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east
11-09-2007, 06:48 AM
a new music you've just discovered? a film you just watched? a political doctrine you just got turned on to? a food find? a self-revelation about yourself? working some shit out that needed working? a country or place you've just found out about?

Changes in domestic circs have led to a slow realisation that London may not be a living option in the near future, and that feels like a bit of a liberation of sorts. I also rediscovered the joys of 70s Funk the other week, leading to heavy iPod saturation by Betty Davis ever since.

Plus the discovery that, as reluctant as i once was to admit it, coffee totally kicks tea's ass.

edit: 'inspriation'? Shit, why isn't there an edit function for thread titles?

zhao
11-09-2007, 07:47 AM
coffee totally kicks tea's ass.

oh you poor deluded fellow... lord forgive this child for he knows not what he speaks.

mistersloane
11-09-2007, 11:53 AM
a new music you've just discovered? a film you just watched? a political doctrine you just got turned on to? a food find? a self-revelation about yourself? working some shit out that needed working? a country or place you've just found out about?

Changes in domestic circs have led to a slow realisation that London may not be a living option in the near future, and that feels like a bit of a liberation of sorts. I also rediscovered the joys of 70s Funk the other week, leading to heavy iPod saturation by Betty Davis ever since.

Plus the discovery that, as reluctant as i once was to admit it, coffee totally kicks tea's ass.

edit: 'inspriation'? Shit, why isn't there an edit function for thread titles?

Yeah, there's this book just came out called 'The 5 Percenters, Islam, Hiphop and the New York Gods' and it's the book I've been looking for for years with regard the Gods and Earths, and I'm blabbing on about it to everyone.

mistersloane
11-09-2007, 12:17 PM
Oh and this! Fucking terrifying blog about water

http://watersecretsblog.com/

Mr. Tea
11-09-2007, 12:24 PM
oh you poor deluded fellow... lord forgive this child for he knows not what he speaks.

Seconded...I shall pray for this poor lost lamb's soul. :(

Mr. Tea
11-09-2007, 02:21 PM
Oh and this! Fucking terrifying blog about water

http://watersecretsblog.com/

Hahaha, "Bottled water a waste of money".

In other news: Fire 'still hot', say experts...

swears
11-09-2007, 02:23 PM
a new music you've just discovered? a film you just watched? a political doctrine you just got turned on to? a food find? a self-revelation about yourself? working some shit out that needed working? a country or place you've just found out about?



No.

IdleRich
11-09-2007, 02:36 PM
"No."
That's good to know. With that Zhaolander comment I almost thought that you had cheered up for a while.
What happened to your club night Swears?

swears
11-09-2007, 02:41 PM
Dunno, might do something like that. I don't think anyone would turn up though, it'd just be like "Who are these gimps?"

mistersloane
11-09-2007, 02:45 PM
Dunno, might do something like that. I don't think anyone would turn up though, it'd just be like "Who are these gimps?"

Just pre-empt 'em and call it 'Club For Gimps'

Mr. Tea
11-09-2007, 02:48 PM
Just pre-empt 'em and call it 'Club For Gimps'

You might get a load of actual gimps coming over from the Torture Gardens, though. ;)

polystyle desu
11-09-2007, 02:49 PM
Of course ...

Inspiration comes all the time.
That clunk funky electroid track on Ascoltare's space runner mix towards the end.
Seeing Tim Sweeney @ Heathers the other night and acatching up a bit.
Bodzin's set @ Bar 13 Friday night.
The prospect of finishing the new Dominatrix Ep and getting onto the Album
(and possibly collaborating with a recently met German cat).
Doing the live score for a classic 117m Sci Fi with my new mates twice in one night.
Upcoming get together with DCC after DJ High Priest returned from Japan and getting ready for next round of works.
Finishing the Nowthenfter collection of downtown electronic acoustic as Surround Sound DVD.
The show on Dubai that NHK had on the other night.
Congo , Niger music
Morocco , Atlas Mtns
H Hakmoun Orch Tangier free show this Sunday
Optron @ The Kitchen 9/27
The change from summer to early fall ...
mugi tea
mixi
...
... ...
... ...

