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Friday, March 27, 2020

The ticket sale

Tanith Lee, the late, great dark fantasy writer, rather succinctly describes the putative appeal of the ticket to those who take it in Le Livre Safran:

“It is Lucifer, Lord Satan, who rules the world,” said the priest. “To survive here, we’re bound to worship him.”

He showed them a drawing on parchment, a rose transfixed by a dagger.

“Remember this sign. We meet here, under the old church. You will be obliged to render passwords. In time, who knows what riches and power we shall accumulate, through the favour of our Master. I myself,” he said, “survived the plague. That was his sign to me. God smote me, but Satan raised me to do his work and glorify him. You’re an artist of the City. Who spoke to you of this secret society?”

“Several,” said the young man. “But Motius the Artisan was once my tutor.”

“The magician? Yes. His house was burned up and flaming fiends carried him to Hell. You understand, there’s no escape at last. It ends in fire.”

“Hah. Yes.” The young man smiled.

“But meanwhile, a life of wishes fulfilled. His servants he never cheats. All the joys of the flesh, full dominion over others. The end is horror, but you may have three hundred years of pleasures before that payment comes due.”

Of course, even when the prince of this world purports to be telling the truth, he deceives. He ALWAYS cheats his servants; indeed, they are the only souls over whom he has total power to use and abuse as he sees fit. And when a servant ceases to be useful, he is, like Hawkins in The Dark is Rising or Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood, hurled from the Black Rider's high horse to break upon the ground.

This is the primary danger of atheism and nihilism. These false philosophies render one susceptible to the illusion that one trades nothing for something of value when one is offered the ticket. But the reverse is considerably more close to being true.

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Blogger Grooveware March 27, 2020 7:56 AM  

Jordan Peterson is another fine example.Matthew 16.26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Blogger Servant March 27, 2020 7:58 AM  

The enemy's gifts are all hollow. BB uses the example of Fallon and Rogan and that just rang so true. But everybody else's deal always looks stupid. Remember that when you are contemplating your own.

Blogger tdcommenter March 27, 2020 8:05 AM  

Feminism is a fractal fragment of the ticket. Trading family and femininity, which are chains of the patriarchy, for career and the Sex in the City lifestyle.

Blogger Kraemer March 27, 2020 8:17 AM  

Find out what you really really want, and if it's not something good, prepare to never have it

Blogger SciVo March 27, 2020 8:22 AM  

Servant wrote:But everybody else's deal always looks stupid. Remember that when you are contemplating your own.

If it weren't for the pride of the intellect, conmen would be out of work. If someone is telling you that you're smart, don't check your wallet; he's watching to see where you keep it.

Blogger crescent wrench March 27, 2020 8:22 AM  

A particularly pernicious form of modern nihilism comes from the "sciences" making projections without enough information.

Given models of incredible complexity with evidence of major past shifts in variables they consider constant today, both cosmologists and climatologists make sweeping projections of future doom.

Rather than saying "we don't know", these people will slap a euphemistic name on their black box of ignorance in order to sate their egos and secure payouts from politicians, in the process contributing to the piles of bunk from which hysteria grows.

Future generations will look upon this time as one of the darkest ages of humanity.

Blogger Gettimothy March 27, 2020 8:25 AM  

I just rejected a deal.

The reward was continued use of a free language app named DuoLingo.
I got to "Femina habet uxorem" and then "Quod homo habet virum".

I initially thought, "no way! it cannot be". Unfortunately it was.

The SJW's had locked the comments on those two translations. I flagged them and let them know that was unacceptable.

What to do? Continue with the "free" app or be true. True it was. The app is no more.

Its a pretty good, app. I just wrote a PEG grammar to extract the latin, greek and medicinal roots from Infogalactic/Wikipedia (the list of latin and greek roots on Infogalactic is broken)

I will be writing the callbacks to store them .

From that, will come simple flash-cards and quizzes. The javascript to recreate the Dualingo drag and drop is built-in JQuery.

Sound, pedagogy, etc will take a team, but I am confident we will have the resources to build it.

Personally, Rosetta-Stone is an option, but my bet is that they are converged too. Latin is a wonderful language, the structure is very similar to thinking in Smalltalk idioms.

Perhaps we can build latine.infogalactic.com for planetary communications!

But no. No more compromise or accommodating evil. It never pays.

