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Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:22 pm

               “Study in Scarlet – written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
     originally  published  in 1887.  The first Sherlock Holmes  story.
     I  was  unaware  that you were a fellow  Holmes  aficionado.  Tell
     me, which is your favorite story?”

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Post by lindarkness on Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:26 am

   “A-afi— afi- what?”
    For a moment, the boy simply blinked at him in confusion 
before he finally realized what the android was talking about.


    “Oh! ! Yes! 
I didn’t realize you liked books! I like books! My favorite story 
for  Sherlock Holmes  is this  one short  -  ’The Man With the 
Twisted Lip. What is yours?”
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Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:23 am

               “Aficionado  –  a person who is very knowledgeable  and
     enthusiastic  about  an activity, subject, or  pastime, from  the 
     past participle of the Spanish verb aficionar. In more colloquial 
     terms, you are a ‘fan’ of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work.”




               “It  is difficult for me to answer your question,  basic
     as  it may seem to you. Preferences require the ability to  assign
     emotional   import   to  various  stimuli,  something  that  I  am 
     incapable of doing.  It is for that reason that I have asked you –
     I  am interested in learning what humans like and dislike,  in  an 
     effort  to  better  understand  what factors  determine  emotional 
     relevancy.  In  my  case, the  closest  equivalent  to  preference 
     seems  to  be  interest.   Though  I  appreciate  each  story  for 
     different reasons,  I  believe that I find ‘The  Adventure  of the
     Yellow  Face’  to be amongst the  most compelling. I find  it  to 
     be a most humbling tale.”

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Post by lindarkness on Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:26 am

    “Oh , oh, OH ! 
You like the Sherlock Holmes novels!”

                     The sound that followed, then, probably 
                            could not ever be contained by any 
                                                         human language.


    “Oh! What do you like most about it - your favorite 
story, I mean?  Like, why do you like it? You said it’s 
hard for you to like things, but like, you like Sherlock 
Holmes!  That’s great!  But why do you like it?  What 
other stuff do you like? To read, I mean?  I can show 
you all the stuff! All the things!”
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Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:29 am

               For  a  moment  Data  was too  concerned  about  the 
     boy’s  health  to respond. He opened his mouth  as  though 
     about   to  speak,  but  ultimately  decided  against    saying 
     anything.
               As  the  boy  did  not  appear  to  be  in  any  form  of 
     distress,  it  was most likely that the  unsettling  sound  had
     simply   been  an   unusually   enthusiastic   expression   of 
     excitement,  and  drawing  attention to it would  serve  only 
     to embarrass him. Best not to say anything.
               “That is not entirely accurate. Due to the nature of my 
     programming,  I am incapable of either ‘liking’ or  ‘disliking.’
     However,  I have read the entire Holmes canon  on  multiple
     occasions,  and  find  many aspects of both  the  story  and
     the  characters to be interesting on many levels. If  you  find 
     it  simpler to comprehend the situation by assigning human
     emotions  to  me, therefore, you may consider me a  fan  of
     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is close enough to the truth.”


               “find  Holmes’s  methods of deduction  to  be  both
     interesting  and  admirable. In many ways, he  thinks  more
     like  a  machine than like a man, though he brings  intuition
     into  play,  allowing  him to be far more  perceptive  than  a
     being such as I am capable of being.”
               “In response to your question, I have read a number
     of  different  texts. I have worked through  the  majority  of
     British   novelists’  works,  and  intend  to  begin   to   read 
     through  the  American catalogue next. I feel that  there  is
     much  to  be learned from American culture.  The  primary
     reason that I read, after all, is to access important  cultural
     examples from humanity throughout time. I feel that it  will
     give   me  the  opportunity  to  learn   more  about   human
     nature.  For  this  reason, I am most  interested  in  reading
     texts  that would fall under the genre of ‘realism,’ though  I
     recognize that other styles possess their own merits.”
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Re: elementary, my dear martin || data & martin

Post by lindarkness on Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:19 pm

Martin blinked.
If he had understood even a fraction of what the Commander had just said, it was lost on him as soon as he absorbed the words into his memory. It was often difficult for the boy to follow what the android said, especially he started going into big topics like "programming", or like, culture and stuff - this had been the reason why he had gotten so excited when he found about their common interest in reading, and stories. Maybe, he had thought, he had finally found a topic that they could reach common ground on, maybe it would be a reason for the Commander to come and talk to him more often. But, of course, like with most other opportunities he got to really act, Martin had blew it. 
Man, the things he'd do to be just a little smarter, to actually be able to hold a proper conversation with the android...

