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by porcupine
Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: School makes me hate math
Replies: 54
Views: 8735

Re: School makes me hate math

I always had more fun in high school writing programs to solve equations then I did with the course work itself. One of my teachers did teach some basic programming, it was just a way to make animations on TI graphing calcs, but at least it was something. I remember people thinking I went a little o...
by porcupine
Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Prog-rock
Replies: 13
Views: 2435

Re: Prog-rock

It's hard to mention every good prog band, so I'll just recommend checking out ProgArchives. There you will find everything you will ever want to know about all forms of prog.
by porcupine
Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:58 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ways to keep busy in a boring class
Replies: 124
Views: 14250

Re: Ways to keep busy in a boring class

In high school math I would write programs that would do something like find all prime numbers or the Fibonacci sequence and see how far it could get. So far in college I haven't had a boring class yet, but for some stupid reason I'm being forced through high school algebra again, TI-world, here I ...
by porcupine
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ways to keep busy in a boring class
Replies: 124
Views: 14250

Re: Ways to keep busy in a boring class

In high school math I would write programs that would do something like find all prime numbers or the Fibonacci sequence and see how far it could get. So far in college I haven't had a boring class yet, but for some stupid reason I'm being forced through high school algebra again, TI-world, here I c...
by porcupine
Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 10663

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

I just seen Dr. Strangelove the other day and have to say that it is probably the second funniest film I've seen. It comes in second after Monty Python's Holy Grail.
by porcupine
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 10663

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

I've only seen The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but so far he is easily one of my favorite directors. I don't know why so many people don't like Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite, for me it is usually the reason I put it on.
by porcupine
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Liking Multiple Genres, But Not Being Eclectic
Replies: 12
Views: 2105

Re: Liking Multiple Genres, But Not Being Eclectic

I try to go on more artist based description than genre based. I like some jazz artists and some classical, but I don't like everything in either genre. It is also hard to describe most genres I listen to because they are obscure to most people. How can I explain music like krautrock or RIO if someo...
by porcupine
Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Monk
Replies: 37
Views: 5704

Re: Monk

I have caught the last two Monk Episodes on hulu, the first is my favorite so far. I can't wait for new episodes, but on the other hand, every single one is one closer to the end. :cry:
by porcupine
Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96538

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

My 12th grade English teacher is a self described "dirty old Rush fan". Too bad I couldn't work that into class, but he is a big Lord of the Rings geek, so we talked about that a lot.
by porcupine
Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96538

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

I like Yes and Genesis ( before Phil Collins took a crap on everyone's ears, thankyouvery much ) and think that the 1971-1974 streak of records for both bands was nigh-perfect, and one of the greatest streaks in history (I'm talking Beatles 1966-69 perfect). I got the Genesis 1970-1975 box set a wh...
by porcupine
Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100096

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

leinad wrote:Henry Cow, an early avant-prog band, founded/created Rock in Opposition

I don't suppose many people have heard of the RIO bands Samla Mammas Manna, Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, or Etron Fou Leloublan either.
by porcupine
Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algebra 2?
Replies: 21
Views: 3006

Re: Algebra 2?

I agree with those who say it's about understanding and not memorization. My trig teacher completely ignored the book for most of the year, instead showing and explaining to us how each formula is derived. It was very helpful to me, at one point I showed a proof for using one long equation to find t...
by porcupine
Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60259

Re: Worst song lyrics

Not bad per se, but some truly disturbing lyrics can be found on Comus' First Utterance. For the most part they deal with murder and rape. I love the album though. Drip Drip: You dangling swinging Hanging, spinning, aftermath Your soft white flesh turns past me slaked with blood Your evil eyes more ...
by porcupine
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Pink Floyd Album
Replies: 50
Views: 8002

Re: Favorite Pink Floyd Album

I love everything from Piper to Animals. It gets a little fuzzy from there. I'm not a big fan of The Wall, I like The Final Cut, and the two remaining PF are ok.
by porcupine
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: "Consolation" Music
Replies: 42
Views: 6827

Re: "Consolation" Music

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Ash Ra Tempel's self titled is great for losing your self in the music.
by porcupine
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music in the vein of...
Replies: 13
Views: 1812

Re: Music in the vein of...

