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16th Nov '17 1:19:03 AM FoxBluereaver
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has a sidestory titled "Shadows of the Jungle". It's written in the form of journal entries from a Pokémon Researcher named Gideon Knowles, following him and his colleagues in an expedition to Guyana in search of a Legendary Pokémon. [[spoiler: The team loses members one after another as they go deeper into the jungle, attacked by vicious swarms of Bug-type Pokémon, until the final entry has Knowles writing how he was taken to an underground lair, and the one controlling turned out to be not a Legendary Pokémon, but a human girl, a bloodliner who acts as their HiveQueen. Knowles ends up placed in a pit to be devoured alive, and somehow his journal ends up in a completely different place, where search parties sent by Giovanni (who funded the expedition) retrieve it.]]
7th Nov '17 12:20:19 PM Malady
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* The Balibo Five -- a group of TV reporters from Australia and New Zealand who travelled to EastTimor in 1975, shortly before the [[UsefulNotes/IndonesiansWithInfantry Indonesian military]] seized control of the territory. Three days before he was killed -- suspected to be the work of Indonesian militants - one of the reporters, Greg Shackleton, recorded a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojS0B2WRS3o film newsreel]] about the local villagers and their impending plight in the face of military aggression.

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* The Balibo Five -- a group of TV reporters from Australia and New Zealand who travelled to EastTimor UsefulNotes/EastTimor in 1975, shortly before the [[UsefulNotes/IndonesiansWithInfantry Indonesian military]] seized control of the territory. Three days before he was killed -- suspected to be the work of Indonesian militants - one of the reporters, Greg Shackleton, recorded a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojS0B2WRS3o film newsreel]] about the local villagers and their impending plight in the face of military aggression.
31st Oct '17 7:08:23 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* During the shooting at Columbine High School a library phone line was left open by a teacher who called 911 before the shooters' entrance forced her to leave the phone to go hide. The open line caught and recorded the sounds of students being killed and injured, the dialogue of the shooters to their victims and each other, and after the shooters leave the surviving students being told to quickly flee out a nearby door then dead air. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HsYMgn9aHs The first five minutes of the call]] were released in which by listening carefully under the conversation of the teacher and 911 operator several things can be heard. Including a bomb going off, the shooters cheering and after entering the library shouting at the students get up, and three shots being fired (two of the shots were fatal).

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* During the shooting at Columbine UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} High School a library phone line was left open by a teacher who called 911 before the shooters' entrance forced her to leave the phone to go hide. The open line caught and recorded the sounds of students being killed and injured, the dialogue of the shooters to their victims and each other, and after the shooters leave the surviving students being told to quickly flee out a nearby door then dead air. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HsYMgn9aHs The first five minutes of the call]] were released in which by listening carefully under the conversation of the teacher and 911 operator several things can be heard. Including a bomb going off, the shooters cheering and after entering the library shouting at the students get up, and three shots being fired (two of the shots were fatal).
26th Oct '17 12:45:16 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* This is sort of the whole reason they have black boxes on airplanes. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) records everything said in the cockpit and over the radio on an aircraft, and the device is made of highly durable material that's unlikely to be destroyed in a crash. (And as for the old {{Stock Shtick|s}} about "why don't they just make the whole plane out of that material?"...well, a plane made out of that material would be too heavy to fly, and even an indestructible plane wouldn't protect the passengers from the impact.)

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* This is sort of the whole reason they have black boxes on airplanes. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) records everything said in the cockpit and over the radio on an aircraft, and the device is made of highly durable material that's unlikely to be destroyed in a crash. (And as for the old {{Stock Shtick|s}} about "why don't they just make the whole plane out of that material?"...well, such a plane made out of that material would be too heavy to fly, and even an indestructible plane it wouldn't protect the passengers inside from the impact.impact anyway.)
26th Oct '17 12:43:57 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* [[Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl Anne Frank's diary]] is a more uplifting example, as Anne never lost hope even in the horrific shadow of death.

