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Old 11-30-2005, 09:05 PM   #1
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Stranded on a Tropical Island.

I was just watching my Johnny Castaway screensaver, and I started to wonder; why is it that everytime people are stranded on a deserted tropical island the first thing they start doing is try to get off!?! I would appreciate my good fortune at not having to pay bills ever again, not having to pay taxes ever again, not having to go to some ****e job ever again, having the luxury to sit around and appreciate the beautiful scenery for once in life without worrying what time it is. No more annoying commercials every five minutes pushing crap that only makes me poorer, no more horrible processed foods that make me fatter and weaker. No more cars buring up precious resources at assinine prices making the air unsuitible for breathing. No more people being mean. Life would be as nearly perfect as is worldly possible and they instantly start trying to leave. I just don't get it.
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:41 AM   #2
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You are thinking of a Lost island. Go watch Cast Away. Islands are usually not the paradise that some movies make us believe.

There are no white beaches, instead there is flotsam. There is no gourmet food, you'd probably have to live on coconuts and seafood you'd have to catch and prepare yourself. You don't have a doctor, so you better hope that you don't have too many accidents. Being unable to walk means that you would likely not be able to get food, so even a strained ankle can get you into serious trouble. There'd be creepy crawlers and maybe dangerous animals...

How long could you live without being able to entertain yourself? How long could you enjoy a tropical island's sunset? You might survive, but would you live?

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Old 12-01-2005, 02:07 PM   #3
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I would do the whole deserted island thing, but I would definitely need to have a Starfleet issue heavy-duty replicator so I could produce a phaser, some rum or an umbrella as needs be. That plus the hot Vulcan chick from 'Enterprise' and I'll be set.

Get the hell away from my island! I'm armed...
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Old 12-01-2005, 03:42 PM   #4
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You are thinking of a Lost island.
LOST IS THE BEST SHOW EVER.

As for actually being stranded on an island, I'd want to get off. Regular life is great. You get to...uh...well...


...never mind.
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Old 12-01-2005, 03:56 PM   #5
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Old 12-01-2005, 04:48 PM   #6
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LOST IS THE BEST SHOW EVER.
i second that!!! no spoilers tho man! in the UK we're on the episode with hurley's flashbacks and those weird numbers. (theres always a showing of the next episode on e4 but i never watch that)

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I was just watching my Johnny Castaway screensaver, and I started to wonder; why is it that everytime people are stranded on a deserted tropical island the first thing they start doing is try to get off!?!
woah for a minuite there i thought you had a screensaver of some guy called johnny on a desert island sitting there tossing off.... [seriously it sounded like it! i mean thats the first thing id do( i mean get off... not get off)!)
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Old 12-01-2005, 06:21 PM   #7
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i second that!!! no spoilers tho man! in the UK we're on the episode with hurley's flashbacks and those weird numbers. (theres always a showing of the next episode on e4 but i never watch that)
So you're only on Season 1?
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Old 12-01-2005, 06:36 PM   #8
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Wow, I remember when I had Johnny Castaway about 11 years ago...fantastic.


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Old 12-01-2005, 06:44 PM   #9
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I thought this might have been another survival game thread. Oh well, I can still hope.


