Did the shelves of books just, “appear,” thus her covering her head?
Looks like there was a big “Swooosh” as the shelves swooped in on her….
Ya gotta love the transition period between dimensional layers. lol
I have a feeling they arrived like freight trains, zooming into place along invisible tracks on either side of her.
Lots of books there… I wonder of they are all on-topic or whether M has to do a bunch of searching the old fashioned way… lots of reading and looking for nuggets of information.
in a Keanu Reeves accent…
“Vimana Cells, Info on Vimana Cells!”… Whoosh… “whoa!”
See the video link I posted below… AH SCREW IT!
Here it is:
Like a “Vertigo” shot – push in and zoom back.
“Vertigo shot” or “dolly zoom“.
Aside from the uses mentione din the article, i’m pretty sure that Truffautt used a variant for the nightmare corridor sequence in Fahrenheit 451.
I’d be more worried about the fact that a specific topic has produced *that many* shelves of books.
If it works the way most Internut search engines work, that’s every book that has ever had the phrase “Vimana cells” in print…in EVERY language.
Next she’ll have to say “English and Spanish only,” then “non-fiction” to narrow it down a bit. The “non-fiction” part should take out about 90% alone.
10% of infinity is still infinite…
True, but the number of books in the Library at any given moment, though very large, is still finite. Besides that, she is looking for very old books, adding a further degree finiteness to the process.
Of course she may be looking for really old books. In that case she would probably need something in Lanthian script since she knows that as well. She may even have a passing knowledge of the ancient Greek language as a part of her duties for the museum. A lot of the ancient world’s texts were transcribed into Greek. I wonder if the Library offers translation services for the the others of which she is not familiar?
Likely it’s like the TARDIS – as long as you’re connected to the Library, you can read anything you get from it.
um, a google search for ‘battery’ gives 1,430,000,000 results… 🙂
one for ‘energy source’ gives 3,370,000,000 results… 🙂
so yah there are bound to be millions of them, since their civilization has been going a *lot* longer!!! 😛
Which is why she needs to brush up on her Biblioteka-fu to work her request down to a manageable size response.
Yes, but far fewer for something like vimana cells. Battery is a rather generic term with multiple meanings and widespread usage. The vimana cells would be much more limited in acual usage and scope. In fact if you put vimana cells in quotes in Google, the only responses you get are to Wapsi.
118,000 for “vimana cells” – 266,000 for “vimana cell”
I would seriously hope that the Library is smarter than Google…because it’s got loads more information to work with. Google only has access to everything that’s been posted online (and even then it won’t accurately search unless the user knows what they’re doing). The Library’s got everything ever written…and may or may not be controlled by some sort of super-being. Here’s hoping she doesn’t have to waste time thumbing through images of crap that people just randomly named vimana cells for the hell of it. 😛
I wish the libraries around here knew that trick. I can barely convince the ones in Seattle to roll over.
I can guarantee if libraries actually worked that way, Google would be in trouble 🙂
Or maybe learn a technic or two from the Library.
Does this real-world search engine come with paid-placement keyword ads? Maybe clickable coupons for the daily special from Vimanas R Us?
Welcome back! Hope you had a nice time off 🙂
Ooh like the matrix!
Man I would love that function in normal libraries.
Having that function would automaticly void the ‘normal’, wouldn’t it? 😉
but if they ALL had it, then, by definition, they would all BE “normal”
“If everyone is special, then nobody is!”
That is when the powerless ones become special. In a world of supers the powerless one is the subject of their own comic books.
Haha!! AWESOME!! I wish that would happen at MY library!!
And btw, Monica looks so CUTE in that hat. XD
“OK, so what do you need? (besides a miracle)”
Books. LOTS of books.
What did Mon seeeee in the Bibliothikiiiiiii?
She saw books, lots of books, lots of books lots of books! Oh, books, lots of books, lots of books lots of books, yeah yeah!
“I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ‘B'”
“Fine! I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘M’.”
“I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘E'”
“Monica, this is the kind of conversation that can only end with a gunshot!”
Would you like to sing instead?
“I am the very model of a modern Golem General.
I’ve information demonoid, historical, and mythical.
I’ve fought the Queen of Demons, and I poit to points improbable.
From Lanthis to the Library, in order quite debatable.”
“Even more books!”
It’s a Babylon 5 reference, as were the subsequent “end in a gunshot” and singing of Gilbert and Sullivan.
There’s more to it, of course. The next thing would be a scream. Just one little scream. Is that too much to ask? You understand, don’t you, Monica… I must have my scream!
Ah. Only watched one episode of that. OTOH, I did watch Reboot. They had a finale episode which made use of that tune. Its the one which most often runs through my head:
I think it’s like that AutoTrader.com commercial – “We’d like to buy a car?” WHOOOOOSH
No, I think its more like the stockroom scene in the first Matrix when they said they needed guns.
Seems like Paula, you, and I had the same interpretation.
Our brains have been sufficiently rotted by TV. (>^_^)>
I saw that film. (Did not feel a need to see the others.) I don’t remember that.
Obviously, the film made a profound impression on me.
Um, I’ll start with Vimana Cells for Idiots.
“I’ll take “Vimana Cells” for 500, please…”
“My Little Golden Book of Vimana Cells.”
She may also get a visit from a couple of assistant librarians. They’re adept at poiting but need more work on their quick recognition skills.
Not to mention, of course,
– Cooking with Vimana!
