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Breaking Astrology News, You Guys! Plus, COTW!

First, I did a new video!

Second, here’s your comment o’ the week:

Remember, nominate your comment o’ the week by replying to the comment (using the little arrow next to the post) and writing “COTW” somewhere in your response!

You actually get three this week because they all made me lol:

James Fox on the new Power Balance arena:

Wow, the Kings now have an arena sponsor as effective as they are.

GabrielBrawley on a Thanksgiving classic:

Turducken. What mad biologist created this thing? How did they even get a Turduck to fuck a chicken? Where do they ranch these monsters?

And a runner-up for skept-artist, who admits he used a generator for this but it’s still funny:

@BayAreaGuy:

Oh great! A gibberish contest! Let me try.

The main theme of the works of Gibson is the role of the writer as reader. Therefore, Bataille uses the term ‘capitalist discourse’ to denote the stasis, and thus the failure, of neostructuralist sexual identity.

“Society is elitist,” says Foucault; however, according to Dietrich[1] , it is not so much society that is elitist, but rather the defining characteristic, and subsequent dialectic, of society. The characteristic theme of Geoffrey’s[2] essay on semantic pretextual theory is a submaterialist whole. It could be said that the collapse of the capitalist paradigm of reality prevalent in Eco’s The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas emerges again in Foucault’s Pendulum, although in a more mythopoetical sense.

The primary theme of the works of Eco is not discourse, as Lyotard would have it, but neodiscourse. Scuglia[3] implies that we have to choose between capitalist discourse and Lyotardist narrative. In a sense, Foucault’s model of semantic pretextual theory suggests that the task of the observer is significant form.

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49 Comments

  1. To me Virgo looks more like “shot glass on a saucer.”

    I went from Aquarius to Capricorn. This bites. This bites hard. Aquarius? This was supposed to be my age! Now I’m just a horny old goat.

  2. Man, I slipped backwards from being a cool as a cucumber scorpion to a set of scales. Or… looking at the constellations, from a snake sticking its tongue out to an incomplete trapezoid. Either way I feel decidedly less ROCK! \m/

  3. Welcome to the club. I’m a virgo myself, and it kinda tickles my funny bone because I was named after the virgin Mary (my middle name) and my chinese sign is the snake. So I’m a biblical virgin and a snake. Quite a combo. Especially for an atheist.
    As for the new sign names, I’d like to vote for the pony myself. I’ve always had a things for equines.

  4. Apparently most western astrologers practice “tropical” astrology, which preserves the seasonal associations of the star signs, irregardless of the physical position of the stars. So that system is unaffected by our wibbly-wobbly planet. If it weren’t complete nonsense, of course.

  5. Oh, seemingly I am now a “Leo”:

    Generous and warmhearted
    Creative and enthusiastic
    Broad-minded and expansive
    Faithful and loving

    On the dark side….

    Pompous and patronizing
    Bossy and interfering
    Dogmatic and intolerant

    I think I’ll be both broad minded and expansive AND dogmatic and intolerant at the exact same time!

  6. Great Vid, best yet..
    I’m still R-ing O T F L-ing M A Off..
    I love that facial expression you ended with. Comedy Gold !!
    I just connected my dots in my Leo sign in a new way and came up with, ” man having breakfast beside flooded river “…AND I AM !!… WOW!!! Astrology really works.

  7. Well that’s just great. I’ve always been the month and year of the ram. Easy to remember. Now I’m the year of the ram, month of the fish. Or was it month of the fish, year of the naked mole rat? Month of the rabid fruit bat, century of the cross-eyed opossum? AArrggg!

  8. HUNDREDS of light years?!? Just the Milky Way galaxy is a hundred THOUSAND light years across. Our “local group” is ten MILLION light years across. And beyond that, things get *BIG*. And “beyond that” / BIG is what we’re talking about in astrology.

    Here’s a table with the new signs:
    http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=567004

    Hey; so that’s why all of astrology’s predictions have been wrong! They didn’t calibrate the instruments (charts)! Now, with the corrected data, we can completely rely on astrology to run our lives!
    >;->

    Cool, so I’m no longer two diseases, I’m… The Twins?!? Darn. That’s so gay.

    Well at least my sister is no longer two dead fish, she’s… Aquarius — a masculine symbol? No; I still think of her as old dead fish. >;->

    To heck with it; I’m choosing my own new sign: The Finger. >;->

  9. @JeffGrigg: Almost all visible stars (which form the constellations) are between 20 and 2000 light years away, with most in the range of a few hundred. Despite the revisionist claims astrologers are making about how the stars don’t matter, the background star patterns were the origin of the human personality and behavior patterns ascribed to astrological influences. For example, if the sun was in Taurus when you were born, you were supposed to be bull-like, headstrong and powerful. Astrologers (and astronomers) have known about precession of the equinoxes for literally thousands of years, so the shifting of the signs is nothing new. The shifting of goalposts that the astrologers are currently engaged in might be new, but perhaps not. It would require some historical research to find out, which I don’t think is worth the effort given the inanity of the subject. (Assuming my latent OCD, due to my being an ex-Leo, doesn’t intervene.)

  10. You are looking at your new sign upside-down. It’s clearly Pi. Not too bad, really, quite an improvement over an inanimate object. Recently someone asked me my sign, and I told them it was “no right turn”.

  11. So I went through something similar to this a few years ago when I went from being born in the Year of the Tiger (and totally rockin’ that) to the Year of the Ox. (Seriously?) It turns out that the Chinese New Year didn’t occur until February the year I was born, so an Ox I am.

    And now, instead of a totally hip, groovy Aquarius (which I never reconciled with my powerfully assertive Tiger identity), I am a stable and serious goat.

    Fortunately, as an Ox, I recognize bullshit.

  12. Wow, a COTW that didn’t involve a mention of boobies. I never thought that would happen. I thought I was stuck in the boobie ghetto. Not that I minded being there.

    Since we are choosing our signs I choose Picachu! Ha, not really. I choose Vorlon.

  13. @Zyphane: Well I’d agree there, but that is actually true of most languages out there, with the exception of a very small subset of languages and the dead ones, all languages are in essence mongrel tongues which pick up there grammars from other sources.

  14. I have always considered myself (and with the shift apparently still am) an Ophiuchus. Particularly because those who genuinely believe in horoscopes never get it.
    Before I knew about Ophiuchus, I used to say my sign was “no smoking”, or “Yield”, and I considered “no user servicable parts inside” for a while.

  15. Someone please save me! My co-workers are in the next room reading there Horoscopes!! And discussing this. I have told them that they were not born under the constellations that are correlated with their birthdays now for years they still don’t listen.. It’s like being a adult that still believes Santa Claus gave them gifts as a child. It’s enough to want to leave this wobbly earth!

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