Monthly Archives: December 2011

Page-a-Day Discordian Calendar

Page-a-Day Discordian Calendar 0.73

This is still an early draft. The goal is to have 365 images of Eris or Eris-like beings. I’m no where near that goal yet.

For any contributions you’d like to make, post a comment with links to the images; I always read my spam. And no black-heavy or dark images; this is meant to be printed.

For any removals you’d like to request, post a comment with the date in the calendar; the image will be removed in the next update.

The next version will be uploaded some time next year or whenever I get around to it. Honestly, I’m not too thrilled about this project; it’s too large and I doubt anyone will ever print it.

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Job Search Image

“Of course, I’ll have to find a job eventually. I know that. You know that. I can’t go on hanging around like this forever. And I will find a job sooner or later. It’s just that right now, I don’t know what kind of a job I should take. For a while after I quit, I just figured I’d take some other law-related job. I do have connections in the field. But now I can’t get myself into that mood. The more time that goes by, the less interest I have in law. I feel more and more that it’s simply not the work for me.”

Kumiko looked at me in the mirror. I went on:

“But knowing what I don’t want to do doesn’t help me figure out what I do want to do. I could do just about anything if somebody made me. But I don’t have an image of the one thing I really want to do. That’s my problem now. I can’t find the image.”

“So, then,” she said, putting her towel down and turning to face me, “if you’re tired of law, don’t do it anymore. Just forget about the bar exam. Don’t get all worked up about finding a job. If you can’t find the image, wait until it forms by itself. What’s wrong with that?”

I nodded. “I just wanted to make sure I had explained to you exactly how I felt.”

(later)

Brushing my teeth in the bathroom, I studied my face in the mirror. For over two months now, since quitting my job, I had rarely entered the “outside world.” I had been moving back and forth between the neighborhood shops, the ward pool, and this house. Aside from the Ginza and that hotel in Shinagawa, the farthest point I had traveled from home was the cleaner’s by the station. And in all that time, I had hardly seen anyone. Aside from Kumiko, the only people I could be said to have “seen” in two months were Malta and Creta Kano and May Kasahara. It was a narrow world, a world that was standing still. But the narrower it became, and the more it betook of stillness, the more this world that enveloped me seemed to overflow with things and people that could only be called strange. They had been there all the while, it seemed, waiting in the shadows for me to stop moving. And every time the wind-up bird came to my yard to wind its spring, the world descended more deeply into chaos.

I rinsed my mouth and went on looking at my face for a time.

I can’t find the image, I said to myself. I’m thirty, I’m standing still, and I can’t find the image.

— Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Miscellaneous Remnants from an Abandoned Project

Some of this might be original, but most of it is quotes from other people.

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The only way to truly reach Eris is to realize that you are Eris. But don’t get carried away with it; everything else is Eris, too.

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Eris is always a surprise. A surprise is something human’s didn’t expect. And why should She conform to human expectations?

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In every form of oppression, if it truly succeeds, the oppressed “do it to themselves.”

— Elaine Bell Kaplan, Not Our Kind Of Girl

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I prefer to be confused, because then I know my brain is working.

— Marvin Minsky

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A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.

— Adlai Stevenson

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The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

— Alan Ashley-Pitt

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Eris is the Modern Goddess. Wild, free, strong, independent, passionate. She takes no credit when things are good, and takes no blame when things are bad. Such is the nature of Chaos: shit happens.

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The wise know when to say “I don’t know.”

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Our concern is not what is real or imaginary.
Our concern is not what is true or false.
Our concern is not what is meaningful or meaningless.
Our concern is what might be, what could be, and how?

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navkat:

The Entertainment is just another control mechanism.

We’ve all read 1984. I’m not disagreeing with you here, but I look at the entertainments as a BF Skinner box…

The rat inside the box performs the correct response, receives reward. Positive reinforcement. Incorrect response, no reward. Negative reinforcement. Or worse: receives a shock. Positive punishment.

The problem is when the rat’s been in the box so long, he forgets what it’s like to hunt for his own food. He’s enslaved and is afraid to leave the cushy, predictable confines of slavery because let’s face it: it’s scary Out There.

At this point, you no longer need to reward the rat as much as you once did. Now you can get the rat to perform the correct response with threats that he will be forced out of slavery.

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The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.

— Max Stirner

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If you won’t shut the hell up, go watch TV so it can shut you the hell up.

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Erotocize Intelligence

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You are not your ego.

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Religions are just extremely successful chain letters.

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How can one think freely in the shadow of a chapel?

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Meanwhile everyone wants to breathe and nobody can breathe and many say, “We will breathe later.” And most of them don’t die because they are already dead.

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If the government doesn’t trust the people, why doesn’t it dissolve them and elect a new people?

