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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:08:11 pm »
fluoridation in our waters that are depleting our essential bodily fluids.


Too many ions and the water gets sucked out of you. Too few and the nutrients get sucked out.  :lol: :roll:

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:27:08 am »
City Manager sounds like my job, only with old people.  So, uh, have fun?

Frankly, it looks like it's gonna suck, but I am too broke to be picky.

Well here's hoping it produces some good stories at least...

And more downtime is good too eh?

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:43:28 am »
So i'm moving to Malaysia at the end of the month. Flying out this weekend - a week in Dubai for training then a week in Vietnam visiting customers before my contract even officially starts before finally ending up in Kuala Lumpur.

Pretty excited. Kinda nervous.

Thanks to those of you who encouraged the decision. I should still be about.

High Weirdness / Re: Chicken grows face of dinosaur
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:40:48 am »
No sense trying to make non-sense of this board. The live posts this moment: yours, gaming posts, other cramps. Is this all there is? Any of y'all get out of yer house and do somethings? Or is it a sit-in-your-room & post on the internet dealy? ( O.K., I really like the shared art. That r'ocks) But can I show you an image of a mouse with a human ear growing out it's side?  I'll be sitting in my room when I post it.

Some of us post from work as well.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Reality Safari: Gurdjieff
« on: December 10, 2017, 12:33:01 pm »
Has the number of people attending each week dwindled? It sounds like hard work.

Could you give some examples of the exercises?

Thanks for the detailed updates, very interesting stuff.  :)

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:22:53 pm »
Impact assessments? Who needs 'em?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:05:13 am »
There's been so much mental news lately it's hard to keep up.

From what I can tell from the tax evasion stuff nobody's going to prison because a) they're rich and b) it's (in some cases) a bit of a non-story because it's all been done through hedge fund managers who are diversifying assets. Not like the Queen is personally picking all of her investments.

From the rapey politicians... also probably nobody unless some  way more severe and substantiated allegations come out.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: August 30, 2017, 03:08:51 pm »
So I finished The Attention Merchants. I think it was interesting and seemingly pretty comprehensive as a history of advertising right back from the first newspapers through radio, cinema, TV and up to the internet. It could have done with a bit more of a conclusion perhaps but I guess just knowledge about what's assaulting your brain is valuable enough.

I have started trying to read Cradle to Cradle, a book about the circular economy in manufacturing. So far it's been saying the current 'harm reduction' methods introduce too much guilt and not enough action and then spends pages going on about how everything we make is slowly killing us and the planet. Pretty depressing.

Taking a break from that i've started Three Dangerous Magi which I guess you could call a primer on Crowley, Gurdjieff and Osho.. it's well written and I didn't know much about the three men before I started so i've been enjoying it.

However I will say that violence begets violence - I don't see an end to the escalating tensions that seem to be occurring in right now. It's not like the Nazis are gonna take being punched lying down. Things are gonna get worse before they get better.

I guess the best that we can hope for is the next Nazi rally gets met with even more resistance from people who are, unlike Elvis, seeing that allowing poisonous ideology to be openly expressed isn't a path with a good ending.

shit-kicking Nazis is an effective and morally upstanding treatment for this "symptom."

Like taking heroin for a headache.

If the Nazis had been ignored in Charlottesville, nothing would have happened. They'd have gone home and the statues would eventually be taken down because the opinions of Nazis don't actually matter. But that's not what anyone actually wants. What everyone actually wants any excuse to act like an animal.

So someone makes a phone call and a few dollars get funneled into the AntiFa account and before you know it, people are getting run over by Mustangs.

Lovely, lovely chaos. Our work here is done, folks.

This is dumb on so many levels.

I'm sure a lot of folks in 1930s Germany supported your view. They were wrong then, as are you now.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Reality Safari: Gurdjieff
« on: August 15, 2017, 04:33:25 pm »
Man there's so much to unpack here and definitely a lot of things you refer to that I don't quite have the right handle on to conceptualize properly. I think I grok the BIP part of things and mostly get jailbreaking but then self-remembering starts to give me that feeling of trying to think about something slippery.

I do want to thank you though Cramulus for all the effort you are putting into exploring and translating these ideas. I'm gonna give this and a few related threads another read-or-two and see if I can come back with something a bit more tangible.

Sometimes reading the stuff you write gives me one of those flashes of understanding eg:

When I read your post, I am trying to hear it in your voice, to resonate with the place you're coming from. I'm trying to get a little of your essence into mine. This empathy helps both of us - it helps me understand you, and through it, it gives me another channel to understand myself and how I'm coming off. Consciousness can be increased through group work. (and conversely - a bad group can decrease it - like a predatory cult or religion)

that I try and grasp onto but more often than not the profundity becomes lost again with time and loss of context - maybe a parallel to escaping one cell to find oneself in another?

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: August 14, 2017, 05:39:36 pm »
So some company called Pastdue Credit Solutions keeps sending me letters saying i've got outstanding debt with NPower for the student accomodation I lived in.

Hilariously they managed to get the dates, address and my name wrong on the letter which were my first clues that something wasn't right.

General consensus online agrees that this is a company just trying to scam people with scary letters.

Suggestions for amusing/effective methods of retaliation welcome.

Principia Discussion / Re: Principia gets a passing metion in the BBC
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:40:12 pm »
His Wikipedia page paints him as someone who would probably see through the joke.

His Odditorium podcast has also hosted Daisy Campbell a couple of times. I'm gonna give it a listen if I can remember. Sounds like an interesting dude.

Apple Talk / Re: I don't know where the random links thread is
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:49:12 pm »
Someone on the BBC is writing about the Principia/Illuminatus:

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