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Messages - Jim Necroslaughter

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Interzone / Re: Do schools kill creativity?
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:53:22 AM »
I think there are other things publis schools need to address, first.  One is electives and requirements.  I know this varies greatly from school to school, but I would first of all make foreign languages completely elective OR start teaching it to the kids right away in grade school.  The 2 or 3 year requirement for high school kids is worthless unless it is an elective.  Think about it like this:  who is more important, an author who writes a book, or the translators that spreads it across the world?  I would also stop pushing business classes - elective - fine, requirement - no!  They're teaching kids HOW TO GET A JOB, NOT HOW TO THINK!  At least in my school the Talented and Gifted program was prominent, nobody seemed to think it was bumming the lesser students out.  They should be teaching less foreign language and business and more American Law, Civics, etc.  You should have to attend town meetings and write reports on them in high school.  You should be taught how your town's town meetings work, how you can propose things, introduce laws, etc.  Same w/ state government - just the logistical stuff!!  The kids in my college classes didn't even know how to get a hold of their representatives or the first place to look.

Back to elementary education, I have an idea:  I would have the kids build sandcastles, first plan it out on paper, then build it, then take a polaroid picture of it, then....SMASH IT!  Later in the week you could do a creative writing exercise - ask the kids:  what happens in your castle?  who lives there?, etc.  The basic idea is you teach different subjects, but the center "project" is always the same.  This would be so more profound for kids than the 7 subjects for 1 hour each, every day.  I would divide the day into morning and afternoon and have two different projects going all week.  So in the afternoon for one week, or maybe even two weeks, we would keep coming back to the sandcastle for the entire afternoon.  I really think the smashing part would be invaluable.

I also think English in high school is the most important subject, because it actually teaches kids HOW TO LIVE WELL!  You can't teach religion or morality directly, but when you read Mark Twain in Junior English you learn the difference between a good man and a scoundrel!  The Odyssey teaches high school kids about sacrifice, leadership, and heroism.  English is really the only place where you could learn "life lessons."  Calculus, physics, history, foreign language?  Important, but it doesn't teach you how to be a decent person or, even better, (god forbid) HEROIC!

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Metal / Re: Winterwolf
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:27:47 AM »
Any idea about the CD release?

I can't remember where I heard it, but it should be out pretty soon. like within a few months.

How can you have Antti on backup vocals though?  That's like relegating Brett Favre to placeholder.  I s'pose the old boy can't quite pull it off anymore?  The Nespithe recording sessions probably took several years off his life!

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Interzone / Re: Colour's effect on mood
« on: March 01, 2010, 12:02:34 AM »
 Instead, we should work on offering the world a stronger alternative to its vapid morality, and seek means of paring down on unnecessary production.

MASTER MORALITY

In regards to the original discussion:  I am very intrigued by this and definitely believe we are effected by colors.  I also belive in Feng Shui, although I don't know anything about it formally.  I just believe strongly that an aesthetically sensitive person can benefit from having their abode arranged in a thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing way.  I don't set up my furniture, lamps, books shleves etc. in a "utilitarian" fashion, but in a way that just syncs up w/ my aesthetic intuitions.  But my biggest interest is LIGHTING!  I prefer torcheire lamps that you can adjust "infinitely" (not just on or off).  I also like lots of candles.  I like to have several lamps on at once but the overall effect to not be too bright.

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Interzone / Re: Ants more noble than modern humans
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:21:56 PM »
Sounds like the news reporter is drawing his own conclusions based off the study. Most scientists are very careful with the words they use to describe things.

Is irrational behaviour actually rational behaviour masked by complicated social, environmental and temporal contexts? Are emotions the result of an individual's adaptations for operating in various intersecting social networks? Fear and Anger helps one operate within the network of predators and prey in ones surrounding environment, so its not surprising that most animals can display these emotions. The types of emotions an intelligent agent can display must be related to the complexity of its social networks.

In the end, the ant probably doesn't need any emotional or altruistic tendencies to make the rational decision to save the hive. Without the hive the ant is as good as dead, so at worst, it must have the same utility value as its own sense of self preservation. If the ant knows its going to die from something, its rational to die alone to prevent contamination of the hive.



