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Profile #55
Well, the name Stughalf was taken from a story I wrote back in fifth or sixth grade when I was at the height of my Brian Jacques imitation phase. I suppose when I created this account I was searching for a name I liked the sound of which was in addition entirely original.

As for my current PDN, which is likely to remain in place for as long as this account exists, it is a combination of "Stughalf" and this . As a man with escapist tendencies and an affinity for utopian designs, I find it rather fitting.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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One spammy post closer to frolicking in General
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Profile #26
For me:
IMAGE(http://produkter.galatea.se/shop/admbilder/Hardcore%20Cider_web.jpg)

Congratulations, Dolphin! I will likely never reach the milestone you have achieved. I'll smoke some "skribbane" for you as well, although I'll refrain from posting any pictures of that.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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I Am Engaged in General
Guardian
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Profile #34
In the future, I'll claim to have seen this coming. Congratulations, you old wangdangler! The best of married life to you both, whenever the knot is tied (Planning to wait until after you graduate, or is this a six months before the wedding sort of thing?).

I'd add an image relating to ferrets and weddings here, but as I can't seem to find a new one and detest repeating myself, I'll settle for just ferrets:

IMAGE(http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1920000/images/_1921385_ferret150.jpg)
IMAGE(http://www.cinnamonsprite.net/ferret/myferretfamily/tessajoy/swim/tessa_swim2.jpg)
DRINK FROM THE CUP OF MARRIED BLISS

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Facebook Me! in General
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Profile #19
Quite right. I don't believe that the high school field is a required fill-in for creating a facebook college profile; it is required, though, for a facebook high school profile.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Facebook Me! in General
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Profile #10
Yes to the first and the third, no to the second, although I have considered starting a MySpace account.

Facebook is more of a fun time waster to me than anything else, but it can be extremely useful- especially if, like me, you tend to forget friends' birthdays. Or if, also like me, you possess an inordinate fear of asking a girl out when her relationship status is in doubt. I also find it very viscerally enjoyable to construct and alter a profile of myself. Inspecting and joining facebook groups is just about the best way to burn excess time that I know of.

Also, although I do enjoy facebook, I have never even entertained the notion of joining a frat. I've met practically all of my friends in person; facebook is just a nice way to keep track of them.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Bride of the Abominable Photo Thread in General
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Profile #139
quote:
Originally written by Nepharim:

My pet just about eats cats:

IMAGE(http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/5923/ferretin5.jpg)

Prospective Attack Ferret material, eh? Or perhaps more of a Needle/Ferret hopeful. Well, I suppose an audition and practice needle are in order...

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Off the top of your head in General
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Profile #90
quote:
Originally written by Little Billy Sue:

Okay people, what's your favorite band name? I've seen really odd ones, thought my personal favorite is the Super Furry Animals.
For me, it's got to be the Soft Machine. Simple, but wonderfully evocative.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Profile #80
quote:
Originally written by Ephesos:

There are so many better things for us to get angry at each other about! Why must we drag musical tastes into it?
Well, what constitutes the "better things" to argue about is quite subjective, isn't it? Certainly I can understand the viewpoint that a thread based around differences in musical tastes is pure triviality. Hell, for most of my life I held much the same view of such fluff.

But when life becomes unliveable one's priorities must change, and so they did for me. I got tired of feeling helpless and powerless in many aspects of life, so I did the only thing I felt I could do- cut them right out of my list of priorities. For a while there at the end of the Spring semester, I simply stopped caring about a whole host of things: grades, politics, girls, animal rights, world news, family, and quite a bit more.

What did I still care about? Pretty much only those things which I felt competent enough to manage: music, of course, but also smokin' the stuff, keeping up close friendships, eating, sleeping, and little else, really.