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Old 12-01-2005, 08:57 PM   #10
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No, actually I WAS thinking of the island from the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away. Sandy beaches are only good for sunning yourself, rugged coastline is much more interesting, just look at Lake Superior. And I could watch a sunset and or sunrise on a tropical island every single day for the rest of my life and it would never get boring. Every one is different, and they are always cool. Catching one's food is a much more satisfying sense of accomplishment as opposed to buying it with money you earn from doing a ****e job you hate for long hours that make your knees hurt. And if I get hurt, I get hurt. But I can get in a car accident without health insurance and thus be forced to live on the street where I will probably not survive a Minnesota winter. Life is dangerous no matter where you are. Doctors are not healers, they are drug-sellers or surgery-suggesters. With a little practical knowledge one can mend himself. Take Tom Hanks for example. He fixed his tooth, cleaned his teeth using salt water(which no one knows can be used because we are so used to having to buy cleaning PRODUCTS like toothpaste and mouthwash that we have started to lose practical knowledge that is useful). All one needs to know is how to make a splint, sew a cut, set a bone, set a dislocated joint. Anything worse than that and you'll die and thus not need to worry anymore cuz you're dead. Native americans flourished for thousands of years using only practical knowledge and herbal medicine.
Anyway, the point that is lost on you is that quality of living would be higher. Left to himself with only his wits as a tool man can accomplish magnificent things. The very computer you are using to spank to pr0n was created from the earth. Man figured out how to use the ground to make anything he ever wanted, and we aren't even done inventing yet. Everything we could ever possibly want to have is right there for our taking, we only need to be given the chance.
I propose a new reality TV show. One that is REALY real. Me. On an Island. Alone. No camera men, just remotes. I guarantee I would be having a LOT more fun than Tom Hanks had. Mainly, because none of you douchebags would be there.
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Old 12-01-2005, 10:03 PM   #11
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I propose a new reality TV show. One that is REALY real. Me. On an Island. Alone. No camera men, just remotes. I guarantee I would be having a LOT more fun than Tom Hanks had. Mainly, because none of you douchebags would be there.
*(Cuts off Lefty's head, then mounts it on a spike as a grim warning to douchebags everywhere.)*

Ahum. In that case...I enthusiastically support your idea for a new reality teevee show. Hell, I'll sign you a contract RIGHT NOW.

...Of course, if I'm putting up the money, I get to pick the island.
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Old 12-02-2005, 04:54 AM   #12
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Left to himself with only his wits as a tool man can accomplish magnificent things. The very computer you are using to spank to pr0n was created from the earth. Man figured out how to use the ground to make anything he ever wanted, and we aren't even done inventing yet.
Many many people were involved in a many thousand years history to create the ability to build computers, and even since then, another couple thousand people helped to make it what it is today. How are you going to do that on a single small lonely island and on your own? And if you really want to do something about the things you criticised, start being an example instead of running off. Noone forces you to use a car or toothpaste, although at least the latter gives you a clear advance with the girls.

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Old 12-03-2005, 11:58 AM   #13
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Ai!
I'm tempted.

But yeah, given the option, I think I'd try to escape, conversing with nature is only so much fun before you start to get bored.

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Old 12-03-2005, 12:09 PM   #14
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Old 12-03-2005, 12:36 PM   #15
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Gabez stole my Grinch Thunder when he closed the other thread, I don't think I have the energy now, (that, and there's plenty of reasons not to close this thread, we may actually get a discussion out of it, whereas a thread all about Moles Phone is about as interesting as a thread about how Mole's librarian is evil)

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Old 12-03-2005, 01:16 PM   #16
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Tropical Island=No computers
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Old 12-03-2005, 02:45 PM   #17
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A wise man once said 'Only boring people get bored.'
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Old 12-03-2005, 02:51 PM   #18
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Besides, the point that was obviously lost on Ray is not that I will be able to make me own computer, but that even our most advanced technology is nothing more than sand and oil and metals taken from our very surroundings. It isn't some mysterious object handed down from a mysterious race, WE made it, with OUR own ingenuity. And it wasn't as if though we said "me lack computer, me need figure out build computer." It was thousands of years of tinkering around with everything we found laying around, seeing what it could do, what it was made of, being curious about our surroundings. This same curiosity and ingenuity has not been lost. Put man in the situation I have described and he will not perish, he will flourish, and much more he will have FUN doing so.
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Old 12-03-2005, 03:10 PM   #19
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But you probably won't be able to build a computer on a desert island. It would be very... very hard, even if you knew what you were doing.


