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Why is Datura pointing towards excitantia? It's a dangerous deleriant, not a stimulant.
You're reading the image incorrectly. It's bridging Thanatopathia/Phantastica.
So where normal food (if there's any) would fit on the diagram?
Probably the center.
What exactly does Nitrous Oxide do? I've never given it a try and my drug taking days are pretty much over.
I have relatively limited experience with substances. Here's a reference:
Where does stuff like robo and PCP fit in? Somewhere between phantastica and inebriata?
I suspect Inebriata/Euphorica. Both PCP and DXM are classified as dissociative hallucinogens (NMDA receptor antagonists), as is Nitrous Oxide.
An amateur article (not by me) which I posted in another thread.
EDIT: More on Pazyryk
An amateur article (not by me) which I posted in another thread.
In 1993, mummified bodies dating from about 2500 years ago were discovered in burial mounds in the Pazyryk valley in the High Altai Mountains of western and southern Siberia. Among them were two warriors, a male and a female, who were intricately and beautifully tattooed. Their well preserved skins show a variety of fantastical and stylized animal motifs that resemble the motifs incorporated into their jewelry, utensils, felt-work and those found in their tombs. The tattoos cover their arms, legs and shoulders and are so refined and sophisticated that "only recently could their quality be equaled in Europe" (van Dinter 2005:28). There are representations of tigers, deer, snakes, mountain goats, sheep and fish as well as mythical creatures. Analysis of the depth of the tattoos suggests that the technique used to create them was the skin pricking technique as opposed to the sewing-in technique used by Siberian tribes and the Inuit. This might indicate that this particular tattoo culture was more influenced by indigenous Southeast Asian tattooing such as that done in Burma. The quality of the tattoos rivals that found in Burma at the time and the representation of real and mythical animals is also a common feature of traditional Burmese tattoo. If these tattoo cultures are related, then we can also guess at the possible purpose of these warrior tattoos. In Southeast Asia, tattoos were considered magical and were applied for protection and good fortune while hunting and fishing, the same might be true of these Pazyryk tattoos (van Dinter 2005:25-29). "No instruments specifically designed for tattooing were found, but the Pazyryks had extremely fine needles with which they did miniature embroidery, and these were undoubtedly used for tattooing" (2006 Tattoo History). The fact that tattoos were only found on two of the warriors in the burial mound suggests that they were indicators of a special status in that society and were probably given only to important individuals. The fact that both the male and the female mummy were tattooed and buried as warriors suggests that tattooing was more strongly tied to status and role than gender.
EDIT: More on Pazyryk
Yatsenko points out that Greek accounts of the period stress that “barbarians” in Eurasia never went nude or even semi-nude in public, so most of these tattoos would probably have never been seen by others. Why endure the long and painful process of getting such dramatic tattoos if they were always covered? “I think they were for magical protection,” says Yatsenko, whose favorite Pazyryk tattoos are abstract designs found on the hands of a man who was probably a shaman. “Those tattoos were probably his spiritual weapons.”
Tells you the decay is total.
Do you have a background in studying classical performance or composition?
Seriously though, there's got to be like a top 5 power metal albums list for some old-school death/black metal purist (for when he's in a weird mood and might secretly want to spin a bit of power metal).
Iced Earth - "Night of the Stormrider" (original mix, not the crappy remaster)
Blind Guardian - "Somewhere Far Beyond"
Helloween - "Walls of Jericho"/"Helloween"
Manowar - "Hell on Wheels" (still lots of filler, even on their live albums, but there's about 15 classic songs between the 2 discs)
Those 4 albums are the pinnacle for each variation of power metal:
thrash metal style (Iced Earth)
epic orchestral style (Blind Guardian)
speed metal style (Helloween)
heavy metal style (Manowar)
Round it off with Adramelch from Italy as a 5th then, as just power metal. Irae Melanox should make it to a top 5 of power metal albums easily. Nothing in it is just extraneous cheese, even if it is a bit melodramatic. 1988.
