Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Reality? Lol, reality

Okay, so we have this thing, and we call it reality, right?

Wrong.

There is no reality, and none of you exist. I'm not saying this from an ivory tower -- I don't exist either. Now, I'll tell you why.

Way back in the day some dude named Renee Descartes spend enough time in bed to come up with the idea that nothing exists. They called this Cartesian Doubt, because apparently in all of history nobody else had been bored enough to come up with that idea (yeah, right...). Now, he writes this book on it, but here's the clincher: half way through, he says "but, I'm thinking, yeah? So that means that in some form, I exist!" And there was much rejoicing, and he pissed all over his own fallacy. Unfortunately, he was born before the period when computers and postmodern philosophy and game theory and so on were commonplace, so he thought that it was obvious that anything that thinks exists (NB: in fields like philosophy, claiming something to be obvious, while mayhaps useful in the short term, is a pretty good way to make a total ass of yourself later). But, of course, he was wrong.

Take, as a counterpoint, the philosophy known as Externism. Externism is the direct inverse of Solipism: in Externism, everything exists except for the self, and the self only appears to exist because its surroundings skirt around this nonexistent thing, just as a hole in a piece of paper will change shape when you wiggle the paper around. In such a way, a thing that does not exist can not only appear to exist, but have a certain level of complex thought and interaction with its environment. However, if existence is simply constituted by the connective level, wherein by interacting with someone who does exist you automatically exist, then Externism fails. However, another even more obvious example looms on the horizon.

There are things that do not exist that influence our lives daily. In fact, one might argue that the only things that influence most people's lives are the things that don't exist. Since one must model one's universe to survive (it's not very useful to try to find food if you can't remember what food looks like and how to differentiate it from predators, the ground, the moon, and your own feet), we as humans have developed quite advanced modeling capabilites that are mostly transparent to us. When we see a chair, we see a chair, not a bunch of lines and colours jittering around with every saccade, and we have enough information in our world-model about chairs to know that it probably has a place you can sit on even if you can't see that place initially. We don't necessarily differentiate our mental model of a chair from a real chair, or at least we don't unless it doesn't match up. If we sit on it and we fall to the floor, it no longer matches the model of a chair, and we have to probably switch models (I would suggest putting that into a model of a broken chair, or if this happens too often, an unsturdy non-weight-supporting chair). This extends even into our social life, since by having totally imperfect yet useful models of people, we can avoid some pretty awkward social situations and sometimes predict reactions in other useful ways ("That guy is a go-getter, so if you propose this idea to him, he'll probably be pretty honest in appraising it. If it's good enough, he might even invest!").

Of course, our mental models, even of individuals, even of people we are close to (or even of ourselves) are typically quite inaccurate, and at best imperfect in ways that are of minor practical importance. However, the practical importance aspect doesn't negate the fact that the people we know and the people we think we know aren't the same people. We ourselves aren't even who we think we are. There are so many automatic layers of translation and generalization and pattern matching between our senses and our perceptions that we might as well just say the world we live in is entirely fabricated and be done with it.

But, so many people perceive the world in more or less the same way, you might say. How can that be, if our world is nearly entirely fiction?

I could take the easy way out here and say that we don't live in comparable world, but we only think we do. This is arguable, and I think it's true much of the time, however it doesn't do a good job of explaining why such a significant amount of our thoughts and perceptions are even communicable.

So, instead, I make an obscure reference to the phenomenon known as "folie a deux". This is an old term, as you can tell by the fact that it's in french and not some greek-latin-gobbledygook that would make your high school etymology teacher want to gag herself on a dirty dishrag printed with apostrophe errors. What it means, essentially, is a shared delusion or hallucination. It's documented, it happens a lot, etc. Apparently, we all give off a lot of subliminal cues about stuff that we don't realize we're giving off, and we pick a lot up and pass them on without ever realizing they're there. Some of this is easily explained via elementary cognitive science (word choice can prime interpretations which can trigger one belief over another, bla bla bla, ewige blumenkraft fnord), but the bottom line is that people somehow can share pretty detailed mental models of hallucinatory objects that don't even exist.

So, if much of our everyday perceptions are an (albeit quite useful) self-generated hallucination, and hallucinatory objects can be shared and perceived by a group simply by the exchange of signals in terms of word choice and body language, how do we know that a large portion of the objects and devices we use every day even exist? It's quite possible, for instance, that there are no real iPods in the world (to pick an arbitrary object of great popularity), and that Steve Jobs is unknowingly selling empty boxes that people buy and then hallucinate that they are listening to music on imaginary earbuds. Or, perhaps the building you work in every day doesn't actually exist, and the sensory info that makes you think you are there is actually a delusion. Or perhaps, maybe, our bodies and the physical world don't exist at all. Maybe in mind even, we are just hypotheticals -- characters in some novel that may never even be written, thinking in our first person narratives all day and never daring to consider that what we choose to do, what we eat, what we watch on television, how we do in school and what we do in public, don't matter in the least, because the story ends tomorrow and we're all minor characters who don't deserve a proper conclusion.

