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Bring and Brag / Musics from me to you
« on: February 16, 2012, 03:19:58 pm »
I'm just gonna leave this here, along with some lame excuse about being busy recently...



p.s.  and before you say it, yes, I know, there are tonnes of things that I'd have done differently with the mixing if I hadn't been rushed and tired.  But maybe say them anyway, to remind for next time

p.p.s.  physical EPs look like this (my face as an optional extra):

Apple Talk / Dear
« on: December 25, 2011, 03:09:08 pm »
Some of my little friends say that Santa Claus isn't real.

My papa says "If you see it on, it is so."

Please, tell me the truth, is there a Santa Clause?


Apple Talk / this is what it's like in my part of the world....
« on: June 03, 2011, 07:39:18 pm »

and you thought morris dancing was bad...

Or Kill Me / Occam's Razor (pre-emptive thread split)
« on: May 16, 2011, 09:34:18 pm »
I'll be brief on this, and we can split it into it's own thread, but you don't seem to be using the idea of Occam's Razor correctly.

However, you're absolutely right if you consider that what politicians are giving you is a false simplicity, and runs entirely counter to Occam's Razor.

Well, I did have an incorrect interpretation of Occam's Razor, but I still dislike it.  Not because it's a bad idea.

In my eyes, the idea that:
When several theories are able to explain the same observations, Occam's razor suggests the simpler one is preferable.

I completely agree with that, but I think there is one cleverly hidden implication, which is really what I was trying (and failing, as usual  :wink:) to express.  It comes down to that last phrase really:

the simpler one is preferable


I'd go as far to say that a lot of new scientific theories fall pray to a kind of simplicity halo effect, like when judging the personality of faces we equate beauty with positive characteristics.  Simplicity is dangerously reinforced in a lot of spheres, and it may even be the case (to stretch the meme/gene parallels a touch) that simplicity of memes is selected for in meme transference, for the obvious ease in spreading an idea and in comprehending.

Hell it might even be that our lazy brains select for simplicity, consider the beautiful = good phenomena in face perception.  What is beautiful?  In very broad strokes we're talking about things like skin clarity (textural simplicity?) and symmetry (geometric simplicity?).  Bloody simplicity is everywhere.

Now I'm gonna jump the gun a bit here, and suggest that someone will say something along the lines of "why use a paragraph when you can use a word", which is absolutely right (sort of).  But there's no point in doing that if you're using the wrong word.  So to bring it back to the original subject, Occam's Razor for me represents a subtle trend towards simplicity for the sake of simplicity.


p.s. @LMNO, it may or may not clarify my point somewhat to know that I study psychology, as such the theories in my mind when talking about this sort of thing tend to be psychological theories, which are tend to be a lot messier than in other sciences.

Apple Talk / I'd be much more accepting of children if... (pics)
« on: April 14, 2011, 05:14:33 pm »
... they grew in stages like Pokemon and only ate live prey, which they had killed themselves.


Above one is slightly smaller, and less agressive, I'm thinking the fucker might be male, it's also a few days behind the other moulting-wise.  Those blurry crickets in the background are fucked.

Below is the larger, who has just moulted.  Fairly sure its female, just 'cause it's so aggressive and pissy:

They're congo green mantids, and they fucking rock.  Although keeping a writhing box of live crickets took some getting used to :)  Also, they are fucking adorable when you pick them up, 'cause their long range depth perception ain't so great they start waving their arms at shit that *might* be close to them.  Generally it's a good idea to give them something to climb onto though, otherwise they start jumpin'.



Bring and Brag / From the Wooden Womb (pic heavy)
« on: April 14, 2011, 04:49:15 pm »


Apple Talk / Smiths fans?
« on: April 05, 2011, 10:57:17 am »
Well even if you're not, this is still awesome:



Apple Talk / Roaring Biscuit's Typical Mind
« on: April 03, 2011, 01:00:40 am »
In which I tackle the worlds misconceived faux-pas with my wealth of inexperience.

First up:


Frankly.  Fucking do it.  I fucking love garlic, people who don't probably aren't worth knowing, in fact non-garlic lovers should probably be avoided at all costs.. They're probably vampires.  Hell, I equate "ability to use a garlic crusher" with "culinary genius" in most cases.  In fact, don't even bother eating the garlic, just get some garlic butter and lather it onto your earlobes.  In fact why not go the whole hog and turn entirely naked except for garlic butter so I can wrap you in spaghetti.


In conclusion:  Demand information on garlic preference beforehand.  Your pre-date communication should break down like this (in descending order of importance):  Garlic Preference (if no feign an important commitment at the last minute), Place, Time and Name/Sex (unless indifferent).

More incoming, I'd also welcome suggestions and will answer any tough questions you might be struggling with in your love life!



Apple Talk / ATTN ROGER
« on: March 31, 2011, 05:50:39 pm »
I have been reading your recent definitions thread and I believe you may be my mother.  I am unsure of the appropriate course of action.  That is all.

Discordian Recipes / I've never cooked a crow before but...
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:20:35 pm »
... I might be trying it over the weekend.  hints an' tips?  I'm thinking a crow roast might be a laugh, I'm also fairly sure it's gonna taste like arse.

