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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: I love Getbig. the origin of the word love. on: April 19, 2014, 09:29:20 AM
I see that Holy Saturday is bringing out reflection into the persistent mysteries here at Getbig Theological Seminary. A familiar topic.

Because we seem to have ventured into a discussion about Love here at Getbig Theological Seminary, some might be interested in the distinctions that have been made in the philosophical and theological literature. I'm not interested in debating the merits and demerits of these terms. Just food for thought, as it were.

1. Eros or desirous love. Sometimes tied to sensuality. The thing about erotic love is that the lover objectifies what she desires to possess, i.e., the 'object of desire.' This is an ends-related love. For example, "I love you because you give me X, or because you make me feel like Y, or because you have quality-Z, etc. Eros is also tied to reproductive love (see, e.g., Aristophanes' speech in Plato's Symposium).

2. Philia or love in friendship. Philia relies on people having some thing or some pursuit in common, which is attractive. If you love, say, the iron game, you might become friends with others who have the same interest/attraction.

3. Agape or unconditional love. This designation was developed most fully by Christian theologians, and is used to describe God's love. It is also used to describe self-sacrificing love. This is the purest kind of love.

There is another kind of love, Storge or familial affection, which is discussed by C.S. Lewis in The Four Loves. Personally, I prefer Anders Nygren's scholarly Agape and Eros, and Allan Soble's compendium, Eros, Agape, and Philia

Shizz, you love Getbig in the second sense, though it seems largely unrequited.
2  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Why rename Night of Champions? on: April 18, 2014, 11:08:00 AM
Am I still considered the king of Getbig?

Kings stand or fall by their majestic acts. Do more, ask less.
3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Why rename Night of Champions? on: April 18, 2014, 10:53:10 AM
I saw that edit  Wink

Nothing gets by the King, nor should it.
4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Why rename Night of Champions? on: April 18, 2014, 10:45:03 AM
My friend, your posts are lost among a sea of stupidity.

Not totally, my 260 lbs. of awesome liege.
5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: how poor were you growing up??? on: April 18, 2014, 09:48:20 AM
Grew up in communist Romania with many restrictions and sometimes rationalized food.

Chewșescu morsels of mind control!
Foods that are made to think in order to subvert human agency from the inside.
Alimentary, my dear Watson. Brilliant!
I'm beginning to understand.

*rationed. Smiley
6  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Why rename Night of Champions? on: April 18, 2014, 08:35:30 AM
Ben Brantley calls A Night of Champions a triumphant blend of heroic moxie and monastic reflection: "Mixing elements of Augustinian confession and Pantagruelian picaresque, Marty Champions' dazzling one man show is like a Waiting for Godot where Godot not only shows up, he brings Zarathustra along to join him in taking a pyramid shit on your most accepted beliefs. Folks, this is 'Theatre of the Absorbed' – you'll laugh yourself to sleep and weep until your sides split. Absurd, you say? Put down the heme-iron and come find out!" Rating: 4/4 crates of raped grapefruits.
7  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: What are you reading? on: April 17, 2014, 02:18:36 PM
King of the Latin Boom and el realismo mágico.

A great light has gone out.

Aureliano Babilonia, having just seized the hidden meaning of Melquíades' prophetic history of Macondo, finally reaches the end of the manuscript he is reading to read about an Aureliano Babilonia reading Melquíades' history of Macondo. In a Borgesian-inspired narration, García Márquez writes: "Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth." See Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude, trans. Gregory Rabassa (London: Picador, 1978), p. 336.  

8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who is more boring and bland: hulkotron or haider? on: April 16, 2014, 04:31:37 PM
Rome wasn't built in a day. Hulkotron did it in a Šarčev giant set: 35 minutes, tops. The rest of the day was spent drinking quail eggs in mead and enducing the Sabine women to cum against their wills. Monuments to his erection were erected. The people were grateful. Glorious times.
9  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: quit turing the other cheek.............. on: April 09, 2014, 06:11:59 AM
Yeah, but what's that to do with Alan Turing?

