New Holiday Alert: Celebrate "Skynet Becomes Self-Aware" Today

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We, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

If you know anything about history, you know that today -- April 19, 2011 -- is a big, big day.

It's the day, of course, that Skynet comes online, thus dooming all of humanity to be thrown into ceaseless warfare against the relentless robot overlords. Fun!

As helpfully explained by the (exhaustingly) comprehensive Terminator wiki:

As a result of temporal interference by Sarah Connor, her son John, Miles Dyson, and the T-800 destroying Cyberdyne headquarters and all backups of the research in 1995, the date for Judgment Day is moved back to here. Skynet is destined to go online a few days earlier on April 19, 2011, at 20:11.

A few hours after going online, Skynet gains self-awareness. Realizing they have a rogue AI on their hands, its operators in the Pentagon attempt to shut it down, so Skynet flips the eff out and launches nuclear weapons and we get all the gnarly nuclear rubble we see at beginning of Terminator 2: Judgement Day*.

We're not the only ones who are psyched about it. A Facebook page is dedicated to celebrating Skynet Become Self-Aware Day tomorrow, with one wag noting on the page, "What do you think all of those Google servers are for, after all?"

In honor of the holiday, we plan to drink heavily while carving NO FATE into a picnic table and showing off our rocked-out biceps. Happy Skynet Becomes Self-Aware Day!

*Technically, the postapocalyptic ruins we see at the beginning of T2 are from a different timeline. Today's holiday is working from canon as established in The Sarah Conner Chronicles. It's just one of the several major headaches that spring up whenever you have a franchise that involves time travel.

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mayesolis
mayesolis

Sometimes there are new introductions of a product to that area which also can bring high value coupons through the "Printapons" or printable coupons

glenn b
glenn b

Don't it figure, it's also my 25th wedding anniversary.

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

Actually, it's neither now nor in August, because I succeeded in my mission to come back in time and stop it.

Datan0de
Datan0de

Doesn't matter. I will have gone back in time to stop you from stopping it, thereby causing it to have happened again!

The hardest thing about time travel is proper conjugation of verb tenses.

Mapourny
Mapourny

I'll be back!!! Asta là Vista baby!!!!

Saxon1014
Saxon1014

Uh, it already happened...but it got fixed...right? right?

Cyril Malka
Cyril Malka

From T2:

The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

That was 15 years ago :)

LA Weekly
LA Weekly

(puts on glasses taped together at nose, inserts pocket protector)

Ahem. As you'll clearly see in my post, I appended a footnote stating that the holiday being celebrated is, in fact, taking the date from the timeline as established in the Fox television series, "The Sarah Conner Chronicles."

Within the Terminator universe, Skynet has been brought online at several dates (such as the August 4th, 1997 dates used in Terminator 2) that have been pushed back due to various events. Overall, the narrative thrust of the franchise seems to be that while the future can be altered, certain events will ALWAYS take place. It's just not clear when.

See: http://terminator.wikia.com/wi...

(gets shoved into a locker by a jock)

Madcore1015
Madcore1015

Reminds me of stuff the comic geek on the simpsons talks about... find a hobby that might be somewhat productive...losers (sighing)...its not too late to grow up...

Jenn
Jenn

lol Histerical either way... You guys figure out which day it is?

BusDriverSF
BusDriverSF

Sorry guys, the original date for this was August 29, which we've been celebrating since 1997. No revisionist history for geek lore. You're doin it wrong.

Datan0de
Datan0de

I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who's been celebrating J-Day since `97! I consider the revised date to be legit however, since we're dealing with multiple diverging timelines. Also, The Sarah Connor Chronicles kicked butt and ought to be considered legitimate canon.

Coulh2o2002
Coulh2o2002

No Bus Driver….you are incorrect. Do ALL the research, not half @$$. We will give you a hint. Watch the Sarah Conner Chronicles or just reread the article.

"As a result of temporal interference by Sarah Connor, her son John, Miles Dyson, and the T-800 destroying Cyberdyne headquarters and all backups of the research in 1995, the date for Judgment Day is moved back to here. Skynet is destined to go online a few days earlier on April 19, 2011, at 20:11."

*Technically, the postapocalyptic ruins we see at the beginning of T2 are from a different timeline. Today's holiday is working from canon as established in The Sarah Conner Chronicles. It's just one of the several major headaches that spring up whenever you have a franchise that involves time travel.

LA Weekly
LA Weekly

Uh it's called a retcon and geek lore is pretty much only possible because of it.

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