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Apple Talk / Yo Waffles. (Also Nigel due to neuroscience)
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:14:22 am »
I'm reading this new book, courtesy of my keyboardist/vocalist, called , "This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science Of A Human Obsession" by Daniel T. Levitin. It was a Christmas gift, but I just finished the chapter where it describes that how we recognize an instrument as its specific sound, timbre, in English language musician jargon, is due to overtones. It made me think of your stuff because it's very synthesized and how it's amazing that the only difference between how a human brain recognizes the difference between, say, a synth and an electric guitar is really nothing more than a matter of how loud the various frequencies in the overtones are.

I'm trying to wrap my head around it, the idea that the sound of one thing or another playing the same note will sound like the same note but the only difference in our perception is just a matter of loudness in overtones.

Actually, Nigel might fin the book interesting as fuck too, so I'll put her in parentheses in the subject.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: RECOMMENDABLE
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:38:25 am »
So I have a sort of dilemma.

I mean, not REALLY, but let's just pretend that somehow I have some kind of say in the matter.

There's my accountant. In Baltimore. Who I have been kind of in love with for like 20 years. I would like him to move back to Portland, no idea if that's going to actually ever happen. Pipe dreams and wishful thinking, right?

And then there's this artist who I have had kind of a minor recurring crush on for the last 5-ish years. Who owns a home in St. Johns and is really into dogs and gardening, and who gave me a fantastically panty-moistening hug last night. With his absurd, perfect body OMG how does he even do that.

I think artist guy likes me and he is single again, having finally broken up with his last lady who was basically superhumanly awesome and totally intimidating. But he's also suuuper monogamous and if I go there, that's IT. Any extracurricular interests go into shutdown, goodbye accountant.

Actually this is not even really a dilemma because I'm too chickenshit to do anything about it. Like if I was a player I would be all "hey artist, know how you wanted to come to the coast but there's no more room at the house? Well you can share my bed" but I'm not actually ever going to say that.

Well, could you see yourself spending the rest of your life with him and enjoying it? If so, take the chance. If not, then don't. The extracurricular is a draw, but if the intramural outweighs it, intramural.

To put it into my experience, Villager chased after me for a couple of years, and I resisted it because I wanted to not be tied down. Now I can't imagine life without her. And thing was, I could, when she was chasing me, see myself marrying her, and I think that's why I was so resistant. If that makes sense.

Apple Talk / Music to study for finals to.
« on: December 14, 2013, 04:10:36 am »

Apple Talk / Senor LMNO I have a question
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:45:18 am »
Well, two I suspect.

Have you ever had Magellan gin, and what would be a good bitter flavor to mix with gin?

Apple Talk / How easy is it to troll goths?
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:54:43 pm »
Apparently very, if the mounds of butthurt in the comments are any indicator.

Aneristic Illusions / Hey cain
« on: November 27, 2013, 02:49:57 pm »
Whats going on in thailand and if the democrats arent looking for elections then what would this peoples council that suthep wants entail?

Or Kill Me / White Man's Burden, 21st Century Edition
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:31:36 am »
So, I read this one thing tonight, since I was going and getting lost in links as sometimes happen, and it was about movies that you thought were awesome when you saw them but on further reflection were shitty.

A recurring theme in it was White Man saves the day. Well, all of the lead actors are white so that makes a little bit of sense, and we all feel a bit guilty about all the horrible things that white people did throughout history (which ignores the larger problem that humans do shitty things throughout history).

I guess one of the things that stuck out in my mind was criticism of Avatar, and White Man saves the day. Again.

But it goes a little beyond that. What you see now is White Man saves the day after a process of cultural appropriation and leading the natives into glorious battle against the bad white people. Also, after White Man saved the day, he was stuck as a blue cat thing because his White Man body died, and you know, maybe this is some sort of deep metaphor about how he could never go back to White Man culture after seeing what he saw.

So, let's go over this again. White Man walks around a planet inhabited by Blue Cats, and has to put on Blue Face to understand the Blue Cats and then because he's a White Man Blue Cat leads the Blue Cats to a victory that they never could have achieved on their own.

Well, that's a little fucked up isn't it? What about that Tom Cruise samurai flick? Those samurai didn't stand a chance without a Scientologist leading them. But it's ok, because he became one of them. He had his Japanese card along with his deep understanding of Bushido.

I mean, I get it, it's supposed to portray other cultures as equally valuable. But the thing is, it has the dual hidden meaning that those cultures are still seen as inferior, because White Man still needs to save the day, but because there is no White Man without The Man, White Man has to bring his Big White Brains to the other side and become that other side as a means of redeeming himself. You know, instead of actually fixing the problem.

