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Declaration of War by Lincøln, help im a bear, Hey-Look-It's Caleb!

December 1st, 2007 3:29 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Formally declare war on a group or organization of your choosing. Rally your troops and execute at least one planned attack. Be sure to have an exit strategy.

We officially declare war against The Revolution.


(not against Dax, but against the Revolution that is coming)

We declare war on war. We believe that all groups can coexist peacefully together. We believe that all groups complement one another.
Here is a fine example.

This is the declaration stage of the task.

We have rallied our troops.

These are our demands:

We, who have declared war on the war on the University of Aestematics agree that change is good and revolution can lead to great things. However, The Revolutionary has insisted that the Revolution will be total or it will not be. We demand that it not be.

We demand that the forces of the Revolution recognize that the University is an integral part of SF0.

We demand that the forces of the Revolution recognize that the University's trajectory, as it stands now (being about form rather than content emphasizing Technique, Presentation, and Product), is sufficient.

The forces of the Revolution will stand down immediately or face retribution (perhaps with the use of designated player killing zones).

And we have an attack in the works.

Our exit strategy is already planned out and viable.

All of the future steps will be posted once they become viable to post and we obtain documentation. Keep your eye on this page.

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21 comment(s)

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posted by Malaysian Eddy on December 1st, 2007 9:09 AM

Why are you against a world revolution? Or just against the globe revolution ? Plus, I like roller coasters and The Beatles.

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 1st, 2007 9:45 AM

I'm publically stating that at this stage I'm behind the war effort... or, at least I'm against this particular revolution (I, too, like The Beatles) and support all efforts to end this meaningless attack on the University.

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posted by .thatskarobot on December 1st, 2007 1:48 PM

I rally behind your cause!

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posted by Bryce on December 1st, 2007 4:05 PM

The Beatles, globes, revolving doors, and roller coasters are great things, I defy the idea that they are against the war effort.
I join your cause because I have no better alternative.
Their thirst for war is insatiable.

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 2nd, 2007 12:56 AM

I am no longer in favor of war. I am working toward peace, trying to find solutions to the flaws of the UofA without participating in a battle against the revolution. To paraphrase Spidere, I don't accept the revolution, or either declaration of war, and choose a third path.

Hopefully I'll have something more concrete to show. If so, join us.

Neutrality is Peace
posted by The Vixen on December 2nd, 2007 12:58 AM

JTONY!!!! Come join me on my little island of UofA Switzerland!!


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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 2nd, 2007 1:23 AM

Oh, we definitely have to talk Vixen! Neutrality is definitely viable and worthy. I'll have to consider further. Neutrality presents the idea that you either agree with both sides, or disagree with both sides. Yeah, that sort of fits.

What doesn't fit is that neutrality usually focuses on avoiding the conflict altogether, while I want to actively try to stop the conflict.

Perhaps using those wonderful Vatican Guards we can convince everyone to drop their weapons? That'd be so cool! Halberds Ready!

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on December 2nd, 2007 3:31 AM

Aye, JTony, your words are true. Our institution is not infallible, but it's campus should be repaired, not destroyed.

Revolution is necessary, revolution is change, and that is good.

But it should not mean war.

I will not fight.

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posted by Charlie Fish on December 2nd, 2007 4:36 AM

If this revolution just gets you guys to rethink your trajectory and upgrades a few lazy nods towards Aesthematics into something more arty and thoughtful, then that will be no bad thing.

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posted by Lincøln on December 2nd, 2007 8:26 AM

This war is a war on the war. We are outspoken soldiers of peace.

I am anti-war.
posted by Spidere on December 2nd, 2007 10:32 AM

This declaration of war is not compelling (nor is there much here, for 125 points).

I'm with El Capitan. I like revolution; but I'm not in favor of either war.

Today's Post Secret had an interesting postcard on it:

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posted by The Revolutionary on December 2nd, 2007 12:12 PM

Revolution without War is boring. But War for blood is not our goal. This is War for the Praxis. Conflict breeds creativity.

Cease with these silly gestures and GET TASKING. Either show us what you've got, or ignore us.

I'll see you on the Praxis.

