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Things will get really interesting if/when we encounter a civilization that does not utilize language in the written ways that we do. We might come across one that has no eyes and does not sense light. It might communicate telepathically and have no written language, only thoughts. That could be really weird.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
If we have a Universal Translator or Babel Fish we won't care what the original language looked like / sounds like / brain-waves like because we would hear / see / think it in our own ways, so Unicode would be overkill even for Earth languages. Then all we would need is a universal programming language if H T CW hasn't completed it first.
The emoji jungle would be finally cleared up because the Unicode guys & gals would finally got something useful to do rather than keeping themselves occupied for the sake of keeping themselves occupied.
Reminds me of Halloween: Venom giving out my favorite favor to the tykes => mashed potatoes (by the scoop). Well, they did say "Trick OR Treat". If they don't like it and cry, we could viper cheeks dry and let them slither off to the next door
Last week, an uncle died on a plane on his way home to Tenerife.
Had he died a few hours earlier he would've been in the Netherlands (where he'll be buried) and a few hours later he would be with his wife.
Now, getting his body back from the flying company and back to the Netherlands is quite some trouble, I understood.
It's never really a good time to die, but just before the holidays must be extra painful to his wife.
Not only that, today would be his birthday, which Facebook makes sure you remember.
A couple of people left a message "happy birthday and to many more years!"
Not the time, not the place and way to early (he'd be 76 today)
I wasn't close to him by the way, I've seen him once of twice in the past ten years.
Must be a heck of a month for his wife though