Friday, October 7, 2011

10/7/11 - This Week in Head Explode

Earth's True Shape Revealed for the First Time
October 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

After two years in orbit, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) is nearing the end of its planned life span in February, producing the most accurate map ever of the so-called geoid -- an Earth-encompassing spirit level and global reference surface. An unused supply of xeon fuel will allow the mission to be extended until at least the end of 2012.

Markedly different from a simple sphere or ellipsoid, the geoid is the mathematically 'true' shape of Earth. It represents a motionless global ocean but takes into account the effects of the Earth's rotation, weight difference resulting from the position of mountains and ocean trenches, and uneven mass distribution and density variations in the planet's interior.

Pretty good, pretty neat.
You know, there were some really good pop songs in the 80's.
October 6, 2011 at 7:04 AM
In A Big Country - Big Country

Always really liked this song. I just found out recently that the lead singer committed suicide.

Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday

Fucking great track. Always loved it and I dig Aimme Mann.

Oingo Boingo - Stay

I was a huge Boingo fan growing up. I was pretty obsessed. I'm amazed at how well most of their work still sounds fresh to my ears. Danny Elfman looks especially insane in this video. The guitar work always sounded so awesome to me.

It seems like music in the 70's and 80's and even the 90's was more melodic. For some reason a lot of 80's pop songs seemed to have a more "mature" feel to them, like the songs were better developed. I wonder if this was because it was still believed by labels that only the best music would sell? Pop music these days doesn't seem as melodic to me, a lot of it has become really jagged sounding, annoying and immature. I can't explain it very well. I think it might have to do with the fact that once labels realized that it wasn't necessary to only release the "best" bands and that the quantity of units sold wasn't equal to the quality of the music, things changed. The formula now is only based on what sells - plain and simple. And what sells tends to be different from what you think would sell. See: LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Kesha, etc.
Talkin' bout blogging, son
October 5, 2011 at 6:41 PM
Blogs, eh?

Head Explode has a blog. I'm currently using it as a place to publish stray thoughts that are too big to fit into a traditional forum thread. How bout y'all? Do you blog? Have you blogged? Will you blog again anytime soon? Would you be willing to contribute to the blog here at Head Explode? Huh? Well would you?!

Pic unrelated.

Chomsky on Education
October 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM
Looks like a new topic is needed here, so here's an interview with Noam Chomsky concerning education.

What's the purpose of education in current society? Say, in the United States.

Well, we know the clich├ęs about what it's supposed to be.

Yeah, I'm not asking that. What's the real purpose?

A lot of the purpose is just training for obedience and conformity. Actually, there has been a substantial movement since the 1960s in this direction. The 1960s were very frightening to elites. Liberal, right wing, whoever, they didn't like the fact that too many people were just becoming too independent. The literature focuses on the crazy fringe, which existed of course. But what really worried them was not the crazy fringe, but the mainstream of the activism, which was civilizing the country. It was raising questions that were difficult and unpleasant. You know, war, sexism, all sorts of things. But the real problem is people were just becoming too independent. And in fact, it was so overwhelming that they couldn't even keep quiet about it.

I mean, we've talked about this before, but there's a very important book which everyone should read, the first publication of the Trilateral Commission, the liberal internationalist elite of Europe, the United States and Japan. And that's the liberal side. And they were worried about what they called excessive democracy. Groups of people who were usually passive and apathetic were beginning to enter the political arena, press their own demands...too much pressure on the state. We have to have more, what they called, moderation in democracy.

Is Dr. Laura Racist?
October 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM
New article

"Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO and listen to a black comic and all you hear is 'nigger, nigger, nigger.' I don't get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it's a horrible thing, but when black people say it, it's very affectionate."

Your thoughts?

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