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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 21, 2015, 01:39:01 am »
A person is followed by a spambot on twitter that responds with markov-model-generated nonsense whenever tweeted at. On a lark, he follows it and sends it messages. Over time, he becomes convinced that it's the ghost of his estranged father, who died after several years in an advanced state of dementia. He goes on a quest to find where the bot is physically hosted, and eventually ends up penniless and in the basement of an abandoned factory in Estonia, which houses an ad-hoc data center owned by the Russian mob. He is shot by a guard while attempting to carry an unplugged server rack down the street to the run-down motel he's been staying at.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:43:02 pm »
I recently finished William Gibson's The Peripheral. I think it lived up to the hype.

I also read Stephen Johnson's How We Got to Now, which was certainly worthwhile but was somewhat diminished by the fact that I had somehow managed to read about a quarter of the book in the form of excerpts in magazines already. It's a good book with a great idea -- pick a vague topic and then follow the history properly (thus avoiding lingering on larger than life mythic figures), producing a story about the topic rather than a story about the people who interacted with the topic during a particular period of its development. The book was a little too short for my taste. I look forward to seeing the TV show that goes with the book, as soon as it gets stuck on netflix.

I started Richard Kadrey's Metrophage, but I think I'm going to need to put it down and read something else for a while, because it seems like it's going to require more intense focus to follow than the other things I've been reading.

In the queue, I have:
- Shovel Ready by Adam Sternberg
- The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher
- The last three books in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series, by Nagaru Tanigawa -- these three came out in Japan after the first book got published in the United States, and so they are the only ones I haven't read in unofficial translations.


I don't even know why it's funny.

 :lulz: :? :lulz: :? :lulz: :? :lulz:

does anyone know if there is anything like a formal humor analysis method?  something like sentence diagrams? 
i know there are different types of jokes - but they should, then, be classifiable, right?
i'm not having much luck with internet searches but it something i randomly get interested in and then forget about.

With regard to theories of humor:

There are several joke generators, of varying degrees of complexity, but none of them really adequately test these models of humor -- because they lack the ability to model enough of the human mind to determine what consitutes novelty or transgression. Most of them are basically just pun generators.

Is this a safe space to admit that the hamburger gag turns me on more than a little?
Hell, this isn't even a safe space to admit you eat hamburgers.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: December 15, 2014, 08:27:08 pm »
A zombie apocalypse, except instead of turning people into zombies the virus turns everyone into the protagonist's ex-girlfriend (who's some sort of microbiology researcher...there was a lab accident...etc. etc. etc.). This idea came to me in a dream (in which it was the plot of a Jim Carey movie that I was watching)
I like that it's a Jim Carey movie. It's like an inverted Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Discordian Recipes / Re: Stupidly easy chicken thing
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:15:45 am »
Oh shit. I just realized I said 'pressure cooker' when I meant 'crock pot'.

Discordian Recipes / Stupidly easy chicken thing
« on: December 13, 2014, 05:54:37 pm »
- 1-2 lbs Chicken thighs (not deboned)
- 2-3 jars salsa

Put chicken in pressure cooker. Cover with salsa. Cook on high for 24 hours, or until bones melt. Feeds one person for 1-2 meals a day for a week.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: December 13, 2014, 04:23:46 pm »
I finished Starfish by Peter Watts, and I'm almost finished with Behemoth. I was about halfway through that book when I realized that I accidentally transposed the second and third book in the series -- I should have read Maelstrom before Behemoth. Anyhow, Watts produces dense, high-quality, cerebral hard-SF, and I'd recommend anyone with any interest in SF to at least pick up all the books that he's released for free on his site (so, Blindsight and the whole Rifters trilogy) and give them a go -- unless you have a predisposition toward suicidal depression (in which case, maybe stay far away from his site in general).

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