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Beyond the wall / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: December 13, 2016, 06:04:42 am »

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: I need someone smarter than me to parse this
« on: December 13, 2016, 05:04:52 am »
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a salient criticism of Hoffman's hypothesis that our perceptual reality has no pressure to conform to actual reality:

The faculty of perception is based upon recognition.  The "accuracy" or "fitness" thereof is provided by natural selection, both determining survivability of the organism at the macro level, and reinforcing connections reproduced at the micro/neuronal.

Don't be fooled by the word "microbiology"; it is the study of microbial life, not the study of subatomic particles. Even a cellular level is macro when we are talking about particle behavior, which is the level at which quantum behavior manifests. So, nope.

The above distinction between macro and micro indicates that the premise of recognition obtaining a benefit from accuracy operates at different levels or scales of spatio-temporal extension.  So, yeah, however a fool I do remain, always :lulz:

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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: December 12, 2016, 12:23:50 am »
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I'll go one better, right in the middle of sculpting that I scaled it right the fuck up until I was the size a 5 year old would be then I got out of my chair, IRL while still in the rift and I sat down on the floor of that little treehouse with my legs crossed and marvelled at what the actual fuck I was doing  :eek:

P3nT Trips the Vertiginous Light Fantastic :cool:

I wonder what may have happened to sense of anticipation in that split second longer it took to reach the floor than suggested by visual cue :lulz:

Keep on rockin'!

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: I need someone smarter than me to parse this
« on: December 12, 2016, 12:12:18 am »
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a salient criticism of Hoffman's hypothesis that our perceptual reality has no pressure to conform to actual reality:

The faculty of perception is based upon recognition.  The "accuracy" or "fitness" thereof is provided by natural selection, both determining survivability of the organism at the macro level, and reinforcing connections reproduced at the micro/neuronal.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« on: December 11, 2016, 10:44:29 pm »
Better version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOk6HB609po
Decent dead-pan on that kid mocking his audience.

That guy is a leading thinker in the Alt-Right. Im not even joking.

Clearly, if he thinks German idealism is incomplete.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Space dogs
« on: December 10, 2016, 10:57:44 pm »
I'd guess that any habitable planet will have life.  Our atmosphere will react with about anything including itself, it needs life to maintain the levels of oxygen.  Any landing we make will may alter any sort of evolutionary course.  Just wondering if we'd even care about future possible lifeforms.  Maybe it'd depend on how awesome we make space stations.

How do you define "habitable"? Because the presence of oxygen and earth-like temperatures doesn't necessarily guarantee the existence of any of the other building blocks of life (even though bacteria did play an enormous part in providing out own atmosphere with free elemental oxygen)

Trying to think of scenarios where oxygen would stick around.  Oxygen and noble gas combo?
If a noble gas /had/ to share electrons with something, it would probably choose oxygen.  Otherwise, I think O2 is a decent scenario, or we could lock it in carbon and send in oxygen releasing "plants" prior to arrival.  Worst case scenario, we get it from water by electrolysis.  Oxygen rules.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Your GRIN and You: Tips for Care and Usage
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:44:50 pm »
A grin that has not tasted death, that is no grin at all

Oddly enough I have a character named  Cyrus Green but pronounced "grin" by accent. There's also his redneck burnout brother Hezekiah Elyon Green.

That actually makes me feel better.  Had this nagging feeling I had sleep-posted something "green".  Don't know about Cy, Ziggy's mad woke though <g>

Playing astral tag :lulz:  :fnord:

Very well, there's always the Jolly Grin Giant, from Negative Land's Happy Hero's, hope it fits :lulz: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh3BTbb9hCQ

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Beyond the wall / Re: Your GRIN and You: Tips for Care and Usage
« on: December 08, 2016, 01:13:42 am »
A grin that has not tasted death, that is no grin at all

Oddly enough I have a character named  Cyrus Green but pronounced "grin" by accent. There's also his redneck burnout brother Hezekiah Elyon Green.

That actually makes me feel better.  Had this nagging feeling I had sleep-posted something "green".  Don't know about Cy, Ziggy's mad woke though <g>

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Beyond the wall / Re: Your GRIN and You: Tips for Care and Usage
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:20:34 am »
A grin that has not tasted death, that is no grin at all

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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: December 06, 2016, 11:50:44 pm »
Cool.  Gonna check retopology.  I see the tools, have to figure how to hold them.  Using a trackpad is kinda messing with my flow *blames his tools* Ty for inspiring me to up my game.

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Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: December 06, 2016, 08:59:50 pm »
This is really cool.  So, what's up with this sculpting tool?  Do you have to know how to sculpt IRL to use it?  I was really impressed when you said you could knock out a face in an hour - how cuz?  Could I do something like that in Blender, and, what's wrong with how I'm holding my tools?  Do I need a special mouse or something?  (I've only worked with meshes - should I try bones?)

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I've got a painful medical thing going on and the new PA gave me Tramadol. Fuck Tramadol.
Taken it for 2 days now, each morning I wake up with the worst headache I've ever had and about to puke any second.

I feel like something that crawled out of the ass of something else. A deer maybe. Or a lost gerbil. I feel like if shit could shit itself. What the fuck is wrong with vicoden?

Really, I should be grateful to live in a place where I can get that kind of health care at all. Still, fuck Tramadol.

There is something confusing about Tramadol I was reading somewheres, something something about it also being an SSRI, not just an opioid, so double the trouble.

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Beyond the wall / Re: Quotes of the Moment II
« on: November 29, 2016, 10:08:46 pm »
"Planning is not just guessing, it's harmful guessing."

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Misinfo Wars
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:38:13 pm »
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Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
 
Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.
 
1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.
 
2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.
 
3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method which works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such 'arguable rumors'. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a 'wild rumor' from a 'bunch of kids on the Internet' which can have no basis in fact.
 
4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.
 
5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary 'attack the messenger' ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as 'kooks', 'right-wing', 'liberal', 'left-wing', 'terrorists', 'conspiracy buffs', 'radicals', 'militia', 'racists', 'religious fanatics', 'sexual deviates', and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.
 
6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism, reasoning -- simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent's viewpoint.
 
7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.
 
8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough 'jargon' and 'minutia' to illustrate you are 'one who knows', and simply say it isn't so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.
 
9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.
 
10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man -- usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with - a kind of investment for the future should the matter not be so easily contained.) Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually then be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues -- so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.
 
11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the 'high road' and 'confess' with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made -- but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, 'just isn't so.' Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later, and even publicly 'call for an end to the nonsense' because you have already 'done the right thing.' Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for 'coming clean' and 'owning up' to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.
 
12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to lose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.
 
13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards or with an apparent deductive logic which forbears any actual material fact.
 
14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best with issues qualifying for rule 10.
 
15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.
 
16. Vanish evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won't have to address the issue.
 
17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can 'argue' with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.
 
18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how 'sensitive they are to criticism.'
 
19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the 'play dumb' rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon.) In order to completely avoid discussing issues, it may be required that you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.
 
20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations -- as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.
 
21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed and unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed. Usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim.
 
22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.
 
23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.
 
24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by destroying them financially, emotionally, or severely damaging their health.
 
25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen.
Thanks for the list!  Okay, so, generally, at the time I read it, The Celestine Prophecy was all right.  Now, the fact that it was not written by Castaneda is inconsequential to why I hesitate to bring it up in conversation.  I think some may consider it "hokey", that's all.  Funny thing, round a campfire a few weeks ago I may have brought it up myself...  We were running out of wood.

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