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December 07, 2003

to be filed under "WTF???"

the url that cute personals guy referred me to (i think i need to develop a new name for him). http://www.ology.org/principia/

please, anyone who has some background on this, explain.

i'll read it after i've had dinner. and a shower. and maybe a drink.

Posted by lisa at December 07, 2003 05:33 PM | TrackBack

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eek, a discordian! It's sort of a religion that follows Eris, the goddess of chaos. It's also sort of a joke. But the kind of joke where you never know for sure whether those who espouse it are really joking or not. I always felt like that's the point actually, the joke wouldn't be as funny if everyone was in on it. If it's even actually a joke.

Actually it's kind of hard to explain discordianism. Ray maybe could do a better job of it? The best way to understand it is to read Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Wilson. If you read that book and think "wow, this explains everything!" then you and cute personals guy probably have a lot in common :)

Everyone I knew in college who was into discordianism was also into the church of the subgenius. (Also Devo was apparently big into that. If I recall correctly, "Devolution" was a subgenius concept.) Are you familiar with them?

Posted by: Sarah on December 7, 2003 07:47 PM

ok, i knew one of you smart people would know what was up.

i definitely know the subgenius. i wouldn't say that i was ever a... uh, follower, but at some point i probably read the entire book of the subgenius.

actually, on my birthday once when i was still a guilford, jonathan flyered my dorm with pictures of bob saying "happy birthday lisa" or something like that. or maybe he said, "happy birthday muffin". jonathan has for some reason lost in the mists of time always called me muffin.

i can't say that i looked at this guy's personal ad and though, "oh, my new boyfriend!" i actually thought, "he's a geek, and he's cute, and oh what the heck i'll write to him despite the fact that his sense of humor seems a little forced."

i'm not quite sure how i want to handle this, but i suspect that disarming honesty might be the most productive route.

Posted by: lisa on December 7, 2003 08:33 PM

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