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Interzone / ANUS criticism
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:52:29 PM »
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I would venture a guess Sidereal is being highly a facetious here. (Just pointing it out in case it escaped any of you.)

Websites come and go. When a website goes, people either remember it as having failed to adapt and ultimately wither away becoming obsolete, or as having lived up to its full potential and opened the door to further evolution beyond it as it passes the torch forwards.

The criticisms seem to have a lot to do with the site apparently not achieving anything.

I think the solution then is not to try and change the method, but to make explicit the goals.

Yes, whether it be a manifesto, a statement of intent or some bullet points (I didn't mean to make a distinction earlier), something like this would be great.

There's a place for really underground websites for the very few who ever care to look, and there's a place for more mainstream websites to branch out with a message in a more mainstream way. Perhaps lots of this confusion about the DLA revolves not around the DLA itself but around which of these two categories the DLA means to be in. The distinction is important, because to appeal to the mainstream you have to dumb things down or at least explain in a much different manner, something you definitely don't want to do if you're only appealing to a specific elite group.

5. The philosophy is arbitrary. As you get past your early twenties you realise that the normative side of ANUS is not at all logically entailed by the premises of nihilism but is forcefully connected by dogmatism

I don't know if there's even any point in bringing this up, but yes I"m certainly forced to agree.

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Interzone / Re: ANUS Centralization
« on: August 10, 2011, 11:23:37 PM »
There are many types of nihilism, and to really champion one of them and make a real movement out of it on the internet, this is extremely difficult to do. It's extremely difficult, complex and delicate to successfully forward such a profound and unconventional movement. But hold on, let's throw metal into the mix as well. Oh yeah and racial realism, too.

What I want to see is some sort of manifesto or statement explaining why all these things are put together into a single movement and community. I want to understand the connections.

Reviews are nice and all, but they're the kind of thing that can generate high volumes of traffic for a metal website. And practically all metal websites have reviews. What's needed to truly distinguish a metal website is something more, and I don't just mean catching onto the right style and being the 'original hipster' the others follow. Particularly high-quality reviews are arguably a start, but even then all that's being dealt with is the subjective, opinions, there's nothing proprietary or innovative there, and at the end of the day it should be questioned if devoting hours upon hours to writing reviews is really the best use of the time of the website authors. Many metal websites shouldn't be, just like most metal bands shouldn't be, but they all are, and I know the DLA doesn't want to exist just for the sake of managing to exist.

Furthermore, to only cater to a specific niche of metal music preference is extremely limiting and in my opinion elitist in the bad sense of the term. If I had reviews on my website, as much as I'd hate to I'd let other authors contribute high-quality reviews from musical perspectives totally divergent from my own. I recognize that although I'm left hand path (most left-hand pathers have it totally wrong) Christianity ultimately does represent a legitimate spiritual way (most Christians have it totally wrong), just not the way that's for me personally based on my individual dispositions, preferences and abilities.

But most of all if I was running DLA I would have a crucial and well-publicized manifesto, the staff and administration's intentions and plans would be completely transparent, and there would be a *constant* dialogue with the member base in order to never for an instant stop innovating and growing. I would place top priority on surrounding myself and my website with the highest caliber people in order to get all the best possible ideas I might not come up with on my own. And if I don't have time to maintain my website as much as I'd like then I'd find some other people to help out (on an administrative level) with real decision-making; or alternatively I'd inform the member base that the website will be slowing down for the time being until I have more opportunity to work on it.

If the administration doesn't come to us, well for you guys and girls it's up to you but for me I don't intend to devote any more of my time to try and get to them.

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Interzone / ANUS criticism
« on: August 07, 2011, 09:24:34 PM »
Metal reviews are useless. Political and ideological causes are wastes of time with no hope of success. The majority of metal music will always suck. And at the end of the day I really have no fucking clue what DLA or ANUS stand for. I'm often sarcastic, but on these four points I'm very serious. Thoughts, comments?

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Interzone / Re: DLA IRC chatroom?
« on: August 04, 2011, 01:57:19 PM »
Ah yes, Eastern time.

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Interzone / Re: DLA IRC chatroom?
« on: August 04, 2011, 03:42:50 AM »
Almost all the conversations I've seen taking place in the chat room so far have been totally contrary to what I believe the real spirit of Hessiandom is about. I would definitely like to see more moderation, or at least some guidance from respected members of the DLA community.

I've always been going into the chat room late at night though (Easter time), if there's a better time someone could recommend I'd appreciate the advice. Perhaps officially recommended times could be established for people who want to have a really worthwhile chat experience.

