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On my third listen. It's lovely. :)

kantos  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 29, 2017

Last night my immediate family in town went out to NPR's live recording of Science Friday. If you listen closely to the airing on Friday, you may be able to distinguish my clap from the rest of the crowd. /s

The topic was a mix of robotics and space. Boy do I wish I had gone up and gotten my questions heard. Overall, it was a reminder of why I don't tune into that section. On the topic of human exploration of space, there was a question about why we should be looking to space for human preservation and the two answers given back from the NASA employees boiled down to:

(I) Humans are explorers by nature.

(II) Resources are easier/cost efficient to extract from the Asteroid belt rather than middle earth for the reasons of safety and quality of life.


Anyways. I'd be happy to discuss what you guys think once you hear the segment aired. The final speaker was interesting, and talked about exercise in space by using machines with springs to increase the work astronauts do during a workout in rather than sustain the work done over time. In theory, the machine(s) will reduce the amount of equipment and time spent for exercise in space.

Onto my own life, (hot off the press) I'm spending a month under the wing of a geothermal company's founder where the intention is to learn all I can about the industry and how it works, then apply it in the field during my remaining time there. Planning on taking a local engineer out in May (closer to the date, when I'm free from school) for lunch and getting good information to read up on as well so I'm more prepared. (Thanks to kleinbl00 for the suggestion)

A peer of mine from grade-school died by suicide this week. While I wasn't close with him, it's someone I saw everyday for a few years. Hard to think looking back now how short a time he had here. This in combination of my surviving grandparent's recent illness has really been provoking existential thoughts. My brain keeps reference an older discussion when goobster had lost his friend Mark:

As cliche as it is, I say a glimpse of what this means after re-reading Siddhartha for a go-around. There was a deeper appreciation for the life and general place around where I stood. This, most recently was compounded with a discussion shared with my uncle along similar lines, since he, too believed death is absolute. His reason being his experience as a doctor. He said

    "Whatever happens after death (if at all), it's nothing like what you'd experience in this life because your brain stops."

I hadn't understood what that meant until a week before my peer's successful suicide attempt: your experience of the world, in your conscious self is no longer. That sounds basic, but for some reason it sunk a bit deeper knowing that my mind as a sanctuary will be eradicated. Further, death won't mean just black absence since I won't even have the consciousness to perceive said absence... for the eternity of my passing from the blink on Earth. Holy shit. I think I'm starting to finally understand why people may fear death, and yet I find that doubly as sorrowful knowing that such a permanent solution to a (circumstantially) temporary problem is found in suicide. In other words, I've found yards of compassion for loss of life where I've previously procured inches. While I may not have known my peer deeply, I'm told just showing up and shedding light into my (positive) perception of them will be more than enough. Both of my roommates knew/knew of him. I'm attending the visitation tomorrow and offering them rides.

Finally, school. Sorta getting my groove on in class, but outside of it I'm still a work in progress... There's more to the story, but I really can't get over the thoughts on death and re-evaluating what's really worth living for in my life and my place here for the time I have.

Going to read these over dinner. Thanks for links.

    I don't buy it. Imagine if that doctrine were in effect today. Every news channel would have to come up with a way to appease that rule. Who would be the arbiter?

Though I took it for granted when typing the post, I guess it makes sense to write now that I wouldn't think the Fairness Doctrine was the straw that broke the camel's back, one small safeguard among others like the equal-time rule (referred to in the linked wiki) that eroded away to the slippery slope we're at now.

    When it was just the 3 main channels, they all pretty much went the same way.

On a side note, I'm curious to whether you could expand on this... I'm fairly young and don't understand which 3 channels you're referring to. On-air? On the television?

    One of the reasons I was less convinced about the fairness doctrine is because Koppel also interviewed the head of the NY Times. He thinks he's being fair. I don't agree. Would the FCC judge it differently? Probably.

Yeah... I got a giggle out of that bit.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Thanks! So do I. :) I have a horrible tendency to leave my doodles where ever I draw them, but I think I can take this one a little bit further.

I don't know if this will go through for some reason. Anywho, this is a doodle I've been working on in and out of class:

Also just made my first banana bread an hour ago. It's missing some sugar... but it's still sweet!

EDIT: It came through! It's pretty high-res, so you'll have to click the image to see close up and portrait. Click to zoom in to get nitty-gritty.

kantos  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are your favorite movies?

Not in this order:

Kill Bill

Princess Mononoke

Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal

Departures - Soon after buying an expensive cello, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) learns that his orchestra is disbanding. Daigo and his wife move back to his hometown in northern Japan, where he answers an ad for what he thinks is a travel agency but is, in actuality, a mortuary. As he learns and carries out the rituals used in preparing the dead for their final rest, Daigo finds his true calling in life.

Milk - In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with Milk determined to accomplish something meaningful in his life. Settling in the Castro District, he opens a camera shop and helps transform the area into a mecca for gays and lesbians. In 1977 he becomes the nation's first openly gay man elected to a notable public office when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The following year, Dan White (Josh Brolin) kills Milk in cold blood.

kantos  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Netflix's Iron Fist is so awful . . .

Ha! Brilliant. Loving the anime they're finally getting listed. OPM's one that sticks out for good reason. If you're a fan of animes that tackle tropes, then you may like Re: Zero. It's a dark take on the "NEET transported to fantasy world" theme.

Happens to the best of us, especially yours truly. Bless the edit button.

    Madness of Many is fantastic. It's more complex and has less big riff led tracks, but as a result has lot more depth.

Oh... looking forward to the listen. Their debut album still rings in my head from time to time despite not remembering the last time I gave it a listen. No doubt this'll be as enjoyable. If not, it'll grow on me after a few rounds. I tend to be a fan of swelling riff-driven tracks (hence, love of Soilwork), but theme and variation will be refreshing.

Makes more sense. I was introduced to there debut album (I thought in 2008, but it released in '09) and was going off dated information since. Thanks for the check. Wikipedia says you've got the member list right. Assuming auto-correct got the best of you, turning Mansoor into Moor.

Looks like I have to catch up on Madness of Many. Sounds like a great soundtrack to my proofs homework tonight.

I was going to suggest just this. I think this is the same core group as Periphery except no vocals, if memory serves. Periphery has some of my favorite covers.

On another note, one of my good friends happens to be the daughter of Jonny Z. She had some great recommendations for other bands in the vein of TessaracT:

- Knife Fight Orchestra

- Baroness

- Good Fight Music

- Strapping Young Lads

- Checksters

Haven't gone through them myself yet, but thought I'd share my list in hopes then popping up here another day.

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