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Interzone / Re: Place for living
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:49:28 PM »
Ideal situation:

Pleasant temperature.

Be able to grow everything my wife and I eat.

Live far away from the decaying modern world.

Water strorage tanks and filters.

Solar panels.

Reduce need to buy things.

Buy lentils, grains etc in bulk.

Trip into town maybe once every six months.

Learn any good poems by heart.

Ideal situation.

Interzone / Re: Keeping your mind flexible
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:46:00 PM »
I'm pretty much a novice at chess. It's a fun game though! I often find I do not have many people to play it with, however.

It's the game of the gods. Infinitely simplistic in its complexity. A possible desert island necessity.

There used to be a few metal hall posters and infoterrorists that played the facebook chess application over five years ago now. I learned much from those games but have unfortunately gotten a bit sloppy of late.

Interzone / Re: Keeping your mind flexible
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:33:49 PM »
Aquarius, surely you recognise that not-thinking is a prerequisite for thinking?  The state of not-thinking is the state of simply being.  It is from this state that all thought arises, though, in the West, people are frequently overtaken by thinking, to the point where it seems "abnormal" to have moments (or even days) of silence.

Nice to see somebody sufficiently neolithic to 'get-it'.
Modern man is an oaf. He thinks too much. And can not stop thinking.
This oafishness is all about mindless mind-churning, not because it serves, but because it has become the default state.
To learn to locate the off-switch is about as high a goal as humans can reach for.
Having switched the mind off, he is ready to start (resume) living as he was intended to live.
One is still able to think, but thinking is exponentially enhanced when one has a non-thinking state to compare thinking to.
A silent mind is directly connected to reality.
Connectedness is life.

It actually hadn’t occurred to me in that order. Having been shat into a hyper-stimulated existence our brains basically know no better than to be constantly active. To not-think would require extensive re-wiring at this point. I shudder to think where that might take human evolution if there even is to be one. 

Perhaps things like prayer and meditation developed for this very purpose, though I can’t say I’m at all familiar with the practice of either.

Interzone / Re: Drugs are for depressed people, period.
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:31:13 PM »
I doubt if drug-use can have any value beyond what the individual gets out of it, and if it makes him any smarter without being confused for a schizophrenic then that’s truly great. Any noble or pious society wouldn’t need this. If the individual could contribute to such a society then that's great.

Interzone / Re: Being and staying healthy in modern times
« on: November 09, 2012, 05:37:29 PM »
I started a new exercise of swimming underwater for as long as I can on one breath.

Interzone / Re: Keeping your mind flexible
« on: November 09, 2012, 05:34:50 PM »
Really?  Whenever I'm idle, I like not thinking.  It's far more enjoyable, and far more elucidatory, in my experience.

The modern world is so clustered with meaningless information that most people couldn't sit still if they tried. I imagine times of not-thinking evolved as a necessary byproduct of thinking, much in the way that dreams help defragment reality.

Interzone / Re: Drugs are for depressed people, period.
« on: November 09, 2012, 05:12:41 PM »
So far this thread has established that hallucinogen use is not isolated to the modern world and that not everyone who uses them is an outright retard. Needless to say the Aldous Huxley types are in the minority here.

In an attempt to recap the original topic:
Consider what exactly is being achieved in a deeper state of consciousness?
Is this not possible without hallucinogens?
Are successive drug trips necessary to achieve it?
Are only drug-users pro-drugs?
Are the benefits of abstinence so negligible?

Metal / Question for Conservationist
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:18:43 PM »
Do you start with a vision of where a piece is going and flesh it out on the instrument or experiment with the instrument and later put the pieces in their place. I remember reading an interview with Paul Ledney where he stated he would hum the melody he wanted and the guitarist could turn it into a riff. Other metal bands seem to build this massive array of contrasting riffs that oddly enough are in perfect complement to one and other, suggesting their compositional process is more subconscious.

Interzone / Keeping your mind flexible
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:00:18 PM »
Learning new skills (that serve a purpose). Playing computer chess once a day. Honing your natural intuition. Identifying poison (own thoughts, other people). Realizing you could be wrong. Keeping your mind still.

Metal / Re: More bullshit music: "tech death"
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:54:24 PM »
Form and intent. The musical language needs to support the ideas being communicated.

Interzone / Re: Sugar substitutes
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:08:48 PM »
I treat the body and mind as something sacred and my attitude toward food (as with any other fundament of life) is influenced by this. Modern society is incompatible with this. People don't appreciate the luxury of available food and it becomes an accessory of their desires. Alternately, they view it merely as fuel and readily stuff their faces between appointments or on the way to work. The body-mind-temple becomes a pigsty.

Interzone / Re: Romanticism/Nihilism Compare and Contrast
« on: November 06, 2012, 07:03:56 PM »
Nihilism is non-moral realism. You spend some time stripping off all that decrepid, old wallpaper and decide to paint the place white. The ensuring boredom develops into a fertile imagination; romanticism.

Don't forget traditionalism :). A fine example of imagination.

Does imagination imply that something isn't reality based? I think of it moreso as an extension of reality.
Unfortunately I'm not too well versed on traditionalism. But I read The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima, and as a fictional work it has more to say about reality than any 'true strory' I've ever heard.

Interzone / Re: Drugs are for depressed people, period.
« on: November 06, 2012, 06:26:51 PM »
There is a story I was told about a female model. She took ayuasca. The details of the trip are insignificant. She concluded that what she was currently doing was nothing, amounted to nothing and meant nothing. She was off to a great start. That is, until she reveals that her grand conclusion is that she must go to live with the South American Tribe, in the jungle, that uses this stuff. Brilliant. Abandon one vapid existence for another.

Sounds like a poorly developed person to begin with.  But isn't this most, not all, drug-users, if not most people?
I see LSD use as vision of Brahmin without knowledge. Can I suddenly speak Greek without having learned it? Well maybe a few words  ;)

Metal / Re: Death metal riff types
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:55:52 AM »

For what it's worth, I have a penchant for mean-spirited Hellhammer styled riffs.

Personally I find it hard to classify 'riffs' in theoretical terms as they already contain melody, harmony, rhythm as well as dynamics/technique. More often I think of them as shapes within a structure. Some build up, some are expository. And black metal is even harder to define. The Beherit song, Sadomatic Rites is basically 4-5 sets of riffs played one after the other with each part building into the next without repeating. Burzum's Jesu død sounds like one massive riff, though it is helped by and consists of many.

Metal / Re: music is not beautiful
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:18:29 AM »
Today, we're lucky if people can get passed idolizing the composer, let alone distinguishing music from what it describes.

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