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Inlustra Nigror
13 August 2007 @ 11:24 pm
"If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity."

"In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning."

"Information can tell us everything. It has all the answers. But they are answers to questions we have not asked, and which doubtless don't even arise. "

"There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world. "


his humor and incite excite me, and also make me sad.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
26 January 2007 @ 11:27 pm
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person," observed Oscar Wilde. "Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth."
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Inlustra Nigror
18 January 2007 @ 09:23 am
"That's what real love amounts to — letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending — performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act — and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession."
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
17 January 2007 @ 07:11 pm
A talk with Wade Davis</p>

In this stunning talk, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world’s
indigenous cultures, many of which are disappearing, as ancestral land
is lost and languages die. (50 percent of the world’s 6000 languages
are no longer taught to children.) Against a backdrop of extraordinary
photos and stories that ignite the imagination, Davis argues that we
should be concerned not only for preserving the biosphere, but also the
“ethnosphere,” which he describes as “the sum total of all thoughts and
dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by
the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness.” An
anthropologist and botanist by training, Davis has traveled the world,
living among indigenous cultures. He’s written several books, including

The Serpent and the Rainbow and Light at the Edge of the World. (Recorded February 2003 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 22:44)

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Inlustra Nigror
17 January 2007 @ 01:43 am
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
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"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
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"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
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"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
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"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
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"give up too many dreams, and living becomes little more than just getting by."
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Inlustra Nigror
16 January 2007 @ 10:39 am
Quisquis amat. veniat. Veneri volo frangere costas
fustibus et lumbos debilitare deae.
Si potest illa mihi tenerum pertundere pectus
quit ego non possim caput illae frangere fuste?



Whoever loves, go to hell. I want to break Venus's ribs
with a club and deform her hips.
If she can break my tender heart
why can't I hit her over the head?

-CIL IV, 1284.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
14 January 2007 @ 11:26 am
A sinner who embraces others is more honorable than the cold moralist who criticizes.
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Inlustra Nigror
12 January 2007 @ 10:18 pm
Other men are unaware of what they do when they are awake just as they are forgetful of what they do when they are asleep.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
10 January 2007 @ 11:31 am
The End of Faith, Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason. - A lecture of Sam Harris.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
05 January 2007 @ 11:32 am
Death to cowards, traitors, and empty words
To those adorned with the touch of rose petals
And the blessed gift of forgetfulness
For these are your years and days to outshine
Push on and soar higher
This is your memory
Your everything and the inbetween
Push on and soar higher
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
03 January 2007 @ 11:58 pm
brilliance.
a heart of gold.
and a voices that whispers
"i am wholly miserable"
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
17 December 2006 @ 11:38 am
I usually shy away from Pointless posts, but tonight I feel like reaching out. Who wants to quit their day job and start a Commune with me? Wouldn't it be great to never have to wear shoes again, to get yelled at again, to feel worthless again. The focus of the commune would be music and writting and being happy and free. We all work shit jobs so we can buy things we don't really need. Cell Phones, Internet, Cable TV, Newspaper Subscrition, Micro iTune transactions, 1000 dollar guitars. I'm just as guilty as the next guy. Humans existed before all those things and we can do it again. Christ, I'm writting this on the internet, very hypocritical I know but oh well...Did anyone see "The Ballad of Jack And Rose"...The Father had such a beautiful vision and he stuck to it all those years and he tried to bring other people in and they ruin it. Anyone who works retail will understand, We all flip out and run around like chickens with their heads cut off for what though? Do any stores out there sell anything we NEED? That create life or death situations? No, but we like to belive they do. Where I work, we sell water...we also throw out any water that might have been crushed or ripped open all while millions of people will never know what it means to drink clean water...but anyway, we sell water, its all H20 but it comes in different sizes. Some people...American Consumers, will flip out if there is no water in the .5 size and will refuse to buy the kind that come in the slightly bigger, with a fancy sport cap size. Now lets remember that water, 2 parts Hydrogen, 1 part oxygen, falls from the sky, for free. I wish I could just walk away, but I have mortgage, car payments (sadly I do not live close enough to my job to walk or ride a bike). When I do move I plan on getting rid of cable, phone and subscriptions and I hope that will be the first step in freeing myself. I'm unhappy with this life, but I think the days of just giving up and moving are gone, is there even an inch of land that is free? It cost 6 bucks to get into Camp Hero and they kick you out at dusk. Can't even walk a dirt road with breaking up a drug deal or getting stopped by unmarked police cars on Long Island anymore. I like books and movies about the end of civilization. The Stand And The Road both made me stand up and dream. I cheered during The Day After Tomorrow when New York City was consumed by the ocean. A few weeks ago on the news, they reported that the US population had just reached (I think) 300 million. They had a big digital clock and when it reached that number the people in the room cheered, as if it was something to be proud of. When that number starts going backwards is when I will cheer. In a few months a movie is coming out about how every women in the world becomes sterile and are no longer able to reproduce. It leads to chaos (at least in the movie)...if this happened I think it would bring beauty and freedom, not chaos. Maybe its because of xmas, maybe its because everyone I know either works to much at jobs they hate or don't work at all (which is almost as bad as working a job you hate, if your gonna take up space, at least pay for it yourself and don't let your parents do it for you) that I feel this way, I don't know. So many people are scared to be alone, they fear what they might see or hear if they actually took the time to listen to themselves. They escape by drinking themselves stupid and throwing their money away. Humans had a chance at being something great and we blew it. One day we might have to answer for having wasted what was given to us, I just hope by then I have everything figured out and am given a pass.

