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In my opinion, religion and spirituality is such a personal thing.  Whether any god exists or not, it doesn't really matter.  What does matter is how it changes one's life (hopefully for the better).  Yes, you could assume that these people are deluding themselves, but who cares?  If believing in something makes their life better, that's all that really matters.

I think the big problem with religion are churches, which act as an authority.  These "leaders" put their own personal spin on things, and speak it as gospel.  It's done with good intentions, but it usually will to lead to conflicts in each listeners personal belief.  Even worse, they'll change their own personal view to match what's being said.  Ugh!....

Agreed; religion is a very personal thing.  I don't know any two people who share exactly the same views - maybe the same denomination, but never exactly the same beliefs.  There are 7 billion people on Earth; that's 7 billion different religions.  Is one of them the "right" one?  Maybe...  but then what about all the people (and their beliefs) that will be born in the future?  Seems like their religions should be included in the pool of possible "right" ones too, making it even less likely that someone alive today is "right".  Yet another argument against organized religions.

I guess we'll all find out tomorrow when the rapture hits.   ;D

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Methinks this thread will die a swift death at the hands of the mods...  but until then, GO HAWKING!   ;D

If we took all the energy, money, and time spent on fairy tales and used it to do some REAL GOOD, this world would be a much better place.  That being said...  I don't have much faith (heh...  the irony...  ) that humans would behave so well without the "social control" aspect of religion.  So, while I think it's a bunch of crap, it may actually serve a purpose.

And yes, I am aware of the incredibly pompous and elitist tone of what I just wrote.  Meh...

 ;)


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Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / Re: The Haunted Stick
« on: May 17, 2011, 05:16:03 PM »
Oh God, I remember that - absolute hilarity.   ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2011, 05:13:27 PM »
Someone mentioned Pulshar's "Inside" on this board; wow, what a winner!  Along with "Brotherhood", it's been in constant rotation here for the last week.  Great dubby minimal techno, with actual SONGS instead of just atmosphere.  Really great stuff.



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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Paypal is the devil
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:30:27 AM »
My two cents:  Paypal adds value by giving buyers and sellers convenience, and they should be compensated for that added value.  If I want to send my brother $50, I can mail him a check, and he can deal with cashing it, depositing it, etc.  Or I can send the money via Paypal, and with a couple clicks it's in his account.  Shouldn't Paypal collect a fee for providing us with this service? 

Banks have traditionally given away services (free checking, etc.) because their costs of providing these services can be recouped by investing your money, and earning interest on it; that's why they have minimum balance requirements:  to ensure that there is enough money for them to invest to get a return.  Paypal works the same way, to an extent; however, they don't make investments (loans to other customers) to make money, and they don't require a minimum balance to use their service - they charge a percentage on each transaction.

We can argue whether their fees are too much for what they provide; but in a free market, we are free to go elsewhere if we don't like it.  There are plenty of Paypal Sucks websites - clearly some people don't like them.  But charging for hteir services hardly seems like a good reason, imo.

And for the record, I don't think you're a thief, Jesse!   :D


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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Paypal is the devil
« on: March 22, 2011, 09:05:30 AM »
I thought Google Checkout was free in the beginning...   I assume they quickly realized that free doesn't work...

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Paypal is the devil
« on: March 22, 2011, 08:38:30 AM »
Does Google Checkout allow you to receive payments, or just make them?  Might be a good alternative.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 17, 2011, 03:48:21 PM »
I hope we all can learn from these mistakes and make some changes for the better.

+1 for that

What´s the point of learning a lesson yourself if those in control refuse to learn anything and change direction accordingly? Chernobyl might have become too old a hat for many, I´m afraid, so it was about time to warm it all up again.

Man is an evolutionary dead-end street. To be discontinued.

Stephen

In the long run, we're all dead.  But that's no excuse for not trying to make things better in the time we have.  The alternative is curling up in a ball and crying, which is the coward's way out.

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Teddy Roosevelt; Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

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We'll expect a full, detailed report on all 100 hours worth of Sundummy sounds by next week.

 ;D  Good luck!  By the third disk, you'll be hitting 'erase' instead of 'play'.   ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 13, 2011, 04:04:28 PM »
Anyone have any interest in a bunch of misc. noise/ambient/odd 80's-90's tapes?  My brother has a box full of NWW, Cock ESP, MSR Tapes, Rising From the Red Sands, etc. cassettes he's gonna either pitch or give away.  If anyone's interested, I can get a detailed list.

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Gone to a good home; thanks for playing!

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What, nobody wants free electronics?  I thought this board was full of gear geeks!   ;D

This is all going in the trash on Monday, so if you're interested, let me know by then.

Did I mention that the minidisks full of SunDummy stuff can all be erased?   ??? ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2011, 01:16:19 PM »
Inade - the Crackling of the Anonymous.  Very claustrophobic.  Rattles the subwoofer; my dogs think there's a thunderstorm coming.

Seefeel - self-tltled.  An odd one; the repetitive looped guitars are there, and the lazy beats, and the beautiful female vocals - but this time, it's very glitchy and off-kilter.  Like "Quique" playing on a filthy cassette tape while an Oval disk plays in the background.  It's really growing on me, especially "making" and "airless".  An interesting direction for these guys; I approve.

Rapoon - Wasteland Raga.  Much less loopy than his earlier works; very hushed and subdued in spots.  It closes with a return to form much in the vein of Fallen Gods, but with ever-increasing delay added as it turns into sonic mush.  I've lost track of Rapoon for the past few years; I might have to go back and catch up.

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Here's the Philips CRD deck I'm giving away:



Free for nothing!  You pay to ship, of course.  This unit doesn't come with all teh incredible and stunning music that the minidisk unit does, but I will include a spindle of 75-ish Philips CDRs. 

Save this from the landfill!

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I'm tempted to ask more about this, but... trying to de-clutter!

That's exactly what I'm doing!   ;D

I've got a Philips CDR recorder to get rid of too; if anyone actually want to pay for shipping, it's yours.

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It's the Sony MDS-JE480.



Of course, mine's a bit dustier... 

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Ok, peeps, here it is, the rarest of the rare:  A massive SunDummy release, spanning 96 minidisks!  That's 128 hours of music!!!  Includes just about everything SunDummy recorded in the last years of its existence, including a recording/playback deck to add to your home system.  That's right, a dusty and finicky Sony minidisk deck is included!

I have no idea what all is on the disks, but if memory serves, there are final mixes of the stuff SunDummy released, as well as alternate mixes, shitloads of unreleased stuff, wild experiments, horrible noise, raw samples, and all manner of audio mistakes and sonic pollution.  Sure to make your neighbors concerned for your well-being.

If you order in the next 60 minutes ('cause you know we can't do this all day...), we'll include a handsome cardboard shipping box - complete with packing tape and address label, with your address on it - for you to display it in!

If you want it, act fast, this whole mess is going in a dumpster soon.   ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 09, 2011, 05:03:34 PM »
Swervedriver - Mezcal Head (reissue) (anyone for crunchy vintage shoegaze?)

Forrest

One of my favorite 'rock' albums ever.  Just perfect in every way.  You can get free live versions of every track at their website; the live version of Duress is absolutely stunning.

Swervedriver, Ride, Sianspheric, and Colfax Abbey were in constant rotation on long road trips back in the day.  Great stuff!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WTB: Trances/Drones & Zyklop
« on: February 04, 2011, 10:46:08 AM »
You're in Sweden?  Shipping could get spendy.  I think I'll just hang onto it for now.

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