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Interzone / Re: Good popular music
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:20:36 AM »
Talk Talk, Talking Heads, Joy Divison, New Order, Killing Joke, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, The Cranberries, Husker Du, My Bloody Valentine etc. etc.

These are all alt rock, pop and post punk from the 80's, which have some appeal to them. Admittedly, I only give Killing Joke and My Bloody Valentine an occasional listen.

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Interzone / Re: Running and other Physical Activities
« on: November 17, 2010, 07:15:10 PM »
Update: I've been limiting myself to 5k runs and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sprint routines so I limit muscle atrophy. I've noticed that my runs are much easier and painless now that I have switched from over-engineered shoes to wetshoes (removed the soles and the ripped out the padding). I've also noticed a general increase in strength in my feet. Before actually getting shoes, I did a lot of 5-8k runs on various terrains, including cobblestone, which actually felt good after a while. Once I return to school in two months, I plan on beginning some weightlifting, including deadlifts, benchpress, squats, cleans, pull-ups, etc.

I've also noticed that through HIIT I've lost quite a bit of fat. Sadly I'm not that big of a guy, so I'm definitely looking into some foods that increase my caloric intake (oatmeal, multigrain bread) or gainer shakes.

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Interzone / Re: Modern Man: Fucking Weak
« on: November 16, 2010, 12:15:23 AM »
Yeah budday!


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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: November 13, 2010, 03:18:07 AM »
My apologies. Definitely meant Depressor (USA).

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Metal / Re: Bands worth hearing thread
« on: November 13, 2010, 02:02:59 AM »
Depressor any good? From what I've heard (limited) it was very good.

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Interzone / Re: Good Ambient/Electronic Music
« on: November 08, 2010, 10:28:06 PM »
Raison d'Etre, Brian Eno (Discreet Music and Apollo especially). Some Endura is good (Black Eden, Great God Pan, The Dark is Light Enough). What has already been said is also very good. Klaus Schulze's X is excellent. All of these are fairly reminiscent of classical or neoclassical as well. Richard D. James' music is also a good place to look. Aphex Twin should not be missed. Personally, I find his acid/house material to be the best (Analord 1-11 under the moniker AFX). As for drone ambient, typically suggestions are Maeror Tri and Troum. While Biosphere's Microgravity and Patashnik are very good, I still would recommend Substrata over both. You can get away with just having these three albums from Biosphere. Also, while Jaaportit is similar to Biosphere, I would definitely check it out. Nothing but quality music from Jaaportit.

There is a lot of electronica out there nowadays and most of it sounds all the same. Venetian Snares may be a good option as some of the music is reminiscent of Bartok, but I did not enjoy it. Squarepusher is also a common recommendation, but it sounds rather superficial to me. Boards of Canada is also common, but it is boring to me.

Edit: Someone posted just before me. I guess this is just reassurance.

Personally, Sleep Research Facility and Neptune Towers get old rather fast. Haven't heard much of Lull, but it seems rather promising.

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Interzone / Re: Malware: weapon of mass destruction
« on: September 28, 2010, 07:00:25 PM »
You'd need:

1. a computer that auto-runs USB sticks
2. an unmonitored computer that allows you to log on/have access to system files
3. a virus scanner that doesn't pick up a "too large, too encrypted (lol), too complex" files

It's all hype. Anyone with knowledge on how to prevent infections knows exactly how to counter such software. Sadly/luckily, most people don't know.

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Interzone / Re: First GMO animal in U.S.
« on: September 21, 2010, 06:23:23 PM »
Interesting. Having worked with aquaculture in the past, this would likely be a very effective means to produce a large amount of food within a short time. However, GM foods scare the shit out of me and I would not touch this fish with a stick. Hopefully this particular fish is sterile, not allowing it to transfer its genes to future generations, which would likely cause further genetic mutations within the populations. I hope it's never released out of captivity. This fish is likely far more susceptible to food limitations than its unmodified counterparts. I would like to know what would happen to this fish under eutrophication, metabolic disruption and food limitation, as most fish have predictable responses to such circumstances.

I honestly don't know how to react toward GM fish. There are many unknowns that go along with GM foods, especially in multicellular organisms. I would not venture to eat this GM fish until it undergoes some very rigorous lab testing on toxicity/carcinogenicity. Even then, it's scarey shit.

I wonder if Monsanto will try to buy this shit up, if they haven't already.

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Interzone / Re: Tree worship
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:58:31 AM »

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Interzone / Re: Goal: keep your reach ahead of your grasp
« on: July 05, 2010, 12:30:30 AM »
American tax dollars are already being put into space colonization! I don't know whether to wince or applaud the idea that effort is going into "training" or informing the public regarding colonization; I'm sure it's a very costly venture. Here's another link that suggests the MMO will provide various accreditation to various technical things. I must say that it is fairly viable. Back when I was 14 or so, I played America's Army and trained to become a field medic. I recently received my license/accreditation for First Aid/CPR, and I must say that the content I was exposed to in the game (which was very accurate) has stuck with me ever since (six years?).

Some quotes:

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Timelines in the much anticipated Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond MMO will be set even farther in the exciting future (2035+)

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The primary audience for this MMO game will be students (13 and older) from the middle school level through college. At the earlier grade levels, the game can empower students to make academic choices as well as supporting learning
http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/mmo/postmmo/Dr.Daniel%20Laughlin.pdf

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Interzone / Re: Does time/eternity have a beginning?
« on: July 03, 2010, 07:06:09 PM »
But doesn't a being's physiology have everything to do with its conception of reality?  Theoretically 'reality' would not change from an objective standpoint, but we do not have access to this, now do we?