I hope this has been some food for thought. I'm not telling you to go out and do something crazy to spice up some hypothetical author-deity's ranking on the new york time's best seller list; I'm just trying to get across to you that so many things you have never questioned you could be entirely wrong about, as could anyone. No one knows the truth, and no one even knows if there is a truth. To put it bluntly,

no one knows.

Monday, November 10, 2008

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.
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2886 bombs, everything up to page 144 of OSMBs thread and more: 8 Nov '08

He means well' is useless unless he does well. -Plautus
This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
........ CAUTION: Suspicious Contents
........ is exhibited in the radical endosemic character of the sign as such.
........ is for your own good
........ RUINED!
____ Feels exactly the way you feel now. [Death, acid, love, whatever]
[citation needed]
[copper] Conduct a Fucking Thought [/zinc]
[this scene was directed by David Lynch]
"You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they've exausted every other option." — Winston Churchill
“Habeas Corpus” doesn't mean “Play Dead”
“That's just what I believe” is not a valid argument.
*finds a cast iron fridge to hide in*
* As I see it, yes
* Ask again later
* Better not tell you now
* Cannot predict now
* Concentrate and ask again
* Don't count on it
* It is certain
* It is decidedly so
* Most likely
* My reply is no
* My sources say no
* Outlook good
* Outlook not so good
* Reply hazy, try again
* Signs point to yes
* Very doubtful
* Without a doubt
* Yes
* Yes - definitely
* You may rely on it
1984 - only 24 years late.
72% of statistics are made up
94% of hotel guests expect no surprises when entering their room.
9/11 people refuse to be reduced to statistics
a belief is just a thought you keep having
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election. -Bill Vaughan
A Closed Mind Gathers No Heresies.
A conclusion is simply where you stopped thinking
A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.
A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.
A few thousand rads never hurt anybody.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
A good fight is like a stick of broccoli, but different.
A good man has few enemies. A ruthless man has none.
A good memory does not equal pale ink.
A hundred thousand lemmings can't be wrong.
A king's castle is his home.
A lack of leadership is no substitute for inaction.
A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
A little bit, and a little bit, and a little bit more.
a little knowledge can go a long way
A little madness now and then is relished by the wisest men.
A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.
A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?
a lot of professionals are crackpots
a man can't know what it is to be a mother
A man who fishes for marlin in ponds will put his money in Etruscan bonds.
A man who turns green has eschewed protein.
A man's a man all his life; a woman's sexy until she's your wife!
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. -Mary Kay Ash
A mind is a terrible thing to baste
A mind is a terrible thing to waste; recycle yours at the earliest opportunity.
A motion to adjourn is always in order.
A much-discussed alternative to homogeneous big-bang nucleosynthesis has been the first-order quark-hadron phase-transition-inspired inhomogeneous model.
A naked mind is sexy.
a name means a lot just by itself
A nudist is just a person in a one-button suit.
A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
a positive attitude means all the difference in the world
a relaxed man is not necessarily a better man
A rumor is one thing that gets thicker instead of thinner as it is spread. -Richard Armour
a sense of timing is the mark of genius
a sincere effort is all you can ask
a single event can have infinitely many interpretations
A single fact can spoil a good argument.
A single nonrevolutionary weekend is infinitely more bloody than a month of permanent revolution.
A small mind is a tidy mind.
a solid home base builds a sense of self
a strong sense of duty imprisons you
A sucking chest wound is just nature's way of telling you to slow down.
A suspicious mind is a healthy mind
A sweater is a garment worn by a child when his mother feels chilly.
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. -Burt Bacharach
A tainted mind cannot tell the difference twixt being ballsy and being an asshole.
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. -Thomas Carruthers
A thousand lips, a thousand tongues, a thousand throats, a thousand lungs... a thousand ways to make it true, I want to do terrible things to you
A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a Unicorn.
A well placed stiletto is mightier than a thousand pens.
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Abandon all art NOW
Aborton kills, but so does McDonalds.
Above all things, revere yourself.
absolute submission can be a form of freedom
Absolutes are absolutely wrong
Abstinence is perverted
Abstinence is retarded and dangerous.
abstraction is a type of decadence
abuse of power comes as no surprise
Accept it, push it to the back of your mind.
Accepting repression? Then accept depression.
Ack!!
Acting without thinking can be awfully entertaining.
action causes more trouble than thought
Actor is not a lawyer.
Actors will happen in the best-regulated families.
Ad astra per aspera.
Adapt or die!
Adeptness is a Debt to Subject and Predicate
adjust your tie.
Admiration: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
Admire persistence, or they won't stop
After all, we only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid.
after birth is before death
Ah-ah, Mr. Wiiilson. Ah-ah, Mr. Heath.
Alarm clocks kill dreams.
Alcohol kills. Take LSD.
alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries
All
