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by KingAl
Sat May 23, 2009 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0586: "Mission To Culture"
Replies: 156
Views: 26838

Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

I find it bizarre how worked up people get over classification of music. When you get down to it, it's ancillary to the appreciation of music, and while genres aren't unhelpful (and I get as worked up as anyone about Franz Schubert and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band [that sounds like a single band in th...
by KingAl
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: She's a witch! Burn her!
Replies: 44
Views: 5653

Re: She's a witch! Burn her!

Bluecold wrote:the only 'whitches' who should be burntare self-proclaimed "wicca" practitioners. Well, maybe not burnt, but I wouldn't exactly be shouting on the top of my lungs that they shouldn't be.


They believe silly things, so they might as well be executed?
by KingAl
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Best Rhythm Game Ever
Replies: 120
Views: 17493

Re: The Best Rhythm Game Ever

Well, Audiosurf's up for preorder on Steam - 10 bucks Australian, which I can't complain about. Looks like they're trying to ride the wave of Portal fanboyism by packaging it with the Orange Box soundtrack, and more specifically "Still Alive".
by KingAl
Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Lyrics Interpretation
Replies: 21
Views: 7314

Re: Lyrics Interpretation

I think "Lennon" should read "Lenin", as the context is "the workers". I'm not certain, because I don't have official lyrics to hand, but I'm fairly sure, and I think it reflects Bowie's pronunciation in the song. No, the official lyrics say Lennon, cf. "Working C...
by KingAl
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pink Floyd - Meddle
Replies: 26
Views: 3997

Re: Pink Floyd - Meddle

...My point to this is to illistrate how even at no money gain, and even some loss, it is hard to get music out there... You've kinda contradicted yourself there - before you were arguing that so much music can 'get out there' that the good stuff is drowned out. As I said, Sturgeon's law. I for one...
by KingAl
Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pink Floyd - Meddle
Replies: 26
Views: 3997

Re: Pink Floyd - Meddle

Kinda strikes me as the generic grumblegrumble the old days were best grumblegrumble viewpoint. There are plenty of good bands nowadays and modern albums which are as good as or better than Meddle. Get yourself some Radiohead, Architecture in Helsinki, Bjork... All modern music may not be to your ta...
by KingAl
Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Best Rhythm Game Ever
Replies: 120
Views: 17493

Re: The Best Rhythm Game Ever

Robin S wrote:Note that this won't actually find the best game, just the one which has the most players (among the forum community).


I don't think anyone is under the delusion that we can ever objectively decide a 'best' one :)
by KingAl
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Best Rhythm Game Ever
Replies: 120
Views: 17493

Re: The Best Rhythm Game Ever

Tried it out; it's alright I guess, but it really just feels like a puzzle game with music. I didn't get the feeling that the blocks were actually going to anything in the song. The 'mono' mode seems to be more in line with the traditional rhythm game; I share your skepticism for the match-3 style ...
by KingAl
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Deus Ex
Replies: 154
Views: 36565

Re: Deus Ex

sunami wrote:Take a look at the Visual Walkthrough of Deus Ex,


A better walkthrough :lol:
by KingAl
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Best Rhythm Game Ever
Replies: 120
Views: 17493

Re: The Best Rhythm Game Ever

Audiosurf . You can download the beta demo over at the IGF Audience Award page. Reads any song you throw at it, turns it into a level; it's looking pretty awesome. Irritatingly, you can only try one song in the demo, and it has to be over something like 2:30 - though the first restriction can be do...
by KingAl
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Off-Road Velociraptor Safari
Replies: 56
Views: 15293

Re: Off-Road Velociraptor Safari

Well, they just recently released a new teaser trailer (on the 19th, I believe). Delays - that's game dev for you :)
by KingAl
Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Meat Loaf
Replies: 12
Views: 2807

Re: Meat Loaf

"Most people" don't like Darren Hayes or Andrea Corr either, but that doesn't mean they don't both have awesome voices. Not sure where you're going with that - do many people actively *dislike* Hayes (aside from homophobic rednecks) or the Corrs? I'm pretty sure CorranH's question was wit...
by KingAl
Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concept Albums
Replies: 106
Views: 11364