Goodnight Everyone. Thanks for your time.

Michael &
The Quiet Sickness
707 Records
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Inlustra Nigror
14 December 2006 @ 05:44 pm
Flux  
Soon you’ll be ashes, or bones. A mere name, at most - and even that is just a sound, an echo. The things we want in life are empty, stale and trivial. Dogs snarling at each other. Quarreling children - laughing and then bursting into tears a moment later. Trust, shame, justice, truth - “gone from the earth and only found in heaven.”

Why are you still here? Sensory objects are shifting and unstable; our senses dim and easily deceived; the soul itself a decoction of the blood; fame in a world like this is worthless.

-And so?

Wait for it patiently - annihilation or metamorphosis.

-And until that time comes-what?

Honor and revere the divine, treat human beings as they deserve, be tolerant of others and strict with yourself. Remember, nothing belongs to you but your flesh and blood - and nothing else is under your control.
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Inlustra Nigror
12 December 2006 @ 01:49 pm
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
09 December 2006 @ 12:21 pm
dreams are for shattering,
a well placed blow
the pick ax cracks
crystalline constructed
icy ideals.

and yet without dreams,
life is a barren field,
frozen with snow.

so which path to choose?

i choose the numbing ice.
i make an impenetrable barrier.
i feel the tingle of frostbite,
and so
i embrace stone.

the barren field is better
than knowing the
fruitful orchard
just
beyond
your
reach.

static, unmoving,
unemotional but powerfully stable,
a juggernaut of words
could not break the stone
within my chest.

perhaps fragile hands
will one day rub,
warm,
caress,
to defrost
the icicle which pierces
and permeates
my permafrosted
rock
of a heart.

- up for editting, just thought i'd spit it out here.
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
02 December 2006 @ 12:55 pm
What we need are books that hit us like most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presense, like a suicide.

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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Inlustra Nigror
27 November 2006 @ 08:59 pm
From http://skepticreport.com/tools/baloney.htm,
Baloney Detection Kit

In his book, "The Demon-Haunted World", Carl Sagan provides tools for skeptical thinking. This excellent list is a strong tool to weed out the bad seeds in science.

Quoting ad verbatim:

Tools

* Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the "facts".

* Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.

* Arguments from authority carry little weight - "authorities" have made mistakes in the past.
They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.

* Spin more than one hypothesis.
If there's something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among "multiple working hypotheses," has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you have simply run the with first idea that caught your fancy.

* Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's yours.
It's only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don't, others will.

* Quantify.
If whatever it is you're explaining has some measure, some numerical quantity attached to it, you'll be much better able to discriminate among competing hypotheses. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations. Of course there are thruths to be sought in the many qualitative issues we are obliged to confront, but finding them is more challenging.

* If there's a chain of argument,everylink in the chain must work (including the premise) - not just most of them.

* Occam's Razor.
This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.

* Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified.
Propositions that are untestable, unfalsifiable are not worth much. Consider the grand idea that our Universe and everything in it is just an elementary particle - an electron, say - in a much bigger Cosmos. But if we can never acquire information from outside our Universe, is not the idea incapable of disproof? You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result.

Fallacies

* Ad hominem.
Latin for "to the man", attacking the arguer and not the argument. E.g., The Reverend Dr. Smith is a known Biblical fundamentalist, so her objections to evolution need not be taken seriously.