IdleRich
11-09-2007, 02:58 PM
Dunno, might do something like that. I don't think anyone would turn up though, it'd just be like "Who are these gimps?"
Well, you will never get anywhere with that attitude.


Of course ...
Inspiration comes all the time.
That's more like it. I'm the same, or at least I'm always getting excited by things... for a bit, then it's something new I suppose. At the moment I can't wait to get home and listen to an Aussie biker soundtrack I bought off a guy in a pub yesterday evening. Called Stone, anyone seen it/heard it? Got loads of moog funk/prog weirdness and didgeridoos and stuff, from the brief listen I've had it's great.
Also, just started a new book which is always fun (even though this isn't really that good). Got a free evening for a change tonight, then it's watching football tomorrow, playing football the day after (see if I can make amends for my sending off last week) and clubbing on Friday, barbecue on Saturday and so on and so forth - what's not to get inspired by?

polystyle desu
11-09-2007, 03:53 PM
Aaah - Stone does ring a little bell ...
From the 70's or '80's ?

Mr. Tea
11-09-2007, 03:56 PM
Rich is a little confused, he meant to say he's really enjoying the new Joss Stone album.

polystyle desu
11-09-2007, 04:09 PM
Naw , couldn't be that

IdleRich
11-09-2007, 04:09 PM
"Aaah - Stone does ring a little bell ...
From the 70's or '80's ?"
74 I believe. Never seen the film but I understand it was quite big in Oz. Here you go, it's this one

http://www.blaxploitation.com/s_233.html

Mr. Tea
11-09-2007, 04:23 PM
Naw , couldn't be that

Pffft.

polymorphic
12-09-2007, 08:11 AM
Hmm, the return of the 365 Days Project just about made my month.

Save repeating myself :

http://www.polymorphic-music.co.uk/news/69-365-days-project-2007

Fantastic stuff.

Sick Boy
12-09-2007, 01:24 PM
Peaches Geldof.

I'm really into the idea of being famous for no reason right now. It's a brilliant concept.

reeltoreel
12-09-2007, 01:44 PM
Springtime is always pretty inspiring for me.

Joan Didion's The White Album came along for the right reasons at the right time about a week ago. After being kind of uninspired by the printed word for some time, that was amazing.

The thought of moving to southern California next July from provincial NZ. Could go either way really, but it'll be a chance for a complete mental cleanout/shedding of baggage/new start, etc.

The fact that music was really boring me last month, and now it seems like I'll never run out of fresh things to listen to...

And on the beverage tip, Earl Grey with milk and two sugars is the business. Coffee kicks me off, tea puts things right, y'know?

Immryr
12-09-2007, 05:10 PM
bruce springsteen is a constant inspiration :]

Mr. Cheese
12-09-2007, 08:28 PM
Porn.

mistersloane
13-09-2007, 12:39 AM
Peaches Geldof.

I'm really into the idea of being famous for no reason right now. It's a brilliant concept.

Check out Elizabeth Taylor, seriously. I used to work in an archive of 20th century magazines, and she was fucking all over every cover, but if you look at her actual output, it's minor, minor in comparison, not in quality but in terms of productivity. But she has to be the most photographed person in history. Andy Warhol ( I know, but bear with me ) is really good on fame for no reason, read his biography by Victor Bockris as well if you get a chance or are interested.

I've personally always been interested in the connection betwen photogrpahic reproduction ( and probably aural reproduction as well, though I'm less clear how ) and time travel.

Mr. Tea
13-09-2007, 03:04 PM
Check out Elizabeth Taylor, seriously. I used to work in an archive of 20th century magazines, and she was fucking all over every cover, but if you look at her actual output, it's minor, minor in comparison, not in quality but in terms of productivity. But she has to be the most photographed person in history. Andy Warhol ( I know, but bear with me ) is really good on fame for no reason, read his biography by Victor Bockris as well if you get a chance or are interested.