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* [[Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl Anne Frank's diary]] ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl'' is a more uplifting example, as Anne Frank never lost hope even in the horrific shadow of death.



* This is sort of the whole reason they have black boxes on airplanes. The CVR, or Cockpit Voice Recorder, records everything said in the cockpit and over the radio on an aircraft.

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* This is sort of the whole reason they have black boxes on airplanes. The CVR, or Cockpit Voice Recorder, Recorder (CVR) records everything said in the cockpit and over the radio on an aircraft.aircraft, and the device is made of highly durable material that's unlikely to be destroyed in a crash. (And as for the old {{Stock Shtick|s}} about "why don't they just make the whole plane out of that material?"...well, a plane made out of that material would be too heavy to fly, and even an indestructible plane wouldn't protect the passengers from the impact.)



** The ''other'' black box serves as one for the aircraft, itself. The flight data recorder logs pretty much everything that happens to an airplane, including instrument readings, mechanical data, and control inputs. Flight data recorders are often vital to the task of determining the cause of a crash.

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** The ''other'' black box serves as one for the aircraft, aircraft itself. The flight data recorder logs pretty much everything that happens to an airplane, including instrument readings, mechanical data, and control inputs. Flight data recorders are often vital to the task of determining the cause of a crash.
12th Oct '17 2:00:14 PM DustSnitch
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* ''The Last Survivors'' series is done this way.

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* %%* ''The Last Survivors'' series is done this way.



* "M.S. Found in a Bottle" by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, also a MessageInABottle. The protagonist states that he's writing the account for posterity, and that if he is about to die or suffer some other fate that would render him incapable of finishing the story, he will put it in the titular bottle and throw it in the sea. He apparently does so when he goes down a whirlpool on a ship full of TheVoiceless...

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* "M."[[https://www.eapoe.org/works/tales/msfndg.htm M.S. Found in a Bottle" Bottle]]" by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, also a MessageInABottle. The protagonist states that he's writing the account for posterity, and that if he is about to die or suffer some other fate that would render him incapable of finishing the story, he will put it in the titular bottle and throw it in the sea. He apparently does so when he goes down a whirlpool on a ship full of TheVoiceless...[[TheUnintelligible old men with a nonsensical language]]...



** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005260 A memo]] from after [[spoiler:Gamzee flips out]].
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004443 Another one]] as well, when Sollux starts talking.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002104 TT: The walkthroughs vaguely suggest an impending threat before they end. The already poorly constructed sentences become even more curt and ambiguous. As if written hastily and with a sense of alarm. Actually, their dedication to updating the walkthrough under such circumstances is admirable.]]

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** [[http://www.Rose notes Sburb walkthroughts always "[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005260 A memo]] from after [[spoiler:Gamzee flips out]].
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004443 Another one]] as well, when Sollux starts talking.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.
com/?s=6&p=002104 TT: The walkthroughs vaguely suggest an impending threat before they end. The already poorly constructed sentences become even more curt and ambiguous. As if written hastily and with a sense of alarm. Actually, their dedication to updating the walkthrough under such circumstances is admirable.]]]]" Moments after this, she learns that the game somehow summons a real life meteor that aims for the players' houses.
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004443 In this time travelling memo,]] Sollux records his reaction to a lethal telepathic wave that would be his end. [[DeathIsCheap Temporarily]].
%%** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005260 A memo]] from after [[spoiler:Gamzee flips out]].
9th Oct '17 5:05:27 PM PetroleumJerry
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* [[Creator/ArthurCClarke Arthur C. Clarke]]'s [[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 2010]]:
** Approaching Jupiter space, the ''Leonov'' picks up a transmission directed at it from the surface of Europa. It's a taikonaut describing the fate of a Chinese mission to the moon - in the spirit of "let the next guy know what killed you" and [[spoiler: claim credit for discovering life on Europa]]. The ship destroyed, no rescue in reach, and without the equipment to record a log or know if he was being received, he just kept repeating his message over and over until his suit's life support gave out.
9th Oct '17 4:46:37 PM PetroleumJerry
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* In Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/KilnPeople'', several of the disposable clones of Albert Morris get to describe their own demise in first person. As a {{lampshade}}/justification, Albert is used to them being unable to return to him for inloading, so he deliberately orders blanks fitted with voice recorders and a compulsion to recite.

