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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.

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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.

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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."

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/12/1632251/can-web-based-protests-be-a-force-for-change

Who shall we target first?


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

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

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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
http://www.furious.com/perfect/hackermetal.html

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Metal / Perfect Sound Forever
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:19:21 PM »
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):

 ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS
  Not Just Old-Timey Novelty- an appreciation and interview by Michael Layne Heath
"'The Spankers got started when my friend Guy Forsyth and I were sitting around one night, complaining about how loud our respective bands were. So we thought, 'why not go the other way and start a jug band?' So Guy pulls out all these CD's of old 'hokum jazz,' blues and jug band music that he had kept in a bookcase.'"

 BECK
  Morning Phase & Desert Voyages by Owen Watson
"Greeting the recent release of Beck's new album Morning Phase are rumblings that this is the 43 year old's sequel to his similarly tuned 2002 album Sea Change: another reverb-soaked record heavy with lament and airy symphonic composition. But a close inspection finds the sequel tag to be a reductionist way of looking at the work."

 JEFF BECK
  Wired in the '70's by Sam Leighty
"He had always liked jazz, classical and different kinds of unusual music from all over, including Indian and Mid-eastern music. He had been drawing on this mixture of styles since his days with The Yardbirds. As the '70's unfolded, he developed a strong infusion of jazz in his playing, beginning with his first album of that decade."

 EN VOGUE
  Untangling R&B Divas by Peter Crigler
"Once upon a time, En Vogue were hailed as one of the greatest female R&B groups of all time. But then the shit hit the fan amidst pregnancy, egos and money. Now there are two different versions of the group, both touring third-rate venues. What a sad, sad state of affairs. How did it get this bad, you might ask?"

 HACKER METAL
  Heshers in the Early Web by Brett Stevens
"We are drowning in information, not starving for it. But before this was commonplace, a cutting edge of innovative hackers forged a network of sites, conference calls and hidden caches of information. They then used this cobbled network to find information on music, including heavy metal.  Especially heavy metal."

 AASHID HIMONS
  The Reggae Lion of Nasvhille by Rev. Keith A. Gordon
"Aashid Himons was a giant of a man with a leonine head haloed by a mane of lengthy, graying deadlocks, Himons was a force of nature, a charismatic musical alchemist that pursued his muse wherever it might take him. That's not the best
formula for success in the music industry, yet Himons managed to forge a career that spanned five decades, influenced countless other artists, and forever changed the image of Nashville from that of the home of country music.."

 ISLAJA
  Finnish Avant Electronix by Michael Freerix
"Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin. Since her debut in 2004, she has released four album-length works on Finland's Fonal Records and one CD on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, as
well as a series of singles on labels such as Not Not Fun and Root Strata. She earned quick praise in the international music press for her unique vocal style and daring DIY approach to music composition..."

 NU-METAL
  The Good/Bad/Ugly of Rap-Metal by Peter Crigler
"Most people look at Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine as the 'forefathers' of the scene- maybe think of them as rap-rock's Neil Young. Many people including my friends were directly influenced to start playing music because of these bands. Eventually, FNM and RATM moved away from rapping in their songs at all, particularly FNM. But their influence was already showing. Then KoRn came around in 1994 and proceeded to spawn everything that came afterwards."

 OKAPI SUN
  Video Interview- Electro-pop duo by Robin Cook
"Taking their name from a cute, exotic cousin of the giraffe, Okapi Sun produces impeccable, pristine electro-pop. Originally, Army brat Dallas and German-born Leo met in Berlin. They later joined forces in sunny San Diego. The captivating single "Johnny Kiss" gives you an idea of what they're capable of. The duo's debut album, Techno Prisoners, is out now."

 PERUVIAN CHICHA
  Its Brooklyn Connection by Amauta Marston-Firmino
"'Chicha' is a musical invention from the borderlands, a musical style that is a lot like the people here. It is neither Peruvian nor Brazilian--born in the jungle and yet totally outside of it. It mixes the tropical energy of cumbia, and the Caribbean with the post-industrial malaise of garage rock. The story of chicha begins in Pucallpa, nestled between the jungle and the mountains, where a young mane named Juan Wong Paredes played saxophone for fun..."

 GEORGE RUSSELL
  Interview- Jazz Theory by Jason Gross
"Even though he had over two dozen albums to his name, history is going to remember jazz pianist/composer/arranger George Russell for something other than the music that he made. Instead, Russell's 1953 book The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is what history will remember him for and he knew that. There, Russell made the radical leap in music theory to ditch chords for scales, finding there was a great freedom to this new way of seeing and making music."

 SCOTTISH MUSIC
  From Folk To Electronic By James Paton
"Following on from some of the critical acclaim that was directed towards Boards of Canada's excellent Tomorrow's Harvest, I found myself inexplicably drawn towards taking stock of some of Scotland's finest musical treasures from the last thirty years or so, albums that critics evidently dismissed... I intended to to remind others of Scotland's fine musical heritage."