* Argument from authority.
E.g., President Richard Nixon should be re-elected because he has a secret plan to end the war in Southeast Asia - but because it was secret, there was no way for the electorate to evaluate it on its merits; the argument amounted to trusting him because he was President; a mistake, as it turned out.

* Argument from adverse consequences.
E.g., A God meting out punishment and reward must exist, because if He didn't, society would be much more lawless and dangerous - perhaps even ungovernable.

Or: The defendant in a widely publicized murder trial must be found guilty; otherwise, it will be an encouragement for other men to murder their wives.

* Appeal to ignorance.
The claim that whatever has not been proved false must be true, and vice versa. E.g., There is no compelling evidence that UFOs are not visiting the Earth; therefore UFOs exist - and there is intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe.

Or: There may be seventy kazillion other worlds, but not one is known to have the moral advancement of the Earth, so we're still central to the Universe.
This impatience with ambiguity can be critized in the phrase: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

* Special pleading.
Often to rescue a proposition in deep rethorical trouble.

E.g., How can a merciful God condemn future generations to torment because, against orders, one woman induced one man to eat an apple?
Special plead: You don't understand the subtle Doctrine of Free Will.

Or: How can there be an equally godlike Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the same person?
Special plead: You don't understand the Divine Mystery of the Trinity.

Or: How could God permit the followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - each in their own way enjoined to heroic measures of loving kindness and compassion - to have perpetrated so much cruelty for so long?
Special plead: You don't understand Free Will again. And anyway, God moves in mysterious ways.

* Begging the question.
Also called assuming the answer. E.g., We must institute the death penalty to discourage violent crime. But does the violent crime rate in fact fall when the death penalty is imposed?

Or: The stock market fell yesterday because of a technical adjustment and profit-taking by investors. But is there any independent evidence for the causal role of "adjustment" and profit-taking; have we learned anything at all from this purported explanation?

* Observational selection.
Also called the enumeration of favorable circumstances, or as the philosopher Francis Bacon described it, counting the hits and forgetting the misses. E.g., A state boasts of the Presidents it has produced, but is silent on its serial killers.

* Statistics of small numbers.
A close relative of observational selection. E.g., They say 1 out of 5 people is Chinese. How is this possible? I know hundreds of people, and none of them is Chinese.

Or: I've thrown three sevens in a row. Tonight I can't lose.

* Misunderstanding of the nature of statistics.
E.g., President Dwight Eisenhower expressing astonishment and alarm on discovering that fully half of all Americans have below average intelligence.

* Inconsistency.
E.g., Prudently plan for the worst of which a potential military adversary is capable, but thriftly ignore scientific projections on environmental dangers because they're not "proved".

Or: Attribute the declining life expenctancy in the former Soviet Union to the failures of communism many years ago, but never attribute the high infant mortality rate in the United States (now highest of the major industrial nations) to the failures of capitalism.

Or: Consider it reasonable for the Universe to continue to exist forever into the future, but judge absurd the possibility that it has infinite duration into the past.

* Non Sequitur.
Latin for "It doesn't follow". E.g., Our nation will prevail because God is great. But nearly every nation pretends this to be true; the German formulation was "Gott mit uns". Often those falling into the non sequitur fallacy have simply failed to recognize alternative possibilities.

* Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Latin for "It happened after, so it was caused by". E.g., Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila: "I know of...a 26-year-old who looks 60 because she takes [contraceptive] pills."

Or: Before women got the vote, there were no nuclear weapons.

* Meaningless question.
E.g., What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? But if there is such a thing as an irresistible force there can be no immovable objects, and vice versa.

* Excluded middle, or False Dichotomy.
Considering only the two extremes in a continuum of intermediate possibilities. E.g., Sure, take his side; my husband's perfect; I'm always wrong.

Or: Either you love your country or you hate it.

Or: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

* Short-term vs. long-term.
A subset of the excluded middle, but so important I've pulled it out for special attention. E.g., We can't afford programs to feed malnourished children and educate pre-school kids. We need to urgently deal with crime on the streets.

Or: Why explore space or pursue fundamental science when we have so huge a budget deficit?

* Slippery slope.
Related to excluded middle. E.g., If we allow abortion in the first weeks of pregnancy, it will be impossible to prevent the killing of a full-term infant.
Or, conversely:If the state prohibits abortion even in the ninth month, itwill soon be telling us what to do with our bodies around the time of conception.

* Confusion of correlation and causation.
E.g., A survey shows that more college graduates are homosexual than those with lesser education; therefore education makes people gay.

