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Messages - Reginald Ret (07/05/1983 - 06/11/2014)

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Don't Break The Chain
« on: Yesterday at 09:00:22 pm »
Delivery yes, but...

from what I understand, stand-up is an art form, and the starting point to being good at it is to die on stage a bunch of times. That's how you find out what works and what doesn't. Then, you refine each of those nuggets you've dug out and melt them in a BIG FUCKING POT.

Find out what hits them in the gut, where they're weak, and then exploit that shit for  :lulz:

Exactly... like writing, music, art, science, and pretty much everything else worth doing, first you have to suck at it a whole lot in order to get any better. You just keep sucking, and sucking, and sucking until this one time you suck a little less, and then eventually you get to a point where you hardly suck at all.

If you aren't willing to suck at it as hard as you can, you'll never give yourself a chance to get good.


aww thanks you guys :). I rewrote the vaccine bit to make it more coherent. That and the tumblr bit were rough rants on a concept and i'm gonna try and get them down on paper as fully fleshed out bits. It's hard but the only way forward is to keep getting out to those open mics and keep seeing what does and doesn't work.


as for the video its cuz i flipped it from private tot public earlier today.
Cool! keep posting your vids here!

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Ah yes I've heard of such a problem, you have to perform the ritual to attract their attention. It requires the blood of a homeless transgender youth and the engine of a 2003 dodge caravan.
WHERE THE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO FIND ONE OF THOSE?!

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A tactic that I have been using pretty successfully for the last few years, and one that I think works really well when I want to engage in one of those conversations, is to check my own damn privilege.

It's weird how many people who throw out the "check your privilege" line are unwilling to actually do it themselves. Garbo comes to mind; when her privilege was brought up, she left the board rather than examine it.

When I asked her about hiking on land that had belonged to three specific Native American tribes, I was being stupid.

And that video she posted...CHRIST.   Hey, thanks for validating the "Gay panic defense", assholes!

That was so fucked up.

No doubt she went to surround herself with people who let her comfortably deny her own privilege rather than challenging her. Growth is uncomfortable.

It's weird.  A certain type of person goes to tumblr, and they are consumed.  They strap a uniform on, to remove the onerous burden of introspection.

I am sure people have recovered from this, as I am sure the occasional conspiracy theorist snaps out of it...But I have never seen either one happen.
I have talked to one recovered conspiracy theorist.
So those at least exist.

I posted an article to Nigel about that very thing, and started reading a little more.  Apparently, CTers can snap out of it if they can actually manage to look at the structure of their beliefs, which collapse more or less on sight.

Problem is, it is almost impossible to get them to do this.
Yep, It's not the sort of thing you can make people do, all you can do is help them if they seem to be trying.

(Snip)
I'd be curious about whether that person is now over-the-top and convinced they're right in some other area of life, which is something I've seen a lot of with people who hold strong beliefs in an area.
He did not respond like that, he simply decided for himself that he'd rather be normal enough to hold on to a job. He is actually very mellow and relaxed about all kinds of polarizing topics. I'm quite impressed since I expected someone in this kind of situation to be overcompensating.


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A tactic that I have been using pretty successfully for the last few years, and one that I think works really well when I want to engage in one of those conversations, is to check my own damn privilege.

It's weird how many people who throw out the "check your privilege" line are unwilling to actually do it themselves. Garbo comes to mind; when her privilege was brought up, she left the board rather than examine it.

When I asked her about hiking on land that had belonged to three specific Native American tribes, I was being stupid.

And that video she posted...CHRIST.   Hey, thanks for validating the "Gay panic defense", assholes!

That was so fucked up.

No doubt she went to surround herself with people who let her comfortably deny her own privilege rather than challenging her. Growth is uncomfortable.

It's weird.  A certain type of person goes to tumblr, and they are consumed.  They strap a uniform on, to remove the onerous burden of introspection.

I am sure people have recovered from this, as I am sure the occasional conspiracy theorist snaps out of it...But I have never seen either one happen.
I have talked to one recovered conspiracy theorist.
So those at least exist.

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To me, Discordia seems to mean "question everything, including the answers your previous questions led you to." But I just read the Principia Discordia and the Black Iron Prison myself, and my head's still in that "new information filling it with fuck" state, so I'll have to rethink this answer at some point.
Sounds like you are doing quite well, especially the rethinking part.
In the spirit of questioning everything: Question the questions that led to your current answers.

At first realizing you're wrong is uncomfortable... even painful. But if you practice it enough, eventually it starts to feel not only less uncomfortable, but actually empowering. With enough time and diligent practice, you will find that there can be found a certain pleasure in discovering you're wrong, and you may even start seeking out such discoveries avidly, until eventually you become addicted to the feeling and start being wrong all the time, on purpose.
I'm getting alot of practice lately!

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To me, Discordia seems to mean "question everything, including the answers your previous questions led you to." But I just read the Principia Discordia and the Black Iron Prison myself, and my head's still in that "new information filling it with fuck" state, so I'll have to rethink this answer at some point.
Sounds like you are doing quite well, especially the rethinking part.
In the spirit of questioning everything: Question the questions that led to your current answers.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Don't Break The Chain
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:16:32 pm »
5:17  This video is private. {ad 649 {{ No Flash.

Not technically writing, but this is a thing i did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWnvIItzAss

What he said.
Works for me, maybe it is country or provider based?

I got bored after 1-2 minutes: good concepts, bad delivery.

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Discordian Recipes / Re: Cooking with LMNO
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:13:17 pm »
It's so easy to do, it's almost criminal.

Granted, this isn't anything cured, smoked, or otherwise preserved, and I didn't even put it in casings, so it's basically just "ground meat and stuff".  But it is fun to take a huge hunk of meat and grind it into much smaller pieces of meat.

hmmmmmm, meat.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: America's internal black sites
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:09:17 pm »
Terry Pratchett's quote there is so right in so many circumstances.
Pratchett is a font of wisdom, read his everything.

That being said:
"If you have to find a euphemism for it, you are being evil."
- My dad.

I nominate this for Big Words.
Seconded.

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There is no reasoning with those people.
And since just randomly executing people is unethical or something that means they win.

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Oh, yeah.  The Apple.  One of the most amazing movies I've ever seen.  We're talking comparable to Zardoz.
Really? Damn, I have see that!

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ORIGINS thread.
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:12:37 pm »
Everything you write about Nurse Enabler is awesome.

That's a self-preservation thing.  You guys are scary; SHE sleeps in the same bed as I do.

 :lulz: A wise man knows when his happiness is on the line.

I was thinking a little further down Maslow's heirarchy, really.
:lol:

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Principia Discussion / Re: Give us your best philosophy joke
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:28:51 pm »
So a man is being interviewed by a potential employer and the interview has gone well and is winding down. The interviewer asks the prospect, "What would you say is your greatest weakness as an employee?"

The man thinks a moment and says, "I'm totally honest with people."

The interviewer blinks and says, "I don't think that's really a weakness."

"I don't give a fuck what you think."
Hah yeah! I like that one, it used to hang on my wall at work.


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Literate Chaotic / Re: Malazan: Book of the Fallen part one thread
« on: February 21, 2015, 01:56:23 pm »
:lulz:

Were you aware it was book 8 in the series when you first read it?
I knew it wasn't the first one, but with this series in particular it is very important to read them in order.
Order series are more forgiving.
 :lol: I was completely out of my depth, an interesting experience.

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