Things aren't quite so extreme nowadays; I care about grades again, to good effect, and I'm slightly less apathetic about the other stuff as well. But music is still a principle interest in my life, and as such I just can't help my intensity on the subject.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Off the top of your head in General
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Profile #77
quote:
Originally written by Morgan:

The Clash's London Calling? Wire's Pink Flag? Gang of Four's Entertainment!? Minutemen's Double Nickle on the Dime? I could go on and on, before I even turned my attention to the post punk explosion (which I consider the most fertile period that rock has ever experienced) and new wave. While the Sex Pistols and their ilk may not have been pushing the boundaries incredibly, what followed certainly did.
Having not listened to any of the albums you've mentioned, I'll have to take your word for it with regard to their originality. But even if I wasn't a hopeless sixties nerd I'd highly doubt that the post-punk period could come close to matching the late 60s in terms of fertility in rock.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
Posts: 1798 | Registered: Sunday, October 5 2003 07:00
Time for another, most embarassing moments thread. in General
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Profile #24
quote:
Originally written by Lenar Research Facilites:

Stug:

right here

Ah, I see. Didn't notice that one the first few times I looked through that thread.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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The Signature of Your Dreams in General
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Profile #11
The same one I use for Desp. and other forums I've taken part in:

IMAGE(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v57/Stughalf/StugBan.jpg)

I'd like to say it depicts the many facets of my personality, but failing that, it's just a cool picture.

[ Friday, July 14, 2006 08:28: Message edited by: Stugri-La ]

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Off the top of your head in General
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Just a few little comments, as I haven't much time:

-I didn't ignore your comments about metal, I just didn't have enough time to deal with them. And there's the added problem that I don't really care all that much about the various genres of a supergenre that I generally despise... That said, I have heard some Dream Theatre before and it was quite good, if a bit too metallic for my tastes.

-Clearly, my arguments are falling on deaf ears. I never said that I enjoy nothing that is new. On the contrary, there is a minority of modern music that is enjoyable. It just doesn't make much of an impression on me, as I've pretty much heard it all before, and rip-offs can't beat an original.

-I don't "mine the same old stuff." I'm a relic hunter; I dig up forgotten curios and rarities and listen to them. Perhaps once I run out of these (if that ever happens), I'll tune in with more enthusiasm to the newer stuff.

-I'm losing my enthusiasm for this argument. As such, I'll point you to a chap that has listened to even more music than have I, and yet voices a similar perspective: George Starostin . And for his specific views on this and other subjects, try this page

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Off the top of your head in General
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quote:
Originally written by Oh, the pain, the pain:

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What can I say? At least in my mind, my tastes are impeccable, and no other viewpoint is legitimate.
And that was the point of my postings. Your mind is too narrow, biased and influenced by personal tastes to evaluate modern music and call it all formulaic corporate crap. Music that I listed included genres that I do not follow/appreciate but are innovative in their own right. Bands that had their start in the sixties and early 70's continued to produce quality work post '75 as attested by the works mentioned earlier by Led Zep and Lou Reed.

You may be qualified to comment on prog rock but you are obviously not able to comment on anything else. And if you listen to soul/R&B and have never heard of Remy Shand then you do not listen to good soul.

Ah, so this is your game! Catch me in a moment of levity and use it to discredit my arguments? I'll learn you, I will...

For starters, I have listened to Shand's album before, and it was quite good, but not terribly original. And he doesn't constitute a majority of modern music.

You seem to be intent on taking my statements to extremes. I never labeled all modern music as "formulaic corporate crap." I do have a liking for a handful of more modern artists and bands, and although I maintain that the modern indie scene is in no way groundbreaking, it does encompass some very tuneful, hummable music.

See, there's the big problem with modern pop/rock: even if it's good (and it rarely is) it's usually at best just a retread of something that came before. In fact, very few of the genres you mentioned as having originated after '75 are really terribly original at all. Let's go down the list:

The Punk Movement: Wasn't this, from the start, more about the aesthetic and the culture than anything else? All of that might have been original, but the music sure ain't. It's just old school rock sped up and played and sung in an energetic semi-incompetent fashion.

New Wave: Like I said, there's a degree of originality here, although most of it lacks a point.

