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Interzone / Re: Beethoven
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:42:56 PM »
The same can't be said for Beethoven, and, say, much traditional Asian music.

I'm not entirely sure what you mean. Can you elaborate please?

Metal / Re: Personality of Hessians
« on: April 02, 2008, 06:39:40 PM »
I'm an INFP - an Idealist.

It seems Shakespeare, Homer, Virgil, Aldous Huxley, and Helen Keller (lol) share my personality characteristics, according to Wikipedia.

Interzone / Re: Careers
« on: April 01, 2008, 04:13:34 PM »
I'm still in high school, but I would like to major in linguistics, music, and literature when I come closer to learning in a university. As for a future job, I would love to be a linguistic anthropologist who teaches and composes music on the side. In fact, I already teach novice-level music theory and I write my own piano pieces.

Interzone / Re: Nietzsche Translations
« on: March 21, 2008, 05:30:14 AM »
I'm currently attempting to learn German myself for this very reason.

Are you self-studying or do you have an instructor?

Interzone / Nietzsche Translations
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:56:51 PM »

Are any of you familiar with Walter Kaufmann's translations of Nietzsche? I've heard both positive and negative comments on his behalf. For instance, some claim that he clears up misconstrued arguments against Nietzsche and tastefully explains the blunders of those who argue against him. A few even go as far to claim he is the premier scholar of Nietzsche. On the other hand, I've heard that he liberalizes Nietzsche's arguments into the despicable trash of today's multicultural and Christianized world--the very ideas that Nietzsche battled against.

I myself have not read Kaufmann's translation or enough of Nietzsche to form a strong opinion, but I can understand where each view comes from. If one were to look at the vast amount of positive reviews for "Basic Writings of Nietzsche" or "The Portable Nietzsche" on Amazon, one would observe the near unanimous opinion for Nietzsche. It would be easy to take an arbitrary approach and accept that Nietzsche is merely gaining respect, but perhaps it goes much deeper than that.

In the "scholarly world," it would not be overly-assumptive to say that the majority mentality rules for a liberal democracy. From your teachers in middle school to your professors in college; it is all the same. I believe that this ideology has been imprinted on any average "intelligent person." Therefore, the high demand for Kaufmann's translation may be due to its conformity to modern ideas.

But, to be completely honest,  I am no expert on Nietzsche,  philosophy, translations, or German. For all I know, Kaufmann's translations may really be the most accurate and clarified available. I'm simply a sophomore high school student who is somewhat interested in philosophy, but has no grounding or guidance in it.

What do you think?

Interzone / Re: Bitchfest
« on: February 10, 2008, 02:52:23 PM »
Is it?

Most people are idiots who jerk off to the fact that they once helped some homeless guy, so they think their shit don't stink. Holier thou than, thy name is the crowd.

Most people don't have the soul to appreciate nature, much less the brainpower. The average IQ in the USA is nearing 98 (down from 103). Do you know what 90-110 IQ points is like? All of us would agree: people who look, act and sound stupid because they fucking are!

Let's stop the tears, ladies. Let's do something about it.

The first step is to round up a posse. Want to use the internet? Fine. Want to use the real world? OK, but if you don't show results, you're full of shit and a worthless, soulless, dishonest bastard. I'm sick of that tired argument here too, and I find it really fucking telling that every single one of the real-world activists fail to post any progress here because there is none. They're using their "activism" as an excuse for their real agenda, which is to use this bulletin board to jerk off in our faces. It makes damaged people feel better.

The second step is to get your posse to be known to all who can appreciate it. There's still 2% or more of Americans who are both smart and have souls, and these people aren't crippled. Give them something to believe in, instead of weeping over the fact that Joe Dumbshit American doesn't notice trees or that 100 billion starving African babies eat diarrhea cookies and have AIDS. Who cares? Nature makes excess so it can cut the useless free. Find the good people.

Finally, start making other people understand you're not with their personal stupid agendas until they start supporting yours. Darfur? That's great, here's what we have to do first... you don't agree? My way or the highway, queenie because their "agenda" is a big excuse for doing nothing and being big fat queens who sit around on their couches weeping over the AIDS diarrhea orphans of central Afrika.

Fuck that. It's emasculated. Fight back. We need a fucking war, let's bring the war. Weep for the dead if you want to follow them. Face the future, fight hard even if you fight legal, and make some goddamn change.

We all know what we want, right? (Endless bickering, squabbling, etc) -- the people who argue the most have no idea what they want. The ideas on this site are a perennial philosophy, meaning they've been true for 20,000 years. You won't do better. If you bicker, it's because you're afraid. Fucking queens. There's no room for you in the future, so you might as well shoot yourself in the roof of the mouth now.

We ain't gonna weep for your dead useless self-pitying Judeo-Christian crowdist ass. You're obsolete, die, die, die.

Well said. I'd like to see some of those ideas actually take form.

I'm new to this forum, so I do not understand the "perennial philosophy" that you refer to, but I can infer that it rejects backwards concepts like Christianity, pacifism, and utopianism. Specifically, which philosophers does this forum generally postulate besides Nietzsche?

Metal / Reign In Blood
« on: December 19, 2007, 07:17:40 PM »
Slayer has always been a band that I don't listen to as often as other classic bands, but one that I respect. I mostly listen to the first three albums as those appeal to me the most.

However, I'm beginning to foster dislike for Reign in Blood by Slayer. It seems to me that Slayer had lost some of their musicianship in the making of that album. The only good tracks in it, IMO, are Angel of Death and Raining Blood. The rest of the songs are merely speedfests with no artistic meaning or value.

Perhaps I'm missing the magic of the album, for I have a bad habit of doing that with classics. It could be because I am listening for the wrongs things. I didn't enjoy Ildjarn the first couple of listens and, after a few weeks of spins, it is now my favorite band. I admit that my opinion is not infallible.

Basically, I'm asking how you feel about it. I see that the review of it is missing from the Slayer review page, so I have no clue about the general consensus on this site.


Interzone / Re: Metal In My Life
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:08:56 PM »
Your situation is a mirror image of mine right now, except I just had my birthday last week so I'm 15 now.  :P

Anyhow, all I can say is: don't spend precious time prematurely learning advanced philosophical ideas and, for your own sake, don't stay on the internet for too long. I've felt very confused and awkward for the past few months just as you have because I've been cramming so much new information into my brain at one time.

Like others have said, listen to only the major heavy metal bands, branch out into classical music, read fantasy literature, do creative activities, and hang out with friends (something I need to do more often), and most importantly: relax.

Interzone / Recommend Classical Music
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:45:31 AM »

This is my first post here, so don't flame if this sort of thread is extremely common.

I'm fairly new to classical music and I'm not sure what to listen to.

By accident, I began listening to mostly Romantic-era composers and that seems to be the style I prefer. Tchaikovsky is my favorite right now from that era.

I like pieces that have atmosphere and feeling to them, pieces that tell a story or paint a picture. Usually, I like melancholic pieces, but I also enjoy loud, violent (for lack of better word) ones.

So recommend composers that are generally consistent with that style.

Thanks in advance.