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Lon was an I.T support worker. He was also a caveman, so perhaps it would be more accurate to call it lowercase ‘t’ support.

“Me rock no right way up,” said Gurp.

Lon looked at Gurp’s rock with an expert eye. “Gurp try drop it pick it back up again?”

Gurp dropped the rock. Then he picked it back up. It was still upside-down.

“Hmn,” said Lon, mulling the problem over. “Try throw it at wall.”

The rock clattered off the wall and landed on the ground the right way up and only slightly chipped.

“Gurp thank Lon,” said Gurp as he resumed aimlessly hitting bits of cave with his rock.

Lon strolled out into the sunshine chewing cloves. Some of his fellow proto-humans were sat a little way down the hill trying to make fire. One in particular seemed to be having trouble.

Krog was waving a single stick in the air furiously, a somewhat perplexed expression on his simian face. “Fire no work,” he complained.

“Krog try two sticks,” suggested Lon.

Krog’s already heavy brow knotted in a struggle to understand. “Two?” he asked, holding up three fingers.

Lon rubbed a pair of sticks together in demonstration.

“Oh. Two.”

Moving on, Lon found his grandfather sitting by the river soaking his feet. Spying from afar, he saw that the old man held a stone implement in his hand, a sharpened piece of flint. He tried to bite it, and seemed disappointed by the result. Lon watched aghast as his grandfather hurled the revolutionary device into the churning water, completely ignorant to its incredible worth. He pitied the old man. Some people just couldn’t seem to grasp the possibilities of sharpened rocks.

Seeing his grandfather’s total disdain for new technology, Lon was struck by a troubling thought. The wheel of time would continue to spin, and the tools they had now would beget newer, more sophisticated tools. The inventions and discoveries would multiply, increasing exponentially until the world no longer resembled the one he knew, and one day he would be just like his grandfather. He would be the one confused by things he hadn’t grown up with, frightened by a future he didn’t understand, where fire was unnecessary and flint was obsolete.

Consumed by the notion, Lon began to think harder than he ever had before, trying to anticipate the evolution of technology, determined not to be left behind by the engine of progress. His mind was filled with concepts he had no words for.

Wheel.

Fire.

Engine…

Lon was struck by divine inspiration. He was on the verge of something incredible. Something that would change the world forever.

Unfortunately Krog chose that moment to rush past him, flailing and on fire. He splashed into the river, extinguishing both the flames and Lon’s potential masterpiece with one graceless belly flop.

The water hissed and steamed around Krog. “Fire work now,” he said.
Day two of FFM!

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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
and this is why we can't have nice things, Krog.
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014   General Artist
Krog singlehandedly pushed back the age of industry by a million years
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty sure this is exactly how my tech support job went :lmao: Have you seen the medieval version for books, btw?
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   General Artist
Ha, I just googled it, you mean the Norwegian sketch with the monk? That was brilliant!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, yes! "you have to turn it over"... omg.
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ninjababy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There's always a Krog nearby; always. Love it! :D
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
I have a terrible attention span. I am my own Krog.
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ninjababy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I wouldn't know anything about that. *innocent whistle*
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NamelessShe Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is fantastic! :XD:
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! =)
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The-Inkling Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Writer
Even cavemen battle with fickle inspiration!

Only you can do such a thing and make it work. Really now.:giggle:
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! There's nothing worse than having an idea you just know was really awesome only to forget it completely, I do it all the time. I keep thinking I ought to get one of those waterproof notepads for the shower, but even if it's waterproof something about the thought of writing in the shower makes me recoil, like at the thought of wearing clothes in the bath. It's just weird.
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The-Inkling Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Writer
The bane of the creatively minded! I can understand that reasoning. I tend to have my ideas while driving, and when I got my iPhone I thought I'd try out the recording function and would awkwardly narrate things while avoiding the eyes of passing drivers and pedestrians. I've stopped now. It was weird. Also hearing ones own voice reciting notes is curiously off-putting, it makes everything seem either bad or outright silly. 

What one really needs is some sort of thought recording device, which would presumably be slightly less awkward than a waterproof shower notepad (Naked writing, much like drunken or substance fuelled writing, is obviously a particular skill set), and on the other front it would also get rid of the need for embarrassing public voice notes. Win!

I often find a big part of the "good idea" stories is that ephemeral feeling or sense of scale? that goes with them, as it helps you shape everything else that comes afterwards. A thought-recording implant would probably have this aspect covered as well (with replay functionality!). Now we just need someone to invent the damn thing, preferably with some sort of highly sophisticated "nonsense" filter installed to weed out the useful bits. =p
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   General Artist
Terry Jones wrote naked! Maybe a more contemporary idea would be just a voice-to-text app or something, so you don't have to listen to yourself?
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The-Inkling Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Writer
For the children's books as well? :lol: How terrifying! A voice-to-text app would undoubtedly be a more sensible solution than a hitherto uninvented thought processing device... But you'd still have the creepy car people to deal with. :paranoid:

I believe Dragon Speech-Recognition already has an app that does that. Available via the US store only of course (the bastards), but they have highly overpriced mac software too. Maybe there's a setting to make it ignore ambient shower noise?
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Writer
Technology changes, but apparently not tech support. :XD: Have you tried rebooting your rock yet?
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
You need to upgrade your fire, your current version isn't supported on this kind of wood
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Writer
Paints aren't sticking to your cave wall? Try reinstalling them.
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le-letha Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
(howls with laughter) I think I've been that guy with the upside-down rock a few times...guilty!
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Haha. It's like that thing where you spend ten minutes searching desperately for your glasses before realising you're already wearing them, we all do it sometimes =p
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raspil Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Writer
you win ffm
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! Early days yet though, plenty of time to run out of ideas.
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raspil Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   Writer
there's no such thing as running out of ideas.  you're only limited by your imagination.
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SpearHawk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
That was fun :D
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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jaymethunt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
What great fun!  Thanks for the read...  I saw it in my head as cartoon characters, myself.  ::grins::
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it =)
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thedreadpoetroberts Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Writer
Made me chuckle. 
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Pleased to hear it!
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: This is epic!!!
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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IntelligentZombie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:lmao: Brilliant and hilarious!

I missed you and your Joe-funny. :heart:
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
Glad you liked it! I missed FFM, I forgot how nice it is to get these comments =p
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klystron2010 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAMMIT KROG!
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psychoTR2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I kinda imagined this in my head as a comic strip. Anyway, truly hilarious! Thanks for making my day! :D
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
Hey no problem, thanks for reading! =D
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distortified Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dear god, I love your stuff, Joe.  I seriously do.  And I think that you would be totally justified in having the grandfather use the word NewFangled. 
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
I just looked up 'newfangled'. Apparently fangled means 'to take', and so newfangled kind of means 'to take something because it's new' and therefore it's a kind of insult to frivolous people? I don't know, it's way more complicated than I expected. I don't think my cave-grandpa is sophisticated enough to coin this word =p
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, crikey - this is brilliant :D “Fire work now,” he said. :rofl: And I love the grandfather having trouble with the new technology ^_^ Just perfect.
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
Thanks very much! =) I very much had to fight against the urge to have the grandfather describe the rock as 'new-fangled'
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