The blog where I rant about things that should be obvious to everyone

As a man with a 4 year degree in computer science, and a mediocre job doing web development I'm not really qualified to comment on politics, religion, or anything else, but I'll be damned if that stops me.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What is game part 2


The next game idea I'm going to cover is the idea of being a leader. Its pretty self explanatory, but there are a lot of men that may think of themselves as leaders but really don't do any leading. Think about times where there is a directional void in your social interactions. Do you say “I don't know, what do YOU want to do?” or do you take on the role of leadership and give the group direction?

And tying into the idea of being the leader is the principle of not asking for permission. An alpha male will simply assume that whatever he is doing is okay. Part of this is recognizing what is okay before acting so as to not get shot down, but its also done by framing things in such a way that you are in control. A good example of this is the Mystery routine for asking if you can kiss a girl (hat tip to heartiste for this one). Instead of asking a girl if you can kiss her, which is very unsexy and will result in missed opportunities as you'll be ruining the moment, you simply say “Do you want to kiss me.” If she says yes go for it, if she says no you say “Well I never said that you could, you just had that look.” By doing this instead of asking “Can I kiss you?” you maintain your alpha frame as a man who does not need permission.

I feel like before I call it a post and start getting into Biblical application, I should mention just a few more things. Some more terms that you should know are:

Display of higher value (DHV): anything that you do or say that you do or say that shows you to be more dominant, pre-selected, or powerful. Passing a shit test is a DHV.

Display of lower value (DLV): anything that you do or say that shows a lack of dominance, pre-selection, or power. Failing a shit test is a DLV.

Kino: Any kind of physical touch. It does not have to be explicitly sexual, but the idea is that you start with innocuous touch (on the forearm or shoulder for example) to get the girl comfortable with you touching, and then escalate.

Push Pull: push the limits and then pull away first. So first you hold hand, and you make sure that you break away first. Then you hug, and you make sure that you end the embrace, and so on. The idea is that by you pulling away first you will instill a sense of loss leaving the girl wanting more and therefore open to more.

Alpha male other guy (AMOG): anything you do or say that lowers the SMV of another man, which then raises yours.

White Knighting: playing the role of the white knight who saves the maiden is considered beta. It implies that the maiden is of higher value (higher SMV) and has to be manipulated into liking the man.

Try hard: trying to act like an alpha male, but clearly acting, not believing it. For example, if a girl calls you a loser, to respond “No YOUR a loser!” is not reframing but really showing try hard desperation.

A little more on pre-selection. I said it was self explanatory in the last post, but there is more to it than just being wanted by other women. A man who acts like he has options is attractive, because it implies that other women want him. Conversely a man who treats a woman like she is the only one for him demonstrates that he does not have options and therefore other women must know that there is something wrong with him. This is called oneites and it is a major DLV. Observe 

Monday, August 29, 2011

What is game


So by popular demand I am going to write a few posts on game and how it appears in the Bible. First things first as I've found that most writing on game tends to assume a certain amount of knowledge on the subject, and only rarely contains explicitly defined core concepts, I'm going to do my best to bring you up to speed so that you can go on to read more about the subject by authors far better versed than myself.

So what is game? According to the Standford Evcyclopedia of Philosophy it is “Game theory is the study of the ways in which strategic interactions among economic agents produce outcomes with respect to the preferences (or utilities) of those agents”. So in the broadest sense game is art of using social interactions to gain a competitive advantage. That being said most of the focus of practitioners of game is to achieve sexual success with women. This does not mean that this is the only use of game, but that is the driving force behind the development of the social models.

Another thing you should know is that game theorists like to use a lot of acronyms, so as I'm layout out the foundation I'll try and get as many acronyms as I can remember and provide the definitions.

At the core of game theory is the idea of the sexual market place. Everyone is in said marketplace and has a sexual market value (SMV). There are two ways that people are valued: for sex and for a long term relationship (LTR). For men most things that add to their sex value add to the LTR value as well, but the inverse is not true. For women the sex value and LTR value can be in conflict, and in fact a woman can boost her sex value by sacrificing LTR value. Specifically a woman can increase the number of options that she has for men willing to sleep with her by making herself easily sexually available, but this also reduces the number of options she has in men who will be willing to commit to her for a long term relationship or marriage.

