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Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: December 08, 2009, 04:26:58 PM »

Easy tofu:
1 block of solid Tofu
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 tsp of Sesame oil
3 tbsp of soy sauce
A pinch of: crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, orange peel
A few finely sliced green onions

Evenly and thinly coat the pan with the olive oil and bring to a low heat. Cut the tofu into thin, rectangular squares. Mix all other ingredients [but the onions] together.
Heat the tofu until it just starts to change color, then add the sauce. Remove and plate. Toss the green onion sprigs on top.

Doenjang [된장] is a traditional Korean food that, since it is a fermented food, is believed to have health benefits. It's less offensive than natto, but since there are no parallels in western food maybe you won't know how to use it.

3 tbsp of doenjang
2-3 dried sardines, or you can use small clams
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 hot peppers, don't use mexican peppers, chopped
chunks of tofu/potato/summer squash/bell pepper/carrot

Bring a small pot of water to boil, add the seafood. If you are using sardines remove them when the water is like broth, if you are using small clams just leave them in. Stir in the doenjang and add root veggies and hot peppers. When they start to get soft add the tofu and mushrooms. Serve boiling hot.

These two recipes should take no more than 10 minutes to cook, maybe 15 minutes if you include chopping. Low carb, low fat, but high sodium. Beats the hell out of canned ravioli.

Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: November 30, 2009, 08:55:10 PM »
Making a Korean meal is really simple, can be healthy, and can be made in large amounts on Sunday for weekday lunches.

갈비 [Korean BBQ]

1 pound of lean beef or pork, thinly sliced into 1 inch

1-2 cups of soy sauce
black pepper
crushed ginger
crushed garlic
chopped onions
sesame oil
1 cup of pure fruit juice. Use apples, pears or pineapple. If good juice can't be found use fresh chunks

Mix the sauce and marinate the meat for as long or as short as you like.

"Hot" sides: Things to be grilled with the meat:
4-6 oz of garlic cloves, cut into slices
King Oyster mushrooms, cut into small, thin parts
1 sweet onion, chopped likewise
Any seasonal produce can be added along, I personally like bell peppers or tofu.

"Cold" sides: things to be eaten with the meat
Green onions, chopped into strings and dusted with red pepper
Bean Sprouts, lightly boiled and drained mixed with sesame oil and salt
Lettuce: romaine works well. If you can find Perillo leaves buy those too.
Dipping oil: simply put some sesame oil in a bit of salt and pepper mixture

Don't forget the rice!

How to eat:
Grill the meat and cut it into small bite sized portions. Wrap the "hot" sides in foil and grill them along with the meat.

Take a lettuce leaf and use it to wrap the meat along with the other goodies. Rinse repeat. A tasty way to get all your veggies. This can be cooked inside as well, just toss the "hot" sides in a pan with the meat.

Interzone / Re: Communal Projects/ideas
« on: November 30, 2009, 08:36:15 PM »
Are you going in a sane direction? If so, then are your family members going in a sane direction? If so, then how about your friends? The people at work, school?

This.  Work from the inside out, explaining to each and every person along the way why they are so categorically wrong.  Depending on how you do it, you'll fix a lot of people's lives, or drive large numbers to suicide.  Either way, the world benefits.

Maybe. But swinging around one's personal views is only slightly less attractive than that of a dead cat. After all, you'd wanna ask the cat swinger "why", but for the former that question has be nauseatingly settled. I think Jesus had it right when he said "let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds".

Interzone / Re: Communal Projects/ideas
« on: November 29, 2009, 11:05:16 PM »

Perhaps it depends on your desires. Trying to connect with people in a real meaningful manner is really important to me. I don't know what you can do, but I like to give small random gifts to people around me: coffee, tangerines, tea bags, anything really. It clangs on their "headpiece filled with straw" so to say. Some people can't understand that you don't want anything and so sidestep awkwardly, while others will smile and make small talk, and some will unload the stress of the day on you, while others will snap awake and find their manners, while others may make real conversation.

Are you going in a sane direction? If so, then are your family members going in a sane direction? If so, then how about your friends? The people at work, school?

Interzone / Re: Meditation and Stilling the Mind
« on: November 29, 2009, 10:52:51 PM »
The Waters,
I wish you the best of luck in this endeavor. To begin one must realize where and why thoughts enter the mind. Problem is there's a lot of crystal waving tripe out there just wanting your browser hits. Try this.

The 100% simplest bullshit free method of starting out is to simply count to 1000. Time, place, breathing, etc aren't important now. Don't try to focus on anything in particular, just don't lose count. And don't cheat yourself either, if you lose count don't guesstimate and keep going, start over.

Once you do this a few times then bring a notebook along with you, and every time a random thought poofs into your head, scribble it down quickly, then keep counting. Revisit the idea after the exercise, just let it go for now.

Now comes the interesting part. Take your notebook and flesh out the ideas you wrote down. Ask yourself, "Why this idea? What sparked this? Why did my brain want to think of this? Does it have meaning or is it noise?"

Do this regularly for a while.