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Old 12-03-2005, 03:35 PM   #20
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Well, If I were stranded on a desert island, I'd be sad. I need a computer to properly function. But one person with me would make me feel better...Hannibal Lector.

Me-Say the line, Hannibal!! Pleez???
Dr. Lector- Fine! "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chainti."
Me- Teehee!!~ long pause~ You know, Clarice shouldn't have killed Buffalo Bill. He could provide me with the lotion gag.
Dr. Lector- Yes, he always said such funny things, and he loved the fat ones.
Me- Oh so true.
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Old 12-04-2005, 06:23 AM   #21
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It isn't some mysterious object handed down from a mysterious race, WE made it, with OUR own ingenuity.
[VADER]NOOOOOOOOOOO!!![/VADER]
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Old 12-04-2005, 12:06 PM   #22
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If it were me stranded on the island with say, just Maryanne and Ginger... hell, you just might as well throw in Mrs. Howell too,.. then it could get interesting.

But I think reality would soon set in a bit too fast for my tastes,.. what with no change of clothes for anyone, no grooming products of any kind, no team of make-up artists, no birth control... Uh, yeah... no thanks.

On second thought, I'll just visit in my dreams, but stay back here at home, in real civilization. If it can be called that.


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Old 12-05-2005, 03:34 AM   #23
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:47 PM   #24
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Yeah, I gotta say I'm a Mary-Ann man myself.
But think about it, would you really want to be stranded on a lush tropicla island with a women bitching all the time? "I thought you said you were going to wash the coconuts!" Why haven't you killed any pigs lately?" I want a porch built on the bamboo hut! You never take me out to eat anymore! You go off to hunt and scavange and I'm left home all day to take care of the monkeys and then you come home and expect me to cook dinner when I've been on my feet all day whacking the clothes against a rock! Why don't you rub my feet anymore!?! When we were dating you used to buy me flowers, why don't you buy me flowers anymore!?! Just once I would like to see you help out around the island. I thought you were going to fix the thatched-roof last weekend! It's hurricane season and you know it's just going to start leaking. My mother told me you would turn into a lazy bum who never does anything but sit on his duff drinking fermented coconut and scratching himself bit I didn't listen. If I would have listened to, where are you going!?! Get back here and hold the monkeys I have to run to the grove and pick up some fresh herbs and berries! Yap yap yap yap yap yap yap.
No thanks.
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:29 PM   #25
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If I was stuck on an island, I'd wanna get off, but I'd have to just use my imagination, unless some dirty magazines washed ashore or something.... that is the get off we're talking about isn't it?


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If there is no way of getting the hot Vulcan chick involved, yes.

On another aspect, you could align him along the notch tying him back with just some kind of palm leaf thong and do a loooong walk on the beach to "get to the point"..
However, there is even more fun about it if you--*feels Zoom's cold blade cutting slowly through the flesh of his left arm*--ererererrrrm. NEVER MIND!


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*(Finishes cutting off Ray's arm, marinates it in a nice tandoori sauce and feeds it to high-paying industrial hogf*ckers in his dining room as 'Indian tiger filet.')*

Ray should not be allowed to play with thongs or 'tie things back' anymore.

The desert island scenario is definitely undoable without the hot Vulcan chick to keep you entertained. Of course, considering she comes into heat only once every seven years, you will need the magazines anyway...
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:33 PM   #28
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She's way too patronizing. Give me Seven of Nine any day. You can tell all those years of being a borg have repressed her and inside is a wild beast just waiting to let loose, am I right, am I right!?! AHHHH you all know what I'm talking about!
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Think about it;