All biography is ultimately fiction.
All employees are forbidden.
ALL FANATICS MUST DIE!
All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.
All Hail Discordia.
All in all it's just another brick in the wall...
All is one and 1 is the loneliest number.
All is the loneliest blunder?
All is well, watch the days go by.
All men are created equal, some more equal than others.
All men are created unequal.
All men have the right to dig their own graves, and I have the right to sell them the shovels.
All religions are true, and everyone is going to hell.
All stickers prohibited by law.
All supposedly 'selfless' acts are entirely selfish. When a man gives to charity, rest assured he values the happiness it brings him more than the money itself. If he did not, he would not give away his money! -James Halloran
All suspects are innocent until proven Discordian in a Court of Chaos
All that glitters has a high refractive index.
all that litters is old
All the horrible shit you're paranoid of is coming true.
All the technologies you take for granted were created by living, breathing, thinking, dreaming human beings just like you.
all things are delicately interconnected
All things are exchanged for Fire, and Fire for all things, even as wares for gold, and gold for wares.
All things being equal, fat people use more soap.
All urban myths suggest HIMEOBS
All Wood? Oh! AL Wood. I didn't see the missing "L" at first.
All you can eat, shrimp
all you get from shitting on someone's shit is more shit.
All your sugar are belong to us
Always be extremely moderate.
Always store beer in a dark place.
Always tell her she is beautiful, especially if she is not.
ambition is just as dangerous as complacency
ambivalence can ruin your life
America brought democracy to my country and all I got was tortured.
an elite is inevitable
An idle mind is worth two in the bush.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. -Dwight D. Eisenhower
An ounce of dignity is no cure for stupid
Anarchism is a game at which the police can beat you.
Anarchy -- it's not the law, it's just a good idea.
And a cat in every bag.
And I alone am returned to wag the tail.
And I thought I was original!
And now, a man who needs no introduction...
And so it begins that some things last forever...
And the first one said to the second one there, "I hope you're having fun."
And the less I seek my source for some definitive, closer I am to fine...
And the Lord spake unto Elvis, "Thou hast spoken against me Elvis, and I curse thee to have thy blue suede shoes trod upon for all time..."
And where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it
anger or hate can be a useful motivating force
angst is lame
animalism is perfectly healthy
Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen.
annoy the boring
Another damned, thick, square book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?
Anti-lost is pro-found.
Antibiotics, she said.
Any depiction of sex is inherently artistic, therefore pornography does not exist.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. -Dale Carnegie
Any given program, when running, needs debugging. Any debugged program is obsolete.
Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.
Any sufficiently advanced metaphysics is indistinguishable from bullshit.
Any sufficiently advanced postmodernism is indistinguishable from necrophilia.
Any sufficiently advanced religion is indistinguishable from schizophrenia.
any surplus is immoral
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry.
Anybody got any itch cream?
Anybody who cannot comprehend mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wash, cook food, and not make messes on the floor.
Anyone seen showing signs of alarm or stress will be shot immediately.
Anything I do is purely coincidental.
anything is a legitimate area of investigation
Anything not nailed down is mine. Anything I can pry loose is not nailed down.
Apocalypse!
Applecore, Nevermore, whos your friend? Wasn't Me
Are we there yet, Papa Smurf?
Are you a character or a being?
Are you down with the sickness?
Are you interesting?
Are you mad at God for not existing?
Are You Mad At Yourself for Not Exiting
Are you my daddy?
Are you sophisticated? Good.
Are you still awake?
Are you trying to tell me that there was a time before celebrities?
ARISE! And claim your destiny: A coup for every chicken, and a chicken for every coup!
Arise, you wretched of the University. [Mimics The Internationale.]
Arise, you wretched of the University.
Around the World and back and I still haven’t seen the CocaCola logo
Art is dangerous
Art is dead, don't consume its corpse.
Art without controversy is just craft. Artless controversy is iconoclasm.
artificial desires are despoiling the earth
As goatherd learns his trade by goat, so writer learns his trade by wrote.
As long as the answer is right, who cares if the question is wrong?
As long as the music's loud enough, we won't hear the world falling apart.
As the Euclideans would have it, irrationality is the square root of all evil.
As we speak, the powers that be are attempting to retrieve Unit 04, assuming it actually was pulled into a hard case, and he needs to blow the whole truth to them.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if you don't take it out and use it it's going to rust.
At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded. -Ludwig Wittgenstein
at times inactivity is preferable to mindless functioning
at times your unconsciousness is truer than your conscious mind
Atheists are people who have no invisible means of support
Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: We have assumed control.
Attention: Do not sit down, there is still much to do.
Attention: Your shit is not brown. What did you do?
ATTENTION: disregard this message
ATTENTION: The outside will be closing in ten minutes.
ATTENTION: You are not living in a novel.
Authorised graffiti area
automation is deadly
Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant...

