ILX's Oblique Strategy for the Day

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1 January 2010: Turn it upside down.

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Friday, 1 January 2010 16:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to post one here every day. I've modified my OS desktop widget to also include Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft aphorisms, so sometimes one of them will be showing up as well.

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Friday, 1 January 2010 16:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

So if I see a post urging guitar players on the West Coast to utilise hallucinogens, I'll know why...

12 inches of (snoball), Friday, 1 January 2010 16:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

I texted the following fake Oblique Strategy to a friend playing Civilization IV last week: loosen the most important knot.

It must have worked really well because he never responded.

Quiet, I'm making my Youtube Star Wars Review (Z S), Friday, 1 January 2010 17:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 January 2010: Ghost echoes

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Saturday, 2 January 2010 14:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 January 2010:

Make a sudden, destructive, unpredictable action; incorporate.

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Sunday, 3 January 2010 14:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Uh, I just quit my job and talked to a lawyer about starting up a business that manufactures giant "mirror cubes". These hollow "mirror cubes" would be covered in mirrors on the interior, so that when you step inside of them and apply a light, it reflects in all directions and casts freaky infinite shadows everywhere. Also there are different colors to choose from, and a strobe light. The company will be called Infinite Mirror Cube, Inc.

Now what?

chicken sandwich CARL!! (Z S), Sunday, 3 January 2010 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

this thread is going to kill. keep it up WmC

whoa dude mirror cube

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Sunday, 3 January 2010 17:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

ZS, if the mirror cubes take off, invest in epilepsy drugs and research.

Methodology for this thread: I roll percentile dice to determine whether to pick a card from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th editions or the GC aphorisms. I'm going to overrule the dice if they don't come up GC at least once a week.

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Sunday, 3 January 2010 17:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

4 January 2010:

Not building a wall; making a brick

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Monday, 4 January 2010 15:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

classic

moron oil (Gukbe), Monday, 4 January 2010 15:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

5 January 2010:

What mistakes did you make last time?

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 13:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

6 January 2010:

What is the reality of the situation?

America's Next Most Disabled Ballerina (WmC), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm in my pajamas?

The Hood Won't Jump (Eazy), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 16:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

why do i love the logic of oblique strategies? because i am a dork

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 19:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

7 January 2010:

Sometimes God hides.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Thursday, 7 January 2010 15:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

8 January 2010:

Always the first steps

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Friday, 8 January 2010 12:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

9 January 2010:

Ghost echoes

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Saturday, 9 January 2010 14:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

10 January 2010:

Balance the consistency principle with the inconsistency principle.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Sunday, 10 January 2010 14:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

11 January 2010:

Is there something missing?

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Monday, 11 January 2010 14:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha oh shit

Individualism, alcoholism, collectivism, activism (Noodle Vague), Monday, 11 January 2010 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

12 January 2010:

Each part does the work of that part, and no other.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 14:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://twitter.com/oblique

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

13 January 2010:

Turn it upside down

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 15:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

14 january: Love to hear percussion?

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 16:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

wtf gukbe: the strategy for tomorrow is already here today?
mirror cubez!

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'll post the one for the 14th on the 14th. I don't know wtf Gukbe's playing at.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

My original concept for this thread, about six months ago or so, was to post a Guitar Craft aphorism every day with the hope of maybe debating them, whether they're actually good life advice or relevant beyond the narrow purview of Learnin' the Gitbox the Fripp Way. But it didn't seem like a thread with legs.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

one of the dudes in my band is always talking about the league of crafty guitarists and the convoluted shit they would work on. perhaps you could pick the one with the most potential for debate and then see what happens?

Meteor Crater (jdchurchill), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 20:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't know wtf Gukbe's playing at.

like I was the only one who immediately when there

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Thursday, 14 January 2010 01:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

gukbe be ruinin your thread six months in the planning

conrad, Thursday, 14 January 2010 01:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

like I was the only one who immediately when there

this seems like English, but...?

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

now you're helpin him

conrad, Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

15 january 2010:

gukbe be ruinin your thread six months in the planning

conrad, Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

posting the year makes it seem official! soz for ruining your thread.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

you didn't, conrad was concern-trolling

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

excellent! i am enjoying this, though this one has led to Gloria Estefan bouncing around my head all day.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

not real trollin just makin fun of u

conrad, Thursday, 14 January 2010 02:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's cold shit conrad. suddenly the internet doesn't seem so nice anymore.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

WHOMP

conrad, Thursday, 14 January 2010 03:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

13th January 2*1* - Tomorrow's another day.

