Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Independent States of His or Her Self


A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts. Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily IZVESTIA published on Monday:

"The dollar is not secured by anything. The country's foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse."

The paper said Panarin's dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago at a time when the economy appeared strong, have been given more credence by this year's events.

When asked when the U.S. economy would collapse, Panarin said: "It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world's financial regulator."

When asked who would replace the U.S. in regulating world markets, he said: "Two countries could assume this role: China, with its vast reserves, and Russia, which could play the role of a regulator in Eurasia."

Asked why he expected the U.S. to break up into separate parts, he said: "A whole range of reasons. Firstly, the financial problems in the U.S. will get worse. Millions of citizens there have lost their savings. Prices and unemployment are on the rise. General Motors and Ford are on the verge of collapse, and this means that whole cities will be left without work. Governors are already insistently demanding money from the federal center. Dissatisfaction is growing, and at the moment it is only being held back by the elections and the hope that Obama can work miracles. But by spring, it will be clear that there are no miracles."

He also cited the "vulnerable political setup", "lack of unified national laws", and "divisions among the elite, which have become clear in these crisis conditions." He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong. He even suggested that "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all."

Panarin, 60, is a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has authored several books on information warfare.


Probably just wishful thinking from a sore loser, still I've always been fascinated with the idea of union dissolution. They forgot to mention what would happen to Hawaii -- After some petty squabbling it would quickly be transformed into the world's first autonomous Technocracy, in which your societal rank would be determined by your ability to generate clean and entertaining digital media. I would take the position of Mayor of Beats.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trackers Block

Right now I'm listening to some hot trance and thinking, 'man, I should fire up Nuendo and layown some hot tracks of my own'. But I'm not going to because I don't want to become frustrated...

(1) ...after I get sick of the first interesting riff/hook I make up and deem usable.

(2) ...and overwhelmed by the sheer quantity and complexity of free/warezd VST intruments/fx that I have on tap.

(3) ...when some dam warez craps on my head and crashes something.

(4) ...when I can't figure out how to inject some novelty into the repeating phrases.

(5) ...after I realize I'm just better at guitar/ rock music.

So I'm going to be soft/hard (depending on how you look at it) and just blast my pinky/ring finger chops on guitar instead. Then I'll think about how I should make some guitar based trance. Then I'll dismiss that idea because I can't move my dam Pod XT close enough to my computer to wire it up. Though, even if I could I probably wouldn't, because I really have no significant motivation to produce recorded audio anyway.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Virtual Actuality Suit

Here it is, the final solution to all your Virtual Reality needs. Simply put, who needs virtual reality when you can have Actual Reality?

Whats this crazy fuckin' premise, you ask? Well, we personally believe the nextgen virtual reality suit should have vision, arm and leg movements carefully rendered and integrated with the utmost attention to the observable details of reality, just like you do. We believe sound, taste and smell should also be a realistically represented part of the virtual world, just as much as your parents did.

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(disclaimer: metaphors and similes were not used in these descriptions. you will die if you use these products.)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The New Old Enterprise

I know there are a couple of pretty core Star Trek fans on here, and I myself enjoy a good episode of TNG every now and then, and I never get tired of Wrath of Kahn. So I ask this: What do you think of this idea of a Star Trek prequel? I'm naturally skeptical, but J.J. Abrams is working on it, and he's also behind my favorite TV show, LOST. So, I have no idea what to think. Just by looking at the ship, you can tell that they're not going to worry too much about affecting preexisting Star Trek continuity, but do we care? If it's a good movie, I don't think I will care. I guess it's basically done at this point, but no one has really seen it yet. It will be interesting to see how everyone reacts to this thing. I kinda think that with the whole "Star Trek is back!" thing going on, this film will make more money than most of the other ST films. I mean, it's teachnically an odd-numbered ST film, which is generally a bad thing, but with the new young punks in the film, the little ones might actually see it, and you know the aging nerd set will see it, probably more than once.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aphex Twin - Alberto Balsalm

warning, contains drawing and quartering...

speaking of disturbing videos, anybody seen this gem yet? (relevant b/c it was produced by Eric Wareheim)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

bringing change, and dollar bills...

I was so happy about Thom Yorke being remixed into Dubstep that I tried to add it as a widget ----------------->

So that's what that is all about... It can always be removed or replaced, feel free at no expense to my ego; if you're reading this then you probably have the power to do so. Just thought I'd try something new.

If we wanted to get really sophisticated we could have a joint Imeem account with an open playlist as the widget, to which we could add or remove various jamz of interest. But since this isn't the fervent hotbed of revolutionary discourse that it used to be, I'll let somebody else pick the ball up on that one...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Like GlaDOS, I'm still alive

I've been out of the blogosphere for a while, as shitty aspects of the world have been hurtin' my girtin'. But watching Obama make his acceptance speech, I was suddenly myself inspired to contribute to the common good. I also realized that despite what I've said elsewhere, I actually genuinely like this guy. I've never been able to say that about a President and really mean it. Did anyone else expect Obama to start quoting Ezekiel 25:17? That speech was only infinitely better than anything that Bush has ever said. Just a slight step up from our last President. It actually seems unbelievable that Bush was never impeched - just based on his general incompetence.

Fable II is clean. I hear Fallout 3 is even cleaner, but it will be some time before I tackle that badboy. I've watched all the "Making of..." stuff and it is pure joy. I love the fact that you can sneak up on people and put live grenades in their pockets. Mmm, mmm, good.

Politics is such a strange concept. You are supposed to lable all ideas as binary. That seems pretty fucked up to me.