Blogger Daniel March 27, 2020 8:49 AM  

One ancient epithet of him is the Lord of the Dead. Every man who sins earns the wages. The bigger lie is that the worthless ticket has not already been bought by every man who sins.

The ticket is worthless because the Resurrection renders all of Satan's offerings moot, here and now AND by and by.

Blogger Zastavnik Džemo March 27, 2020 9:04 AM  

@7 @Gettimothy
I have built a personal version of Anki flashcards program.
Not because Anki is converged but because I wanted faster ergonomics.
Ping me if you do start assembling the team for this.

Blogger Uncle John's Band March 27, 2020 9:23 AM  

There's an irony in expecting fair dealing with a cosmic solipsist whose existential nature is defined by non serviam.

Blogger awildgoose March 27, 2020 9:58 AM  

Gettimothy wrote:

The reward was continued use of a free language app named DuoLingo.


I'd point out the totally pozzed, unrealistic cartoon characters that Duolingo recently introduced to accent the exercises.

Like the happy, smiling Muslima who likes dogs and concerts. Or the equally joyous looking Sikh.

Of course, all the white cartoon characters on Duolingo are defectives and undesirables.

Blogger nbfdmd March 27, 2020 9:59 AM  

@7: Very interesting comment on Latin being similar to Smalltalk. Would you be able to give one or two examples? I've never thought of natural languages being similar to programming languages, but if anything would be, it would certainly be Latin! The Slavic languages too, I'd wager.

Blogger RC March 27, 2020 10:33 AM  

"Find out what you really really want, and if it's not something good, prepare to never have it"

Oh, you can have it, for a time.

Blogger RC March 27, 2020 10:36 AM  

That is excellent GetTimothy. Problem solvers solve problems and I've had a chance to work with more than my share of problem solvers. What a joy and inspiration to work with capable men who'll do whatever it takes within moral bounds.

Blogger Oswald March 27, 2020 11:02 AM  

Good time to contemplate things like this. Time on our hands so to speak. I do believe that the Devil does offer people deals like this. He tried to do it to Lord Jesus.

Maybe Weinstein's contract was up. Maybe his contract was for forty years. Maybe he was smart enough to have a clause in there that it doesn't mean death right away only he loses everything. When you look at how many high profile people die in weird accidents, it does make you wonder, if they had deals.

Blogger Kraemer March 27, 2020 11:06 AM  

Here I would disagree. Sure, you may nominally "have" something, but it will be a hollow projection, a fake, of what you actually wanted.

Blogger Jim the Curmudgeon March 27, 2020 11:07 AM  

"I'd point out the totally pozzed, unrealistic cartoon characters that Duolingo recently introduced to accent the exercises."

Well, the smiling dog-loving muslim woman is definitely unrealistic.

It's worth remembering, however, that DuoLingo doesn't make much money on subscriptions. It makes money based on its language test, which they are pitching as a substitute for the TOEFL. Meaning that their most lucrative audience consists of students, particularly those in foreign countries who don't speak English.

Given the audience, you can expect to see Indians portrayed sans street-pooping and wife beating, Muslims without the fanaticism, etc etc. All this kumbaya, we are all one nonsense.

Hate to say it, but white people can hardly complain since they stopped having children. If there were legions of white kids in Germany and Sweden itching to get over here, you might see better treatment. 85% of STEM grad students in the USA are foreigners these days, and a substantial percentage of the rest are non-white. Americans/Canadians/Brits/etc have bred themselves into oblivion while the third world pours into their universities.

Blogger The Rev March 27, 2020 11:22 AM  

Very cool, GetTimothy

Blogger Krymneth March 27, 2020 11:53 AM  

Gettimothy wrote:Sound, pedagogy, etc will take a team, but I am confident we will have the resources to build it.

You don't need a team; all of this stuff already exists in completely unpozzed form. Just poke around. You may need to shell out some money, though not necessarily a lot.

Duolingo is of dubious utility anyhow. There are some languages it may or may not be decent for very early learning, there are some where it isn't even good for that. It is not clear in any language I've read about that it is good at teaching you the language, as opposed to making you feel like you're learning something. There's no need to replicate something that can be described like that.

Blogger Chris Ritchie March 27, 2020 12:02 PM  

Reminds me of the famous C.S. Lewis essay: https://www.lewissociety.org/innerring/

Good stuff Vox.

