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Thursday, April 8, 2004day link 

 Collective Proza
picture Via SmartMobs, check out Collective Proza:
You know this game where everybody gets to add one sentence to a story? Well, here's the online version. In order to make it a little bit more interesting and protect the concept a bit from abuse, each visitor can contribute one candidate sentence. When there are four options, a vote starts and the first one with two more votes than the others gets added. Repeat.

The story so far:

Whether it was a good idea to go back into the woods, I still don't know. However, the events of that day taught me never to trust advice given in haste. My fate was sealed by people quick of opinion yet hollow of concern, and my only consolation was the belief that they would truly meet their reckoning that day...if not by my hand then by that of the Beast. And then I remembered, "If it wasn't for my horse, I would not have spent that last year in college."

I was walking slowly, looking in every direction, listening carefully - was someone there, in the thick of the woods? Darkness was falling softly but fast and soon the shades of the trees were not distinguishable from those of other creatures anymore. I had to find the cabin I had left early in the morning - I had to find it before I was found.
That's not half-bad. I'm not sure we'll write the declaration of independence that way. But it might be a good way of releasing some creativity and arriving at a story that nobody had expected.

I get to think of an excellent improv game where people in a circle take turns adding just the next word to a story. That's actually more fun. What is interesting about it is that it brings up the censors in our mind. We're usually rather afraid of just handing out the instant answer that our sub-conscious comes up with. But the story gets much more interesting once we get over that and give the subconscious answer without hesitation.
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picture On the previously mentioned subject of "naked sushi", a Japanese restaurant in the conservative Chinese city of Kunming has gotten in a bit of trouble from offering a promotional "feast on a beauty's body" for local journalists.
Known as "Nyotai Mori" in Japan, the feasts date back to ancient times and are often offered in special hotspring resorts today, but are generally left off menus. They are offered to aficionados on request.
Yeah, maybe its wiser to leave it off the menu, if the local community doesn't exactly love the idea. Not that it is any of their business. Anyway, here's a French page that explains in quite some detail how it is done correctly. You need a virgin, for one thing.
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 The Tao
picture An interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, via Bird on the Moon:
"If you can talk about it, it ain't Tao.
If it has a name, it's just another thing.

Tao doesn't have a name.
Names are for ordinary things.

Stop wanting stuff. It keeps you from seeing what's real.
When you want stuff, all you see are things.

These two statements have the same meaning.
Figure them out, and you've got it made."
And, no, it is not me translating it, even though it says "stuff" several times. Some people think I say "stuff" and "things" way too much. And stuff.
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