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Beyond the wall / Re: The Moustachpple
« on: April 19, 2016, 03:41:15 pm »
I love it with all of my body especially my upper lip.

Beyond the wall / Re: Political Memes/Cartoons you Disagree With
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:30:40 pm »
aaahah I love the subversion of using Tweety to deliver that kind of message.

We need some media meta-commentary or deconstruction or something coming out of Maxine's mouth.

                                         Just as early industrial capitalism moved the focus of
                                         existence from being to having, post-industrial culture hasmoved that
                                         focus from having to appearing.


Beyond the wall / Re: The Magicians
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:40:50 pm »

We were watching some idiot or other planning to escape a deathtrap headed over Niagara Falls and she told me "look at how he's holding his hands when they put on the chains, he's already got them most of the way out and he's not even on the raft yet!" She showed me how to get out of handcuffs (the trick is making your wrists as big as possible when they're going on, if you were curious) and told me how she ruined the ring trick for an entire afternoon crowd because she was pissed at her partner that day.

Once you start to Look For The Strings, you can't just enjoy entertainment. After all, everything is fiction created by people and held together by the little things the audience isn't supposed to see. My uncle is a lighting guy, and he taught me all the silly little things you're not supposed to look at. I gobbled up everything I could find about foley artists as soon as I learned that was a thing, and started listening for their work everywhere. While the audience is listening, visuals sneak in sideways. When they're looking, the sounds are the strings holding the illusion together.

There are Strings in real life, too. Governments only work because we all agree they do, even our currency is a form of collective make believe. And sure, you could burn the whole stage down. You could kill all the Magicians and send everyone home, but it's better to be at the show. Just, once in a while, something on stage isn't going the way it should, and the people who Look For The Strings are the people who will see it first, and the people who are best suited to fixing the problem. The goal isn't, shouldn't be, to end it all. The goal should be to make the illusion work for everyone, not to victimize the assistants or traumatize the audience. And yes, the metaphor is getting stretched beyond recognition at this point, but the show must go on.

I like the way you put things.

I think this is part of what "learning to see the fnords" is about.

In Illuminatus, the fnords are the linguistic tricks that shut down the rational part of the brain, (language that generates fear, group identity, etc) like a form of hypnosis. But it's more than that - the fnord is just one of the kinds of "invisible strings" you're talking about. These strings are the way our world builds the world for others.

We're talking about the building blocks of the 'consensus trance'. And the hammer which smashes it.

In the way you describe magic,
I think this thread is enchanted.

Beyond the wall / Re: Notes from the other side of Buddhism.
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:11:22 pm »
Fuck Them.  The rock polisher changes you into something that other people find appealing.  Let them dive head first into the machine if it’s what they want to do.  Plot your escape; make good your escape.  Be wrong—vigorously, go to somewhere that makes you uncomfortable, find something important to do and do it like it’s the last thing you’ll do.


There's a Joseph Campbell quote on my wall. I look to it in times of doubt:
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

I'm curious - your post is coming from the far side of Buddhism. You sound like a "post-buddhist", one who was trapped and escaped.

Looking back on it, what did you get out of it? Would you recommend that path to others?

Beyond the wall / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:06:26 pm »
It's from REALITY, Gene Ray of was just the messenger.

Beyond the wall / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:08:27 pm »
Just made this

Beyond the wall / Re: Do you live in a bubble?
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:19:59 pm »
I got 38

Beyond the wall / Re: Political Memes/Cartoons you Disagree With
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:12:30 pm »
WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH TWEETY BIRD? I seriously do not understand why truck owners obsess over him.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Half-page images
« on: March 31, 2016, 07:43:45 pm »
Woah I love that!

Beyond the wall / Re: The Golden Age (Statistically) of PD: 2008
« on: March 29, 2016, 09:47:41 pm »
heh, if you think the sexual revolution is complete try having a sexuality that is outside the norm.

not saying it's complete - I'm saying that how we talked about it in the late 70s might not be as powerful anymore.

On a similar note, in Illuminatus, one of the big plot points is about breaking down the societal barriers between the races and accepting interracial relationships as okay. Today in 2016, racism sure isn't over, but the idea of a white guy dating a black girl isn't as revolutionary today as it was in '77. So if we were pitching it at a 2016 audience, maybe we'd say it differently.

The broader question is - is there anything that Discordia can give us that we can't get from another source that maybe said it better? That's the lifeblood of Discordia - not continuing the revolution that Mal and Omar lived through, but figuring out what we all need Today in 2016.

« on: March 29, 2016, 09:12:07 pm »
I swear to god, a coworker just stopped by my desk with a plate of orange slices and said "Here, help yourself" and I reflexively made a snarly noise. Is she reading this forum or something? what the fuck

Beyond the wall / Re: I don't know where the random links thread is
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:47:48 pm »
TrumpScript™ – Making Python Great Again!

 :lulz: :lulz:

-No floating point numbers, only integers. America never does anything halfway.
-All numbers must be strictly greater than 1 million. The small stuff is inconsequential to us.
-There are no import statements allowed. All code has to be home-grown and Amerian made.
-Instead of "True" and "False," we have "fact" and "lie"
-Only the most popular English words, Drumpf's favorite words, and current politician names can be used as variable names.
-Error messages are mostly quotes directly taken from Drumpf himself.
-All programs must end with "America is great."
-Our language will automatically correct Forbes' $4.5B to $10B
-In it's raw form, TrumpScript is not compatible with Windows, because Drumpf isn't the type of guy to believe in PC
-The language is completely case insensitive

Or Kill Me / Re: God told me to skin you alive[edit]
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:44:08 pm »
I missed you, Sepia.

You have a way of coalescing these ephemeral moments and emotions.. dreamlike. Then the last sentence sharpens the focus, like emerging from a daydream.

Propaganda Depository / Re: Found an old project
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:21:23 pm »
That's awesome - I love the style you were going for, with the -- what would you call it -- ransom-cut-up-style lettering? inconsistencies in type and alignment.. it has a certain Wabi-sabi

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