After a month you will have a pretty good smattering of 'random' thoughts. Now distill these into categories until you have only a few wide yet accurate categories left. Now you know what you will have to tackle if you want to have a still mind.

Interzone / Re: Militarism, Masculinity, Metalheads
« on: November 26, 2009, 03:47:20 PM »
To clarify: we are talking about the value of military service. Istaev's thesis: military service builds character. My antithesis: martial arts does so in a more profound way. Please disprve my thesis - I am open to intelligent arguments.

This sounds fascinating, as I am at a similar crossroads in my life.
The quickest way to go about this is to lay out the supporting arguments. Can you do this Wahn and Istaev? Otherwise we'd have to assume them and perhaps make a mess of this thread sorting it all out.

Interzone / Aurelius and Epicurus: Active Nihilism and Nirvana
« on: November 24, 2009, 03:43:04 PM »
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." - Marcus Aurelius


A good starting point for those who may not have heard of these two fine gents. For those of you who may find the 'world-denying' aspects of the ancient Eastern religions unattractive perhaps a look at similar ideas from a Western mind will prove interesting.

Interzone / Re: Exterminate all the brutes
« on: June 28, 2009, 10:59:01 PM »
Yes, it is a good idea. It looks like it's been done.

Why haven't our reptilian overlords killed us yet? Maybe they figured something out.


Oh wait, wrong site.

Metal / Re: Need help on classical
« on: May 22, 2009, 12:02:27 AM »
Listening to music and understanding it is a trained skill. Why not get good at appreciating classical, and gain the capacity to find the answers yourself?

I suggest starting with medieval music, moving into the early renaissance. This would give you the tools needed to fully appreciate Franco-Flemish polyphony, which is the high point for abstract Western music.

After that, everything post-1500s will be a piece of cake, some of it very simple; consider the trend in audience aptitudes: (gross simplification)
Medieval & Early Ren. -­> God
High Ren & Baroque -> Man (Aristocracy)
Classical & Romantic & Modern -> Man (Middle Class)
[Rock music -> …]

If this approach appeals to you, speak up and I will write more on medieval & early renaissance music: it’s a minefield for newcomers, just like with metal…

I warn you though, if you think Bach’s a special super-genius, that bubble's going to pop.

Thank you sir.
I'm searching the site atm.

Metal / In response to Celtic Cross: Need help with classical
« on: May 12, 2009, 06:32:43 AM »
All my life I have heard classical music is the best: compositionally, aesthetically and philosophically.
However, I have no idea how to crack this nut, and perhaps some of us are in the same boat.
I don't want this to be a "how to" thread, as it's not your job to educate us, but if you could post your musical understanding pre-classical and tell us how you came to appreciate this kind of music perhaps people like myself can gain some foothold.

Personally, I listened to punk for years and found this site through the posters and "Socratic Dialogue" posted all those years back. Through here I learned that metal isn't just loud noise for dense people and gained an appreciation [however unKVLT it may be] for a few black metal bands.

Thanks in advance.

Interzone / Re: I go to church
« on: April 22, 2009, 04:55:56 PM »
The organization is like any other large group of humans: susceptible to corruption, weak, fickle, etc. To attack them on this front is almost as valid as blaming you for the corruption in your county.

Not all organizations are the same. Joining a chess club doesn't tell you that you're born evil, as Catholicism does. According to their teachings, you're born with original sin, and in order to save yourself, you need to worship some all-powerful deity, with Hell as a consequence. So, it's practically a forced belief. Well, that sounds swell.

Anyone who wishes to be a slave, enjoy your Catholicism. 

The "evil" flows from 2, not 3. Although a reversed argument would be interesting I suppose.

Interzone / Re: I go to church
« on: April 21, 2009, 05:38:53 AM »
Despite many of you perhaps, I have seen and been around a great deal of very respectable christians. It seems when dealing with the group as a whole we should make three distinctions:
1) their beliefs that benefit reality
2) their beliefs that discount reality
3) the organization

From what I see christians tend to pour their efforts into their community while at the same time creating an identity that is mostly free from the vagaries of modern thinking. This is good. However quality one must stem from quality two if it to be called christian and not 'nice people doing good things". Some of these people depend on the religion for direction, purpose, and identity. Since a number of them show traits beneficial to reality not throwing crap in their face is important unless you like the idea of being the tortured idealist. Who knows, if you mirror their values while publicly rejecting their beliefs maybe you'd make some very steadfast allies?

The organization is like any other large group of humans: susceptible to corruption, weak, fickle, etc. To attack them on this front is almost as valid as blaming you for the corruption in your county.

Interzone / Re: Politics converging on the middle
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:28:14 PM »
It's a common viewpoint among certain Scottish/Calvinistic denominations in America. Didn't know it had a name until now. It would be ideal, minus the dualism.

Interzone / Re: Structural realism
« on: April 13, 2009, 06:59:23 AM »
Because we need some way to weed out bad theories.
If there is no difference, even if it be only in definition, then science is only as good as some other imagined yet consistent theory.

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