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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:37:40 pm »
A three act action-movie structure. In the first act, a talented rookie cop who plays by the rules uncovers wide-scale corruption in the force, and learns that he has to work outside the system in order to take down the systemic corruption. In the second act, that same cop tries to take down the organized crime syndicate that was manipulating the corrupt officials, but finds that he is unable to do so by himself by flouting the rules and doing things his way, and instead utilizes the system (in the process finding it necessary to make amends with the cops that were involved in some of the more minor corruption, in order to join forces and mobilize to defeat a larger problem). In the third act, he discovers that the few people he continued to trust from the first act into the second were being manipulated by a third party -- a large and wealthy private mercenary corporation with strong ties to an obscure but powerful religious cult -- and that in order to deal with this threat, he needs to break all the rules and go on his own to take down the cult leader, knowing that he will at best be arrested or become a fugitive of justice afterwards. (So, basically, The Parable of the Gong meets Die Hard)

Regarding the Hades/Persephone story, we can probably shed some light on it by looking at its heritage (by which I mean the story of Ishtar in the underworld, which is substantially the same and predates it by a few thousand years).

Within this story, Inana quests into the land of the dead of her own accord to ask Ereshkigal, the lord of the dead, a favor. At this point she is already married to Dumuzid (who is a useless asshole person, and was actually a human -- no idea why she married him, because they don't really get along). Before she leaves, she gives instructions to a servant to tell all the major gods her plan, and to ensure that she can be brought back to life. (All of the gods ignore her request except Enki, despite the servant literally cutting herself in public to prove that she's serious.) The lord of the underworld strips her of her clothing and hangs her on a hook, but she was sort of expecting that kind of behavior, and avoids eating despite being down there for three days. Enki sends a couple servants down to give her a rejuvination potion. She then escapes (it's ambiguous whether or not she takes the rejuvenation potion; probably not), tearing demons from her flesh that are snatching at her, and when she finally arrives in the world of the living, the demons snatch her no-good husband (who was just hanging around where she happened to appear) and take him to the underworld instead. (

In other words, the agency that's completely dominant in Inana's story is completely absent in Persephone's. Even if Persephone was not raped, it's still a major regression -- and it's in line with the lower position of women in Greek society.

Discordian Recipes / Re: PD Recipe Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:13:38 pm »
I was actually planning to make it with cheddar, tbh -- it should be fine if you serve it hot.

It's a distant ancestor of lasagna, which is typically made with ricotta *and* mozzarella, so the texture should be comparable.

Discordian Recipes / Re: PD Recipe Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 07:15:43 pm »
Quote from: The Forme of Cury
Take gode broth and do in an erthen pot, take flour of payndemayn and make žerof past with water. and make žerof thynne foyles as paper [2] with a roller, drye it harde and seež it in broth take Chese ruayn [3] grated and lay it in disshes with powdour douce. and lay žeron loseyns isode as hoole as žou mizt [4]. and above powdour and chese, and so twyse or thryse, & serue it forth.

[1] Loseyns. Vide in Gloss. [2] foyles as paper. Leaves of paste as thin as paper. [3] Chese ruyan. 166. Vide Gloss. [4] mizt. Might, i.e. can.

Translation into modern english:
In an oven-safe dish, interleave two or three layers of flat, paper-thin pasta with a mixture of cheese, cinnamon, sugar, and ginger. Add water and bake.

I like this, though still trying to discern what [F5] means exactly.
It's the refresh key in web browsers on Windows (stemming from its earlier and more generic use in other programs as 'start from scratch' -- in Microsoft IDEs and various forms of Microsoft BASIC, F5 was used to run the program from an initial state, ignoring any currently paused program whose run could be resumed).

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: March 06, 2015, 01:48:34 am »
A corrupt priest sits rotting in a Vatican City jail after stealing parish funds to pay off gambling debts. One day, the Pope himself visits him, and tells him that the Antichrist has been born and that he must find a relic -- a book bound in Christ's foreskin, with vellum pages made from the hide of the original scape-goat, with instructions on how to defeat God's army in the end times -- and destroy it. In order to do so, he must use the training and skills he swore off when he joined the priesthood so many years before, and once again adopt the name he swore he would never again answer to -- James Bond.

It looks like it might be this Nevermind, I just spent like an hour and that's not it.

They get replaced whenever the number of allowable posts gets exceeded. But there should be several, in this subforum.

(Does the search function even work?)

It should be working? I think you need to be in the root directory (not on a thread) to get it to look everywhere. Failing that, go to google and do before your search, should do what you need.

The search function was broken for several years.

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