Mark G, Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

wait so we turned it upside down on the first of the year, then turned it upside down again on the 13th. doesn't that mean it's rightside up now? what if i miss being upside down :(

or maybe it's like one of those glass frames with dyed sand inside, and every time you turn it upside down it creates a new pattern of sand, and it's like life because you can never recapture exactly what you once had.

you can buy those sand things at Knott's Berry Farm, or at least you could in 1993.

Al Gore invented the internet to house the bitterness of humanity (reddening), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

14 January 2010:

Remove a restriction

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Thursday, 14 January 2010 13:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if citing the ilx oblique strategy of the day would cover me in traffic court…

chicken sandwich CARL!! (Z S), Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

11 January 2010:

Is there something missing, officer?

Mark G, Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

15 January 2010:

Relaxation is necessary tension.
Tension is unnecessary tension.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Friday, 15 January 2010 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

16 January 2010:

Ask people to work against their better judgement.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Saturday, 16 January 2010 15:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

17 January 2010:

The problem with knowing what we want is we just might get it.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Sunday, 17 January 2010 15:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Be careful what you wish for 'cause you just might be repeating a lame old proverb.

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Sunday, 17 January 2010 15:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I really hate this one. It's from Fripp, not Eno.

wanna be shartin' somethin' (WmC), Sunday, 17 January 2010 15:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

ooh

this sounds pleasing

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

ledge, Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

22 March 2012 --> 30 March 2012

fuck, ow, fuck

Check out these bent items: (arby's), Friday, 23 March 2012 01:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

23 March 2012:

Work at a different speed

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Friday, 23 March 2012 13:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I choose "slow/idle" today

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 23 March 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's the only speed i got.

ledge, Friday, 23 March 2012 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

24 March 2012:

Towards the insignificant

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Z S, 1983 - present

Towards the insignificant

1986 Olive Garden (Z S), Saturday, 24 March 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

abandoned Buzz Lightyear tag-line

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 24 March 2012 22:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

25 March 2012:

Tape your mouth

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

so Sunday is roleplaying day

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 March 2012 17:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

26 March 2012:

Give the game away

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Monday, 26 March 2012 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.spiralknights.com/

Lil T the Bowed Jet (forksclovetofu), Monday, 26 March 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

27 March 2012:

Consult other sources

— promising
— unpromising

Whiney Houson (WmC), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

28 March 2012:

Simple subtraction

Whiney Houson (WmC), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Subtract me from work = I wish

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

29 March 2012:

Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics

Whiney Houson (WmC), Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

this might be my favorite strategy so far.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 March 2012 17:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

30 March 2012:

Breathe more deeply

Whiney Houson (WmC), Friday, 30 March 2012 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

ooh another good one

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 30 March 2012 13:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

trying this one right now

1 week to "Charles Dingus" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 30 March 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

31 March 2012:

Only one element of each kind

Whiney Houson (WmC), Saturday, 31 March 2012 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

for those of you with 3 or more children, that means you have to choose only one son and only one daughter. i'm sorry.

1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is going to make interior decorating very interesting or very frustrating

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 1 April 2012 17:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 April 2012:

A line has two sides

Whiney Houson (WmC), Sunday, 1 April 2012 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

O_O

cool!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 1 April 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 April 2012:

One the search is in progress, something will be found

Whiney Houson (WmC), Monday, 2 April 2012 13:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 April 2012:

Display your talent

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 17:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 April 2012:

Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 13:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

5 April 2012:

How would you have done it?

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Thursday, 5 April 2012 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 April 2012:

Turn it upside down

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Friday, 6 April 2012 13:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

¿ʇɐɥʍ ʍou 'ʎɐʞo

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Turn it upside down twice

1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

turn it upside down....then shake it really hard til all the money falls out of its pockets

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

8 April 2012:

Remember. Those quiet evenings.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

10 April 2012:

Don't stress one thing more than another

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

stress all the things!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, the last 2 were most pertinent for the extremely stressful 4-day moving house I just did over easter.

fix it with like some music glue (Trayce), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

11 April 2012:

Listen in total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

11 april 2012

minute incriments; it can't only go backwards

arby's, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

12 April 2012:

Do the words need changing?

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Thursday, 12 April 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do the sheets need changing? Yes.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 12 April 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

14 April 2012:

Ask people to work against their better judgement.

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

15 April 2012:

Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Sunday, 15 April 2012 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

16 April 2012:

What context would look right?

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Monday, 16 April 2012 13:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ask people to work against their better judgement.

capitalist system has been pulling this strategy on us for hundreds of years already, amirite brothers & sisters?

Touché Gödel (ledge), Monday, 16 April 2012 13:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

17 April 2012:

Reverse

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

?tahw woN

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Double reverse!

Aimless, Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 May 2012:

Simple subtraction

(one to mark proximity to #10,000,000)

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:56 (2 years ago) Permalink


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