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I am Simon Ordo. It's time for me to move on.

 
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Please see the initial thread and the follow up thread for context, if you please.

Thread: I am Simon Ordo. I was born in 1977 and I am 49 years old. I have a warning for you.

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We had a good time together, but all good things must come to an end.

As the vast majority of you have guessed, Simon Ordo is not a traveler from the future.

For more than a decade I have made a living as a professional story teller. I sincerely hope a taste of my tale has inspired or at least entertained you to some degree.

“Conversations with Simon Ordo” is an upcoming novella that I’m working on and I thank you all for helping me to define the points of interest of the story more clearly. The book is meant to be primarily a social commentary on our current way of life as told from the viewpoint of a traveler from the not-so-distant future. While I was primarily responsible for Simon’s dialogue, there were three of us in total working on the specifics (although admittedly, the premise of the story wasn’t entirely original - but then again neither was that of James Cameron’s Avatar [it’s Pocahontas]).

You might ask “why bother”?

Since the late 90s I have worked for various interactive entertainment companies including Electronic Arts, which is incidentally where I first encountered the project that inspired this exercise. The project I’m talking about was called “Majestic”. Majestic never quite made it out of the door for logistic reasons, but it was essentially designed to be an interactive story telling vehicle with a Conspiracy Theory theme.

The “game” interacted with participants in the real world (not on a computer or console gaming system). It wasn’t entirely unlike the film “The Game”, except on a larger scale. Participants would help shape the direction of their individual experience based on their responses to real life interactions that the “game” fed them. It has been several years since I’ve worked for EA, but the concept has intrigued me ever since.

I wanted to write Simon Ordo in a similar fashion.
These last few days have been an experiment in social media interactive story telling.

Simon’s initial dialogue is primarily an extrapolation of current world events set in the context of recurring conspiracy theory website themes. I also run a Survivalist website for which I’ve been collecting volumes of information that I drew on to flavor the presentation. The “characters” in this story are not so much the people but the various “facts” that Simon presents to you.

Like the characters of many stories, some of these facts are inspired by parts of my own life. It’s easier to keep track of them that way and it makes for more natural interactions between the facts. The dialogue itself was not composed ahead of time. Instead, it was written on the fly, guided mostly by the line of questioning the participants presented.

The title of the initial post was carefully designed in such a way as to draw many of you in with a juicy bit of bait – that of a semi-obvious fallacy in the form of a simple math problem while at the same time alluding to content of the story itself. As a benchmark, the goal was to achieve 50k views and 1k replies.

I thank you all for participating, even considering the circumstances under which your participation was elicited. I trust that the underlying premise of time travel and an ultimate apocalypse in a few years was absurd enough to where 99.99% of you participated for the fun of it, not because you were actually concerned for impending doom.

I would estimate that 99% of the items posted to GLP result in 0.1% actual doom, so this shouldn’t really be a surprise.
Please accept my apology if you experienced any sort of real anxiety over the contents of the story. Consider the openly stated disclaimers of reading anything posted to GLP: Don’t believe anything you read. Most of what you see on here is entertainment. Once I personally realized that fact, GLP was a natural choice for this brief experiment.

Being a good story teller is like being good close-up magician. It’s not about flash or high dollar production value. When you execute the effect with enough precision and subtle consistencies that hint at whatever “truth” you want to project, the magic becomes real. The spectators become part of the effect. Everyone knows that magic isn’t real, but we *want* to believe.

That’s why it works, and that’s why GLP itself is so popular. If you were to put half an effort into figuring out how the effect was performed, you could easily figure out the mechanism. But you don’t want to, because the magic is more satisfying.
That is what Simon Ordo is all about and I hope you “felt the magic”, even if only for a moment.
Thank you all once more.

p.s.

Special thanks to a kind stranger, Rickster58, who upgraded Simon’s account to help provide some protection from the defensive systems in place here at GLP. I never meant for this experiment to cost anyone anything, Rick. I will be returning the favor shortly, now that I have regained the use of my “electronic payment method”. It’s true that I don’t like to owe people. ;-)
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09/26/2011 11:10 PM
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Clever story. Situation in the original post is highly plausible. Well, except for the time travel part :-)

Last Edited by cdevidal on 09/26/2011 11:11 PM
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09/26/2011 11:15 PM
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No shit...granted, this site is full of idiots, but to think that anyone would believe or be entertained by anything you posted is a little hard to believe.
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09/26/2011 11:17 PM
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peace
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09/26/2011 11:24 PM
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yes, you need to reclaim your role as the sanitation engineer

that thread is hot, no pun intended
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09/26/2011 11:26 PM
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don't go - pleeeeaaase - don't go - don't goooooooooo

ahhh
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09/26/2011 11:27 PM
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A story about a guy going back in time to save his wife, but doesn't bother to save her?