TheAmazingRando, have you tried listening to Ozric Tentacles? They may not be as electronic as you were looking for but for the most part all their songs are based on an electronic beat. They also have a very strong psychedelic vibe. Last.fm has a lot of full tracks if you are interested.
by porcupine
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: "I just don't get it" Thread.
Replies: 344
Views: 28042

Re: "I just don't get it" Thread.

As far as being in a trancelike state, I have never needed the help of chemicals. There is a lot of music that I find easy to get into, I think relaxation is key, because it is easier when I am sleepy. Anyways, I have been expanding my comfort zone as far as music goes, and the only stuff I have tro...
by porcupine
Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 201929

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

One of the best moments in music I can think of is on the song "Fly on a Windshield" from Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, after the last line "And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway..." and then the drums come in.
by porcupine
Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 39014

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

I did not get terribly good grades in school until my last year of high school when I finally decided to buckle down. Throughout most of my education I have been able to just get it, and never want to put any effort into work that feels redundant and tedious since I already understand the concept. I...
by porcupine
Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Internet Censorship & Freedom of Speech
Replies: 31
Views: 3848

Re: Internet Censorship & Freedom of Speech

I didn't even use a proxy, I was just looking at a bunch of different ones to see if they were blocked, and the IT guy told me I would get kicked out of school if I went to any more "hacking" sites. Since I didn't even use the school's computers for anything other than school work and I do...
by porcupine
Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0609: "Tab Explosion"
Replies: 176
Views: 56189

Re: "Tab Explosion" Discussion

Wow, you guys weren't kidding when you said TVTropes is addictive. I opened up the "TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life" page from Google to see what it was all about, and subsequently spent two hours clicking links and perusing my way through 25+ tabs, and to think it all started with a single ...
by porcupine
Sat May 30, 2009 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 96538

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Syd Barret > David Gilmour Actually after seeing a video of Interstellar Overdrive being performed by Syd Barrett, I think that Gilmour's playing is based off of Syd's. The guitar playing sounds similar throughout most of their early albums, I think it's partly because PF was still very expirementa...
by porcupine
Sat May 30, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: "I just don't get it" Thread.
Replies: 344
Views: 28042

Re: "I just don't get it" Thread.

Noise rock is one genre that I just don't get, I don't know how people derive pleasure from it. Klaus Schulze however, sounds great to me. Another thing I don't like a lot of is jazz. Miles Davis' A Kind of Blue is the only jazz album i have been able to sit through and enjoy. The largest part of mu...
by porcupine
Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Modern "Prog-Rock"?
Replies: 129
Views: 10872

Re: Modern "Prog-Rock"?

I wish I knew more modern prog, some of it is quite interesting, but lately I have been exploring italian prog. The Decemberist's The Hazard's of Love was good, and I like TMV. Anglagard is fairly modern too. If you consider post rock a part of progressive rock then I like many of those bands too, b...
by porcupine
Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0574: "Swine Flu"
Replies: 166
Views: 39736

Re: Swine Flu

I thought it would be interesting to check out the term "swine flu" in google trends:
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by porcupine
Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: John Cage's 4'33"
Replies: 32
Views: 4143

Re: John Cage's 4'33"

I liked his prepared piano pieces on youtube, so after a little searching I found Fred Frith's solo material. Here is a good example. It is like John Cage's stuff, only on a guitar and a lot more dissonant.
by porcupine
Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Catch 22
Replies: 97
Views: 17487

Re: Catch 22

Catch 22 is the best book I have ever read. I have just got done reading Catch 22 for the third time, and I must not have paid attention the first two times, because I just realized I hate Aarfy. I love how it starts out being hilarious, actually I think it is probably the funniest thing I've ever r...
by porcupine
Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100096

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

Here are three bands that are fairly obscure( i've never met anyone IRL that has eard of any of them) that I like: Yezda Urfa - a prog rock band from the US in the 70s. The best way to describe their music is a combination of Yes and Gentle Giant. Magma is, to put it bluntly, unique. The best way to...
by porcupine
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How do you read?
Replies: 136
Views: 22518

Re: How do you read?

When I read I do either of two things: non-fiction/instructional text - I always skim over the material. I don't know how much information i absorb that way but recently i had to take a quiz over a chapter of The Great Gatsby that I hadn't read, and I had maybe 15 minutes to skim, and I think I got ...

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