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Apple Talk / Re: The Compleat Billy Chronicles (thanks to Zenpatista)
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:58:48 pm »

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:24:11 am »
I love Billy.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:21:19 pm »
I love fearmongering about dystopian techno-police states. Not that any of this is wrong, of course. Just that while Windows does give Microsoft (and anyone with a warrant... or who might get a warrant... or who technically has the legal authority to send a letter) access to everything you do online, it isn't like choosing not to use Windows hides what you do anyway. You generate thousands of individual data points in automated systems practically just by waking up in the morning. If you're going to be paranoid about Windows (and you probably should be), you owe it to yourself to go all the way and assume that not only are hundreds of separate systems monitoring everything you do, but those systems are all interconnected and the resulting data is being sifted by algorithms capable of deducing basically everything.

So nevermind knowing what kind of panties you like to sniff on your personal time. That cat is out of the bag, and there's no stuffing it back in there. It doesn't matter whether you hide from Facebook. It doesn't even matter if you completely eschew connecting to the internet entirely. Just think about all the systems that are trained on you and the quest for "anonymity" is quickly exposed as preposterous.

- If you have a phone, they know where you are. If you don't have a phone, they still know where you are thanks to your car, CCTV cameras, where you bought whatever the last thing you bought, or by extrapolating from the position and movements of people known to associate with you.

- If you go on the internet, they know what you're looking at thanks to the series of addresses that resolve to you specifically. If you use a VPN, they still know what you're doing thanks to a whole host of fingerprints specific to your computer that don't require any special exploit to read. You could go real crazy and use a virtual machine connected to TOR over a VPN, in which case you may discourage casual investigation but since over half of TOR exit nodes are operated by state agencies, you're still boned if anyone really cares to look.

- You could completely sever your ties to anything that runs on electricity and never go anywhere without your Faraday cage on wheels, but that's just a lot of wasted effort since your present and probable future whereabouts, and anything you say to anyone while you're there can be deduced with a simple analysis of your existing past data points plus monitoring your associates. Even if you had never even so much as glanced in the direction of an electronic screen or gotten registered with the state, it would be a walk in the park to deduce that you exist, what your favorite color is, and who you would vote for if you dared.

And that's all without a single human being bothering to notice your file. I'm not saying the State is omnipresent or omniscient, of course. In reality, most of the systems that would enable such pervasive awareness really are isolated, but the ones that aren't are enough to peel away most of the layers of "protection" people think they have, even technically savvy people. It all boils down to plain old math, not even very complicated math. It just depends on you generating consistent numbers -- which you can't help, because as a human being, you're habit-driven and ritualistic to the point of psychosis, even if (and sometimes specifically because) you try not to be.


Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:58:43 pm »
She has auxiliary vertebrae?

In this case, she was using a taller skeleton than she needed and popped out a couple to be more average female height. They just sort of float around the torso when not in use.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:32:39 pm »
Other people on NaNoWriMo: "Her hair shined in the soft moonlight, the cool air kissing her skin..."

Me on NaNoWriMo: "She straightened her back, popping spare vertebrae back into place and expanding her rib cage..."

I like his wife.

Principia Discussion / Re: I'm new, sad, angry and bring a warning.
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:51:54 pm »
(Blank)-fag is so 2008, anyway. If you're gonna be an edgelord at least keep up with where the edge is.

Also that sounds infuriating about the book. I suggest Holy Nonsense to soothe your eyemeats.

Or Kill Me / Re: TGRR: a Crunken Eulogy
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:33:27 pm »
God damn it! I barely remember writing this. That shit is on me. I'm going to take a break from PD because I feel twisted inside and I don't need to be obsessing right now.

Feeling like a dumbass,


Don't break your liver on my account, but I fucking love your drunk posts.

Principia Discussion / Re: Saints
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:55:29 am »
If it's prevalent as an anti-Semitic thing now I'm totally open to replacing it.

Principia Discussion / Re: Saints
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:40:43 pm »
Thanks for doing research!  I had thought it was adopted as antisemetic slang, but that might have been an urban legend.

It's possible assholes are using it as a dog whistle. Some folks erroneously think it's derived from the character Shylock from the Merchant of Venice, but a) that makes no sense in the context of the play and b) there's no etymological trail leading that way.

Principia Discussion / Re: Saints
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:33:57 pm »
Before writing this one I took some time to dig into whether or not "shyster" has similar racist origins to "gypped." It does not, although this is a common enough question that the New York Law Journal saw fit to address the issue. It most likely comes back to the German word for shit.

Principia Discussion / Re: Saints
« on: October 04, 2017, 04:26:22 pm »
Oh Blessed St Ea-Nasir
Father of the Shysters
Whose hate mail survived the centuries
Yours is the immortality of assholes

Of Blessed St Ea-Nasir
Champion of the dickholes
You sold the wrong grade of copper
And cheated others in real estate deals
You saved the clay complaints
In your little Babylonian home
And their survival is how we know your name

Oh Blessed St Ea-Nasir
Let us always remember
There is more than one way to skin a cat
That in a time of kings and conquest
Even the common folk can be immortalized
Through unconventional dickery

Let us always remember
That life is short, and always has been
That we will die as certainly as our foes
And the memory of our souls
Is not tied to our virtue

Oh Blessed St Ea-Nasir
You never met a turnstile in your life
Let us gum them up in your name
Let us cherish our haters
Let us bathe in their wrath
Let us stockpile the complaints
Against our shortcomings
And our malice

Let us do something worth remembering
Even if we are not remembered well
Oh Blessed St Ea-Nasir
Hear our prayer

Literate Chaotic / Re: The Foxhole With The Atheist
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:42:45 pm »
I forgot I wrote this.

Principia Discussion / Re: Saints
« on: September 29, 2017, 04:28:01 pm »
Oh Blessed St Scholl
Patroness of Activists
You who died in Defiance
And regretted nothing
Yours is the immortality of legend

Grant us the courage now
To see evil and fight it
With the tools we have available
And within our ability
Remind us that neither youth
Nor old age is an excuse
For inaction

Oh Blessed St Scholl
Let us take up our spraypaint
Let us print out our flyers
And stockpile stamps
Let us stand with you forever
At the barrel of the gun

Oh Blessed St Scholl
They took your head
But they cannot take your memory
Let us see clearly through their propaganda
And counter it with our own

Oh Blessed St Scholl
Let us remember always
That fascists are killed with bullets
And fascism is killed with pamphlets
Let us never use one when the other is needed
Let us never diminish either front
In the never ending war
On creeping evil

Deliver us from Cowardice
Deliver us from Apathy
Oh Blessed St Scholl
Hear our prayer

Principia Discussion / Saints
« on: September 29, 2017, 04:17:33 pm »
Oh Blessed St. Petrov
Patron of Keeping Your Cool
Who did not push the Shiny Red Button
No matter what protocol said
We beseech you, help us to breathe

You did not falter when the lights were blinking
And the soldiers were panicking
And the sirens blared
The end of the world was at your fingertips
And you left it there

Oh Blessed St Petrov
Let us follow in your footsteps
Let us refrain from burning the house down
At the whim of petty drama
Or malfunctioning technology

Oh Blessed St Petrov
Let us remain bipedal
In moments of crisis and desperation
Let us consider what is likely
Rather than what is frightening
Let us choose the path of uncertainty and reprimands
Over certain catastrophe

Oh Blessed St Petrov
Averter of Apocalypse
Let us not romanticize the collapse of civilization
Let us value the world
You preserved for our sakes

Oh Blessed St Petrov
Hear our prayer

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