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Metal / Re: Old Morning's Dawn - first thoughts
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:47:44 AM »
I got an actual copy of this last week and it is a shame my first impressions of it was from the 128kbps leak.  This is one of those albums where quality really matters.

Interzone / Re: Happiness?
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:54:28 AM »
This all sounds so very Buddhist.

Metal / Re: Media players
« on: May 29, 2013, 04:02:12 PM »

It requires some customization out of the box to get it looking half-way decent but it is unsurpassed as far as features go.  It also has a very lightweight memory footprint.  Anything uses more than 20mb of RAM just to play an mp3 is a bit absurd.

Does anyone run out of memory nowadays? Maybe from a programming standpoint it's commendable to have the program run efficiently, but I think the average computer can spare plenty more than 20 mb of RAM.

It is still fairly good indicator of bloat. If you need half a gigabyte of memory to play a music file, something went wrong in the design of the program.  Also, if you are going to have a program be open 24/7, like how I use my media player, having it be less taxing on your system becomes more important.

Metal / Re: Media players
« on: May 28, 2013, 03:02:59 PM »

It requires some customization out of the box to get it looking half-way decent but it is unsurpassed as far as features go.  It also has a very lightweight memory footprint.  Anything uses more than 20mb of RAM just to play an mp3 is a bit absurd.

Interzone / Re: Internet tax
« on: May 27, 2013, 05:40:06 PM »
If you've been too lazy to do anything about this yet Ebay has a new site up that will give you a pre-written letter and the addresses to all of your representatives.  It's slightly better than an internet petition so it is probably better than doing nothing.

Metal / Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:38:16 PM »

This is pretty bad news considering how integral Hanneman was to Slayer.  I guess I saw it coming because he hasn't played/seen other band members for almost two years now.  It is going to be a solemn June 6th when it roles around this year.

Metal / Re: There's a new Black Sabbath song
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:07:32 AM »

One of the best metal analysis from Brett in years.  A lot relevant and interesting topics are touched on.  Bravo.

« on: December 29, 2012, 06:33:56 AM »
I think I recommended a switch to a magnet link torrent last time this happened with megaupload.  It is a shame I have been too busy to get one up.  A few dedicated seeders of the whole library and we wouldn't have to ever worry about reuploading again.

Interzone / Re: Connecticut Shooting
« on: December 15, 2012, 07:17:52 PM »
From initial reports on the gunman, he fits the profile.  A smart but socially maladjusted white male in his male 20s with no discernible future.  It is interesting to think about what can cause people with this tendencies to develop.  With no connection to community or friends and largely ignored by his peers, someone in this situation has very little external reasons to not go postal.  With the prevalence of this in our society, I am surprised their aren't more shootings like this.

Metal / Re: DLA/Deathmetal.org publication
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:32:20 AM »
There was something called "The Portable ANUS" that was something similar to what you mention.  It is mostly the philosophic interviews/articles of ANUS but it would be nice to have something similar for the album reviews.

In doing that, McPherson is fitting into the pattern of millions of Californians who have snubbed the parties and become nonpartisans.

More than one-fifth of registered voters, 21.3%, are listed with no party preference, according to the Secretary of State. That's double the 10.7% in 1996 and more than quadruple the 5% in 1972.

In the last 16 years, the GOP's slice of the electorate has fallen from 37% to 30.2%. The Democrats' share also has declined, but less precipitously from 47.1% to 43.4%.

Unfortunately, California really is that liberal because it is an extremely urban state.  I grew up in rural California and a good majority of the population was moderate/leaned-conservative but there were also a sizable amount transplant citizens from nearby cities who kept their political beliefs after they moved.  You ended up a population that still was slightly liberal.  Most of the people who would have considered themselves conservatives in the past are now calling themselves independent in order to appeal to the transplanted urbanites.

Interzone / Re: Listenin' to poop music
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:01:29 PM »
Why even bother?  Would you fuck an ugly chick just to see what it feels like the morning after?

Metal / Re: Lord Worm on mediocre bands
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:54:19 PM »
I wonder why so many good artists these days run out of things to say after a few albums.  It is not like Wagner or Beethoven only had productive careers for five years in their mid-20s.  Many great artists continue evolve and have important things to say well into old age.

Interzone / Re: Democratizing garbage production
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:59:54 PM »
Quirky, eh? Sounds fun.  I am sure people will get a couple weeks use out of their trinket before it ends up in a landfill somewhere.

Interzone / Re: What have you been reading lately?
« on: September 20, 2012, 03:13:42 PM »
I've been reading the Byock translation of The Volsung Saga recently.  As a translation, it is fairly faithful to the source and clearly written, though perhaps less artful because it largely ignores the verse structure of the saga.  It also contains a good deal of insight and explanation in the translation notes, which is useful if you haven't read much Norse saga before.

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