I've personally always been interested in the connection betwen photogrpahic reproduction ( and probably aural reproduction as well, though I'm less clear how ) and time travel.

Hate to say this, but wasn't she overtake by Princess Di(e)?

mistersloane
13-09-2007, 03:09 PM
Hate to say this, but wasn't she overtake by Princess Di(e)?

Interesting one, I doubt it, just given the Princess' life was cruelly cut short, had she lived to a ripe old age then we may have been blessed with that proposition.

baboon2004
13-09-2007, 03:27 PM
On the inspiration tip, ahve been inspired by working out how to use Fruityloops, and studying reggaeton and rnb riddims for programming. Big up to wayne and wax (http://wayneandwax.blogspot.com/) for all his wise words on this front.

Listening to Linda Perhacs last night was also fairly inspirational.

Mr. Tea
13-09-2007, 03:30 PM
Interesting one, I doubt it, just given the Princess' life was cruelly cut short, had she lived to a ripe old age then we may have been blessed with that proposition.

In a way it's a mercy she was killed, she was already showing signs of OMGCELLULITE!!! :eek::eek::eek:

mistersloane
13-09-2007, 04:27 PM
it's a mercy she was killed

in general

noel emits
13-09-2007, 04:32 PM
Porn.
Have you seen youporn.com?

Some* of the amateur stuff on there is really good. I mean call me a perv but I think it's much better if the people seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves and having a laugh rather than these grim faced industry vets or dubiously compliant eastern Europeans.

*I say some, obviously most of it is fairly disturbing or just crap.

zhao
14-09-2007, 12:07 PM
pot inspires me often. but sometimes with delusional obsessiveness :eek:

swears
14-09-2007, 02:39 PM
Been reading a lot of the articles on Stewart Home's website recently:

http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/

Some of it is a bit over my head, but fascinating none the less.

nomadologist
14-09-2007, 07:30 PM
Pierre Joris' lecture on Collage and Post-Collage

[That water site is pretty great. It has one post that very aptly states the assertion Mr. Tea tried to deny that the earth is overpopulated, and that this is to our own detriment: "It was not until 1830 that the earth's population reached 1 billion, yet by 1999 the world population crossed the 6 billion mark.

There is no question that this population expansion has cost the earth both environmentally and ecologically. Our forests are declining, our topsoil is eroding, our deserts are expanding, and our climate is undergoing radical change."]

Mr. Tea
14-09-2007, 10:36 PM
[That water site is pretty great. It has one post that very aptly states the assertion Mr. Tea tried to deny that the earth is overpopulated, and that this is to our own detriment: "It was not until 1830 that the earth's population reached 1 billion, yet by 1999 the world population crossed the 6 billion mark.


Umm...would you care to point out the post where I said this?

If you're thinking of the 'difference between animals and humans' thread, the claim I made there is that humans are very successful: indeed, far too successful for our good. I would very much agree that we are overpopulated, inasmuch as it is having a detrimental effect on our collective quality of life, to say nothing of the wellbeing of other species. All I was saying is that from a purely population-statistics POV, we are 'over-achievers' with regard to our original evolutionary niche.

tate
17-09-2007, 09:40 AM
Did an hour-long interview with Pharoah Sanders by phone last week in preparation for a freelance piece that I'm writing ... not sure that 'inspiring' is really sufficient to describe it.

nomadologist
18-09-2007, 04:41 PM
Umm...would you care to point out the post where I said this?

If you're thinking of the 'difference between animals and humans' thread, the claim I made there is that humans are very successful: indeed, far too successful for our good. I would very much agree that we are overpopulated, inasmuch as it is having a detrimental effect on our collective quality of life, to say nothing of the wellbeing of other species. All I was saying is that from a purely population-statistics POV, we are 'over-achievers' with regard to our original evolutionary niche.

Well, what you said was in response to my assertion that our brains were MALADAPTIVELY large, so that our reliance on certain functions (mostly functions of our excessively front-brainedness) is actually to our detriment so that we're not more "successful" necessarily than other animals because our population is larger (even though there are many many species with higher populations than humans). I don't know why you would contradict me by agreeing with me.