Re: Concept Albums

By the way, since when has OK Computer been a concept album? What's the concept? Angst in a modern, dystopian world, though that's arguably the 'concept' behind, uh, every single song Radiohead have ever released. Radiohead claim not to have intended for it to be a concept album, so the point is es...
by KingAl
Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sigur Rós
Replies: 77
Views: 12973

Re: Sigur Ros

I really despise bad lyrics though, neither of the bands you mentioned are my cup of tea, I'm much more a Can and.... *struggles to think of a band the same genre as the Bee Gees I like...* fan. Haha, well, I wouldn't exactly call myself a Bee Gees fan, it was for the sake of example. But yes, I se...
by KingAl
Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Meat Loaf
Replies: 12
Views: 2807

Re: Meat Loaf

To me, Meat Loaf's songs and the two others you've cited share a similar quality of being a bit theatrical and gaudy - and pretty much anything from the 80s is hopelessly dated. If anything, that's probably what drives people away. If you can look past or even enjoy the silliness, then more power to...
by KingAl
Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sigur Rós
Replies: 77
Views: 12973

Re: Sigur Ros

well it's not so much understanding it as the fact that instead of singing, to convey words, they sing to convey music--like an actual instrument. Resent me for the opinion if you like :P, but plenty of bands have entirely meaningless lyrics that only serve as a vehicle for rhythm or texture as com...
by KingAl
Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Album Openers?
Replies: 139
Views: 15778

Re: Best Album Openers?

Many of the openers that came to mind have already been mention - Mezzanine, Court of the Crimson King, Absolution, Origin of Symmetry, OK Computer, Night at the Opera... Others that I can think of - Astronomy Domine - Ummagumma, Pink Floyd Switched on and bizarre. Yes, it's also the starter to Pipe...
by KingAl
Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sigur Rós
Replies: 77
Views: 12973

Re: Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros are great, though 'hopelandic' makes very little difference to my appreciation of their music - it's all Greek to me... Sometimes I feel they overdo the electronic manipulation a bit, and it'll sound dated in the not too distant future, so it's great to hear acoustic versions on Heima. Hav...
by KingAl
Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Albums of 2007
Replies: 36
Views: 3674

Re: Favorite Albums of 2007

In Rainbows - Radiohead Places Like This - Architecture In Helsinki Say No to Being Cool, Say Yes to Being Happy - The Softlightes Hvarf-Heim - Sigur Ros For whatever reason, all of these are fairly mellow records; indeed the main reason they're on the list is that they're some of the few albums rel...
by KingAl
Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193590

Re: What are you listening to?

McCaber wrote:Aqualung by Jethro Tull


Awesome album - just bought a 1st press of Thick as a Brick over eBay (for the cover :))
Right now, listening to the In Rainbows B-sides - Radiohead, obviously.
by KingAl
Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Interesting Covers
Replies: 249
Views: 27195

Re: Interesting Covers

Regina Spektor's take on Lennon's Real Love - from the Amnesty International whatsy for Dafur album. The rest is fairly meh, in my humble opinion, but by god, that track is divine. Chances are you've never heard of the original, though it did receive a relatively high profile horrible skiffle rewor...
by KingAl
Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you fled the US, where would you go?
Replies: 209
Views: 24232

Re:

(not Australia, one of the guys I work with is from NZ and he says that Australians have intercourse with sheep) Haha, but of course Australians say New Zealanders have intercourse with sheep, as do the English of the Welsh, the Welsh of the Scottish etc. Sheep intercourse is a staple of parochial ...
by KingAl
Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Off-Road Velociraptor Safari
Replies: 56
Views: 15293

Re: Off-Road Velociraptor Safari

"Enough."
by KingAl
Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Off-Road Velociraptor Safari
Replies: 56
Views: 15293

Off-Road Velociraptor Safari

by KingAl
Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16826

Re: Australian Election

Well if Beazley was not a threat to our economy, why did the coallition win the unwinable election in 1998 over the GST? Howard beat Beazley in the preferred PM polls nearly the whole time that he was opposition leader. Well, he did win the popular vote, despite Howard beating Beazley in the prefer...
by KingAl
Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16826