Most men, in western society anyway, come with fairly high built in LTR value but not very good sex value. Basically all men and women won't even look at LTR value unless they are first interested in the sex value. So the goal of game practitioners is to use game theory to boost their sex value. And I'm mostly going to focus on men, because their sex value is much more complex than a woman's. Women's sex value is determined by looks, health, and fertility, in that order. And there are some interesting things there, such as the fact that women are more attractive when they are ovulating, or that long hair is more attractive than short hair due to the fact that it indicates better health (sorry to you short haired women who have been tricked by all the polite men who will never say that they don't like your hair, and by all the women who had a positive reaction because subconsciously they see their SMV go up as another woman's goes down). But the meat of the theory is in making men more attractive.

So what makes men attractive? From what I've read and observed, I would say that the hierarchy goes dominance, pre-selection, power, and good looks. Notice how upside down it is from what determines a woman's SMV.

Power and good looks are pretty self explanatory. Pre-selection is the term used to describe the fact that women what men that other women want. This is what allows rock stars to do so well with women, they can be complete winers and passive aggressive bitches who preform like this but when they preform on stage and get so many people cheering for them, all other attraction switches are overridden. Now pre-selection is very important in game theory and plays a big part in learning how to work a room, but most of the meat of the theory is how to be socially dominant.

More terms: to act dominant is to be alpha, to act submissive is to be beta. Some one who acts generally dominant as referred to as an alpha male, and one who is generally compliant is referred to as a beta male. Most authors use these terms although some have more sophisticated hierarchies, and it is not uncommon to refer to the very bottom of the male social heap as omega.

The first and perhaps biggest thing is to being alpha is to start passing shit tests. A shit test, also less commonly referred to as a fitness test, is when a woman says or does something to get a man to qualify himself, to apologize, or to do something unearned or unwarranted. One of the most often cited shit tests is a woman coming up to you in a bar and asking for a drink. If you buy her a drink, that lets her sort you into the beta category and classify you as unfit. Another example would be if you girlfriend says to you “You never make time for me. You don't really care about me at all!”. Responses such as saying your sorry, and giving excuses as to why you've been busy or whatever are all failures.

The 3 main ways to pass a shit test are to ignore it, agree and amplify, or reframe it. So to show all the options here lets look at the shit test “Does this dress make me look fat?”. “No honey, you look beautiful” failed. “” (ignored) not very creative, but you didn't fail. “Yeah, it makes you look like a walrus having a heart attack” (agreed and amplified) passed, although probably not appropriate if there are any actual body image issues there. “Wow, your pretty vain about your looks” (reframe) passed with flying colors, now you've made it so that instead of being on the spot expected to make consoling statements, she's on the spot having to justify herself to you.

And this post is already getting to long, so I'll be putting the rest in the next one.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Why I love game theory


Today I had a friend email me a sermon on the relationship between love and sex (Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships part 3 from www.LivingontheEdge.org). And based on the content I'm guessing that he must think that I'm going to bars and picking up prostitutes every night.

But I listened to the whole thing because I thought that it was a great case study on why Christian men need game worse than most segments of society.

So to summarize and dismantle:

it starts by telling the story of an unmarried couple, Mike and Lauren, who have sex and then the guy dumps the girl. The first thing that made me laugh was how embarrassed the speaker was talking about their first time. How he said, “You know my room mate isn't coming back tonight” and then Lauren got all caught up in the moment and what not. All in all a very beautiful story aside from the no marriage part.

Here are some biblical experts from the Bible written from the perspective of a woman whom as far as we can tell is not married.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.
 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?
 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots.
 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.
 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.
 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.
 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

So in the Bible we see this author talking about putting oil on their naked bodies before sex, comparing her man's penis to a horse's, and also about having sex in public or at least outside. Not a hint of remorse or shame. This is a beautiful passage that should not make a man feel uncomfortable.