Friday, November 7, 2008

I spoke in the tire?

I was the spoke in the tire, the bug that was caught in between the
ridges of the fresh tires, the smell of burning rubber consuming the
world within and throughout the spiraling, spurling, whorling tire. Had
this journey no end? Never had the atoms known rest, only the journey.
Suddenly: an anomaly, an
error-flaw in the otherwise smooth topology,
the rock transports me into the serpant, striking the sleeping baby.
The color red consumed me, then blue, yellow, and a brownish orange
that stabbed me in the bac. I slept/died (not
sure) and in my dream I
was a pacifier, then an old forgotten rag. / Suddenly the tiger lept
into the air and became a fly striking a giant hand, boiling it then
explodes and I find myself being a circle, actually a square, hidden in
the evaporative-fly topology waiting for the new frontier. / [Bill's:
The
purple antelope exploded in a fury of unbridled passion as a tiny
talking timepiece tramphed tumoltously through funnels in my brain.] /
The funnels became rivers of anger, fighting the storm was hopeless,
and I was the lightning morphing into
silence. I had to hide the dead
bodies and the purple antelope returned and told me I had to do it, so
I took the axe and it became my arm melting away and then I puked dirt
to finish their graves. / I looked at my arm, a mouth grew from it, and
it screamed and engulfed me, then I was a tongue flop
ping on the floor.
It was funny- I laughed and tasted salt, but then I realized I had no
throat and grew sad. / The geometry shaped itself on the screen in an
ocean of bits and took me with it; suddenly I found myself in a for
est
of math, a dx quickly attacked me but I visually integrated it into a
helpless constant, it was weak, it evaporated into nothingness. Large
stretches of color blinded me, I climbed the colors and realized I no
longer needed my eyes and simply scooped them out - the forest howl
ed
in pain and then the trees, grass, and animals shouted secrets, like
bullets piercing my skin, secrets of the ecology, and I wrestled a
medium-sized secret down but then it engulfed me and I, it-- we be
came
one, I was x^2 + 3x - 9 for the quickest instant and I grew new eyes
and saw the mathoids as they truly were. / [Watt's: Stand on a
crumbling grave of a fallen god, only to see a weeping moon, sensi
ng
that night was done. O, cruel sun! Banish our dark, prevent the evil
that may feast on our steadfast hearts. But tomorrow's another nigh
t;
sleep alone.] / The colors pierced my body and vanished, then
reappearing, ultimately gripping my bones and cracking them, my skn
became fire and I ripped it off, shoving it down my throat, swallow
swallow swallow. An integral wrapped around my head, I screamed and i
t
thrashed against my skull as I ran into the trees, who picked me up and
then they too chased me, for sport, then I fell, infinitely into this
strange loop, how to escape? / The dancing lights were spirits,
laughing at me, telling that I would never escape. So I reached out an
d
ate the colorbeing, I consumed and unraveled the darkness; I was back
in the forest but now all of the [dx]s and [dy]s obeyed my ever
y
command- I was the oscillating circle shivering on the cold ground.

Friday, October 17, 2008

THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED

YOU MIGHT NOT COUNT IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

The peanut: small, yes; but Napoleon was too!

DON'T WORRY -- YOU'RE BEING WATCHED

Never knows best.

THINK BLUE COUNT THREE TWO

Your brain is a liar and a whore.

YOU AREN'T WHO YOU ARE

Democracy is Dumb When You Have No Say

THERE WILL BE NO STOCKMARKET IN 2012

I am starving like an orphaned meerkat under the blazing African sun.

TODAY IS EXCELLENT DAY TO BECOME A MISSING PERSON

Sick nigh unto death

RUN WHILE YOU STILL HAVE LEGS,

Ah Pook Is Here.

QUICKLY - WHAT ARE YOUR LAST WORDS?

I feel like I'm being gang raped by the three of you via text message

PLEASE CUT THE KIDS IN HALF AND MOVE TO THE NEXT STATION

marginalized prophets.

NOW THAT YOU'VE READ THIS, I WILL FOLLOW YOU HOME.

Alarm clocks kill dreams.

IT TAKES BLINDNESS TO SEE THE SUN AND NOT BLINK. TRY IT?

Friday, September 26, 2008

OM PROBES

Property is theft. Property is liberty. Therefore, by transitive relation, theft is liberty.


"Critique Thyself".



"Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." -William Saroyan



Being who you are is it's own punishment.


Green paper makes me happy!