– Vimana and You
– Vimana is Our Friend
– Vimana Cells for Fun and Profit
– A Hard Day’s Vimana
– One Hundred Ways with Vimana
– Vimana and the Cell – Archetypes and Subductions
– The Story of Vim
– Captain Eddie and His Vimana Cell Astrowidget
– Vimana: Not Just a Force of Nature
– Energy – Uses, Applications, and Vimana
and, of course…
– Golem Formation, Maintenance, and Reconstitution.
That last one might be somewhat useful.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Vimana
And also – “The Big Dummy’s Guide To Vinama Cells
…, Lawyers are from Uranus
“Vimana Cells – the Presidant’s Secret Plan”
“Ralph – the Story of an Old Man and His Vimana Cell”
“A Vimana Touch for your Garden”
“101 Uses for a Dead Vimana Cell”
“How to Tell if Your Teenager is Using Vimana Cells”
“Zen and the Art of Vimana Cell Maintenance”?
“Fear and Loathing in Lanthis”
“The Big Book of Vimana Cell Jokes”
It is a large collection of jokes of the form “How many x does it take to screw in a vimana cell?”
We certainly know how to take the magic out of something. Ridicule it to death.
As Fairportfan said above, “If everyone is special, then nobody is!”
If everybody is a smart-ass with a wise (funny) comment, then nobody is.
“Vimana Cells, Duct Tape, and You”
“A Child’s Garden of Vimana Cells”
Wish i had a talent for extemporaneous parody…
“Horton Hears a Vimana Cell”…?
“The Pokey Little Vimana Cell”
“Lyle, Lyle, Vimana Cell”
…no, actually I DON’T think I’m gonna stop anytime soon. 😛
The Red, Blue and Green Vimana Books…
Huh. That was supposed to be a reply to SoWhyMe, two up.
Love the new Gravatars
Figured i should grab ’em before Jabber did.
As long as I get Shelly…
Ummm – look up a ways for my post slugged at 6:18 AM…
…or down to 11:15 AM…
Okay – i’ll change it. Tomorrow.
Oops, my bad, but I’ve still got, in order, Empty Tina, an Elf babe, and a skinny guy with a pistol…
But I’m a firm believer in firsts, don’t change it, I’ve got some other pichers I wanted to use anyway.
I already changed it. See?
Actually, no I don’t…I still get an Empty Tina…
Like a real-world search engine? I sure hope she remembered to turn the safe-search option on…
Just don’t say “goatse”…
Hrumph. Use that word around the Library, and Phix and Nudge will both show up to kick you firmly into one of the nastier Demon Dimensions, and seal the portal firmly behind you.
In this case, turning off safe search doesn’t mean you’ll end up looking at disturbing images. It means you’ll get hit by fast moving shelves.
Wow, this works exactly the same as the Planet Library from Kamen Rider W, right down to the use of keywords to narrow the search down. Very cool visual in both cases.
Whatever else, we do not want to hear “Monica Villarreal has been saved…”
…or “Hey! Who turned out the lights?!?”
people say the angels are the worst. i say the VN are..
I have to agree with you there. The Angels, when they are doing their normal hunting, only displace you in time to steal your energy. You still get to live your normal span, your just in the past. The VN are true predators, silent and efficient eaters.
You know what is worse?
I actually know both references. And they give me about equal shivers.
Aaaand just admit it: You all tried to keep Your eyes open when looking at the angel-episodes.
Ya got me there!
Between trying to keep my eyes open all the time, avoid walking through any shadows, looking out for creepy children wearing gas masks, and nursing a serious dread of grandfather clocks, it’s a wonder I get any sleep at all these days. I might not wake up as me, you see…
I WANT LIBRARY ACCESS TOO!! (sob, sob)
I really like Monica’s outfit!
I assume Brandi’s emotional outpouring is over, she’s gone off to collapse into bed or a bottle or just sit and stare into the distance, and Monica is trying to figure out what to do next…
Rather Dickensian-street-urchin in a stylish way…
“… Stacks. How quaint.” 😀
We need guns-
I mean, books. Lots of books.
Lots of people here have seen The Matrix. And that was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the visual, the gun locker scene from that movie.
If this is truly a “real world version of a search engine”, then you know at least half of those books are nothing but porn.
How many of them involve the vimana cell/ calender machine pairing?
Rule 34. By invoking it, it must exist.
Ugh! Do not remind me. It’s not the site that’s so unsettling, it’s the amount of people producing “art” for it.. 😯
And you don’t even have to dust the shelves! It just flies off as they speed away!
Yeah, I’m kinda saying it every other day but Monica is So. CUTE.
And then, on alternate days, she’s downright scary.
…and Saturday and Sunday, when we don’t see her, she’s scary cute.
Or was that “cutely scary”?
On Saturday she is cutely scary and on Sunday she is scary cute. (but the placement can switch at will.)
Found “The Young Lady’s Guide to Vimana” in the library today. Let me quote the Introduction to give you a taste of it:
There comes a time in every young lady’s life when she begins to blossom into womanhood. To you, this book is dedicated. By following these instructions, you can avoid having evil spirits infest your nether regions. So, do read carefully and become prepared!
Irma Quakke, M.D.
P.S. – You’re fat.
P.P.S. – If you don’t believe me, look in the mirror.
P.P.P.S. – Told you! Now read the book before it’s too late!
The more I look at the images in frames 3 and 4 the more I think the stacks just materialized out of thin air. Not instant poiting like Monica and the golems can do, but a slow fading into reality. She held her head like that because she was expecting the violent appearance of the materials she asked for, not a graceful appearance.
Okay, I have to admit that I have changed my mind, After looking at the next page i realized that it was the Matrix loading method. Ooops
That’s my kinda library.. wonder how much of that I can carry on my Kindle?
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