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Interzone / Death Cafes
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:29:56 AM »
Only Death Is Real

"Most people walking down the street, they're terrified of death," said Jane Hughes Gignoux, 83, an author who leads Death Cafe gatherings at her New York apartment. "But if you think of death as part of life and let go of the fear, you think more about living your life well."


Strikes me as a rebellion of realism against a neurotic society that views the individual life as sacrosanct. You won't last forever, so get stuff done while you can, and maybe that change will mean something more than your individual life. ANUSites would probably fit in well I think, at least until the hipsters invade and poison it with fatalism.

Interzone / Re: How to get brutally strong
« on: March 05, 2012, 03:43:22 AM »

I wouldn't recommend this for a 130lb newb. I would tell him to do starting strength + GOMAD for a few months and see how his body adjusts, and I say that with full respect to John Broz and his methods.

Metal / Re: SUMMONING to release new material
« on: February 19, 2012, 06:13:37 PM »
Good news indeed, though it sounds as if a finished album is quite a while away.

Interzone / Re: How to get brutally strong
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:35:23 AM »
I personally like 5/3/1 with N.O.V. template.

"Take drugs
Worship Satan"
-Jim Wendler

Interzone / Re: Nootropics
« on: September 27, 2011, 04:26:26 AM »
I have tried several. Aniracetam was useful for learning, recall and general cognition. Oxiracetam was good for trying to absorb as much data as possible.

The stack I ended going with was:

Can't remember dosages off the top of my head. DMAE sometimes gave me a slight headache with higher dosages, but otherwise no side effects.

Worth looking into if you're interested I suppose. In the end I decided they weren't really worth the cost for what I perceived as a marginal improvement (Oxiracetam was the one I 'felt' the most). No point in trying them unless you have things like nutrition, sleep and study discipline in order first.

I don't really see where forbidden knowledge or fairness comes into it.

Interzone / Re: Slowing down the mind
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:13:12 PM »
Get rid of the tv. After a little while you won't miss it, and eventually you'll wonder why you ever wanted it.

If you have a lot of free time, find something useful to fill it with instead of entertainment.

Interzone / Re: Why to not be a wimp
« on: June 19, 2011, 06:09:12 AM »
I appreciate the point being made, but I'd rather take motivational advice from a fellow hessian, Jim Wendler, who is also able to articulate his ideas without using the stale alpha/beta dichotomy. For example, this was an answer to a forum question about having a fatty belly, or something:

You admit that you are not strong enough (many of us feel this way but understand that it is an ongoing process and that THIS process is important). But please DO NOT be that guy who talks about where he holds his fat or how his legs or "obliques" are fattier than they should be. Where has our gender gone?

What I would prescribe for you is to get rid of all these silly, pathetic and disgusting notions of what you think a man should look like and start over. I'm going to give everyone a huge hint here: no one gives a shit what you look like. Now I'm not saying being a fat slob doesn't raise some eyebrows in disgust, but if you kick as much ass as possible int the weight room and conditioning field AND start OWNING the fuck out of your given "sport" (you better start competing and making your training count), you will not only LOOK better but you will feel better. People are not attracted to vanity - they are attracted to confidence and passion. No one owns a room by the way they look; it's how they carry themselves.

There is so much more to this, but PLEASE don't talk about your love handles. Talk about your passions in life, talk about how your moved boulders, talk about the books you've read, talk about the world's you've changed. You have the passion for training, start making this shit count.

I know this is probably way off topic then what you wanted but I'm trying hard to get rid of all this bullshit that is plaguing SO MANY men, young men and boys. So in conclusion, I recommend this:

1. Stretch
2. Lift
3. Sprint

Do this all the time - no bulking, no cutting, no bullshit. Just training for being a motherfucker. Don't be that guy that takes shirtless photos of himself so other men can drool on them. That shit is a disgrace to every man that has done anything awesome in his life - while they were busy "doing" these shirtless 'tards were busy trying to look the part. Get off the bench and get on the field.


But yeah, I notice pop culture seems to subliminally encourage physical and mental weakness.

Interzone / Re: Good news thread
« on: May 19, 2011, 04:20:31 AM »
Pretty sure it also helps prevent Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and probably a few other things. This is good, as coffee is an addiction I have no intention of giving up.

Metal / Re: Dead Can Dance reunite
« on: May 19, 2011, 04:16:58 AM »
VERY happy about this. Couldn't really care about a new album, as this latest experience with Morbid Angel has taught me never to look forward to anything ever again, but for years my biggest wish has been to see them live.

Interzone / Re: Running and other Physical Activities
« on: November 17, 2010, 08:12:18 PM »
Forgot about this thread.