— Bertolt Brecht

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Babble about “The wages of sin” serves to cover up “the sin of wages”. We want rights, not rites — sex, not sects. Only Eros and Eris belong in our pantheon. Surely the Nazarene necrophile has had his revenge by now. Remember, pain is just God’s way of hurting you.

— Bob Black, The Abolition of Work

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Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.

— Native American Proverb (Blackfoot)

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Anyway, a police officer friend of mine once said that if you’re going to do something illegal, do it big, do it once and don’t tell anybody.

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When I became convinced that the Universe is natural — that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood, the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. For the first time, I was free. I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously, faced all worlds.

And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brain. And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they had held, and hold it high, that light might conquer darkness still.

— Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll

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so of course you can sense a pattern in all of this… abstinent stubborn old men insist we listen to them about family planning and sexual behavior…

how does that make sense?

do i go to somebody who has never fired a gun to learn the proper etiquette at a gun range?

— “catholicism has to come to grips with sexuality” by circletimessquare, kuro5hin.org

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Trying to find yourself?
Then who’s searching?

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You can’t tell a goddess how to behave.

— Eris

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I was really into bestiality, sadomasochism, and necrophilia, but then I realized I was just beating a dead horse.

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Those who do not believe in equality are inferior.

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A healthy body is sexy. A healthy mind is beautiful.

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People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

— Thomas Szasz, “Personal Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973

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You wouldn’t care so much about what people thought about you if you knew how rarely they did.

— Xydexx

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An amateur practices until she gets it right;
A professional practices until she can’t get it wrong.

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He thought deeply. He was not fast. Speed means nothing. Math doesn’t depend on speed. It is about deep.

— Yuri Burago

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Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

— Seneca the Younger

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The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself.

— Richard Francis Burton

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Without God, life is everything.

— Rev. Ron

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The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.

— Daniel Boorstin

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I refuse to believe in a god that would send me to hell just for not believing in him.

— Bob Snuka

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You can achieve no greater spirituality… than with science.

— Kurt Abraham

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Killing a man to defend an idea isn’t defending an idea, it’s killing a man.

— Notre Musique

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The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

— Charles Dubois

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I always think of Eris as a “red head with green eyes, smelling ever so slightly of basil, rosemary and trouble.”

— Alik Balposod

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It’s not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity, and make it work for you.

— Uncle Meat (zappa)

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Just because some dead fucker said something a long tome ago does not mean that every jackass repeating it is a fucking philosopher…

— Xptic

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You are an intelligent human being. Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not inherently evil — you are inherently human, possessing the positive rational potential to help make this a world of peace and joy. Trust yourself.

— Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith

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Good judgement is the result of experience.
Experience is the result of bad judgement.

— Fred Brooks

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The symbols of the divine show up in our world initially at the trash stratum.

— Philip K. Dick

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Unity of mankind means: No escape for anyone anywhere.

— Milan Kundera

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Think first, write second, speak third.

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

— Lin Yutang

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We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

— Einstein

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Life is like a simile.

— logic cube

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The color is black, the material is leather, the seduction is beauty, the justification is honesty, the aim is ecstasy, the fantasy is death.

— Susan Sontag

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The best slave is the slave who thinks he is free, and the greatest fool is the fool who thinks he is a wise man.

— truthism.com

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They [humans] were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies to making it worse.

— Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

— Anne Lamott

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What we see is not reality in itself, but reality exposed to our method of questioning.

— Heisenberg

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I never let my schooling get in the way of my education.

— Mark Twain

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Effing with the Ineffable

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The truth is what is. What should be is a dirty lie.

— Lenny Bruce

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The most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.

— Hunter “Patch” Adams

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I don’t want my children fed or clothed by the state, but I would prefer that to their being educated by the state.

— Max Victor Belz

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There is no solution because there is no problem.

— Marcel Duchamp

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Today man believes that there is nothing in him, so he accepts anything, even if he knows it to be bad, in order to find himself at one with others, in order not to be alone.

— Czeslaw Milosz

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The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.

— Noam Chomsky

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I’m sex; pure sex with scales.

— Mermi (Mimi), Days of Our Lives, 2001

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If you think the problem is bad now, just wait until we’ve solved it.

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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

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Sometimes the best law of all is no law at all. Not all the world’s ills are susceptible to legislative correction.

— Pierre S. du Pont

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Saying “It’s my opinion” doesn’t save you from being wrong. You have to defend everything you believe in this life. Everything.

— John Wick

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No matter how much we ask after the truth, self-awareness is often unpleasant. We do not feel kindly toward the Truthsayer.

— Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune

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As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn’t as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.

— Maurice Wilkes, 1949

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Linux is only free if your time has no value.

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I used to think there was nothing wrong with touching oneself, but having just read an editorial in which a Phil Knight lookalike boasts that his teenage kids have “left parties when other kids started to drink,” I realize I was naive to think that masturbation couldn’t manifest itself in darker, more sinister forms.