Or: Andean earthquakes are correlated with closest approaches of the planet Uranus; therefore - despite the absence of any such correlation for the nearer, more massive planet Jupiter - the latter causes the former.

* Straw man.
Caricaturing a position to make it easier to attack. E.g., Scientists suppose that living things simply fell together by chance - a formulation that willfully ignores the central Darwinian insight, that Nature ratches up by saving what works and discarding what doesn't.
Or - this is also a short-term/long-term fallacy - environmentalists care more for snail darters and spotted owls than they do for people.

* Suppressed evidence, or half-truths.
E.g., An amazingly accurate and widely quoted "prophecy" of the assasination attempt on President Reagan is shown on television; but - an important detail - was it recorded before or after the event?

Or: These government abuses demand revolution, even if you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs. Yes, but is this likely to be a revolution in which for more people are killed than under the previous regime? What does the experience of other revolutions suggest? Are all revolutions against oppressive regimes desirable and in the interests of the people?

* Weasel words.
E.g., The separation of powers of the U.S. Constitution specifies that the United States may not conduct a war without a declaration by Congress. On the other hand, Presidents are given control of foreign policy and the conduct of wars, which are potentially powerful tools for getting themselves re-elected. Presidents of either political party may therefore be tempted to arrange wars while waving the flag and calling the wars something else - "police actions," "armed incursions," "protective reaction strikes," "pacification," "safeguarding American interests," and a wide variety of "operations," such as "Operation Just Cause." Euphemisms for war are on of a broad class of reinventions of language for political purposes. Talleyrand said, "An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public".


Postlude
Carl Sagan, astronomer and storyteller extraordinaire, showed how Nature and science could be explained so everyone could understand it. He was truly one of a kind.

He will be sorely missed.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
26 November 2006 @ 10:28 am
He only earns his freedom and his life
who takes them everyday by storm
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Inlustra Nigror
19 November 2006 @ 10:58 pm
Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity. - Wikipedia: Ockham's Razor
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
19 November 2006 @ 10:55 pm
The idea that order and chaos are at odds seems to be an echo of the good/bad, God/Satan, Grinch/Santa dualistic thinking that humans are supremely adapted to, as one might expect of an animal that evolved surrounded by "bad" things like hunger, predators, cold, etc.

The real spiritual challenge for such a thinking being is to overcome such instinctive responses to see that all forces in the universe act in concert. It's not that there are no forces that are "bad" for us; it's that these forces just ARE, regardless of how they affect us, and that we can adapt to, and operate healthfully in, a universe that is a balance of these forces.

We don't have to conquer or eliminate those aspects of ourself that are bad for us (that is, that are "evil"). We just have to see that our limitations include a susseptibility to those forces. If we understand the background of our being, we don't have to fight it by dividing and pigeon-holing our reality into friendly and unfriendly parts.

We can live and work with all of the parts, so long as we understand that some of those parts can burn us. Three year olds get burned by hot stove burners, but we've learned to live with these evil things because we understand them well enough to play it safe.

That's the challenge we face, in understanding the universe.
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
19 November 2006 @ 10:41 pm
"Since you seem to be reframing God as the Great Mathematician, I'll just point out that there is no need for an authoring mathematician, in order to "create" mathematics.

The relations between forces and numbers exist; regardless of whether anyone at all studies them.

Next, you will say that the universe itself must exist, in order for mathematics to exist. Wrong - for the same reason.

Number and force relations will exist as potential even in an abstract "empty" reality. Given any form of matter or energy, these maths will emerge "spontaneously" only because SOMETHING will determine the interactions. That something, at bottom, is physical forces that act according to definable laws (maths)."
-Lightning Joe, from a thread reaction to some beautiful fractal imagery, which went from 'simple, pretty, math" to 'evolution, theory, god' ... how amazing! You can also see the images at that link.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
13 November 2006 @ 08:03 pm
130: Try and control the world external to your mind and meet constant agony. Expect nothing of no one but yourself and expect nothing but contentment. The currency of the world is falsehood, and if you expect your fellow man to follow their words with actions, you are mistaken. Make expectations of nothing. Structure your thoughts so that nothing will shock you. Only the infant mind is manipulated as a puppet by the capricious masses. How can you so readily and so swiftly surrender your faculties to anger and accusation? Temper your passions so that you can always rely on your convictions to be true, for the sake of being true, with no pandering for reward or recognition. For everything that troubles you, detach the need for that in your life, and you will know no pain. You need nothing but what you define as needing.