So anyway the preacher goes on to tell Lauren's side of the story, about how she just made her whole world revolve around Mike, and she even changed her summer plans to be with him. That's when he said that he was feeling smothered. And he said that he was not the kind of guy who does one night stands or anything and that he wants to honor women. But we are to take away the lesson that the woman in the story thought that sex was a part of commitment and a deeper relationship, where as to the guy it was just an act that only happens in the moment. Oh virtuous woman and evil evil man! Quick lets all take the pledge.



But you know what? I'm guessing that the Mike is the sort of hapless beta herb who would gladly sign his name under such a pledge, and he'd probably mean it with every fiber of his being. Let me tell you what actually happened here, that these two people could not even see for themselves as a result of a life time of feminist programing. It's not rocket science. Lauren was smothering him. I'm betting that after they had sex that she started taking up all of his waking moments. I'm guessing that every time he wanted to spend a night with his guy friends that she made it a power struggle of “Who's more important to you!?!?!?!? Them or me!!”, and like the dutiful beta male he gave into her night after night after night after night after night until he realized that he couldn't even picture what his other friends even looked like anymore. And finally, just when he thought that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and he could start living a life in world of more that just him and her, she tells him that she's going to spend the whole summer with him. And suddenly he sees a future where all he ever does for the rest of his days is listen to her talk about her feelings and go clothes shopping, and prays for the sweet release of death. And now after seeing this unbearable vision he snaps and in a fit of uncontrollable rage tells her:
“I think....
maybe...
you know...
we could use a break”.
And now in her darkest hour, she asks herself how in a world where men are so cruel, could there ever be a god?

And what does our pastor have to say about this? “Mike wasn't ready for the commitment that sex communicated to Lauren.” Of course this particular relationships counselor did not lay the whole blame at Mike's feet. He tells both sides of the story by letting us know that Lauren actually did flirt with him and stuff.

Now here is the actual problem with the relationship. What really happened here is that after having sex Lauren's rationalization hamster went into overdrive. She was a good girl who does not have sex outside of marriage I'm guessing, and so in her mind after deciding to have sex with him (and yes she actively decided to have sex, saying that you were caught up in the moment is nothing more than a self serving way of saying that you have buyers remorse), she was committed to him as though they were married. This was in conflict with her biological imperative to find the best genes possible for her few fertile years. So to resolve this conflict she started shit testing him to death. That is to say she started acting irrational and manipulative in the deepest hope that he would stand up to her thus proving his strength and fitness as a sperm donor. And the more he failed her shit tests, showing a lack a strength, the deeper her need to shit test him became, and the more intolerable she became. With even the most basic, simple understanding of game, Mike would have known to tell her “Sweety I'm going out tonight, and seriously, get a hobby or some other friends or something. It'll make you a better person.” and then leave without hearing her reply. This would have allowed him to have a life, validated her choice in a mate, and given the relationship a chance. The story might have ended with them getting married and telling story of how they regret having sex before marriage, but it all worked out in the end.

The one thing that he did that is criticized is the only alpha move that he makes. And far from being a bad thing, it saved them from a much worse fate.

Let me paint you a picture of third ending to this story. In this ending, Mike does not ever get pushed past his breaking point. He sees his grim future together with Lauren and just accepts it out of some misplaced sense of duty that he learned in his mandatory womens study class. He spends every waking moment with Lauren and then when he finishes school gets the safest, most boring job he can. He then saves everything that he makes for three months and buys the most expensive ring that he can afford. When he proposes to Lauren, she is also resigned to her fate but has long ago lost any shed of respect for him. She takes the ring and puts it on and admires how it looks on her hand before telling him yes. They have kids who grow up disrespecting their father because that is the behavior they have been taught by their mother. Without a man for a father to discipline them they grow up unruly and out of control, weighing heavier on him with each passing day. Mike does everything that Lauren asks and a couple of times each year she will reward him with sex, until one day she serves him with divorce papers. Turns out that the whole sex thing had "just happened" with another man for the last ten years, and only one of the kids is even his. After the divorce she moves in with her boyfriend, taking half his wealth, the house, and the kids, leaving him with nothing but child support payments and a broken spirit.

So for one ,albeit brief, shining moment, Mike is a man, takes control, and stops submitting to the crazy.  And what are we told? That that moment is when he displayed his mistaken views on sex and sinned. His real sin was failing in his duty as a man until the only way he could assert himself in the role God gave him to play in this relationship was by ending it.

