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11:26 am: creepy but handy
It's London. The distant future. The year 2012.

Some friends gather at a house to play D&D. Two of them are catching a taxi there for the first time, and don't know the way, so they find out where their host is at the moment on Google Latitude, and use the "get directions" feature so they can tell the driver where to go. Their hostess knows they are nearby and hears car doors opening. She opens the door to see them looking around trying to see where the door number is.

Shortly afterwards, the hostess is bemoaning that she ran out of codeine. They use the internet to find a nearby Sunday-opening pharmacy, and make plans to send someone out to get some. Then they check the location of people again, and notice that another friend, who is on the way, is at a junction right outside the chemist, probably waiting for a bus. A phone call is made, and codeine is acquired, with no more than say 5 minutes delay to that person's arrival.

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From:thatmakesmemad
Date:April 16th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
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Yet strangely the medical records are still not available on a central database, half the public transport system shuts down at midnight (spent 50 minutes on the 43 travelling from London Bridge to Highgate after the Laibach gig), there is a shortage of affordable housing and the capital city is ruled by a childrens entertainer. Not forgetting that this futuristic communications/tracking system stops working once you descend into the underground railway system. The future is Dickensian , Philip K Dickensian that is.
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From:abigailb
Date:April 16th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
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They're putting WiFi on the tube soon, which probably is better than trying to put mobile signal down there.
From:thatmakesmemad
Date:April 16th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
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On the stations only. Not that you really want remote detonation functionality on the underground.
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From:twisted_times
Date:April 16th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
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That's a great vignette, although I'd personally swap out the D&D for something more like GURPS, In Nomine, Frenzy or Og...

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