Don't give up your day job on the unemployment line.
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No shit...granted, this site is full of idiots, but to think that anyone would believe or be entertained by anything you posted is a little hard to believe.
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09/26/2011 11:32 PM
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Mi nombre es William Gibson Clarke,

Forgive please for english is no me language. I come from future. Your book, Senior Simon Ordo, no does so well in the future. Is so so.

Bien suerte.
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09/26/2011 11:32 PM
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Nice one "Simon",

I enjoyed it. I also hope it stimulated some of the little brains here to start ticking over.
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09/26/2011 11:35 PM
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"When they tell you not to panic, that's when you should panic."

All time travelers seem to invoke this same rule, openly designing an element of disbelief to be attached to their story. Titor did this, so did Zeshua. And so too now does this Simon.

Thanks to this latest post, if the New Madrid does let go in late 2012 as predicted, that will be argued away as merely a coincidence, and most will accept that explanation and think no more about it.
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09/26/2011 11:38 PM
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Please go back to your street corner on Hollywood bullshitavarde and continue sucking dick. I hope you're better at that than writing.
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09/26/2011 11:40 PM
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You will get what you deserve.
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09/26/2011 11:41 PM
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good story, and well written,

one of th best thrads for agwes. You shuld have kept it going.

However you do realsie it will keep going anyway right?

I mean whats to say you are not an imposter trying to discredit the real S.O. ?

Or that you are the real S.O. like form the future an everything who has a change of heart about revealing too much so has now invented this cover story in an attempt in timeline damage reduction or something.

You may laugh - but some will think this and more.


You can have no control over what you start at this place.
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09/26/2011 11:45 PM
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LoL.
You cracked sooner than I expected.

Many role players stick around here for a long long time.

I wouldn't kill yourself slapping yourself on the back thinking about how clever the stunt was...it wasn't even remotely believable, the trick was always visible and thus 'the magic' never happened.

I did attempt to highlight the absurdity by trying to envoke a mystery within your 'magic' by proposing that Simon Ordo itself was an anagram, but that didn't take off either.

Thread: Is SIMON ORDO really an Anagram - does the name have a message itself?

Putting it in simple terms, I can see that Conversations with Simon Ordo will be no K-PAX.

Anyways, better luck writing a more suspension of disbelief scenario in the future.
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09/27/2011 12:02 AM
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TPTB have OP on the run.
They have taken over his account. Can't have too much future truth coming out.
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09/27/2011 01:22 AM
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It was a good story, but you should have said Ron Paul winsrockon
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Good story, but I want digging the time travel part.
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09/27/2011 01:25 AM
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I was entertained by your thread, although I did notice a lot of similarities with the Titor story.
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Yeah.. one line... FUCK YOUR COUCH.
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09/27/2011 01:32 AM
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what an asshole
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09/27/2011 01:46 AM
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Sooo..... When will they come out of their bunkers?
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09/27/2011 01:59 AM
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Everything is ok as long as we have apple juice.
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09/27/2011 02:02 AM
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i never believed this load of crap anyway,



Weaver 2,


Booshka,


or whoever the fuck you are.
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09/27/2011 02:15 AM
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im the one who busted you,



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im the one who busted you,



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it was easy. ha ha ha ha !!!!.
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09/27/2011 02:19 AM
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"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
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"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
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who, Simon Ordo killed your father?.
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09/27/2011 02:28 AM
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You need to update your military knowledge and knowledge about Asia.
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"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
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who, Simon Ordo killed your father?.
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That's a movie reference. The Princess Bride
Fun Fact for the Week: “Jingle bells” was composed in 1857, and not for Christmas – it was meant to be a Thanksgiving song.

Trying to bring GLP together. I'm still collecting flags from posters all over the world. Thread: Official "Flags from around the world" thread. Hoping to get posts from all countries that frequent GLP.

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Well... now that's over and done with...

...how 'bout you Simonize yer ass outta here.

Crazy people I tell ya, crazy M F people.

Comin in round here... scaring po' folk like that.

When will they learn, cheese an rice!!!

When will they learn.

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