"Lizard Has a Plan (Destroy!) (Var.)" by Richard F. Yates

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Some folks are just drawn BAD... And this little lizard (through no fault of his own...well, maybe a LITTLE fault of his own) is pretty dang bad. I mean, just LOOK at him. Clearly, this bloke is up to no good...

But how much trouble could a little lizard cause? That … (read more)

Some folks are just drawn BAD... And this little lizard (through no fault of his own...well, maybe a LITTLE fault of his own) is pretty dang bad. I mean, just LOOK at him. Clearly, this bloke is up to no good...

But how much trouble could a little lizard cause? That depends... Did you know he has a degree in computer science? He used to work at a bank, but he was fired for showing up late too often... Of course, before he left, he planted a "time bomb" program in the system mainframe---a virus that will eat away at all of the data, not just at the branch where he worked, but for the entire global banking network. ANY bank connected to the system---BOOM!

That's the SLACKER-PARADOX---Lizard was lazy as HELL in the eyes of some, but clever as a CHAMELEON where it counted. His program (which is set to trigger approximately one month after he sets it in motion) is well hidden in the system---and yet it will consume the entire network when it burns, erasing people's life savings, and some people's massive debts, and causing such havoc that it will take the stock market DECADES to recover...

I suppose the company should have been a bit more forgiving on the whole TARDINESS issue. Lizard likes to play online games late into the night, and so it wasn't always easy for him to get out of bed EXACTLY at 6:00 A.M. on some mornings. And sure, he was a few minutes late---a couple of times---but did that asshole, Theo, (his manager), have to be such a jerk about it? Lizard did his job well, once he got there. He even stayed late if he had stuff to finish... But noooooooo... Theo had to be all "HIGH AND MIGHTY..." (Actually, if Theo DID get high every once in a while maybe he'd be a happier person... He'd certainly be more forgiving...)

But now, it's too late... After being yelled at by Theo---I mean, MR. Dosberg---one time too many, Lizard had written his particularly malicious chunk of code and tucked it away in the system...just in case. And today, as Theo (with a wicked, antisocial smile), told Lizard to clean out his cubicle and walk---the reptile had typed a few key phrases into his terminal and hit "enter" before exiting the building... (And---also chameleon-like, his program will destroy ITSELF as it runs, making it impossible for the POWERS THAT BE to trace it back to him.)

Is this all Lizard's fault?...or Theo's?

Either way, I hope you don't have any savings in THAT particular global banking conglomerate... (Stick with decentralized assets. They're safer...)

---Richard F. Yates (Holy Fool)

[P.S. - This drawing was originally ink and felt pen on a tiny piece of reclaimed cardboard, which I then distorted and tweaked. I posted a less processed version of this drawing back in 2017 on The Primitive Entertainment Workshop, but this is the first time that this nastier, dirtier version has ever been seen by human eyes!]


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