Quite right. What, indeed? Although, as you know, Juan S. Earle, from Paraguay via Deutschland, showed the virtues of not being politically correct in his well-known destruction of fried rice functionalism through the Slanty-Eyed-Chink Room Experiment, which argued, inter alia, that Wong Hong's head failed the Turing test because it lacked semantic content and is merely a splooge processing giant egg roll.
10  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Mythical El Chupacabra finally captured? on: April 04, 2014, 02:50:56 PM
Said to have been born from Zeus' taint, the mythological bestiary tells of the Chupapinga, a vile creature with a weakness for centaur bukkake behind the Augean stables.

11  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Caption this pic (Getbiggers) on: March 27, 2014, 07:09:11 AM

The foaming latte and group periscope bath scene from the great German WWII gay submarine epic Das Fruits (1981), starring Jürgen Crotchnow as the hard U-boat commander.
12  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Raw milk. on: March 26, 2014, 10:00:47 AM
Ah, a familiar topic. Well, about an hour before my morning workout, I avail myself to a 720ml dose of fresh breast milk from a local nursery for unwed mothers. Because this is a preworkout dose, the most contemporary research from the Norwegian Institute of Pointy-Sisters (aka, NIPS) recommends the selection of a lovely young hebrette for her milk's naturally higher androgen content. Subsequently, I find that aggression and intensity are noticeably increased, and, I have to say, the batch of chocolate goodness is consistently top-shelf, human grade stuff, and not some lower quality Chinese generic counterfeit (the well-known maxim, "knocked-up is greater than knocked-off" applies here, as always). Later in the evening, after "official" closing hours, I return to the nursery for a fresh re-dose from an another buxom nubile nubian, and, when discretionary income allows, the fellating services of a blonde dormitory wetnurse for (i) increased positive synergies and (ii) stimulating that much sought after 3-D, blow-up from within effect. Sides are tolerable.
13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Have You Ever Read A Book That Changed You/Your Ways or Inspired You? on: March 13, 2014, 09:21:00 AM
Arthur Fleeber’s Guns N Provolone, which draws from Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and the Lake Tahoe scene from Godfather II for the sake of providing an Archimedean paradigm that strips uncanny (Unheimliche) elements from existence to fashion a stable foundation upon which to feel at-home (zu Hause) in the world.

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14  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: True Detective on: March 10, 2014, 08:24:20 PM
The creepy Carcosa confrontation was well done (a labyrinth is more arresting when there's a minotaur within its warren paths), but, the critical anagnorisis, i.e., the momentous discovery, was contrived (green paint! really?), as was the culminating peripeteia, i.e., reversal or turning point, viz. Cohle telling Marty that light is overcoming darkness. There are many ways of reading True Detective. One observation is how it deliberately avoided employing an Aristotlelian arc to its storytelling. Not only did its entrancing narrative avoid what the literary critic John Gardner calls "profluence," i.e., a forward flow of causally connected events (and clues), it also sowed pessimistic metaphysical contemplations and occult symbols as diffuse macguffins. A "true" detective story would show how all the pieces of a story were internally and necessarily connected. But, as many here have noted, a lot of story elements remain dangling.

How would I have ended the show? I would have gone all Nabokov and Robbe-Grillet on the viewers:

Cohle would have been killed saving Marty. Marty, who's always played the role of amanuensis, would relate the true crime to amazing fanfare and acclaim. A wake would be held for the departed hero. Cohle's ex-wife from Texas would be flown in. In a final scene, Marty greets the ex-wife and leads her to the open coffin. A puzzled face breaks out. Marty's told that the dead man in the casket is not Cohle. "Wait, you mean to say that's not Cohle? What, well, who is it?" he asks. "I don't know," she says, a bit annoyed. "Nobody."

(Flashback: Cohle to Marty: "I'd consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms, I'm what's called a pessimist. I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself – we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody's nobody.")

