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Interzone / How ANUS has impacted my sense of humor
« on: April 27, 2010, 06:57:15 AM »
This past Saturday, I was taking part in a community service project in which a group of younger people, myself included, were scraping and repainting the railings on a bridge in a local park. When I commented that "this paint is probably full of led and AIDS", the girls who were being friendly with me gave me weird looks and didn't speak to me for the rest of the day.

A month or so ago on a hike, when one of my loose acquaintances fell and scraped his knee open, I told him I would help him but I didn't want to catch the AIDS. I still helped him of course, as the first aid kit was in my backpack, but he spent the rest of the hike making me feel guilty about making AIDS jokes because his cousin had died of it.

Last year some time, one of my friends was complaining about the metal CD I was playing in my car and took it out to put on the radio. I said that the indie rock station he put on sounded like pink frothy AIDS, and put the CD back in, which started an argument ending with me pulling over and making him walk the rest of the 5 miles home. We didn't speak for over a month.

How has ANUS affected your life?

Metal / Velvet Cacoon
« on: November 30, 2009, 07:52:21 AM »
I didn't like Velvet Cacoon much until I heard the album I listed here, it's a pretty interesting listen. It kind of sounds like the droney black metal equivalent of a DXM trip. Their other black metal material, namely Genevieve, isn't awful either; it's kind of like a combination of Burzum - Filosofem, Ildjarn - Forest Poetry, and My Bloody Valentine - Loveless though it lacks in execution.

Interzone / LOL@modern depression treatment
« on: September 24, 2009, 07:52:04 AM »
It's hilarious how doctors think that "depression" is a medical condition. Really, what percentage of depression patients actually have a legitimate medical condition that's making them depressed? Probably very few. For the most part the pills are given to totally normal, capable people who are simply lazy - "We'll give you these pills that make you feel better so you can ignore reality, and in the meantime your life will still suck because your habits sure as hell aren't going to change, but you probably won't care as much about it!".

Bullshit. I have better solutions for myself:
-Find service projects to participate in
-Build a computer for my technology-retarded parents
-Prepare my garden for spring planting
-Get my school's tabletop gaming club off the ground
-Play guitar
-Make friends, get laid, etc

How about you?

Metal / The Chasm - Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm
« on: September 21, 2009, 03:43:00 PM »
Despite the obvious fact that these guys misplaced their Spanish-English dictionary when trying to figure out a title for this album, it slays for days. It's definitely the Chasm's best so far, and I don't see this being contested for death metal album of the year by a longshot. I can't recommend it any higher.

Metal / Howard Shore
« on: September 20, 2009, 04:48:49 PM »
Any other fans of him in here? I've only heard the Lord of the Rings soundtracks but they really are something. Those scores are definitely a good place start for someone new to classical (that's what got me into it, at least).


Metal / Why aspies are attracted to metal
« on: July 14, 2009, 09:53:45 AM »
Most aspies are outsiders as a result of poor social skills and "weird" interests, and outsiders are usually seeking an outlet for their pain and frustration. Listening to metal every day after school is the perfect cathartic activity for someone who doesn't have much else to look forward to during their day.

Most aspies have high SQ and low EQ. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathizing%E2%80%93systemizing_theory, my SQ-EQ is something like 85-25 whereas your average male is 60-40 or so) Metal has many more intricacies that can be pulled apart and analyzed than pretty much all other popular music today, and the extreme systemizing brain held by most aspies lends itself to wanting to understand how riffs are structured and fit together, how instruments mesh to create a whole piece, etc, whereas the non-systemizing brain is less likely to care (only wants it to "sound good") and the aspie is more likely to hate other music for being too simple. Also, since most aspies have low EQ, they are probably less likely to be as impacted by lyrics about murder/torture and less likely to be impacted by pop-rock's main appeal which is relatable lyrics.

Most aspies like to collect things and information about things, and metal has an endless list of bands to check out and a wide variety of subgenres that aspies revel in learning about and differentiating between.

This leaves me to wonder how many prominent metal musicians may be aspies. One can only guess.

And let's please not turn this thread into a debate about whether or not Asperger's Syndrome is real. Most of you people saying it isn't are probably just in denial about your own case.