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Interzone / Re: It could be worse.
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:54:54 PM »
Indeed, communication with some people is exceedingly difficult. To deliver a message, one must play many games including jumping through hoops, walking on eggshells, and flowing through filters. Weaklings create this terrible amount of trouble to protect themselves from feeling insulted, awkward, uncomfortable, inferior, etc. (feelings that they choose to feel, often based on arbitrary constructs) and perhaps to prevent themselves from hearing the hard truths, the things that they do not want to hear. This is an incredible handicap for straightforward people, honest people, and anyone who simply wants to communicate ideas.

Pardon my lack of understanding crow, but why did you ban Imposition? Please correct me if I am wrong, but to me it seems that you banned him because he insulted you. I worry that your (re)action might have proved his point. Certainly an alternative to expunging him from the forum was discussing and reasoning with him why his classification of your behavior was incorrect, so why did you not choose to do that instead?

This begets a question: do leaders need to justify their actions to their subjects? Part of me thinks that the answer is yes, because:
*If the leader cannot explain the reasoning behind his actions to others, then perhaps he acted personally, emotionally, idiosyncratically, or in another manner that is in discord with nature/reality.
*A leader who spends the time and effort explaining these things fosters in his citizens a care and desire to further the well-being of their society, as well as a continued trust and belief that the leader will steer the society to prosperity.

The only reason for the contrary position that I can currently conjure is that of the mandate of heaven, in which the ruler possesses a divine virtue. Perhaps wisdom of this origin cannot be effectively transmitted via language, meaning that only the leader himself can understand why his actions are virtuous. This argument is not sitting well with me right now because it demands a sort of blind trust.

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Metal / Re: What bands are you listening to today?
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:33:19 PM »
Laid down and gave my attention to Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black last night, and I really enjoyed it. Some thoughts, upon first listen:

*The manner in which the tracks are arranged works very well. Start with the most blasting and straightforward track, and allow the album to open up as it progresses. Track 4, the synthesizer one, is a well-situated and pleasant break from the metal aesthetics.
*The creative (sometimes almost wacky) elements of timbre and rhythm always augment the songs, instead of acting as random distractions.
*The atmosphere is strong and dark, yet the riffs and structures remain tangible and exciting (compare to many modern bands that try to be atmospheric...boring).

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Interzone / Re: Strength Training
« on: April 20, 2014, 06:25:42 PM »
How to Get Strong and How to Stay So, by William Blaikie

Quote from: Preface
Millions of our people pass their lives in cities and towns, and at work which keeps them nearly all day in-doors. Many hours are devoted for days and years, under careful teachers, and many millions of dollars are spent annually, in educating the mind and the moral nature. But the body is allowed to grow up all uneducated; indeed, often such a weak, shaky affair that it gets easily out of order, especially in middle and later life, and its owner is wholly unequal to tasks which would have proved easy to him, had he given it even a tithe of the education bestowed so generously in other directions. Not a few, to be sure, have the advantage in youth of years of active out-door life on a farm, and so lay up a store of vigor which stands them in good stead throughout a lifetime. But many, and especially those born and reared in towns and cities, have had no such training, or any equivalent, and so never have the developed lungs and muscles, the strong heart and vigorous digestion—in short, the improved tone and strength in all their vital organs—which any sensible plan of body-culture, followed up daily, would have secured. It does not matter so much whether we get vigor on the farm, the deck, the tow-path, or in the gymnasium, if we only get it. Fortunately, if not gotten in youth, when we are plastic and easily shaped, it may still be had, even far on in middle life, by judicious and systematic exercise, aimed first to bring up the weak and unused parts, and then by general work daily which shall maintain the equal development of the whole.

The aim here has been, not to write a profound treatise on gymnastics, and point out how to eventually reach great performance in this art, but rather in a way so plain and untechnical that even any intelligent boy or girl can readily understand it, to first give the reader a nudge to take better care of his body, and so of his health, and then to point out one way to do it. That there are a hundred other ways is cheerfully conceded. If anything said here should stir up some to vigorously take hold of, and faithfully follow up, either the plan here indicated or any one of these others, it cannot fail to bring them marked benefit, and so to gratify the author.

Advice and motivation from the late 19th Century on the fundamental importance of maintaining physical vigor and health. A bit repetitive, but stirring. Worth reading, if not skimming.

Read it for free here or here.

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Interzone / Re: Vis Comica
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:45:44 PM »
Sr.Aquiles, you have managed to distill some of the magic of life into words. Bravo!

There is wisdom in a smile.  Although, only a fool can really laugh. I am a fool. I laugh at everything, even when i do not laugh.

You describe me very well here.