Blogger doctrev March 27, 2020 12:05 PM  

That's pretty neat, GetTimothy. Good luck!

By all known rights, the world belongs to its Creator. Do you simply stand aside and let a rebel seize control of your territory? Of course not. And if the devil is not the Prince of this World, then his last temptation to Jesus was a flimsy, ridiculous lie, and not a serious offer. By the same token, idiots who sign contracts with the Devil were warned of the consequences and expectations. How can they expect to not be punished for failure? Still, the punishments for both failure and success in hell's service are, inevitably, the same.

The devil can't be blamed for seeing himself as a harsh but fair master. That humans usually fail in their desires or get the short end of the deal is inevitably the fault of their own rotten natures and limited intelligence- not his.

Blogger Skillet March 27, 2020 12:12 PM  

Bane (for those who have been lurking around here a long time) had a story about being offered the golden ring:
"I think I told you the story of my 33+ Degree Mason uncle? Well, I think I did. At one point, when I was eighteen, he took me up onto a high place, and offered me the world. Literally. Harvard, Princeton, Yale...I would have been greater than a Trump, if only I would serve him.

My spirit, repelled, and rebelled, and refused."

Blogger awildgoose March 27, 2020 12:33 PM  

Jim the Curmudgeon wrote:85% of STEM grad students in the USA are foreigners these days, and a substantial percentage of the rest are non-white. Americans/Canadians/Brits/etc have bred themselves into oblivion while the third world pours into their universities.

Jim-

You made several good points about Duolingo. I'd like to expand on your points about the current university system, which Corona-chan is revealing to be a complete joke:

Columbia U. Prof: Teachers Must Abandon ‘Preconceived Notions’ About How Grades Are Earned

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/03/26/columbia-u-prof-teachers-must-abandon-preconceived-notions-about-how-grades-are-earned/

Penn State Students Allowed to Change the Grades They Earn for Spring Classes

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/03/26/penn-state-students-allowed-to-change-the-grades-they-earn-for-spring-classes/

I mean, there was grade inflation and generous curving when I was an undergrad in the late '90s, but nothing like the links I posted.

I can remember scoring 12/100 on an exam where the mean was 20/100 and receiving a C-/D+ even with the curve. I can remember having to repeat a course because I botched a couple exam questions and failed to achieve the minimum C required to pass.

I can remember 2/3rds of a Chemistry 101 semester failing because the grading policies were so harsh. That changed many people's academic lives right off the bat. There was great outcry, but at that time my university held its ground and did not give those people a passing grade or a do-over.

To me, the stories I linked above are at the lowest-common denominator, participation-trophy level.

Between your points and the stories I posted, I think it's pretty clear that there is no huge, talented cohort of tail-end Milliennial/Zoomer heritage American STEM grads that is going to emerge from the university system, at all.

Blogger FallenImmortal March 27, 2020 12:48 PM  

His breakdown of Mike Tyson rang so true that I was shaking by the end. I took a ticket under false pretenses and I'm still dealing with the consequences after almost five years of freedom in the Most High.

Blogger Gettimothy March 27, 2020 1:01 PM  

Zastavnik Džemo wrote:@7 @Gettimothy

I have built a personal version of Anki flashcards program.

Not because Anki is converged but because I wanted faster ergonomics.

Ping me if you do start assembling the team for this.



Thank you. I have your blog bookmarked in my project "TODO" list. This is not my main project, just one of the things I do when trying to unwind from a day of thinking...



nbfdmd wrote:@7: Very interesting comment on Latin being similar to Smalltalk. Would you be able to give one or two examples? I've never thought of natural languages being similar to programming languages, but if anything would be, it would certainly be Latin! The Slavic languages too, I'd wager.

Like learning SQL, Smalltalk made me completely reorient my thought processes away from Procedural languages (Algol based, like C, PHP, Java's guts...).
Once I "got it", it helps me look at problems in a variety of ways. In SQL you think in Sets, in Smalltalk you "talk to objects that you create for your purposes". It results in a very terse, elegant way of thinking.

Latin has the same feel.

For example, the first time I saw this:

In libro docet me non magister I knew what it meant based on its structure even though I was not familiar with "docet". The very arrangement conveys meaning that aids in discovery and intuition. I could "sense" that intuitively because of the discipline of learning Smalltalk. The Lisp/Functional guys learn to think in amazing ways too. The Social Galactic designer is one of them.


