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Reality: What a Concept
by The Phantom Websurfer
©2002 Bard/Cubist -- all rights reserved

Meanwhile, back in what we like to call the Real World, there are a number of different ways to approach the concept of transformation, and here are two. One is dead serious; the other is less so. One is about as real as you can get; the other... isn't.

Marching to a different waltz

There are people who believe that Change is the only universal constant. These people are wrong; finding Change in places and situations you would never have expected it to be, is another universal constant. The PutriDOS User's Group web page is an excellent example of this phenomenon.

PutriDOS is unique among computer operating systems for a number of reasons, the one most relevant for TSAT's purposes being that while normal OS commands are largely restricted in effect to altering the state of the software, PutriDOS is perfectly happy to affect the hardware (including associated peripherals) and even the operator himself! As an example, REMANE is not just a typo for RENAME; if you happen to be running PutriDOS, typing REMANE in response to the prompt will give you a different hairdo, which you may or may not like.

Here is where you will find many simple hex patches, plus advice on which ones are best for your system and detailed instructions on how to install them.

State of the art

For some, physical transformation is a dream. For others, such as cosmetic surgeons, it's an everyday reality. To those whose stock in trade is the resculpting of the living form, it may be inevitable that someday, the question might arise: What are the limits of plasticity for a human body? How far can you go with respect to biological alterations?

A newspaper in the UK (the Guardian) has printed an article about radical bodily modification, the surgeon who thinks he can and will do it, and the sort of people who would voluntarily submit to this sort of procedure. Go here to read the article.

If you know of any sites whose subject matter renders them suitable for inclusion in TSAT, send us the URL!

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