Who was this "false" detective?*

Pizzolatto could easily have gone down this road, but he didn't want to give in to our "programming." However, instead of leaving a lot of loose ends, why not finish with this Gordian knot?

*Recall that Cohle's files were redacted. Very little was known about a guy who said he spent some time in a mental institution.
15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Caption this picture. on: March 08, 2014, 09:18:27 AM

The Rock: Look, João Paulo, I don't care that you won the Favela Sweepstakes for a workout with the "Rocha," this raffle ticket is "merda," motherfucka.

João Paulo: So, ees goot, rye?
16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Jeebus Wiggs, is this you? on: February 20, 2014, 10:58:46 AM

This shit is getting REALLY old, dude.  

And when I say old, I mean long past stringy cadaver beef-jerkiness old.  I mean older than mummified Pharaoh dust, which would date back to ...

Oh, wait:  I forgot how you cherry-pick "evidence" to support your claims :LOL:  One minute, the scientific community hits the nail on the head but, at the same time, you won't have any part of their "faulty carbon dating" -- a rather pathetic stolen concept predicated in a massive Begging the Question fallacy.

... and all of that supposed vitriol is coming from someone who gets a kick out of your posts and actually likes you (yes, in spite of the fact I think perhaps 95% of what you say is among the silliest shit I've ever read -- and believe me, that's saying something!).

The whole premise of black people doing this and that before recorded time is a big fucking CROCK.  Yeah, sure, they accomplished so many things ... but said things were all before anyone wrote them down in any kind of enduring record (hmm ... wonder why?), so we're essentially supposed to accept the premise of Mighty Blackie as an article of faith.

The Wiggs Hypothesis (a.k.a. The Wiggs-Fauxon and N.O.T. – acronym for Theory of Nothing – the acronym is backward, like the theory itself) attempts to offer a standard model of why darks matter. It's still quite murky.
17  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: True Detective on: February 18, 2014, 02:59:02 PM
Good show. An episode should be titled "The Wisdom of Silenus," and I'd be surprised if an allusion to this phrase/concept does not show up in some form in the final episodes.


In ancient cosmodicies, reformulated in Schopenhauer's pessimism and Nietzsche's (often misunderstood) nihilism, suffering and evil are the price to be paid for human existence, which is seen as a horrible aberration (hence, "The Wisdom of Silenus").

Cohle talks the "SchopenNietzsche" jargon all the time. Here's a memorable quote:

"I think about my daughter now and what she was spared. Sometimes I feel grateful. The doctor said she didn’t feel a thing, went straight into a coma. Then, somewhere in that blackness, she slipped off into another deeper kind. Isn’t that a beautiful way to go out — painlessly as a happy child? Trouble with dying later is you’ve already grown up, the damage is done too late. I think about the hubris it must take to yank a soul out of nonexistence into this. Force a life into this thresher. As for my daughter, she spared me the sin of being a father."*

Cohle also glosses over Nietzsche's rendition of the "Eternal Return:"

"This is a world where nothing is solved. Someone once told me, 'Time is a flat circle.' Everything we've ever done or will do we're gonna do over and over and over again. That little boy and little girl are going to be in that room. Again and again and again. Forever."

Can't help but also think of Borges' Death and the Compass,** another "detective" fiction. Borges, like many modernists and subsequent postmodernists, unsettles the idea of a reliable narrator, i.e., of a single knowing subject recounting a story in profluential time leading toward a fixed ending (see above: "This is a world where nothing is solved"). Among other things, elements of unreliability and "anti-story" are clearly operating in True Detective. In "Death and the Compass," the rational detective Lönnrot attempts to solve a murder by following a subsequent string of murders that appear related to the original, and sets his sights on apprehending the criminal by charting the time and place of the next crime in the sequence. The rational sleuth eventually "succeeds" in unraveling the plot and tracks down the next murder in the series: his own. Borges' detective will be annihilated by his Doppelgä,*** Red Scharlach, who was setting up logically patterned murders that he hoped Lönnrot would mistake as necessarily connected to the first crime and thus irresistibly follow. I'm entertaining the idea that Cohle and Hart are Doppelgängers of each other;**** only denial***** makes them seem different. Is The Yellow King but a Red Herring?

