Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - LuciferX

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 156
Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: Today at 07:43:18 am »
Eccentric statistician is always misplacing things. Brilliant and exceptionally shy, decides to start rocking designer socks that are made by hand as 'one of a kind' matching pairs. You know, to live a little. This is when things get strange.

Of course everyone understands that evil elves have a penchant for socks, used as bags to haul away all the other stuff they re-appropriate. This is simply common sense, and our statistician clearly expects this to also happen to his own unique identifiers. The problem is that everyone knows that the elves are not actually interested in the socks themselves, these are just expedient devices dictated by the logic of looting. So then why are the socks primarily missing in pairs?

The horror really starts when our hero decides to take a sick day from work, to buy a new pair of socks instead. Walking up to the sock shop on the towns main strip, the statistician stops suddenly, catching a glimpse of someone identical to themselves standing next to their own half-reflected image in the store-front glass. Just as quickly, the understanding of what this means hits the protagonist like a freight train of sea serpents.

Our hero runs home, tears the gas line from the stove, douses all current research in kerosene, and then lights a match. KABOOM. The very next day, as though nothing happened, the statistician with a thing for socks apparently shows up to work again.

The bit on Grids - which I've discovered likely came from Alan Watts. Alan Watts had a radio show at Berkely in the late 50s, and teen Mal and Omar probably listened to it. Here's a section from his book  On The Tabboo Against Knowing Who You Are - - looks a lot like the Reality Grids section, right?

"Some say he was a holy man, others say he was a shit head." - this one brings me down to earth when I need it

"Oh well, then stop"

And so it is that we, as men, do not exist until we do; and then it is that we play with our world of existent things, and order and disorder them, and so it shall be that Non-existence shall take us back from Existence, and that nameless Spirituality shall return to Void, like a tired child home from a very wild circus.

Remnds me of Foucault 1969, surfaces of emergence and grids of specification. Very fond of The Book.

Apple Talk / Re: Meyers-Briggs Personality Type
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:11:37 am »
Administering the test to oneself repeatedly over time increases sample size to an extent that rivals the accuracy of a double-blind experiment, sources say.

Yeah, I tried to map some of those other territories mentioned above, then they went all dark city on me. No thank you.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:14:30 am »
I'd pin this false-positive in facial recognition on having skipped lunch, otherwise, on my way to dinner, Seth McFamily guy was totally checking out my street in the back of an escalade with the window rolled half down. I mention this because the political economy of expired parking meters demands it, also, due to whiskey and expertly evaded blow darts. THIS IS ALL!

Apple Talk / Re: Theology as an Exercise in Management.
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:07:30 pm »
We got one problem here, bub.

1 It is worth mentioning that EVERY religion has a Prometheus figure.

What's the Discordian Prometheus figure? Closest I can think is Greyface and he's basically the opposite of one.

Eris is, of course.  Nothing says she can't do both.

And, as an added bonus, you can still have the original Greek Titan Prometheus! (I donít know where he is right now, but I heard somewhere that Hercules unchained him from that big olí rock.)

Anyway, with Discordianism you get a twofer!

I donít believe any other religion can make that claim. So, is this a Great Religion, or what?!

This is wonderful... An unbinding religion that collapses duality and multiplies gods.

Apple Talk / Re: Theology as an Exercise in Management.
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:52:44 pm »
I was thinking about this on the drive home today, and I have come to the conclusion that all of this mess is a crisis in management, rather than labor.


So, for once, the Engineering Department doesnít get blamed for inherent design flaws?

And, as usual, Quality Control takes no responsibility whatsoever, because they canít inspect quality into the finished product?

There doesn't seem to be any flaws in the design, at least flaws that would cause the problems being discussed.

Also, when you're omnipotent, who's on your QC team?

Okay, Iíll buy that.

However, isnít Lucifer more of an Accounts Receivable kind of guy? I would think the collecting of souls is more of a normal Accounts Receivable function, than an Accounts Payable responsibility.
Yeah, souls don't fetch like what they once did.

Or Kill Me / Re: The Faustian compact
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:00:45 pm »
The quoted post cnsisted of statements of the form:
Bad thing X happened because of seemingly reasonable concern Y

But it's point was not to justify X but to show that even a reasonable concern can be very very bad if taken too far.

I think, in behavioral economics, it's called the substitution bias. Works best when seasoned with liberal amounts of cognitive dissonance.

Or Kill Me / Re: The Faustian compact
« on: June 11, 2018, 05:41:21 pm »
I just got stuck on 2)
"... It is still the case that this person's moral judgments are one thing and the fact that he cares about them so much is another. His belief that certain courses of action are dictated by ethical considerations differs, in other words, from his belief that no other considerations compare in importance to those."
Something about the distinction does not sit right with me.

Or Kill Me / Re: The Faustian compact
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:36:27 pm »
Because I hope there is such a thing as good fucks to give, I think I was referring to this essay by H. Frankfurt:

Or Kill Me / Re: The Faustian compact
« on: June 09, 2018, 09:01:39 am »
I suppose the difference is that of which fucks are given?

Apple Talk / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:32:54 pm »
RIP Tony B.
Underworld & Iggy Pop - Bells & Circles

Apple Talk / Re: Theology as an Exercise in Management.
« on: June 06, 2018, 02:59:36 am »
I guess God gets to perform his little teleological suspensions of the ethical. For the rest of us, appeals to better management are taken to stem from reason. Therein lies the rub, people smarter than me have discerned. If you grant the duffer a capacity to reason, the principle of autonomy gets to ride as well, no exceptions (except One.) God does not require us to be responsible/culpable in order to exact punishment, clearly, transcending reason. What this provides is a regulatory system that initially looks good on paper and then reveals itself to be rationally unsound and ultimately unjustifiable. But heck, when it's all a conditioned response, when not even my own sin is original, what's new and who cares?

And then the madness came for me as I found myself praying to a glorified thermostat.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Theological Questions!
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:46:07 am »
What's the fucking point in afterlife if I so often forget who I was yesterday. I'd trade continuity for more iterations.
I have it on good authority that without continuity, dfference becomes indistinguishable.
Not remembering your past lives?
Trade up NOW for a soul that works!!!

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:48:31 pm »
Psychic weapons development and deployment by a team of hippies that, from the outside, look like they only play hackey sack and other related hippie sports. Actually, they spin and float tulpas, painted like their targets and launched with mind lazers.

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 156