Interesting.

I always found it fascinating that anything that motivates humans to explain rationally and logically the reality and the world they perceive and sense, is [perhaps] always, a sensation or a passion - motivated by the possible result. Ask a Scientist what's he's "legitimacy". If he doesn't say 'curiousity' or 'utility' he's a liar. Utility seems rational, but utility is not the effect or the ultimate end - it is the cause. Is it not? We want utility for something else, it is a link. Just like there's no 'Knowledge' per se.
 I doesn't mean that our motives for understand reality are 'irrational', or does it? I suppose understanding reality is gaining the possibility of controlling it also, manipulating what we can, assuming power. Reason is an instrument?

Was Hume right in saying: "Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them"?

It seems there's some truth to this.

The ants are marvelous creatures. There's an ancient Hebraic saying from Rabbi Jose ben Halafta: "Observe the ant and be enlightened / wise-up".


Great post.  Can't say I've read much Hume, but I think his quote is right on the money.

One point of clarification, I think you may have just mistyped this but what do you mean when you say:  "Ask a Scientist what's he's "legitimacy"?  It must just be a typo and I want to be sure I'm following your thought process correctly.

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Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus (March 2010)
« on: February 20, 2010, 08:02:54 PM »
and to think:  this album was almost called "The White God!"  Yeeesh, what an embarassment THAT would have been.  I figure if a guy's got the BALLS to call his album The White God, he must be ABSOLUTELY SURE that he can back it up.

Any other thoughts/hopes/fears about it?

What I find most interesting is that album will be about/was inspired by Apollo.  Whereas the traditional "patron Gods" of metal have been Dionysus and/or Hades - I suppose you could mention Thor and Odin as well.  Broadly speaking, metal has been about death, darkness, war, storms.  Apollo does NOT represent these things.  Apollo is the god of order and light.  Perhaps this will be metal "post-nihilism."

Isn't chaos an order itself? I mean...even the detection of chaos is order!
You describe 'death' as a known and a foreseeable phenomenon, or 'darkness' or 'war' (which can quite easily be conducted through strategies and tactics). Storms are natural phenomenons that we are able to notice and to identify. War and peace, life and death, light and darkness are associative representations of different types of order I suppose.

I think I see what you're saying - a well conducted war, for instance, would be conducted in an ORDERLY fashion (is this kind of what you're getting at?).  My above quote was sort of "off the cuff," and obviously exposes my lack of deep understading of Greek mythology.  I was just "spit-balling" in regards to what we might expect from the album given that it was called "White God" or "Belus," and was "inspired" by Apollo and his Indo-European variants.  I just figured an artist like Varg would not name his album carelessly in the sense that the album title would "match" the music.  So in this case, I was expecting a more SOLAR sounding album as opposed to the traditional NOCTURNAL sound of black metal.  The album "Thousand Swords," to me, really achieves that "solar" sound.  So, although Thousand Swords is a truly unique and one of a kind album, I do feel it is possible (and, perhaps, advisable) for "black" metal to explore the "white" or "solar" side of itself.  Back in November it seemd like an interesting angle for discussion.  I suppose, to be fair, there are some "solar" moments on Belus (I've listened to it only once), but like I said, if you have the balls to call the album "White God" (at one point),  you better back it up and completely leave behind the the "Black" sound and reveal a whole new direction for black metal to go in.

Well, anyway, here's to me studying up on my Greek and Norse mythology.

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Interzone / Re: Prozak reviews on Amazon
« on: January 08, 2010, 01:25:10 AM »
I really like how these reviews are distilled down to the albums' essence.  Sometimes less is more, and I almost like these reviews better than the long ones on anus.com/metal.  I would almost point relative newcomers to metal to these amazon reviews first.

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Audiofile / The Stone
« on: January 06, 2010, 03:06:01 PM »

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Metal / Re: Best metal 1999-2009
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:51:11 PM »

THE STONE- Magla


I first heard about this on www.deathmetal.org.  It took me about 2 or 3 listens to "settle in" with it, but I think this is a solid, admirable album.  Worth a listen, at least.