You wake up when the alarm goes off to an annoying buzz, or perhaps the radio playing some song that should never have been written, much less played at five in the morning. You only got five or six hours of sleep last night, so you have yourself some coffee or an energy drink, perhaps a smoke. Something to help jar you awake. Hop in the shower, get dressed, snag an unhealthy breakfast and start the morning commute. You listen to the morning show, the one with the out-spoken, racist personality and the sidekicks who never tell him he's an idiot. The show goes to five minute commercials ever three minutes, and most of your drive to work is spent listening to people trying to sell you crappy diamonds with irritating jingles that are way too loud. You get to work, clock in, and spend the next many hours doing something that, should you be given a choice would never dream of doing. Not only that but you do it so long that by the end of the day both your body and mind are tired and you can't possibly do the things you want to do. Rinse, lather and repeat four more times, and then it's the weekend. You sleep in on Saturday so you can atleast get one day out of the week with a healthy rest, but by the time you wake up it is noon, and the days half over. So you do in one day whatever it is you would like to have gotten done during the week, and by later evening your errands are done, and you can start to enjoy yourself. You sit down at the computer and play a game for a couple of hours before you decide to go to bed. Then it's sunday. The most depressing day of the week. You can't enjoy the day off because all you can think about is that you have to be at work bright and early the next morning, and how the hell are you going to fall asleep at a reasonable hour after sleeping til noon the past two days. So you don't leave the house at all, spend the whole day playing computer games so as to make up for lost time, have a few cocktails to help knock yourself out at a reasonable time, and start all over again. For two weeks out of the year you go on vacation, maybe camping up north, a cruise on the ocean, or perhaps to a tropical island. Somewhere peaceful. Somewhere quiet. Somewhere relaxed. You spend the whole time doing nothing but enjoying the scenery and listening to the waves crash upon the shore. Some exotic bird is singing, and a polynesian girl brings you another Mai Tai. Two weeks is almost up, and you've only started to unwind. You toy with the pipe-dream of perhaps buying a hotel, or a bar. Hell, you'd be happy being a bartender here. Anything to stay in paradise. But in the end you go back to the airport, sit next to a fat, smelly man and a woman with a crying baby. The plane lands in some smog-filled, crime-infested metropolis, your cab ride home is full of anxiety as some angry cabby yells constantly and flips the bird to all the drivers who cut him off in their mad race to get to work on time. Somewhere in the distance you hear a kettle drum. Any relaxation you achieved is long-since forgotten, and your only solace is the thought that in a year you can do it again. But until that time you have a few cocktails so you can get over your jet lag and make it into the office on time. You lay down, and right before you pass out you can't help but hope that perhaps the office will have burned down while you were gone, and you don't have to go back.

or

You awake to the sound of waves crashing against the shore and some exotic bird singing somewhere in the distance. You make your way out of your shelter and marvel at the clear blue sky. You have a breakfast of fresh, organic fruit, so bursting with flavor and nutrients anything else by comparison is rotten. You spend a leisurly day making rope, or thatching your roof. Perhaps hunting. No rush, your only boss is hunger and weather. But you don't need to worry because you are smart enough to keep a food store. You take a nap sometime during the afternoon, but you have no idea what time it is because you have come to the realization that time doesn't bloody well matter and have destroyed the sun dial you made. When you awake it is early evening, so you make your way up the trail you made to the highest peak of the island to watch the sun go down. With nothing obstructing the horizon for dozens of miles in every single direction you see the most spectacular natural phenomenon known to man, save for some rare celestial event. The clouds on this particular evening act as blinds, projecting long shadows over the sea, creating fingers of twinkling lights as the sunlight dances of the waves. At dusk you make your way back down to the fire ring, and build a campfire. You prepare whatever it was you caught that day, or perhaps something from your store should you have not been lucky that day. The rest of the evening you watch the fire, focused on the beautiful display and relishing the comfort. Late evening comes and you make your way back to your shelter, small and cozy. Nothing so large as to be difficult to repair, nothing so small as to be impractical. No more than you need, no more than you want. As you start to drift to sleep you think how much you look forward to tomorrow, and how much you enjoyed today.

