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Literate Chaotic / Re: Core Themes of Discordia
« on: June 28, 2007, 02:15:13 pm »
In many ways, I have the same feelings for the Principia as I do Illuminatus!.

Both created long-lasting bubbles in my pineal gland which has caused infinite merry spirals and subspirals in my life.

But in rereading Illuminatus, I can't help but feel it's a little outdated. The details of the revolution that Wilson talked about involved things like white men sleeping with black women. His characters thought that was pretty kinky. Hippies learning to sympathize with cops. etc.

I grew up with parents who grew up in the 60s (though were not hippies). Peace love and understanding were in the background of my childhood, so Wilson & Shea's revolution doesn't seem that shocking to me as it might have on their original audience.

Then the Principia -- same thing. I feel like the core "religion disguised as a joke / joke disguised as a religion" was probably very fresh in the 60s, but we're living in the era of subgenii, pastafarians, last tuesdayists, cthulhu cults, and all sorts of other malarky. If Discordia is going to bloom in the coming decades, it needs a fresh coat of paint.

Are we the ones who will give it that? It would be kind of egotistical to think so, and probably not. But there are some memetic masterminds here, and I feel that the snowball which becomes an avalanche could very well be thrown here on this forum.

So whether we "rewrite the PD" or masturbate about the black iron prison or just post retarded MS Paint pictures, I think this is the place to be.

Or Kill Me / Re: The Parable of the Gong
« on: June 28, 2007, 02:01:45 pm »
You should send this to Syn over at POEE so he can post it up on his site. 

I will, but I'm gonna WOMP together a few more images first.

Or Kill Me / Re: The Parable of the Gong
« on: June 28, 2007, 03:30:21 am »

Or Kill Me / The Parable of the Gong
« on: June 27, 2007, 04:56:51 pm »
The Parable of the Gong
As told by Professor Cramulus, OBNOXIOUS JERK cabal

There was once a young Discordian called Golden Rod. Early in his illumination, he wondered what season his country was in.

Perhaps it was in the season of Discord, on the cusp of Bureaucracy. Surely, Order was rising to noxious levels.

Or perhaps it was already Bureaucracy, on the cusp of Aftermath. Surely, Disorder was rising to obnoxious levels.

So in his quest for An Answer, Golden Rod sought out the Discordian monk Nopants. Nopants dwelled in a basement because it would be obscene for him to go outside. Golden Rod freed himself from his leggings and descended the stairs. Below, Nopants sat on a cushion in a gross lotus position.

"My wise friend Nopants, I have come to ask you a question, said Golden Rod, What is Bureaucracy?"

In India, said Nopants, they tie elephants to trees using thin cords. An elephant could easily snap the cord, yet they remain tethered in place. Why do you think this is?

Golden Rod itched himself and shrugged.

When the elephant is young, intoned Nopants, she is too weak to break the cord. She tries, but eventually she gives up. When the elephant grows up, she does not try to escape her puny bonds because she believes she will fail.

So the cord isnt the thing keeping the elephant in place, said Golden Rod. He squinted at Nopants, Thats very interesting, but what does that have to do with Bureaucracy?

Bureaucracy, said Nopants, is waiting for a red traffic light in the middle of the night when no one is coming.

    Across space and time, a gong sounded.

Golden Rod left the basement and returned to the real world, thoroughly confused. As he drove home, he ran five red lights. His mirth rose with each light. By the end of the voyage he was giggling like a ninny at his newfound freedom.

Years went by and Golden Rod continued drive towards Aftermath. He ignored stop signs, blew through red lights, and opened his moon roof despite danger of falling rocks.

Sweet Merciful Ass! cried out Bung-Fu the Fool as he clawed at the dashboard. Youre gonna get us both killed!

Nonsense! I am self-emancipated from these mundane traffic laws, cackled Golden Rod.  I am a harbinger of Aftermath!

Do you always drive like this? said Bung-Fu as he buckled his seat belt.

Golden Rod nodded. "Always."

Meanwhile, the monk Nopants was wheeling his gong across the street towards his basement. He patiently waited for the light to turn red, then pushed the ponderous percussive instrument upon the pavement.

     The collision made the exact sound of enlightenment.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: June 27, 2007, 03:54:07 pm »
welcome Avatar!

I'd seen you lurking, wondered when you'd come out and play

I was eagerly anticipating a good avatar...

Bring and Brag / Re: Anti Music/Structureless Sound/Total Noise Bliss
« on: June 27, 2007, 03:40:02 pm »
what do you mean ''musical hair splitting''

I think he means:

bumping my latest masterpiece to this page
I hate it when my WOMP shtick is post #15

Bring and Brag / Re: Anti Music/Structureless Sound/Total Noise Bliss
« on: June 27, 2007, 03:34:09 pm »
what do you mean ''musical hair splitting''

I think he means:

Bring and Brag / Re: 6th Circuit
« on: June 27, 2007, 02:32:24 pm »
... couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome.  Cheers!

It's all good dude. People here are kind of triggerhappy, especially when it comes to "myspace discordians" a group we've made up that sucks.

don't take it personal

Bring and Brag / Re: Anti Music/Structureless Sound/Total Noise Bliss
« on: June 26, 2007, 06:22:26 pm »
I dont understand how harsh noise can ''piss someone off''

reminds me of--

my Senior year at college, they got Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) to headline the school's big spring festival. People were really excited until he played continuous guitar feedback for 45 minutes.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Latin and Fimus
« on: June 26, 2007, 02:40:01 pm »
THANKS prater! I used the Latin for Bros before Hos in my "Discordians in History" article, but I knew it was all wrong. Will edit now ad justiam magnum.

Bring and Brag / Re: Anti Music/Structureless Sound/Total Noise Bliss
« on: June 26, 2007, 02:34:21 pm »
I was in a music group called "the Dave Rogers-Berry Horror Choir" in which the whole 20 person choral arrangement consisted entirely of horror-movie style screaming, with tribal drums in the background. It was an attempt to make a full tonal range at the maximum volume possible. Totally kicked ass.

I'd check out your music, but judging from how you describe it, it wouldn't agree with the people in adjacent cubicles. will check it out later.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Motherhood
« on: June 25, 2007, 06:32:46 pm »
I agree with DC that gender roles have WAY more to do with how one is conditioned than his or her biology. This is one of those topics that I've had way too much education about, but for the moment suffice it to say

Or Kill Me / Re: Amazing Discordia
« on: June 25, 2007, 02:08:04 pm »
Amazing Discordia, how sweet the sound,
That awakened a cabbage like me....
I once was lost but now still lost,
Was blind, but now, I have contacts.

I lol'd at that

Or Kill Me / Re: Hate
« on: June 25, 2007, 02:05:42 pm »
Emotions are simply gears your brain/body can go into.

You either drive a stick or an automatic.

pardon, but that was begging to be dropped into the Meme Bomb thread.

Literate Chaotic / Re: interpersonal relationships a la Camus
« on: June 25, 2007, 02:03:23 pm »
I've only read the Stranger and the Myth of Sisyphus, but enjoyed both.

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