"But, um..."
Even before he had started to speak, quietly, in a voice that would have been barely audible to a human listener, he had already dismissed anything he would have want to say to him as not being good enough. But still, with every moment that he let the silence continue, the boy was growing increasingly nervous.
"You're really perceptive as you are, too. And like, if you see it in the way that like, the author knew what sort of things he's supposed to notice, and what kind of clues there are and who did it and stuff, so he could like, make Sherlock notice these things. If he had been a real person, maybe he wouldn't have been as smart", he said, "But, I don't know... I mean, you're way smarter anyhow, and like, thoughtful, and also cool, and like, pretty and stuff, so--"

Oh, no.
Oh, God, please, no.
He had not just said that.

Martin felt his cheeks grew hot, his palms fill with sweat, and his breath catch in his throat as he stared at the android through wide eyes, trying not to panic, and chastising himself for being so stupid, for not thinking before he spoke. Maybe if he just went on talking, he wouldn't notice? He could only hope.

In the most awkward fashion that was humanly possible, the boy cleared his throat.

"Um. Yeah. Anyway. Yeah. Um. Holmes. Stories. Um. Books. Um. Yeah. You. Realism.", he said, "I like... I like... um, I like stories that are very fictional because um... fantastic things and... imagination and legends can be... uplifting. They show us what we want to be"
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Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:43 pm

In situations like these,  Data often had difficulty accepting
compliments.   It wasn't that he thought that Martin was lying
to him  –  the boy was not displaying any of the typical signs
of falsehood  –  but rather that he  couldn't help but suspect
that the boy was mistaken in his beliefs. It was difficult for
Data  to stop himself from  explaining exactly why Martin  was
wrong, but he knew that the appropriate response was simply to
accept the compliments.                                       

Thank you,”  he said,  inclining his head slightly.  “You are
very kind.”                                                  

Though he'd intended to simply let the matter drop and move on
with their conversation,   one point was still troubling Data.
The boy had called him ‘pretty.’    Typically,   that term was
reserved for objects that were in  some way visually appealing
and attractive women. As Data was neither of these  (at least,
he shouldn't be treated as a mere object, sentient as he was),
he was unsure  exactly what  the Bones-Prewett  child meant by
his statement.                                                



You have called me ‘pretty,’”  Data said, cocking his head to
one side. “Do you mean to imply that you find me aesthetically
appealing, or that I am in some way attractive to you?”       
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Post by lindarkness on Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:31 pm

For a very small, but nevertheless beautiful moment, young Martin thought that he may have avoided the crisis after all, and it was no more than enough time for him to let out a shallow breath of relief. If he was lucky, the Commander might not even have noticed his slip at all, the way he seemed to be happy to simply thank him, and move on with the topic. If he was lucky, Martin might be able to forget this incident completely.
He was not lucky.

The young boy prayed for the ground to swallow him whole right that moment and spit him out into the vast darkness of space, if only so his brain could quite literally explode, and he wouldn't have to be subject to Data's judgement anymore. But, still, nothing happened, and Martin was steadily growing aware of all the blood that was currently burning up his cheeks.
"Um... I mean... I mean, you. Your face. And, um. Your, um. Other stuff"
Oh, dear God, what was he doing? Why were these words leaving his mouth? His 'other stuff'? What did this even mean? His body? His -- Oh, for heaven's sake, no, why was he imagining that? Why was he digging himself deeper? Abort, abort, abort.
"I mean, you're, like, handsome", he tried again, "Just like Sherlock Holmes was supposed to be"
Phew, good save.
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Re: elementary, my dear martin || data & martin

Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:10 pm

Data took the time to carefully consider the other's
statements before responding.     The reason for the
delay was his difficulty in making sense of Martin's
meaning. He understood the words perfectly clearly –
they  were  not  obscure words that he  had  yet  to
encounter,    and he did not employ any particularly
intricate forms of syntax either.      No,      Data
understood what had been said   –   he simply didn't
understand what he meant by that.                   

