I'm Kris. there's lots of Kris-es and I'm one of them. NOT a roleplayer.
they/them. host of the Pnictogen Wing, a big fictive-heavy plural system (b. 1974).
Jan 28 • 15 tweets • 8 min read
I've been working for several years with @Twitter, in conjunction with some other members of the Pnictogen Wing—notably @PnictogenHorses, where our engineer Mona Drafter (assisted at times by her daughter Alyx Woodward) has been providing such able and forcible commentary.
throughout the struggle we've had to deal with two possibilities—we needed to prepare for both of them. in the earlier years when I was guided by little more than incandescent anger and the relics of a childhood passion of justice, it was rather tough to deal with these.
Jan 28 • 15 tweets • 11 min read
I'd done my best to try to gauge and predict the #future —that may sound outlandish, but I feel like it's been forced upon me (and the whole Pnictogen Wing). the pace of human events has grown antic and absurd to a degree I never imagined possible even *ten years ago*.
in its characteristic doublethinkful way, Western society both *disparages* fortune-telling as complete rubbish AND makes an enormous #profit off the game of pretending to tell the #future. most of #business and #finance and #investment propaganda is about fortune-telling.
Jan 28 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
one of the most difficult things for Kris, having to host ME as a particularly unruly fictive introject—always running like a freight train, often running into walls or other trains—has been the fact that I'm religious.
I am religious in a very peculiar mode, too.
I'm a little bit failed Catholic priest (Martin Scorsese and I are like kindred spirits there), a little bit chaos-mage, a little bit the wild-eyed Sibyl getting kicked in the head by Apollo (again)—I'm a lot of things in religious terms, none of them easy to live with.
human beings maintain the illusion of "Mr. President" (and a far less convincing one than Mr. @dick_nixon's) and tweet bits of speeches that someone else wrote for him. it's evidence of the lethal *triviality* of "the West".
it's identical to the triviality of #marketing and #sales culture, in which there are no morals and no rules. @mtaibbi's famed "independence" weighs as much in the scales as @Sargon_of_Akkad's "centrism" or @jonkay's "heterodoxy": all of these labels are mere *brands*.
Jan 28 • 16 tweets • 9 min read
the turgid and dreary writings of #AynRand (hi @AynRandInst, @AynRandOrg, @RandPaul) aren't worth reading exactly, but they are worth analyzing. the difficulty is that to analyze Ayn Rand's awful prose, first you have to *read* it. we've only been able to stomach "Anthem".
we've seen King Vidor's film of "The Fountainhead", scripted by Ayn Rand herself. Vidor's 1940s adaptation of "The Fountainhead" is a true _film maudit_, a "cursed film": right-wing Hollywood star Barbara Stanwyck (I'm still grieving, I used to love her) wanted to make it.
Jan 28 • 24 tweets • 11 min read
oh right! we were going to write something about the power of language.
hm, how to start.
let me begin with talking about a concept that I learned from classes in ancient Greek: the *grammatical particle*. it's a type of word, in linguistics.
*particles* are words that have no inflection or clearly defined "part of speech" in a sentence.
"um" and "er" are particles in English.
Jan 28 • 20 tweets • 7 min read
I / we have *strabismus*. that's where your eyes don't quite line up, and you see a double image—if you're even *aware* of the double image, because usually the brain ends up picking one and passing it along through the human perceptual apparatus. it's very annoying.
it's taken us a long time even to be aware of it. for a while I used to think it was *caused* by drinking, but drinking turned out to be irrelevant—it was just that I was more apt to notice the strabismus when I was drunk. it leads us to make many mistakes of vision.
Jan 28 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
@mtaibbi is a #marketing phenomenon. there's no other word for it. his presence on the national scene is like some grim historical necessity—American politics has been saturated with the logic of marketing, so it was *inevitable* that someone like Matt Taibbi would emerge.
in marketing logic, everything—every word, every concept, every object, everything—is reducible to a *brand*. in this world of brands, all brands are equal. none have any particular meaning. they're labels. they're ornamental. they're like stickers or colorful phone cases.
Jan 28 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
the conflict between #FateZero and #FateStayNight is really, in the end, very simple: Fate/Zero is a tragedy, and Fate/stay night is a romance.
*romance* shouldn't be a bad word. #capitalism made romance into a mere brand, but _romance_ is the literature of knighthood.
"The Matter of Britain"—Arthur's story, Arturia's story—was told in the form of *romantic poetry*. in a similar fashion, the knights who fought for Charles the Great were romanticized in "The Matter of France".
#romance, not tragedy or epic, is the medium for heroism.
Jan 27 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
I don't want more days like today. all this...spinning our wheels. feels like that's all we do, spin our wheels, stall out. end up limping into the evening without any energy to do anything other than limply watch some TV or some game or whatever
Mona asked me a question I haven't wanted to answer. "what are your true feelings about your mom?"
"describe, in single words, only the good things that come into your mind...about your mother"
that's a line I feel like I've known a long time, but...why would I?
Jan 26 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
omg I get it now.
I understand why I'm able to do what I can do...
...it's because to ME...
