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25th Aug '16 8:01:59 AM StFan
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->''"I was old when the molecules of your world joined and called themselves land and sea and fish and man.''
->''That's why they come back to Z'ha'dum every time they're driven off. Because I'm here. They think they are showing respect. They don't understand. They did use to. But that was a long time ago. A million years."''

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->''"I was old when the molecules of your world joined and called themselves land and sea and fish and man.''
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why they come back to Z'ha'dum every time they're driven off. Because I'm here. They think they are showing respect. They don't understand. They did use to. But that was a long time ago. A million years."''



* The term is used explicitly in the tenth ''Literature/BlackCompany'' book by Glen Cook, as Blade ponders the perspective of [[spoiler:the demon Shivetya, who is nearly as old as the plain of glittering stone between worlds and]] who may be as old as (or older than) the gods themselves. If the gods can be said to have properly existed.

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* The term is used explicitly in the tenth ''Literature/BlackCompany'' book of ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' by Glen Cook, as Blade ponders the perspective of [[spoiler:the demon Shivetya, who is nearly as old as the plain of glittering stone between worlds and]] who may be as old as (or older than) the gods themselves. If the gods can be said to have properly existed.
12th Aug '16 10:08:27 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise//{{Halo}}'':

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* ''Franchise//{{Halo}}'':''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
12th Aug '16 10:07:35 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''
** The monitors, 343 Guilty Spark, and 2401 Penitent Tangent, were both built around the same time as the Halo rings themselves, which was over 100,000 years ago. Penitent Tangent was captured, and we don't see much of him, but we clearly see that the years have turned Guilty Spark into a narcissistic nutcase. Mendicant Bias was another AI made by the Forerunners, betrayed them, and sided with the Flood, much to his remorse. By the time the game takes place he is broken and fragmented, only appearing in certain terminals the player can activate and read.
** [[EldritchAbomination The Gravemind]]. It was around long before any of the AI, and fought against the original [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. A huge lake on Installation 05 was implied to be specifically built to contain it (or perhaps it dug it out after everything was dead). Literature/TheForerunnerSaga reveals that it might even be [[spoiler: ''millions'' of years old, since Graveminds are technically one consciousness (the Flood), and the Primordial claimed to be the last Precursor, who are responsible for the existence of humans, Forerunners, and every other sentient race seen so far.]]
** The Precursors have been established to be millions of years old, but ''Silentium'' shattered all expectations: [[spoiler:They have existed for over a ''Hundred. Billion. Years.'' Somehow, they are several times older than this ''universe''.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''
''Franchise//{{Halo}}'':
** The monitors, two monitors we see in the original trilogy, 343 Guilty Spark, Spark and 2401 Penitent Tangent, were both built around the same time as the Halo rings themselves, which was over 100,000 years ago. Penitent Tangent was captured, and we don't see much of him, but we clearly see that the years have turned Guilty Spark into a narcissistic nutcase. Mendicant Bias was Bias, another AI made by the Forerunners, betrayed them, its masters and sided with the Flood, much to his its remorse. By the time the game games takes place he 100,000 years later, it is broken and fragmented, only appearing in certain terminals the player can activate and read.
read in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''.
** [[EldritchAbomination The Gravemind]]. It was around long before any of the AI, above-mentioned [=AIs=], and fought against the original [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. A huge lake on Installation 05 was implied to be specifically built to contain it (or perhaps it dug it out after everything was dead). Literature/TheForerunnerSaga ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' reveals that it might even be [[spoiler: ''millions'' of years old, since Graveminds are technically one consciousness (the Flood), and the Primordial Gravemind claimed to be the last Precursor, who are responsible for the existence of humans, Forerunners, and every other sentient race seen so far.]]
** The Precursors have been established to be millions of years old, but ''Silentium'' ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' shattered all expectations: [[spoiler:They have existed for over a ''Hundred. Billion. Years.'' Somehow, they are several times older than this ''universe''.]]
11th Aug '16 2:05:17 PM narm00
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* The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness: [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Certain spirits]] claim to have been spawned before recorded history, while a handful of [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Abyssal demons]] go back as far as Atlantis. [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil The Cheiron Group's]] [[EldritchAbomination Board of Directors]] date back to at least ancient Greece, while [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem the Strix]] were kicking around during ancient Rome ([[ImmortalityImmorality as well as some particularly ancient vampires]], some of whom could conceivably stretch back further). [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Osiris]] has been hinted as still being around; if true, this would make him the single oldest living creature on the planet (inasmuch as Prometheans are alive). [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost The Fae]] [[TheFairFolk have been screwing with people]] for all of recorded history, and since the realms of [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters the Kerberoi]] are largely immune to the ravages of time, it's practically impossible to know how old they are (prevailing wisdom is that they are all innumerably ancient). [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse The Judges of Duat, Anpu and Ammut]] have been around at least since the time of Irem, almost six thousand years ago. It's conceivable, if improbable, that a mummy might have been active for the majority of that time as well. And [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent the God-Machine]] may have brought human civilization and technology into being just so that it would have a means to modify its own processes and boost its Infrastructure.

