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by the_stabbage
Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Collecting!
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Re: Collecting!

Mine's softcover: you can feel the two staples holding the spine together. The cover's made of the same paper as the pages.
by the_stabbage
Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Collecting!
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Re: Collecting!

Gita Press also published mine!

Here's a picture:

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by the_stabbage
Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So, Any Of You Play The Guitar?
Replies: 157
Views: 20887

Re: So, Any Of You Play The Guitar?

Can anyone recommend a fun song(s) to play when learning chords for the first time to practice them? The book I'm learning from only has a few which I'd think would get boring playing over and over again. Heart of Gold by Neil Young has four chords. I think they're G, C, D, and E. Anyone else exper...
by the_stabbage
Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Devin Townsend: Old v New
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Devin Townsend: Old v New

I haven't heard any of the new stuff until now, and I really like that song Coast. I think it's great that an artist changes and progresses throughout his career. Ocean Machine wouldn't be good if he kept releasing new versions of it every year for a decade. I've heard that the new album is essentia...
by the_stabbage
Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: So, Any Of You Play The Guitar?
Replies: 157
Views: 20887

Re: So, Any Of You Play The Guitar?

Starting with chords is how I was taught, and I recommend it. The shapes of the chords come in really useful. If someone's doing fingerpicking that sounds all complex and arpeggiated, it's likely the same basic chords you're learning. As for finger pain, acoustics are hard on the fingers, but they'l...
by the_stabbage
Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 148357

Re: Tea Snobbery

I've found possibly the manliest tea in existence: Lapsang Souchong. It's smoked over a fire, so you can guess what it's like in your mug.

Actually just out of curiosity I've had 3 different Lapsang Souchongs, and only one tasted heavily like smoke, the other two were a little more balanced.
by the_stabbage
Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 367622

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

I had Saison Dupont about a week ago - it makes me sad that I won't be able to find it where I actually live. I love Saisons - they're slightly sour or tart - but not in a bad way - that element is there just as it would be in a pie made with actual fruit. It pours a red colour, with nice big frothy...
by the_stabbage
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Collecting!
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Collecting!

Anyone collect books? Used/rare/out of print stuff? If so, gather here and discuss your finds and spread some knowledge around. I found a copy of the Baghavad Gita (a Hindu holy book), printed in the 60s in India on nicely rough paper, dual language Sanskrit and English. Five bucks! It's a hippie re...
by the_stabbage
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Has any book "marked" you?
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Has any book "marked" you?

Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky and The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse are, in my opinion, benchmarks for thematic and character elements. Which are really all I read a book for; I almost never read for plot.
by the_stabbage
Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1191299

Re: What are you listening to?

Joe Pass. One of my favourite jazz guitar players. Not that I know too many of them.
by the_stabbage
Wed May 20, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Minimalism vs Maximalism (Serialism, 12-Tone, Atonal, etc.)
Replies: 10
Views: 2669

Re: Minimalism vs Maximalism (Serialism, 12-Tone, Atonal, etc.)

I like Arvo Part. He's minimal, isn't he?
by the_stabbage
Thu May 14, 2009 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Lucid Dreaming Thread!
Replies: 31
Views: 2693

Re: The Lucid Dreaming Thread!

I tried to have lucid dreams while I was heavily into meditating. I once slipped into dreaming straight from waking and saw some green people. Does lucid dreaming help with making regular dreams more clear? I can see through the symbols and characters in my dreams now. I also now have a thing that i...
by the_stabbage
Wed May 13, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3769

Re: Guessing the language

Russian - I can usually recognize it, but can easily mistake it for Ukrainian, Polish, even Greek I can see where you can get Greek and Russian confused - they have the same softish "kh" sound (the character is X in both greek and cyrillic alphabets). The way I tell them apart is to liste...
by the_stabbage
Tue May 12, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3769

Re: Guessing the language

Portuguese is tricky for me, too. Doesn't help that there are two hugely different dialects: the one from Portugal and the one from Brazil. I try to hear for the word "fazer" if someone's speaking Portuguese. A lot of words that start with H in Spanish (Hacer) start with F in Portuguese (F...
by the_stabbage
Mon May 11, 2009 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Guessing the language
Replies: 27
Views: 3769

