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Interzone / Re: Cops rediscover cure for mental illness
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:15:12 AM »
Elyn Saks, a mental health law professor at the University of Southern California who also developed schizophrenia as a young adult, said that people with psychosis do not filter stimuli as well as others without the disorder, meaning that they're able to ponder contradictory ideas simultaneously and gain insight into loose associations that the general unconscious brain wouldn't even consider worthy of sending to consciousness.

Medical Daily

Insanity can manifest itself in all sorts of people, including the gifted. The world would be better off with those genes (which, for some reason, were never weeded out in prehistory) lest we lose a potential Nietzsche.

Interzone / Re: Your Morals: A Quiz!
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:37:27 PM »

Glad to see I'm not the only bleeding heart here.

Interzone / Are downloadable MP3s still relevant?
« on: October 01, 2013, 05:01:55 PM »
I think blogspot/storage locker downloading is going the way of the dodo.

My computer has < 100 mp3s on the hard drive. I stream 95% of my music via Spotify or Youtube. I use what.cd if for some reason I want the files. Haven't used a blogspot download in years.

Will audiophile still be relevant in a year? What about 5 years?

Metal / Re: Morbid Angel > Incantation
« on: September 09, 2013, 02:02:28 AM »
Incantation's first 3 < Morbid Angel's first 3


Onward to Golgotha > Any Morbid Angel album

Metal / Re: Musical ornamentation in death-metal
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:04:08 AM »
Varg incorporated bends and slides into some of his compositions, such as Lost Wisdom. However, these are not just for 'flavor' but are actually crucial in the shaping of the phrase.

Interzone / Re: United States: World Babysitter
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:03:04 PM »
Does not the US have a long and storied history of being inimical towards middle eastern regimes with nationalized oil industries?

Metal / Re: Gorguts
« on: August 31, 2013, 07:12:48 PM »
Erosion of Sanity sounds awesome on paper: NY influenced death metal in but infused with a more refined sense of melody and a different take on groove riffs. Despite this I can't get into the album, even though I've been trying to for over 4 years.

Interzone / Re: United States: World Babysitter
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:49:33 PM »
Then, these missile strikes would only be happening if the US has no choice in the matter.
No, these missile strikes would happen because the US has already gotten noticeably stirred up by the situation and to back down from it would make us look like pussies on the world stage.

This isn't OMG ZOG IS XPLOITING TEH USA.  Israel doesn't really stand to gain anything because both Assad's regime as well as the rebels are hostile to them. It's purely a proxy war between the West and Russia/China.

Interzone / Re: Booze, cigarette lighters and hairspray
« on: May 05, 2013, 11:28:22 PM »
Being engulfed in flames must be awful... Up until the point that the nerves are destroyed, they are firing nonstop signals to the brain that say "your body is being flambéd!" To which the brain responds sensations of the most agonizing kind. These women experienced the outer limits of pain for a few brief minutes.

I wonder if they managed to muster up enough cognizance to beg God for mercy, or if the sheer terror and pain was too great to even think.

Metal / Re: Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
« on: May 05, 2013, 04:38:51 PM »
Looks like I'll have to wait until Valhalla to see them live.

Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 22, 2013, 04:59:01 AM »
I think I understand where you're coming from, Transcix. Daily life in Boston ground to a halt after a terror spree that killed a mere 4 people (though over 100 were injured). People stayed home from work and school, all events were cancelled. London during the Blitz was probably more lively. Some might say this telegraphs weakness to our enemies by showing them how easy it is to disrupt our society. They will also point to the prevalence of inner-city gun crime and ask why we don't similarly react whenever an innocent African-American gets caught in gang crossfire. Perhaps there is some truth to these points... mainly the first one. But ultimately, I think Boston reacted appropriately, and here's why:

1. All American were potentially a target, not just members of gang XYZ.
2. It was unknown if the suspects were working with others or if more attacks were planned.
3. The brothers were armed with improvised bombs and grenades, making them significantly more dangerous.

It's easy to be a grandstanding foolosopher when the most traumatic thing to ever happen in you're life is the death of your 95-year-old grandma from natural causes. Try watching you're loved ones die right before your eyes and see if you feel the same way.

Metal / Re: Group project: metal esoterica
« on: April 17, 2013, 09:22:50 PM »

"the killing of a god" or "one who kills a god" from Latin deus "god" + -cida "cutter, killer, slayer,".

Although this term wouldn't make sense to a Jew or Muslim, who believe only in an uncreated and thus unkillable God, it does for a Christian, who believe that God has a created aspect in the form of a human: Jesus Christ. Although this aspect of God is considered 100% divine, he is also 100% human, and thus capable of being killed. The term came about in reference to this man-god's death by crucifixion.

As a death metal band name, the term takes on different dimensions. It could have a Nietzschean aspect, referring to the obsolescence of values typically associated with the concept of God, or even further, the death of all absolutist thinking, effectively killing God. Thus, 'deicide' signifies the death of all the corrupted 'truths', providing fertile nihilistic grounding for the creation of new, more realistic values. This nihilism is reflected in the band's sound (on the first two albums), which defies all traditional musical conventions, opting for chromaticism in lieu of pleasing but hollow diatonic melodies.

Another possible dimension, related but distinct from the previous, is an avowal to comic book styled blasphemy. According to many if not most religious faiths, God is the source of all that is good in the world. Were the impossible made possible and God was literally killed, evil would reign supreme and the world would be under Satan's dominion (To some living in modern society, this might be preferable to the current situation). Thus, 'deicide' is the ultimate profanation of all that is considered holy, and by extension, the ultimate iconoclasm.

Interzone / Re: Lost wisdom
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:58:49 PM »
How often do you wipe your browser's temporary files? You could always dig them out of your temporary file folder.

Also, given Google's anal inclination for saving every last bit of data to find its way onto their servers, these sites probably still exist in some form or another in Google's backup archives. Unfortunately, as far as I know, the Google Cache content available to the public is limited to their most recent snapshot of the page.

Interzone / Re: Da Gamez...
« on: April 14, 2013, 04:25:18 AM »
I don't follow your line of thinking. You could also say that game designers should abandon the narrative aspect of video games altogether since they will never surpass classic literature. Video games are a distinct phenomena from both art and board games and thus should be judged as such. I suppose you could argue a game is a game, thus making video games irrelevant compared to chess, but that's not really fair -- it's like comparing classical to metal, in that one clearly has more depth than the other, and yet we continue to listen to both. I wonder why that is. Perhaps because metal has a more relevant message in today's world?

As far as games being designed for dullards, that is true for some games, but not all. I'd say the intellectual rigor posed by video games is roughly parallel to that of any other medium: some are for complete dummies, most are for average people, and some are for the bright ones.

Interzone / Re: Da Gamez...
« on: April 14, 2013, 01:10:29 AM »
No doubt that modern games can have awe-inspiring visuals that one might go so far as to call beautiful. Skyrim certainly does have a way of sucking you in to its landscapes (the music is great, too!). However, you are the first person I have encountered to express interest in a 'game' that consists of nothing but this. If there actually was a video game that was nothing but a nature-walk, I can't say I would play it.

My inner entrepreneur, however, is seeing dollar signs. I can see it now: every retirement home of the future will be equipped with a virtual reality room, capable of whisking its denizens away to fully navigable natural environments where they can pretend they're young again :)

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