Xah Lee's Blog Archive 2010-10

Bach, Prelude and Fugue number 8, WTC 1. Played by Friedrich Gulda. The fugue starts at 4:34.

Liszt & Bach, 4 Songs to Die For (music video; commentary)

Just discovered that reddit this a section of Ephebophile (of photos almost naked teens). See bottom of: Reddit = Porn Fodder.

Autism Test (commentary)

For erotic pole dancing video and more, see: Pole Dancing and Chinese Pole 📺.

Just watched the torture porn movie Saw VI amazon today. I love the torture scenes, but otherwise despise all other aspect of it. Americans, with their infatuation of justice and human rights, yet still love torture like every other human animal, had to create this twisted theme of justice to subconsciously justify their enjoyment of a graphic torture story. The Saw series is a huge money maker.

This shallow, twisted, theme of justice is very offensive to me. For example, you know how insurance company has a formula to calculate the insurance rates, coverage, for each person, based on their health, age? That's very rational, fair, and justified. But in Saw VI, it implies such insurance policy is not moral, and the person who “invented” this insurance formula is used as a victum for us to enjoy the torture show. You know how some people are addicted to drugs, who otherwise might have a good life? So, “Saw” makes fun of this. In Saw's theme, it says these people need to be tortured so that they “wake up” and realize the value of life. As another example, another justification to torture people is on those rich or well-to-do who are un-ethical or criminal in business or practices (e.g. Predatory lending). The victums are not always offenders of some crass morality. Some are almost random, playing on human vengence. Torturers also get tortured, as some sorta vindication that “you need to test yourself”.

In general, the film is about a demented guy who torture others. He considers himself to be some sort of justice giver or teacher in helping his victums. He thinks his victums “deserve” it. His reasons are certain lose pop morality. These brainless moral thoughts are typical of the uneducated masses.

The Saw series of movies insults intelligence, insults education, insults moral philosophy.

Of torture porn films, i rather enjoyed The Devil's Rejects amazon and Hostel: Part II amazon

The Devil's Rejects is a cult classic. Featuring a bunch of demented fucks of culturally American “midwest” types, crazy for the sake of it. Weird and funny. The “Hostel: Part II”, is just pure torture porn, without some moral shit. In Hostel II, i particularly like the protaganist chick Beth, who, when facing death, made a choice that transformed herself from a victum to villain. She is beautiful, intelligent, and courageous. The type of woman i love.

i kill animals daily, and consume their flesh. Say it as it is.

(See also: Diet of Xah Lee.)

bmx freestyle

perm url: Freestyle BMX (Bicycle Acrobat).

Last week's poll result:

With regards to swearing, do you prefer my articles to be:

ChoicesVotes Count
True Xah Lee style; (e.g. I don't really give a flying fuck if people can't read my article due to fucking words in it. Those “constructive criticism” thinking fuckers, go study philosophy and fuck off. At times, my copious copulative expletives littered thru-out makes aliterative art, and that's the worth by itself, besides solid content behind them. (google my essay on constructive criticism)) 20 (68%)
Criticize as usual, be honest, don't overswear; some swearing conveys needed altitude.2 (6%)
Swearing distracts. I prefer less or no swearing. Maybe once in a while.4 (13%)
Try to convery the same point, with expressions that are not so offensive or confrontational. Four-letter words is never really necessary in writing.3 (10%)

Total Votes: 29

See also: The Writing Style of Xah Lee.

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Great Fire Wall, Chinese Net Censorship; When Will China Open Up Internet?.

Professor Victor Mair and 肏 (Fuck)

Binaural Tone, I-Doser, Made Me Crazy

Meth Project Official Ad - Bathtub

Now, this one is funny.

One comment said: «I clicked because I thought it would show boobs». Actually, me too. lol.

The Effects Of Crystal Meth by Mike Çota

This one is even funnier.

Nice song too. The song is 〈Elektro (Outwork Mix)〉 By Outwork Feat. Mr. Gee. amazon.

perm url: Humor Video: Effect of Meth

Is Philosophy Useful? (essay)

The Language Log seems to recommend this book very much: 〈Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary of English Usage〉 amazon

If Language Log recommends it, i recommend it.