Firstly,  the mention of   ‘other stuff’   gave Data
pause.  The sorts of  ‘stuff’  that people tended to
find  sexually  appealing  were things  best  hidden
beneath his Starfleet uniform.   Indeed,  if it were
found out that a minor had  in any way taken it upon
himself to appreciate Data's ‘stuff,’  the commander
could find himself in  rather  a lot of trouble with
the captain.    He didn't think it possible that the
boy could have snuck a peak of his unmentionables  –
ever  since his disastrous first days of  existence,
he had learned to properly clothe himself  –  and so
he  assumed that Martin must  be referring to  other
aspects of his physiology.  What those aspects were,
he did not care to find out.                        

The point that most caught Data's attention, though,
was Martin's assertion  that  he was handsome in the
way that Sherlock Holmes was meant to be.   To Data,
that seemed to imply that he had,       unknowingly,
captured another aspect of his idol's persona.  That
he was, in some way, more like Holmes because of his
physical appearance.                                

It was curious.   He had never before considered the
fact that Holmes's level  of physical attractiveness
was integral to his being,  but apparently that sort
of thing was more important to humans than it was to
him.                                                

He still had much to learn about humanity.          



Thank you, Mr. Bones-Prewett,”   he said, inclining
his head again. “I have endeavored to emulate Holmes
as best as possible.  It is good to know that I have
been, in some aspects at least, successful.”        
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Post by lindarkness on Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:56 am

       The way his feet appeared to lift him from the ground, the way his thoughts spun around in his head - it all vaguely reminded him of that one time his sister had pushed several glasses of rum on to his person and he had proceeded to spend the rest of the day drunk, loud, and disoriented. 
       The boy could hardly think straight. Literally. His own confusion was only an added bonus for young Martin was really very gay for the Data-bot, and desperately trying to hide it. Or not. He wasn't sure. He should probably abandon this train of thought before he drove himself bonkers.

       "Idol? I didn't think you'd have, like, a role model", he blurted out, once again without thinking, though in his defence, he wasn't usually any at that thinking-thing, "I mean, there's people who look up to you. Though, I guess it makes sense since Sherlock is Supposed to be an ideal, I think. He helps people with his smarts and logic, just like you do - I mean, you also have other stuff, like super strength and indestructible...ness... and stuff..." 
        It had occurred to him, then, that he probably should have stopped talking at some point in his little speech, or at least said something intelligent or the slightest bit productive. Martin blushed at the thought and looked down at his shoes. 
       He never had anything to say that other people found interesting. If he wanted to, he could have blamed that on his shyness or his tendency to just babble on about whatever went through his mind at any given moment without any real filter. But deep down he knew what the real problem was: He just wasn't an interesting person.
       The boy had spent a great deal of his life trying to be cool like his Dad, smart like Gus, charming like Lainey, or even fun like Phoebe (less scary, though), but it never worked out for him. There just wasn't anything captivating about his personality, nothing appealing about him. 
       The Commander was probably going to get bored with him eventually.
       "I just thought your idol would be, like, a scientist or something"
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I have little need of a scientific idol,”  Data said.
I have been programmed to think logically,     and to
confront problems in a manner consistent with our best
understanding of the scientific method.       However,
there are many aspects of  humanity that are presently
beyond my comprehension.”         Data did not find it
difficult  to discuss his limitations in the way  that
others seemed to do. He could not fully understand the
motivations  behind  inaccurately  representing  one’s
abilities.   Even if it meant appearing more competent
in the moment, it could only result in problems in the
long-term.   He had been told that it had something to
do with pride,  the nature of which continued to elude
him.  “I have found that I learn best by example,  and
as such I have selected a number of people to serve as
role models, as people to emulate. Captain Picard, for
instance,       has taught me much about the nature of
authority,      and I have learned much from him about
leadership  that I have been  able to apply in my  own
work.”                                                


He paused for a moment,        determining how best to
proceed.  “Unlike the others I have chosen to imitate,
Holmes is a fictional character.       His utility is,
therefore, limited, However, I find Holmes exceptional
because, in utilizing a logic-based, almost mechanical
method of deduction,            he exhibits a profound
understanding of human nature.     Holmes’s particular
strategy of deduction is, in many ways, similar to the
ways in which my positronic net processes stimuli.  It
is my hope that,  by applying Holmes’s methods,  I may
eventually achieve a similar level of understanding of
humanity.”                                            
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Post by lindarkness on Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:02 pm

For a moment he was afraid that he might have inadvertently insulted the commander with the implication that he might need to idolize any human being for their smarts or their talents - as though he was not the smartest being there was, as though he could not outmatch any human in any given task. But as he went on with his explanation he boy soon came to realize that didn't seem to be an issue for him - Commander Data simply wanted to explain himself to him. 


