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do not forget we live in the future

(c) Elizabeth Parker Hats

"We exist in a state of social and physical equanimity that is unparalleled in the history of humans. Why else would we alert the media every time we feel a little blue?"
- Dave Hickey

Look at this reverse image search thing! God, isn't it worth social atomisation and massively lower attention spans? Particularly when taken in tandem with this lovely thing. And this. And this. And this. And this. And this, this, this and this. And all that. And this. And this. And this. And this. And this. And this(alt). And this. And these. And this.

(Prostate exam of justice.)

They've all got downsides. (Ok, not Child'sPlay) But that's built into the idea of "technology". Wikileaks in particular is a time-traveller from some future place where people actually control their governments. But in this spacetime manifold, it's fucking dangerous.(Regarding that future "actual democracy", the Chinese 人肉搜索, "human-flesh search-engine" seem…

what's eating him?

What are you so angry about?

1. When journalists attribute coherent thought systems to politicians who have no such thing. It becomes the duty of academics to "reconstruct" (i.e. construct) them. cf. Thatcherism, Reaganism, even Howardism.

2. When Peter Strawson sets the agenda for the metaphysics of the next fifty years with a bollocksy arbitration that William of Ockham wouldn't have touched.

Steve Pratt (2009), Metaphysics of Presence, elk shit on hessian

3. When geniuses are idiots, and loudly.
Freeman Dyson (denied that humans have damaged the environment, tried to discredit IPCC)

Ludwig Wittgenstein: "Pinsent enraged me with notions of women’s suffrage. The only women I know are idiots who flirt with professors." Also his life-denial and Natural Law stuff.

Salvador Dali

Martin Heidegger (Fry, Watson and Meades don't make the list.)

4. The theoretical conclusion that "The free-market is an automatic producer of justice."

5. When music is dismis…

Lists of Songs in Songs

On Spotify Here

1. Plus Ones - Okkervil River
no one wants a tune about the 100th luftballoon,
seen shooting from the window of your room
to be a spot against the sky's colossal gloom, and land, deflated
in some neighbor state that's strewn with 99 others

2. Hot Topic - Le Tigre
(fuh all thuh gurrrrlz)

3. Losing My Edge - LCS Soundsystem

It is about being horrified by my own silliness. And then it became a wider thing about people who grip onto other people’s creations like they are their own.

4. Teachers - Daft Punk)
(You haven't heard of these, go away if you say you have.)

5. Teachers - Soulwax
(be nothing like one's heroes)

6. A Praise Chorus
(Wait for the bridge: Shondells, Madness, Promise Ring, Bad Company, They Might be Giants. This meant something to me, once.)
Crimson and clover, over and over
Crimson and clover, over and over
Our house in the middle of the street, why did we ever meet?
Started my rock 'n roll fantasy

maybe partying will help

Avatar (2010)
We think that fun is radical and revolutionary fun actually was becoming quite subversive fun was very important it was a direct rebuttal of the kind of ethics and morals that were being put forth in the country to keep people working in a rat race. bakhtin saw the carnival as a popular expression of subversion a “world turned inside out” in which people could make fun of the systems the system of power that structured their everyday existence maan

Matrix 2 (2004)

"To dance is to rebel."

the performance principle denies people’s desire for “mindless pleasures”—sexual, playful, and nonproductive (or nonreproductive)—in order to promote labor that becomes ever more alienated from its products

The role of the father is taken by “the Man” who “has a branch office in each of our brains”

Fuck the rich! Fuck the cops! Everyone to the streets on Saturday November 20! We will party in Parliament Square and if the cops try and stop us with their usual violence - WE WIL…

Why Worry?

Rationalist walks into a job interview.

Interviewer: "Have you any experience in the field, Mr...Leibniz?" Rationalist: "WHAT IF I DON'T?"

Reading a wee biography of Shane MacGowan which describes his childhood as "port-stained". Not "port-wine-stained", but worse.


"I found out I'm gay, a few weeks ago in Oklahoma.
That sucked - I had no idea! Some guy in a bar told me, he said:
'Hey, you're a faggot!' And I thinks:

'Ahh shit! How am I gonna tell my Dad? It was hard enough breaking it to him that I was an asshole. He's gonna hate this!'"
- Doug Stanhope

MISSING: proper conception of male sexuality. If found, please return to

The Connoisseuse of Slugs - Sharon Olds


Mr Levinas, Gamesmaster

“When you visualized a man or woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity...When you saw the lines at the corners of the eyes, the shape of the mouth, how the hair grew, it was impossible to hate. Hate was just a failure of imagination.”
- Graham Greene



[cmd:/run {existence}]

---Welcome to Being!

---You usurp {Djellali Mohd}. What gives you the right to do that to him? You take {200} Shame Points!

---You see Dave, the guy who always gives you hassle about your hair!
---You see {9} Responsibility Points!

[cmd:/take 9RP]

---You receive 9000 Shame Points!

[cmd:/give sandwich: Dave]

---Dave is {still hungry}!
---Shame total {8999}
---Through Dave's Face, you realize you are related (always-already asymmetrically non-subsumptive divinely) to all Thirds! You now have {6.999999 billion} dependents!


the descent of man

And, now, No.5; the ascent of the world...