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Apple Talk / Re: ATTN: The Criminal Scum None As Doctor Cramulus
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:57:37 pm »

Full painting:

The best thing about that pillow is that I physically own it, I'm actually leaning against it right now. I saw that pic on tumblr one day, while fuckin loaded on bourbon. I laughed so hard that I had to find out more. I found a website which sold it printed on a pillow, and purchased it immediately. The next morning, when I sobered up, I forgot all about it.

A week or two later, the pillow arrived in the mail and it totally blindsided me. Laughed by BALLS off. I think that if the apartment was on fire, it's one of the things I'd grab.


The painting is called "Batman Charity" and it's a take-off of this renaissance painting called Roman Charity. There are dozens of versions of it.

Here's Rubens version:

According to the roman legend, this dude was sentenced to death by starvation, just chained up in a room and left to die. His daughter was allowed to visit him, but she couldn't bring him food, so she breastfed him. This is seen as an act of super heroism. I mean, she could have been sentenced to the same thing, but also, it's gross as fuck. She really took one for the team there. But the (Super)hero connotation is probably why this painter did a Batman version of it.

This is Fine Ass Art.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:48:28 pm »
Glad to hear <3

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Reality Safari: Gurdjieff
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:26:53 pm »

January 13th is Gurdjieff's "Life Day" -- his birthday, but it's the day we celebrate his life. There's going to be a big ceremony at St. Martin's church, in Manhattan. This is a time of year when the Gurdjieff foundation changes gears and all its normal functions are put on hold while we prep for the big day.

I have been swamped, and haven't attended any "work days", but I did manage to squeeze in a few hours of festival prep work. The Gurdjieff foundation is crazy right now. All its normal spaces are full of projects--Murals, decorations, and other preparation for the event.

I was told that I could basically just pick a space, pick an activity, and jump in. But was steered a bit towards making the "cards". There will be a big meal, and at the end, guests will be given a little dessert box, with a card on the top - one that could later be used as a bookmark. The cards are all hand decorated. I sat at a table with a few other people, decorating cards in whatever way I wanted. But it had to be mindful, focused, intentional.

I was able to really lose myself (or find myself?) in this work. It was beautiful to me, that we would put so much effort into a tiny little detail that people might not even notice. I spent maybe 10-15 minutes per card, and it was definitely on the "quick" side. Many cards took 20+ minutes, and the goal was to make 300 of them.

Some of the other people making cards were artists and designers, and put mine to SHAME. Here are mine, which I must emphasize, look like garbage compared to some of the intricate and beautifully colored cards that were made by others:

This was my first time doing "work" side by side with other Gurdjieff people. I gotta say, it was actually really fun. It was like 2 hours of coloring while listening to piano music.

In Other News,
Next week, when they re-start, I'm going to try the Movement classes again. The long commute to get there was making it very difficult to be in the right mental space for them and I wasn't able to get anything out of them. So this time, I'm going to try driving into Manhattan, which fucking terrifies me. But it'll be 8 PM, so maybe it won't be a high stress clusterfuck of crisis-merging and bumper to mosh pit. If I can handle it, I'll be able to get to/from the class in 40 minutes, which cuts the commute time in half or less. We'll see. I'm open to it. But if this isn't the year to do the movements, that's okay too... I have a LOT on my plate this year, and if I get Wednesday night off, I would make good use of it.

This is the New Years Resolution time of year. During the holidays, our habits and patterns are suspended and it gives us a moment to reflect on the big picture. At our meeting, we were asked to take some time to reflect on our original reasons for approaching the Gurdjieff work. This is dangerous, because we may realize that "as the octave progressed, it turned from its original course". But it can also be a time of renewal and rededication.

I am very thankful for finding the work. Before, I understood my own automatism intellectually, but I don't think I had really felt it. The Gurdjieff work is helping me become more emotionally sensitive, and more in touch with my self. The practice of Self Remembering is so grounding, makes it easier to keep in touch with Who I Am and What I Should Be Doing.

It's also incredibly daunting and frustrating sometimes - not the work itself, but the recognition of how small the conscious part of me actually is. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was asleep, no doubt about it--just grinding away and leaping from one problem to the next and never really arriving anywhere. During the holidays, I had a few precious minutes of awakened self. I used this gift to bond with my family, my beautiful girlfriend, and talk about the future.

When I do the nameless sensing exercise in the morning--properly, not rushing through it--it changes my whole day. It gives the day the potential to be something else. I can feel my body differently, having "rebooted" those connections, and that makes me process all information differently. I've been doing zen meditation very intermittently since I was a teenager, but only rarely approached meditation in a truly disciplined way. I would use it as a de-stress technique, or just to ground myself, and sometimes I'd have a nice quiet internal experience that left me feeling refreshed. But this stuff is different. It's like warming up the car for a drive. It's like turning on a light, to read better. This is concrete, the benefits I've experienced are tangible.

Here's to the New Year, the New Me, and the New You. I am wishing everybody a year of self discovery and consciousness. This year, I hope you're able to see yourself, see the big picture, and find the avenue which connects the two.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:29:54 pm »
"we need to find the right balance" is the styrofoam packing peanuts of things to say in a meeting.

