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  1. Congratulations on your successful defense on such a cool topic, and thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading it soon!
  2. Oh shit! My old home town! I haven't lived there in twenty years, but I grew up there (left in my early twenties) and can attest that there are many absolutely unashamed racists and confederate sympathizers there. In fact, when Trump announced his bid for presidency in the summer of 2015, I specifically thought of all the many bigots I went to school with or worked with (in the food service industry there, people don't keep their cards close to the vest, I found) and I despaired that Trump's rhetoric was going to resonate strongly with this folk. I've lived in many different places in the US since (mostly NE or MW), but I could see echoes of that contingent in all of these places, and I knew that even though the US made large progressive strides in the years leading up to 2015, those people were never going to change their minds, learn, or grow intellectually. They just kept their resentments in, and so I'm not at all terribly surprised (though I am saddened, nevertheless) to see this footage. Geez, I had many happy memories as a kid of that fucking town square they're showing here. I just took my partner there for Thanksgiving recently and we walked in that area. Incidentally, though, there is an old historic site just feet from that gazebo called the "Slave Market", which is what you'd think it was. There used to be many controversial demonstrations there back when I was a teenager, I recall. And the Native American population used to demonstrate in front of the statue of Pedro Menendez every year on Columbus Day, for obvious reasons. But you might be appalled to hear that there were many white people who would--again, with no shame at all--publicly disparage these demonstrators with intense racial epithets. In fact, there is a well-documented history of some severe racism in St. Augustine, which is so very unfortunate because it's a beautiful place, and there were some subpopulations interested in arts and intellectual pursuits. You just have to steer clear of the rednecks.
  3. Ha. You know, it's really clear how biased all these liberal hippie professor types are: they penalize conservative students with poor grades just because they're illiterate. It's disgusting, really. Scary, to say the least.
  4. Whatever one thinks of the trial, this kid literally killed two people with a gun that he was talking about killing people with the night before for stealing toilet paper or whatever from a convenience store. How is there not more shame here?
  5. update: I pulled out my audiotechnica lp120 and both records worked fine on there. I'm not sure why they skipped on the lp60: like I said, I've never had that problem with new records on that turntable before. Oh well. The good news is that they work just fine on the other deck, so I guess I'll only play them on that one.
  6. @oscillik: well, it's not that kind of turntable, so admittedly, that's a limitation. It's an automatic auditechnica belt-driven table. I have another one with adjustable tracking but it's not in regular rotation. The automatic audiotechnica doesn't give me this sort of grief with any of my other records, and I listen to it daily. I'll hook up my fancier turntable and see if it still gives me this problem. It's disappointing, still.
  7. I looked for a thread devoted to the "Chiastic Slide"/"LP5" reissues, and didn't see it. If I missed the right thread, apologies. So, I got the vinyl reissues yesterday in the mail, and they are lovely to behold. Excellent presentation. Problem is, both "cipater" and "acroyear2" skip repeatedly. It appears that they keep kicking my stylus out of the groove. No other tracks do this, and none of my other decent records have any problems on the turntable that I use. Anyone else having this problem? Also, what should I do about this? I'm pretty disappointed that both of the first tracks from each album have this problem.
  8. Well, that's fulfills my daily awful story quota, and by 8am too. Unfortunately, I suspect that there will be a lot more of that sort of thing in the next few months/years. I sincerely wonder what it will take for there to be major systemic reform. Perhaps it will never happen. Incidentally, there was a good interview with Ryan Busse, a former gun industry insider, on Fresh Air yesterday. https://www.npr.org/2021/11/22/1056871881/gunfight-author-ryan-busse He opens the book with a story about his twelve year old son getting physically harassed by an AR15-toting MAGA-hat wearing right-winger. As you said, now that there's this bizarre legal precedent, I am bracing myself for even more emboldened asinine shenanigans in my part of the country ('flyover' and cornfield land).
  9. Any word on dates for this reissue?
  10. What is up with the happy display of that "okie-dokie" hand gesture in that Felatio Blow video? Hasn't that been reappropriated as a "white power" symbol or something? Ick.
  11. I have to admit: I became OBSESSED with the "Silenced", "Radio Scarecrow", "Further Vexations", "Music for Real Airports", "Liber Dogma", "Tranklements", "Neither/Neither", "Post-Truth", "Black Daisy Wheel", and "Fragments" line of CD output, in that order about a year ago. That's a very slow burn to build up for me, as I was an obsessive over "Bytes", "Spanners", and "Music for Adverts and Films" for years. I was worried when I heard about the departure of Ed and Andy, whom I adore (I have a signed CD on my wall, next to a signed box of Autechre's EP collection and a signed copy of Steve Hauschildt's first solo album: my holy trinity of signed works). But something clicked with "Liber Dogma" for me, and I felt that I can see the Black Dog as its own wonderful, prodigious thing, next to Plaid in its own right, but there's no need to really compare them in the first place. It's really its own thing, and its full of intelligence, and social anxiety about stupid-ass uses of technology, and society's malformations and all the shit I also think about and worry about on a regular basis. These guys have my heart, too. And have you seen their serious fucking output?! They don't stop, and it's all quality. Inspiring, to say the least. They have a book of photography, and they're constantly putting out new albums and EPs. I miss the vinyl, though. If I can suggest anything it's that they put out some more vinyl soon because, hey, the world is burning up anyway and I like some larger artworks because my rapidly aging eyeballs can see it better and because I can play it for friends while the continent of North America is burning up and filling the air with toxic particles and George Carlin was probably right when he said that the planet just wants "PLASTIC, ASSHOLE!" It's all going to shit, anyway.
  12. Ha, that “noise” is the best part. I was instantly hooked from that point on and have been a bochead ever since. Got the fuckin’ children’s book edition on a recommendation of the guy at my local record store (“music matters”), and that album was my soundtrack through 2002 through 2012. still my favorite album.
  13. This guy is usually pretty insightful (often in his criticism of the Trumpification of the conservative party and their continual failures lately) and related to your point, though he goes a bit further:
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