Ok, great. White Man put on Blue Face and saved all of the otherwise helpless and naive noble savages.

But when was the last time the culture that created White Man ever stopped? I suppose if one White Man only lead the Iroquois Confederacy to victory, that Europeans would have called it a day and stayed in Europe.

Seems to me that it would have been better if White Man didn't pretend to be Blue Cat and started being a loud about what he saw was being done wrong by his own people.

What the movie doesn't show you is the headlines. "Human With PTSD Backs the Wrong People, Starts Insurgent Group"

Techmology and Scientism / The Biology Thread
« on: November 23, 2013, 03:08:31 am »
Wherein we discuss whatever Nigel and I happen to be learning at the moment in order to get a better grasp on it than anyone else in our respective classes. Come one come all, and feel free to tangent into other sciences as long as they relate to the bio du jour. My exam on Monday covers chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Anyway, Nigel and I have the same textbook, excepting that mine is a Bunker Hill specific edition, so the chapters and pacing should be relatively the same.

I also have finals in about 3 weeks.

Chapter 7: Membrane Structure and Funtion
Chapter 8: An Introduction to Metabolism\
Chapter 9: Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
Chapter 10: Photosynthesis

I've got nothing at this specific moment to discuss, since I'm Fridaying, but wanted to get the thread going. Expect more of these, as a kind of informal study-group, even if you don't happen to be studying it formally type thing.

Or Kill Me / Sermo De Nationalitate
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:29:07 am »
I pledge allegiance to The FlagTM of The United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, [passage in dispute between atheists and theists], indivisible, with LibertyTM and JusticeTM for Allsome

Now of course, the goddamned passage in dispute is "Under God" because, you know, all of the Founders and Framers agreed on this one specific God and all that shit and decided that it totally wasn't a generic deistic metaphor best left alone and ignored.

Most certainly, we are all Americans, theist and atheist alike, so this passage, well, maybe we can come to some common ground with this at some point when it is politically expedient for the extremists on both sides who clearly have no sense of poetry. (History is on the side of the atheists here, I will note.)

No, no no, we must come to some common ground on this whole "God" issue in the Pledge of Allegiance. Clearly "God" is the most significant part of this utterance that we do, with hand over heart looking reverently at the Stars and Stripes.

I gotta say. Even though it is totally in retrospect, one of the most eye opening things about the Pledge was when I was in Ireland.

Yeah, I talk about my Irish heritage and my dual citizenship a lot. Thing is, I don't actually talk much about where it matters. I'm an American who has a clear and well anchored outside perspective on America. That's where it becomes important.

I used to be a very patriotic American, when I was a child. It's easy. I live in the best country in the world, right? Otherwise, why would we not pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth? That cloth must somehow be important. I once even told my Grandfather that America was a free country and Ireland was not, even though I am named after someone who precipitated massive popular support for revolution in Ireland.

Stupid kids right?

Well where does that leave me? Who should I pledge my allegiance to, if I have two options?

One of my cousins in Ireland mocked me once, by saying "I pledge allegiance to the flag, Michael Jackson is a fag" (it was the mid 80s, mind you, when homophobia was the norm)

Homophobia aside, the man had a point. What do I pledge my allegiance to? "USA! USA! USA!!!!"? Ireland?

I pledge allegiance to the human race, and the common siblinghood of all its degenerate members, and to the fractured planet on which they stand, one quagmire, under the Sun, totally divisible, with ideals and hope for all.

Apple Talk / I just came to a terrifying realization.
« on: November 14, 2013, 06:07:44 pm »
We know but two things about hirley- he writes real funny with some recent noticeably standard posts here and there which is terrifying enough in its strangeness
Hes a perpetual college student.
So what the hell do his classnotes and papers look like?
Ive recieved a vision of a portland full of adjunct professors driven mad by impossible geometries misaligned stars and unspeakable ancient horrors merely glimpsed.

Apple Talk / Feel free to weigh in.
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:38:11 am »

Apple Talk / English language possibly regional or cultural idiom question.
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:20:16 am »
I say by accident. I'm not sure if it's a New England thing or just me or what, but whenever someone says on accident like CPD did in Open Bar a few minutes ago it becomes immediately noticeable to me.

Apple Talk / Hurr hurr hurrr
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:53:02 am »

Hey Europe, thanks for the memories. Totally funny.

some American asshole on FB who never fought in the military at all, let alone bombed Europeans. Or backpacked in Europe for that matter.

Apple Talk / I suppose this is a safe topic to talk about now.
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:46:07 pm »

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