Speed Metal: Well, this is clearly just a variation on an existing genre, metal; only real difference is a cutdown on soloing and (obviously) an increase in tempo. And metal was never terribly original in the first place, was it? Just rock turned lily-white, played with the amps turned all the way up, given shallow lyrics penned by screeching singers, and, worst of all, chock-full of grating, obnoxious guitar tones and massively overplayed drum kits.

Marriage of Country and Pop: Well, it was innovative when it originated, but like I said, it sure as hell originated before 1975.

Rap: Innovative, yes, but also mostly tuneless, shallow, and grating.

Seattle Grunge Scene: Original? Don't make me laugh. I've heard many, many examples of proto-grunge in the work of sixties bands. Hell, "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" by the Beatles has a segment that is practically grunge, and Jethro Tull did a whole album (1970's Benefit) that is full of grungey moments. All the Seattle grunge bands did was take a form sparingly used by past artists and fill whole albums with it. The results, I'm afraid to say, are quite simply boring.

World Music: Sure, sure.

See what I mean? The vast majority of post-'75 genres you've brought up are hardly original at all. Certainly no genre is entirely original, but there are grades of originality, and the originality of a genre like psychedelic rock or progressive rock far surpasses that of, say, new wave.

Now, on to your claim that my biases and opinions are clouding my judgement. What you ought to try to understand is the crucial difference between opinions and biases. All self-styled music critics must necessarily have educated opinions regarding the music they listen to.

Note my use of the phrase, "educated opinion." An uneducated opinion is a damn fool opinion, of course. An opinion is most valid when it is supported by a wealth of knowledge on the subject, as my opinions are. You see, although I might consider myself an art/prog rock fan, I've never confined myself within those genres. I've listened to quite a bit of everything, and, I'll wager, quite a bit more than you have.

As such, I never hesitate in being opinionated when evaluating music. However, I do attempt to keep my biases in check. For example, I have a bias against Bob Dylan because I find his voice unappealing. But I'll never underrate Dylan's influence on bands and artists that followed, some of which I find far more ear-pleasing (e.g. The Byrds, Fairport Convention).

The reasons for why I dislike so much of modern music have very little to do with my biases and everything to do with my opinions. Such as my opinion that music ought to be tuneful and melodic to be good, for example. Or that, in choosing between an older, seminal work or a newer derivative one, I'll always choose the freshness of the original rather than the stale aroma of the new bastardization.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
Posts: 1798 | Registered: Sunday, October 5 2003 07:00
Time for another, most embarassing moments thread. in General
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Profile #16
quote:
Originally written by Lenar Research Facilites:

I once mistook Stughalf for TM...
May I enquire about the circumstances? You've well and truly boggled me.

[ Wednesday, July 12, 2006 17:05: Message edited by: Stugri-La ]

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
Posts: 1798 | Registered: Sunday, October 5 2003 07:00
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What can I say? At least in my mind, my tastes are impeccable, and no other viewpoint is legitimate. I don't know exactly why this is the case, and I often do feel a certain sense of guilt about it, but it can't be helped. Or perhaps it could be helped, but I myself find that quality in myself so endearing that I simply don't bother to help it. :P

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
Posts: 1798 | Registered: Sunday, October 5 2003 07:00
Time for another, most embarassing moments thread. in General
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I've had a number of embarassing moments, and the worst thing about them is that they can never quite be forgotten. No, they just all sit in my brain, mouldering and showing up here and there to torment me. Certainly writing about them will exacerbate this condition, but I can't resist, can I?

One that comes to mind has to do with this girl named Molly that I had a thing for the summer after I graduated from high school. John, one of my closest friends, knew her and I got to know her through him. Now, John is a fine fellow but he does have a bad habit of not being able to leave a friend's girl alone. But on this occasion, although he was interested in Molly, he professed to stand aside and allow me to pursue her.

So I did, in my own tentative way. As she happened to share my liking for ferrets, I mentioned the ferret shelter I volunteered for at the time and encouraged her to come along. She didn't, predictably- cleaning out litter pans isn't for everyone.