I'll post pics in the aftermath :)



Apple Talk / The Good Ship Relation...
« on: December 25, 2010, 03:41:43 pm »
She was a fine vessel indeed.  I mean, she had her quirks, she didn't put up sail so well, we spent a good few months at the mercy of the currents and the storms, going where we had no choice but to go.  But once she was flying the flags, she was away.  Like a whale she swam, across the oceans, to the darkest places a heart can go, and she brought light there.  Acorss the oceans of life, me and m'lady guided the Good Ship Relation.  And a fine vessel she was, while she lasted.

But I suppose in my excitement, in my haste to explore new waters, I didn't fully prepare, I didn't even have a checklist, I assumed the crew would have checked everything beforehand.  But no.  We had an issue, a "something" I had overlooked.  There was a leak in the hull, I tiny thing.  We barely noticed it for so long, but evcentually, I knew.  I was a me shaped hole, that grew every day.  But we were blissful in out ignorance.  It was only when the wine ran out that I checked the hold, and even then I tried to keep my mouth shut.

In the end you can't ignore something like that.  Eventually you have to explain why the Good Ship's deck is only a few feet above the water, and the crew have been replaced with bloated corpses.  Those fuckers won't lift a damned finger to help out.

Here's that catch you see:  I made this ship, it was fashioned from my heart and my soul, in conjunction with another, but the point still remains, that this ship, any ship, made by me, will always have the same hole, the same unstoppable leak, the same disasterous design flaw.

Now I have new ship.  It is very different to the HMS Relation, very different indeed.  It is darker for a start, where once the Good Ship brought light it brings, at best, a neutral, dispassionate grey.  It does, however, have it's advantages, it is mine, and mine alone.  It has no fear of the bottom of the ocean.  It needs no guidance, no restorations.  It does not require my maintenance, because it is me.

It is it's own path.

Apple Talk / For the attention of Roger...
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:09:05 pm »
...and other major poompers:

CLICK IT (I'd be very surprised if it was considered NSFW)



Apple Talk / ATTN PD.COM (Everyone else GTFO)
« on: October 19, 2010, 02:24:14 am »
It started off as nothing, you cunts (who shouldn't be reading this, fuckers).

But then it spiralled out of control, at first it was few looks a day, just to get my fill.  Just to keep me ticking over.  But when I realised...  Oh...  The realisation...  It's dirty, do you still want to know?

When I realised that sometimes, there were real people at the other end of the keyboard, real people with real thoughts!  Amazing, I was like a butterfly flapping its wings in a pond far too big for him, sending little ripples of manipulation, of experimentation.  And you all played along, like good little guinea pigs.

But this is it.  The last six hours have been leading up to this, how to break the news of my sociological experiment has been running round my brain all this time.  I couldn't live in pretence any longer.  I just couldn't.

All this time I've been waiting.  Waiting for the right time.

Waiting for the perfect opportunity...

To start a thread with a title this good.

Or Kill Me / Copyright with respect to Music and Academia
« on: October 16, 2010, 03:40:01 pm »
So, here at PD, we've all heard the arguments for and against copyright a million times, its a classic round here, as an internet community, this is clearly something that resides somewhere in the collective consciousness.  So I'm going to skip the bit where I argue that copyright is "immoral" or some ridiculous thing like that, and start with a few basic points, that are probably important in understanding the rest.

First up:  Labour as an extension of the self.

The idea that the things we create should be owned by us.  I'm pretty cool with this idea, its good.  In fact I really have no quarrel with the kind of copyright law that enforces this, but this is getting awfully close to discussions we've had before no?

Ok, lets move on quickly:

The ownership of "ideas".  Well this one is a bit weird ain't it.  The ownership of ideas.

Now just what does that mean?

I'm gonna use Dok Howl's (hi there) work as an example, because from previous experience, unless my memory is particularly faulty today, he is in the "GTFO my work biatch" camp (which is fine by the way).

So one day, I'm reading some of Dok's work.  And now copyright starts to get a bit weird, because as soon as I've read it, I have, to some extent copied it.  It's right there in my head.  And furthermore, it is now (arguably) impossible for me to make and creative work which is not a derivative work.

But that's just philosophical rubbish, and in all practical cases (pretty much), see above (labour etc.)

Ok so I quite like copyright, what's my beef with music then?

Music piracy happens.  And I'd bet in a lot of caes, it doesn't happen because of disrespect for the artist, or their property or anything like that.  I'm willing to bet it happens because people want to listen to more music than they can afford to listen to.  Am I right?  (I'm probably right).

What annoys me most, is the record industry's reaction to this.  More and more legislation against piracy because it is "killing the industry".  I call bullshit.  Piracy is actually killing their monopoly, never before has it been easier to listen to a whole slew of artists who you've never heard of and probably aren't even signed.  I think things like Spotify and are a move in the right direction.

I annoys me that "the record industry" pushes legislation instead of innovation.  The industry is marketing to itself not to the customer, that is why it is failing.

Ok, that's probably just about it for music, let me know if I missed anything.

Acadmic texts.  Do you have any fucking idea how expensive that shit is?  If someone can explain exactly how education only being for those who can afford it is OK, maybe I'll back down, but probably not, because you'll probably be wrong.

Yeh, I didn't have much to say on that.

<3's and fucking xx's


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