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GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:00:51 pm »
I've seen a lot of posterGASM-like material from (seemingly) non-discordian sources in the past year or two. I can't say if this is a success, a cynical re-appropriation by the Spectacle, or just something relating to awareness or the group I associate with. But, if we don't do posterGASM, the straights will -- and while I don't have strong feelings either way about that, it might push some decisions.

When you say, (seemingly) non-discordian sources, do you mean the material does not seem to convey the type of humor or style that a Discordian is likely to use, or do you just mean that you don't recognize the posters themselves from any of the posterGASM collections you've seen?

I'm just wondering if those posters are, themselves, not Discordian at all in nature, or just not from a recognizable discordian source.

I'm finding it hard to come up with words today, my head is in a weird place, apologies if my question is confusing or stupid

They are coming from known sources who are not known to be discordian and do not publicly address the issue.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: July 15, 2014, 10:14:17 pm »
The Rheusus Chart has been released today. 

If you're not already reading The Laundry Files series, WAYSA?  It's got everything you need, the British Civil Service, techno-geekery and eldiritch horrors from dimensions with recurved space and backwards time invading our reality.

And if you're still not convinced, you can read the first chapter here.

This  seems rather interesting.  I will check out the first book in the series.

Okay this is fucking Mildly Decent.  It's cheeky too! I was disenchanted with occult detective/horror after reading the first Dresden files but this is just great.
Finished this the other day, and it really did wonders for my disenfranchisement with the series. I've historically liked the Laundry series the least out of Stross's books because it has historically had so much reliance on tired/uninspired techie jokes for humor and because of how repetitive the prose was -- the narrator can make exactly the same lame joke referencing some now out of date technical/nerd thing six times in the same book (mostly about apple, microsoft, or everquest), and the complicated and rewarding plot is the only thing keeping me interested. In this book, he put away the techie humour and basically just make all the shit go down at once in a wonderful clusterfuck, and what gags there were were essentially buried in the plot structurally rather than being quips made by the narrator. It seems like this is more representative of how the rest of the series will go, and that (furthermore) Bob is going to stop being the narrator pretty soon.

I've been reading Dennet's Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, which is both useful and entertaining. It feels like a cross between You Are Not So Smart and the BIP, but focused on distinguishing good rhetorical/metaphorical devices (intuition pumps) from shitty ones (boom crutches).

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Would a similar image mentioning that writing was invented in Iraq be too on the nose?

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GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:10:43 am »
I've seen a lot of posterGASM-like material from (seemingly) non-discordian sources in the past year or two. I can't say if this is a success, a cynical re-appropriation by the Spectacle, or just something relating to awareness or the group I associate with. But, if we don't do posterGASM, the straights will -- and while I don't have strong feelings either way about that, it might push some decisions.

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A list of bug fixes for one of the Sims games.



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... it is a lot longer, so the rest is here

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:59:49 pm »
I haven't read it yet, but -- there are plenty of self-adjusting / self-balancing software ecosystems (since it's just a matter of implementing a feedback loop). You often don't see them in practice only because they typically get gamed immediately after someone figures out how they work.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:58:20 am »
I'm about halfway through Memoirs Found in the Bathtub. I was a little surprised that it's absolutely hilarious -- having read Solaris and about half of The Cyberiad (the latter being Lem's supposedly funny book). It's a little like Brazil meets The Prisoner. It has a few sequences where people shout numbers at each other with no explanation -- which I've seen in a couple soviet-era Russian movies but never before in Lem's books (if I recall, it was in the film version of Stalker -- I.E., Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic). Is this a reference to some very popular work, or to something in Soviet law enforcement?

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