Everything that is not within you cannot be in your control. How foolish we are to be disturbed when something material is destroyed, as if it were to last forever? You are deceiving yourself in desiring to control these things, these impermanent, momentary forms that will sooner than later rejoin the world as dust. Detach yourself from the desire and in doing so detach yourself from the grief of a mind dependent on structuring an external flux. Let nothing disturb you, let nothing shock you. Did you really expect anything else?

Don’t have expectations of anyone but yourself and you won’t be disturbed when reckless, uncharitable, vile people do reckless, uncharitable and vile things. Be strict with yourself and tolerant of others. Trying to control anything but your own judgments, actions and decisions will only lead you to pain; you are powerless to truly manipulate the outside world. If you expect people to act a certain way, or to have any logic or reasoning for their actions, they will only disappoint you. Most people don’t think through their actions properly and as a consequence often make reckless, (seemingly) random, deceptive or destructive actions. You can’t blame them for this, or expect anything else, just work on tempering your own judgments, actions and decisions, and leave everything else up to fate, always being cheerful of character, blaming no one.
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Inlustra Nigror
13 November 2006 @ 12:26 pm
inlustranigror is emotionally distant.
I bet no one's surprised that you never post your current mood. In fact, I bet most of your friends are so sick of you locking them out of your life that they hate you behind your back. Shame.
wanna know your lj's moodring color? enter your user name and hit the button. (discussion thread)

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Inlustra Nigror
13 November 2006 @ 10:21 am
Escape your will.

-This is a snippet of advice that results from my readings of arthur schopenhauer. it's a command you may use inspirationally, but it may have no meaning without background information and works of schopenhauer.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
10 November 2006 @ 08:04 pm
Judging people is a good way to cause yourself agony. Expect nothing of no one but yourself and you can expect no discomfort.
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Inlustra Nigror
10 November 2006 @ 12:05 am
"Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts."

taken from a myspace bulletin of charlie brown.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
09 November 2006 @ 09:20 pm
'I will put Chaos into fourteen lines'

I will put Chaos into fourteen lines
And keep him there; and let him thence escape
If he be lucky; let him twist, and ape
Flood, fire, and demon --- his adroit designs
Will strain to nothing in the strict confines
Of this sweet order, where, in pious rape,
I hold his essence and amorphous shape,
Till he with Order mingles and combines.
Past are the hours, the years of our duress,
His arrogance, our awful servitude:
I have him. He is nothing more nor less
Than something simple not yet understood;
I shall not even force him to confess;
Or answer. I will only make him good.

-- Edna St. Vincent Millay
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
09 November 2006 @ 04:33 pm
Circuit bend
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
09 November 2006 @ 03:58 pm
GOA, from Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music:
"For what it's worth, the only trance genre that still has some integrity left. Goa is just too complicated, too dark, too brooding, and too ominous to ever have popular appeal, and it's doubtful that it ever will....and that's just the way hippies like it. Imported from India, duty free, where it is so hot the DJs don't even bother mixing or else their faces melt off (and that's BEFORE you drop acid). There are a million and one splinter genres to this too (hard goa, progressive goa, psyfunk, ambient goa, etc...), but I'm only putting down the most prevalent. As for the rest, it's terrific stuff, if all the annoying, superficial hindu and buddhist iconography doesn't annoy the hell out of you. Goa would be the best genre ever, if it weren't for the fucking hippies."

Some Wikipedia links for electronic musics:
Amen Break
Glitch Music
Circuit Bending
Drill and Bass - attributed to aphex twin and squarepusher
Prefuse 73 / Scott Herren
Aphex Twin
Squarepusher

Naga:
and for what i want to do....... noise and other - influences : download, squarepusher, muslim gauze, aphex, plug, autechre, photek, dead voices on air. i want a darkness with some heavy beats, sometimes not heavy more ambient and flowing - sound sculpture, texure, atmospheres, environments, visions of inner worlds, dark stone temples lit by fire, smoke, blood, beings dancing writhing in shadow, primal, earthy - otherworldly - varied worlds and states of being, trancey, and collaborations and the permutations fro msuch would be pretty cool. differing styles in clash, in flow.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
08 November 2006 @ 09:47 am
"For the understanding of which it must be noted that the human intellect in this life, by reason of its connaturality and affinity to the seperate intellectual substance, when in exaltation, reaches such a height of exaltation that after its return to itself memory fails, since it had transcended the range of human faculty... He saw, then, as he says, certain things 'which he who returns has neither knowledge nor power to relate.' Now it must be carefully noted that he says 'has neither knowledge or power'- knowledge he has not because he has forgotten; power he has not, because even if he remembers, and retains it thereafter, nevertheless speech fails him. For we perceive many things by the intellect for which language has no terms- a fact which Plato indicates plainly enough in his books by his employment of metaphors; for he perceived many things by the light of the intellect which his everyday language was inadequate to express."
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
08 November 2006 @ 09:37 am
"Bravery is having no fear of death, and death is seperation of the soul from the body; and whoever welcomes that seperation would not fear death."

