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Interzone / Re: Martial Arts
« on: November 21, 2009, 08:46:26 PM »
It unintentionally illegitimizes martial arts that aren't "successful" in the ring (hence this debate)

How exactly does it do this?

One fighter using a certain martial art (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, for example) doesn't illegitimize the discipline if they don't win in a certain fight. When a fighter loses, no one says, "Well, he lost, so BJJ sucks". The blame is always placed on the fighter. And even if a certain fighter performed all his moves well, he can still lose to someone who is using the same discipline, or one who uses something completely different (maybe wrestling, or muay-thai, for example).

You are the only person I've come across who thinks it does anything close to, "illegitimizing" martial arts.

Interzone / Re: Martial Arts
« on: November 21, 2009, 07:57:15 PM »
UFC = crap (not to discredit certain systems used by competitors)

I'd like to know why you think the UFC is crap. Do you not like the violent aspect of the sport? 

I find it really interesting to watch two different fighters apply their own style to a fight and see who bests the other. Most fans of the UFC don't know much of anything when it comes to mixed martial arts. They are looking for as much blood and gore as possible. But, if you are a true student of the sport, you appreciate every move being done, and the amount of discipline that it takes to perform on the levels they do. Every fight doesn't need to end in someone being knocked out either. There are some real technical maneuvers being done.

Interzone / Re: Any sugerence for a third world habitant?
« on: November 18, 2009, 06:14:06 PM »
Ok, i live in Argentina, that place of planet Earth where people think they are the master race even when they can't stop watching TV, looking naked women, killing each other for a stupid football game, etc.

My question is, is it worth fighting here? Everyone here is your typical marxist, your typical "We NeEd THe aRMy tO rule US!!!" moron, whores or nerds, or everything.
Open a book of argentinian history, and the only thing to see there is populism, populism and populism. Bullshit.
Im seriously thinking in living in other country. Should i stay here? or is it recommended to emigrate? anyone here have experience in foreign countries?

Well, I've been, and I had mixed reactions.

It reminded me of Southern Europe, but even cheaper, and with even ruder people. Your women are hot, yet your hero is a fucking futbol (soccer) player, so I'm still confused.

Interzone / Re: Untamed Wilderness Possibility or Mere Pipedream?
« on: November 18, 2009, 06:12:33 PM »
Wow. The post above me really demonstrates just how huge Alaska is. I need to go visit.

Interzone / Re: Major corporation trolls hipsters
« on: October 18, 2009, 01:03:38 PM »
I'd have to say in all honesty that for its price PBR is probably the best beer available. I was introduced to it by my friend's dad, who is a farmer/carpenter; I had no idea it was hipster beer until months after I started drinking it. That being said, I still drink it - why let hipsters ruin something good for you?

I don't think the beer is very good, but I'll drink it if short on cash and at a bar. But for another dollar, you can get yourself some quality beer like a solid IPA, hefeweisen, or any decent American beer.

Metal / Re: Suffercation
« on: October 17, 2009, 08:36:47 PM »
How did they not know of Suffocation?

Interzone / Re: Gordian Knot Tab
« on: October 17, 2009, 05:25:26 PM »
I don't have the tabs for that song. That's quite a complex solo you want to play. I would start with someone easier.

Metal / Re: Metal Videos
« on: October 01, 2009, 08:50:56 PM »
For my money, the best metal video I've ever seen is Entombed's "Left Hand Path". Fucking epic video:


Interzone / Re: Did all music die in the 1990s?
« on: October 01, 2009, 08:20:52 PM »
I used to go to raves when I was younger. Not every weekend, but maybe once a month or so. I didn't get much from it. Actually, the music wasn't too bad, it was the people who made it shitty. Every dumbass on some kind of drug, and stupid whores giving each other hand rubs while inhaling vicks vapor rub.

Recently, I attended a drum and bass party, and that I enjoyed a lot. It was void of all the kiddie crap and hardcore drugs. The vibrations alone were quite intense. I suppose in a way, it was sort of a drug-inducing effect, but at least you were sober of mind, and actually had some lasting thoughts when the show was over.

Interzone / Re: Possible new species of sloth beaten to death by "monsters"
« on: September 23, 2009, 10:17:03 PM »
It's probably a sloth that has lived undergound, thus hairless and albino.

No. From what I read in an article regarding this, it was a sloth that somehow drowned, and during decomposition, lost all it's body hair and ended up on a rock, thus it looking a drunk albino that passed out on a rock.

Nothing out of the ordinary, just that a bunch of dumbasses decided to pass it along as some kind of alien.

Metal / Re: FENRIZ: "90's black metal is for little kids"
« on: August 16, 2009, 01:34:13 PM »
The guy has run out of ideas. It's as simple as that. All he wanted to say, he said in their first four albums.

Excellent news. The greatest Death Metal album just got a little better.  :o)

Interzone / Re: Religion?
« on: August 15, 2009, 06:22:18 PM »
He seems to be relying on experience, and my experience says something completely different, so how do we reconcile this?

I don't know, but it's what has been causing all of the confusion with this discussion. When I suggested that religion could help someone behave sensibly (as a consequence of taking on certain lifestyle beliefs), people were shocked. But that is my experience. The best people I've met have been semi-religious or semi-agnostic. The ones who call themselves capital-'A' Athiests and say they are completely nonspiritual, degenerate into fatalism and don't care about anything but self-indulgence. The ones who are obsessed with their religious symbols become wholly unreasonable and you can't have a simple discussion without god coming into the picture to prove alcohol is evil or something like that. At least they're not drunks...

We have different theoretical views of the world and when look out there, see things that confirm our views. Are we just seeing what we want to see?

I often ask myself this question as a means of keeping myself in check.  Investigation into this area shows that this is almost exclusively how humans come to the conclusions they do.

I agree that religions may be used to help people behave sensibly (I've seen it first hand...drug addicts anyone?), and that certain religions may be better than others depending on the individual and the circumstances, but I retain my belief that we'd be better off finding non-religious solutions.  I also agree that good people come in all different varieties.  I have met many religious people who a clearly better, more intelligent, and more constructive individuals than myself, as well as many atheists that are complete failures (generally they are fatalists, as you point out).

To get back to my point, I think the claim could have been better examined by focusing in on specific trends of thought, as opposed to entire religions.

Many people have told Christopher Hitchens that religion helps in that it appears to keep people in check and to care for others. But Hitchens argues that it's human solidarity, that is, an evolutionary feature that we adapted since the beginning of our existence which is the reason why we care and tend to not hurt others. Because back when we were running around amongst the dangerous animals, we need to work as a group to survive, and to hunt, etc.

So to conclude, It is religion that gets it's morals from human interaction, and not the other way around.

Interzone / Re: Hipster definition
« on: August 15, 2009, 03:33:44 PM »
This guy is NOT a hipster, but it bears mentioning anyway.  Or maybe he is a hipster, sort of.  Extreme self mutilation in the name of fashion really is hipsterism, I suppose.

I can only hope that these cheek plugs become immensely popular.

WOW. I was literally speechless for about twenty seconds.

There are some incredibly fucked up people in this world. That guy is a FUCKING MORON!

Interzone / Re: Religion?
« on: August 15, 2009, 03:11:50 PM »
I think we'd live more enjoyable lives if we didn't know we were going to die. We'd probably not live very long as well. I'm not sure if any of this means much, it's just something I thought of right now.

Anyway, to keep with the spirit of this thread, take a gander at one of my heroes, Christopher Hitchens:


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