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Forum Games / Re: Word Association game
« on: August 21, 2008, 07:55:05 PM »
ice cream

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General Discussion / Re: JREF Forums
« on: August 21, 2008, 07:49:09 PM »
One thing that I have noticed - this forum runs much faster than the vast and bloated JREF forum.

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It sounded to me like she just didn't want to get into an argument with you at this time. Perhaps after you've spent more time together you can bring up the subject again.

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General Discussion / Re: Do you know where you are from?
« on: August 21, 2008, 12:58:02 AM »
I am so stupid sometimes I scare myself. Being smart from time to time scares me even more.

The really scary thing is when after saying something everyone turns and stares at you, and you aren't sure if it's because you said something incredibly smart or incredibly stupid.
Nah. So long as you act as though it was something incredibly smart, they'll buy it.

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Music / Re: Classical music
« on: August 21, 2008, 12:30:47 AM »
Well, I must say that I agree with a lot of what you said here. Though, I'm baffled trying to figure out what "plinky plonky" music is. That's a head-scratcher.
Heh. If you haven't encountered it, you really should, at least once. Mostly to get an idea of the kind of noises that some people consider "music". See if you can get youself some Sockhausen - he was possibly the best of the plinky-plonkies.

Anyway, around the start of the 20th century, composers started experimenting with musical forms that did away with traditional concepts like melody, rhythm and harmony. If you think about the Dadaist movement in visual arts and apply it to classical music, you'll start to get the idea.

Ah, I see...like dissonance and the like? More experimental type stuff? I'm far to fond of order and harmony to enjoy that sort of thing.  ;)
Dissonances, microtones, polyrhythms, yeah. Although I wouldn't necessarily classify it as "experimental".

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General Discussion / Re: JREF Forums
« on: August 20, 2008, 10:34:06 PM »
I think I have one post over there. From what I've seen though, I agree with Stonesean. They seem to get really anal about arguments over there, and I hate their forum system. This is where all the cool skeptics are anyway.  :D

Except for Apeiron.
Interesting - I consider their forum software to be one of the most sophisticated and easy-to-use that I've encountered. Hmm. I suppose it just illustrates how people like different things.  8)

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Music / Re: Classical music
« on: August 20, 2008, 10:14:40 PM »
Well, I must say that I agree with a lot of what you said here. Though, I'm baffled trying to figure out what "plinky plonky" music is. That's a head-scratcher.
Heh. If you haven't encountered it, you really should, at least once. Mostly to get an idea of the kind of noises that some people consider "music". See if you can get youself some Sockhausen - he was possibly the best of the plinky-plonkies.

Anyway, around the start of the 20th century, composers started experimenting with musical forms that did away with traditional concepts like melody, rhythm and harmony. If you think about the Dadaist movement in visual arts and apply it to classical music, you'll start to get the idea.

My use of the term "plinky plonky" is a reference to the technique of pointillism, which is pretty much the same as it is in the visual arts - short, sharp "points" of sound scattered across the aural canvas. Just about every orchestral work that isn't a movie score composed in the C20th has elements of pointillism. In fact, if you think of the shower scene from Psycho, that music is a little pointillistic too.

Hence, plinky plonky.

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TV & Movies / Re: Babylon 5
« on: August 20, 2008, 08:44:31 PM »
Just to really geek out for a sec: B5 still has the coolest ships. 
Oh, definitely.

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TV & Movies / Re: Rocky Horror
« on: August 20, 2008, 02:08:09 AM »
So... let me see.  Your upset because someone is going to make a bad remake of a movie largely famous because it was so bad....
Your point?  ;D

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TV & Movies / Re: Babylon 5
« on: August 20, 2008, 02:05:20 AM »
B5 was groundbreaking in a lot of ways, and it is still my favourite sci-fi series of all time.

I distinctly remember the agonising wait in between seasons 2 and 3 when it was first broadcast...

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General Discussion / Re: JREF Forums
« on: August 20, 2008, 01:56:54 AM »
*waves*
Hey paperskater. How's things?

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Music / Re: Classical music
« on: August 20, 2008, 01:31:23 AM »
I like some classical music. I confess myself to be a fan of the Baroque period, especially Bach. I think having been a musician for all of my youth gives me an ability to appreciate the nuances of the more technical pieces, so I can understand why non-musicians don't "get it" the same way I do.

I'm also a drama queen - I like the really wild, passionate pieces from composers like Beethoven and Tschaikovsky. I'm really not a fan of the Romantic period - except for a few pieces like Ravel's Bolero. The Romantic period in my opinion is when music began to simper.

I've also been known to like some 20th-century orchestral music - the kind that I describe as "plinky plonky" music. I once went to a concert that included a piece by Mozart and a piece by a plinky plonky 20th-century composer. The plinky plonky captivated my attention FAR more than the Mozart, which I felt was extremely long-winded and utterly boring.

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Forum Games / Re: Word Association game
« on: August 20, 2008, 12:35:05 AM »
works

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General Discussion / Re: Do you know where you are from?
« on: August 19, 2008, 09:35:21 PM »
My father once traced the family tree back a fair way - but only within Australia. Turns out I have an ancestor on the First Fleet (my great great great great great grandmother was transported for stealing a scarf). But he wasn't interested in anything outside the country. So far as I know there are people bearing my surname in the south and the east of England, and apparently a small outpost in Ireland, so I think my family, although present in Australia from the earliest times, comes from pure Anglo-Saxon stock.

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General Discussion / Re: Dealing with teachers who are religious
« on: August 19, 2008, 08:34:55 PM »
Interesting that this isn't a subject that crops up a lot in Australia. I know of someone who was given an assignment to explore Christian themes in The Lord of the Rings, but that's about it.

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