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* The TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness: [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Certain spirits]] claim to have been spawned before recorded history, while a handful of [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Abyssal demons]] go back as far as Atlantis. Whether [[TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial the Dark Mother]] was the first explorer of the Primordial Dream, humanity's collective fearscape, or the Dream itself made manifest, her children know instinctively that she still lives. [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil The Cheiron Group's]] [[EldritchAbomination Board of Directors]] date back to at least ancient Greece, while [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem the Strix]] were kicking around during ancient Rome ([[ImmortalityImmorality as well as some particularly ancient vampires]], some of whom could conceivably stretch back further). [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Osiris]] has been hinted as still being around; if true, this would make him the single oldest living creature on the planet (inasmuch as Prometheans are alive). [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost The Fae]] [[TheFairFolk have been screwing with people]] for all of recorded history, and since the realms of [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters the Kerberoi]] are largely immune to the ravages of time, it's practically impossible to know how old they are (prevailing wisdom is that they are all innumerably ancient). [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse The Judges of Duat, Anpu and Ammut]] have been around at least since the time of Irem, almost six thousand years ago. It's conceivable, if improbable, that a mummy might have been active for the majority of that time as well. And [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent the God-Machine]] may have brought human civilization and technology into being just so that it would have a means to modify its own processes and boost its Infrastructure.
7th Aug '16 5:25:36 PM Berrenta
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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' both liked to jokingly identify [[AcceptableInevitableTargets John McCain]] as an unbelievably ancient entity -- someone who has walked with Jesus, done cave paintings, and crawled out of the primordial seas. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with the joke that "The only thing older than jokes about John [=McCain's=] age is... ''John [=McCain=]''. " And yet, according to his wife Cindy [=McCain=] (via an Onion video) "He's not nearly so old as the Ancient Ones. His outer shell has not even yet calcified."

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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' both liked to jokingly identify [[AcceptableInevitableTargets [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets John McCain]] as an unbelievably ancient entity -- someone who has walked with Jesus, done cave paintings, and crawled out of the primordial seas. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with the joke that "The only thing older than jokes about John [=McCain's=] age is... ''John [=McCain=]''. " And yet, according to his wife Cindy [=McCain=] (via an Onion video) "He's not nearly so old as the Ancient Ones. His outer shell has not even yet calcified."
31st Jul '16 1:27:23 PM Discar
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** It [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-08-31 was]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-09-02 said]] hinted that Carbosilicate Amorphs, the species of the titular Schlock, are naturally evolved from the incredibly durable data storage mediums the Bradicor store their brains in. This means that Schlock and his kin are effectively immortal, and gives you an idea of just how long the Bradicor have been around.

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** It [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-08-31 was]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-09-02 said]] hinted that Carbosilicate Amorphs, the species of the titular Schlock, are naturally evolved from the incredibly durable data storage mediums the Bradicor store their brains in. This means that Schlock and his kin are effectively immortal, and gives you an idea of just how long the Bradicor have been around.
31st Jul '16 1:26:58 PM Discar
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** One member of the race, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-07-14 while talking to a human]], notes that he's having some trouble understanding their perspective on mortality (in particular, celebrating the death of an enemy) because he is personally so old that just the 1% margin of error when converting his age between the two calendars is ''older than humanity as a species''

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** One member of the race, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2007-07-14 while talking to a human]], notes that he's having some trouble understanding their perspective on mortality (in particular, celebrating the death of an enemy) because he is personally so old that just the 1% margin of error when converting his age between the two calendars is ''older than humanity as a species''species''.



** Eina-Afa, or "Synthetic Wind," is the mind of a space station the size of a planet, with enough open air inside to house planets. After spending a few million years alone, she renamed herself T'kkkuts-Afa ("Broken Wind") and created storms in her otherwise paradisiacal sky in order to create evolutionary pressure for intelligent life to develop. Yes, she's old (and lonely) enough that she was willing to wait for animals to achieve sentience just so she would have someone to talk to.

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** Eina-Afa, or "Synthetic Wind," is the mind of a space station the size of a planet, with enough open air inside to house planets. After spending a few million years alone, she renamed herself T'kkkuts-Afa ("Broken Wind") and created storms in her otherwise paradisiacal sky in order to create evolutionary pressure for intelligent life to develop. Yes, she's old (and lonely) enough that she was willing to wait for animals to achieve sentience just so she would have someone to talk to.
30th Jul '16 11:09:39 AM spydre
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* In the episode "Ship of Ghouls" of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, the ghost pirate Jean [=LeFoot=] and his crew of The Flying Dutchman has been trapped inside The Bermuda Shorts Triangle.

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* In the episode "Ship of Ghouls" of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, the ghost pirate Jean [=LeFoot=] and his crew of The Flying Dutchman has have been trapped inside The Bermuda Shorts Triangle.Triangle for ''two'' eternities.
18th Jul '16 4:50:07 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* While 32-bit Unix systems [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem will run into serious trouble]] in the year 2038, users of 64-bit ones will not have to worry about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time#Notable_events_in_Unix_time that issue]] until the year 292,277,026,596[[note]]Assuming there's still around an Universe where to use that computer, that is[[/note]].

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* While 32-bit Unix systems [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem will run into serious trouble]] in the year 2038, users of 64-bit ones will not have to worry about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time#Notable_events_in_Unix_time that issue]] until the year 292,277,026,596[[note]]Assuming there's still around an Universe where to use that computer, OS, that is[[/note]].
18th Jul '16 4:47:57 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* While 32-bit Unix systems [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem will run into serious trouble]] in the year 2038, users of 64-bit ones will not have to worry about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time#Notable_events_in_Unix_time that issue]] until the year 292,277,026,596[[note]]Assuming there's still around an Universe where to use that computer, that is[[/note]].
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