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Apple Talk / Reunion
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:33:50 pm »
Reunion with two old friends. Initial subject: The newly released Firefox Quantum. Subject quickly changes to quantum physics. First I'm having difficulties following because I am conditioned to activate the noise filter as soon as somebody claims to have knowledge about quantum physics (reason: repeated depressing encounters with the "a 15m youtube video taught me everything about quantum physics" / "Fuck SI units, my yoga teacher's definition of energy is all I need for understanding this" / "My cousin built a perpetual motion machine in his garage, but it doesn't work anymore because the oil industry sabotaged it" learning type). However, the old friend is a legit physicist ready to provide valuable insights, patiently trying to minimize misconceptions. What was initially planned to be an evening of blunt intoxication turned out to be an evening of informative intoxication. Subject changes to quantum encryption, then IT security, then programming languages, then linguistics. We try to drunk call Noam Chomsky at one point, without success. Change subjects with increased frequency. Fight over which russian anarchist had the mightiest beard. It's Kropotkin, not Bakunin. End up mutually accusing each others of being closet Stirnerists, making everybody angry for a short while. Find back to IT subjects via crypto-anarchism. Have techno-babble for a while. Question comes up "what's the first file you remember having on your computer?". Obviously it's not porn. Physicist friend says he remembers a weird PDF he got from me before he had internet access. Holy shit, it was the first book of Wilson's Illuminatus Trilogy. The nostalgia. Talk about the books and related matters for the rest of the evening.

Next day. Look at phone, find note to myself: "look up the No-cloning theorem". Look it up. Click some links. Read article about Nick Herbert, whose proposal of superluminal communication provoqued others into developing the No-cloning theorem. Apparently he's also into esotericism. Guy's still alive and has a website. The website is a fossil from the 90s but waitwtf: "Tributes to Pope Robert Anton Wilson"? Two photo galleries dedicated to RAW. They were buddies. Heh. I hope he never stops randomly appearing.

Techmology and Scientism / Anyone help me fix my bash script?
« on: February 27, 2017, 01:20:33 pm »
I want to automatically replace html entities by their according characters in bash. For example, the string "Fremdsprachige Bücher" should become "Fremdsprachige Bücher".

The function should take any string as input and replace any html entity in it by the character it represents. It will use the file "html_entities.csv" as a lookup table, which looks like this:

Code: (html_entities.csv) [Select]

This is the script so far:

Code: ( [Select]
sanitizeHTML() {
cat "html_entities.csv" | while read LINE; do
  IFS=';' read FROM TO <<< "$LINE"
  while [[ $OUTSTRING =~ (.*)$MATCH(.*) ]]; do

sanitizeHTML "Fremdsprachige B&uuml;cher"

But the output is this:
Code: [Select]
DURING LOOP IT DOES THIS: Fremdsprachige Bücher
AFTER LOOP IT DOES THIS: Fremdsprachige B&uuml;cher

The replacement seems to work during the loop, but why does $OUTSTRING contain the original html entities after the loop? I'd like to solve this without grep or sed by the way.

Apple Talk / Withdrawal effects from internet points
« on: January 30, 2017, 02:28:50 pm »
Most of you probably use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit. What these three have in common is that an amount of points is displayed along with each post or comment.

Every other month or so, I like to roam the realms of PD to see how you heathens are doing. Today I had a fnordesque moment when scrolling through whatever thread. While reading a comment I caught myself red-handed looking for the amount of points it had. I must have subconsciously expected the forum to tell me how much I should agree to that specific comment. But it didn't. Even the users' post counts are not trustworthy on here.

Like some sort of animal, I had to think for myself. No wonder the user counts are declining.

Aneristic Illusions / They do it while we're distracted
« on: January 30, 2017, 01:37:05 pm »
They do it while we're distracted, so we won't complain that much. It's an old trick. Timing is key. Things that may make us feel uneasy are announced during major look-at-me-ings. Some will still notice and feel uneasy, some might even loudly oppose, but no critical mass will be reached. In 2009, I felt quite uneasy when Time Warner announced their takeover of DC Comics. I mean how could they, seriously. I felt sad that day.

Today I learned that AT&T is buying Time Warner. Of course this was announced in the middle of the U.S. Presidency Death Match Extravaganza, and of course it went under my radar until today. Look at the assets already owned by Time Warner, which will now be swallowed by AT&T.

