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Metal / Why is metal retarded?
« on: May 15, 2014, 01:07:47 PM »
Seriously: why are the people in this genre so incapable of logical thought, action and honorable behavior?

I don't mean the FMP/NWN types (only); they're obviously collectors, and collectors are Wal-mart shoppers putting on airs to pretend they're "cultured."

But, looking at the bigger picture, why is that Facebook/etc. are clotted with so many people behaving like idiots? And not just idiots, but oblivious, spoiled, entitled idiots?

I recall a small amount of users being like that in the past, but it seems the retardation has taken over. What broke?

Metal / News
« on: May 14, 2014, 11:03:43 PM »
Crow has been promoted to head writer at Amerika.org. We need him over there more than here.

Similarly, two other familiar faces around here have agreed to join us as writers, but I'll let them tell you about it.

Further, I wanted to draft a mission statement for this forum:

100% Metal Forum: for all those who see metal as an idea which can be applied both in musical form, and in everyday life. This is a forum for people who love metal and want to maintain or improve it.

Interzone / Language is meaningless
« on: May 10, 2014, 05:31:44 PM »
Or perhaps not.

Language requires both parties have the same meaning to the tokens used. What determines this is how meaning is assessed: is it done in the abstract, to make the terms cooperate; in the social, to make the terms convenient to social meaning; or in an abstract-realist method, where terms must correspond to the structures found in reality.

I don't see the point in blaming language, or even brain images of reality. Intent is what matters.

Interzone / The boredom
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:35:50 PM »
The insights you need to watch for are the ones that are slippery like catfish. They're in the brain one moment but the construction immediately begins to fade.

I saw one such realization about boredom. It was that, once one is moderately successful at anything, there is not much to remain interesting. You have what you need. Then there's exploring the great music and books. That doesn't last forever either. Then what to do with your life?

You need to find a quest outside of what you already know.

Boredom serves a holy role. Life is basically boring, and boredom is what happens when we don't have a challenge or goal.

Nothing can rest, because rest causes decomposition. There must always be a goal. No, not "progress" -- that's a fake goal, an inward self-referential and thus AIDSy goal -- but something that one wishes to create, achieve and generate.

Interzone / Metal has a serious brat problem
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:30:32 PM »
By brats, I mean spoiled people who are also demanding and yet basically alienated from anything.

I can't help but tie this into the multigenerational impact of 1968 and its war on the family.

A lot of it also has to do with the hopelessness in metal because quality is so low, the lack of intelligent people because they've been driven out by the shit music, and the attitudes these people inherit from "entertainment culture" as a whole.

The intertard may have played a role, probably not a central one, but having everything be easy makes anything that's conceptually hard very distant for these people.

But they're brats. Fucking brats. Behave like fat-cheeked like useless twits of children do, but when they're FOUR. Thirteen to twenty years later, how do these people justify their behavior?

My answer is that they don't. They have no hope of anything. They don't understand their music. It doesn't fulfill them. But they keep trying. To have something. Because the other option is having nothing, which requires admitting the nothingness.

They'd rather do anything than that.

Metal / Romantic poetry
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:06:04 AM »

Surrounded By Black And Mourning Moonfog
And The Eyes Of The Dark Ones
Sempiternal Woods Wait Only For Me
A Path Opens Clearly
The Sun No Longer Rises
Over Cold And Forgotten Valleys
The Sun No Longer Rises
Where I Walk And Where I Come
I Believe In Tragedies
I Believe In Desecration
To The North And Into Eternal Winters
To The North In The Grip Of Eternal Frost


Interzone / Metal as metaphor
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:00:20 PM »
Unlike with music, however, the trend is always in one direction and there is no re-centering; it would be as if the mainstream of elite taste in music went from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath to Metallica to Slayer and onto Napalm Death. Politically that’s what much of the commentary in places like Slate sounds like to me – just some guy atonally screaming in my ear about some micro-injustice.


Interzone / The Dunning-Kruger effect
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:51:06 AM »
  • Unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.
  • Those persons to whom a skill or set of skills come easily may find themselves with weak self-confidence, as they may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.

The second half worries me. Smarter people look outside of themselves, and draw wrong conclusions; dumber people look at themselves, and draw wrong conclusions. Either way: wrong conclusions.

Also of note - how the ego can troll you into thinking you have all the answers:


Interzone / The problem with rationalism
« on: April 24, 2014, 10:59:38 AM »
The problem with rationalism is this: it tries to raise a human perspective to a universal one.

We project a lot of our own minds and what types of data-structures are convenient for them to use. When analyzing life, we break it down and fit it into those human data-structures.

We also impose the solipsistic bias, which is (a) because this is what I see, it is what everyone sees and (b) because I am seeing it, my viewpoint is absolute.

This is distinct from "I have seen reality, past my own bias, and I can't believe others do not." But from a distance and to someone has not experienced both, they look identical.

This is the root of the Crowd's poison: they wish to make the two the same on a social level. Thus, socially (meaning socializing with friends, not institutionally) we assume that self-bias equals reality-bias.

Next time you parse a public speech by a public figure, consider how it manipulates along these lines.

Interzone / How I fucked your mother and other stories.
« on: April 22, 2014, 02:19:50 PM »
I realize the internet is a big Rumpus Room. It's where people go to blow off steam.

The difference here is that we're seeking to avoid the sickness of society at large. Society is sick; every charlatan acknowledges that. But here, there's a difference: we seek solutions.

The first solution is a very simple one. It is to stop carrying the sickness with us. Since the sickness is a frame of mind and series of behaviors, task #1 is to purge those from ourselves.

I propose that this forum resolve to exclusively pursue this path, and for new users to be quiet until they think they've begun beating this disease.

Interzone / How to use the internet as a weapon
« on: April 12, 2014, 08:16:44 PM »
"Several high profile protests have circulated across the Web in the past few weeks, garnering social and news media attention — and even forcing the resignation of one high-level executive. There are two components driving the trend in Internet protests: They tend to be effective against Web services, and online networks allow people to mobilize quickly. According to a study released last month by Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication, active Web useres are likely to do far more for a cause than simply 'like' it on a website. And, because a few clicks can cancel a service, their actions carry weight. But there may be a coming backlash as people can grow tired of online activism; and corporations may also take a more proactive stance in response to them."


Who shall we target first?

Interzone / Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:08:49 PM »

Worth reading. One of my favorite books as a kid. Escape... to the void!

Metal / Intersection between hacking and heavy metal/BBS culture
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:43 PM »

I wrote an article about the cross-influence between hacking and heavy metal. It covers the use of alternative media, like BBS and AE lines, to convey a hidden truth that is shared between metalheads and hackers. The article is entitled "Hacker Metal" and it is published in Perfect Sound Forever webzine.

For those who remember the early web, Perfect Sound Forever is an e-zine that started in 1993 and has run continuously since. It derived its name from an early Sony/Philips ad designed to convince people to switch to compact disks, and covers all forms of music including a fair amount of metal.

"Hacker Metal: Heshers on the early net" by Brett Stevens

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