Anyone who says they need a computer to have fun is a retard, but frankly that's fine with me. You all can stay here making pointless posts on a pointless messageboard about pointless subjects which will only be read by people who will miss the point. Please, by all means, stay right here, never ever go anywhere with natural beauty, the world is far too crowded as it is.
I myself intend to live life.
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Oh and by the way, you're all douchebags, and you suck ass.
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Anyone who says they need a computer to have fun is a retard, but frankly that's fine with me. You all can stay here making pointless posts on a pointless messageboard about pointless subjects which will only be read by people who will miss the point. Please, by all means, stay right here, never ever go anywhere with natural beauty, the world is far too crowded as it is.
I myself intend to live life.
...And why are you here again?

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Old 12-11-2005, 12:03 PM   #32
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I myself intend to live life.
So... go on and get to it already. Please don't let us stop you. We won't stand in your way. Just don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

I'm sure there are still many uninhabited tropical islands out there, just waiting for you, if you truly believe that living off the land in total isolation is going to be that pleasant an experience.

(Although it does raise the question that if a tropical island capable of sustaining human existence is really such a paradise, why would it be still uninhabited? If it is uninhabited, then chances are it's not really such a paradise after all, and your plans of a leisurely existence full of fresh fruit, game on the hoof, and bountiful, easily collected and manipulated building materials are probably just a pipe-dream, as everywhere capable of sustaining a human population of any size under those conditions has already been inhabited for thousands of years.)

Have fun.

Personally, I happen to like technology and civilization. I never realized that was such a character flaw. I guess I'll just have to work on that.



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Old 12-11-2005, 12:35 PM   #33
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Think about it;

You wake up when the alarm goes off to an annoying buzz, or perhaps the radio playing some song that should never have been written, much less played at five in the morning. You only got five or six hours of sleep last night, so you have yourself some coffee or an energy drink, perhaps a smoke. Something to help jar you awake. Hop in the shower, get dressed, snag an unhealthy breakfast and start the morning commute. You listen to the morning show, the one with the out-spoken, racist personality and the sidekicks who never tell him he's an idiot. The show goes to five minute commercials ever three minutes, and most of your drive to work is spent listening to people trying to sell you crappy diamonds with irritating jingles that are way too loud. You get to work, clock in, and spend the next many hours doing something that, should you be given a choice would never dream of doing. Not only that but you do it so long that by the end of the day both your body and mind are tired and you can't possibly do the things you want to do. Rinse, lather and repeat four more times, and then it's the weekend. You sleep in on Saturday so you can atleast get one day out of the week with a healthy rest, but by the time you wake up it is noon, and the days half over. So you do in one day whatever it is you would like to have gotten done during the week, and by later evening your errands are done, and you can start to enjoy yourself. You sit down at the computer and play a game for a couple of hours before you decide to go to bed. Then it's sunday. The most depressing day of the week. You can't enjoy the day off because all you can think about is that you have to be at work bright and early the next morning, and how the hell are you going to fall asleep at a reasonable hour after sleeping til noon the past two days. So you don't leave the house at all, spend the whole day playing computer games so as to make up for lost time, have a few cocktails to help knock yourself out at a reasonable time, and start all over again. For two weeks out of the year you go on vacation, maybe camping up north, a cruise on the ocean, or perhaps to a tropical island. Somewhere peaceful. Somewhere quiet. Somewhere relaxed. You spend the whole time doing nothing but enjoying the scenery and listening to the waves crash upon the shore. Some exotic bird is singing, and a polynesian girl brings you another Mai Tai. Two weeks is almost up, and you've only started to unwind. You toy with the pipe-dream of perhaps buying a hotel, or a bar. Hell, you'd be happy being a bartender here. Anything to stay in paradise. But in the end you go back to the airport, sit next to a fat, smelly man and a woman with a crying baby. The plane lands in some smog-filled, crime-infested metropolis, your cab ride home is full of anxiety as some angry cabby yells constantly and flips the bird to all the drivers who cut him off in their mad race to get to work on time. Somewhere in the distance you hear a kettle drum. Any relaxation you achieved is long-since forgotten, and your only solace is the thought that in a year you can do it again. But until that time you have a few cocktails so you can get over your jet lag and make it into the office on time. You lay down, and right before you pass out you can't help but hope that perhaps the office will have burned down while you were gone, and you don't have to go back.

