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2020-09-22 4:04:36 PM  
19 votes:
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2020-09-22 5:16:59 PM  
15 votes:
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2020-09-22 5:19:31 PM  
7 votes:
gunther_bumpass:

Reading<fnord> anything by Wilson is a farking<fnord> chore. He might have been considered funny and bright in the 70s, but he wasn't<fnord> the first, or the best, and people<fnord> have been doing that style much better since. The Illuminatus Trilogy was the<fnord> biggest waste of reading time since Crichton's "Sphere"<fnord>.
 
2020-09-22 4:53:34 PM  
6 votes:
Everything I needed to know about 2020 I learned from The Stand. Stephen King prepared me for the Captain Trump's virus and Randall Flab in the White House. All I'm waiting for now is Don Jr. to come riding up in a golf cart with a nuke in a wagon going "My life for you Daddy!" at which the hand of God will come down and end all our suffering.
 
2020-09-22 6:11:35 PM  
4 votes:
Dunno about Stephen King much, but Clive Barker told me that the monsters will literally assfark us, so the worst is yet to, erm, come.
 
2020-09-22 5:15:26 PM  
4 votes:
I was really hoping for demon apocalypse, personally.

This plexiglass and six feet nonsense is just boring.

I'll have my succubus army some day.

/more rum
//a mad max is fine too
///cthulu also dope
 
2020-09-22 5:02:13 PM  
4 votes:
Bumpty bumpty bump

Trumpt Trumpty Trump

Same tune. Different performer,
 
2020-09-22 5:19:26 PM  
3 votes:

bughunter: gunther_bumpass: bughunter: Domesticated primates are always finding and denouncing "no-good shiats" among themselves.  One century it may be adolescents who masturbate, another century it may be ideologists of some new politics, a third century it may be those who smoke the wrong herbs.  Right now, in Unistat, it was Twinkie-eaters.

Twinkies had originally been denounced by Furbish Lousewart, leader of the People's Ecology Party, but Lousewart denounced so many things that Twinkies did not suffer particularly from his anathemas.  But then, in San Francisco in 1979, a primate named Dan White, who had shot and killed two other primates, hired a particularly clever lawyer to defend him.  The lawyer claimed in court, and succeeded in convincing the jury, that White had been temporarily insane due to over-indulgence in Twinkies.

Primate journalists, who have an instinct for ideas that will spook the primate herd, immediately began publicising the dangers of Twinkies.  Many accounts of the White murders were printed in lurid tabloids, describing how the Twinkie-maddened primate had murdered Mayor George Moscone and then, still gripped by the influence of the high sugar content in the confectionery, lurched wildly down the hall to murder Supervisor Harvey Milk.  Within two years, seventeen defendants in other parts of Unistat had been acquitted or given diminished sentences due to the Twinkie Plea.

By then Twinkies were outlawed in fourteen states and Congressional legislation against Twinkies was pending.

-Robert Anton Wilson, Schrödinger's Cat II: The Trick Top Hat (1979)

Reading anything by Wilson is a farking chore. He might have been considered funny and bright in the 70s, but he wasn't the first, or the best, and people have been doing that style much better since. The Illuminatus Trilogy was the biggest waste of reading time since Crichton's "Sphere".

More cannabis helps.


He's Thomas Pynchon for people who aren't smart enough to be considered pretentious.
 
2020-09-22 8:48:26 PM  
2 votes:

dready zim: We were so sure that everything would be gone by now in a nuclear firestorm. The fact it is mostly still here is great.

This is nowhere near as bad as we were expecting things to be by now.


This. As bad as this timeline is, I got to live 20-30 years longer than I thought I would.

When it all collapses, I still probably die in flames, gunfire, or - far more likely - of some disease that would have been easily-preventable in a technologically-advanced western democracy, but I got to see some pretty cool shiat before it all fell apart.

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And as soon as we let the algorithms decide for us what sorts of content the userbase found most engaging the users really wanted, it ceased to be our civilization, which, of course, is what this isa bout.
 
2020-09-22 5:04:44 PM  
2 votes:

gunther_bumpass: bughunter: Domesticated primates are always finding and denouncing "no-good shiats" among themselves.  One century it may be adolescents who masturbate, another century it may be ideologists of some new politics, a third century it may be those who smoke the wrong herbs.  Right now, in Unistat, it was Twinkie-eaters.

Twinkies had originally been denounced by Furbish Lousewart, leader of the People's Ecology Party, but Lousewart denounced so many things that Twinkies did not suffer particularly from his anathemas.  But then, in San Francisco in 1979, a primate named Dan White, who had shot and killed two other primates, hired a particularly clever lawyer to defend him.  The lawyer claimed in court, and succeeded in convincing the jury, that White had been temporarily insane due to over-indulgence in Twinkies.

Primate journalists, who have an instinct for ideas that will spook the primate herd, immediately began publicising the dangers of Twinkies.  Many accounts of the White murders were printed in lurid tabloids, describing how the Twinkie-maddened primate had murdered Mayor George Moscone and then, still gripped by the influence of the high sugar content in the confectionery, lurched wildly down the hall to murder Supervisor Harvey Milk.  Within two years, seventeen defendants in other parts of Unistat had been acquitted or given diminished sentences due to the Twinkie Plea.

