a thread for mundane ironists

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:59 pm

Elena Epaneshnik

I needed a second opinion, so I asked myself twice.


Who wouldn't?

Technically, the future starts now.
Realistically - tomorrow.
More realistically - next Monday.


Unless, of course, you die first. Unless, of course, technically, you still have a future even then.

What language should one study to understand True Detective without subtitles? Asking for a friend.

Not counting the second season of course.

Love is the only language with grammar so unpredictable that any rule may suddenly become an exception and vice versa, and with just one grammatical voice — passive-aggressive.

Either that or rationalization.

What is love?
a) Baby don't hurt me
b) Don't hurt me
c) No more


d) or I'll cut off your dick

When you realise exactly why your phone was given the epithet 'smart'.

For example, it can be 'powered off'.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:59 pm

Wassily Kandinsky

Everything starts from a dot.


Just not here.

Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.

Just don't expect everyone to agree.

The true work of art is born from the 'artist': a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.

The intellectual's equivalent of abstract art?

There is no must in art because art is free.

Just ask the folks from Campbell's soup.

The circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms, it points most clearly to the fourth dimension.

Not my circles.

In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration.

Not my paintings. Or, sure, especially mine.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:31 pm

Margaret Atwood from The Handmaid's Tale

As all historians know, the past is a great darkness, and filled with echoes.


And then one day so will the future.

We lived, as usual by ignoring. Ignoring isn't the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.

Imagine for example the folks at Fox News.

One and one and one and one doesn't equal four. Each one remains unique, there is no way of joining them together. They cannot be exchanged, one for the other. They cannot replace each other.

Not counting arithmetic of course.

Faith is only a word, embroidered.

For some in pure silk.

I avoid looking down at my body, not so much because it’s shameful or immodest but because I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to look at something that determines me so completely.

And that's before they take x-rays of the parts inside it.

Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it really isn't about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn't about who can sit and who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it's about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.

Or maybe it is about all of that.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:24 pm

Werner Twertzog

We have been treated very unfairly by whomever devised the laws of physics.


Or whatever whomever is.

Dear Americans: You live in an oligarchy with a racial caste system. You always have. It is just more obvious now.

Cue Trumpworld.

Is your coffee roasted on the premises? No? Then I shall see you in hell.

No, for some, really.

The earth will be devoured by the sun. The universe will die. Nothing matters. It is Saturday morning.

Or, now, Thursday afternoon.

Introverts are miserable because stupid people do all of the talking.

Or here, all most of the posting.

When you have commanded 8,000 Amazonian warriors on a $1M budget, then tell me again about your directorial mojo.

Let's file this one under, "Aguirre: the Wrath of Fitzcarraldo".
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:01 am

Andre Breton

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.


If repetitively.

A game: say something. Close your eyes and say something. Anything, a number, a name. Two, two what? Two women. What do they look like? Wearing black. Where are they? In a park. . . . And then, what are they doing? Try it, it's so easy, why don't you want to play? You know, that's how I talk to myself when I'm alone, I tell myself all kinds of stories. And not only silly stories: actually, I live this way altogether.

Most of course only wish they could.

The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague. It is absolutely essential to keep the public from entering if one wishes to avoid confusion. I must add that the public must be kept panting in expectation at the gate by a system of challenges and provocations.

Especially our public.

If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.

How ridiculous is that, he thought. Never having been in love himself.

Dada is a state of mind.

Not unlike Lala.

Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.

And no one has forgotten more than me. Aside, perhaps, from you.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:24 pm

Lenny Bruce

Once the country was settled and built, the bosses changed the order from a stack of educated workers to a barrel of minimum wage lottery dreamers.


Of course that's still going on.

My mother-in-law broke up my marriage. My wife came home from work one day and found me in bed with her.

That'll do it.

I was surprised when Nixon passed the test and showed up in heaven, but, I guess Hitler threw off the curve for our century.

Trump on the other hand...

If there was absolute freedom, people would run over babies and charge admission.

