:D

jipper
May 6, 2002, 12:10 AM
If i could meet anyone... I would want to meet my oldest ancestor. I would laugh at him, point at myself and say, "ha ha, this is what is to become of your descendants".

AlphaTech
May 6, 2002, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by jipper
If i could meet anyone... I would want to meet my oldest ancestor. I would laugh at him, point at myself and say, "ha ha, this is what is to become of your descendants".

Be careful there... that could drive a person to suicide :D

atodd
May 6, 2002, 12:42 AM
I would go back and meet The Steve(tm) and tell him where the company is going. I'd tell him NOT to show Billy-boy the Mac interface, and also give him a TiBook to play with :D

I'd go and see the Romans, perhaps even (and some may not like this) try to get Jesus off the cross (well, first find out if he actually existed).

I would assassinate bin Laden.

I would go and see Star Wars in the cinema, first time it came out!

I would buy out Microsoft and then fire everyone.

I would convince Sculley not to fire The Steve(tm).

And I would also prevent various people from dying (i.e. kennedy, lincoln, etc)

mc68k
May 6, 2002, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by atodd
(and some may not like this) try to get Jesus off the cross (well, first find out if he actually existed).

It was proven that there was in fact a person who lived who was Jesus of Nazareth. I think the question is whether people believe he was the Son of God, etc.

I always wanted to know what would happen if some time-traveler wacko went back in time to kill Jesus, what would happen? Could he kill Him, or would God allow this?

Getting Him off the cross would defeat His original purpose for being here.

Rower_CPU
May 6, 2002, 01:21 AM
Well eye already stole mine, but I'll just second his vote:

Sinatra, back when he was really swingin'...back when his voice was golden and he was king of the world (or at least Vegas). :D

resm
May 6, 2002, 08:58 AM
I would go back in time and join Vilacr and help him in his task.


That would eliminate the need to go back and kill people like Bin Laden (and other's) because the mentality of oppression would then be less accepted in our society, giving little or no ground for this characters to have an excuse for their actions.

And to take this a bit further, society would kick the ass of people like Bill Gates (and similar Dictators) and would make sure that no one would be allowed to accumulate so much (abusive) power.

Before they even get there !

Macmaniac
May 6, 2002, 10:50 AM
I'd have to go back and visit Woz and Jobs in thier garage!

mcrain
May 6, 2002, 11:33 AM
Here's a few things that could be done that haven't been mentioned yet.

Stop Hitler and Stalin.

Do something to stop the India/Pakistan bloodshed after Britain left.

Tell Bill Clinton not to let Monica do her thing.

Tell the Republicans circa 1992-2000 that it's all a waste of time that does nothing but make the country look bad and waste millions and millions of tax dollars (oh wait, they were told that, but decided it was in their political best interest to perform a little character assassination of the president)

Tell the pres. of the time not to support the Castro regime.

Tell Carter not to try the helicopter rescue.

Tell Nixon that watergate isn't a good idea.

Vietnam - anything to stop that mess.

Afganistan - sure we didn't get along with the USSR, but that shouldn't have happened either.

Tell Princess Di to get out of the car and walk (who cares if they take your picture, don't get in the car)

Bop the murderer of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the head before he had a chance to pull the trigger.

Same to Oswald.

Same to Booth.

Same to the guy who killed Gandhi.

Same to the guy who killed Malcolm X.

And finally, I would have gone back and eliminated the punch card ballots and potentially confusing ballot designs in Florida.

jefhatfield
May 6, 2002, 12:12 PM
if they had a different voting system in florida, we would have gore as president and pat buchannan wouldn't think he is so loved in the largely hispanic sections of florida where the butterfly ballot was:p

Mr. Anderson
May 6, 2002, 12:33 PM
Going back to those times you're all talking about is fine, but *how* would you tell these world leaders and other influencial people what you know and not come off as a total lunatic.

If I went back in time, I'd try to bring a 'time capsual' of sorts. Things that could be used as proof of what is going to happen. Don't go and tell Jobs what happens in 2002, bring him a new TiPB fully loaded with everything you can find and lay it in his lap! That would have a greater effect then going and spouting off about flying cars and men landing on the moon....

One of my favorite shows was Quantum Leap. The events that made up the story episode to episode weren't anything earth shattering, but more subtle things that changed the world at a much smaller level but still with a great impact.

jefhatfield
May 6, 2002, 12:41 PM
if you just placed the tibook in steve's lap, he would have tossed it out the window since it was silver and not black:p

hey, that looks like a sony!!!

Mr. Anderson
May 6, 2002, 12:57 PM
Originally posted by jefhatfield
if you just placed the tibook in steve's lap, he would have tossed it out the window since it was silver and not black:p

hey, that looks like a sony!!!

not if you did it right when they were selling Apple I's. Anyone seeing that for the first time back then would look at and think it was a very skinny metal case. When you open it up and turn it on it would be a whole different story....

Digidesign
May 6, 2002, 12:59 PM
I'd go back in time and give myself a Sports Almanac, then build a Vegas-like empire. As long as some punk kid doesn't show up in a delorean,....the world would be my cookie.

http://go.sciflicks.com/movies/back_to_the_future_part_ii/back_to_the_future_part_ii_14.jpg (http://www.sciflicks.com/back_to_the_future_part_ii/images/back_to_the_future_part_ii_14.html)

DavidOS
May 6, 2002, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by Vilacr
I would go back and stop slavery before it was ever started.

hmmm . . . not a bad idea, but you would have to go back a long LONG ways. I bet slavery has existed about as long as our race has. Also, slavery still exists today! we ought to stop it now!

mischief
May 9, 2002, 04:28 PM
Supplies:

1 Powerbook with translation software covering all historical languages of the middle east and North America.

1 iTimelink Airport card to my network of co-conspirators in my "present".

