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Forum looks very plain.  Is it weird for everyone?

It has always been weird but it still looks the same to me as it always has . Maybe that is because I don't go for any of those fancy schmantzy colour schemes that you kids are so fond of.
So welcome to "Stripped Down Discordia" Trivial

This in no way implies that the shirtless Dok Howl pics are forthcoming.

I miss the handy buttons, they're all gone.  Both phone and computer are doing the same thing. 

This is the only button you really need around here:

Or Kill Me / Re: Time to switch sides
« on: Yesterday at 03:11:39 am »

Sidenote: What do you think of cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin, Ethereum)? This market space has exploded this year, and of course one of its big dreams is replacing the fiat system, which seems related to what you are saying here. By having decentralized currency, would that help achieve your goals?

This is probably going to be more fun than you really wanted, Scorch.

Cryptocurrency doesn't solve any of the problems of money.  Nor does it create any interesting new problems.  It is the fiscal equivalent of grasping at straws.  That are tied to anvils.

Yea, I think I do know what you mean. The main issue right now is volatility, who wants to pay for something in bitcoin if the price is $4000/coin last month and $6000/coin this month (or vice versa).

But there are other options that are trying to solve this.

Aside from this, I do like the ideas of not being able to trace, and no central authority.

What do you think the issues are?

I think the main issue is that currency is a social fiction and operates because people believe in it.  People being pack-based primates, the vast majority of them will only believe in a currency backed by a government of some kind.

It's a non-starter.

Besides the question of perceived legitimacy, cryptocurrencies require infrastructure that will go away without state-level investment and maintenance. Without the internet, there is no such thing as cryptocurrency, and without international regulation and governance, there is no internet. Also, the idea that Bitcoin transactions are "untraceable" is a myth. Every transaction is stored in the blockchain -- which means every bitcoin you deposit or withdraw from your wallet can be tracked directly to you if you are discovered to own the wallet in question. You can do various things to obfuscate ownership (multiple wallets, etc) but bitcoin is laundered just like cash is, for the same reasons.

Or Kill Me / Re: Time to switch sides
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:53:05 am »
The thing about worrying about centralized currency is it always, without exceptions, boils down to "the Jews". Just watch.

Instead of worrying about who sets financial policy (which is much more complicated than a bunch of fat cats at the Fed), we should target the mechanisms of wealth disparity directly. Low wages, discriminatory loans, skyrocketing costs of education and health care, self-employment tax penalties, and state-enforced monopolies.

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Principia Discussion / Re: I'm new, sad, angry and bring a warning.
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:04:27 am »
Hello fellow disco-fags (how do you guys greet each other?),

And just like that, I stopped reading.

oh come on, give the guy a break. it's how the internet talks now. you know, intentionally offensive and edgy because god forbid you be mistaken for someone with any amount of respect for other people since that would make you seem weak. and discordia is obviously a blanket justification for doing whatever it takes to get a rise out of people since it's all about being, like, non-conformist and meta. or whatever.

Principia Discussion / Re: I'm new, sad, angry and bring a warning.
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:02:53 am »
To be fair, it's generally a bad idea to read any version of the PD. But for sure one without pictures should be avoided.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: October 08, 2017, 04:35:40 am »
Anyway, I'm now reading the preview chapters for Oathbringer, the third book in Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series.

So far, Kaladin's depression is not making him repeat the same mistakes over and over again, which is nice to see after the last two books.  The depiction of Kaladin and his depression may be one of the best I've ever read, but going down that road a third time would've been completely unnecessary.

Adolin doesn't seem to be turning to the dark side or anything after his entirely justified murder of Sadeas.  It is complicating things, but thus far it doesn't seem to be causing him any major distress. 

Dalinar's flashbacks are showing just how much of a complete dick the younger Blackthorn was.  It's actually hard to believe they're the same men, the difference is that great.  The implied murder of a noble child to claim his shardplate in the wars of unification is the worst thing so far, but we've also had scenes where Sadeas appears to be picking out women to rape, with Dalinar not commenting, and an awful lot of glee taken in killing his enemies. 

Shallan's courting multiple personality disorder to not deal with the memories of killing her mother while training in using the shardblade with Adolin.  I'm sure this will have no negative repurcussions whatsoever, given Shallan's already fragile mental state. 

Voidbringers can play cards.  Who knew?

