Open Thread: If you had world enough and time

(by chris the cynic, idea by Lonespark)

If you had the resources and the time, what would you do?  How much resources and time?  However much it takes.  So, for example, if you’d make movies, don’t feel constrained by completely rational reasonable concerns about what can be done within a reasonable budget.

If your magnum opus would take 43 quintillion dollars, this is the thread to talk about it.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


4 thoughts on “Open Thread: If you had world enough and time

  1. christhecynic April 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I believe that Lonespark suggested this over a week ago, but I forgot about that until she brought it up again in response to me talking about something I’d do if I had a game design company unfettered by such inhibiting factors as budgets and reasonable constraints on the amount of work that could be accomplished.

    The short version is that:
    1 When we tackled a setting we’d do as much of it in as much detail as possible, then cut out what wasn’t needed for the game when it was released. The idea being that you could could reuse the setting for any number of games. (Ask yourself, “How many different games could be set in New York City?” Bear in mind that the Marvel Universe is based there.)
    2 We’d hire actual experts in fields related to things we simulated. So far as I know game designers to not routinely look to recruit architects (that being the example I used) but they should. As a general rule you can diverge from reality however you want if you do it well, but the chances of you doing it well tend to increase if you know that you’re diverging and why what you’re diverging from is the way it is.

  2. alexseanchai April 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Write more and better books. And do various other forms of (social-justice-aware, of course) art.

    …that’s all I got, really.

  3. froborr April 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    What alexseanchai said, but also:

    Buy an apartment building, hire well-paid people to manage and maintain it, give free rooms to people I think are cool.

    Start a scholarship fund.

    Make high-end, big-budget, JRPG style video games.

    Create a summer blockbuster based on Paradise Lost.

    Hostile takeover of the Koch and Murdoch empires, then redirect their efforts to the cause of good where possible, run them into the ground where not.

  4. christhecynic April 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Buy Fred Clark a newspaper. Hell, buy him a chain. Ask him to manage it as he saw fit, and not worry about profits or lack thereof. (At least not for the first few years, after it’s established you’d hope it could at least break even.)

    In non-Fred Clark newspaper ideas, have one or more run with a simple rule: Fact check everything. Before we report it. And if someone says something that’s untrue, do something like, “So-and-so said [quotation] even though it isn’t true,” or, “So and so lied by saying [quotation],” (We’d need a higher standard of proof to use “lied” but you get the idea.)

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