@17 and @19 I am a month or two from finishing a custom Parser for Infogalactic so that we should be able to keep Infogalactic's content within Wikimedia's bi-weekly release cycle for content. We will be doing that for every language/wiki out there. With the base "knowledge core" in place, restructuring and creative design of the knowledge cores can begin in earnest on an XHtml base.

One of the things I have in mind for Infogalactic is to completely bypass the converged education systems in Christendom and provide a better product that lives with people their entire lives. It will be a virtuous cycle...knowledge core->tools to educate-->educated people contribute to the knowledge core as part of their intellectual growth.

Flash cards using existing content is an easy first step. Adding AI Mentats, sound, language, immersive worlds , will come. I also expect that the business minds will be able to build something that allows intellectuals--not SJW poseurs--to make an independent living via the tools we build via proctoring, mentoring, grading etc.


How many here have forgotten Calculus? Stats? Well, we will provide the tools to keep you at your intellectual peak for life.


Also--Color theory flash cards using only colors and form--no words--would be an awesome thing to put together and an interesting addition to the intellectual tool chest.

My job is to aggregate the initial content and then build tools so that this thing outlives all of us and leaves Christendom with their knowledge core.

Also, Gramsci can go fsck himself in hell. Logos Rising.


Blogger Newscaper312 March 27, 2020 1:12 PM  

@scivo
Whenever I hear someone OMGing about somebody on the local news taken by conmen, I point out that usually the marks' *own greed* blinded them to a deal being too good to be true.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 27, 2020 1:25 PM  

@GetTimothy,
Re functional programming, I'm mainly a C sharp guy but between thinking more functionally and dependency injection, I've come to cringe whenever I see an OO programmer doing unnecessarily complex inheritance merely for "reuse", rather than where some underling natural actual hierarchy they're modeling.

Re intellectual peak, the smartest I ever felt was after taking and doing well in the junior quantum physics that nobody but the physics majors ever take (I was an engineer). Yes it fades w lack of use or further continued building on it.
If I ever pull off retirement, I would like to have enough money to take the occasional college course to dust some of that off.

My now 21 you son found that having taken 4 years of Latin in high school meant the syntax aspects of various programming languages didn't bother him at all. In addition, I remember him being simultaneously pleased and somewhat disappointed when he took literature and a few other humanities courses and found that the Catholic high school had him better prepared than the kids actually majoring in them.

Blogger Sheila4g March 27, 2020 1:26 PM  

Beautiful post, Vox. I always found Hawkins and his fate heart wrenching - and even Will, in Silver on the Tree (it may have been an earlier book) notes that if it were up to him, he'd choose the safety and happiness of an individual every time. But sometimes to choose that means damning the world, and the choices between Light and Dark mean making hard decisions. And most men are not up to making those choices, just as John Rowlands asks The Lady to choose for him, whether to remember the Truth (a la the red pill) or forget the harsh reality of the world and merely remember his own happiness. For too many, facing reality is despair, the "tomb of every hope."

Skimming that last book again, I recollect just how much love and knowledge of her native land Susan Cooper had - the flora and fauna and the history of "this long worked land so many centuries on the anvil." And Bran is an alien to Owain Glyndwr, because he is Norman and Anglo-Saxon and Dane, all mixed up as a modern Englishman. And yet Cooper begins her last book with a scene of yobos picking on a Sikh boy, which she damns, and she ties Bran to the modern world, despite his heritage, by the modern bonds of love. I wonder if she truly believes those bonds of love and learning English make all the Pakistanis genuine heirs of her land and its history. Does she still look with equanimity on what has happened - how could she not see it was yet another assault of the Dark against the Light - yet another invasion which required a battle to retain their own homeland.

Turning to a different work of literature, I cannot recommend strongly enough John Milton's Mask Comus. A much shorter read than Paradise Lost, but an equally brilliant look at Satan and his temptations to gorge on God's gifts, rather than be good Stewards. Truly God is the only thing on which we can stand in this world broken by Satan's evil, helped along by the freely-made choices of greedy and cowardly men.

