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GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM: Calvin Ball Edition
« on: July 18, 2008, 11:15:43 pm »

GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM: Calvin Ball Edition
« on: July 18, 2008, 05:44:23 pm »

GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM: Calvin Ball Edition
« on: July 18, 2008, 02:45:12 pm »
very useful: hxxp://

GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM: Calvin Ball Edition
« on: July 17, 2008, 05:58:09 pm »
no. "type B" cell phone use is "no use at all"

GASM Command / Re: POSTERGASM: Calvin Ball Edition
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:54:07 pm »

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: A thought on a few core ideas.
« on: July 17, 2008, 03:32:36 pm »
Truth. For example - how many times have you been at a lower-end department store looking for a shirt or something, and finding nothing because everything has to have some logo or advertisement or one-liner all over it? I know that happens to me quite a bit. People are generally "individuals" within an increasingly narrowing definition of what is acceptably unique.

« on: July 17, 2008, 02:18:48 pm »
the presidency isn't failed, it's right on schedule.

« on: July 17, 2008, 06:47:05 am »
you know those fucking annoying celebrity rags in the checkout lane, whose sole purpose is to keep people infatuated with the pantheon of modern-day gods and goddesses? i think i have a solution. design these, print them, and stick them in front of the magazines :P

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: A thought on a few core ideas.
« on: July 13, 2008, 04:38:59 am »
 it's like the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz - the city is green, because everyone wears green glasses. it's absurd to suggest that the city isn't really green. the evidence is right there in front of their eyes, as far as they're concerned. most people look at the world through fear-tinted glasses, and they're justified in wearing them, after all they believe the realities they subscribe to are absolute, and there are real consequences in those realities for removing your spectacles.

once you realize that there's nothing fundamentally, naturally requiring you to care about your dead-end job, it's hard to keep caring. but that doesn't stop you from wanting the material benefits that dead-end job can provide you. a lot of people get to that point and immediately turn back, because if you just up and walk away from your bullshit responsibilities, nobody will give you a line of credit to live the life you think you deserve to live.

the biggest and strongest bars in the BIP aren't what you beleive about other people or how you think the world works, they are aspirations and fantasies about where you think you're going. most of that depends on your acceptance of the daily-grind game. maybe that would translate in this metaphor to the shackles that keep you from ever getting as far as the actual bars of your cell in the first place.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: A thought on a few core ideas.
« on: July 11, 2008, 09:40:52 pm »
It's the Garbage-In-Garbage-Out effect. Most people are predictable because they live predictable lives and believe predictable things. Their world is predictable, so they behave in a way that fits that world.

The All-is-Chaos view is essentially useless on its own, since it basically negates the use of analysis and pattern-recognition. If you assume everything to be chaotic and meaningless, then you won't be able to make much sense of things.

The useful (IMHO) outlook is rather to recognize the chaos that exists in a system (or among systems) as well as the predicable nature of the systems in question. That allows you to make useful predictions and draw useful conclusions about events and circumstances, from a wider range of situations than you would have access to if you subscribed solely to a single Aneristic system. It also allows you to deal with the unexpected by making room for chaos before something unexpected happens.

i think that's the distinction between the BIP and the GSP - one is passive and the other active. it's like the difference between being a passenger and being the driver.

It is not objectively inferior, but it is ideologically opposed to Western culture. I happen to believe in Western Culture and would like to see it survive, not have to make ridiculous compromises on its principles to suit the whims of pockets of immigrants who find the existing culture and political systems of the West offensive to their backward religious sensibilities.

As for assimilation, I'm not saying "erase Islam," I'm saying reintroduce the progressive nature of Islam to the masses of the Islamic world -- make it shine again as a center for science and philosophy like it was prior to the Crusades. And we'd do it by ceasing our constant military and economic attempts to keep the entire demographic under the thumb of the West, and allowing a relationship of trust to be planted.

« on: July 03, 2008, 04:13:04 am »
the "Back to Basics" crowd already exists. They are called the Amish, and they are all assholes.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / some shit about parenthood
« on: July 03, 2008, 03:40:02 am »
Becoming a parent is weird. They say it "changes a person forever," but "they" say a lot of things, most of it bullshit. And I thought the adage about parenthood was bullshit for a while too but now I'm pretty sure they got something right. Being a parent really didn't change who I am, but it has changed just about everything else about me.

It used to be that I didn't give two shits about politics, but as this board is well aware that's all behind me now. I'm still not into the politics of proving how right you are regardless of how wrong you are (I leave that to politicians). But I am for some reason interested in the politics of compromise and making social progress. It's a cliche but I honestly hope that my children get to live in a world that is better than the one I live in.

Also, I think the necessity of understanding what my children want or need at any moment has encouraged my ability to understand people around me. Somehow, the frustration of wanting something and being unable to do it or have it because some little 18" tall fucker is demanding something of his own has made me pretty adept at getting to the root of what people are really looking for and why. That everyone sees things differently is something I've known for a long time but having kids has taught me that I only had an intellectual awareness of that fact, not a real understanding.

But the biggest thing parenthood has changed for me is the way I think about death. Before kids, death wasn't on my short list of things to accomplish, but I my aversion to it was just your average self-interested obsession with staying alive for nonspecific reasons. That hasn't really left of course but now I really hate the idea of dying. Not because I am more afraid of it, but because I feel like I have a responsibility to my children to protect them and teach them, and besides my wife there's not a single person on this planet I've met, who I would really be comfortable leaving my children with permanently. They're all crazy.

Eventually though (if things go according to plan), the children will grow up and they won't need my protection or my guidance anymore. I wonder now if, when that time arrives, I will lose my aversion to death completely. I guess not, since I know plenty of old people with children who don't want to die. But I have to wonder what will come after children that can mean as much as they do, and not feel like an empty excuse to keep polluting the planet with my exhaust.

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