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Apple Talk / The Experience of Being Trolled (video)
« on: January 23, 2014, 03:10:24 pm »

I am a big fan of this youtube channel called IdeaChannel. It's a weekly 10 minute show which mulls over pop culture topics and gives a new spin on them. It's usually pretty interesting, and was recently picked up by PBS, which gave it a nice shot in the production quality.

I wanted to share a video posted this week about our favorite past time, internet trolling. I want to say -- this is not the best first taste of IdeaChannel, (because I don't exactly agree with a bunch of the conclusions in this particular video), but it is at the very least thought provoking. It's also nice to see somebody talk about Internet trolling in a bit more depth than the typical "Trolls are just bullies with inferiority complexes" explanation.

Without further ado, The Experience of Being Trolled

I have my own opinions but I'll wait until some people have seen the vid before I weigh in.

Apple Talk / Some Fuckwit is Selling Your Discordian Texts
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:06:28 pm »

This guy, who calls himself Dr Muchao J Moocow KSC, (no relation to Prince Mu Chao) is rounding up all the kopyleft discordiana on the net and compiling them into omnibuses. A lot of the original works are kopyleft or have no explicit license (like the Om Nom Nomicon, or the postergasm collections). Fine. No problem there.

But he's selling (for profit) some material which is definitely not his, and does not have permission to sell - including the Chao Te Ching, posts from Iason's blog, The Etc. Discordia, Hey Jim, Intermittens, the Wise book of Baloney, and the Himeobs training manual.

I've sent a number of e-mails on this subject already, but I wanted to alert you guys to it. It fucking breaks my heart -- because for the most part I would rather have a fork in my eye than get in a legal copyright throw down over some stupid stuff I posted to the net which wasn't generating revenue anyway. But god damn it, it's definitely not cool to ignore a license because you don't understand the difference between "kopyleft", creative commons, and public domain.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Philosophy Lectures with Rick Roderick
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:21:59 pm »

Rick Roderick was a philosophy professor and journal editor at the University of Texas until 2002, when he died of a heart condition.

Roderick produced a series of VHS tapes of his lectures. They mostly focus on the existential philosophers and what he called "The Self Under Siege". After he passed, people scanned the lectures into youtube and freed them onto the net.

I've found his lectures very insightful, well organized, and easy to follow. He steps through some really complex topics with relative ease. I just wanted to share him with you cats, perhaps some people here will dig his work as much as I have.

His website breaks the lectures up into little 10 minute chunks (with transcripts) which are more appropriate to the short attention spans we develop on the net. But if you look him up on youtube, you can find the full length videos.

I'll leave you with Rick Roderick's lecture on Baudrillard's "Fatal Strategies", which happens to be his final lecture in the Self Under Siege series. I think it's his best one.

Apple Talk / The Dril thread
« on: October 03, 2013, 05:34:20 pm »
Dril (also known as wint) is the most hilarious account on twitter.

Apple Talk / Were the Jews ever enslaved in Egypt?
« on: September 30, 2013, 05:18:07 pm »
Just read a few articles which suggest there is no archaeological evidence that the Jews (well, Israelites) were ever enslaved in Egypt... My mind is a bit blown!


RPG Ghetto / Warpheim: a discordian tabletop game
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:42:29 pm »

Saw this floating around the web. Website links straight to the PDF:

Only just cracked it open, so I don't have any comments yet --- but I figured it should be posted here!

Apple Talk / The Joy of MS Painting
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:44:28 pm »
Below, you will see an incomplete drawing I hastily made using MS Paint.

Copy this image to your clipboard, fire up a shitty image editor, and fill in a bit more of the picture, then post the results.

Apple Talk / What is a spag?
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:39:58 pm »
Post your own definition/imagery of a "spag".

For me, the perfect image of a spag is:

an obnoxious ten year old boy making too much noise and windmilling his arms for no goddamn reason

Or Kill Me / like things that are cool, hate things that suck
« on: September 20, 2013, 03:16:39 pm »
"Beavis and Butthead like things that are cool, and hate things that suck."

Saw that description on netflix and it made me laugh, and I'm still processing why.