By then Twinkies were outlawed in fourteen states and Congressional legislation against Twinkies was pending.

-Robert Anton Wilson, Schrödinger's Cat II: The Trick Top Hat (1979)

Reading anything by Wilson is a farking chore. He might have been considered funny and bright in the 70s, but he wasn't the first, or the best, and people have been doing that style much better since. The Illuminatus Trilogy was the biggest waste of reading time since Crichton's "Sphere".


More cannabis helps.
 
2020-09-22 5:02:24 PM  
2 votes:

bughunter: Domesticated primates are always finding and denouncing "no-good shiats" among themselves.  One century it may be adolescents who masturbate, another century it may be ideologists of some new politics, a third century it may be those who smoke the wrong herbs.  Right now, in Unistat, it was Twinkie-eaters.

Twinkies had originally been denounced by Furbish Lousewart, leader of the People's Ecology Party, but Lousewart denounced so many things that Twinkies did not suffer particularly from his anathemas.  But then, in San Francisco in 1979, a primate named Dan White, who had shot and killed two other primates, hired a particularly clever lawyer to defend him.  The lawyer claimed in court, and succeeded in convincing the jury, that White had been temporarily insane due to over-indulgence in Twinkies.

Primate journalists, who have an instinct for ideas that will spook the primate herd, immediately began publicising the dangers of Twinkies.  Many accounts of the White murders were printed in lurid tabloids, describing how the Twinkie-maddened primate had murdered Mayor George Moscone and then, still gripped by the influence of the high sugar content in the confectionery, lurched wildly down the hall to murder Supervisor Harvey Milk.  Within two years, seventeen defendants in other parts of Unistat had been acquitted or given diminished sentences due to the Twinkie Plea.

By then Twinkies were outlawed in fourteen states and Congressional legislation against Twinkies was pending.

-Robert Anton Wilson, Schrödinger's Cat II: The Trick Top Hat (1979)


Reading anything by Wilson is a farking chore. He might have been considered funny and bright in the 70s, but he wasn't the first, or the best, and people have been doing that style much better since. The Illuminatus Trilogy was the biggest waste of reading time since Crichton's "Sphere".
 
2020-09-22 4:55:15 PM  
2 votes:
I had recently rewatched The Stand (the 1994 miniseries) when this hit. Was considering re-reading the book for the first time in a long while.

I did not.

/holy fark do I still remember chapter 22
 
2020-09-22 4:48:21 PM  
2 votes:
Every day is not terrifying.

Get a grip.
 
2020-09-23 3:17:15 AM  
1 vote:

Majin_Buu: Being a fan of KMFDM gave me a good idea of what to expect and being a fan of George Carlin made me realize I should only worry about keeping my own wits about me because of the "Imagine how stupid the average person is, then just try to comprehend the fact that at least half of them are even stupider than that."


KMFDM? What is that? Some kind of Drug Against War?
 
2020-09-22 8:22:49 PM  
1 vote:
Watching " The Blob " right now so I got this
 
2020-09-22 7:44:23 PM  
1 vote:

Stochastic Cow: A lot of people are suffering from godawful trauma and despair as they realize there's no brighter future ahead.
I can empathize, at least intellectually. But it's probably a good thing that I love reading about how complex societies collapse. I pretty much figured that I'd live to see Western civilization start declining ever since the oil shocks of the 1970s. I think it's insulated me almost as much as horror fic has for the sources in TFA.


I dunno, maybe it's more a matter of my own taste in entertainment over the years.  But speaking as a Gen-Xer?

The only really surprising thing about 2020, is that the dystopian vision of 2000 that I grew up with took twenty extra years to get here.

/Hell, even the music we have available to use for the soundtrack isn't that different.
 
2020-09-22 5:31:57 PM  
1 vote:
I'm a horror fan, and I don't think I'll be able to relax until we're past the election.
 
2020-09-22 5:13:27 PM  
1 vote:
The last movie I saw in the theater before the pandemic hit was The Color Out of Space.

So far, reality is only slightly less disturbing than that film.
 
2020-09-22 4:56:39 PM  
1 vote:
Horror films are a good way to unwind nowadays. You can just look at 'em and enjoy how tame most of them are.
 
2020-09-22 4:53:08 PM  
1 vote:
I was eleven years old when I read my first King novel. I will never forget it. 'Salem's Lot'. Then, 'The Shining', and it was on from there. He will be remembered as one of the literary giants of our time. HUGE fan right here.

/I agree... compared to the image of Christine roaring to life or Cujo ripping at the door... just not too worried yet
//yeah yeah... they were fantasies, but King also included plenty of social observation that was spot on then and is spot on now...
///his wisdom is under appreciated in my book... Kingfucius?
 
2020-09-22 4:44:46 PM  
1 vote:
Everyone that watched the movie Contagion when it came out back in the day has been 0% surprised by any of this.  It. Nailed. Everything.
 
2020-09-22 3:34:03 PM  
1 vote:
I've been reading horror stories since I was a little kid. I started with the old Creepy, Eerie and Vamperilla magazines. Then I advanced to the classics of Poe, Lovecraft, Ambrose Pierce and so on in junior high.

Compared to those stories, Stephen King and so many others, this COVID-19 pandemic remains a cakewalk.
 
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