Remember when that might not have been true?

If something about the human body disgusts you, the fault lies with the manufacturer.

Pick one:

1] Mother Nature
2] God


I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do.

Unless of course there are two or more.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:18 pm

God

How is church still a thing?


Indeed, he thought, how is God still a thing.

I genuinely don't remember making you all this stupid.

Alzheimer's?

Let Me tell you about the birds and the bees.
You are killing them all.


And that's just on this planet.

Life goes on. Sorry.

Before or after the grave?

There shouldn't be a stigma about mental health. That's why I've been so open about My struggle with manic depression and anxiety and OCD and paranoid schizophrenia and anti-social personality and conduct disorder and psychopathy and serial killing every creature that ever lived.

God on the couch?

If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to him the other, but then at the last minute duck your head and kick him in the nuts.

Hmm. This doesn't bode well for Heaven.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:05 am

Tim Crane

Taken as hypotheses, religious claims do very badly. Yet the striking fact is that this does not worry Christians.


Taken as hypotheses, death and oblivion...

I have a general moral: great philosophers may be great, but that is not a reason to follow them. Don't be a follower. Work it out for yourself.

Then get others to follow you. Right, Mr. Objectivist?

I do think that philosophy and science are very different intellectual enterprises, but that does not mean that when we get knowledge from philosophy it is a different kind of knowledge.

Well, not counting conflicting goods of course.

There are no a priori obstacles to the scientific knowledge of the mind, but the scientific knowledge of the mind is not all the knowledge of the mind that there is. This is not an objection to science, it is just a distinction between different kinds of knowledge.

If only up on the skyhooks.

Catholicism is the most philosophical branch of Christianity.

Of course that's not saying much.

Since I don't believe in externalism, I don't think it can explain consciousness!

On the other hand, nothing else can either.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:52 pm

Daniel J. Levitin

In 1976, the average supermarket stocked 9,000 unique products; today that number has ballooned to 40,000 of them, yet the average person gets 80%–85% of their needs in only 150 different supermarket items. That means that we need to ignore 39,850 items in the store.


Me, I'm well below 50 for sure.

Make no mistake: E-mail, Facebook, and Twitter checking constitute a neural addiction.

What's that make ILP then?

The Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger (tutor to Nero) complained that his peers were wasting time and money accumulating too many books, admonishing that “the abundance of books is a distraction.” Instead, Seneca recommended focusing on a limited number of good books, to be read thoroughly and repeatedly.

My guess: He picked them.

...knowing that what you are doing is the most important thing for you to be doing at that moment is surprisingly powerful.

Or, sure, just thinking that you are. Like most of us here, right?

Recent research in social psychology has shown that happy people are not people who have more; rather, they are people who are happy with what they already have.

Isn't that just common sense? Nope, not any more.

It turns out that having a best friend during adolescence is an important part of becoming a well-adjusted adult. Those without one are more likely to be bullied and marginalized and to carry these experiences into becoming disagreeable adults.

He wondered if he had one.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:23 am

Timothy Snyder

Some killed from murderous conviction. But many others who killed were just afraid to stand out. Other forces were at work besides conformism. But without the conformists, the great atrocities would have been impossible.


Conviction? Conformity? Which is actually worse?

Fascists rejected reason in the name of will, denying objective truth in favor of a glorious myth articulated by leaders who claimed to give voice to the people.

Of course that could never happen today.

One class of elementary school students, for example, sent a letter to party authorities asking “for your help, since we are falling down from hunger. We should be learning, but we are too hungry to walk.”

As I'm sure Trump reminded Kim Jong-un.

Stalin raised a toast: “We will mercilessly destroy anyone who, by his deeds or his thoughts—yes, his thoughts!—threatens the unity of the socialist state. To the complete destruction of all enemies, themselves and their kin!”

In other words, he wasn't a real socialist.

Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle.

Two words: conflicting goods.

Professional ethics must guide us precisely when we are told that the situation is exceptional. Then there is no such thing as “just following orders.”

