RADIO FREE DISCORDIA is finally launching! You can hear its birth pangs tonight at about 7 PM EST. If you’re interested in doing a show, whether it’s a one-shot or a weekly gig, contact Mourning Star, who can (often) be found in the #RFD chat room.
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I’m a little neurotic anyway.Â I think I’m also probably just on the edge of being OC.Â Anyhoo, ever since I stumbled upon this Discordian thing, I’ve used it to reassess things I do in my little life.Â One of those being Daddyhood.
I was a Dad before I was a Discordian.Â Or, I was a Dad before I discovered I WAS a Discordian, or at least, a Dad who had inherently shared some Discordian-like philosophies.Â I think it was really the discussions that lead to the BIP metaphor and pamphlet where I really started to reassess how I was operating as a Father.Â And I’m not talking about the basics of feeding, clothing, providing shelter, that sort of thing.Â It’s really more about the guidance I provide her.Â I’m well aware that no matter what I do, I WILL be a major factor in how her bars in her BIP are built.Â There’s simply no way around it, not that there should be.Â The question becomes, how can I best allow her to maximize HER control over her bars?Â
An easy example is when she was a young toddler she took a fascination to trains.Â I think it started with a free book the pediatrician gave us during one of her checkups.Â A basic board book about trains.Â Naturally, she eventually became aware of Thomas the Tank Engine and became enamored with the TV show and the toys.Â Western societal norms suggest that these would be “boy toys”.Â When you see the commercials or ads in magazines, they show little boys dressed in blue playing with these things.Â Rarely do you see a little girl.Â Now, I know, I know, “big whoop, you let your girl play outside of the gender box.”Â And you’re right.Â But the thing of it is, there are many parents out there who would steer a little girl towards Barbies and away from Trains and Trucks.Â And it can often be an unthinking or unreasoned reaction.Â This is what I try to avoid, without becoming anal about it.Â
I think this falls under the “picking your battles” meme that is pervasive in many a Parenting book or magazine.Â Where this meme falls short, however, is delving into normative behaviors.Â It’s great to explain to a Parent how sometimes it doesn’t make sense to fuss over whether or not they eat every single carrot.Â But what I would like to see more of is talking to parents about not making a fuss over every time their child acts a little goofy in public.Â I think many parents try so hard to prevent their child from becoming Dennis the Menace that they end up unwittingly caging their character.Â The joyful anarchy of childhood needs to be unrestrained and allowed to explore the territory of the world.Â Obviously, this has to happen within the confines of safety and security.Â
Discovering the Discordian philosophies and being a part of the development of the BIP ideas has been a very good experience for me as a Daddy.Â I think I have developed aÂ better understanding of just how much I can impact without knowing.Â It’s given me a unique perspective on my role as a parent.Â As much as I need to keep her physically and mentally safe, I also need to provide the freedom for HER to find out who she is.Â It is a joy to see it unfold.
For those of you that haven’t heard, COLBERTGASM was an amazing success. I’ve also been a lazy ass about spreading word of the Discordian Society’s immense and total spagtacular victory. Recently, I became motivated to give the project wiki an overhaul – check it out:
I’ve included many video clips of Colbert’s Discordian references – if you know of any more, let me know!
Let ColbertGASM stand as a flag that you can do crazy cool stuff by organizing people over the web. The OMGASM is a great way to organize people and find help for zany projects. Are you missing an artist, web designer, editor, idea machine, whatever for your mission? Want to create a mission for other Discordians to go on? Use OMGASM to amass an army of net Discordians waiting to do your bidding. If it’s fun, they’ll actually do it. And with an army of spags, you can do a lot of unbelievable stuff. Proof is in the link above.
Don’t just read about fun — GO HAVE IT — RIGHT NOW!
I’d like to introduce a blog written by my good friend, Johhny Brainwash. Better yet, I’ll let him introduce it:
We occur at random among your children.
Piracy, space and post-Soviet conflicts. Also treehugging, mayhem and high weirdness. Outbreaks of old-fashioned politics may occur.
Johnny Brainwash lives in New Alamut, Left Coast, Turtle Island. He likes to ride his bike and fight with toy swords.
Read more at Dysnomia.us.