Guessing the language

You're walking down the street when someone asks you a question, and slips in a phrase of a language you don't know. Could you recognize it? In my line of work, I encounter more than a few immigrants from everywhere. I can guess what language they're speaking if it's Romance (I speak 2 of that famil...
by the_stabbage
Fri May 08, 2009 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to be more extroverted
Replies: 15
Views: 1835

Re: How to be more extroverted

Yes, this. This article sums up what I feel very nicely. I like that. But I feel the article seems to take the attitude of "we introverts are better than extroverts because we're deep", which I don't agree with. To reply to the topic: the way I got over most of my shyness is by starting s...
by the_stabbage
Wed May 06, 2009 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600184

Re: The religious becoming a minority

A Muslim will never question the truth of Islam. It is accepted without question. The same is true of a devoted Leninist. The Leninist may have better arguments for why he believes in the violent overthrow of the government, the summary execution of the aristocracy, and the enslavement of all perce...
by the_stabbage
Wed May 06, 2009 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600184

Re: The religious becoming a minority

The point isn't really whether you believe in the supernatural or whether God or angels exist. There are tons of non-religious people who don't have "religion" per se, in that they don't believe in the supernatural or the mystical. But this is metaphysics. And while it may be increasingly...
by the_stabbage
Wed May 06, 2009 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600184

Re: The religious becoming a minority

A lot of non-religious people just replace their religious beliefs with some other form of strongly held dogma. I'm more interested in seeing the spread of more rationalistic epistemological beliefs, rather than more materialistic metaphysical beliefs. With the popularity of heavy metal and ecologi...
by the_stabbage
Tue May 05, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600184

Re: The religious becoming a minority

Canadian here: among all the people I have become acquainted with at my place of higher education, there are exactly zero religious - at least in the sense where they will talk loudly and openly about it. From what I've gathered - and unfortunately it's been through the media - the US is a lot more ...
by the_stabbage
Sun May 03, 2009 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Support thread for people with disabilities
Replies: 143
Views: 55498

Re: [SAFESPACE] Support thread for people with disabilities

I don't have a disability myself, but I have recently become well acquainted with someone who has cerebral palsy. They have trouble with their left side in general: limping and occasionally dropping things. I'm a little embarrassed to say I had no idea about disabilities in general, and I thought CP...
by the_stabbage
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 367622

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

I tried Rogue Brutal Bitter a couple days back, and I have to say it is really delicious. I'm going to have to seek out more of their brews.

There's a pub in town that serves Rochefort beer, I'm excited to try some. I'm a big fan of Belgian beer, my favourites are probably Orval and Westmalle Dubbel.
by the_stabbage
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?
Replies: 102
Views: 10180

Re: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?

I'm a skeptic. I'm agnostic but I don't like to call myself as such because agnostics and atheists in Western society seem to be typically very militant. I have more hatred for Dawkins than for the Pope. Not only do I not like to identify with a religion, I try not to identify myself with any politi...
by the_stabbage
Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483295

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Currently reading V. by Pynchon. It's almost harder to read than Gravity's Rainbow... and the bit about Deutchsudwestafrika is a bit heavy going... It's Namibia, if you want something easy to google. Currently I am reading Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward . A quote for you all: "How can you tell whi...
by the_stabbage
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dog bites man; skeptic frustrated by The Brothers Karamazov.
Replies: 4
Views: 2768

Re: Dog bites man; skeptic frustrated by The Brothers Karamazov.

I find Dostoyevsky is all about characterization. The plot of Brothers K is pretty thin, I have to say, but you get to know the characters in a way that no other author, in my experience, can replicate. The simple-minded pious people who can't grasp how people can question God, and the atheists who ...
by the_stabbage
Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I've become boring - What's your hobby?
Replies: 62
Views: 6919

Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

the contents of my volume 2 are:
"part III: the destructive-labor camps" and "part iv: the soul and barbed wire"

i'd accept your trade but i only read volume one so far.
by the_stabbage
Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Accurate Internal Clock
Replies: 27
Views: 3096

Re: Accurate Internal Clock

When I used to wake up every day at 6 a.m. and set an alarm clock for that time, I'd start to have dreams where I had to wake up really soon, then I'd wake up, and it'd be 5:58. Friggin weirded me out.
by the_stabbage
Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I've become boring - What's your hobby?
Replies: 62
Views: 6919

Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

year in the sun wrote:currently i'm reading gulag archipelago, vol iii, and knitting a pair of cream/heather socks.


