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SoulXChange: The ultimate soul market

By Eloquence in MLP
Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 12:49:53 PM EST
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Remember the Simpsons episode where Bart sold his soul, or the famous eBay soul auctions (example)? You can also sell your soul to totl.net. I have described another possible soul-selling venture in this Halfbakery idea.

Well, now there is SoulXChange (thanks to MemePool for the news), the ultimate market for souls. You can offer your own souls and get "Soul Bucks" in return. With these, you can buy other souls. Souls with more owners are more valuable, and there are random fluctuations of soul prices. Ultimately, you may be able to regain your soul. It's completely pointless, but it's fun!


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Selling your soul is ..
o stupid 10%
o pointless 22%
o funny 22%
o profitable 11%
o unwise 13%
o ignorant 1%
o clever 3%
o something Inoshiro would not approve of 15%

Votes: 86
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SoulXChange: The ultimate soul market | 10 comments (9 topical, 1 editorial, 0 hidden)
FUNNY:Yawn. (4.42 / 7) (#1)
by pb on Thu Jan 11, 2001 at 10:03:16 PM EST

This is nothing new; I sold my soul to the Coca Cola company a long time ago, as anyone who knows me IRL would understand. I get better luck with vending machines, too!

As for being able to sell your soul online, that's just so 1997 that it went out with Alanis...
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Kinda like beanie babies.... (4.50 / 6) (#2)
by CyberQuog on Thu Jan 11, 2001 at 10:41:38 PM EST

"Mommy mommy, I want that soul"
"But Dear, you allready have 50 like it"
"But I don't have my own, i need more ~in devil voice~ MOOORE WOMEN MOOORE"

Yeh, I'm just tired :P


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Soul-less in the Internet (1.71 / 7) (#3)
by turtleshadow on Thu Jan 11, 2001 at 11:25:51 PM EST

A very sad commentary on the state of Internet Dwellers. It just gives those who are reactionary more reason to want more and more controls on what happens in cyberspace.

Hoax or not this is a bad precident. What's next "Hire a virtual hitman that stalks then kills your "target's" Internet Avitar while you watch?" O wait thats already here -- PKing in Evercrack

People, at some time even the fun and games spills over into the work-a-day world. Don't go crying foul when it does.
Turtleshadow

Your attitude contradicts your sig (4.00 / 1) (#4)
by itsbruce on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 05:37:45 AM EST

People, at some time even the fun and games spills over into the work-a-day world. Don't go crying foul when it does.

If that's what you feel, why does your current sig quote Zappa saying this:

The crux of the biscuit is: If it entertains you, fine. Enjoy it. If it doesn't, then blow it out your ass

The two are not compatible.


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It is impolite to tell a man who is carrying you on his shoulders that his head smells.
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errrrrrrr, what? you're freakin wacked. (4.33 / 3) (#5)
by sayke on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 08:15:52 AM EST

do you actually think that 1) souls exist 2) they can be meaningfully sold on the open market and 3) this is to the determent of the, err, person, um, to whom the soul belongs? sheeeeeeit... it's so absurd it's tough to word properly.


sayke, v2.3.1 /* i am the middle finger of the invisible hand */
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Hitman (none / 0) (#6)
by Mawbid on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 08:34:54 AM EST

Why imagine killing avatars when you can imagine something much bigger?

I don't remember how it came up (probably a discussion about movie plots), but a friend and I thought up a couple of scenarios where real killings are tied to the Internet. They depend on technology that's not really available on a large enough scale and provides truly anonymous, untracable content and cash.

In one of them, a kidnapper simply lets a victim starve to death (like the sloth in Se7en) on a webcam. How many hits would that get?

Then he could do another one without the starvation, but instead the victim is tortured (hit, cut, shocked, whatever) automatically when a when a viewer clicks a button. Anyone can watch, but will there be anything to watch? Maybe you wouldn't click, but do you think no-one else would?

Or make visitors vote on whether to kill the victim. What do you do when a person is being starved or tortured and begs for death?

Another scenario has an elite hitman or crew of hardcore former black ops of some kind soliciting contracts from the public at large on the net. If you want someone killed, you vote with your wallet. When the bounty on any one person is sufficiently high, the hitman goes to work and collects the cash. Would you vote for anyone? Saddam Hussein? Slobodan Milosevic or Ratko Mladic? Li Peng? A doctor at your local abortion clinic? (He'd be cheaper than a head of state, obviously)

Perhaps I'm being irresponsible in spreading these ideas; someone might want to actually do this, but I think that anyone who could set up the network part of this would also realise it's just not possible yet. And what of the future? When Freenet makes some of this possible (the anonymous ecash will probably naver happen, so the hitman idea is out)? Well, maybe we need to think about that now, rather than later.

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Careful (none / 0) (#9)
by 0xdeadbeef on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 11:55:25 AM EST

You might want to keep your crazy ideas to yourself. You don't want the government to go all Mitnick on your ass like they did to Jim Bell.

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Wrong (4.00 / 1) (#10)
by Nyarlathotep on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 11:56:28 AM EST

This is exactly the kind of stunt we want people to pull. This is clearly just a joke, so anyone who objects is clearly a reactionary idiot. The christian nut cases may be able to get main stream support when they "fight porn," but I'd like to see them try to get main stream support for fighting this. They would make themselves look like idiots and loose some main stream support.

Campus Crusade for Cthulhu -- it found me!
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I'm going to sell my soul right now..... (none / 0) (#8)
by unstable on Fri Jan 12, 2001 at 11:28:43 AM EST

<looks through his "collection">

As soon as I decide which one to sell





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