Professional ethics. Right.
For example, ours.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:46 am

Jan Mieszkowski

Yes, studying philosophy condemns you to an endless struggle with anxiety, melancholia, and outright catastrophe. And that's the good part.


No, as a matter of fact, it's not.

Are your children texting about Adorno?
TWITF = The whole is the false
TINRLITWO = There is no right life in the wrong one
EWOAIAUC = Every work of art is an uncommitted crime
IPOTEAT = In psychoanalysis only the exaggerations are true


ROFLMAO?

Philosophy is an eternal struggle to
Plato: overcome sophistry
Descartes: overcome doubt
Kierkegaard: overcome dread
Žižek: get more media attention than Trump


Nobody [apparently] hates Žižek more than this guy.

Epistemology: I know what it is.
Ontology: I know what is is.
Ethics: I know what is should be.
Aesthetics: I know what it should be.


Cue Bill Clinton.

History: Question the answer
Philosophy: Question the question
Psychology: Pay for the answer
Economics: Pay for the question
Theology: I don't need a question to know the answer
Politics: I don't need an answer to forget the question


So, all of the above or none of the above?

When grading papers, professors tend to forget that
1) the students are new at this
2) the assignment was 1 of 20 things the students had to do that week
3) it wasn't the students who wrote the bad paper topics
4) it's important to actually read the paper


Let's start grading posts.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:52 pm

Francis Crick

An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.


An honest God fearing man in particular.

In the fullness of time, educated people will believe there is no soul independent of the body, and hence no life after death.

Unless of course they run out of it first.

Chance is the only source of true novelty.

Except of course in a wholly determined universe.

A man who is right every time is not likely to do very much.

Let's explain that.

You can do reverse engineering, but you can’t do reverse hacking.

No, but you can hack the bastard back.

There is no form of prose more difficult to understand and more tedious to read than the average scientific paper.

With the possible exception of the average analytical philosophy paper.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:11 am

David Sedaris

The slumber party took place in what the Methodists called a family room, the Catholics used as an extra bedroom, and the neighborhood's only Jews had turned into a combination darkroom and fallout shelter.


Anyone here offended?

I explained that he was Chinese, and she asked if the movie would be in Chinese.
No, I said, he lives in America. In California. He's been there since he was a baby.
Then what does it matter if he's Chinese?
Well, I said, he's got, you know, a sensibility.


Of course these days who doesn't?

...there are only two kinds of flights: ones in which you die and ones in which you do not.

Still, there's not much that isn't applicable to.

It’s not lost on me that I’m so busy recording life, I don’t have time to really live it.

Not unlike most of us, I suspect.

For the first time in memory, I was unable to sleep not because I was anxious but because I was excited.

Of course that's all the difference in the world.
At least until it's not.


I don’t know why it was, exactly, but nothing irritated my father quite like the sound of his children’s happiness.

On the other hand, some of us know exactly why.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:59 am

Existential Comics

According to Stoic philosophy, there is actually no reason to give a shit about how many likes you get on social media. Also...according to pretty much all the other philosophies as well.


Or here, views?

Philosophers: philosophy is the queen of sciences, the foundation on which all knowledge lies.
Scientists: oh cool, what are you working on?
Philosophers: we are trying to decide whether or not chairs exist.


And then the part about deciding whether we are working on it autonomously.

...one thing that they don't teach you in school in that communism is good and we should do it...

Wow, and I thought it was only my school.

Foucault: everything is a prison.
Wittgenstein: everything is a game.
Hegel: everything is a dialectic.
Schopenhauer: everything is suffering and Hegel sucks.


Schopenauer of course.

...according to postmodernism every idea is exactly as good as every other idea, except for communism, which is twice as good.

I know: not your post-modernism.

The main thing that separates humans from animals is that only humans attempt to draw those sort of distinctions.

Well, as far as we know.
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Postby iambiguous » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:15 pm

David Bowie

People mistake fashion for style.


Like there is actually a difference. One that matters for example.