Blogger Martin Marprelate March 27, 2020 1:34 PM  

I would recommend looking into the program called Anki, I have used it for years to learn Japanese but it works for things like law (used it for remembering case studies) and more.

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Blogger Gettimothy March 27, 2020 1:49 PM  

@27 That's why I work on this stuff, so your child and his children can thrive. The current systems are meant to destroy, not to build.








Blogger Beau March 27, 2020 1:53 PM  

The Screwtape Letters are a good look at temptation, especially of the banal and insipid sort.

Blogger Gettimothy March 27, 2020 2:29 PM  

@27 I am happy for your son. Our goal is to bypass the cruft and let people like him excel; plus, nurture him intellectually through life and provide real metrics of demonstrable accomplishment.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 27, 2020 3:44 PM  

Getimothy, thanks.
Hell be graduating in early May, with graduation ceremony cancelled. I do wonder, apart from bigger issues, what cultural impacts might be for a generation whom a bunch of which did not have those rights of passage like graduation or HS prom.
We are very proud of him. He majored in CS but has gravitated in the end more toward IT, with a job lined up in Cybersecurity at the big local hospital he's already been working at as a student. At least w CS he knows a lot more about how and why things work the way they do than a typical IT major.
Not only will he shortly be off the insurance soon, a BIG shot in the arm, much bigger than a child/student tax credit, but feels like our job as parents almost done. Last thing is to get him married off well, but at this point any impact from us is less direct.

Blogger Gettimothy March 27, 2020 5:36 PM  

@34 Please let us know when your first of many grand-children are born. And may your first grand child be a masculine grand child! (:




Blogger Kiwi March 27, 2020 5:56 PM  

That's some spooky writing right there.

Blogger Sam Spade March 27, 2020 6:24 PM  

Thanks for recommending Tanith Lee, Vox. I have read Night's Master, Book of the Damned, and book of the beast and they are fantastic, but very disturbing.

Specially Book of the damned. Some passages there make you smell sulfur, really intense and dark stuff. She seems to understand deep evil really well, and is fascinated by it. But she has the right moral compass at the same time, the thing is there is almost no good in Paradys. Really brilliant woman, RIP.

Blogger John Rockwell March 27, 2020 9:49 PM  

That vs the everlasting pleasures at God's right hand. What a pittance absolute foolishness to bow to Satan.

Blogger Akulkis March 27, 2020 10:46 PM  

"His breakdown of Mike Tyson rang so true that I was shaking by the end."

Whose? What are you even referring to?

Blogger Akulkis March 27, 2020 10:51 PM  

"Whenever I hear someone OMGing about somebody on the local news taken by conmen, I point out that usually the marks' *own greed* blinded them to a deal being too good to be true."

EVERY manufacturer who moved their factories in China hoping for a slice of that sweet, sweet 1 Billion population, and then being surprised that all of his non-existent Chinese sales are going to the competing products being manufactured with HIS duplicate equipment in the 2nd factory that HE set up.

Morons, every single damned one of them.

Most especially the idiots at General Motors.

Blogger SirHamster March 27, 2020 11:28 PM  

Akulkis wrote:"His breakdown of Mike Tyson rang so true that I was shaking by the end."

Whose? What are you even referring to?

Owen Benjamin did an analysis of Mike Tyson that indicated he was probably sexually abused by his trainer into becoming an boxing legend.

Linked it to taking the ticket, the topic of this thread.

Blogger James March 28, 2020 2:02 AM  

Newscaper, your job as a parent is never done Bro, never. My oldest, my daughter, married in September, was pregnant by December and miscarried in late January. My role as a parent trying to console my daughter, her husband and my wife had entered a new phase. Parenting is never over, just a different phase. Peace Brothers and Sisters.

Blogger Newscaper312 March 28, 2020 7:33 PM  

@akulkis
But was he LITERALLY shaking?

@james
Point taken, and my condolences.
Another good item, son is staying in home town for this first job. If he marries someone from here then hes more likely to stay here. Conversely less likely to come home if he worked elsewhere and marr iui ed there. Know too many people my age or a bit older whose children and grandchildren are all elsewhere. My family life growing up had plenty of problems but son knows advantage he had of one set of involved local grandparents (wife's side) w nothing but positive influence.
I could move to be near his family some day if needed but know my wife would be terribly torn as she has more strong close friendships than I do, as well as loving the coast in a way I do not.

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