by Bob Clay

It’s such a simple mistake, one little comparison statement, just one tiny line of code … AND THIS HAPPENS.

Time travel, talk about complicated, but it is do-able, I know, I’ve cracked it. I’ve built the machine, written the software, and pressed the button.

So there I was, ready to go back and find out why Alexander died, who built Stonehenge, and how did Moses get across the Red Sea?

Think of all the possibilities, the disputes I could settle, the truths I could discover – but instead, I think I’ve totally screwed up the entire Universe.

This simple coding mistake has put me (and I think the entire Universe) into a 30 second loop, I keep going back just 30 seconds and repeating everything I’ve done.

I don’t know how long I’ve been in this loop, but now when I go back, it’s like ending up in a room made of mirrors, with an infinite number of me’s, and my time machines, stretching away all around in never ending lines.

I might be able to figure out how to stop it, but 30 seconds isn’t enough time, I can’t even get the code compiler booted up in that time, so, it looks as though I (and every body else) has eternal life, even if it is the same half minute over and over and over again.



It’s such a simple mistake, one little comparison statement, just one tiny line of code … AND THIS HAPPENS.

Bob Clay is a general layabout in Cornwall.

  1. #1 by Bob Jacobs on June 10, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    Ha! The old infinite loop thing, eh Bob? Assignment instead of equality. Been there, debugged that. More than once. We can only hope the universe eventually runs out of available memory and resets.

    I can think of some 30 second timeloops I’d happily be stuck in. Others, not so. If you enjoy the concept, take a look at Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut in which everyone has to relive a 10 year time period exactly the same as the first time. Funny book.

    Thanks for the read.


  2. #2 by Leah on June 11, 2010 - 8:16 am

    Fun to read!

  3. #3 by Nickie@Typecast on June 21, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    haha Love this – like an eternal Groundhog day. Only worse!

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