To be written on elevator doors: "You are now trapped"


Lego my Ego


I am the s-curve of the self-same scatterbrain
I am the slowness that will execute the change
I am the fullness that will amplify the strain
I am the overflow, crawling up the walls in vain

I am the s-curve of the self-same scattered brain
I am the scattered god to which my members pray
I am the scattered god on which my members prey
I am the scattered god in which my members stay

I am the s-curve of the self-sane scattered brain
I am the poison spread like forking of the veins
I am the seed I spread, a false fruit among grain
I am the murmurer, the world that says true names


Everyone has their favorite blind spot.


Small minds think alike, too.


Those who don't question their own beliefs probably shouldn't have any.


Language is speaking you.


The average human has ___ original thoughts per day.

Why worry about the unknown when you don't know the now?


This Message Not Valid Without Receipt


"Where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?"




with only a speck of shit on your nose, everything will smell bad.

wash your face.



Jesus died for your sensei.



Revelations will not be televised.



Count the seconds it takes to stop thinking about this sentence.




YOU WIN! you found the hidden note. Re-Hide this note to receive GOOD LUCK




"Pretend this is Reality"



the goal of religion is its dissollution


The End is Rear!


Sanity is not your most valuable asset.


Sanity isn't the survival trait it used to be.


Life sucks but never swallows.


Security without freedom is prison.


They can take our guns, but they can't take our ignorance!


"Curiosity was framed. Ignorance killed the cat."


"Curiosity killed the cat. Don't be a pussy."


"Bi-Curiosity killed the ____________."



"Think outside the book."



I just hijacked your brain. You can have it back at the end of this sentence.




Enjoy Coca-Cola Or the terrorists have already won



"Just because it's common sense doesn't mean it's true."


Within 24 hours, something will happen to you. Don't be afraid. It's the beginning of a story.



If you stand on this spot long enough, you will see some very strange things.


"Imagine the unimaginable"



If you bang your head against a brick wall long enough, do the colors of the pot and the kettle change so that they look different?


The difference between apathy and ignorance?, I dont know and couldnt care less.


Hate the Poor: what are THEY gonna do about it.



the meek really will inherit the earth, 6 foot by 3 of it...


It's all been done before. So do it louder.


The "counter-culture" is neither.


Q: Who is the greatest and wisest of the sages? A: I don't know, she never boasted.


You know, the fact that you are even reading this is completely by random chance. OH MY GOD, LOOK BEHIND YOU!!!!


Perverts aren't the only ones to molest your kids.


Volunteer fascism


An ounce of dignity is no cure for stupid


You have to admire persistence, or they won't stop.


Doing nothing you regret leads to regretting doing nothing.


If it wasn't for television, you'd have never gotten that tattoo.


"That's just what I believe" is not a valid argument.


Do you believe or just believe that you believe?



Beliefs are like assault rifles: just because the Constitution says you can have them, doesn't mean you need them.

"Habeas Corpus" doesn't mean "Play Dead."

If you didn't descend from apes, why are you constantly flinging shit?



When opportunity knocks, answer the door naked.


when knocking as opportunity enter through the back door.


"Patriotism isn't about being a better citizen, it's about demanding a better country."


In the end. there's a period.


Hell hath no humor like a discordian scorned.


Religion is a man staring at a tree and wondering who is moving the leaves.


Sorry I hit your car, you shouldn't even notice the damage.


Rejoin the human race.


Walk away and pretend this never happened.


You're absolutely correct, /consciously/.


THE MACHINE STOPS, BUT THE ROBOT IS DREAMING


Don't trust me -- I don't exist.


"Do not open this door under any circumstances." (On a wall or floor)


"This is not a pipe." (On anything, whether it's a pipe or not)


"Good artists borrow. Great artists starve to death."


"Use condoms while screwing the establishment."


"Please use other door." (On the inside of a bathroom stall)


"This elevator has been accident-free for 16 days!"


minimalism is about the big picture


Coca-Cola, proud sponspors of the Revolution


Coca-Cola, proud sponspors of the Environment

Friday, August 8, 2008

FORM FOLLOWS JUNCTION

I awoke lying on small mound of things flaccid and rancid, everything that would have rendered you and your consummate middle class ideals into something broken, impotent and threatening.

If you're local to Oregon, clicking the link will tell you how to get tickets, but they may already be sold out by the time you read this. If you do get the chance to go, though, I can come close to guaranteeing you that you'll have a good time and enjoy yourself, and find yourself singing songs from the show moments after the final curtain.

Hygiene, aesthetics, ambience… all the major illusions inverted to the point of paroxysm.

The show is a cajun puppet musical, meaning it utilizes some of the tradtional Americana puppet methods and incorporates elements of Cajun culture: the river, coffee, the cafe' lifestyle, jazz, paddleboats. All of these elements come together for a bizarre comedic tale that's also got some great songs (the harmonies on display aere fantastic).

Dead fish. Salmon. Shrimp. Banana peels. Banana Leaves. Ants and rice. I smelt like cat piss.

If you take a look at the website, you'll see what this show is all about, but this can only give you a taste of just how awesome this show really is, and I'm not just saying that because it's local or anything.