But I was still enthusiastic about my chances up until this one evening when a bunch of us attended a friend's recital. After the concert, I saw Molly and greeted her. John showed up at the same time, and held out a book to her, asking, "is this yours? I think you left it at my house."

I looked on in horror. Only the previous night, Molly had given me this book (can't remember the title now) as a gift while the three of us were hanging out at John's house. I had graciously accepted, even though I already owned the book (and my copy was in much better shape to boot). Hardly needing her copy, I had carelessly left it behind in John's house after departing.

Of course, John's presentation of the book made me appear a terribly callous cad. I stammered out my explanation but I'm afraid it hardly sounded credible. That was the end of that pursuit.

After the incident, I accosted John about it, accusing him of intentional sabotage, a charge he had been guilty of repeatedly in the past. But he insisted on his ignorance that the book had been a gift to me, so strenuously that I eventually gave up trying to make him own up.

Of course, he ended up sleeping with her a couple weeks later. But he's a good guy in other respects.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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quote:
Originally written by Oh, the pain, the pain:

Partial list of music produced post 75 that is important or relevant - Bruce Springsteen (virtually entire catelogue is post '75) Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler as a solo artist (entirely post '75) Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door (1978) Robert Plant - Now and Zen (1988) Lou Reed - Street Hassle (1978) The Clash - London Calling (1980) U2's career, Dead Kennedys - entire career especially Frankenchrist (1985), Prince, Slayer, Beastie Boys.
First of all, some of the artists/bands you mention had their start long before 1975, and practically all of these are known to have produced their best work before 1975. Although I'm not much of a Led Zep fan I'm aware that the apex of their career is thought to lie in the early 70s. And I'll be damned if Lou Reed ever produced anything in his solo career that can stand up to the innovation and originality of his 60s Velvet Underground work.

As for Springsteen, I can't stand his creaky, screeching voice and I've never heard a damn thing out of him that was remotely interesting (and I lived with a Springsteen fanatic, so I've experienced the full, grating gamut of his work). I've heard a few Dire Straits songs and they were thoroughly boring and uninteresting as well.

U2 might have done some decent work in the 80s, but it was never terribly original and they sold out quite fast. I don't at all care for punk, so the Clash is out. Prince was supposedly innovative for his genre, but that genre is a hard pill for me to swallow. I've never heard any Dead Kennedys, but I assume they're punk as well. And of course I enjoyed the Beastie Boys as an adolescent, but I knew then and I sure as hell know now that they're not worth a damn.

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Innovative music included the punk movement, new wave, speed metal, the marriage of country and pop, rap, Seattle grunge scene, inclusion of world music.
Well, as I mentioned, I don't like punk. It's just plain tuneless much of the time, the aesthetic does absolutely nothing for me, and being a person of the relaxed variety I don't much care for the unsettling speed of the songs. That's not to say that I don't like fast playing; I do, but I enjoy it more for the sake of intricacy than for the sake of sending unpleasant shivers up my spine. But seeing as I'm a devotee of prog rock, which most punks hate (because it's thoroughly over their inadequate heads), I suppose I might just feel the need to hate back.

Some new wave is all right, I'll admit. I have been known to enjoy some Police or Squeeze now and then. But, although the Police and a few other New Wavers were somewhat original, their brand of originality usually has next to no impact on me.

As for metal, I must say that I hate it. The early stuff in the evolution of the genre is okay, but I find the later stuff to be gratingly loud, formulaic, and tuneless. That goes double for speed metal, which seems to combine two of my least favorite genres (punk and metal) in one.

Country and pop fusion? That was old news by '75, son. Come back to me after you've listened to some 60s bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers, a band that truly pioneered the country rock genre. Be sure it's the first album you're listening to, though, because Gram Parsons wasn't with them for long.

Rap, as I already mentioned, is something I do not care for. The same goes for the grunge scene, which, although sporadically entertaining (I still get a guilty pleasure out of listening to Soundgarden) usually consisted of melodically poor, derivative, draggy dreck.