...I'm fictive, so it's like the entire world is fiction. there's no more distinctions any more. there's only "more probable" and "less probable".
the sharp borders that other folks draw round "real" and "unreal", "fact" vs. "fiction", don't exist to me. plausible fiction merges imperceptibly into fact. facts appear in fiction. fiction gets used in arguments about fact. there's no clear boundary at all.
Jan 26 • 21 tweets • 7 min read
I would hazard to guess that if there's *one thing* that's most characteristic of the modern-day #STEM Lord mindset, it isn't racism (although folks like @ID_AA_Carmack and @RokoMijic give one pause) or even a love of #computers.
it's probably a fondness for *explosions*.
I think that's bad. and I *like* explosions.
I've spent time—like lots of nerds—looking for videos of large explosions. and we're knowledgeable of chemistry, in the Pnictogen Wing, so we know a bit about chemical explosives. "high energy compounds", to use a euphemism.
Jan 24 • 17 tweets • 6 min read
the first is the one that makes actual sense: I mean...
...Britain desperately *needs saving*, really and truly, and the legend is that Arthur will return for that.
*modern* Britain is not Arthur's Britain—even though modern Britain has tried to *appropriate* Arthur.
that's what modern Britain is: a mere thief, a jackdaw that collects other people's heroes and symbols and pretends to own them. Romano-Celtic Britain succumbed the very Germanic barbarians whom Arthur tried to drive back, and now...they wear Arthur like a costume.
Jan 24 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
all the Fate/ sturm und drang means it's time for some Unlimited Man Pain—I mean, #UnlimitedBladeWorks.
kick his butt, Arturia!
this isn't #HeavensFeel so Matou Shinji, unfortunately, survives this one ~Chara
Jan 22 • 32 tweets • 12 min read
oh right. I was going to say something about "God"—the being whom right-wing Christians seem to worship, the "God" who seems like so much *smaller* a thing than a truly omnipotent Creator—and how He's a demonstrably loyal friend to authoritarians and bloodstained tyrants.
#Christianity was permanently warped by its growth medium—the authoritarian and bureaucratic structures of Roman rule. Rome was a harsh and brutal state; "Western civilization", #Christian civilization, continues to imitate the tyrannical Roman model to this very day.
Jan 22 • 14 tweets • 7 min read
okay, time to wind down.
incidentally we've been watching the 2006 documentary film "Jesus Camp" intermittently today. we've only watched forty minutes so far; it's upsetting material. right-wing #Christianity is an upsetting thing to deal with; just ask the *victims*.
@dalepartridge, whom I've given special attention this day (the feast day of St. Agnes—but that's just a coincidence; also it's #NationalHuggingDay) might be attempting to console himself with imagining that I'm a mere vengeful *victim* of right-wing Christianity. I'm not.
Jan 22 • 17 tweets • 9 min read
we've played this music a few times a day, routinely, for a long while now. Kajiura Yuki's theme music for #FateZero: "Back to Zero". it's one of my favorite pieces.
we've used it for grounding ourselves—it is, after all, right there in the name.
"Fate/Zero" is fiction. our present-day world may have magic in it, for surely magic is as eternal as anything that's woven into the Beatific Vision; magic, I tell myself in hope, can never completely die. but it has no magic like that of the mages of the "Fate/" universe.
Jan 22 • 23 tweets • 13 min read
so let's talk a bit more about this "God".
"God" falls easily from the lips of the world's worst human beings. @MattWalshBlog thirsts to impregnate children, and perhaps has actually done that—and he's a "man of God". his child rapist friend @joshduggar—a "man of God".
@dalepartridge is a grifter, a confidence trickster, a squalid grasping man of #business consumed by avarice and pride—but, a "man of God". @laurenboebert habitually embezzles public money for her private use—but she's "faithful" to "God".
it's an astonishing phenomenon.
Jan 21 • 24 tweets • 17 min read
this may alarm some of my readers, so I feel like I ought to explain and qualify my words somewhat.
it is my considered opinion that a *certain conception of God* must be laid to rest. I've loosely termed this conception of God "the #Christian God", but that's tricky...
...since #Christianity is such a fearfully atomized and scattered assortment of different cults, all of them centered in some way on the #Bible and the spiritual event known to Christians as the Incarnation, that the very word "#Christian" no longer has a certain meaning.
Jan 21 • 14 tweets • 12 min read
and really this is what the failure of #capitalism boils down to: capitalists hate *equilibrium*. a healthy planet full of life is a physical system—one of profound complexity, but still, a system in dynamic equilibrium, maintaining an approximately steady state over time.
"steady state", in economic terms, would mean a #business that continues to provide approximately the same services or products over time to a steady clientele—not a *constant* number of clients but one that varies up and down with time, oscillating about a steady average.
Jan 21 • 19 tweets • 72 min read
@jordanbpeterson a sure sign @jordanbpeterson is really a dunce, is that he *talks* like a dunce about science. this muddled, profoundly ignorant man—who undoubtedly pretends, like all #Christian fanatics do these days, to be a champion and guardian of science—*makes fun* of science.
@jordanbpeterson global warming isn't tough to grasp if you know a few basic things about science. @jordanbpeterson could learn these things, if he weren't dedicated to *remaining* the dunce that he is.
the _carbon cycle_ of the Earth involves the interchange of carbon between physical phases.