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Interzone / Re: Mythopoeia
« on: May 03, 2011, 08:22:06 AM »
Related: Why do you think there is so much incest in myths?

In some circumstances this was a newer or more powerful culture/religion overtaking an old one via integration. Campbell's works expound on this theory. However, sometimes you see illicit breeding relations within it's own system, in which case a quick overview of Jungian alchemy will provide some insight into the significance of this.

Metal / Re: a philosophical musing
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:04:27 PM »
One of the fastest ways to understanding something is to split it into a dyad. Without caution, this is also the fastest way to misunderstand something. Creation and destruction are constants. Beauty and ugliness are as well. But the latter are "in the eye of the beholder". Are sand and vomit also subjected to creation and destruction?

Teaching is quite honestly a terrible profession at this time.

Since we cannot admit kids are unequal, you will be given morons and even retarded kids and expected to educate them.

Your course materials are closely mandated by state law, and highly politicized one or both ways (left and right).

Children can stab you can get counseling; if you fight back, even in self-defense, expect a year suspension.

Many of the children will distrust or hate you because of your race or background.

Because it's such a mess, the education profession has been abandoned to mostly insane bureaucrats who blithely enforce unrealistic rules and tend to shoot down any rising stars. They like conformity; it's safe.

Teaching used to be an honorable profession. If you are lucky enough to get into a private school, you may still have that experience. But then you'll be teaching elite kids from wealthy backgrounds.

If anyone comes up to you with idealistic blather about teaching, be very cynical.

Says the person from the outside looking in.

Yes, there are many problems, but there are still good adults building relationships with the youth.

I'd like to see the numbers of shops with these devices and how many of them have been vandalized due to the sound. If I were still a teenager and I heard this you can bet that I would make that place a target. Teenage logic, in league with boredom and a sense of repression/powerlessness and a desire to be badass for social reasons, would dictate that these devices prove too costly.

Interzone / Re: Do schools kill creativity?
« on: March 02, 2010, 04:06:16 PM »
Education crushes people because it's dumbed-down to benefit the stupid kids at the expense of the smart. Otherwise, school is fun even if done only halfway competently.

The only factor that makes it "dumbed down" is the test all the students must take. Any competent teacher can teach more than one level at time, one for example, giving a handout to all the children covering a basic point and writing difficult questions on the board that any student can answer for extra points.

Interzone / Re: Do schools kill creativity?
« on: March 01, 2010, 10:30:44 PM »
Agreed. At the beginning of each academic year I show my kids a quick powerpoint. If anybody else is a teacher I can send it if you PM me your address.

I first show two boys, one with a strong right arm, one with a strong left, and I ask them who is the strongest. Then I show a picture with two kids, each with the hemispheres of their skulls expanded a bit and ask the students which kid they think is the smartest.

Then I show kids a picture from the 1950s, and a picture of a modern town. I explain to the kids that children who started school in 1950 are retired now. I ask them to tell me what 2060 will look like.

After a bit of discussion I go back to the slide of the children and describe the left vs. right hemisphere distinction. I say that school will test the left side of your brain [logic, facts], but since we don't know what the future will hold, we need to also develop our right sides [creativity, imagination]. I end with a picture of a child with both sides of his brain enlarged [which always draws giggles] and tell them I expect them to look like this at the end of the year.

Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: February 23, 2010, 06:44:06 AM »
Forza Romana, do you have a good recipe for Bruschetta?

 When I make it I just mix fresh chopped tomatoes with a bit of garlic, basil and balsamic vinegar. However, it always ends up a bit soupy. I hear the acid in tomatoes strip chemicals from the lining of cans, so I hesitate to use those.

Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:09:23 PM »
Lotus Root

This is a fibrous root, not dissimilar to potato in taste. Nutritionally it provides vitamins akin to a vegetable [Vitamin C for example] and a bit of sodium because it is often grown in muddy coastal areas. You only live once, so here is a simple recipe so you can add this food to your total experience.

16-24 oz of Lotus Root

3 tbsp. White vinegar

For the sauce
2 tbsp. Rice cooking wine
2 tbsp. Soy sauce
1 tbsp. Garlic
1-2 tbsp. Honey to taste
200ml of water

Sesame oil

Scrub the sand off the root, then slice. Clean out the holes with a quick wiping action to remove various impurities.
Fill a bowl with water and add the vinegar and root. Let them set for a while as the vinegar will remove a bit of the woody
taste. The longer they sit the less they taste like lotus root, perhaps 20-30 minutes is fine for your first try.

Heat a bit of sesame oil in a pan. Remove the roots and crisp them in the oil until they are a consistently light tan.

Mix the ingredients for the sauce well, then drizzle over the cooking roots. Stir until they are coated well. When the honey
begins to caramelize, remove and plate.

Sprinkle a bit of sesame seeds on top. Eat with anything.

Interzone / Re: Power as an inherited trait.
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:12:25 PM »
I took the test twice, once purposefully, one randomly, and got the same results as you. The only possible error in my procedure was that the second time I quickly and randomly clicked the tiles before they loaded, so perhaps there was overlap.

Interzone / Re: Introductions
« on: January 14, 2010, 05:00:02 PM »
Avid mountaineer,

Where do you live?

Will, 26, interior Alaska.  Surveyor / GIS tech / forester.   Occasional poster since just after the grizzly autopsy background photo days of anus (2003?).  I acknowledge this site as a major overall influence.  Aside from that, I climb mountains, am a hobby musician, enjoy reading textbooks, have an increasing interest in philisophical heathenry, and am irritatingly obsessed with Alaska.

I'm currently living in Korea. I grew up in Illinois, so I'm flabergasted by their beauty and love the challenge they represent. I suppose the mountains aren't as large as in other parts of the world [I've only seen the Eastern states], as the largest mountain Seoraksan takes around a day to go up and down.
It looks like you are taking other path I considered years ago. What ups and downs are you experiencing as a forester?

The trick is to hold yourself closer to your ideals in such a way that others can observe them. Xtians had it right when they said, "let your light shine among men that they may see your good works" [is this a repeat?]. It's not about being BUtRLA VKeL! It's about finding center and holding true amongst the storms. Don't let yourself get fat. Don't let apathy or selfishness invade your social circle. Don't think that a wasted hole in your life is somehow justified.

Interzone / Re: Introductions
« on: January 14, 2010, 05:27:24 AM »
David. I studied human value systems in university. Currently teaching English in a middle school, but I will take the LSAT in the fall with a hope to get into local politics. Avid mountaineer, martial arts practitioner and social drinker.

Metal / Re: Black Metal Theory symposium @ Brooklyn, NJ, December 12
« on: January 11, 2010, 05:14:09 PM »
Maybe some of you would be interested in this, for whatever reason: audio of the "Hideous Gnosis" black metal symposium.


Interzone / Joseph Campbell, ANUS, and life
« on: January 10, 2010, 08:35:39 PM »
Coming to many of the same ideas one hears around here, Joseph Campbell takes the path of mythology instead of philosophy [or metal]. His interpretations prove invigorating again and again to this particular soul and may to others who feel that changing the world politically is treating the symptom instead of the disease. He wrote many books, all of which are so completely thorough and well fleshed out that I'm still digging through his Masks of God series two years after buying them. Here's a video series set out by the American Public broadcasting organization that may prove as an interesting [if not merely less daunting] introduction to his life's work:

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