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Interzone / Re: Mystic Mountain
« on: April 24, 2010, 04:36:21 PM »
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The colors in Hubble images, which are assigned for various reasons, aren't always what we'd see if we were able to visit the imaged objects in a spacecraft. We often use color as a tool, whether it is to enhance an object's detail or to visualize what ordinarily could never be seen by the human eye.

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/behind_the_pictures/meaning_of_color/index.php

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Metal / Re: Hessian Attire
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:00:35 AM »
umad?

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Metal / Re: Hessian Attire
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:44:44 AM »
Noam isn't exactly the paragon of male fashion. Either way hes smart enough that even if he were to dress like a total moron people would still give him credibility.

Even if its fake, those "Worlds most interesting man" commercials probably set a better example.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxw0_Pxymyk

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Metal / Re: Hessian Attire
« on: April 22, 2010, 05:25:36 AM »
You referring to someone like this dude?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_%28pickup_artist%29

The peacocking bullshit is pretty hipsterish, but somehow more respectable. At least here it serves the purpose of manipulating retards into getting what you want out of them haha.

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Metal / Re: Hessian Attire
« on: April 22, 2010, 02:17:33 AM »
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Long hair? Hair is an indicator of health. Kings throughout time have had it for its dominating feature. It frames the face. We as metalheads must take care of our hair, just like most girls. Most men barely brush their hair let alone use products, or go get it trimmed. Just because women biologically are expected to 'care' doesn't mean that we shouldn't.

Because well manicured long hair on males looks faggy.


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Interzone / Re: Mainstream culture degeneracy needs trolling
« on: April 20, 2010, 08:45:00 AM »
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If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 25

haha

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Metal / Re: Hessian Attire
« on: April 19, 2010, 04:54:13 AM »
I'd swap the pentagram with something more interesting.

All the satan bullshit might have been useful when christian conservatives were in charge but its pretty irrelevant now.

Something like this, but more occult maybe:

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Metal / Re: Mexican Metal
« on: April 17, 2010, 09:22:31 AM »
www.aztlan.net: mexican revolutionaries.

too bad they are catholic. what a kick in the nuts.

Reads like a low quality neo nazi site but with a different agenda. Funny thing is it's level of sensationalism isn't too far from cable news media in America.


It seems like most modern "revolutionaries" are half wits.

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Interzone / Re: When bottom-up systems are superior to top-down ones
« on: April 02, 2010, 02:08:25 AM »
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This document is popular with The Crowd because they like to think that authority is not necessary, and somehow "people power" will get us through.

History suggests that of course that's bullshit, and that people power rapidly leads to anarchy which leads immediately to tyranny because anarchy paralyzes all societies. Anarchy and Libertarianism are basically the same thing, except Libertarians believe in free markets as the means to their anarchy.

The difference is that bad decisions and idiots are strongly selected against. If someone sees something that works terribly in open source software its gonna get replaced.


Either way, research scientists are the ones driving things forward, not engineers and product managers (although its possible to be all 3 at once). It really doesn't make a whole lot of difference if they're being funded commercially or not, the money just needs to come from somewhere.

Lets look at photoshop and gimp for example:
http://chathuraw.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/photoshop-cs5-content-aware-fill-vs-gimp-resynthesizer/

- Photoshop just recently added this feature which gimp has already had for a while.
- The tool is based off the research in this paper: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1576246.1531330
- 2 of the 4 authors of that paper are at Adobe Research, while the others are at Princeton Univ


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Interzone / Re: Geeks
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:58:56 AM »
Computer languages are converging at this point. There's always going to be a difference between machine code and a compiled/interpreted language, but other than that, we're seeing similar stuff. Object-oriented code has a lot to do with this.

This book:

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Influenced much of how programmers think now: how to use abstraction to make programs that can easily be modified to do many different things. I recommend it to all of you codeheads.

Regarding programming as a job, yes it's ass -- most of those who are good at it are intelligent but not in any way beyond detail management. However, there are some great and genius programmers out there.

I don't get the impression that languages are converging. Its more like there are tons of flavor of the month languages who try to "fix" C++.

Design Patterns and "Extreme Programming" never really impressed me. Its a cookbook approach to patterns that have a very limited sense of abstraction.

I more or less agree with this guys thoughts on it, except he kinda goes overboard haha:
http://xahlee.org/UnixResource_dir/writ/why_software_suck.html

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... But on the whole, it (Design Patterns) hinders the propagation of quality languages. It stops advancements of language design. It reduces the awareness of real education needs like mastering mathematics and domain expertise. It is a fucking spoon-feeding formula designed to retard the mundane and drug the smart. It curbs creation ability. It is a plague, a bad-ass fashion phenomenon; a jargon-riding dimwit-pleasing epidemic...

I guess the crux of it is: conventions are both good and bad and the trick is knowing when to apply or discard them.

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Interzone / Re: New Amerika.org article? You tell me!
« on: March 25, 2010, 08:06:41 AM »
Usually debate skill doesn't really have a whole lot to do with whats being discussed.

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Metal / Re: From the Dept. of Things That Make No Sense: RABM
« on: March 24, 2010, 12:07:01 AM »
I don't think propaganda really cares what vehicle its being delivered in. It just needs something catchy for people to latch on to.

"come for the music, stay for the politics"

Besides, all these so called black genres are mostly hybridisations resulting from colonial influence anyway. 

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Metal / Re: Black Metal is Dead
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:51:51 PM »
One of the more amusing trolls:




Whatever happened to that metal fail/win thread anyway?

Someone just needs to make a "metal illustrated" poster for morons - left column has a series of win photos against a right column of fails.

Post good photos if you have any; the fail ones should be easy to find on the net haha,

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I was under the impression there could be only one omega male in a pack and that it actually serves a purpose - having a whipping boy helps social cohesion apparently.


Anyway, the top reply was pretty amusing.

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It was entertaining to read both the article and comments here; very illuminating! What I see is something like this. A intelligent, educated woman who is probably not super attractive has built up a little bit of bitterness against men. She then writes an article documenting the pop cultural trend of useless "omega males" being celebrated by Apatow-esque comedies. A bunch of male Slate readers who probably don't make too much money felt that the various "Omega Man" descriptions by the author hit a little too close to home and responded. 
 
What men and women both need to realize is that both groups objectify each other constantly. Men see women as "hot chicks", "fat chicks", etc., with various subdivisions among the groups. Women view men as "alpha males" "omega males", "sad beer guys", "mimbos" etc. 
 
As a young man who grew up in the 90's and went to a liberal arts college I do think it's ridiculous for feminist-leaning women to complain about "Don Draper" type, alpha-male oppressors in the 60's, indoctrinate men for several generations to act more like "omega males" and then complain when after a couple of decades there are a few less Don Draper's around!

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus
« on: March 07, 2010, 12:01:17 PM »
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Metal is about power. The reasons why people become interested in extreme metal vary, but many love it because they do not experience power enough in their own lives.

Sounds like how American Liberals tend to view power worshippers in general. ie. if you like power you must secretly have a complex that you are trying to overcompensate for and you should really just mellow out man.

For most people security/insecurity is transient and context specific, and most of the population is nowhere near a position of real power.

Besides it could be argued that metal doesn't make the listener feel powerful but the exact opposite.

The original "heavy" aesthetic is probably from the church. Cathedrals are designed to loom over villages, and organs are designed to crush people with a wall of sound - the whole point is to dominate mortals into submission.

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