The next story told is of a woman who is married and finds no pleasure in sex. And we are given the reason that it is because of her promiscuous past, and that she does not know what it means to be cherished by a man. Again, wrong. The reason that she is not enjoying sex is because she does not find her husband sexually attractive. And by the way although for a husband to cherish his wife is a good thing, it's not in the least bit sexy. I doubt that I could say anything better than this review for the book on game The Married Man Sex Life Primer

I stayed up all Saturday night reading it. I was irritated and pissed off at times, yet I could not put it down. At the end I thought, eh, it's only $20. I finally went to bed. Yesterday we all went out for Easter brunch and I found myself thinking about it. Thinking about the book and thinking about the author.

Why? Why would a book that (to me) in essence was a guide on how married men can get what they want sexually, often through manipulation consume my thoughts? All damn day I thought about this book. This goes against everything I believe in, so why was your book on my mind?

My husband is a VERY good looking man, think Tom Brady good looking. He is incredibly attractive. 6'3", green eyes, blondish brown hair/full head, a member of Mensa and makes six figs. His genetics alone are what women would kill for. So why is it then that for me (the higher sex drive person), sex is just eh and I often don't want it. It's good sex but it isn't great sex. It isn't his technique either. 17 years married, he has my inner tickings down well.

It hit me like a torpedo last night after everybody else had gone to bed. I want the Captain husband and me as his First Mate. I am tired of being the person in control. I never wanted it in the first place, he assumed I did as he saw this dynamic with his parents. I am tired of words vs. actions. He always says I turn him on, I am the one he wants, I am sexy. He doesn't back it up with action though. His "action" is to wait and see, a very unsexy trait. He is very dominant in his career, so clearly he has the ability. I want him to be dominant in our relationship. I want my husband to say "be ready at 10 pm, wearing these heels and this lingerie" instead of "are you staying up?". I want the directive and the passion that comes across with it. I would literally be putty in his hands if he told me instead of asked.

What the hell has happened to me? Your book. A brilliant and very well written guide to getting what you want in marriage. I know this now and I feel it is the best $20 I have ever spent. It made me realize a lot about myself and about what I want. My husband is now reading it. Perhaps he will have a takeaway as I did or perhaps not. At least I will benefit either way, for me.

After story time is over the preacher basically gets it right on the money in stating how harmful porn and casual sex can be. Over all I give the sermon a C+.

But the point that I'm making is that our society has forgotten what men are, and what they should be, and unfortunately the church is the last place to look for answers on this issue.  Our society needs men, and learning game is how you can deprogram yourself and take up that mantel.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Impression Politics

Today my co-worker shared with me that he could not stand Michelle Bachman. Now personally I'm not a fan of hers myself. She has made a lot of mistakes such as voting for the wall street bail out. You know, the one where they said that if they didn't get $7,000,000,000 in the next week or so that ATMs would stop putting out money, dogs would marry cats, muslims would became pacifists, and the amish would commit acts of terrorism. That same one that took several months to finally reach the floor for a vote, with only one amish man driving a horse and buggy into the local post office, and yet still Michelle was tricked into handing over billions of taxpayer money to some individuals who laughed all the way to the banks that they own. Nor did she learn from that either when Obama's stimulus bill was on the table.

So I was hoping that my co-worker had some intelligent reason for not being able to stand MB. But no, it was that she is like too conservative and christian man. And unfortunately he is the third most politically aware individual I know.

The truth is that he only thinks that because the media makes a consented effort to cast her in that light. And the only reason that they do that is because any woman holding political office who is somewhere to the right of the position that it is okay for a women to eat their own babies makes their heads explode. Satan instantly brings them back of course, but they still find it really annoying.

Being at work, I decided not to start an argument as I'm sure it would have lasted a long time and been a misuse of time during which I am on the clock. So I merely left it at “I could not disagree more.” When I have more time in these situations what I like to do is ask for details and watch the ensuing collapse as instead of telling me things about how they voted or positioned themselves on issues they resort to relying on Bill Maher bits. In case you didn't know Bill Maher is the serious political commentator who fully believed that Brazil had replaced all of its oil use with ethanol.