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Metal / Re: Fully understanding metal
« on: December 25, 2009, 04:29:59 AM »
I have been listening to metal for at least four years.  When I first got into metal I was mainly into Black Metal, and had a hard time getting into Death Metal.  I remember downloading Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness, and not remembering one thing about it when the album was done.  Around a year later I see the CD at my friends house and I ask him to put it on.  Suddenly I'm blown away by this album, and I'm left wondering why I didn't "get" it earlier.

Though I still have this problem it usually fixes itself if I give the albums time.

exactly.  give it time.  and sometimes if you take a break and come back to it months or even years later it suddenly clicks!

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Interzone / Re: Smoking pot makes you depressed for life
« on: December 25, 2009, 04:28:10 AM »
I'm only depressed when I don't have any....

that's pretty much why some of us are saying DON'T SMOKE POT

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Interzone / Re: Career choices...
« on: December 25, 2009, 04:26:34 AM »
academia

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Interzone / Re: Smoking pot makes you depressed for life
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:29:46 PM »
when you wait for science to tell you truth, you wait, and wait, and wait.....

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Interzone / Re: Smoking pot makes you depressed for life
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:27:45 PM »
You give them the right to decide for themselves and stand back and find out for certain - casualties are inevitable. ...Orrrr.... you ban everyone from contact with psychoactives, and presume that all people are equally weak and unable to handle the exposure. This second option is humanism/puritan christianity though, and therefore fails.

just want to point out that Conservationist isn't necessarily making the argument that pot should be illegal.

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Metal / Re: New Burzum album info
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:10:56 PM »
ehhh, frankly I'm happy with the name change.  it just screamed "look at me, aren't I provocative?"  I generally agree with a "no compromise" way of thinking or attitude, but in this case I think you concede that battle to win the war.  I have a very intelligent and creative "liberallish" friend who has been coming around to black metal and more traditional and nationalist ways of thinking.  He really likes Burzum.  I was not looking forward to telling him that the new Burzum album is translated as "The White God."  I don't think it would have turned him off in the sense of "OMG - racism!' it would have just turned him off in the sense of "wow that's cheesy and desperate."

I would like to think that ultimately "cooler heads prevailed."

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Metal / Re: Black Metal Theory symposium @ Brooklyn, NJ, December 12
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:53:47 PM »
I like this:

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“The black metal event is a confession without need of absolution, without need of redemption”
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“Black metal has become the sin eater,” he intoned. “It is engaged in transgressive behavior to be rid of it.”

I like it but don't agree with it.

Black metal is not trying to get rid of transgressive acts; it's trying to make our philosophy of life include them, in the right context.

None of these guys murder their cats, but they might just kill a christian or politician. Things to ponder.

heh, I read this article again and it seems I misunderstood what that final "it" in the last quoted sentence was referring to.  a slightly confusing way for that speaker to write his sentence, but I think you're reading it correctly.  in other words:  "it is engaged in transgressive behavior to be rid of transgressive behavior."  In that case, I DO think the speaker is off.  Black metal is more "holistic" than that and doesn't want to "get rid" of ANYTHING (in the same sense that Nietzsche says he wants to say "Yes" to everything).

here's the quote again, this time with everything in between:
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“The black metal event is a confession without need of absolution, without need of redemption,” he said. It is, he added, “a cleaning up of the mess of others.” He invoked the old English tradition of sin eating by means of burial cakes, in which a loaf of bread was put on a funeral bier or a corpse, and a paid member of the community would eat the bread, representing sin, to absolve and comfort the deceased.

“Black metal has become the sin eater,” he intoned. “It is engaged in transgressive behavior to be rid of it.”

What I more or less agree with is the general idea that black metal is a confession of sorts, without the need of redemption.  I don't think that black metal is the "sin eater" in the Christian sense of sin, but after I listen to say, 'Under a Funeral Moon,' or 'Burzum s/t' I definitely feel "cleansed."

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