It was unpleasant, but I was comfortable.

Now, if only I can find a copy of this MADMAN movie that HORRORHOUND is talking about in this article ... anyone think it's any good?

I could hear two people, one male, one female, arguing behind the wall next to the garbage heap.

So, anyway, I'd recommend THE BURNING, if you haven't seen it. I think it deserves to be held up there with some of the more respected genre efforts of this time. Next up on that HORRORHOUND list is ALONE IN THE DARK - and not the version with Christian Slater!

The only memories I have of my mother’s features are a collection of lines enshrouded by crisscrosses of darkness, the afterimage of microbes on the surface of the thin layer of fluid around my eyeballs dancing around her blurry contours like an aura.

It's a SHAME that it's not more well-known, too, because I found the idea of it having a Final Boy and also the way it kept its focus on the heroes instead of the villain to be really refreshing - so much so that I felt like it was too bad they never did THE BURINNG 2 as is discussed in the audio commentary. I sort of found myself imagining a parallel world where we got CROPSY VS. JASON instead of that other guy, where we had comparisons to whether or not THE BURNING PART 6 was better than FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI.

After I was born my parents taught me how to talk and write in 3 weeks, with the prolonged and excessive usage of brain jacks, literally installing information into a hard drive that was my brain through the circuitry manipulation of my neurons.

Anyway, next I want to talk about THE BURNING. Oddly, I had no expectations about this one - maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much more than MY BLOODY VALENTINE. Cropsy is a terrifying villain and there are some absolutely crazy scenes in this movie, but the best part about it was that it felt so much more real than a lot of these kinds of slasher movies - the kids at the camp didn't all look to be about 30, we get some perspective on the villain so we know he's more than just a sadistic monster, there are little bits of characterization throughout that focus more on the campers than the killer. I actuaally liked how the movie's primary and principle focus during the stressful moments was on the kids and how they were dealing with the evil monster haunting them. I prefer that to endless POV shots (though there are some of those) where the auidence is clearly 'meant to sympathize' as it were with the monster. FRIDAY THE 13TH is guilty of this, of course, but it's still a favorite of mine - but I prefer it when we focus on the heroes of the story and not the villains.

My nursery was the Pink Room, where everything was plastic and smelt of disinfectant. After my mind was wired up to do what it was meant to do, I was locked up in it for 17 years. The brain jacks made me autistic so it wasn’t like I was capable of much socializing anyhow.

The problem with MY BLOODY VALENTINE is that it begins with this cool mythology of the character, with this great horror premise and is well-shot and has this great setting of this miner town, but the whole second half when the attacks actually go down in the mine just falls apart, right down to an ending that left me baffled. It's not that the ending is really all that confusing to me. What left me baffled was trying to figure out what the ending was trying to suggest happened to the villain. I wasn't sure if it was deliberately supposed to be vague, or if there was some big point I was missing - and the way the whole thing with the party is handled just feels 'off' to me, like it was hurried or rushed, and the cool character development going on during the first half disappesrs in the crisis - when I was hoping all those moments would pay off and we'd get more into the characters.

Every morning at precisely 6.45 a.m., after untying the strap that held the mint-flavored oral placebo (on weekends it was strawberry flavored) firmly at the back of my throat, mother would go out of the room, shut the door, and the lights would go on.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE I have to say starts out strong. I loved the visual of the Harry Warden character's costume, with the blacked-out eyes on the miner's mask. Miner's masks always scare me because they make me feel like the person can't breathe normal air and therefore is some kind of monster underneath.

Come to think of it I’m not even sure that was my mother. Could have been a very dedicated nursemaid.

Anyway, they did an article about 20 overlooked slasher movies and I realized that I'd just recently gotten a Netflix account but there were two I had never seen that I'd always been meaning to check out: MY BLOODY VALENTINE and THE BURNING.

“Mother” would slide a pen and pad underneath the door, and I would pick them up, go to the pink desk by the pink nightstand, and write.

Here, he's got a fantastic script to work with that deals with depth and complexity while still staying wholly true to the comic book origins of the characters. Every single character who's ever been part of the comic universe of Batman who appears in this movie works 100 percent in-character. The movie catches the spirit of all of the comic book elements and stays completely true to them while at the same time telling a story that could just as easily happen in the real world as any of the best thrillers. A lot of the time watching this, I was reminded of TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. in terms of the way the story plays out, more than any comic book movie.

I would spend exactly 8 hours writing about meat cleavers, second chances, true love, and dogs copulating in the alley outside of… whatever the hell I was confined in, were it a maze or a desert.

First off, the performances are just astonishingly good - especially Heath Ledger as The Joker. Everything you've heard about Heath is true. He proves to all the people out there what a good actor he could be when he was given the right material with which to work.

