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Interzone / Romanticism/Nihilism Compare and Contrast
« on: October 17, 2012, 10:21:29 AM »
If you were the put romanticism and Anus's definition of nihilism into a Venn diagram, what would result?  They seem to be opposites.  Far as I can recollect Nihilism is about strict logic and rooting out human distortion of reality.  Romanticism on the other hand seems to be about suspension of disbelief and investing time and hope into imagination, fantasy, will, and creativity.  So perhaps the overlapping area includes imaginative goals and ideas that are achievable and consistent, respectively, in the real world?

I'm also confused about the role of morality in all of this.  I suspect Prozak might say we measure actions by the beauty and efficacy of their results, and this is a more realistic (inherent?) system than morality.  I would then continue to irk him by suggesting that we first have to define beauty/what is beautiful and what are good goals in the first place, which require some establishment of morals.  Even then, things like honor still call the Machiavellian approach into question.  How does Anus define morality?

Nihilism leans more toward inanimate, will-less logic and romanticism towards will and emotion, but is it that simple?

Interzone / a small ponderance
« on: September 17, 2012, 01:26:08 AM »
Why do we not have plantations around anymore?
Because we are moral ubermensch or because we now have technology that dwarfs the output of human labor? 
It's the latter. If the world was starving and we didn't have the technology, plantations would become a retro hit real fast.

Metal / Mental Tablature
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:47:47 PM »
It has become a habit for me to mentally "tab out" music as it plays, like a guitar tab minus the distribution over strings; basically I keep track of the notation of the music using the chromatic scale.  So the beginning of the US national anthem would go 7-4-0-4-7-12-----16-14-12-4-6-7, where 12 is the same as 0 but an octave higher.  
The advantages:
-You can immediately go play the song on guitar if you can remember it all.
-It's a fun mental challenge with 7 variables and, on paper, unlimited possibilities of arrangement; it's a good way to stay sharp.
-It allows you to see further into the DNA of bands, genres, and possibly time periods by revealing predominant intervals and recurrent patterns
The disadvantage:
-It can distract from other aspects of the music such as its textural nuance, spirit, and logical progression.  For example you might miss the fact that riff Z is a combination of riff X and riff Y.  However, this becomes less of a problem as you get familiar with combinations and get better at multi-tasking.

Does anyone else do this?