So there is a volume 3 to the Gulag Archipelago! I keep finding only 1 and 2 in bookstores.
by the_stabbage
Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I've become boring - What's your hobby?
Replies: 62
Views: 6919

Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

I play guitar & bass and I have a pretty decent book collection (though most of the latter is grace of the parental units). I also can do some origami. I've picked up miniature painting again. I don't think I'll have a Warhammer army again, but I will concentrate on making them look purty. Here'...
by the_stabbage
Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Odd mental associations of songs?
Replies: 13
Views: 1434

Re: Odd mental associations of songs?

Rando: Do you listen to different kinds of metal depending on the season? As soon as snow hits the ground, I switch over to black metal, and in the other seasons it can vary from death metal to classic stuff like Maiden and Priest.
by the_stabbage
Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Odd mental associations of songs?
Replies: 13
Views: 1434

Re: Odd mental associations of songs?

I have only explicable associations. I associate Ulver's album Bergtatt with driving around in January in my POS car, because I had that album in the CD player for that whole month. To anyone who's listened to Bergtatt: does that fucking door slam in the middle of one track make you jump? It scares ...
by the_stabbage
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What should be on my wall?
Replies: 55
Views: 4412

Re: What should be on my wall?

I've got an Italian map of Yugoslavia (Before it split apart), and a poster of a brewery that is only distributed in a town I was in briefly.

Bookshelves are a good way of decorating walls. Also I'm in concordance with those before me who have suggested a blackboard. I want one.
by the_stabbage
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1191299

Re: What are you listening to?

Warpath wrote:Atrium Carceri - Kapnobatai


Atrium Carceri... Nice. Is that album worth a listen? Ptahil is what I'm listening to right now.
by the_stabbage
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Unreality of Time
Replies: 21
Views: 2375

Re: The Unreality of Time

This seems to be more of an epistemological than a scientific way of proving/disproving time. I'm not one to direct the thread, but we all know that science says time exists and is a dimension and so on, so can we talk about the epistemology? I for one don't know much about the subject, other than t...
by the_stabbage
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Black Metal and related genres
Replies: 39
Views: 4074

Re: Black Metal and related genres

WiTTR is pretty good, but I haven't given Black Cascade a listen.

I hope to see them this summer. They're on tour, fuck yeah.
by the_stabbage
Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: White Flash Before Sleep
Replies: 39
Views: 13356

Re: White Flash Before Sleep

Every now again I'll be on the edge of sleep and I'll be jerked awake by, well, an involuntary jerk in my arm/leg. This has something to do with the hypnagogic state, maybe the flashing light/sudden sound thing is part of that.
by the_stabbage
Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16141

Re: Finnegans Wake

guh i don't like joyce. but worse, of course, are imitators of joyce. cause they just pretend to like him. cause nobody really does. I like Joyce. Dubliners is great, and so is Ulysses . As for Finnegans Wake, it's a lot more fun to hear people throw out theories about it than to read it. Like Terr...
by the_stabbage
Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Which radio station do you listen to ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4542

Re: Which radio station do you listen to ?

I am fairly certain I have found the greatest radio station on the planet. KFJC . It is amazing in every way. That is not to say I have heard every radio station on the planet, but KFJC is amazing I love it soooo muuuch. SOOOO MUUUUCH. Even when they play reggae. The other alternative is WOXY , whi...
by the_stabbage
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Psychedelic (or "Stoner" Metal)
Replies: 41
Views: 4039

Re: Psychedelic (or "Stoner" Metal)

Electric Wizard. Also: Sleep. I prefer Sleep, but that's personal taste. Dopesmoker is a hell of an album.
by the_stabbage
Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16141

Re: Finnegans Wake

If you didn't know that the Kabaa is the big black cube shaped building in Mecca that houses a meteor made of white rock... and if you didn't know that Muhammad was a member of the Quraysh tribe, you wouldn't get anywhere even close to what Joyce is conveying. Black rock, actually. But he's not jus...

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