I await your response, Bereft! By the way, I would recommend a pair of Five-Fingers Bikila over Sprints or KSOs, they were made just for runners. I believe they have higher durability and minimize abrasion between the skin and the footwear.

I did end up buying some KSOs and use them for pretty much everything - short runs, HIIT, gym, kettlebell training etc. No problems so far, except the cumulative aroma of sweaty feet which I've taken measures to combat. I probably wouldn't run over a few kilometres at a time in them, but lighter people might be able to get away with it. Running on flat concrete is a bit harsh though. No durability or abrasion issues yet apart from some minor chafing on the heel.

I'd recommend against gainer shakes as most of them are just loaded with various sugars. Just find a good brand of whey protein concentrate and create your own shakes with fruit, honey, oats, yogurt and whatever else is handy (or is that what you meant by "gainer shakes"?). It's cheaper, healthier and tastes better than most of that formulated crap. Great for downing some quality calories between meals.

Interzone / Re: Running and other Physical Activities
« on: May 15, 2010, 12:42:37 AM »
I, for one, enjoy running. I recently noticed that having leg pains while running is not a normal condition: I have been running with my heel striking the ground all the time, due to the horrible design of my footwear. I've ran in boots and several types of running shoes and always I've ended up in pain after around 5 kilometers. I've recently read a great deal on Chi running (I believe it has been brought up in the past) and also barefoot running, which I am very interested in doing. I've decided that buying running shoes again is a futile attempt to prevent injury to my legs and it is costly buy constantly look for better options. Some guidance from Barefoot Ted piqued my interest, as his philosophy bears many similarities to nihilism.

I've also been interested in buying a pair of Vibram Five Fingers shoes for rougher terrain, but I realize the product has had increased popularity and I would prefer not to hop on the bandwagon, but I find the concept to be ideal for my circumstances. Does anyone have these or similar footwear?

I take it you've read Born to Run. If not, you should pick it up. It covers a lot of what you brought up in your post and happens to feature Barefoot Ted. I've never been good at (or fond of) running, but this book has convinced me to at least try not to completely suck at it. After my first short barefoot jog, with a constant focus on not using a heel-strike running gait, I'm feeling my calves for the first time in ages.

I'm also looking at getting a pair of Vibrams for running and various other activities. After trying on a pair and hearing high praise from friends, and basically anywhere they're mentioned, I think I'll take the gamble on a pair of Sprints or KSOs. I'll post my feedback if it happens within the next couple of weeks.

Good luck with your pursuits and sorting out your leg pain.

Metal / Re: Why do stupid people like metal?
« on: April 25, 2010, 05:39:48 AM »
Of all of them, I would expect metal to be the last choice, because it's usually the most intolerant and least "welcoming".

I would disagree on this point, at least as it relates to the culture and community of metal.

I find metal to be very inclusive, in that if you listen to metal and vaguely look metal then you are part of the brotherhood - nothing else is required. It's the same attitude as people who praise shitty, generic death metal albums because 'it's fucking brutal' or has heaps of solos or whatever, but there's no examination of anything below the surface.

Most of the stupid people you refer to probably took the Pantera -> Metallica -> Cannibal Corpse path but stopped there, either because they lacked the guidance or intelligence necessary to make the jump to Gorguts/Demilich/Morbid Angel (not that I think you have to be a genius or anything to like these bands).

Part of the reason I like ANUS and Hessian.org is that they try to go beyond this and raise the bar for metal fans. This also helps explain the hatred directed towards this site.

Interzone / Re: The inversion diet
« on: February 20, 2010, 04:02:02 AM »
Eat like a king in the morning, a prince in afternoon, and a pauper at night.

That's what I suggest to people if the topic comes up. It generally has the effect of providing more energy throughout the day whilst keeping one lean.

I went through a period where I ate only meat and nuts for breakfast. My energy and concentration levels were noticeably better, which some may find counterintuitive given the lack of carbohydrates, though I found cooking and eating meat in the morning too much of a hassle.

I avoid industrially processed vegetable oils (the vast majority of them, incl. soy, canola, corn). I use a lot of animal fats, including butter.


Interzone / Re: Micro-robot swarms
« on: January 19, 2010, 03:36:13 AM »
Crichton's book is called Prey. It's been a few years since I read it, but I remember its ideas about the possibilities and consequences of new technology to be more interesting than the actual narrative.

Interzone / Re: Czech Republic legalizes hallucinogenic drugs
« on: December 10, 2009, 04:30:43 AM »
I have no problem with personal drug use if it's kept private and controlled, but I hope the people of Prague have good coping skills once their streets are overrun by fucked-up tourists and sleazy parasites (assuming these drugs are legal for public sale).

I don't expect this to last long.

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