"And what does the inner eye see? When it has just awakened, it cannot see things that are very bright. So the soul must get accustomed to seeing, first of all, beautiful ways of life, then beautiful actions (not those produced by crafts, but those produced by people said to be good), and thne the souls of those who produce beautiful actions. How then might you see the kind of beauty a good soul has? Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not yet perceive beauty in yourself, just do what a person in the process of making a statue does. He cuts away, polishes, smoothes, and brightens, until he gives the statue a beautiful face. So you, too, cut away what is superfluous, straighten what is bent, brighten what is dark, making it brilliant, and do not stop crafting your statue until the divine glory of your virtue shines on you and you see self-composure seated on its sacred throne."
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
08 November 2006 @ 09:30 am
"Let us resume again, and begin by stating what the primary beauty in bodies raelly is. For this is what becomes perceptible at the very first glance, and the soul judges it with understanding, and, recognizing a kindred nature, welcomes it. But when confronted with what is uglt, [the soul] recoils and spurns it and turns away from it, finding it discordant and alien ot itself. We claim that because the nature of the soul is what it is, in particular because soul is related to the superior kind of being, [soul] welcomes what it sees as kindred or reminiscent of what is kindred. When it sees such a thing, it is amazed, and, comparing the thing to itself, it recognizes in it itself and its own kind."

Taken from Ennead One, Sixth Tractate: On Beauty
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
08 November 2006 @ 09:18 am
Holy crap, compliments of A Man With No Name - A very well put together Ten Thousand Coin Domino
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Inlustra Nigror
08 November 2006 @ 03:16 am
First, decide who you would be. Then, do what you must do.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
07 November 2006 @ 10:01 am
"The truth is far more terrifiying. The real truth that dare not speak itself is that no one is in control.
Abosolutely no one. You know, you dont understand Monica, you dont understand Netanyahu, its becasue nobody is in control. This stuff is ruled by the equations of dyanmaics and chaos. Now there may be entitites speaking of control. The world bank, the communist party, the somebody-or-others. But to seek control is to take enourmous aggravation upon yourself."

"History is the collective dream of humanity." - a verrrry interesting explanation of this

both of these are from Terence McKenna's "Dream Awake"
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
06 November 2006 @ 09:31 am
When you call someone ‘untrustworthy’ or ‘ungrateful,’ turn the reproach on yourself. It was you who did wrong. By assuming that someone with those traits deserved your trust.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
03 November 2006 @ 07:21 am
Pi  
Akira Haraguchi, 60, spent 16 straight hours on Oct. 4 reciting the value of pi from memory to 100,000 decimal places, breaking his old record of 83,431. Haraguchi, whose day job is psychiatric counselor, performed in front of officials at a public hall in Kisarazu, Japan, and rattled off the numbers continuously except for a five-minute break every hour. (In 2002, two University of Tokyo mathematicians, using a supercomputer, calculated pi to 1.24 trillion decimal places.)
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Inlustra Nigror
02 November 2006 @ 09:45 pm
"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!"
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
31 October 2006 @ 08:18 pm
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Inlustra Nigror
31 October 2006 @ 07:54 pm
"What is hate, but love tortured by its own hunger?"
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
31 October 2006 @ 07:54 pm
" I don't suffer from insanity
but enjoy every minute of it."

"Sleep those little slices of death;
how I loathe them."

"Those who dream by day
are cognizant of many things
which escape those who
dream only by night."
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Inlustra Nigror
23 October 2006 @ 07:16 pm
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
23 October 2006 @ 03:15 pm


See also: the ultimate reality Joey Rosch +Dan Deacon.
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
23 October 2006 @ 03:07 pm
Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself makes you fearless.
 
 
 
Inlustra Nigror
19 October 2006 @ 08:33 pm
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
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Inlustra Nigror
19 October 2006 @ 08:27 pm
"Let them call me a rebel and I welcome it, I feel
no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery
of demons were I to make a whore of my soul."

Henry Rollins - Freedom Is Under Attack