I often have hysterical bouts of laughter about things that no one else finds particularly funny. I will laugh uncontrollably for five minutes or so (not like a psychopath, don't get the wrong idea), and usually some quality of my laughter makes everyone else laugh too. My laughter spreads like wildfire. I have found that this is a good quality of mine.

Though I do wonder, am I strange for laughing so much, or are they strange for not seeing the humor?

The mascot of this thread ought to be the fool from King Lear, I think...I always felt a strong affinity for his character.

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Audiofile / Re: Requests/Report Dead Links
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:07:33 AM »
Thank you very much, fenrir.

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Interzone / Re: How forums work.
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:56:03 PM »
Humans have reached a point where they take their very survival so much for granted, that all they can think about are meaningless, silly things, that have no relation to anything real. Which is exactly why they can ask questions like: what is the meaning of life?
They actually, amazingly, no longer know!

This is wisdom if I have ever seen it. Absolutely profound.

Bah, what frustration. I feel so much fondness toward this forum, and daily I read the genius comments with bouts of ecstatic glee, yet I have nothing to contribute beyond "Great comment, I agree!" Were this forum a physical community, my labor and my commitment would speak louder than my words do now. I utterly support all of you and your maxims perennially ring true to me.

The above paragraph ended up having quite a bounce to it, how nice.

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Audiofile / Re: Requests/Report Dead Links
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:23:14 PM »
Skyforger - Zobena Dziesma
Zpoan Vtenz - Gimę nugalėt

mp3 preferred, please.

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Metal / Re: Top tier metal of the last decade (2003 - 2013)
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:37:23 AM »
Avzhia – Key of throne

Your post prompted me to listen to this album, and WOW. I have not been this floored by a piece of music in a long time! This is absolutely phenomenal black metal. I had to try In the Nightside Eclipse again and again before I appreciated it, but for some reason The Key of Throne resonates with me very naturally.

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Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:54:03 AM »
Hello fellow Hessians, I composed two death metal ish songs recently and I would appreciate your feedback and criticism regarding them. I am not currently able to record music, so the best that I can offer is rendered MIDI files. Better than nothing, I guess. They are mp3 files, so you should be able to listen to them. Link.

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Metal / Re: What bands are you listening to today?
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:01:42 PM »
Vengeful - The Omnipresent Curse

"Modern" death metal band from Montréal that describe themselves as "death metal with a hypnotic edge." Good grasp on songwriting in all scopes (riff, song, album). Appropriate balance between faster pummeling songs and atmospheric mid-paced tracks. This album stands above most modern death metal, and I think it is worth exploring if you can get past the production (the bass drum is obnoxious). Sample song.

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Interzone / Re: Further ruminations
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:43:33 AM »
I am going to echo badmash's sentiments. This is all very dramatic, and it's a bit sad to watch. I am under the impression that the people here are all very intelligent, and that they are all magnitudes more similar to each other than they are to most people in real life. We are here because we share a fundamental view about the world. Perhaps spending too much time here amplifies the small differences between us? Certainly we can work past those differences.../peace and love

I think that Vigilance is very intelligent. His opinion of me, no matter what it may be, is not a big deal. And yes, that is the only time that I have seen the phrase copy-crow issued.

Perhaps I am not very perceptive, but I am not sure who the supposed poseurs are.

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Interzone / Re: Further ruminations
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:06:09 PM »
You are right. If this website and the ideas behind it are important to me, then surely I will give back in exchange for what I take. Otherwise I am a leech. In what specific ways do you want forum-goers to contribute to this website? Writing, spreading the good word?

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Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:13:52 AM »
Thank you!

I am not satisfied with bars 55-56 either; their effect is a bit "surprising" in a bad way. Planning to fiddle with that lead until it makes more sense. If you are asking what happens technically, then I do not really know. My musical theory knowledge is limited.

Should I extend the bars 101-108 section? I cannot decide whether the solo moves into the falling action too abruptly, without proper reflection occurring.

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Interzone / Re: [META] Activities of our users
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:01:18 AM »
If anyone here has software that plays GuitarPro files, I would appreciate criticism of this piece.

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Metal / Re: Power Metal
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:40:14 PM »
aquarius have you heard Lost Horizon? It consists of the members of Luciferion and despite being in the vein of ultra-positive fantastical cheese metal it takes more cues from older heavy metal/nwobhm than the manic speed metal that tends to annoy. Check out Awakening the World (sample).

The song that you linked kicked my ass so hard that I listened to the whole album. Definitely some of the most enjoyable power metal to which I have listened. However, it was almost too much in a sense, similar to grindcore being so fast and funeral doom so slow that extended exposure becomes exhausting. Then again, evening was probably not the correct time of day to listen to testosterone-pumping music like this!

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