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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 15, 2014, 08:27:08 pm »
A zombie apocalypse, except instead of turning people into zombies the virus turns everyone into the protagonist's ex-girlfriend (who's some sort of microbiology researcher...there was a lab accident...etc. etc. etc.). This idea came to me in a dream (in which it was the plot of a Jim Carey movie that I was watching)
I like that it's a Jim Carey movie. It's like an inverted Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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Discordian Recipes / Re: Stupidly easy chicken thing
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:15:45 am »
Oh shit. I just realized I said 'pressure cooker' when I meant 'crock pot'.

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Discordian Recipes / Stupidly easy chicken thing
« on: December 13, 2014, 05:54:37 pm »
Ingredients:
- 1-2 lbs Chicken thighs (not deboned)
- 2-3 jars salsa

Instructions:
Put chicken in pressure cooker. Cover with salsa. Cook on high for 24 hours, or until bones melt. Feeds one person for 1-2 meals a day for a week.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: December 13, 2014, 04:23:46 pm »
I finished Starfish by Peter Watts, and I'm almost finished with Behemoth. I was about halfway through that book when I realized that I accidentally transposed the second and third book in the series -- I should have read Maelstrom before Behemoth. Anyhow, Watts produces dense, high-quality, cerebral hard-SF, and I'd recommend anyone with any interest in SF to at least pick up all the books that he's released for free on his site (so, Blindsight and the whole Rifters trilogy) and give them a go -- unless you have a predisposition toward suicidal depression (in which case, maybe stay far away from his site in general).

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:37:15 pm »
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

Sort of, but I'm not sure I would classify HHGTTG as "opposite of Lovecraft", if anything it's a bit like Lovecraft's nihilism and cynicism taken further to the point where they are no longer recognizable. Even the profound is meaningless and mediocre, such deities as there are are inept, the universe is doomed (and you can go and gawk at said doom of you have the money), and mindshattering lovecraftian theophanies of cosmic horror can be induced at will using a piece of fairy cake and some fancy electronics. Human life does have a purpose, but it's a trite purpose derived from part of a cynical scheme to profitize philosophy and it effectively does nothing to prevent humanity from being destroyed.
The Total Perspective Vortex is particularly noteworthy because its essentially based on exactly the philosophical point that much of lovecraft's fiction was allegedly trying to make, that no matter who you are you're utterly insignificant and inconsequential compared to the vastness of the universe, and that only our inability to comprehend and mentally internalize this vastness allows us to have any sort of drive, self regard, or hope or satisfaction; that if we could truly comprehend our own insignificance - and the insignificance and impermanance of eberything that we value - we would be struck down simply by the sheer awfulness of the revelation
The notion of of all significance being contained somehow entirely in the self-perception of one apparently separate  individual - now that is horrifying.  Whereas I think our relative in(significance/consequence) is quite comforting, comparitavly, benign, to rip-off the French.

Both Lovecraft and Adams had their own ideas about what constituted a horrifying form of normalcy to apply to alien creatures. Lovecraft's was mechanistic and neodarwinian -- ancient and immensely powerful alien races are just hungry unthinking predators; Adams's horror is not that aliens are wild animals, but that aliens are american.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:54:05 pm »
Iain Banks had a character in one of his books pitch a movie idea - aliens as tourists (the 'elite', which brings to mind retired rockstars and dotcom billionaires), coming to see the eclipse (because - according to the character - our planet is one of the only ones with a perfect lunar eclipse).

I think that could be an interesting setup. The story of a shallow alien who comes for the thrills, and the slow, horrible realization that this kind of utterly mundane and familiar motivation is in fact all there is out there.

Kind of an anti-Lovecraft. We have seen the alien, and understood it completely.

This is even scarier than terrors unutterable and Actually Kind of Droll.  :mittens:
Isn't that sort of the premise of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though? That the boring shithole existence on earth is representative of the whole universe?

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Maybe he lost in a wrestling match against Putin...

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