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Apr 25Liked by Mark Bisone

I find something about virtual reality fascinating. Not the tech itself, which like other things you mentioned has been around for decades. But the fact that adoption has been "just around the corner" for those same decades, yet it never seems to take off... If I was a better philosopher I'd be able to communicate whatever fundamental truth lies at the heart of this. Something along the lines of "virtual realities are ok if they're a small part of actual reality, but the more virtual reality becomes, the more humans turn away." It's like the uncanny valley writ large.

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I actually thought you put that very well.

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Apr 25Liked by Mark Bisone

A lot of comment on, Mark, thanks.

But I think I'll start at the top before the tangents (?) to discuss 'what is to be done'. That isn't the question, honestly. There is a word hovering on people's lips, unspoken in the most Queensryche of ways. It makes its way into movies made, if incoherently, by the guy who made Ex Machina...he seems to make cautionary tales. It was a nightmare shown on screens years earlier, spawning a series of sequels that sometimes got better and sometimes got worse from the first installment. Open world video games have the 'bad guys' saying the word and they end up being a memeable musical hit.

It was talked about a lot in the Trump years, in the Before Times, and in the long-long ago, though it was mostly limited to what were quaintly called 'survivalists' back then. There was lots of big talk, talk about 'the three boxes' and 'my oath has no end date' and a bunch of other blustery chickenshit. No one's talking now. Everyone's afraid to talk, to say the word, far more afraid to do the deeds.

Who knows who might be listening? The Intel agencies designed to protect us* have been turned against its citizens, those elected to represent us have decided they're rather rule us, the department of Justice peddle lawlessness, and many judges are corrupt idealogues indoctrinated bought off by billionaires who stopped hiding. James Bond is after us, not after them.

No one will say the word. But we all feel it. We haven't traded freedom for security, we've traded freedom for fear, weakness, cowardice with cookies and a quiet home.

Me? I prayed deeply and sincerely and the answer I got was 'no'. Deus Vult. All things die, even nations. All part of the plan. Live not for this world. And so on, what comfort there is, there is only in faith. Put your trust not in princes, nor in fellow citizens, nor in your ex-soldiers.

But...I'm going to keep humming the Hope County Choir, and I carry. If fiction becomes reality, I "hope" I won't go quietly.

*(if that was what they were created for, the more 'illuminated' always suspected they were intended to be a semi-secret power behind the throne, the mailed fist hidden, like the Federal Reserve, in plain sight like eyes in pyramids)

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"... and, while ideas and language development can be useful tools, the New Knighthood (or NK) is ultimately about getting shit done."

This is a paradox (or a trap or a metaphor) (& NK = natural killer cell in medicine).

I watched a time-lapse vid. of bugs dismantling the corpse of a deer over a four day period yesterday. Forgot why I looked it up, pretty gross but fascinating.

Anyway, decomposition can be applied to the current state of things which requires the maddening catch-22 of action in order to know stuff, and waiting patiently as things are decomposed; a refertilisation process. At this point there is nothing specific to take action upon except the self.

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That's what most people will do. Some of us will quietly build parallel systems in the background. You'll owe us no thanks for this, and we're not looking for any.

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White flag. I'm on your side, rather an observation on the compulsive need for external action as chaos breaks down once-ordered systems.

Nice believing 'most people' will investigate their minds but most opt for escapism.

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This was, in terms of MBTI, an exchange between an extrovert (oriented to take action, to things and the world), and an introverted (oriented inwardly, and to observation).

Both people can be useful, to Good as well as anti-Good.

Peace :).

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It's great heraldry. And yes, heraldry is important. (I love the names to describe the various parts of English heraldry - Britannica's is about the easiest entree to heraldry, IMO. https://www.britannica.com/topic/heraldry/The-elements-and-grammar-of-heraldic-design)

In this modern age, I'm digging your House's first entree into simultaneously patronizing artists and establishing heraldry.

That's a big swing, Sir Mark. Dig it.

My wife and both read Dune and she liked the first one, so we went to see this within the first week of opening. EMPTY. With the reclining chairs, too!

I like the theater experience - saw a ton of movies as a kid, really do/did like the art form and liked the communal experience - it's gone. Just vanished...poof.

We're fighting something that is actively trying to destroy community - with emphasis on the "unity" in that word - of any kind from developing. China has that, too. That don't like large crowds - you have to get permission to hold large events of any kind. I was there when the UFC was trying to expand into China and a big part of the agreement to expand and hold events there involved assurances that the crowds wouldn't be likely to become too cohesive, and get, ya know, any weird and rowdy kind of ideas. Unity is what they don't want for any sufficient mass of people to start seeing what's really up.

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"We're fighting something that is actively trying to destroy community - with emphasis on the "unity" in that word - of any kind from developing. China has that, too."

The irony of that is crazy: communists trying to destroy community. But that is what they want: mute, atomized, paranoid particles floating around the State Machine.

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I know. I feel like that is the essential element of these people though. It’s always projection and they use words to mean the exact opposite of their usual meaning. It’s a pretty good tell.

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Apr 25Liked by Mark Bisone

Psymask's audio was brilliant. Had to set aside the article while I listened. Where's the "right-wing" art? Busy not being fake and gay, so never mentioned by the fake and gay outlets that talk about fake and gay art.

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Apr 25Liked by Mark Bisone

Arthur Kwon Lee on Instagram is not woke. Beautiful paintings

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Thanks mate, it was the inspiration of the NK’s story that got me going.

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Apr 25Liked by Mark Bisone

I always thought Duchamp epitomized modernism as emptiness and irony.

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Me too. But i still think the urinal was still a funny gag, even if it wasn't completely intentional.

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Your touchless flush brought back fond memories of trips to Japan; where the houses are unheated, the toilet seats are warm, wash your butt when you're done and some even play a tune while the ladies tinkle!

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They can detect lady tinkle?

Will wonders never cease!!!

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No Mark, the ladies have to press the button marked; このボタンを押してください.

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That Psymask piece has a strange sort of alchemy going for it.

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deletedApr 25Liked by Mark Bisone
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100% agree. And a big part of that will be the building of parallel systems. I'm starting to see that happen, but those efforts must quickly and radically expand.

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