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Interzone / A Nascent Short Story
« on: November 04, 2011, 12:35:01 PM »
I had a rather bizarre dream the other night and I was wondering if you guys thought it would make good material for a parable or a short story. Here it is.

I saw the compound of a certain cult organized around the precept that a terminal illness indicated that the patient in question was one of God's elect and that their soul was so powerful that it was escaping its fleshy prison at an abnormal pace. They came at this conviction by interpreting Mark 26:41 in that light. Their temple was an enormous concrete palace with red and purple walls which were studded with diamonds black as obsidian and sharp enough to cleave an elephant in twain with one fell swoop. Necrotic flesh, opaque blood, severed limbs, and pungent carcasses encrust and litter the entire facility, and the delirious practitioners sing hymns beatifically as their comrades decease one by one. A pastor tells one of the more enthusiastic cult members suffering from Necrotizing fasciitis that "even as your blanched and foul skin plummets to the earth, your resplendent soul mounts to the Lord's abode". The now euphoric devotee leaps out of his cot, throwing his decayed arms in the air and whooping "Hosanna!". At that instant his entire torso slumps off of his ravaged body. 

Interzone / Bolivia gets their shit together
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:10:47 PM »
This is more than a little encouraging; now if only the rest of the world would follow suite.

"Bolivia is to pass a law -- called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra (The Law of Mother Earth) --  which will grant nature equal rights to humans.

The law -- the first of its kind -- aims to encourage a major shift in attitudes towards conservation and to reduce pollution and exploitation of natural resources. It sees a range of new rights established for nature including the right to life; the right to water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities and the right to be free of pollution.

Bolivia is one of South America's poorest countries and is seeing its rural communities suffer with failing crops due to climatic events such as floods and droughts. Temperatures are set to rise by up to four degrees centigrade over the next 100 years, while most of its  glaciers are likely to melt within 20 years.

The Bolivian government -- under president Evo Morales -- will establish a ministry of mother earth and commit to give communities the authority to monitor and control the industries and businesses that are polluting the environment."


Interzone / Four Preludes To Playthings Of The Winds
« on: February 15, 2011, 12:47:20 PM »
The doors are twisted on broken hinges.
Sheets of rain swish through on the wind
where the golden girls ran and the panels read:
We are the greatest city,
the greatest nation,
nothing like us ever was.


Interzone / The (potential) Impossiblity of Nothingness
« on: February 03, 2011, 07:12:38 PM »
This is probably nothing new to those who frequent this board, but it is still interesting nonetheless.

One of the consequences of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle -- that you can't know a quantum state's energy exactly for a finite duration of time -- means that when you're talking about very short time intervals, there are large uncertainties in the energy of a system. Over short enough timescales, the energies are large enough that particle-antiparticle pairs wink in-and-out of existence all the time!

Take two identical, uncharged, parallel metal plates, and put them close to one another. The vacuum fluctuations in between the plates cause there to be a pressure pushing the plates together. This isn't the gravitational force or an electromagnetic force, but a force due to empty space itself.


Interzone / It happened.
« on: December 23, 2010, 06:04:17 PM »

This article has far-reaching ethical implications in that it further undermines the traditional anthropocentric conception of freewill.

Metal / Atheist - Jupiter
« on: November 22, 2010, 12:10:53 PM »
Has anyone heard this yet? Is it worth a listen?

I happened upon this work whilst searching through Google Books, and the author's halfassed explanation of metal's appeal boils down to the sexual insecurity of the listeners. The text is interesting, if only because it exemplifies the 'academic' reception of metal. There seems to be a good deal of inaccuracies to be debunked, though. http://books.google.com/books?id=YKPDF0I5p3kC&pg=PA94&dq=Music,+Madness,+and+the+Unworking+of+Language&hl=en&ei=VOqsTNS_FcOqlAf0mP35CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CFAQ6AEwCDgK#v=onepage&q&f=false   

Interzone / Eugene O'Neill
« on: June 24, 2010, 02:57:21 PM »
What are your opinions of this playwright, and what is a good entryway into his corpus?

Interzone / William Blake As Zen Master And Deep Ecologist
« on: April 06, 2010, 04:22:00 PM »
There has been a long abiding prejudice in Blakean criticism in regards to his stance on nature. This tradition, as exemplified by Frye and Bloom, posits that Blake's worldview was ultimately anthropocentric, with nature as a destructive and perfunctory entity opposed to the human imagination. However, what are we then to make of his mantra, "all things that live are holy", as well as his protest against "the tiger and the ox" living under the same rule? Thankfully, this reading is beginning to lose credibility in more recent Blake scholarship.


Interzone / John Milton And Jacob Bohme
« on: January 17, 2010, 10:10:46 AM »
Harold Bloom has said that one piece of first rate literary criticism is worth thousands of mediocre novels; this article is a good indication that he was on to something.


Interzone / Theodore Roosevelt
« on: January 07, 2010, 05:39:33 PM »
I'm surprised that the most exemplary president in history has been neglected on this site. ANUS acknowledges Emerson, Thoreau, Muir, and several other American figures as inspirations, but this incredible man is never brought up. Thoughts?

Interzone / Frank Zappa on Democracy
« on: November 08, 2009, 08:35:13 PM »
Here's a little gem for you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zing1_b57jY

Interzone / Richard Feynman as Ubermensch?
« on: October 24, 2009, 10:12:12 PM »
This proposition may incite some (justified) skepticism, but consider the following clips:



It seems as though he's passed through nihilism and created his own values. I'd like to know your opinions on the matter.

Interzone / Space and Time.com
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:53:43 PM »
I think I may have found an organization that has views analogous with those espoused here at ANUS. Perhaps we should try to establish and build upon a common rapport with them?

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