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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Startup Culture's Final Form?
« on: June 20, 2014, 03:56:12 pm »


my coworkers have gotta be getting pretty pissed at this point. My phone won't stop Yo'ing. Whatever, fuck them.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Startup Culture's Final Form?
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:41:55 pm »
Alright I signed up for Yo

This is the dumbest app ever, and it's hysterical

I was blasting my girlfriend with Yo's until she took away my phone

It has that "oh my god this is so dumb I immediately have to sign up and tell 10 friends" kind of feeling that I had when somebody told me about Myspace in 2003. They were like "IT'S A SITE WHERE WE CAN BE FRIENDS. NOT LIKE THE REAL WORLD, LIKE INTERNET FRIENDS. AND WHEN I POST PICTURES OF MY FACE YOU CAN COMMENT ON THEM"

at the time, we laughed, because that sounded stupid as fuck. It would never work!

Okay so my Yo name is "CRAMULUS". I expect all of you assholes to download Yo and Yo me immediately.

Native americans have it way too easy in this country. They get to live on these sweet reservations, and their decimated culture gets to be represented by a cartoonish caricature. Can't they see that we've commercialized their heritage and made it into a commodity out of RESPECT?

It's so disturbing that the one time an organ of the US Government has done anything to defend the culture they conquered, eradicated, and systemically oppressed for centuries, all these white people jump up like WOAH WOAH WOAH THAT'S NOT FAIR

You read about the Trail of Tears and Wounded Knee and you assume that kind of thing is in the past. You assume we got better. Nope! As a collective, we still don't give a shit about the Native Americans. Can they just shut up and go away please? They're ruining sports.

You've heard about CHEMTRAILS
but have you heard about AQUATRAILS, THE CHEMTRAILS OF THE SEA??

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Startup Culture's Final Form?
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:11:28 pm »
In the Beginning
there was Chaos,
the vast immeasurable abyss,
Outrageous as a sea,
dark, wasteful, wild.

Bring and Brag / Re: Juxtapositions
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:07:40 pm »
It was originally a jpg I found on the net, which was actually a bad photograph OF a photograph in a magazine. The image really hit me, I don't know why, it felt kind of like a memory of something I hadn't experienced yet -- I re-colored and layered it onto itself in a collage, aiming to create a sort of visual déjà vu.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:52:09 pm »

Principia Discussion / Historia Discordia
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:51:15 pm »

I just picked up Adam Gorightly's latest book, the Historia Discordia. It's cool! It's basically a catalog of vintage Erisian stuff that was gathering dust in Bob Newport's basement, including a ton of original Discordian correspondences and tracts. Tons of lost writings by Mal-2. Great coffee table book for the Discordian archivist or researcher.

I've enjoyed tracing the evolution of a lot of the concepts in the PD. For example, there's that line in the PD about how Discordians don't have dogma, they have catma. And it turns out there's a whole little sermon about it that wasn't included in the PD and to my knowledge isn't on the net anywhere. There are a lot of 1st edition PD pages which were revised several times before the 5th edition we're familiar with. A lot of the jokes and 1-liners from the PD are referencing other Discordian documents which have been lost, until now.

For those of us interested in the genealogy of this whackadoo contraption, this is really satisfying. It gives a sense about what the first Discordian communities were like, and who the key players were. (something I've always been curious about) It's also pretty cool to see the early much rougher drafts of some of the texts we're familiar with.

Definitely recommend this for the archivists, collectors, and insane hoarders that get stuck in Eris' orbit.

[amazon link]

Bring and Brag / Re: Juxtapositions
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:03:28 pm »

a dream

My guess is that your piracy was not specifically based on boycotting Card, but a more broad "you're not gettin mah money" to the movie industry?  :p

The messy thing (mentioned in the video) is that it's likely that every single member of the cast and crew had views more moderate than Card's. So if you make a principled boycott, you're not just denying Card some money, you're also denying much less shitty people money as well.

Where I draw the line is explicit links between object consumed and undesirable cause.