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Interzone / Re: Unemployment
« on: August 04, 2011, 01:40:13 AM »
99% of people who blame the economy for them being unemployed are full of shit and making excuses.
Yes so many companies are understaffed, they cannot find anyone decent out of all those who apply, I mean it's not easy to flip a burger you fucking idiot.

From what I've observed in the past year, this is partially true.

I spent about 8 months at a company that assembled simple electronic components. Every so many weeks we'd get a new guy the temp agency. More than half of them didn't work out.

"Didn't work out" - meaning they didn't show up, were unproductive while the rest of us were constantly hurrying, were late, showed up intoxicated, or just bailed on us one day. One guy was hesitant to start until around the time his unemployment would have run out. He later admitted to that causing his lack of motivation. (And I remember commentators saying it was ridiculous that people would settle for unemployment.)

The job payed well ($10/hr up to 55 hrs a week, health/dental/vision/life benefits after 3 months, 401k) so you'd think they would be trying as hard as they could to keep it but it was like they just didn't care.

I hear the same thing from other employers of small businesses around here. (SW Ohio).

Maybe it depends on locality.

I live in Canada, but I would be very surprised if what you say is representative of a broader pattern to a significant extent. Certainly in some sectors there's great demand for skilled labor and the USA is falling behind in this regard, but I believe there are really not many job openings in general manufacturing, retail and service jobs.

If I'm wrong about this, a crucial point still remains. It's like when an astronaut goes on a commercial and says the idiotic line that you can do anything if you try hard enough - this is only relatively true because for a given individual the statement may be more or less legitimate, however if the whole population tried as hard as they could then clearly there can only be so few astronauts and the vast majority of people would fail to become one. So if a large percentage of the unemployed don't possess the maturity to keep a job, if they all suddenly developed sufficient maturity to do so then there would quickly be a shortage of job openings.

Also, I think we can both agree that as to the number of unemployed who are unemployed due to their own stupidity rather than the economic context surrounding them, surely 99% is a completely unhelpful exaggeration of this number.

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Metal / Re: Introducing intelligent people to intelligent metal
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:29:00 PM »
For the type of audience you describe that's intelligent but has a low tolerance towards metal, I suggest the following song recommendations:

Age of Silence - The Concept of Haste
Arcturus - Ad Astra
Borknagar - Oceans Rise (new version)
Estradasphere - The Return
Gordian Knot - A Shaman's Whisper
Samael - Moonskin
Ulver - Capitel I, I Troldskog Faren Vild

Baby steps people, baby steps.

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Interzone / Re: Unemployment
« on: August 03, 2011, 05:45:24 AM »
99% of people who blame the economy for them being unemployed are full of shit and making excuses.

Yes so many companies are understaffed, they cannot find anyone decent out of all those who apply, I mean it's not easy to flip a burger you fucking idiot.

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Interzone / Re: We need help
« on: July 30, 2011, 03:11:44 AM »
Wow thanks for the link Conservationist, I didn't realize the blog was updated so much (I could never find it). I assume you realize you can feed that RSS stream directly into Facebook. As for the videos, I recommend you get an archive of videos you deem to be high-quality, then you can just rotate through those constantly in order so it doesn't consume any time to pick and choose which one. Also I would be very happy to put for free some DLA adds on my website, but I looked on DLA and I couldn't find anywhere that you offer banners for others to promote. Also a Facebook friend counter thingy is always good to have so people can 'up' you, and Google came out with a similar 'plus one' thingy.

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Interzone / Re: We need help
« on: July 29, 2011, 04:55:32 AM »
1. Post news items from the site

Can your forum software not generate an RSS stream of the posts in the news sub-forum, which can be automatically fed to Facebook via a third-party software?

Oh and while I'm on the subject, I would love an RSS stream for DLA's blog, the last one you gave me hasn't been updated in a few months.

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Interzone / Re: Update
« on: July 29, 2011, 04:06:58 AM »
Well I was not here four years ago when you were around, but I enjoyed our conversation in the chat room tonight. Let us mark this occasion - the first *serious* conversation in the DLA chat! It's a start?

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Interzone / Re: DLA IRC chatroom?
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:30:15 AM »
I'm going to be there from time to time.

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Interzone / Re: Most people think most people are stupid
« on: July 25, 2011, 05:42:37 PM »
I think it's important still to point out that the truly wise have far fewer weaknesses. Recognizing your own shortcomings and knowing when you don't know is just dandy, but it doesn't mean you stop striving to know what you don't know.

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And Anders Breiviks gift to them is to wake a few hipsters on picnic up to reality.

Unfortunately I fear he has succeeded only in polarizing people more towards blind patriotism and religion.

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