 MAVIS STAPLES
  Biography Excerpt by Greg Kot
"From longtime Chicago Tribune columnist and author (who's also written a Wilco bio, Learning How to Die) comes a bio of legendary soul singer Mavis Staples. As primary singer for the Staples Singers, Mavis grew up in public, singing gospel songs with her family and helping to make a name for themselves in that market. When the Staples came over to Stax Records, they were cutting more secular material and the label also had plans for Mavis herself..."

 ANNE WALDMAN
  Poet/Performer- interview by Glenn Morrow
"The poet Anne Waldman is well known as the founder (along with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. For many years, she also ran the St. Mark's poetry space. With her son, the musician Ambrose Bye she has a record label that releases spoken word work with musical accompaniment. As a poet, she has published over 40 books including The Iovis Trilogy, a nearly thousand page epic poem."

 VINYL ANACHRONIST
  Interview- Vinyl Nirvana by Marc Philips
". For a long time, I've been championing David Archambault and his Vinyl Nirvana site. Vinyl Nirvana has been around for almost as long... I immediately bookmarked it once I saw all of Dave's amazing restoration projects. I was particularly fascinated with all of his AR turntable restorations--I've owned both an AR-XA and an ES-1 and I'm still a big fan of these designs."

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Metal / Origins of speed metal
« on: March 23, 2014, 07:20:25 PM »

DID YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A HEAVY METAL BAND AT THAT TIME?

J: Yeah.  None of us were really into the punk stuff, except maybe the Ramones
or the Pistols.  We were not real hardcore punk fans.

K: That's the thing that a lot of people don't know, when we first started we
weren't heavily into punk.  It was very, very slight.  Motorhead and the
Ramones.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA TO PLAY THE RIFFS THAT MUCH FASTER?

J: Motorhead.

http://morehouse.org/hin/cdc/cdc067.txt

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Metal / Gender in metal
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:47:58 PM »
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So is this, "speed metal?" because I can’t think of anything else to possibly call it.

Look you guys, I’m really liking it. It’s oddly beautiful, but I feel like it’s really hard for girls to get to know this kind of music. I would NEVER want to see this band live, even though I’m really liking the music. It would be too violent and too dangerous, and that sucks. And yet I’m not blaming the people who feel the need to get “caught in a mosh,” upon hearing this. It’s probably exhilarating, but sitting on the couch listening to it is fun in a totally different way. Why does music have to be such a division of the sexes sometimes?

http://alltherecords.tumblr.com/post/79331894797/anthrax-among-the-living

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Interzone / Now admit it
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:16:41 PM »
You were happier with crow's posts and leadership than mine :)

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Interzone / Poetry of Decay
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:38:29 AM »

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Interzone / Point cloud
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:50:37 PM »


"The point here is that we're generating enough of a point cloud where we can really be autonomously aware of the environment," Woods said.

What is a point cloud? The easiest way to think of it is as a form of pin art, the 1980's gadget, as the Velodyne video to the right shows. The LIDAR provides position and velocity information. But Velodyne is also developing the capability to look at the relative intensity of the reflected light, which will allow the laser to "read" objects.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402516,00.asp

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Interzone / The mystery deepens
« on: March 15, 2014, 02:18:24 PM »
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As the focus of the investigation has shifted, so too has the focus of the search. "The plane's last communication with the satellite was in one of two possible corridors: a northern corridor stretching approximately from the border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand, or a southern corridor stretching approximately from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean," Najib said.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/15/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Suddenly we're talking real implications here. And in this time of too much information, it's fascinating to see a real mystery emerge again. Chaos is not defeated.

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Interzone / We are here to forge character out of chaos
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:40:18 PM »
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But depth, the core of our being, is something we cultivate over time. We form relationships that either turn the core piece of ourselves into something more stable and disciplined or something more fragmented and disorderly. We begin with our natural biases but carve out depths according to the quality of the commitments we make. Our origins are natural; our depths are man-made — engraved by thought and action.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/opinion/brooks-the-deepest-self.html


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Metal / Other undergrounds: metal crossover with hacker/BBS culture
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:08:03 AM »
Metal has never been the only underground. For example, in the mid-80s through early 1990s there was the hacker underground that flourished on BBSs, conference lines and VMBs.

http://www.textfiles.com/groups/METALCOMMUNICATIONS/
http://www.phrack.org/issues.html?issue=20&id=4

If you were part of this crossover between undergrounds, please contact me. You will be credited in an upcoming article on the topic for a longstanding music publication. Thanks to all who consider my request.

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Interzone / Hipster trend alert
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:52:59 AM »
In yet another sign that the new age lingo of the 1960s is still very much with us, “mindfulness” has become the new “sustainability”: No one quite knows what it is, but everyone seems to be for it.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116618/technologys-mindfulness-racket

Interesting analysis. The BOBO trend of the 1990s has now become slightly more ascetic and, oddly, more religious. There's a shift that way in general but it's picking up force.

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