This is the book I'm waiting for. I recently finished books 1 & 2. I didn't expect to care that much, I picked them up because someone mentioned it to me and I had nothing else to read at the moment (I'm still delaying TUC for some reason).  My main anxiety about Oathbringer is that I really, really hate flashbacks. I want to know what happens next, I don't give a shit what happened 20 years earlier. That probably makes me a bad reader or whatever, but it just isn't compelling for me. I'll probably still read it anyway, though.

I've been impressed with that series so far. I'd all but given up on Sanderson after the 2nd and 3rd Mistborn books, but a friend gifted me Way of Kings and I really enjoyed it. There's still something about his style that bothers me and I can't quite put my finger on it. It's probably best exemplified in Stormlight Archive by the axehounds. You have a creature that's for all intents and purposes a dog. It acts like a dog, it's trained like a dog. It's called a fucking hound. But it has a shell. Some of those worldbuilding choices are distracting, like they're just different for the sake of being different without really adding anything. It's okay, man, you can write about dogs.

Based on this thread I started reading the Prince of Nothing books. I just started Warrior Prophet the other day. The Darkness that Comes Before was a really refreshing take on fantasy, and Bakker's writing is incredibly confident.

100% agree on Sanderson doing shit to be weird for weirdness' sake. Grass that retreats if you walk too close to it is another example. Horses still eat it so what's the difference? Just weird for no real reason at all. It doesn't bother me too much though, except when he goes off on some weird tangent for half a page explaining the behavior or history of some completely unimportant odd thing. Overall, his worldbuilding is enormous and ambitious, and those are both points in his favor. He just spends too much time shading in the areas I don't care about sometimes.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: ITT we summon RWHN
« on: October 07, 2017, 08:34:27 pm »
If they weren't guilty, they wouldn't be accused. As for RWHN, he was the wisest person to ever visit PD and his abandonment of this community is a severe loss to us.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: ITT we summon RWHN
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:48:06 pm »
Here's a good way to summon RWHN

McGahey had heard of Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery. People called it “the Chicken Farm,” a rural retreat where defendants stayed for a year, got addiction treatment and learned to live more productive lives. Most were sent there by courts from across Oklahoma and neighboring states, part of the nationwide push to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison.

Aside from daily cans of Dr Pepper, McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything. The judge knew that. But the Chicken Farm sounded better than prison.

A few weeks later, McGahey stood in front of a speeding conveyor belt inside a frigid poultry plant, pulling guts and stray feathers from slaughtered chickens destined for major fast food restaurants and grocery stores.

There wasn’t much substance abuse treatment at CAAIR. It was mostly factory work for one of America’s top poultry companies. If McGahey got hurt or worked too slowly, his bosses threatened him with prison.

And he worked for free. CAAIR pocketed the pay.

“It was a slave camp,” McGahey said. “I can’t believe the court sent me there.”

Soon, it would get worse.

Sure, it sounds bad. But the Constitution clearly condones slavery, as long as the slave has been convicted of a crime first. They don't even technically need to be guilty. Just convicted.

"all the fury of a subreddit title"...

I mean.. have you ever heard Trump say literally anything?

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:43:05 am »
In the year 2440, a techno-Utopian Earth finally makes first contact with not one but an entire array of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations. They have been around for a while, waiting for humans to grow the fuck up and join their galactic good guy club. But the pressure is on because everyone faces a threat from hostile invaders from outside the galaxy. Earth's probation period is expedited in light of this, and is granted full membership. Everything is going well until some asshole opens a time capsule from 2020 and inadvertently causes an outbreak of etho-nationalism and alt-right racism that sours the deal just in time to fuck up the war and get everyone killed.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:14:03 am »
A determined centrist learns that the only way to find the kernel of goodness in a Nazi is by digging it out with a claw hammer.

Apple Talk / Re: people still post on forums, technically
« on: September 12, 2017, 07:44:34 am »
I wouldn't call what I do "posting".

Principia Discussion / Re: A neophyte
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:54:46 am »
i stayed for the bad clip art and dadaist nonsense
you're the wrong kind of discordian, though.
i mean, your name even says so.

Principia Discussion / Re: A neophyte
« on: September 11, 2017, 03:36:43 am »

Aneristic Illusions / Re: i spend too much time on facebook
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:41:16 am »
Doesn't need to be.  Swarming tactics are made for the internet.
True enough. Are there any tactics shown to be effective in countering such swarms short of administrator-level fucks given?

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