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Discordian Dates, Etc.
« on: October 16, 2007, 11:03:00 pm »
I've been noticing that almost every Discordian site uses the standard Discordian dating system - is this not sort of missing the point of Discordianism?

I made up my own calendar over a year ago, nothing special, but I can say its mine.

Thoughts?

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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 11:07:13 pm »
Not the same issue, but certainly related:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deVlk0p9chU

These people have obviously gone through a lot of trouble and effort to make this video, but would it not be more rewarding to create their own methods of convincing people, rather than simply restate the PD??
« Last Edit: October 16, 2007, 11:16:19 pm by Hoopla »

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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 11:12:00 pm »
Everyone has to start somewhere, and many times that somewhere is rehashing stuff that seems to have worked before.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2007, 11:14:24 pm »
I learned to dance like this:

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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2007, 11:15:39 pm »
Well, in those pants you'd have to.
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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2007, 11:17:53 pm »
I certainly bought Discordianism at face value when I first became interested, but one of the first things I did was to write up my Burnig Bush Revelations . . . I wanted my own stuff to give people, not 'official' documents. 

I wish I could follow up with these people after a year or so . . .

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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007, 01:10:09 pm »
I never use the Discordian calendar.

To me, it was never worth the time to remember the system and how it correlates, because I didn't think the joke was that funny.

Sure, today's date is arbitrary, and is founded on the erroneous birth of Christ.  I learned that in high school. So what?

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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2007, 01:48:29 pm »
I see the Discordian calendar as one of those things Discordians use to identify with other Discordians.  Huh?

It's like, "Hey look we're different.  But, we're different together." 

After all, Discordians are still human.  They still want to belong to something.  The symbolism of calendars and five-fingered hands of Eris are that warm and fuzzy safety blanket. 

I guess OUR warm and fuzzy safety blanket is that most of us are kind of sick of that stuff. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2007, 01:51:56 pm »
My warm and fuzzy security blanket is a bottle of scotch and Fox News.

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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2007, 02:55:07 pm »
I use the Discordian calendar when I need to sound over-the-top in explaining why I'm taking a day off from work.

"Yeah, our holy book requires a day of phasting* on the 55th day of every month, you know how it goes." Usually they're so weirded out they don't ask what religion I'm talking about. Nor would they get it if I told them anyway.


BTW - The video clip you posted is from Forteetu, who sometimes posts here when he's not busy putting together festivals or something.




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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2007, 02:58:28 pm »
Forteetu is a pretty cool dude, IMO.  I'll have to watch the video now.

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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2007, 04:41:08 pm »
I use the Discordian calendar when I need to sound over-the-top in explaining why I'm taking a day off from work.

"Yeah, our holy book requires a day of phasting* on the 55th day of every month, you know how it goes." Usually they're so weirded out they don't ask what religion I'm talking about. Nor would they get it if I told them anyway.


BTW - The video clip you posted is from Forteetu, who sometimes posts here when he's not busy putting together festivals or something.




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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2007, 10:21:58 pm »
I tend to use it in online site stuff because the calendar already exists in Linux (Linux command "ddate") and I can pull and display something overtly Discordian in about three lines of PHP.

I think there's something to be said for the existence of the Discordian Calendar existing on 50% of the web servers currently active on the net. (and the DNS servers, SMTP servers, etc etc etc).
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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2007, 11:46:06 pm »
this is truth. my terminal window at the university still greets me with it every time :-D [/nerd]
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Re: Discordian Dates, Etc.
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2007, 04:48:02 am »
I've been noticing that almost every Discordian site uses the standard Discordian dating system - is this not sort of missing the point of Discordianism?

I made up my own calendar over a year ago, nothing special, but I can say its mine.

Thoughts?

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