What you were actually arguing was that we are NOT overachievers, but that our population was the hallmark of our "success" especially compared to other species. From the thread on animals and humans, Mr. Tea, and i QUOTE, says:


The word I have used is 'sucessful', in a very specific and qualified biological sense. Seriously, which species is more successful: humans (pop. 6,500,000,000) or Siberian tigers (pop. a few dozen)?
The only way there could be a 'misstep', from an evolutionary point of view, would be if humans were suddenly faced with a serious risk of extinction, and I certainly can't see that happening any time soon.

IdleRich
18-09-2007, 04:54 PM
Just read Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut. Should be right up Zhao's street and applies here I think. For those who haven't read it, basically all humans except a small number who are marooned on one of the Galapagos Islands become infertile and finally extinct. The remaining humans evolve smaller brains and get better at hunting fish. They are too limited in intelligence to argue or worry and thus live an idyllic existence of around thirty years length during which they swim around and eat fish and the slow ones get eaten by sharks.

mixed_biscuits
18-09-2007, 04:58 PM
the slow ones get eaten by sharks.

Not so idyllic for some!

Mr. Tea
18-09-2007, 05:07 PM
Nomad, I don't think there's a big risk of humanity facing extinction any time soon. Widespread war, deprivation and so on, possibly (if you listen carefully, you can hear gek-opel cackling with glee...), but not extinction. So from an evolutionary point of view only, whereby more individuals = more successful, humans are and will continue to be very successful. Maybe a bit less successful in the near future if we don't get our collective act together, I don't know.

You claimed that I claimed the earth is not overpopulated (by humans), and as you can see I did not say that.

IdleRich
18-09-2007, 05:10 PM
"Not so idyllic for some!"
But they don't worry about it you see, it just happens. It's the happy idiot thing again. Not exactly sure of Vonnegut's stance to be honest but it seems to stem from a disgust with the way humanity is or is going. Bit like Atomised really but without revelling so much in making it unpleasant.

nomadologist
18-09-2007, 05:16 PM
Nomad, I don't think there's a big risk of humanity facing extinction any time soon. Widespread war, deprivation and so on, possibly (if you listen carefully, you can hear gek-opel cackling with glee...), but not extinction. So from an evolutionary point of view only, whereby more individuals = more successful, humans are and will continue to be very successful. Maybe a bit less successful in the near future if we don't get our collective act together, I don't know.

You claimed that I claimed the earth is not overpopulated (by humans), and as you can see I did not say that.

Well, if you think our population number is a sign of our "success", then how can you also think we're overpopulated? That doesn't make much sense to me. Overpopulation by definition is a "problem".

I think it's perfectly plausible that humans become extinct in the next ten thousand years or so, if the people who claim we are in the midst of a global climate crisis are correct.

Mr. Tea
18-09-2007, 05:31 PM
There's only a paradox in what I've said if you ignore all the qualifications and lemmas I've been putting in about humans being successful FROM AN EVOLUTIONARY POINT OF VIEW. If instead of that you want to use a more human definition of success, then I'd say we'll be more successful when we've either reduced our population or learned to manage our resources better so that people can enjoy a better quality of life in a sustained and stable way. That's it. There is nothing in what I've said to suggest that my position is "overpopulation is nothing to worry about (or even actively a good thing)", indeed I've repeatedly made it clear that I think the exact opposite.

nomadologist
18-09-2007, 06:33 PM
Nice way out of that one, Mr. Tea, yeah! By positing some sort of "difference" between success on "human terms" (? I was talking about success on evolutionary terms as well) and "evolutionary terms". Riiiight.

Overpopulation is NOT a mark of "evolutionary success." In fact, it is QUITE THE OPPOSITE.

