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Interzone / Re: Caffeinated beverages
« on: September 05, 2012, 11:43:24 PM »
Coffee beans were not meant to be drunk. Tea is much more natural.
Tea leaves weren't meant to be drunk any more than coffee beans were. Incidentally, both of them are meant to be drunk, inasmuch as anything can be meant to have a specific purpose; we selectively breed them to be as drinkable as possible.

Coffee bean vs instant coffee? In this case even cheap tea would be better.

(a metaphor of life)

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Metal / Re: Ainulindale
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:30:26 AM »
From such a description can be drawn infinite inspiration. The point isn't to try and replicate it but to be inpired and let the timewinds carry you where they may.

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Interzone / Re: Am I an atheist, agnostic, or theist?
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:21:29 AM »
Are results secondary to the path that leads us to them? Sometimes the unquestioning belief/faith of religion works better than the philosopher that dissects everything.

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Interzone / Re: Fatherhood
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:00:29 AM »
There is a saying that to raise the child is like shaping bamboo while itís young, or something like that. With the right ingredients, the right environment, the right direction, the child will grow to do what is right.

The thing that complicates this is the time we live in.

Also, does guidance directly translate into discipline (beatings and emotional manipulation)? Better to deal with the root problem and bypass this method altogether.

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Metal / Graveland revisited
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:42:45 AM »
If memory serves me correctly, most of the material on The Celtic Winter is borrowed from In the Glare of Burning Churches demo, only itís slicker in execution and production. I think this actually detracts somewhat from the feral tension which characterized the originals. Carpathian Wolves is probably my all time favourite, especially the second half which slows down into epic, ritualistic, last day on earth type stuff.

Objectively, Thousand Swords and Following the Voice of Blood represent the pinnacle of Darkenís artistic vision (not forgetting the Veles albums from the same year which probably owe as much to Darken as anybody). Everything that came after is of integrity but never reached those same heights.

So far, only Beheritís Engram might offer us an effective solution to the bell curve problem.

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Metal / Re: Essential J.S. Bach
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:19:20 PM »
Thanks everyone for the recommendations.

Art of the Fugue, see: Musica Antiqua KŲln

There isn't an internet upload of this anywhere but I found an enticing organ rendition by the great Helmut Walcha.
Will need to wait a few weeks for my bandwidth to re-spawn.

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Metal / Re: WTF happened to Amorphis?
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:35:46 PM »
I'm not a massive fan but I still play The Karelian Isthmus fairly regularly. Tales From The Thousand Lakes has a few ok parts but is overall too goofy for my liking.

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Interzone / Re: Semi-skilled are obsolete
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:20:39 PM »
A human gets the job done too without costing a mint in engineering and maintenance. This is how the Chinese can build an empire amidst an age of technological dependence for the west; near inexhaustible human-labour.

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Interzone / Re: Thus passes the great hero Anders Breivik into martyrdom
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:07:44 PM »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/24/breivik-verdict-sane-21-years

He didn't get a mental health defence, which could mean a few things depending on how government and media decide their own best course of action. Ideally, they would seek to disarm the validity of his political motivations as delicately as possible (as if he hadn't done that already by the very nature of his crimes).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14315108

But for many, it's not altogether unworkable to agree in part with Breivik's sentiment while condemning his actions.

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Metal / Essential J.S. Bach
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:47:48 AM »
I finally reached some weird evolutionary stage as a classical listener whereby all roads inevitably lead back to the great baroque masters. But I'm like a child to this. So far I discovered J.S Bach's best works are his 6 Brandenburg concertos, his fugal organ music and the St Matthew passion (still early days but I'm already thinking it might be the pinnacle of music full stop).

Feel free to make comment, correction or additions to that list.

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Metal / Re: Sepultura - Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:53:34 AM »
Well, to some degree Morbid Visions is still bound in the black/death/thrash prototype style of the period (things like constant tempo, simplified riffing). The contrasts of Onwards to Golgotha belong to death metal proper.

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Interzone / Re: Improving my English Vocabulary
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:37:37 AM »
English as the lingua franca of a dying modern world couldn't be any more culture deprived. It literally is the language of trolls and orcs. I would agree that it's better to be a master of your own tongue, and if you succeed all the geniuses will translate you anyway.

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Interzone / Re: Emotional intelligence
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:19:26 AM »
In other words, wisdom doesn't stem directly from intelligence but it also isn't possible without it? I just felt depressed after finding that most people, regardless of intellect, mimic their emotional spectrum from hollywood movies, and thought there must be a more comprehensive valuation of the person than IQ alone.

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Interzone / Re: New Layout
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:18:00 AM »
I think the old forum from about 10 years ago was something like this anyway?

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Metal / Re: Extreme metal: An evolution?
« on: August 15, 2012, 01:11:29 PM »
Black Sabbath represents the beginning of the transcendental viewpoint which extreme metal would later embrace. The moment of subconscious realization as the first hominid gazed up at the stars.

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