Also, can someone add it to the BlogRoll?
MAP OF DISCORDIANS
If you feel comfortable with it, post your location. Useful to locate other Discordians in your area for group pranks, projects, and mindfucks.
Most people probably won’t use a real e-mail address though. So good luck finding each other.
bunch of spags
Sick of the Flying Spaghetti Monster being the only Neophillic Irreligion available for kids? Here’s a quick jake for the children.
Some background on the site, from the PARENTS section:
Why go goddess?
Rather than by age, tweens are best defined by their state of mind as they enter a transition period between childhood and adolescence. go goddess! is a brand focusing exclusively on the development of self-esteem for tween girls by encouraging self-discovery, self-expression, and self-awareness. The purpose of the go goddess! concept is to encourage tweens to discover their talents and interests, and to emphasize the importance of embracing their inner beauty and unique attitudes as they navigate the tough world of being a tween.
Why focus on tweens?
Experts suggest that it is during the tween years that girls begin to pay attention to their â€œinner voice.â€ They begin to compare themselves to their peers, which can result in self-doubt. â€œTween-agersâ€ also begin to question their individual idea of what is right and what is wrong, rather than solely relying on their parentsâ€™ opinions. The intent of the go goddess! concept is to provide girls with a healthy outlet to explore their unique and budding interests during this impressionable period.
consider the above when writing letters.
If you sign up, play nice on the site, there are kids there. But go ahead and try every trick in the book to get them to take us seriously.
(credit to Lysergic for finding this joint)
PS: I DON’T EVEN HAVE A DAUGHTER!
It’s a strange, chaotic world out there. It’s incomprehensibly huge and also so tiny it’s like your own personal cell. It’s miraculously beautiful and suicidally ugly. It’s both claustrophobically overcrowded and desolately lonely.
There are a lot of people – in this case I’ll use that nebulous “us” – who use weirdness, humor, and insanity as a means of coping. Perhaps lunacy allows some to achieve a sort of homeostasis, an equilibrium with the ubiquitious dynamics and pressures of modern living.
Over at the PD Forums we had a debacle yesterday. One of our newer members, Daruko, had a sort of “internet breakdown” when confronted by some opposition. It was both funny and hard to watch. The guy in question is a 25-year old father of two, who is “in dire need of some sillyness in his life.”
Somebody asked Tim Leary what to do after they had Turned On. He said, “Find the others.” And then they show up at our door.
Continue reading Clergy to the Freaks
Discordians in the Middle Ages
Discordians flourished between the fifth and fifteenth century. This was a period of great cultural, political, and economic change in Europe – change which Discordians violently shook like a collicy infant.
It it not known whether medieval Discordians were literate. They commonly wrote in the incomprehensible Zwack alphabet. Discordians held that most people, even nobles and priests, were too hunchbrained to make any sense of their baffling script. Contemporary cryptologists believe Zwack to be incomprehensible gibberish, but modern Discordians hold that these scholars are merely too hunchbrained to make sense of their baffling script.
In 1478, the Spanish Inquisition was begun by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. Although it was not publicly revealed until after his death, one of Ferdinand’s advisors, Peter Pie the Pious, was a Discordian saint. St. Pie pushed King Ferdinand to seek out converts from Judaism and Islam residing Spain. The inquisition was originally intended as a distraction from St. Pie’s major project, sleeping with Queen Isabella. The inquisition rapidly got out of hand as zealots began burning heretics.
Despite his success with Isabella, St. Pie was saddened by these violent developments. He made a private apology to the Discordians of Spain, but it was lost on them as they were busy being burned to death. Wracked with guilt, he fell on his sword in 1490. His final words were “Fili Prius meretrix,” or “Bros before hos”.
Discordians in Colonial America: The Witch Trials
In 1692, Discordians invented the first game of SINK when the Queche Quidditch Qabal threw Goodwife Tabatha Croft in the Connecticut river. When the local constable demanded an explanation, Rev. Sandwitch of Bologna replied that they were testing to see if she was a witch. The constable thought this was such a good idea, he brought his wife to the river and tested her for witchiness. This meme spread and evolved until all the women in town were soaking wet. Later, they were burned at the stake.