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Hypothetical: Get your time travel assignment here.

Here's the situation: you show up for work on Monday morning, and as you're drinking your initial cup of coffee or Dr. Pepper, an e-mail arrives from your CEO with one of those red exclamation points on it. You open it up.

In a surprise move, your company is moving all operations to the Central African Republic. You can relocate there at a wage of 50 cents per day, plus the company will cover the cost of your first 100 rounds of self-protection ammo, or you can get laid off. You take the second option.

You start browsing through the job ads and come across this one:

Local community college seeks documenting historian. Must be open to new cultures, foods, and experiences.

You answer the ad and you get an interview immediately once they see your resume line item about proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite. You go to the interview and they ask questions about how much you need coffee and electricity and indoor plumbing. They seem satisfied with your answers.

A few days later, you get the nice e-mail that you’ve been accepted into the Twin Pines Community College Time Travel Project as a documenting historian. As it turns out, one of the dental technician students wired some machinery together oddly and created a time machine, so now Twin Pines is the world leader in time travel.

Your assignment will be to go back into the past, live for a year, and document what you see. You can pick your landing location anywhere on the earth. The only challenge is that the time machine picks a random year and no one can control it. You’ll arrive on January 1st according to the Gregorian calendar and depart on December 31st, but no one will know what year until you arrive. The machine overweights more recent years, so the odds are 50 percent that you’ll be more recent than the year 700 AD, and 80 percent that you’ll be more recent than 1,100 BC, but conceivably you could go all the way back to the earth’s beginning.

If you accept the job I’ll randomly assign you a year, and you’ll have to report back on where you would go and what you would try to document. Assume that you will be equipped with a translation device and that you will not change history if you interact with it. Any people or creatures will merely see you as an oddity and minor annoyance, kind of like Michael Strahan on TV shows.

Who wishes to enter the Twin Pines time machine? Volunteer in the thread and I’ll assign you a year.
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Old 06-14-2017, 03:47 PM   #181
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I went and saw the first performance of Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B. It was a private concert so getting in was difficult. It's not his most iconic work but it was still good.

I rode the first fare paying passenger railway in Wales. I recommend waiting until they improve their service.

I had to go see Napoleon's army defeat Russia at the Battle of Friedland. I saw the treaty signed by both sides that was just a few weeks later.

There were probably some other notable events worth seeing but there actually wasn't too much going on. I decided to just buy a bunch of land in the Sierra Nevada range in California. That turned out to be a great investment.
That sounds like a good trip. If postcards have been invented, I hope you sent us one.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:04 PM   #182
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Where you're going, we don't need corsets. 1450 AD. Or maybe you do need corsets. I don't really know. Will you watch Gutenberg open up shop, or watch Macchu Picchu being built, or something else?
I've been hanging out in the Azores on Terciera Island. Quite an interesting time, went from being mostly agrarian to becoming a major port of call for the galleons carry booty back from the New World. Might have engaged in some looting and plundering but nothing too nefarious. Beautiful place to be.
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I went and saw the first performance of Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B. It was a private concert so getting in was difficult. It's not his most iconic work but it was still good.

I rode the first fare paying passenger railway in Wales. I recommend waiting until they improve their service.

I had to go see Napoleon's army defeat Russia at the Battle of Friedland. I saw the treaty signed by both sides that was just a few weeks later.

There were probably some other notable events worth seeing but there actually wasn't too much going on. I decided to just buy a bunch of land in the Sierra Nevada range in California. That turned out to be a great investment.
Beethoven 4 is in B-flat.

The Germans spell B-flat as B, though.
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