Re: Australian Election

Last I heard, the difference between the two in Bennelong was very small and it was stated it would be down to postal votes which haven't yet been counted. But yes, it appears that local votes are leaning towards Labor with a swing of 5.2/5.3%
It'll be close, whatever the result.
by KingAl
Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16826

Re: Australian Election

When voting, I was surprised to see a party called 'What Women Want' - I don't remember it from the last Federal election, and find it a little strange - I wonder what sort of policies and agenda they have? Funding for Mel Gibson movies, strangely enough. I, too, voted in an Embassy, but rather the...
by KingAl
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Altruism Thought Expiriment
Replies: 36
Views: 4187

Re: Altruism Thought Expiriment

Also, the not-a-registered-charity-and-potentially-earning-some-muppet-thousands-of-dollars is a bit of a disincentive.
by KingAl
Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Altruism Thought Expiriment
Replies: 36
Views: 4187

Re: Altruism Thought Expiriment

No, non-good could be morally neutral, or even in this context a lesser good. Going to the park, seeing a moving film.
by KingAl
Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Altruism Thought Expiriment
Replies: 36
Views: 4187

Re: Altruism Thought Expiriment

The point being that 'goodness' is ultimately subjective anyway, as there's no external basis on which to judge it, and in that sense no absolutes - except from the perspective of society. As such, any discussion of goodness is necessarily circular, because it relies solely on its own assumptions. B...
by KingAl
Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16826

Re: Australian Election

Yessir, Thesaurus! :D Yeah, I go to Macquarie; I live in Chifley, though. And I'll be voting ALP. *still wants to know what happens if Maxine wins* He would no longer be prime minister or part of paraliment. It has happened before apparantely. The strangest situation would be if the Liberals won bu...
by KingAl
Fri Nov 02, 2007 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 97650

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

That's like...95% of all music ever. I fail to comprehend. Let's take about half of the classical music stuff out, shall we, but I have, to this day, failed to see any appeal in swing, jazz, blues rock 'n' roll or any other popular stuff of that era. I'm sorry. Not even Rhapsody in Blue? Minnie the...
by KingAl
Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hottest songs ever, or "Oh god yes!" put to music.
Replies: 91
Views: 12613

Re: Hottest songs ever, or "Oh god yes!" put to music.

Air on the G String


...well, the name sounds dirty.
by KingAl
Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 97650

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

Jeff Buckley's version is more well-known , but hardly better. Well, it depends on what you value - Leonard Cohen's no singer, but he's heartfelt. I find the premise silly in the first place - not only the assertion that covers are better, but that you can just rank one version as indisputably bett...
by KingAl
Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 97650

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

loratwopointone wrote:The Arctic Monkeys are totally rubbish. I really can't see what the big deal is, they sound like a hundred other bands out there from the north of the UK.


They sound like the Sex Pistols, if the latter had discernable melodies.
by KingAl
Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 97650

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

I don't think many can hold a candle to Lennon on resonance, regardless of quality of voicework. I doubt anyone would suggest that the Beatles were particularly remarkable singers, though.
by KingAl
Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16826

Re: Australian Election

I find the 2015 stat a little hard to believe, to say the least, and I think if it were strongly supported it would be paraded about a lot more...
by KingAl
Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0336: "Priorities"
Replies: 141
Views: 27804

Re: "Priorities" Discussion

A grade <A does not = fail. He may have gotten an A, B, C, and D in his other classes, which is still no fail. No, he's right. A B C D D Is alphabetical, too. The only way you'd have to fail to get everything in alphabetical order is if the preceding letter was also an F. Come on, as if anything le...
by KingAl
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Unpopular Musical Opinions
Replies: 1093
Views: 97650

Re: Unpopular Musical Opinions

damienthebloody wrote:
-Bjork needs her vocal cords cut out.
Am I alone in enjoying her stuff?

I think her sales, and the fact that this is an 'unpopular music opinions' thread, would suggest not ;)
by KingAl
Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Election (and repercussions thereof)
Replies: 191
Views: 16826

Re: Australian Election

If you look at his other videos, many of them are anti-Liberal - he's just taking the piss out of everyone, regardless of party :D

damienthebloody: Haha, it's a small world.

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