And for some reason this prospect sent a rush of delight through the boy. From one moment to the other he felt infinitely more awake, his feet perking up, his posture suddenly straight, a certain spark catching his eyes.


"Oh, yes, the Captain is, like, totally awesome!", he said. In truth, he wasn't quite sure if he had understood everything the commander had tried to say to him, but this time, he might have actually gotten the gist of it - at least he hoped so. "You don't need to look up to people who can do stuff because you can do almost everything, so you're more interested in people who are more human, right?"


Martin blinked. 


"So you like him because you... identify with him." He wasn't really asking a question. Like so often, the boy was simply articulating his own thoughts out loud. When he was younger, it would often happen that he wouldn't even notice when he went on like that, not even noticing that sounds were leaving his mouth.  "That makes sense! Like, you can identify with characters when they're not completely like you, too. I do that a lot, like, when it's a girl, or something. I mean, you got to do it, right? There's no character ever who's just like you, but you can still identify with them most of the time, you know? And if you want to be more like them, too, it's extra strong then"


He paused for a moment.


"Do you like Watson, too?"
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Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:43 am

Data considered the boy’s words, his brow furrowing
automatically as he thought.       He had written a
subroutine to  handle common facial configurations,
linking  certain  combinations  of  movements  with
specific cognitive events.    He wondered,    for a
moment,    if the program had accurately determined
the  appropriate  expression  for  this  particular
event.                                             

Ordinarily, when people describe the captain, they
are more specific in their  praise, emphasizing his
competence in leadership,   his diplomatic prowess,
or  any other of a large number of other  admirable
qualities that he possesses. You, by contrast, have
chosen to sum up his many strengths with the simple
descriptor ‘totally awesome.’       Though it lacks
specificity,   there is a brevity in that statement
that I admire.  I believe that, the next time, I am
asked my opinion of Captain Picard,   I shall state
that he is ‘totally awesome.’”                     

Data inclined his head.        “That is an accurate
statement.      I am,     in many significant ways,
dissimilar from Sherlock Holmes, but because of the
similarities  between  his ability to  process  and
mine,     I feel that I am more able to emulate his
more  human  qualities than those  of  someone  who
thinks more differently.”                          


The  question  about Watson made Data pause  for  a
moment to consider.          It was not that he had
difficulty  putting  to  words his  thoughts  about
Watson –  quite the contrary  –  but rather that he
was  unused  to  being asked  his  opinion  of  the
secondary character.          It was an interesting
consideration – Watson was, in many ways,  Holmes’s
tie to humanity,    and though the boy may not have
meant it,     in asking how Data felt about Watson,
Martin was, indirectly,  asking how Data related to
his own colleagues.                                

find  the  character   of  Watson  to  be  less
interesting in his own right      –     he is not a
particularly extraordinary man,  except in the area
of marksmanship   –   but rather in his relation to
Holmes. Firstly,   it is important to remember that
unexceptional persons may  have exceptional effects
on others.   I have found this to be the case in my
own life  – though my raw capabilities far outweigh
those of my colleagues,      I have found that I am
unable to overcome certain  obstacles without their
aid.”                                              
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Post by lindarkness on Sat Aug 22, 2015 12:24 pm

Martin beamed at the compliment. He hadn't even considered something as trivial as the way that he spoke to become something good in Data's eyes, which just made him even happier now that he had seemed to have contributed something worthwhile to him with just a few words.


"T-thank you! I mean... he's just all around, great, you know? So I didn't even think of any other way to describe him. But I think you're great too, by the way. I mean...", he stuttered, "Yeah, thanks"


The boy was listening intently to what was being said to him, and in the end, almost a little surprised to have the android agree with the sentiment he had given about him. He hadn't really thought much about what he said to him and having his words confirmed gave him just a little more confidence about their interaction. 