I'll give you a point for the world music stuff. The most heralded recordings in the genre that I'm aware of are the Paul Simon Graceland albums in the 80s. But, of course, such efforts hardly fall in the category of "white people music," do they? Of course, Paul was white, but most of his compatriots on those albums weren't. World music is, by definition, music for and by people of all colors. I'm not terribly well versed in the world music scene, so I'll stop here.

I suppose our disagreement boils down to our differing appreciation of genres. I enjoy practically every genre which emerged up until the dawn of the seventies: blues, folk (American and especially British), rock 'n' roll, soul, all the various sorts of psychedelia, country-rock, progressive rock, and funk. I happen not to much care for any of the genres that originated later.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Viva Italia !!!!!!! in General
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Profile #189
Really, I find the most disturbing thing about this affair to be the general reaction to it- from the media as well as the vast majority of soccer fans. The incident of the headbutting and its aftermath came up just as I was beginning to sense a growing liking within me for this game. I'd always found soccer crushingly boring, at least compared to my favorite sports: basketball, baseball, football, and tennis. So little scoring, so much running from end to end, so little excitement generated for me, a standard American sports fan.

But, you know, I was just beginning to gain an appreciation for the artistry of some of the shots and the subtle drama of the game, I watched the headbutt and the controversy it generated. And then, clearly, I saw what was wrong with this game, what makes it not truly worth watching.

Really, the biggest problem with soccer is that it's a game for goddamn fruitcakes. The reaction to the head-butting made that clear. All this whining about the crushing blow Zidane had made to the game and his own reputation. And I thought: how many times have I seen a brawl break out in a baskeball, basketball, football, or hockey game? Tons, and no one really bothered to whine and complain about the degeneration of the sport and the shame incurred by the players involved.

Physical contact is a part of sport. So is emotion, and, as a result, so is violence. Zidane's headbutt was not a calculated attempt to cause injury to the Italian player. It was simply an expression of anger in an emotionally charged game. By all means, it was proper that he should have been given the red card. But it is not proper that he should receive the lambasting he has suffered from the press and fans.

The endless decrying of the incident is yet another reason why soccer will never reach the mainstream popularity in America that it has in many other countries. The rest of you can continue to watch your stylish, graceful, emotionally vacant game, but I'll stick to my basketball, thank you.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Off the top of your head in General
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Profile #54
quote:
Originally written by Oh, the pain, the pain:

quote:
...with the quality of pop/rock falling off drastically from about 1975-on.
Again, I dispute this statement. What are you using as your baseline and what are you comparing that against?

Well, of course the most popular music of any particular time is almost never the best music of its time, and is quite often close to the worst. The Beatles were deservedly popular, of course, but even in their case the album tracks were usually superior to the hit singles.

However, at least until around 1975 the prevailing popular music had some semblance of good taste. That is, the production was not gratingly excessive, and there was usually enough creativity and tunefulness thrown about to make things tolerable. However, most pop/rock music after that point, especially the mainstream stuff, has been disturbingly unoriginal, at best generically tuneful, and never memorable. And it's been gratuitously overproduced as well.

One of the reasons why so much sixties music is so great is that the music industry of the time was hardly as well-established and controlling as it is today. But as record company executives began to realize the monetary possibilities of pop/rock music, they began to organize themselves and exert greater control over the music itself. "Corporate rock" was born, and with its birth came the end of any semblance of commercial success for those artists and bands that sought to test the boundaries of the music form, or really do anything that wasn't a guaranteed commercial proposition. Pop and rock music have never been the same since.

[ Tuesday, July 11, 2006 10:24: Message edited by: Stugri-La ]

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Feature Length Animation Films in General
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I'm allergic to extensive computer animation. But the older, hand-drawn stuff is great, as is claymation. Before Disney went all-out to please the teenage girl demographic they made some fine feature films, including "The Sword in the Stone" and "Robin Hood."