I'm feeling quite uneasy right now.

Principia Discussion / Here's a German translation of the BIP
« on: April 15, 2016, 06:06:54 pm »
Hi, I made a German translation of the BIP. Have fun.


Apple Talk / Somehow this made me think of you guys
« on: December 12, 2014, 05:47:20 pm »

This is hilarious. I'm considering joining the SONS OF ANAKIN.

Apple Talk / BELGIUM
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:50:21 pm »

Principia Discussion / What about Kreg Thornley?
« on: May 14, 2014, 10:51:24 pm »
Wasn't there the website ""? If I recall correctly, there was some weird experimental music on it.. and some photos I don't remember.
The wayback machine sadly provides everything but the content:
Can anyone provide a link to his works?

Literate Chaotic / Hermann Hesse
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:13:06 am »
I've managed to avoid Hermann Hesse for a long time. Not sure why I avoided him, maybe because of the "mainstream is bad" meme I have acquired during my teenage years. Many pals told me that his books are must-read, that he was so insightful, that he was so ahead of his time, etc...
So, in the last few days, in order to fill some educational gaps, I've read "Demian" and "Der Steppenwolf". I didn't like them. At all. I had the impression that all he does is provide readers (who, of course, identity with the protagonist) with the following thought process: "You're so smart and unique, your smarter than most people, but you suffer because you're stuck between two worlds, you're a herd animal and an individual, this is very bad but can't be evaded because that's how you are, however you can find other people who are like you, in fact, everyone is like this."
My reaction: "Duh!". Do his thought processes seem so worn out to me because my culture has been dealing with them for a long time now? These thoughts have been reiterated over and over again at least since Goethe. Why did my parent's generation seem to love Hesse that much? What did I miss? Am I simply getting to old for enjoying Hesse? Is Siddharta still worth reading?

The program "ddate" converts gregorian date into discordian date which is described in the principia discordia. The output looks like this:
"Today is Pungenday, the 56th day of The Aftermath in the YOLD 3176"

That piece of software is installed on every default installation of any ubuntu version and many debian systems. The manpage links to
The ubuntu repositories also contain programs called "hdate" and "itools" for hebrew and muslim calendars, but contrary to ddate, they both have to be installed manually.

So dear people living in muslim/jewish zones, please strengthen your open source communities, or else debian will have to quit support for your keyboard layouts, language support and time zone. Thanks in advance.

Apple Talk / What about a game of Civilization 4 ???
« on: February 27, 2010, 12:48:44 pm »
Post here if you are in. I propose next weekend. I propose the add-on BtS.
Duration will be at least 15 hours.

Propaganda Depository / Melting two faces with MorphMan
« on: January 20, 2010, 04:52:49 pm »
I've been playing around with this software. I was able to download it by googling "morphman rapidshare". Then of course i bought it as always.

Usage: Load two portraits of different people into the program. Set spots to show the software the different areas of the face (Click on both right eyes, click on the ears etc... the more spots the better). Let the faces melt.

After a lot of talking about it and trying to convince my friends that it really exists, I finally ordered it:

OCZ’s Neural Impulse Actuator (nia) marks a new era in gaming. Rather than being a substitute for a mouse, the nia is a pioneering new peripheral to be used in conjunction with your mouse for a more immersive gaming experience. The nia is compatible with any PC game using keyboard input… past, present, or future. Predefined profiles included with the software allow the gamer to develop their own nia—memory to launch the desired behavior of their character and shoot with the “blink of an eye”, without lifting a finger.

Isnt this cool? On monday Im getting one of these. Its not the "more immersive gaming experience" im looking for, but I just want to move a cursor and press keys with my thoughts.
Experiences will be posted.

Bring and Brag / Christian missionaries
« on: November 28, 2009, 05:17:59 pm »
Christmas is coming. Again I have observed an increasing number of christians who want other people to accept Jesus. Two days ago i saw two guys who, shouting, read bible passages in front of children on a schoolyard. I talked to them but I can't talk to all of them.

So I've opened a self reflection/discussion platform for them by writing and hanging up those posters:

It may happen that you prefer the english version:

Any suggestions to make it more effective?

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