*Recalling Borges' Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius: "Copulation and mirrors are abominable ... the visible universe was an illusion or (more precisely) a sophism. Mirrors and fatherhood are abominable because they multiply the numbers of mankind."
**Borges' reference to a 'compass' carries a double entendre: on the one hand, it refers to an instrument used as a tool to plot and arrive at an end point, a destination; on the other hand, it connotes the circular design and arc-making function of the instrument. Borges uses these dual aspects as a parergonal frame to emphasize the folly of the former and the eternal, labyrinthian implication of the latter.
***Both are mirror images of each other (though, like all mirror images, present a reverse representation) and share 'red' in their names: Lönnrot means secret (lonn) red (rot), and Red Scharlach = red scarlet.
****Interestingly, Martin = (Mars, the red planet), Hart = (red stag), and Rustin = (rust). "Rust: You know, buddy, without me, there is no you."
*****"Martin: You know the real difference between you and me? Rust: Yup, denial."

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Haha. "What is that, Nietzsche? Shut the fuck up!"
18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Where does work ethic come from? on: February 02, 2014, 01:22:56 PM
Its not honest in New York.  Cheesy  Its mob controlled still.

Well, my good friend from Staten Island, Santo "the mandible" Incaviglia, who is a delegate in good standing with Teamsters Local 831, says that this "is all lies and meant to prophylactate a myth to betaint the wholesome deposition of Italian-Americans."
19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Vissy shaves his head. on: February 01, 2014, 08:30:04 AM
Fallout from being in love with El Culo Frio.

from the wiped-out Vince-hackers thread:

The hackers think that they pulled one over on Vince. Ha! Little do they know that he is the Kim Philby (or, perhaps, the Mata Hari) of the bodybuilding community. The old KGB used to keep a three foot dossier on Vince, and Fidel Castro himself (still a regular, if anonymous, habitué of Anabolic Mayhem Español) conferred upon him the codename El Culo Frio for his icy bearing and stone-cold precision. Vince is a covert double-agent who courts danger, plants desires, and feigns weakness for his ultimate advantage. He is the mutha’ fuckin’ polonium-210 of the fitness industry. Underestimate him at your own peril. Shit’s about to go nuclear.
20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Just got off the phone with syntaxmachine -- he's a fucking fraud on: January 20, 2014, 11:43:03 PM
calling Kahn.N.Singh to confirm

I have been called by the venerable Roger Bacon, and the time has finally come to confess that the Honorable Kahn.N.Singh is himself a charlatan, just another matryoshka doll the Oracle-King added to his never-ending collection of gimmicks while clicking past CSPAN between swills of BCAAs & Chivas.

You've been had, you mentally negligible suckers!!

Now kneel before your sovereign lord!

21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Vince Goodrum Show - Episode 10 - Kill That Tumor Edition Now Available! on: January 18, 2014, 11:29:55 AM
Will there be call-ins? I'd like to call in my best British upper class accent, a blend of Commander McBragg and Hugh "Bullshot" Crummond, to regale your audience with my many tales of derring-do.
22  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Sev's secret twin on: January 16, 2014, 06:52:33 AM
The Tesla clone that got away from the magnificent magus takes a selfie for the evidentiary record. Pensive and despondent, he reflects: Why do I have to replicate a bald Romanian? The wind blows in response.

23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: January 15, 2014, 01:35:51 PM

Your munificence speaks well of your ancestors and upbringing. Thank you.
24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Only if you want it to be on: January 14, 2014, 04:08:09 PM

Long suffering Franco struggles to accept why the satisfied Oak does not reciprocate that element of their intimacy.
25  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: January 14, 2014, 08:50:38 AM

Tour de Banane.

A photo captured just before the treacherous ascent up Mont Plantain-Frites. Only one it made back down. The others disappeared into the thorny brush armed with a little salt and garlic mojito.
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