See also: Review: American Heritage Dictionary vs Merriam Webster Collegiate.

Babble of the Twits

What Motivate us?

Pretty girl, 15 yrs old, killed her self, due to bullying in highschool. Phoebe Prince. When i was in highschool, it was worst time in my life too. Am target of bullying.

A quick websearch shows that percentage of voting in US from 1960 to 2008 is all between 35% to 60%. lol. sad. way to go democracy. and, it also tells us how complex modern society is.

Who understands politics and today's political issues? who cares? In my life, i wouldn't know who's the current president in US in whatever country i was living in, until in my late 30s (≈2005)

See: Voter turnout.

Can One Talk About Religion, Politics, with Friends?

To What Degree USA Allow Free Speech?

Liu Xiaobo, NED, CIA, USA Support

Liu Xiaobo, Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, Nobel Peace Prize (commentary; politics)

Thanks a lot to R. Michael Underwood, and Carel Bertram for donation!

Michael is a accomplished lawyer (and a friend) with wide range of interests, and Carel Bertram is a professor in humanities, in particular Islamic culture. She donated for The Arabian Nights.

What's Philosophy and Paul Graham (essay)

Last week's poll result:

What content would you like to see more?

emacs
  5
other programing/computing/webdev topics
  6
math
  0
random pop, social, art, sex, politics
  2

 
more technical (e.g. emacs, comp lang tutorial)
  2
more rant/essay/opinion style writing
  2
 

prefer longer (e.g. 1 or 2 pages essay/tutorial)
  3
prefer short (1 paragraph emacs tips, etc)
  0

Check out this week's poll:

With regards to swearing, do you prefer my writing style to be:

Vote at:

Stupid poll widget made me split the first item cause it's too long. What the fuck is with the web these days? Must we all just tweet 5 words blurbs? Fucking twits. What happened to eloquence? harangue?

Women and Penelope Trunk (commentary; women)

Lew Perin, a programer, who fixed a Windows Vista VirtualStore Problem for FSF Emacs with C code, has written a web app that translate tea names in Chinese to English, with good explanations. The app is called BabelCarp at: http://www.panix.com/~perin/babelcarp.html. Quote:

I've been drinking tea, for want of a better word, *seriously* for a dozen years. Obviously Chinese tea is the majority of all the world's tea of any interest. After a few years, I realized that I would learn something about Chinese tea and then forget it, so I started thinking about how I'd memorialize what I learned. Then I said to myself "Hey dummy, you're a computer programmer - create a web application!" Hence Babelcarp.

If you don't know… tea in China is quite involved, with all sorts of knowledge and culture. Similar to, say, coffee and wine making. You know? the types, techniques to process, locations, brewing knowledge and secrets, etc, with aficionados, competitions, exhibitions, expert tasters etc. Some old masters, can take a whiff of your tea (baked dry leaves) and tell you how much it's worth (in wholesale level trading).

Personally i know quite a bit about tea, more so than a typical Chinese, because my dad is a tea merchant, he bakes tea. (and as a teen, i was beaten, etc, to learn and do the processing, delivery, etc in the family business.)

You can read Wikipedia to learn more: Tea.

One thing funny is that, in Taiwan (where i grew up), you never put sugar in tea. Unless it's bottled commercial iced tea, but even bottled tea is rare (it's like, as rare as bottled ice coffee in US). Nor have i ever heard of putting milk in tea. So, when in US, when people drop some sugar or milk in tea, it's like LOL, what a idiotic practice! That's like, hey let's put some sugar or lemon juice in red wine to enhance the taste. Also, there's never such things as lemon tea, or whatnot orange tea or herb tea or de-caff tea.

Thanks to Michael Jergens and Robert Pergl for donation!

The Harm of Active Voice in Online Dating (essay; writing)

What's Passive Voice? What's Aggressive Voice? (english; grammar; linguistics)

In writing, you know that there is passive voice and active voice, right? And the writing style guilds tell us, that we should use active voice. In the following sentences, can you tell which is active voice and which is passive voice?

Answer tomorrow. Post your answer at:

Linguistics: Zhuyin (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ), Pinyin, IPA, Comparison (linguistics; chinese)

Taiwan, Politics, Tongyon Pinyin (social commentary)

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