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* In Creator/DavidBrin's ''Literature/KilnPeople'', several of the disposable clones of private detective Albert Morris get to describe their own demise in first person. As a {{lampshade}}/justification, Albert is used to them being unable to return to him for inloading, so he deliberately orders blanks fitted with voice recorders and a compulsion to recite.
5th Oct '17 2:14:08 AM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' includes several logs from the doomed Marine crew. The corpses of certain Luminoth warriors (which mark the locations of PlotCoupons in the Dark World) can also be scanned to get accounts of their deaths (generally concluding with a BolivianArmyEnding).
** The entire plot of Metroid Prime Hunters is revealed by reading lore datashades with the scan visor on the way. It's impossible to miss several crucial messages that refer vaguely to something called Gorea, but unless you actively look for the log it's basically a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere when it arrives, and you never get to know what's going on.
** The first ''Metroid Prime'' also had Chozo Lore scattered throughout the world (mostly in the Chozo Temple stage). Some of these detail Samus's past, while others talk about the spread of Phazon and the death of the Chozo on Tallon IV.
** Space Pirate logs and computer scans in the ''Metroid Prime'' are largely a record of memos, announcements, and reports detailing the Space Pirates' [[MookHorrorShow increasingly desperate attempts to stop Samus from killing them all]]. Let's emphasize that: your enemies are keeping Apocalyptic Logs about ''you'', the hero. Since the game, in fact, largely consists of Samus killing them all, this alternates between mildly depressing and extremely awesome.

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** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' includes several logs from the doomed Marine crew. The corpses of certain Luminoth warriors (which mark the locations of PlotCoupons in the Dark World) can also be scanned to get accounts of their deaths (generally concluding with a BolivianArmyEnding).
** The entire plot of Metroid Prime Hunters ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters'' is revealed by reading lore datashades with the scan visor on the way. It's impossible to miss several crucial messages that refer vaguely to something called Gorea, but unless you actively look for the log it's basically a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere when it arrives, and you never get to know what's going on.
** The first ''Metroid Prime'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' also had Chozo Lore scattered throughout the world (mostly in the Chozo Temple stage). Some of these detail Samus's past, while others talk about the spread of Phazon and the death of the Chozo on Tallon IV.
** *** Space Pirate logs and computer scans in the ''Metroid Prime'' are largely a record of memos, announcements, and reports detailing the Space Pirates' [[MookHorrorShow increasingly desperate attempts to stop Samus from killing them all]]. Let's emphasize that: your enemies are keeping Apocalyptic Logs about ''you'', the hero. Since the game, in fact, largely consists of Samus killing them all, this alternates between mildly depressing and extremely awesome.



** ''Metroid Prime 3'' loves this, as it has a series of journals for each [[spoiler:corrupted]] planet you visit. The Space Pirate lore gives you a bit of a twofer as [[spoiler:it begins with Dark Samus corrupting them, and continues on as Samus begins killing them all. Again]].

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** ''Metroid Prime 3'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' loves this, as it has a series of journals for each [[spoiler:corrupted]] planet you visit. The Space Pirate lore gives you a bit of a twofer as [[spoiler:it begins with Dark Samus corrupting them, and continues on as Samus begins killing them all. Again]].
22nd Sep '17 12:21:43 AM DrFraud
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* John Collier's "Evening Primrose" is an account of how poet Charles Snell decided to move into [[BrandX Bracey's]] and discovered entire colonies of people living there and at other major department stores before he, Ella and the night watchman were KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade.
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