Largely we don't eat carnivores. If ruminants could metabolize human meat I'm sure they would eat us, given necessity and opportunity.The key word being necessity. But also I'm sure that if women actually had penises and men had vaginas, but women were also physically much stronger than men and with twice the libido, the women would rape us given the chance! So, we'd better rape them while we can just to keep them in check. We're all equal, afterall!
Not sure if it's a key word there. What makes you think a wolf wouldn't pick at, or wholly devour your dead/ailing body if it was hungry?
Anyway, some of the logistics of food sourcing/production etc. re: vegetarian food alternatives is logical, and I don't have much of an issue with it. Given social stability and consistent technological process, we'll probably "grow" all our burgers. Slaughtering domesticated animals will be relegated to specialty cuisines (as it already has, to a certain extent - "grass-fed", etc.).
It's doubtful that many people would argue against vegan ethics, unless they were simply a contrarian, or if they were genuinely lacking in empathy. At this point, it is determined by historical precedent, and system. The changes that would need to occur - moving at the speed demanded by most vegans - would very likely cause greater problems than the ones you rail against, and ultimately be counter-productive. See similar faulty observations/propositions in the "holocaust under 120s" argument.
If I presented a cow the choice between grass and dead last, it's not choosing you.
Largely we don't eat carnivores. If ruminants could metabolize human meat I'm sure they would eat us, given necessity and opportunity.
I admire vegans/veganism to a point. I know one that is an exceptional person. For the others, maybe it was just hard to get past how overwhelmingly bitter they were. As with most things, I suspect a moderate approach is healthiest, though it's making less of a statement. Humans have been eating animals for a long time - what's now lost with mass-production (especially, but not exclusively with meat) is any realistic sense of our relationship to our food. That's fucking crazy, because it's one of those things we biologically NEED along with sleep, air, and potable water.
Calories in, calories out. Coffee for productivity, alcohol for that nagging sense incompleteness. Psychedelics and other drugs make you weak. Don't like all of this? Clearly you have a shit work ethic.
Why do I write anything? Somebody has to write something, sometimes, or what use is a forum?
I wrote that particular thing because I was considering socialization: its uses and dangers.
I write stuff.
I think I see your point, though, and so I would have to say that I am less and less inclined to write about, or speak about anything, any more. I do it mainly as a duty, now, as opposed to having any personal need to.
In this way, I suppose, I am like the Great Philosophers, without the tiresome Greatness bit.
An Unsung Hero, without the tiresome Hero bit.
An Egomaniac without the tiresome Ego bit.
See how much fun writing stuff can be?
I amuse myself, as the French say: Je m'amuse.
Dead Last is a good example of this.
When you get good at self-amusing, though, others eventually sit up and take notice.
Certainly, society can cause problems. As aquarius was asking - what does it take for us to break past it? Why live here or anywhere, or try to stay alive at all?
Insecurity leads us to believe we are social creatures.
Insecure creatures lead us to believe we are supposed to be social.
Without insecurity, we have limited use for socialization.
The socialized need us to be social, so that they do not feel insecure.
Simply being social is not enough; we must then be social enough.
We are not insecure until society causes us to be.
Society, by its very nature, causes insecurity.
You can easily see the madness inherent in this.
Why did you write this?
I am luckier than almost everybody in having a truly loving, enlightened wife. That is uber-important to one's own ability to survive in the face of modern madness. We play life off of each other.
The biggest trick, though, to surviving among the lost, is to realize they don't even see you as a human. Far less as anything with a personality or with sensibilities. All they see is themselves, surrounded by loathsome obstacles.
If you remember this, sensitive soul that you are, you will not be hurt, outraged, or demoralized by their dawn-of-the-dead behaviour. It's not about you.
I suspect the benefit of a mate's support is immeasurable.
That said crow, there do seem to be people of worth out there/here. Maybe I'm too young, or already damned and swallowed up by that maw of corruption, if such a thing is possible.
Perhaps 'anti-scene' is the more appropriate word. Anyway you do know what I mean don't you? A lot of bands just don't seem to be trying anymore, like not breaking new ground is the new 'new ground' (or something like that).
Yes. Idealizing is fine, and you're an exceptional writer. But, we all know where metal's at, and why it's there. How do we effect the genre for the better?