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Having finished the third of David Wong's John Dies At the End books & noting that that trilogy is a good candidate for a more modern equivalent to The Illuminatus Trilogy (having the same mix of heady psychological and philosophical ideas, crude humor, and genuine empathy), I acquired the one Robert Anton Wilson trilogy I haven't read yet (the Historical Illuminatus Chronicles). I just finished the first two books & need a break from immersion in that headspace, but I have to say that this series is almost as underrated as Masks of the Illuminati. Aside from the constant references to his other books, the first book feels more like a cross between Foucault's Pendulum and The Baroque Cycle than a normal RAW book; the second is a good follow-up but is a little more indulgent, with a lot of references to the P-2 conspiracy that RAW got obsessed with in the 80s and seemingly remained obsessed with through the turn of the century.

Also reading Scott Alexander's Unsong, which is simultaneously intellectually stimulating and hilarious. It can be read as a political and religious farce or as a satire about silicon valley or as a source of genuinely interesting kaballistic connections. The premise: Apollo astronauts trying to go to the moon instead collide with the celestial spheres, proving that medieval religious cosmology is literally true and causing reality to begin glitching out; fifty years later, the world is run by a handful of megacorporations dealing in the sale of DRM-protected names of god (magic spells based on hermetic associations) and political and economic life has been warped by the existence of literal hell, fallen angels who are confused about how time works and can't imagine anybody ever saying anything that wasn't absolutely true, and the archangel Uriel in the center of a permanent hurricane playing the frustrated sysadmin and trying to prevent people from boiling goats in their mother's milk lest he need to restore new zealand from backups again.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Rococo Modem Basilisk on Yesterday at 09:22:54 pm »
A vampire horror movie or novel using only unconvemtional vampire traits and no standard ones. ie. They sparkle in sunlight (Twlight), they live in hives (Priest), they feed not on blood itself but on the color red (Adventure Time), there's a thunderclap whenever they finish counting something (Sesame Street), but no garlic vulnerability, no lack of reflection, etc.
They glow in the dark, have only one nostril, their feet are on backwards, and they can only prey upon blood relations?

Where are those from?
Eastern europe, romani.

In china they leap like fleas. In malaysia their heads detatch and fly around but drag their whole digestive system along. But movies have been made about both of those variants. (There are only two movies I'm aware of about the variation where vampires prey only on blood relations -- the Werdelac segment of Black Sabbath & the romanian film Strigoi.)

There's also a variant that's a blood-sucking rotting banana person, which might also be malay but I'm not sure.

Plus there's always the vampire watermelons.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Emo Howard on Yesterday at 02:52:17 pm »
League of the South is having a "White Lives Matter" rally in the town square of my little town next Saturday. Locals are planning a peaceful demonstration at another location. The mayor and city council had a meeting yesterday with business owners on the square. They advised them to close their businesses for the day, and board up the windows.

This also happens to be my last day on the job at the grocery store gas station where I have worked for the last two years. It's about 3 miles away from the rally. So far all I can think of to do is to openly and loudly talk about "That Nazi party they havin over on da square, taday" with customers.

ETA: I should also possibly mention that one of the areas of town where residents self-identify as being "Da Hood" is two roads over from the square.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« Last post by Brother Mythos on October 20, 2017, 04:00:31 am »
"Cub Scouts kick out 11-year-old boy after he asked Colorado Republican ‘hard’ questions"

An 11-year-old Cub Scout in Colorado has been kicked out of his den after he asked a local Republican lawmaker about controversial remarks she made about black people in 2013.

The Denver Post reports that 11-year-old Cub Scout Ames Mayfield asked Colorado state Sen. Vicki Marble about a past statement in which she seemed to suggest that black Americans had poor health because they ate a lot of barbecued chicken.

“I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat,” Ames said to Marble, who was visiting his den’s meeting.

In 2013, Marble remarked that “when you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race. Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can’t help it,” and then added that, “I’ve got to say I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it.”

Here’s the link:
Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Last post by Brother Mythos on October 20, 2017, 03:39:27 am »
Now they need to test it's effects on computer programming and kung-fu

I doubt if any dose of alcohol would improve my computer programming skills.

However, “a low dose of alcohol” may slightly improve ones martial arts skills. If it works for one, it does so by slightly lowering inhibitions, and by providing a small energy boost.

On the other hand, one of the master level guys in my school used to always smoke a doobie before coming into class. Over many, many years, I only saw one occasion where the weed had a negative effect on his abilities. (And, those few of us that knew his “training regime” all agreed that that had to have been some super primo stuff.)
Aneristic Illusions / Re: ITT we summon RWHN
« Last post by Mr. Gone on October 20, 2017, 03:04:14 am »
Except, as the article notes:

Legal experts said forcing defendants to work for free might violate their constitutional rights. The 13th Amendment bans slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States, except as punishment for convicts. That’s why prison labor programs are legal. But many defendants sent to programs such as CAAIR have not yet been convicted of crimes, and some later have their cases dismissed.

Anyway, I mostly bring it up because RWHN always said he preferred addiction treatment to prison, when it sounds like the two aren't very different at all.

Well it certainly doesn't sound like Club Med. 
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