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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    yeah! global weirdness was an inside job! wake up ppl!

    <blockquote>There is weird out there. Salvia divinorium is utterly bizarre.
    </blockquote>

    whilst logged into Second Life having smoked salvia i thought i was talking to little people on my desk
    :)
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    yes..the zombie outbreak is the fantasy that keeps me going..weird?


    Does anyone else case out their neighborhood for places to hole up in and/or escape from in case of a zombie apocalypse or is that just me?
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @William George

    can remember doing that with friends waaaaay back in the 80s after watching Night of the Living Dead :)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    I think every online forum has a 'What's your zombie apocalypse plan?' thread every six months or so.
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    The world is getting increasingly weird, so the weird is increasingly normal.


    Yeah, that sums it up I think...
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    Quick Aside:

    If I couldn't see Lady Gaga, she would be nothing special. All of her cache is in her visual presentation. Without it, she's an updated version of the Stock-Aitken-Waterman productions of the late 80's. I do not see her as weird, because she lost that for me when she decided to play in the pop arena. I don't see her as the shining beacon amidst the dross, I see her as a Hot Topic version of "weird", to be on all the t-shirts that Evanesense isn't on now. Lady Gaga bores the piss out of me, because I've lived through Nina Hagen, Karen Finley and Diamanda Galas, all of whom tear the roof off of Gaga's little house of cards and piss all over it.

    Please return to main topic...
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @Paul Sizer

    ok mr grouchy, so what did u think of all my weird coincidences today? (besides any involving Lady GaGa)?
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    To, um, return to the original subject - I think - I'd have to disagree. I don't think the world has got any less, or more, weird post-millenium. I think that the perception of weirdness, and this point is written pretty large throughout this thread, is almost completely subjective. What we're talking about is trends, memes, however you want to phrase it.

    Other points: The millenium was a nice frame to hang more outlandish news stories on. Also, there's always new column inches and more and more digital tv channels to fill. No one made a whole show about the chupacabra before? That just filled someone's deadline.
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      CommentAuthorphill_sea
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    1. What @Aike said, on page 2, i think.

    and

    2. a blog post from Mr. Gibson (recently!) that, in case anyone missed it, gives some perspective on a similar, if not exact, notion: http://blog.williamgibsonbooks.com
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010 edited
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    Weird, like the Force, will be with us always. For example :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill

    This guy fought in World War Two with a sword. He joined the commandos, not knowing what they were, only that it "sounded dangerous". When the war ended, he expressed disappointment, saying he "could have gone on for another twenty years." He finally died in 1996.

    Don't know if that's weird, bloody odd or just CRAZY AWESOME.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    Maybe there's an island in the Pacific that's keeping all the weirdness in check, sorta like a cork on bottle...
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    Tangent #2;

    If I couldn't see Lady Gaga, she would be nothing special.


    I liked Bad Romance so much, I got really good at it in karaoke. True story.
    • CommentAuthorShannonC
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    @ William George - you're not the only one, we've drawn up our zombie plan, went back to include other monster/supernatural disaster-instances, put it through Illustrator, and have it on our wall. A room mate incorporated it into the local university emergency response system posters, and hung them across campus. Some people notice the weirdness, some don't.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    @shannonc - is this online anywhere? mewannasee!
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    <blockquote>2. a blog post from Mr. Gibson (recently!) that, in case anyone missed it, gives some perspective on a similar, if not exact, notion: http://blog.williamgibsonbooks.com</blockquote>

    more strange coincedence . . . I was once mentioned in a william gibson blog post

    well when i say I . . .
    <a href="http://williamgibsonblog.blogspot.com/2003_08_01_archive.html">here</a>

    who can guess which post on that page im talking of?
    • CommentAuthorsaschaogura
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010 edited
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    @mister hex

    I see you Mad Jack (my hero) and raise you Fritz Duquesne (My other hero.)
    • CommentAuthorSpenceball
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    I believe I am the Guff... is that weird?
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010 edited
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    I used to be in a dada-esque comedy troupe called Fukermann. Our "thing", if we had one, was to be intentionally crappy. Bizarre sketches (Britanny Spears sells her soul to the Devil, who needs the money to pay gambling debts, thwarted by Shama-Lama-Ding-God ... and that was one of the mild ones). Nobody really got what we were doing and we liked it that way. We had the Twelve Rules of Drama (there were only seven, one of which was "No Felching"), our shows were sparsely attended, if at all. More than once, we were threatened with violence. I tend to get the feeling we'd have been more popular had we done this today instead of ten years ago.

    The general consensus is that the world is objectively weirder today or maybe people are just harder to shock.

    ETA - spelt "dada-esque" wrong. Fish.
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    @Hex
    -Dada is dead. long live Dada!
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2010
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    @ Roo - My heart belongs to dada.