"Yeah", he said, tilting his head just a little bit, "And it's much easier to do that with books than with other stuff cause there you have all their thoughts written down!"




But now, everything that Data said about Watson made the boy feel suddenly sad, and dejected, and he could not pinpoint exactly why. The commander was speaking positively about him, but still... there was something about what he said that gave him a bad feeling in his stomach. 


Martin bit his lip.


"Watson is important...", he said, a little hesitantly, "He cares about Holmes and he shows him that it is okay to care about other people, too, and that it won't take away from his smarts or him being professional - that, like.... I don't know, that there's value in that, you know? And... Watson shows us that every person is important"

He paused. 

"Even if they never... do anything... or achieve anything or like... show talent. Everyone is important"
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Post by thegirlnamedcrow on Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:28 pm

Data smiled back at the boy. He had been told on multiple
occasions  by multiple people  that he should avoid  that
particular expression in conversation until he learned to
approximate a more natural version, but how,   after all,
was he to learn to do that if he did not practice?   From
Martin’s words,        he seemed to be a highly accepting
individual  who would not be  unduly unsettled by  Data’s
attempts.   And besides,  was it not,  after all, natural
to mimic the expressions of those around you?            


Upon examination of Martin,     Data decided that his own
smile was small and modest compared to his.   He adjusted
his expression accordingly.                              

I am grateful for the compliment,”    he said, inclining
his head.    “I do not wish to seem as though I am,    to
employ a human colloquialism,  ‘fishing for compliments,’
but would you say that I am  ‘totally  awesome’  as well?
I  am  attempting  to determine how best  to  apply  that
particular phrase in conversation.”                      

At the boy’s next words,   Data allowed his expression to
lapse into a more normal,  resting state.   “I agree with
that assessment.       As an artificial life form without
capacity for emotions,      it can be difficult for me to
discern a person’s current state.      When a character’s
thoughts  and feelings are made available to the  reader,
I  am  able to learn to more accurately pair  speech  and
emotion in my own interactions with others.”             

He listened with interest as Martin expressed his opinion
of the fictional doctor.                                 

That  is  a  sophisticated   and  nuanced  view  of  the
relationship between Holmes and Watson,” he said. “I have
read  numerous  pieces of  literary criticism  about  the
relationship between the men, and your opinion is in line
with the prevailing literary opinion.          You show a 
sophisticated understanding of the meaning and importance
of the character Watson.  Please,  would you explain more
to   me  about  what  you   find  interesting  in   these
characters?”                                             
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Re: elementary, my dear martin || data & martin

Post by lindarkness on Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:08 pm

Never before had Martin seen the Commander smile. He had always seemed such a serious, thoughtful, and quiet man (well, he supposed, he should say android, but really, what difference was there?) who never lost his composure for anything. But now - now he was smiling for the first time. And he was smiling for him! His whole world lit up at the realization of that, and his heart filled with familiar warmth. 

Data's smile was so big, so happy that Martin needed to draw on every source of his self-control, not to let his eyes water from how glad he was to see it. He never wanted that smile to go away. 



Without thinking, Martin jumped forward and embraced the android into a big, warm, squeezing hug. Because the boy was quite a bit shorter than him, the product of it turned out a little bit awkward and slightly uncomfortable, but he did not care. He simply hoped that he would be able to share the warmth and happiness that the smile had given him with Data himself. 

"Yes, you're totally awesome", he said, after he had finally let go of the android and gave him a big grin. "And I'm really good at judging awesome people!"

The boy could not stop his cheeks from growing hot after Data had finished speaking. Not only had he agreed with him and even complimented what he said (a compliment! on his thinking skills!) - but now he even asked his opinion on something, and Martin was getting increasingly nervous, the more he thought about. What if he screwed up! What if he said something wrong?

"Um....", he rubbed his elbow and looked down, "Sure, I can try, but just... you know know I'm not, like, the smartest person about stuff like that, but yeah... um... I feel like Holmes and Watson really learn to depend on each other a lot in the course of their, like, partnership, and it's a very gradual thing, which makes it better and more natural. Watson learns more and more about Holmes and gets better at seeing things from his perspective and seeing the human behind him, while for Sherlock, Watson is his window to humanity, as well as the window to his own feelings, in like, a way..."
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