I was never sure if the universe outside was finite or infinite. Come to think of it, how could I even be sure if there were a universe outside? At the mean time, life goes on.

I was never sure if the universe outside was finite or infinite. Come to think of it, how could I even be sure if there were a universe outside? At the mean time, life goes on.

I was never sure if the universe outside was finite or infinite. Come to think of it, how could I even be sure if there were a universe outside? At the mean time, life goes on.

A recent TIME magazine article (http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1827342,00.html) recently suggested half-hour exercise sessions are ineffective. Although advocated by Leslie Vernon, I think developing one's cardio is a good idea for reasons that have nothing to do with a snarky/subpar "horror" movie featuring an unsympathetic heroine. I want to live a long time, myself, and as a result I think it's important to support my body and mind with the soothing and healthy environment of the nature trail. You ought to get out of the house and give it a try today. I'm glad I did.

I was never sure if the universe outside was finite or infinite. Come to think of it, how could I even be sure if there were a universe outside? At the mean time, life goes on.

With all the technology I deal with every day, I appreciate the opportunity to get the chance to get away from machines - and the people who use them. Once in a while I see people on the pathways listening to headphones. I tried that a few times and I just couldn't get into it. I needed to hear the sound of the leaves and the way the long fields of grainy-yellow plants would crackle when an animal walks through them. I'm not a misanthrope by nature, but I do enjoy this time a lot.

was never sure if the universe outside was finite or infinite. Come to think of it, how could I even be sure if there were a universe outside? At the mean time, life goes on.

There are rabbits hopping right along the sides of the road like you usually only see on the cover of a jigsaw-puzzle box, complete with a broken twig halfway in their mouths. Little newts with their couldn't-care-less expressions do little plodding lizard-walks across leaf-strewn concrete pathways, occasionally pausing to swim through puddles that to them are like big lakes - or, at the least, water-hazards. Today, I was about five feet away from a deer.

I was never sure if the universe outside was finite or infinite. Come to think of it, how could I even be sure if there were a universe outside? At the mean time, life goes on.

It turns out, we didn't end up TAKING the Max train, because there was a LINE that barely moved for about ten minutes when my friend and I got to Sunset Transit Center. There was no line at a ticket machine that was accepting tickets for 10 people per purchase, but since I didn't have any cash I couldn't pool with anybody else and at this point my friend decided it would probably be easier and faster to just drive down and find a place to pay for parking for a little bit.

I would spend exactly 8 hours writing about meat cleavers, second chances, true love, and dogs copulating in the alley outside of… whatever the hell I was confined in, were it a maze or a desert.

Now, since this entry - like the last one - pretty much has nothing to do with the kind of horror-fan mania you commonly associate with Spymunk aka Splattermunk, I'll close by plugging CABIN FEVER. Seriously, it's just one of my top favorites of all time. Those of you who have experienced this gem, this total opus of awesomeness will understand. Those of you who haven't seen it need to get on the ball as of yesterday. OK? OK!

Mother fed me based on what I wrote.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

KASEI 2.0

KASEI: Omniscience and Algorithmic Self-delusion in Hypertime

Part 0: FORM FOLLOWS FICTION

A man is a god-machine that programs its own universe from within. Humans are blind to the territory, and have write access to the map.

Why not change the map, modifying the apparent territory?

Such is the principle of Form Follows Fiction -- and Fiction should at best follow Function.

All fictions begin with functions, and all forms are begat of fictions.

The largest and most important ideas in history have generally been fictions -- many of them admittedly so. Fictions beat facts on several levels:
1) we can know them.
2) they can be engineered to influence us.

There are often fictions upon fictions, mutations of fictions for a purpose entirely separate and distinct from the initial intent.

Fictions are useful. They can control the self, and control others. And they themselves can be controlled.

Why allow yourself to fall to a dead hopelessness? Hope springs eternal, especially when it is impossible to fulfill.

Humanity, do not go gently into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the Light.


"Nothing is true and everything is permissable."
- Hassan I Sabbah

"Do what Thou Wilt shall be the whole of the law."
- Aliester Crowley


Reality is thermoplastic, as maps can be redrawn by conscious effort, regardless of physical possibility of terrain alteration.

"Through the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe." But what truth was Doctor Faustus speaking of? A false truth, surely.

What other kind is there?


The world runs out of colours.

Paint it with your dreams.

Friday, May 9, 2008

The Duality Alight

I am the great mage
Who makes the grass green

You are the key
to
The root of my Machine
I want you in my web,
To bite you, spin you, set you free
But in the age of simulation
All I know is authenticity

Do you feel this fire?
The moon's aflame in dreams of reason.
Do you feel this fire?
The moon's a flame in dreams of you.
Do you feel this fire?
My mind's a flame with dreams of reason.
Do you feel desire?
My mind's aflame with dreams of you.