It's like a zen koan. It sounds so dumb! Why? Is it because B&B's dialog is so stupid, when you try to summarize it, it sounds even stupider? Like trying to describe the oft mundane plot of Seinfeld, "It's a show about nothing." Or when somebody asks me what I did today, and it doesn't make a great narrative, I say, "Ah nothing much."

And that line fascinates me because it's also a description of so many conversations I have. We're all collectively processing the news, pop culture, whatever thing comes down the reality tunnel into the perceptual field. Most processing happens on the first circuit of consciousness. Either you eat it (cool) or you run away from it (sucks). Approach or avoid. We add a lot of data to that decision but at its core it's very basic.

I heard that the kernel of inspiration for Beavis and Butthead was a moment when Mike Judge was eating lunch in a mall food court, and he was listening to these two teenagers talking, and they sounded so stupid, so utterly moronic, that he had to draw a cartoon about them----and the rest is history.

And meanwhile, I'm sitting in a living room having a spirited debate about Obama Drones Syria NSA etc etc etc, and what do I have to say about it? If you boil it down, I'm either saying "that's cool" or "that sucks".

And in parallel

                      A student once asked his teacher, "Master, what is enlightenment?"

                      The master replied, "When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep."

it sounds really dumb, and yet---                  does it need to be complicated?

maybe beavis and butthead     (read: us)
are enlightened masters     (read: cool)
but maybe     (hang on)
they are shitheads     (read: sucks)

Apple Talk / Teen Exorcists
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:13:14 pm »
From the "reality is too hilarious to be unscripted" file


Here's a quick intro

Three teen girls, trained by Rev Bob Larson, are being trained to exorcise demons. He is trying to get them a reality TV show, so he's sending them on these high profile exorcisms, like trying to save England from Harry Potter. (did you know that the magic in harry potter is REAL and those movies are the culmination of centuries of evil witch planning)

In this video, the journalist corners bob larson, who believes that half the global population is possessed by demons and will sell you his services as an exorcist. The money shot in the video shows one of the girls texting while performing the exorcism.

and the journalist is like, "Aren't you taking money from people who in some cases actually need real psychiatric help?"

and his answer is so great, he basically says, "I get paid well because what I do is important in the public eye"

right now I'm listening to Anderson Cooper's half hour episode on the topic. It is awesome. Anderson isn't pulling any punches.

I lovvvvve it. Somebody asks the girls if what they are doing is responsible, and they say "Oh we have parental supervision, Brynne's dad is there the whole time."

It's 2013. You have the right to believe any crazy shit you want, and sell products or services to poor suckers who are just as crazy as you.


Apple Talk / Artemis - Star Trek Bridge Simulator
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:10:48 pm »
Artemis is a Star Trek Bridge simulator. It's played with 6 people in the same room. It uses five to six laptops/tablets/mobile whatever.

Each laptop is a different control station: communications, helm, weapons, engineering, science... and then there's a captain who doesn't have any controls, but is basically the ship's brain, coordinating the different officers. You hook one laptop up a TV which acts as the "main screen".

You play a mission that lasts 10-20 minutes, then everybody switches stations. It's REALLY REALLY FUN.

gameplay footage:

Apple Talk / Which Gathering Would You Attend?
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:33:53 pm »


Apple Talk / Literally
« on: August 15, 2013, 03:57:53 pm »


ZOMG like, literally, right?

:lulz:  :crankey:  I just...  So much.  So much :wail: :argh!: :stabbydeathkill:

I'm laughing, but mostly at how twisted people get when language changes.

If you listen to how people talk in 2013, yes, this is one of the meanings of "literally". That doesn't cancel the previous definition, it expands it. This process has happened at some point to most of the words in our language.

It's the same dance with AAVE (african american vernacular English, sometimes called "Ebonics") -- are AAVE speakers just speaking English wrong? or does that grammar and usage represent a legitimate dialect? For some reason, people get very hostile about this issue.  :lol:

Apple Talk / Today I Failed To Learn...
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:06:44 pm »
TIFL you can't just start a thread for no reason

« on: August 12, 2013, 04:38:47 pm »

How the FUCK am I supposed to find the hottest new websites? This is fucking bullshit. I'm not going back to goddamn lycos.

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