In every planning meeting I've ever attended, some manager or exec lists two possible failure scenarios (usually things that other people just brought up) and concudes "we just need to find a path between these two"

ohhhh shit we got a real brain-genius over here. GOD DAMN, look at those leadership skills.

Apple Talk / Re: I don't know where the random links thread is
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:47:47 pm »
NOICE, so you remember that hilarious twitter account, TNG Season 8? apparently the writer is working on this star trek animated series

link to the "best of" TNG season 8:

Star Trek: Lower Deck

“Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.’ His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed."

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:44:35 pm »
I went to to see how they're covering the gov't shutdown. They aren't (right now, at least). But I did find THIS:

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:05:24 pm »
I met a lot of Israelis in Germany this year who were very pro-trump, which I still find bizarre even given the embassy thing.

Will be curious to see if they change their tune this summer.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:21:21 pm »
Daaaamn, even worse than Grand Central at 9 AM

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:35:24 pm »
what's the central line? noisy train, I'm guessing?

do you mean that the flat mates bother you up when they come home at midnight?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:18:25 pm »
That was awesome. I love how Trump thinks he's getting the better of them but is clearly floundering and struggling to stay buoyant.

Schumer goes “When the president brags he won North Dakota and Indiana, he's in real trouble.”

Trump is like "We did win them."

what a big boy!

Apple Talk / Re: On Language
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:39:15 pm »
Loving this thread! Reminding me of a chapter The Language Instinct where Pinker goes apeshit about e-prime.

The linguists Sapir and Whorf developed the language-determinism hypothesis based on sloppy evidence.

Whorf blamed language for lots of problems. For example, at a construction site, a worker threw a match into a trash can labeled “empty”, causing an explosion. The trashcan was actually filled with gasoline vapor. Whorf used this example in several papers to talk about how language determines our reality. But is this really language’s fault? A trash can filled with explosive vapor LOOKS empty, so isn’t this error more the fault of perception than language?

Whorf was fascinated by really poor translations of Apache language, which he assumed meant Apaches think about the universe in fundamentally different ways than we do. But he never actually talked to any Apaches, his assumptions about their psychology are based entirely on apache grammar - which makes the argument circular. To support his point, he relied on increasingly tortured translations of different languages. He said the English phrase “The boat is grounded on the beach” would be said in Apache as “It is on the beach pointwise as an event of canoe motion.” It’s definitely not like English! But it doesn’t follow that they have different thoughts. — other linguists have pointed out that Whorf’s translations are clumsy, word-for-word translations. Pinker writes, “Turning the tables, I could take the English sentence 'he walks’ and render it as as solitary masculinity, leggedness proceeds.’”

Whorf also thought that the Hopi language didn’t have tense, and therefore Hopi had a different perception of time. But that’s just straight up wrong, and nobody knows where he got the idea.

Let’s move onto empirical evidence – there have been 35+ years of research on the Whorfian hypothesis. The studies which support are for the most part, pretty weak. In one experiment, subjects are shown colored paint chips. In followup memory tests, subjects seem to have an easier time remembering paint chips which have names in their language. But they also remember colors without names – so the experiment does not show that colors are remembered by verbal labels alone. All it shows is that people remembered the chips in two forms (visual image and verbal label), and that the visual memory is more fallible. Not really surprising. Pinker writes, “Language is, technically speaking, influencing a form of thought in some way, but so what? It is hardly an example of incommensurable world views, or of dissecting nature along lines laid down by our native language according to terms that are absolutely obligatory.”

Alfred Bloom’s book “The Linguistic Shaping of Thought” tried another experiment - he gave Chinese and American students a passage to read, then tested them on it. The passage relied heavily on the subjunctive-clause, which is absent in Chinese. On followup tests, American students got 98% right, Chinese students got only 7% right. Bloom concluded that the Chinese language renders its speakers unable to entertain hypothetical false worlds without great mental effort. A cavalry of cognitive scientists disagreed with these tales of the concreteness of the Oriental mind. They pointed out numerous problems in the experiments, like that the Chinese translations of the passage were really bad, and at times genuinely ambiguous. When these flaws were fixed in subsequent experiments, the differences vanished.

Apple Talk / Re: Merry Moosemas
« on: December 07, 2018, 03:36:24 pm »
BUMP because I'm throwing a Moosemas party tomorrow. I had to check this thread to see what year I started doing it.. so this will be my 11th year! Which means it's my 13th moosemas party, because I think I've thrown two "Moosemas in July" parties.

Moosemas 2010, for reference

« on: December 03, 2018, 01:06:11 pm »
In my defense, I couldn't not post this:

Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: November 28, 2018, 02:07:54 pm »
Why someone has not primaried the shit out of him I do not understand.

ugh, we (new yorkers) tried

Cynthia Nixon got him to slide a little bit to the left in order to defeat her, but he's pretty fuckin entrenched

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Simulated reality
« on: November 27, 2018, 12:54:13 pm »
If this were a simulation, Eris would not exist.

if She 'exists' at this layer of abstraction
and so do you and me
then you, me, and Her are equally real

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