Objective1:

Talk as many mis-quoted historical and legendary figures into doing their own publishing. Ex.: What would have happened if Christ had told his OWN story? Manufacture thousands of fireproof copies back home and have them sent to JC on a Pallette.

Objective 2:

Take back a good Lawyer for the Native Americans at the time of the first European landings. Beads my Ass ........... :D

AlphaTech
May 9, 2002, 04:33 PM
I have a good one... how about get to the library in Alexandria a few years before it gets destroyed and scan in all of the texts (might take all of us here with laptops and scanners to do it :D). Then come back to today, with proof that the stuff is from the original, translate it all, and then publish it.

A second option, would be to timeport the entire contents the evening that the library gets destroyed to today. I wouldn't save it back then, since that could seriously ***** up our history. Imagine how the scholars would drool over the original texts and scrolls??? Of course, you would have to charge them by the hour to read the stuff. We need to pay for the fuel for the MacRumors timporter somehow. :D

Backtothemac
May 9, 2002, 04:47 PM
Lets see....

1st) Would have to be Jesus.
2nd) Next would Moses.
3rd) I agree with Eye, Brat Pack all the way.
4th) Linda Lovelace when she was a hottie. ;)
5th) Marylin Monroe when she was slutty.
6th) Bear Bryant when he was the God of Football ( I think he still is)
7th) Princess Grace
8th) Hitler, just to kick him in the nads.
9th) Joan of Arc.
10th) Ceaser so I could tell to look out.

:p

mischief
May 9, 2002, 04:57 PM
Originally posted by Backtothemac

8th) Hitler, just to kick him in the nads.

10th) Ceaser so I could tell to look out.

:p

Singular. Hitler had but 1 testicle.

Which Caesar?

Rower_CPU
May 9, 2002, 04:59 PM
Et tu...mischief?

Julius Caesar.

Mr. Anderson
May 9, 2002, 05:08 PM
Originally posted by Backtothemac
Lets see....

1st) Would have to be Jesus.


It all revolved around time travel and Jesus. The idea for the book came up about 4 years ago and I know that I'll never write it, don't have the background info, but its still a damn good idea.

The Story:
The year is sometime in the not to distant future, say 2050 or so. The Catholic church is hurting, the priest hood is getting sparce, they've fallen into decay, technology has become the new religion. The pope and enclave realize they need something big to get people back into the fold, but how.

Along comes this somewhat crazy inventor/genius/religious zealot who leaves all his earthly possessions to the church when he dies. When the priests come to get his junk, they find one very strange device. Turns out to be a time machine. Ah, what to do with it. Well after a little intreague and internal politics, its decided to send someone back to talk with Jesus, find out if the whole story, see how much the bible is truth or not. Get the true answers to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

They end up picking an obscure Jusuit monk who has devoted his whole life to the study of Christ, he knows the languages of the time, etc. So they send him back at about the time when Christ reappears in his 30s. The hero goes to all the places mention in the bible, but no Jesus. Through circumstance though, the things that have been written in the bible start to come to pass.

Soon, the Jusuit starts being associated with the events. Next you know he's on the cross, being crucified. But with his technology he escapes, only to be found a few days later. Oooh, miracles.

Then he has to return to present day Rome....

I know its filled with controversy, but I really like to take peoples perceived ideas and mess with them. Don't always make assumptions, most likely they're wrong.

blackpeter
May 9, 2002, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by mcrain

Tell the Republicans circa 1992-2000 that it's all a waste of time that does nothing but make the country look bad and waste millions and millions of tax dollars (oh wait, they were told that, but decided it was in their political best interest to perform a little character assassination of the president)


Not a right-winger here, but patrisan politics and dirty tricks are just part of the game - be you Rebublicrat or Democran. Today's political climate has been sustained equally by both sides of the aisle. The Clinton scandal is just a small part of the shenanigans.

Don't forget that if we weren't in the midst of a war that has hoisted our fair President Bush to an approval rating of 80%, we'd see backstabbing and character assination of the most voracious and vicious type. There is no doubt in my mind that Daschle and his cronies (lusting after Bush's office) have a foot locker full of damaging information to fire at Bush, but the war and public sentiment is keeping them in check.

Trust none of these guys. Clinton was a great President. Some of the things he did for the American people at home was tremendous, but he wasn't Roosevelt. He screwed us in foregin policy and the current administration is picking up the pieces and fighting a war all at the same time. He also get's too much credit for the economey we were blessed with durring his reign. Most economists agree that change and reform takes 7-8 years to impact the market. Giving Clinton the credit for our once bountiful prostperity is like giving the last guy to carry the Olympic torch credit for the entire 16,000 miles.

eyelikeart
May 9, 2002, 05:44 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
Well eye already stole mine, but I'll just second his vote:

Sinatra, back when he was really swingin'...back when his voice was golden and he was king of the world (or at least Vegas). :D

oh hell yeah!!! :D

ever see the movie Swingers? "Vegas baby...Vegas!" ;)

ericb88
May 9, 2002, 08:35 PM
thats exactly what i was gonna say. I would also let moses,abraham,jesus,mary,and muhammed tell their stories. I would kill hitler,mao,stalin adn mussolini. I would make sure the romans never conquered israel and i would have totally reformed the q'aran (in it it says to kill infidels etc) I would invest heavily in IBM when it was at 15, as when microsoft was at around 10. Then after microsoft was at around 70, i would have dumped it crippling the company. I would tell sj to never let good ole willie see anything. I would have also seen marley, all 4 beatles, and zeplin live. I would have prevented the killings of lincon,jfk,and lennon. I would have told the us govt to select their atomic bomb scientists more carefully.