“You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.”

I woke up the other day with this great idea for a DJ post and pretty much had the whole thing outlined before fully awakening.  Unfortunately, by the time I got up and got to the computer most of it was lost but it had something to do with the world being a simulation.  Yes, I had just seen Blade Runner, what of it?

Anyway, I decided to take Thrill’s going insane theme in a different direction …

There are astrophysicists that believe that our world could be just a simulation like the Sims or the Matrix and I deeply love navel-gazing. After a couple weeks of truth being stranger than fiction, it looks like The Matrix has been recently upgraded with the Chaos Patch without properly testing it first.

My husband and I used to play The Sims 2.  Ultima Online became unplayable and there weren’t any suitable replacements yet.  We had a lot of fun with this game and you could do some really weird shit that foretold the situation that we have today with lack of empathy.  For those that never played, “Sims” are fake people that you make go through life.  In effect, you are their God and you can be a benevolent one or a cruel one.

In the standard game you have to manage their time and make sure that they eat, collect the mail, pay bills, go to work and if they marry and have kids, take care of the kids. If they don’t take care of the kids a creepy clown will visit the kids and protective services will come get them.

We bought some expansion packs and downloaded some free accessories and we found cheat codes that gave unlimited resources.  We built big houses with basements full of dungeon cells and lured some Sims down there.  We watched as over time each one pissed themselves and died.  The Grim Reaper carefully placed their urns on a shelf we put up.  Each remaining Sim would cry as the Reaper collected the remains; they would beg for help and curse us. Many Sims died in this dank, fetid shithole.

Just imagine if they were sentient. What kind of monster would put a sentient being through that? Am I a psychopath for laughing at a Sim pissing itself and suffering?  I don’t think so, but it serves as a foreshadowing of how we treat people when we think that they are just avatars in a software program or video game. World of Warcraft players are very familiar with this phenomenon but it is spilling out onto non-gamer populations as people forget that there are real people behind names like nooblet#345. I have seen some incredible conversations between strangers online and I am losing faith in my fellow man. Not that we are just mean but mean and stupid.

Does it ever feel to you like life is just getting patched once in a while? I am not just talking about advancing technology, but that is part of it. All of a sudden there is this huge change as everyone absorbs the latest news cycles. Our internal programming determines how we interpret this feed and what we accept or reject and how we react. Periodically, something just goes haywire like the Las Vegas shooting or grown men getting felt up in Hollywood.  Makes you wonder just what the fuck is going on.

  1. Déjà Vu – glitch in the Matrix, weird shit, discordance. You can also play something that we have already played before.  If you like something that someone played earlier play it again!  Why should you care?
  2. The Sims – You know, I sometimes did feel bad about booting up Sims 2 and going to the mall just to see what would happen. All kinds of chaos broke out, houses caught fire, there were deaths.  Play songs about neglect and treating people like shit.  Keeping it mean and stupid.
  3. Blade Runner – Androids dreaming of electric sheep.  Play some of your favorite electronica.

Here is your playlist:

And your dedications:

Santino – HybridGothica

Thrill – Technologic

Spootyjim – Hush

Grendel – Halls of Illusions

Westvirginiarebel – Goodbye Earl

Zurvan – Forget to Remember

18 comments

  1. Since you brought up The Matrix, this is still my favorite song off of the soundtrack: Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation) – Rob Dougan Definitely category 1.

    Also Cat 1:

    Polar – Vexare
    The Boomerang – 3logit

    Speaking of Rob Dougan, Left Me For Dead fits pretty well for The Sims category. I almost used it last week, but found something more fitting. Every time I listen to this song it seems like it should be the theme to a noir film that hasn’t been made yet.

    Bullet With Your Name by Scars of Life fits pretty nicely in Category 2 as well.

  2. This one’s for Thrill: Camel Holocaust – Three Arm Sally

    Bwah ha ha! I actually have that on my MP3 player. It’s in the Amazon Music Store.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that there’s only ONE of him.

    A Daisy Chain for Satan by My Life with the Me Kill Kult – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN0yI-ambNY

  3. Okay, I’m ready to jump back into this thread. I spent a stupid amount of time trying to make a perfect flowchart.

    I succeeded.

    Deja Vu:

    Wet My Bed by STP – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKAmcdQaGQ4

    “Where did Mary go? And where’s my only cigarette?”

    The Sims:

    Skin O’ My Teeth by Megadeth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePSR7gFt7s4

    “A crosswalk hit and run, the finish line for me. People clutter in the gutter, take a look and see.”

    Stupid MF by Mindless Self Indulgence – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWmmPMuBgjA

    “They think you’re dumb. I think you’re smart. No, wait, I lied. I think you’re dumb.”

    Blade Runner:

    The Horrible People by Marilyn Manson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmQV-AsM0Uc

    “Capitalism has made it this way. Old fashioned Fascism will take it away.”

    Anybody do any Cotton Eye Joe yet? I haven’t made it through the thread yet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOYZaiDZ7BM

    Probably my first exposure to anything approaching electronic music was from Transformers the Movie.

    Autobot/Decepticon Battle by Vince DiCola – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA2W-pnAqDk

    “Ultra Magnus, a cursory evaluation of Decepticon capabilities indicates a distinct tactical deficiency!”

    And I’m bringing out the heavy cannons. You want mindfuckery? You want misanthropy? And you want it to sound all synthesizery so you can hate to a beat? This is now a KMFDM thread.

    Juke Joint Jezebel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91w6Q2tytLc

    Material Girl (because Kill Mother Fucking Dumbass Madonna) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PYJE0N5KSE

    Everyday’s a Good Day – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsevtqSChG0

  4. Thank God for Thrill (and the DJ threads). I love KMFDM.! There’s no way I would have heard of them anywhere else.

  5. Well, I admit I have a quirky sense of humor, but what’s wrong with having a quirky sense of humor? Some people watch movies where they butcher little kids. That’s just the kind of guy I am. I have always been able to do anything I wanted, and I DID. But it’s fun to hang out with me. You’ll eat thousands of dollars worth of sushi. THOUSANDS. I mean, not everyone works at Taco Bell. Sorry if that offends anyone. But I’ll probably still ask you to go get me a sandwich and you’ll just do it because that’s how I am. Maybe when I die and they do the autopsy, they’ll find a tumor or something. Or the bug from Men in Black is wearing a Thrill suit. Either way, I’m not into funerals. I’m into being alive. But if having everybody line up and spit on my grave will make anyone feel better, go ahead, but just know that I’m into partying with people who are alive. I’ll fly to Japan and eat thousands of dollars of sushi if I want to. Comped. I can do that as easily as you might go to the grocery store. If someone is my friend, I’ll spend a lot of money on them. Of course, I don’t have any friends, but that’s besides the point. Or it is. And that’s why I’m so aggressive.

    Between you and me and my best friend the housefly, THIS should be set to Nick Cave.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWjZ85m1BKg&t=7s

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