The argument that "time is a human concept" is really the biocentrism theory. While I'm not going to deny that biocentrism is valid, it is rather akin to the geocentric model. Admittedly, I have not described time in my discussions at all; I have defined it as the increase toward maximum entropy, making measurement of it highly arbitrary due to random fluctuations of order and disorder (see: Boltzmann brain) that occur.

Anyway, I guess I could take a cop out and say that time is based upon incremental increases of Planck time in our universe, whatever that may mean. Time seems rather useless to describe anything.

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Interzone / Re: Does time/eternity have a beginning?
« on: July 01, 2010, 07:24:55 AM »
Your logic about length and widths seems to assume that aliens will have the same dimensions we have on our planet. What if they don't? What if life on their planet looks like this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/8-cell-simple.gif

You know the way flies see the world don't you? What if aliens see everything like this:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1383/1433751086_a5d33701c7.jpg

Correct me if I'm wrong but your reply suggests that you assume aliens would be much like humans. I don't agree with that. I agree that it's possible but I definitely do not consider it a necessity. Their senses might be entirely different from ours and so their concept of time would also be different. You're forgetting to think outside of the box here.
Well, in any universe (it doesn't have to be our own) it's standard theory that we have at least three spatial dimensions. The difference is that we indeed don't have the biology to perceive greater spatial dimensions, but each spatial dimension can be measured and quantified using a tool as simple as a ruler. Again, I'm probably taking this too literally, but I'm answering based on what I understand from what you've written. The physiology of ET doesn't matter; reality does not change.

Did you know: the smallest discrete unit of time is called Planck time? Now you know!

Regarding biorhythms or whatever: from what I know regarding migration patterns / hibernation and the like is that these phenomenons are based upon seasons or earth's magnetic field, not based upon specific increments of time.

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Interzone / Re: Does time/eternity have a beginning?
« on: June 30, 2010, 06:11:35 PM »
Before I begin, I'd like to note that defining the cause/effect between entropy and time are a bit beyond me, so my understanding may be partially flawed.

Spacetime is a function of entropy, where an increase in entropy correlates to an increase of time. So, from this perspective, with the understanding of the laws of Thermodynamics, you can relate it to special relativity (spacetime). The "universal" maximum of entropy, also know as "heat death", would be the end of time according to this theory, is my understanding of the end of the universe. So, in order for maximum entropy to occur, all mass would be converted to light/radiation. And as you should know, time does not exist relative to lightspeed. So, if heat death is the end of the universe, it follows that minimum entropy would be the beginning of the universe. Admittedly, I don't think anyone exactly understands how or what the "beginning" even means. Since the progression of time will asymptotically approach 0, I guess it would follow that an infinite progression of time occurred at the beginning of the universe, which is a concept I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around.

See the works of Boltzmann for more details.

So, I guess my definition sort of relates to Transcix definition, however ambiguous and arbitrary his language seems.

Time and eternity are just ways of expressing human concepts. So to me it seems fair to hypothesize that before man invented the concept of time and eternity there was no time and eternity, only the balance of nature. What humans call time is just planets revolving around the sun. Since our definition of time is imperfect (think of leap years) I'd say that humans haven't even fully understood time in a universal sense yet. It can be very informative to look at the history of calenders if you're interested in the human concept of time.

If we ever encounter intelligent extraterrestrial life forms that come from a different universe it would be likely that their sense and concept of time is very different from ours. What if they're from a planet that has no solar cycle and they live to be 2000 years old for instance?

So my answer to your question is: time and eternity began existing since man came up with their concepts. And once the concepts are forgotten there will be no time and eternity anymore until some other intelligent life form comes up with a new concept.

Well, after reading both Transcix's and Fenriz's responses, Transcix does not seem very informed regarding the subject matter and has been effectively trolled hard. Knowing Fenriz, he brings about very flawed concepts that do not represent the main goal of the thread.

Calendars are measurements of time the same way we measure lengths and widths with rulers. So no, the "concept" of time is not different, but yes, the way ET measures time will be different. Yes, ET can live for over 2000 "human" years, due to special relativity.

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Interzone / Re: Alternatives to mindless pleasure
« on: June 27, 2010, 04:33:22 AM »
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Time to start community events / organizations? Any thoughts?

I've recently jumped into the whole "community" thing with my university. I'll be a leader doing orientation week for first year engineering students. The other leaders I've met within the engineering faculty are nothing short of intelligent, natural born leaders and I can safely admit that I barely can compare with them. I think a big issue with people on the forum is that they don't interact with people outside metal is because they are too turned off by the idea of exposing themselves to top 40 music and very liberal/humanitarian paradigms. Well, from my experience, by getting to know these people realized that they aren't much different than myself. Sure, they may not realize that most people are sheep, are unaware of the coming "apocalypse" and listen to bad music, but at least at my stage of life, those things are very insignificant. Student life persists in a bubble, so exposure to the perverse lesser men is minimal, making it a very fostering environment, which means it's more simple than not to work toward a goal.

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Metal / Re: GODFLESH reunion
« on: June 23, 2010, 12:44:10 AM »

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