Drink Like a Discordian

Drink Responsibly.

Drink Responsibly.

An important part of summer for many Discordians is booziness. The more obsessive ones are already planning ahead for this. As all of us who have held disastrous drunkfests know full well, there can be a lot more to it than just pouring liquor down your gaping maw. We’re here to help with suggestions that will guarantee it.

For starters, it is critically important to have the proper attire.

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How to be a Free Thinker

Mind the gapScott Berkun wrote a swell little instruction manual about escaping the mental prisons that pretty much all of us are in. You know you live in one, right? Well, you know now.

The beginning of wisdom starts with asking two questions. Why do we believe what we believe? And how we know what we know? They should be stamped on every school book, in every meeting place and in every home where independence of mind and free thinking are advocated. It should be tattooed on the forehead of anyone arrogant enough to dictate orders for others to follow. The children’s game of why, where a child says “Why?” to every answer that an adult offers, often ends with the parent embarrassing the child. “Stop being silly” they say. But it’s the parent who should be embarrassed by their hubris. Why is it so uncomfortable to say “I don’t know”.

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The Brainfuck Programming Language

Brainfuck is the original minimalist programming language. With just 8 instructions, it is nonetheless a Turing-complete language that can be used to perform serious work. If you’re completely insane. To get an idea of how insane, here is a working BF program that prints its own source code:

->+>+++>>+>++>+>+++>>+>++>>>+>+>+>++>+>>>>+++>+>>++>+>+++>>++>++>>+>>+>++>++>+>>>>+++>+>>>>++>++>>>>+>>++>+>+++>>>++>>++++++>>+>>++>+>>>>+++>>+++++>>+>+++>>>++>>++>>+>>++>+>+++>>>++>>+++++++++++++>>+>>++>+>+++>+>+++>>>++>>++++>>+>>++>+>>>>+++>>+++++>>>>++>>>>+>+>++>>+++>+>>>>+++>+>>>>+++>+>>>>+++>>++>++>+>+++>+>++>++>>>>>>++>+>+++>>>>>+++>>>++>+>+++>+>+>++>>>>>>++>>>+>>>++>+>>>>+++>+>>>+>>++>+>++++++++++++++++++>>>>+>+>>>+>>++>+>+++>>>++>>++++++++>>+>>++>+>>>>+++>>++++++>>>+>++>>+++>+>+>++>+>+++>>>>>+++>>>+>+>>++>+>+++>>>++>>++++++++>>+>>++>+>>>>+++>>++++>>+>+++>>>>>>++>+>+++>>+>++>>>>+>+>++>+>>>>+++>>+++>>>+[[->>+<<]<+]+++++[->+++++++++<]>.[+]>>[<<+++++++[->+++++++++<]>-.------------------->-[-<.<+>>]<[+]<+>>>]<<<[-[-[-[>>+<++++++[->+++++<]]>++++++++++++++<]>+++<]++++++[->+++++++<]>+<<<-[->>>++<<<]>[->>.<<]<<]

Fortunately, we know who to blame for this monstrosity:

Brainfuck is the ungodly creation of Urban Müller, whose goal was apparently to create a Turing-complete language for which he could write the smallest compiler ever, for the Amiga OS 2.0. His compiler was 240 bytes in size.

Learn much more about Brainfuck here.

Naturally, where BF pioneered, others followed. If you don’t find Brainfuck mind-bending enough, we recommend this variation: Whitespace

Trap Your Voice in a Bottle

Whisky bottle

You’ll probably want some friends to help you empty the bottle.

Summer is almost here, and it’s time to start preparing for summertime fun. We here at The BBC (No Relation) want to help. Let’s start with a cool beach toy that you can make. This requires little money, little work, and little skill, which is particularly important if you’re intending to make a bunch of them for a series of jakes (or a single complicated one) or just want a lot of fun for a little effort.

The eMessage in a Bottle is an easy project for the beginner circuit enthusiast. It clearly came about from me wanting to put my voice in a bottle. Remember as a kid you tried yelling into a bottle, closing it quickly, and then opening it near your ear only to be disappointed with sounds of the ocean. No longer!

A scroll-filled bottle that plays audio of your choice when uncorked. The possibilities are endless.

(Image by Ryan Hyde)