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Burning Fist!: Classic Album Review: Fear Factory – “Demanufacture”


This shows up on my iPod Shuffle from time to time and it still sounds great.

Originally posted on Burning Fist!:

Fear Factory - Demanufacture

Fear Factory – Demanufacture

In the first of another new feature, we send our latest contributor, Matt, back in time to revisit one of the defining Metal albums of the ’90′s.  Can you believe “Demanufacture” is almost 20 years old…

Released in 1995, and their follow-up album to 1992′s death metal-tinged debut, “Soul of a New Machine”, “Demanufacture” is considered by many as Fear Factory’s greatest piece of work. If their debut was the concept of the spawn of the machine, this album is the initial friction and struggle when man faces that machine.

The album was produced by Colin Richardson, synonymous with heavy metal, and producer of many iconic records, including last year’s acclaimed “Surgical Steel” (Carcass) and 1991′s “From Beyond” (Massacre). However, in a similar situation to that of “Surgical Steel”, Fear Factory appeared  to be unhappy with Richardson’s mixing post-production…

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Hack A Day: I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That


My own particular HAL 9000 is cleverly disguised as a beaten up old Dell laptop. It’s going to try and kill me one of these days. I’m sure of it. That’s if my Mac doesn’t get there first.

Originally posted on Hackaday:

HAL9000 Personal Computer

“Let me put it this way, Mr Amer. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error. “

With that in mind, who wouldn’t want a HAL 9000 personal computer at home? For his latest project, [Eduardo Zola] brings us a very realistic Raspberry Pi powered HAL 9000, complete with an all seeing eye.

In case you’re not familiar (boo!) HAL 9000 is a character from 2001: a Space Odyssey. His name is an acronym for a Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic sentient computer who is responsible for controlling the Discovery One spacecraft, and well, he goes crazy.

[Eduardo] has built this replica out of wood, a bit of paint, a Raspberry Pi, a speaker, webcam and a beautiful red all-seeing-eye, lit…

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Heathen Harvest: The Beast in the Cave; a Treatise on Supernatural Horror in Metal


Here are a couple of my favourite examples:

Originally posted on Heathen Harvest 2.1:


H. P. Lovecraft

.:.The Beast in the Cave.:.

A Treatise on Supernatural Horror in Metal

by Henry Akeley


The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form. Against it are discharged all the shafts of a materialistic sophistication which clings to frequently felt emotions and external events, and of a naïvely insipid idealism which deprecates the æsthetic motive and calls for a didactic literature to “uplift” the reader toward a suitable degree of smirking optimism. But in spite of all this opposition the weird tale has survived, developed, and attained remarkable heights of perfection; founded as it is on a profound and elementary principle whose appeal, if not always…

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Neo-Paganism is Not the Answer – Climb A Frigging Tree


I couldn’t agree more.

I used popular 19th cent revisionist neo paganism as training wheels while I was freeing myself of the church.

Comforting imagery and nice warm fireside fuzzies aside (I am all in favour of those) I like to think that in a world that includes the Large Hadron Collider we don’t have as much of a need for cultural fetishes and security blankets.

Originally posted on Profane Existence:

More and more people have begun to reject Christianity, Islam, and other monotheistic religions, and are instead turning towards what are seen as older, earth based forms of spirituality.

Meanwhile we live in a society where 90% of the old growth forests have been cut, as the world around us becomes increasingly synthetic, polluted, and urbanized. In response there has been a growing interest in European polytheistic religions as alternative to the hierarchies of the church with it’s gnostic abstracted concepts.

However these polytheistic religions are often just as problematic as what is being rejected. There has been a lot of revisionism, presenting many of these patriarchal religions where male war gods dominate as though they are anything but – where godesses are now talked about as though the original practitioners were matriarchal and the males gods were just minor characters. Ignored also is the inherent heterosexism of these religions…

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Political Joke of the Week…


This is a fine illustration of the shit we’re in. We might as well laugh about it.

Originally posted on Frankly Speaking...:


Key and Queen


John Key, in a private moment with Her Majesty the Queen;

Your Majesty, how should I run an efficient government?

Are there any tips you can give me?”

Well,” said the Queen “The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”

Key frowned, and then asked,

But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”

The Queen took a sip of champagne.

Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle………. watch

The Queen pushed a button on her intercom;

Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

Tony Blair walked into the room and said,

Yes, your Majesty?”

The Queen smiled and said,

Answer me this, please Tony.

Your mother and father have a child, it is not your brother and it is…

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Rattling a tin can.

Among other things I'm looking to upgrade my laptop to something less old and pick up an older smartphone that runs Maemo.

The smartphone is just a want.

The laptop is pretty major.

It's a matter of steadily decreasing time until the one I have croaks. At very least I need to get a terabyte of external storage so I have some backup.

So this:


Any amount will be gratefully and cheerfully accepted.

Strap your tinfoil on though. Check the link I'm using for yourself and make sure it *is* actually PayPal.

Jeep Power Wheels Upgrade Only Reuses Body


This would be perfect to blast around the University of Auckland campus in. Skaters beware. RAMMING SPEED.

Originally posted on Hackaday:

Power Wheels Racing Jeep

It is debatable whether [Jamie] upgraded his Power Wheels Jeep or built a beast of a mini vehicle and only added a Power Wheels Jeep body. Either way, this Racing Power Wheels Jeep is awesome. The goal of the project is to race in the Power Racing Series races held at Maker Faires.

This vehicle is no joke. It is still electric but runs on 24volts DC. It has pneumatic rubber tires for traction and disk brakes for stopping. The ‘gas’ gauge is a volt meter mounted into the dash next to the motor temperature gauge. As if that was not enough, the headlights and tail lights work. Take note of that sweet custom frame, it was mostly made from an old bed frame.

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