— Ander Murane

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People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

— Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

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How Children Fail
John Holt

The valiant and resolute band of travelers I thought I was leading toward a much-hoped-for destination turned out instead to be more like convicts on a chain-gang, forced under threat of punishment to move along a rough path leading nobody knew where and down which they could see hardly more than a few steps ahead. School feels like this to children: it is a place where they make you go and where they tell you to do things and where they try to make your life unpleasant if you don’t do them or don’t do them right.

Many people seem to think that the way to take care of children is to ask in any situation what is the most stupid and dangerous thing the children could possibly do, and then act as if they were sure to do it. Little children are indeed very careful at first—watch them on a stair or some steps, deciding whether to step down forwards or crawl down backwards. They are eager to try new things, but at the same time they have a remarkably accurate sense of what they can and cannot do, and as they grow older, their judgement about this improves…

So many people have said to me, “If we didn’t make children do things, they wouldn’t do anything.” Even worse, they say, “If I weren’t made to do things, I wouldn’t do anything.”

It is the creed of the slave.

Schools tend to mistake good behavior for good character. What they prize above all else is docility, suggestibility; the child who will do as he is told; or even better, the child who will do what is wanted without even having to be told. They value most in children what children least value in themselves.

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The Book of No Jargon

People will always misinterpret what you are saying. Listen to their confusion, go back, and rephrase. Do not inflict your language or world-view—this is like moving a mountain: such effort! such failure! Instead, show them that the pebble you speak of is already a part of their mountain. All you need do is look upon their mountain and find it. Speak your audience’s language and they will understand.

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Naught but Ideas

To hold a belief is to be a slave to an idea:
a boring and repetetive stone in your mind.
To hold a woman is to be a slave to love:
an exciting and surprising passion in your soul.
Which would you rather serve?

“God” or woman?
“Nation” or wife?
“Freedom” or family?

Truly, the wisest men stay home!
Pity the lonely fool who has naught but ideas!

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Once bread becomes toast, it can never go back.
bluetroutdoorknob

Does toast know its toast?
No, of course not.
Do you think you’re toast?
No, of course not.

But, if you were, you wouldn’t know it because toast doesn’t know its toast.

But what if you’re toasted, like toasted out of your freaking mind? Then you may think you’re toast. Kind of a double-negative of toasted toast which allows you to stick your head out of the pond and see what’s really going on.

I mean, toast always seems so content, it just lays there, maybe that’s because it can’t do anything… or maybe that’s because there’s nothing to do! What if toast already knows everything? I mean, drugs, sex, and gummy bears are all you need to know. Maybe toast has achieved enlightenment, somthing that’s always just out of our reach.

Just somethin to think about…

He’s a Living Embodiment

He’s a living embodiment
of Simone de Beauvoir’s theories—
he can’t see that he’s a huge gender warrior,
because he doesn’t think
of masculinity as a “gender.”

Gender is something those things have,
those women, those Others.
Masculinity isn’t a gender,
but the human condition,
and gender is just a lack that women have.

Cards and circle jerks — Amanda Marcotte

Yes, I took someone else’s writing and turned it into poetry. This was supposed to be included in a larger project that never saw completion.

Liber CCLXXVII (Liber Zoe)

“the law of
the wise:
this is our law
and the joy
of the world.”—AL. II. 2

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”—AL. I. 40

“Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that, and no other shall say nay.”—AL. I. 42–3

“Every man and every woman is a star.”—AL. I. 3

There is no goddess but woman.

  1. Woman has the right to live by her own law—
    to live in the way that she wills to do:
    to work as she will:
    to play as she will:
    to rest as she will:
    to reproduce as she will:
    to cease reproduction as she will:
    to die when and how she will.
  2. Woman has the right to eat what she will:
    to drink what she will:
    to dwell where she will:
    to move as she will on the face of the earth.
  3. Woman has the right to think what she will:
    to speak what she will:
    to write what she will:
    to draw, paint, carve, etch, mould, build as she will:
    to dress as she will.
  4. Woman has the right to love as she will:—
    “take your fill and will of love as ye will,
    when, where, and with whom ye will.”—AL. I. 51
  5. Woman has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.
    “the slaves shall serve.”—AL. II. 58

“Love is the law, love under will.”—AL. I. 57

(Don’t worry; I’m sure we’re using “woman” in the gender-neutral sense.)

Delilah’s Dance

Delilah danced downstairs. The rooms dimmed as she arrived. Her perfume dazzled.

I was caught up in the dance.

Did I ever kiss her?

Why did she make me happy when she could never be happy.

Her music still pursues me.

Was I hers or her?

No philosophy withstood her.

Indoors With Delilah

Math

Defining mathematics is a logic problem.

Learning mathematics is a psychology problem.