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posted by Burn Unit on December 2nd, 2007 2:27 PM

If this revolution just gets you guys to rethink your trajectory and upgrades a few lazy nods towards Aesthematics into something more arty and thoughtful, then that will be no bad thing.
Fish this is one of the primary problems I have with this. "you guys" and "a few lazy nods" paints an inaccurate picture, substituting your hyperbole for reality. Every group has a closetfull of skeletal pisspoor task proofs. Even the so-called enlightened or elite have shit tasks in their history (sometimes they're quite literal). My good gracious did you see my task list from ImpEx? It's possible, just possible, that we've long been misinterpreting "trajectory" as a group-only thing. Like Zeno to Parmenides perhaps the Group trajectories are made up of an infinite number of half distances, of personal trajectories. From observer->participant->leader. From spectator to genius. From easy-going, tally them up, get it done tasker to... Avidd or Lowteck or Lank or someone (like a, Fish). This personal trajectory of the player comes about inevitably, or else they quit. There's been enough time in the game now to predict this behavior.

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 2nd, 2007 8:58 PM

Like the Revolutionary said, get tasking...
but war and destruction are not necessary (unless otherwise stipulated by the task)

instead, why not
give peace a chance

oh no you di-n't
posted by Burn Unit on December 3rd, 2007 8:46 AM

dude, are you seriously telling me to "get tasking"?

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posted by JTony Loves Brains on December 3rd, 2007 11:45 AM

I think he's trying to say to task in light of the current situation of revolution and war. Pick a side or pick no side, then task with that in mind. He's not saying that people aren't tasking, just that tasking is what is at the basis of the praxis of the revolution and war.

The recent Lux Aeterna by lara black, svn tsv, and Torsten is a perfect (and perfectly executed) example of what he is calling for.

Personal Trajectories
posted by Spidere on December 3rd, 2007 12:24 PM

Ha! It's like telling a fish to get swimming. Don't worry about it, Senex. You know you're a big fish in this pond.
(But, good point, JTony--I agree that the Lux Aeterna and Creation Donation were good examples of how the revolution backdrop could be used to improve tasking)

I thought your comment on personal trajectories was very interesting; I feel like I've certainly gone through that process myself (well, part of it, anyway; I look back at my first couple of tasks every once in a while, to remind myself to thank the people who took pity and voted for them) I remember someone alluding to this idea in a previous task (though I can't find it now), the notion that everyone goes through a period of intense obsession with SF0, prolific tasking, as well as a period of drought and malaise, which is either overcome or leads to eventual abandonment). But I definitely agree that SF0 is a great way to encourage and experience personal growth. That this personal trajectory takes many forms, forms which are inspired not only by one's group, but also by the individual persona one creates and by interaction with the surrounding community.

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posted by Rao on December 4th, 2007 2:07 PM

I'd just like to point out that I'm one of the troops on the side of The Revolutionary, and I don't really agree with everything he says. I do think that the current UofA should end one way or the other, but I think this war should be more about encouraging discussion on what the UofA should become as well as show that there are a lot of players who don't like how the groups are structured right now.

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posted by bigglesworth on December 12th, 2007 11:03 PM


posted by Vizzini Siciliano on December 13th, 2007 10:06 PM

...when I went to the Revolutionary country, it wasn't like the lies I'd heard about it. There were lots of soldiers, that was a fact, but to me they looked more like shepherds in Renaissance paintings. Their green uniforms looked like pyjamas. I was very refreshed. I talked with officials who got to their offices at dawn - they were all very tired, but very polite, gentle, humorous - some were warm, some seemed wistful. One day I stopped in a public square, and I wrote in my notebook the romantic sentence: 'These shy smiles are like a garden for me.' I stayed in an eccentric expensive hotel, and the ice-cream there seemed to me like a drug - delicioius, perfect, light and aromatic. I couldn't get enough of this amazing ice-cream. A journalist I met who was staying at the hotel explained that it didn't make sense to admire a revolution because of its ice-cream, because it really could be considered an imperfection in the revolution that resources would be devoted to making ice-cream at all when some people still didn't have enough to eat. His remark was valid, but he missed the point: the ice-cream was charming.

I continued my trip, and decided to go to more poor countries. I went to poor countries whose names were written on no t-shirts, where the soldiers had strange expressions on their faces, were wealthy families sat in glittering restaurants eating plate after plate of multi-coloured ice-cream, but when I tasted the ice-cream, every flavour tasted the same, and none were delicious...

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posted by Blue on January 9th, 2008 1:27 AM

The colour of peace is