or

You awake to the sound of waves crashing against the shore and some exotic bird singing somewhere in the distance. You make your way out of your shelter and marvel at the clear blue sky. You have a breakfast of fresh, organic fruit, so bursting with flavor and nutrients anything else by comparison is rotten. You spend a leisurly day making rope, or thatching your roof. Perhaps hunting. No rush, your only boss is hunger and weather. But you don't need to worry because you are smart enough to keep a food store. You take a nap sometime during the afternoon, but you have no idea what time it is because you have come to the realization that time doesn't bloody well matter and have destroyed the sun dial you made. When you awake it is early evening, so you make your way up the trail you made to the highest peak of the island to watch the sun go down. With nothing obstructing the horizon for dozens of miles in every single direction you see the most spectacular natural phenomenon known to man, save for some rare celestial event. The clouds on this particular evening act as blinds, projecting long shadows over the sea, creating fingers of twinkling lights as the sunlight dances of the waves. At dusk you make your way back down to the fire ring, and build a campfire. You prepare whatever it was you caught that day, or perhaps something from your store should you have not been lucky that day. The rest of the evening you watch the fire, focused on the beautiful display and relishing the comfort. Late evening comes and you make your way back to your shelter, small and cozy. Nothing so large as to be difficult to repair, nothing so small as to be impractical. No more than you need, no more than you want. As you start to drift to sleep you think how much you look forward to tomorrow, and how much you enjoyed today.

Anyone who says they need a computer to have fun is a retard, but frankly that's fine with me. You all can stay here making pointless posts on a pointless messageboard about pointless subjects which will only be read by people who will miss the point. Please, by all means, stay right here, never ever go anywhere with natural beauty, the world is far too crowded as it is.
I myself intend to live life.

I agree with the first part, the second one doesnt paint a picture of heaven either, really.
Mainly cause I could never survive alone. I would need at least one more human (preferably female) to make it without going insane.
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Old 12-11-2005, 01:15 PM   #34
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Neither picture is a realistic vision.

One shows all the negative aspects of modern life in the western world without going into detail about all the things that make life far, far more livable for us today than it was for our ancestors: Easy access to food without having to worry overly much about food poisoning or spoilage; warm (or cool,) dry, safe shelter from all the elements, as well as from attacks from predators; clean water in huge quantities; proper sanitation; almost universal near instantaneous access to medical facilities; immunisations for many common diseases, and the ability to treat parasitic infestations; instantaneous access to the entire knowledge of the human species... and so on.

The other shows an overly romanticised ideal of what life would be like away from civilization. Living for survival is difficult, unpleasant work. I doubt most of us who have grown up in a technological society would last for very long. All it would take is a single serious injury that leads to infection... if we didn't get sick and die from starvation and/or malnutrition and/or unsanitary conditions first.
And we have evolved to be a social species... total isolation from all other human beings would drive any and all of us insane, no matter how much of a loner we might like to think we are.


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I'm also starting to wonder what the purpose of all of the original poster's abuse directed towards us over this is? Are we all supposed to say "OMG Lefty, I've never thought of it that way before! I'm taking off today, leaving all I've ever known and abandoning all my loved ones to live in isolation in the middle of nowhere. That's such a great idea!"

Well, that thought just doesn't appeal to me. Sorry, but our ancestors worked long and hard to get the world to this point, and I for one am going to enjoy it for what it is, and celebrate the fruits of their lifetimes of sacrifice and long labor.

If it's really such a great idea, you go first, and let us know how it is after a couple of years.