There's a thing that just as you go to sleep, if you keep your elbows elevated that you will never go below the dream stage. And I've used that quite a lot and it keeps me dreaming much longer than if I just relaxed.

Really, is this a thing?

Make the best of every moment. We're not evolving. We're not going anywhere.

On the other hand, few can live with that.

What I do is I write mainly about very personal and rather lonely feelings, and I explore them in a different way each time. You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I'm a pop singer for Christ's sake. As a person, I'm fairly uncomplicated.

On the other hand, few really want to believe that.

If it works, it's out of date.

Not counting most things of course.

As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I've got left?

And then [like him] you're gone.
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Postby iambiguous » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:12 pm

tiny nietzsche

my electrons are fucking with me


Actually, I never even notice mine.

you, a film critic: donnie darko makes no sense
me, a movie lover: the space time continuum is fucked up


No, actually, that's not a non sequitor.

cop: do you know how fast you were going?
me: probably


Good thing cops have a sense of humor. Probably not that one though.

a pretty cool date would be you helping me dig my grave

Filmed before a live studio audience.

it's okay to hate harmonicas

Not counting Bob Dylan's of course.

it was postmodernism in the kitchen with the lead pipe

Let's vote on the victim.
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Postby iambiguous » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:02 am

Neil deGrasse Tyson from Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

But who gets to think that way? Who gets to celebrate this cosmic view of life? Not the migrant farm worker. Not the sweatshop workers. Certainly not the homeless person rummaging through the trash for food. You need the luxury of time not spent on mere survival. You need to live in a nation whose government values the search to understand humanity's place in the universe. You need a society in which intellectual pursuit can take you to the frontiers of discovery, and in which news of your discoveries can be routinely disseminated.


That's how it works alright.

If a huge genetic gap separated us from our closest relative in the animal kingdom, we could justifiably celebrate our brilliance. We might be entitled to walk around thinking we’re distant and distinct from our fellow creatures. But no such gap exists. Instead, we are one with the rest of nature, fitting neither above nor below, but within.

Maybe not the genetic gap, but the memetic gap...?

Collectively, these findings tell us it’s conceivable that life began on Mars and later seeded life on Earth, a process known as panspermia.

Let's imagine then the implications of this.

There’s no doubt about it: more varieties of carbon-based molecules exist than all other kinds of molecules combined.

And that [presumably] is just on this planet.

If all mass has gravity, does all gravity have mass? We don’t know.

And now with James gone we never will.

Without a doubt, Einstein’s greatest blunder was having declared that lambda was his greatest blunder.

This thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmological_constant
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:01 pm

Frida Kahlo

Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.


Unless of course it burns it to the ground.

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.

And there may or may not be a reason.

I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best.

In other words, for better or worse.

Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.

Don't expect this to always be a good thing.

I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.

Then cue, among others, Bono.

Nothing is worth more than laughter.

Unless of course they are laughing at you. Though, sure, even then sometimes.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:23 pm

so sad today

if i could just control the uncontrollable nature of reality everything would be chill


Uh, chill?

it’s my depression and i’ll do what i want with it

Right, like others will let you.

bucket list:
1. taco bell
2. isolation


Or:
1. isolation
2. the drive-thru at taco bell


cause of death: i grew up

And [so far] going all the way back to the Big Bang.

likes: death
dislikes: the dying process


You either understand this or you don't.

i don’t ask for help because then i have to deal with people

You either understand this or you don't.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:01 am

Barbara Kingsolver

People ask without wanting to know.


And, sometimes, not even waiting for an answer.

This story about good food begins in a quick-stop convenience market.

With really, really bad food in other words.

Perhaps growing up meant we put our knives away and feigned ignorance of the damage.

Sure, but only if they fall for it.

Whatever you want the most, it’s going to be the worst thing for you.

Not counting the hundreds and hundreds of exceptions.

Back then I was still appalled that God would set down his barefoot boy and girl dollies into an Eden where, presumably, He had just turned loose elephantiasis and microbes that eat the human cornea. Now I understand, God is not just rooting for the dollies.