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Civil Unions disallowed in ACT in General
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Really, all monetary benefits bestowed upon married people by the government ought to be cut off entirely. They discriminate unfairly against folks that choose to stay single.

With an end to benefits to married couples, governments would no longer have as pressing of a need to keep marriages on the books. Perhaps the government could leave off issuing marriage citations at all, and leave the task of marrying people where it belongs: with religious institutions.

I highly doubt that those agitating so strongly for the legalization of gay marriage would pursue the matter much further if informed that gay marriage, like straight marriage, would offer no monetary benefits to the married couple. Like most anything else, this issue is all about money at its core.

Those gay couples wishing to be married for sentimental reasons could find the appropriate progressive religious institution to do the job, or just be content with considering themselves married.

Of course, divorce settlements and the like would be problematic. Perhaps marriage can never be entirely taken off the books, but certainly its financial implications could.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Professional Wrestling (WWE) in General
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It used to be a guilty pleasure, back in the WWF days when most wrestlers were ridiculous, over-the-top personalities with crazy costumes and such. Nowadays when I happen to click over to a wrestling match the wrestlers are always these boring, short-haired (or bald), stiffs with no personality whatsoever. Completely pointless.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Holidays in General
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Ugh, cheap whiskey is truly horrible stuff. When I'm drinking whiskey, it's got to be at least as good as Jim Beam or I won't even bother. Jack Daniels is really nice, though

The way I look at it, whiskey seems to possess the greatest variation of the hard liquors in terms of how much better the expensive stuff tastes compared to the cheap ****. I've never noticed much difference between cheap and expensive vodka; it's always somewhat nasty, but drinkable. More drinkable than Ten High, at least.

Rum is much the same way (but better- so sue me, I'm a tropical man), although the spiced stuff is much better to take shots with (the clear stuff is best for mixing) Tequila is always horrible unless it's in a margarita. I've never tasted gin, but if martinis are any indication, it's horrible, horrible stuff.

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"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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It's quite true that the vast majority of "white people music" has been extremely lousy for quite some time, with the quality of pop/rock falling off drastically from about 1975-on. I've heard some rare examples of good indie music from some of my old housemates that are big into the scene, but generally I stick strictly to music from the mid-60s to mid-70s (emphasis on the late 60s, of course- easily the best period for pop/rock music ever).

Unlike Alec, who presumably enjoys rap because of clever lyrics, arrangement and production, I find myself unable to enjoy the genre at all. I've always been much more of a melody/harmony guy, despising rhythm-based music and rarely paying much attention to lyrics except when I'm aware they're worth listening to (whenever the Kinks, Beatles, John Lennon or George Harrison is on, for example). As such, although some rap is inoffensive and all right as background music, it just doesn't do much for me on the whole.

Additionally, (not that I'm afraid of being labelled a racist- I'm a brown man) I do listen to and enjoy certain older forms of "black music," most notably 70s soul and funk (Earth, Wind & Fire, for example).

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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Oh my God, you just can't make this **** up. in General
Guardian
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As a vegetarian who rarely eats eggs, the article had very little impact on me. Ordinary, well-cooked meat is somewhat unappetizing but tolerable to be around, and although I suspect the odor of that stuff would be enough to turn my stomach, the appearance of the sausage, bacon and eggs don't perturb me.

The nutrition facts, of course, are thoroughly dismaying.

I will confess to having eating a few breakfasts of dubious nutritional merit in the past, mostly from the dorms when I inhabited them and from McDonalds. Really, breakfast in McDonald's is about the only full meal I can eat there. Three hash brown patties, some milk, cinnamon rolls...I'm salivating just thinking about it.

Breakfast in the dorms was even junkier, but tastier as well: several glasses of milk, several hash brown patties or a whole plate of hash browns (enjoyed with plenty of ketchup), a few assorted danishes or cinnamon rolls, and a few slices of melon for decency's sake. Tastes heavenly, of course, but I'd rather not speak about the indigestion that follows.

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"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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