Secondly: If we all rush off to live on uninhabited tropical islands, that's gonna leave less islands that are uninhabited. There are a finite number of uninhabited tropical islands that are capable of supporting any life at all... let alone human life. If we all run off to live the "good life" on one of these, chances are you are going to find one of us already there when you decide to step out on your own and do it for yourself.


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Old 12-12-2005, 02:59 AM   #35
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How is the sound of waves crashing against the shore so different from traffic noise?

I've thought about your thread today before I came here. I happen to have a slight cold and wondered how well I would do on a tropical island now. I don't have a lot of appetite and the prospect of having to eat seafood or anything else for that matter doesn't appeal to me very much.

You awake in the morning with massive pain in your tooth. You wonder if it will go away or if you have to get rid of another tooth. Chewing the sturdy fruit (which can withstand the harsh climate) will be a lot harder then. You have to get a lot of work done today. The time before storm season, the animals get rarer. You still have to get your hut fixed. Last time you were ill all the time since the wind crept through every crevice and the rain trickled in. Your last tool was worn out by the hard wood of the palm trees. It will take you two to three days just to fell a tree. Then you're stuck with a massive, heavy trunk. You'll have to make way more rope. You'll have to find a way of making a blanket for those cold nights when even the fire's warmth won't reach you. But you're still puzzled how you could do that.

As you ponder this, you make a bad step and hurt your ankle. The pain! How you wish you had some fermented coconut juice right now! But the last has spoiled. It would be a mile away anyways and you can barely crawl, the ache is so throbbing. How you wish you had made more cured meat instead of watching those stupid sunsets and dozing by the campfire. If wishes were horses you'd ride off that stupid island. What? Never heard of sea horses? Like this one dancing in the sun right now! Are you hallucinating? Touch your forehead, it's hotter than hell. How many days have you been lying here? A fire would be nice now, but you'd have to collect lots of dry algae and flotsam to keep it going.

You're dead from malnutrition. (This is your second year on the island.)

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One thing nobody's mentioned yet is dealing with really bad weather. Like Katrina weather. Or a tsunami. Fun stuff.

The one thing about tropical islands is that they tend to be in the tropics. The tropics tend to be home to a great many hurricanes each year. And every year, on tropical islands around the globe, some with very advanced populations, thousands of people die from these storms. The rest are left to re-build.

Living on an island, alone and with no technology you'll never know if those gathering clouds on the horizon (blocking out your beloved sunsets) are just a standard passing rain-shower,.. or a category 5 kill-storm.

Either way, you are powerless to escape either one. And if it really is a hurricane, then you can be assured a quick death, huddled in your wood and leaf lean-to you have constructed for yourself.


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Old 12-14-2005, 03:09 PM   #37
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Oh and by the way, you're all douchebags, and you suck ass.
I think living on a deserted tropical island would be perfectly acceptable, being something of a mystic recluse at heart. I would be the type to paint myself orange with the native berries and make clothing from palm fiber, then wander about baking in the sun as I communicate with sea birds, turtles and such. I would make for myself a spear from the stinger of the manta ray, and bind the handle with its own hide. Even sharks would fear me.

I suppose I would have no use for a computer, except to wander over to it every now and then and shout insults, then stagger away laughing.

Do you have your sister's number on hand? We were drunk, and she wrote it on a condom wrapper which I lost at the police station.
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Old 12-15-2005, 12:57 AM   #38
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Well... if all you really want to do is just drop out of society and live like a savage, I don't believe you really need to go through all the trouble of getting yourself stranded in the tropics. Actually, it really seems to me that you could do that without ever leaving the the country. Hell, you can probably do it without ever leaving the house.
People have been doing it for decades after all... Just look at the 60's... 'cept most of them own internet companies now and are now driving BMWs, Jaguars, and Range Rovers...

So maybe dropping out of society, getting back to nature, and living like a cro-magnon isn't such a bad idea in the long run after all...

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