Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 21:03 Internet, you disappoint me. You're not fun today. #
  • 22:19 It doesn't really make up for proroguing, but this was pretty cool of Jean: #
  • 22:22 Can we put the whole "Conservatives know how to manage an economy" myth to bed? $50 billion deficit. At least. #
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Late Friday metal-blogging.

Heaven Shall Burn, "Endzeit". Not the best video, but I love the way this builds.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 15:33 Not a happy camper right now. #
  • 15:34 Watching these Conservative ads again. Calling Ignatieff a "cosmopolitan" -- is that a dog whistle for calling him gay? #
  • 18:35 I just can't get into Silent Descent. The guy's voice is so obviously processed -- has that odd tinny buzz to it. #
  • 18:46 First George Galloway, now William Ayers. Why won't CIC let these people talk to us? #
  • 19:11 What is it with France and solid prog/symphonic bands? Misanthrope are consistently good, and now I'm hearing this band called Adagio... #
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 14:42 New DevilDriver: #
  • 21:39 I'm losing my grip on what makes intellectual property "property". Then again, what makes any property property? #
  • 22:48 I don't quite followewhat Milton is about. Why is it -wrong- to prefer reigning in hell over serving in heaven? Surely it's about dignity. #
  • 22:51 If journalists provided important research/analysis, they'd be needed. But, for years they've just repeated what people tell them. #
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 14:52 Newt Gingrich is actually threatening to sue over this: #
  • 17:45 I am just in -love- with plagiarism investigation processes. They're just -awesome- and -so- fun. #
  • 19:38 Blue skies, Barfy burgers, girls... #
  • 19:47 Why is there always a moral debate between academics who teach because they have to and those who actually love it? They're just different. #
  • 20:43 Arguing cap and trade vs. a carbon tax is bizarre. It's like arguing over chicken or fish when you're starving. Eat -something-, dammit. #
  • 21:04 Ouch. Apparently Terminator sucks. Maybe I should avoid it and just rewatch the first two. #
  • 21:25 Okay, I love my DVD recorder. But. When I set it up to record, I have to remember to set the cable box, too. Guess what I forgot to do. #
  • 21:43 Here we go. Ignatieff dignified the Conservatives BS with a reply. Stupid. #
  • 00:39 BLOG: #
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Many people treat elections as rituals. Like in that Robin Williams' movie "Man of the Year". I think it's Jeff Goldblum's character who tries to play down the illegitimacy of the election results (due to a defective/rigged machine) by claiming that the system worked, because everyone voted. We went through the ritual. Ballots were marked, buttons pressed, levers pulled. That's all that matters, isn't it?

But it isn't, unless we want to say that China has a great democratic system. Everyone shows up and fills in the ballot for the local Communist Party member (or affiliate) who's been selected for the position.

But, we usually think: so what? And we're right to. The point of an election, if it has any point at all, is to legitimize the authority of the government. It's a lousy way to get a good government, after all. (Fuck you, Condorcet.) And the government gets legitimate authority by being a government selected by the governed. I wouldn't say that's the only way for a government to get legitimate authority, but it's the one we're working with. If elections are just rituals, though, where as long as we do the right movements at the right time, then everything's copacetic, we're not actually transferring authority to the government when we vote. We don't really choose them. We don't really appoint them to act on our behalf. In other words, we don't really elect them.

If we treat elections as ritual obligations rather than morally serious exercises in exercising and transferring our own authority, then we end up with nothing but illegitimate government. Which means that ritual elections create a kind of tyranny. That might be what most people want. But is it what we deserve?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 17:45 These are everywhere now, but I'm not sure who comes off worse: Bush or Rummy. #
  • 18:24 If metaethical noncognitivism is primarily a thesis about moral language -- and I think it is -- then what can it say about the non-verbal? #
  • 18:25 (Pun unintentional.) #
  • 18:50 Album review: Thy Bleeding Skies, "Chapers of Downfall". Meh. Big, chunky riffs, good growls. Unoriginal, but listenable. #
  • 20:34 I'm not surprised that a major US daily published this: .The parody is obvious: #
  • 23:55 Why is it legal to copy IP to mock it, but not in order to pay homage to it? #
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 09:12 I realize I've been tweeting far more than blogging. Blogging will pick up once things I usually blog about stop being annoying. #
  • 09:12 And/or I get inspired to write some long philosophical ramble. Whichever. #
  • 11:45 Greg speculates on the amazing mystery of the Canadian non-voter. I admit, I'm also stumped. #
  • 11:56 The US airline industry can burn for all I care: #
  • 12:06 Hilarious. Wikileaks has a PDF of Conservative Party talking-points: #
  • 12:52 Bad side: easiest Karoshi ever. Good side: more Karoshi. #
  • 15:31 I'm amazed at how stupid the new anti-Ignatieff Conservative ads are. And they bought -so- many spots for them! Big waste of money. #
  • 21:35 Y'know what I'd do if I were in a failing industry? Make the people who freely promote me pay for the privilege: #
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bonus long weekend metal-blogging.

8 Foot Sativa, "I Live My Death"

Friday metal-blogging.

Omnium Gatherum, "The Nail"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 18:34 What makes something treacherous? As opposed to promise-breaking or disloyalty, that is. #
  • 18:36 Album review: Abigail Williams, "In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns". Bits of Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Borknagar. Not bad, just samey. #
  • 18:49 Album review: Amon Amarth, "With Oden On Our Side". HOW DO THEY KEEP GETTING BETTER!??!! #
  • 22:46 New rule: if you want to sing about manly things like riding into battle with your sword and shield, don't sing like an eight-year-old girl. #
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 17:05 Album review: Samael, "Reign of Light". Pretty much the same idea as "Eternal". "Telepath" is awesome, though. #
  • 17:19 WTF. Harper appointed two global warming deniers to NSERC. #
  • 18:57 Album review: Samael, "Solar Soul". Meh. Sounds like a mix of "Eternal" and "Passage" -- the boring parts. #
  • 21:58 Is there a difference between "X's obligation is to only Y" and "X's only obligation is to Y"? I think so, but I can't quite see what. #
  • 22:30 I don't think I'll ever try to do a new course in the summer again.... #
  • 22:34 Black metal strikes me as breeding true the punk strain, possibly from thrash. But, BM and grind have clear similarities.... #
  • 22:36 There are genre-busting bands. A genre-busting genre: most 90's BM bands now play something else; those still in it are like Tafelmusik. #
  • 23:20 What John said: #
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Daily Twitter

  • 21:04 Album review: Ominum Gatherum, "Red Shift". Very clearly Swano-produced. A meaty slab of melodeath (emphasis "death" rather than "melo"). #
  • 21:12 My tastes have completely changed. I can't just eat a bag of Cheetos any more without feeling ill afterwards. Next time, organic corn chips. #
  • 21:46 Album review: Pain, "Cynic Paradise". Good lord, Peter TÃĪgtgren is talented. Pain has always been a killer mix of europop/techno and death. #
  • 23:33 How did people cook unknown things before the internet? #
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Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday metal-blogging.

IWRESTLEDABEARONCE, "Tastes Like Kevin Bacon"

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Liberal, Tory...

...same old story. But, apparently, that's a good thing?

All righty, then.

Friday, May 01, 2009