I am the great mage
Who dreams the dream of life itself
You are the Monad
The other half that makes me whole
I am the demiurge
Whose dreams are perfect in their flaws
You are the only one
Who can fill the hole

Do you feel this fire?
The world is burning, dreams of reason.
Do you feel this fire?
My world's alight with dreams of you.
Do you feel this fire?
The world is tearing at the seams.
Can you feel this fire?
I hope one day it all comes true.

Do you feel this fire?
The creature comfort, dreams of reason.
Do you feel this fire?
The pleasant warmth of dreams of you.
Can you feel the fire?
The world is burning, 'tis the season.
Do you feel this fire?
I hope some day it all comes true.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

True Names

The Logos in the Logolo
The sigil in the sight
All the dreams of fleeting worlds
The words fade into night
Temporal aeons come and go
In the nonspace of the mind
All the world, in a naught shell
Waiting for the end of time

But break free, from tinting lens we can
Undamn the gis-hur and the ME
Create from order, chaos born
And bring about the promised day
All of time is naught but sand
And all of man is clay
Create from chaos, order, born
And bring about the promised day

The water of the abzu's heart
The diamond in the ash
The maklu in the winter's dark
The comma and the slash
But still, from gaia's broken heart
And broken womb we can
Regain ourselves, and with us hope
For dilmun, eden, promised land

For now we see through a glass, darkly
Till one greater man restore us
And regain the blissful fruit
Born out of chaos
And justify the way of gods to men

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

AN ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE THE VALIDITY OF THE DICHOTOMY OF CONTRADITIONS AND TAUTOLOGIES

AN ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE THE VALIDITY OF THE DICHOTOMY OF
CONTRADITIONS AND TAUTOLOGIES

N. Key, Jr
O. Ravenhurst
M. Alaclypse III
J. Malik
G. Dorn
S. Moon
R. Wilson

Let c and t represent the set of contradictions and tautologies, respectively. To determine whether a contradiction and a tautology are equivalent, one calculates:

( c ∪ t ) ∪ ( c ∩ t ) →
~( ( c ∩ t ) ∩ ( c ∪ t ) ) →
~( (c ∩ t ) ∪ ( c ∩ c ) ∪ ( t ∩ t) ∪ ( t ∩ t) ) →
~( c ∩ t ) ∩ ~( c ∩ c ) ∩ ~( t ∩ t)

This brings up interesting points:
As expected
, no contradiction is also a tautology. However, if one does not assume trivial identity, one recognizes that the outcome implies that no contradiction is a contradiction, and no tautology is a tautology.

This proves, mathematically, that no equals are the same. It also disproves all of symbolic logic through symbolic logic.

Furthermore, we can simplify using identity:

~( c ∩ t) ∩ ~c ∩ ~t →
( c ∪ t) ∩ ~c ∩ ~t →
( c ∩ ~c ∩ ~t ) ∪ (t ∩ ~c ∩ ~t) →
( ( c ∩ ~c ) ∩ ~t) ∪ ( ( t ∩ ~t ) ∩ ~c ) →
( F ∩ ~t ) ∪ ( F ∩ ~c ) →
F ∪ F →
F

In other words, if we use the identity property, our initial statement (that contradictions and tautologies are either mutually dependent or mutually exclusive) reveals itself as a contradiction, whereas without the identity property, it reveals the identity property as a contradiction.

To prove an obvious truism as a contradiction is the result in either case, and the unique factoring method does not break DeMorgan's Law, nor any other rule of formal symbolic logic. The fact that we pursued operations in a non-canonical order upon a statement that seems initially to be simplified maximally is irrelevant in determining the validity of our results, since no rules were broken.

In the end, it seems that the basic tenets of symbolic logic are inherently flawed. We have, at this point, no suggestions on how to remedy this, aside from those suggestions that invalidate the rules of symbolic and formal logic - suggestions which are irrational and do not correspond to the traditional concepts of reason - however, as our proof invalidated reason as it now stands, we must state our conclusion: nothing is true, and everything is permissible. There are no logical relationships that cannot be proven to be contradictions, even those that are proven to be correct elsewhere.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dataspace X

Tight spiral lattices
Multisensory data fold and fractalize
In a mindspace realized by parallel man
Accelerate

Parallel processes
Can you see
The helix of code
The data blinds me

The spiraling thoughts
Awakening
The burgoning lots
Leading
To a solution

From the neon genesis
From the complex code
The star child arises
The sum a single node
Out of mindspace
A god is born
Science is now our place
A fruit of life forsworn

The fate of destruction
The joy of rebirth
All egos shall join
Thus awakens the earth
Out of the second web
A first son awakens
Out of the web of thoughts
A carnal creation

As the code evolves
Mankind grows once more
As the data links
As does the ribose core
Hoping for a coredump
Hoping for a sign
Hoping for a signal
For the end of our kind

I hope I can stay
And bask in the cusp
The elegant equation
The end of mere sentiency
Dust to dust