And not much has changed, right?

For scientists, reality is not optional.

You know, whatever that is.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:00 pm

Man Ray

To create is divine, to reproduce is human.


Of course here we create posts. Or, some, "posts".

You don’t ask a writer what typewriter he uses.

Let alone what camera.

To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.

Sure, why not.

Reality is fabricated out of desire.

And how scary is that.

There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love.

On the other hand, some are considerably more adept at them than others.

If the affairs of the world were put in the hands of the screwball artists, it couldn’t be in a worse state than it is now!

How about the screwball philosophers?
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:56 pm

Sad Socrates

Fake Socrates is better than Sad Socrates.


Well, we do live in Trumpworld.

I look so much like yesterday.

Better luck tomorrow?

Dreams are as meaningless as thoughts.

Like he speaks for everyone. But point taken.

Sometimes I see the me inside me, and it's never a reflection.

It was never supposed to be.

I’m here for a long time not a good time.

Or here for a short time not a good time.

There’s nothing to live for but the destruction of our bodies.

So make the most of it.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:03 am

David Chalmers

Studying consciousness tells us more about how the world is fundamentally strange. I think we have a few revolutions to go yet before we get to the bottom of it.


Of course only nature knows for sure.

There's certainly nothing original about the observation that conscious experience poses a hard problem.

And here any number of simple solutions.

Actually, I think most people accept the existence of qualia.

And not just the bird lovers.

Because the idea of zombies seems to make sense, and seems to, in a certain sense, be possible, I think one can use that to argue against the thesis that everything is purely physical. Now many people, I think, agree that the idea of zombies are conceivable, including people who want to be physicalists.

Consider for example the living dead here.

I had the idea that it would be wonderful to be a physicist or a mathematician maybe 500 years ago around the time of Newton when there were really fundamental things just lying around to be discovered.

Also, to know what we know now.

Sense data are much more controversial than qualia, because they are associated with a controversial theory of perception - that one perceives the world by perceiving one's sense-data, or something like that.

"Or something like that" works for me.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:03 pm

Douglas Hofstadter

We create an image of who we are inside our self. The image then becomes very deeply entrenched, and it becomes the thing that we attribute responsibility to - we say "I", "I" did this because "I" wanted to, because "I" am a good person or because "I" am a bad person. The loop is the fact that we represent our selves, our desires, hopes, dreads and dreams: it is the way in which we conceive of ourselves, rather than the way we conceive of Mount Everest or of a tree. And I say it exists entirely in the loop: the self is an hallucination hallucinated by an hallucination.


In the loop. And existential down to the bone in some instances.

It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.

Eerier all the more I suspect is why that is.

The key question is, no matter how much you absorb of another person, can you have absorbed so much of them that when that primary brain perishes, you can feel that that person did not totally perish from the earth... because they live on in a 'second neural brighter and some dimmer, in the collective brains of those who were dearest to them... Though the primary brain has been eclipsed, there is, in those who remain... a collective corona that still glows.

Sure, if you can make that work for you.

The following sentence is false. The preceding sentence is true.

Oh the places we can go in a world of words.

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

Sometimes, I'll double it at least.

Irrationality is the square root of all evil.

What's that make objectivism then?
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:03 pm

tiny nietzsche

how to be a better human: read a book write a letter clean a toilet


So, I'll tell you why it didn't work for me if you'll tell me why it didn't work for you.

It's a Death Mask, Charlie Brown

Hell, even his creator knows that now.

you, an art critic: bob ross is a hack who uses painting tricks to knock out hotel art
me, an art lover: bob ross is a fucking genius who transcends the genre as well as calms my anxiety about everything


I never missed a single episode myself. A mostly true story.

home is where the hurt is

Giving and receiving it as it were.

millionaires can go fuck themselves, too

Thousandaires too as far as that goes.

in the name of drugs, what more in the name of drugs?

In other words, once you've given up on love.
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