Like Chick-Fil-A actually gave money to "traditional marriage" causes. So there is a clear link between that chicken sandwich and meaningful political action.
Barilla Pasta, Orson Scott Card, Brandon Eich... I'm not sure their opinions on those topics actually matter.

I don't think buying a Michael Jackson album meaningfully contributes to "a culture of pedophilia". You can (validly) be squicked out by the association, but the relationship isn't clear enough (to me) for that to be an explicit link. If money from MJ albums was going to NAMBLA or something, I might read it differently.

Orson Scott Card is apparently hugely anti-gay. I still love his Alvin Maker books, but that's because the books mean something to me and Mr. Card does not. I likely won't read the Ender's Game series or anything, though.

that reminds me of a good youtube discussion via IdeaChannel

How is Seeing Enders Game a Political Action?

Consumption, especially when money is involved, is political in nature.

Speaking as a consumer, it gets really exhausting to only engage things that have "good politics". Once again I'm standing in the pasta isle wondering which brand to have for dinner, and in my head, I'm making up my mind about gay adoption. There is no "just pasta" option in global commerce.

If I judge an object or concept by its shittiest manifestation (ie judging a pasta brand based on the homophobia of its CEO), I am now operating on a level of awareness where I'm only going to engage "clean" products. We've all gotta develop more awareness of where our money comes from and where it goes. But are there any clean politics? Is it even possible to boycott assholes? You can, but it comes at a premium, it's often a luxury.

When do you disregard an artists?

Me personally? When they aren't saying anything relevant to me.

Should society as a whole (whatever that means) disregard an artists for any reason? When and how?

We don't make decisions as a whole - that subjective quality is what makes art so interesting.

There seems to be some relationship between the quality of the work VS the level of horror perpetrated by the person, as perceived by the public.

I think that the act of becoming a public figure sensationalizes your life. You become part of the spectacle you have created. Your life becomes just as much a commodity, a product of consumption, as the work you produce.

I think any one of us would seem like an absolute monster if subjected to the piercing glare of the celebrity panopticon.

In more rational persuits facts are laid down very clearly and the personal acts outside of those persuits don't really have any bearing on those facts. It doesn't matter if Al Gore is an asshole or greedy or whatever as long as the facts he presents about the climate are true. The one doesn''t wash the hand of the other.

Is that true of art? More to the point, does it matter?

No human, living or dead, is above criticism

Art has an affect on society, our dreams lead us to very real places. Which is not to say that because Micheal Jackson's music creates incidences of sexual abuse. But does it perpetuate the culture which allows for more sexual abuse?

I don't think there ever will be a moral litmus test for artists
nor should there be

MJ is a poignant example because I see him as kind of a Frankenstein's Monster. We created him and we eventually had to destroy him en mass with torches and pitchforks. This has been the nature of celebrity for thousands of years.

Celebrities are Holy, that's why we rip out their hearts and send their severed heads bouncing down the steps of Chichén Itzá.

Principia Discussion / Re: Suggest Discordian Texts Here
« on: June 10, 2014, 02:53:39 pm »
dingo was just helping out QG by answering her request, he didn't even bring up his project

You still have a copyright notice on the page. Thanks for the link :D

hah, I never noticed that! I think it's bundled with the theme, and I can't find that copyright notice in the code. Ah well, consider it kopyleft anyway. Or more specifically, creative commons-- no permission needed to chop edit hack slash it up for your needs

worth noting this is just a "best of" collection, and I was spotty about tagging stuff that I thought went in that category. If you view the full blog, there's a lot more content, though most of it is imagery. I think I hit all the rants and parables in the "best of" (tumblr tag: fractalcore)

Principia Discussion / Re: Suggest Discordian Texts Here
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:48:44 pm »
I need more pages for things. I'm reading through what I can find on scribd right now, but recommendations on quotables and short essays would be tremendously helpful. I can only use things that are kopyleft or written by folks here I can ask for permissions.

here's the "best of" the Fractal Cult project, in chronological order - kopyleft, all rites reversed

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