Mr. Tea
18-09-2007, 09:28 PM
Out of what 'one'? I wasn't in 'one' in the first place. Everything I've said has been consistent.
For a start, there is no such thing as 'overpopulation' from an evolutionary point of view: organisms that are successful reproduce and spread, and the ones that are most successful of all reproduce and spread the fastest. That's all I mean by 'success', in this sense, so by this criterion the very idea of overpopulation is an oxymoron. It's like saying a capitalist has got it wrong because he's making too much money.

The only way 'overpopulation' makes sense, again in this purely evolutionarily-defined way, is if short-term population growth comes at the expense of a crash that leads to the extinction of the species, and while times ahead are definitely going to be tough, I can't see our extinction on the immediate horizon.

This is what I've been getting at all along. There is no contradiction, no logical corner I've had to 'worm my way out of', except in your (inaccurate) interpretation of what I've said.

Guybrush
18-09-2007, 11:37 PM
I’m getting inspired by reading Gore Vidal’s Homage to Daniel Shays: Collected Essays 1952–1972. He is truly one of the most keen-sighted and witty writers the world has ever seen. Like this typically brilliant opening passage from his essay on Howard Hughes:


Is Howard Hughes the most boring American? Admittedly, the field is large; over two hundred million of us are in competition. Yet on the strength of an old associate’s recent memorial, I am inclined to give Hughes the benefit of the belief I have long held that the more money an American accumulates the less interesting he himself becomes. Certainly there is not much you can do with the fact of someone else’s fortune except stare at all those naughts upon the page. Then, naughts aside, Hughes the actual man emanates a chloroform quite his own: the high droning voice, the catatonic manner, the absence of all humor (a characteristic of the very rich American, but here quintessential), the lack of interest in the human, the preoccupation with machinery (yet he is “a lousy engineer,” according to my father, a long-time aviator acquaintance, and “a menace as a flier”), the collecting of beautiful and famous women to no vivid end (although feisty Ava Gardner did knock him out with an ashtray), and, of course, the grim eating habits (dinner is always a steak with peas, followed by vanilla ice cream and cookies).

The best thing about Hughes has been his withdrawal from the world—for this, if nothing else, he ought not only to have been honored but encouraged by a grateful nation. [...]

nomadologist
24-10-2007, 09:28 PM
For a start, there is no such thing as 'overpopulation' from an evolutionary point of view: organisms that are successful reproduce and spread, and the ones that are most successful of all reproduce and spread the fastest. That's all I mean by 'success', in this sense, so by this criterion the very idea of overpopulation is an oxymoron. It's like saying a capitalist has got it wrong because he's making too much money.

This is not true. Overpopulation often produces a strain on natural resources which leads to starvation and a pretty overwhelming and distinct failure to survive and thrive. This is not the definition of success from an evolutionary standpoint.

The "most successful" reproduce the healthiest, longest living, and accumulate the most resources.

Mr. Tea
25-10-2007, 04:21 PM
Well obviously an organism that experiences short-term success at the expense of long-term success, i.e. a population boom followed by extinction, isn't 'successful' for very long. But how much 'resources' a species uses is neither here nor there: a species that needs lots of resources is much more vulnerable to overpopulation or environmental changes than one that doesn't need so much, for example.

nomadologist
25-10-2007, 04:30 PM
in the end it's a "chicken and the egg" argument, I think, with biologists coming down on both sides. but more and more are questioning the idea that indiscriminately spreading your seed is an evolutionary strong suit

slim jenkins
08-11-2007, 11:12 AM
Stupid people shouldn't breed.

swears
08-11-2007, 01:41 PM
Yeah, but who gets to decide who's "stupid" or not?

Most people are dumb because of nuture rather than nature anyway.

noel emits
08-11-2007, 03:17 PM
Yeah, but who gets to decide who's "stupid" or not?.
Clever people obviously, couldn't trust dummies to do it.

swears
08-11-2007, 03:23 PM
And the dumb people get to choose who is smart enough to judge how dumb they are.

noel emits
08-11-2007, 03:34 PM
I think I can see a potential conflict of interests.

swears
08-11-2007, 05:34 PM
Really "smart".

http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465/1d/media.canada.com/idl/relp/20071108/176996-57573.jpg