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Techmology and Scientism / Re: ⯰
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:03:44 pm »
Hey spags! Have a (possible?) future Hand of Eris symbol:


a rectangle? seems kinda square

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Reality Safari: Gurdjieff
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:41:35 pm »
In our group, we've been talking about the Black Iron Prison. (They don't use the "black iron" part, but it's defintiely the same idea.)

Our automatism takes over our lives. We need habits and schemas and heuristics, but we get stuck in them like machines.

Through dilligent and continual self-observation, we can develop an internal "watcher" who can notice when we have slipped into our mechanical routines.

When you notice yourself acting mechanically, that in itself is a type of freedom (or a sign post pointing towards it). When you observe the Robot, the part of you making the observation is not the Robot. If only we could remember that part of ourselves all the time...


There are practical things you can do, physically, which help you develop this watcher. The body and mind and emotions are tightly linked. Your postures and habits always seem to lead you back to your normal automatic way of being. You might try to be different from how you are today, but then you fall into a habit (smoking a cigarette, answering the phone, whatever) and suddenly the Robot is driving again. So maybe there are postures and movements which the robot cannot do. If we experiment with them, perhaps we can find a new way of thinking, feeling, being.




I'm reading this James Moore biography of Gurdjieff. He keeps invoking this image of the Yazidi children who Gurdjieff played with when he was growing up. The Yazidi are thought of as devil worshippers. If you draw a circle of salt around a Yazidi, they won't be able to get out of it.

Gurdjieff's role as a teacher was to disturb the circle of salt that people draw around themselves.

For example, the Hartmanns came from an upper class background, approached Gurdjieff at the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution. The Gurdjieff school was about to embark on a terrible and dangerous journey through the wilderness, ultimately passing through the front lines of the war five times before they found respite. A weak person would not survive. The Hartmanns wanted to join G, but he knew their status and propriety would be an enormous burden. So he began breaking them out of this circle of salt.

Gurdjieff, the sly man, lured the Hartmanns in by presenting himself as a wealthy prince, someone like them - but when they made the journey to meet him, he adopted the mannerisms of a pauper, made them stay in a hovel, and eat cheap food. (this, btw, was also an act)

When they were about to leave, Gurdjieff told Olga de Hartmann - "You won't be able to come with us. For money, we'll be getting jobs as rock breakers on the road. It's enormously hard work. At the end of the day, the women have to wash the men's feet, and Zaharoff's feet will be very smelly, so you won't be able to do it."

This puts Olga in the position of insisting that she can do it, this won't be an issue --  because this assertion comes from her, it is stronger and worth more than if somebody else told her she could do it. Gurdjieff had to shock her, tease out her strength, make her choose for herself to shed her status and ego. And then, she was ready to become.



that sly man

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Apple Talk / Re: Welcome Back to Discordia
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:12:30 pm »
Why is Weeping Gorilla so unnecessarily aggressive in your mastabatory comics?

cause Elvis only comes to the forum when he's drunk and judgmental

not really sure what he gets out of it, but clearly it makes him feel good to tell a bunch of people they suck



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Bring and Brag / Re: THE PROCESS
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:24:22 pm »

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Bring and Brag / Re: I Fall
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:20:47 pm »
enjoyed it!

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Bring and Brag / Re: We Stand Hand in Hand in Aftermath
« on: February 13, 2018, 04:53:23 pm »
 :pax:

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Apple Talk / Re: The *REAL* Evil in Today's Society
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:01:06 pm »
Then at 2 AM, I had a religious moment.

Dok's ass larps the Creation Myth

first there was nothing
then there was something
then there was way too much of it
and then, he rested



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Apple Talk / Re: The *REAL* Evil in Today's Society
« on: February 08, 2018, 01:48:02 pm »
when it finally happens it's gonna be a LEEEEEROY JENKINS moment

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Apple Talk / Re: Attention Mr the Professor Cramulus
« on: February 08, 2018, 01:46:53 pm »
These things are so awesome! I always wanted to build one.

In 5th grade, we had this invention contest. My concept was a rube-goldberg style alarm clock. My idea was that some series of things would happen and then it would drop a wet sponge on your face. I didn't think this would wake you up, necessarily, so much as motivate you to get out of bed before the sponge drops. Anyway, somebody talked me out of it and instead I invented an automatic spaghetti twirler. Which didn't work out well either, it had way too much horse power and the whole experience turned into a Tim Allen style failure


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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Hi! I'm mortality, nice to meet you.
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:35:26 pm »
With just slightly more work, you could probably just mount an outlet in the wall and have the device plugged in. And it should totally play a sound snippet from the Cha-Cha Slide song where he goes "Now... It's time to get funky-unky-unky..." every 30 minutes or so.

best prank, I think, would be to only play like 1x per month - so it's impossible to anticipate and most of the time, you miss it. But I swear I heard it! You gotta believe me!

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Hi! I'm mortality, nice to meet you.
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:42:11 pm »
I motorized a fidget spinner, for efficiency's sake.

I should go back and work on it, so that it lasts longer than I do.  And that's all the "eternity" any of you fuckos will ever need...The knowledge that a tiny monument to stupidity will outlive you.

You really are doing Goddess' work.

I've always wanted to create some little sound player or automated gizmo with a lonnnnnng battery life, and leave it inside of a wall or something for people to find like 50 years later.

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Discordia is an excuse to Do Things.

Hail Eris, I needed to hear that today  :fnord:

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:06:29 pm »
Vidya Gaem shit I am paying attention to:

Dark Souls 1 is getting a remaster. Now maybe we can have a proper PC port that doesn't require a mod to run adequately.

WAIT, WHAT?? WHEN?? GIVE IT TO ME


May 25th???

SWEET MERCIFUL FUUUUUUCK

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Apple Talk / Re: Sooooooo...
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:36:52 pm »
That's cool though! One of the drawbacks of our weird lunatic path is that we don't have a clergy as support network, we have internet trolls and other types of harpies. I've been considering checking out a local UU, I hear they're pretty easy going.

I kind of get the sense that UU is like the diet coke of religion though - they're so general and inclusive that they don't really have any specifics? Maybe good for us dogma-free wanderers.


I totally feel you about the weirdness of going to church. I've been thinking about JAYSUS a lot recently and it's super disorienting. Somebody pointed out a way to read jesus that makes him extremely relevant to my life, and so I'm riding it out until it gets uncomfortable. Thinking new thoughts, some of which are corrosive to older selves I've got archived. But if I start talking about Jesus randomly, my friends are going to think I've completely lost my shit so I try to keep my mouth shut, it's too alien.

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Literate Chaotic / Trinity
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:11:33 pm »
The ROBOT roams the land by night and day. The ROBOT processes without thinking. The ROBOT gets its head stuck in fuckin HOLE because it THOUGHT it could fit. The ROBOT can’t escape because it STILL DOES.


But, by the light of the moon, the ROBOT changes! Like a werewolf! Like a MANIAC WEREWOLF! Heeeeere’s Johnny–the robot life was just a dream!


And if it’s lucky, the werewolf changes too, into the NAKED HUMAN. Running, sprinting, dancing! Holy fuck I am naked, hiding!


The whispering bush whispers quietly in a tiny whisper GODDESS,

it was easy to be a robot. GODDESS,

it was intense to be a werewolf. GODDESS

before I change back to my normal selves, let me hang out here a moment longer

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