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Delayed due to the Injun-killin' holiday. Sorry.

Poll #1068476 Weakened Edition

Why are there so many goddamn ants in my house all of the sudden?

You are slovenly
4(7.5%)
You secrete irresistable ant pheremones
6(11.3%)
It's the start of ant 'indoor season'
7(13.2%)
You are made of sugar
13(24.5%)
They have followed you from your office, which is also infested with ants
2(3.8%)
"Phase IV" is coming all too true
4(7.5%)
They're waging war against all the other insect species in your apartment
4(7.5%)
They are looking for uncles HAW HAW HAW
4(7.5%)
It's because you're a crumb HAW HAW HAW
2(3.8%)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAH
7(13.2%)

Select your preferred sleep aids.

warm milk
1(2.0%)
sensory deprivation
0(0.0%)
booze
1(2.0%)
weed
0(0.0%)
pills
0(0.0%)
working myself to exhaustion
0(0.0%)
exercise
0(0.0%)
fucking
1(2.0%)
masturbation
0(0.0%)
apnea
0(0.0%)
boredom
1(2.0%)
La-Z-Boy
0(0.0%)
overeating
0(0.0%)
hippie shit
0(0.0%)
other (see Comments)
1(2.0%)

What was the most depressing thing I read this weekend?

Naomi Klein's article in "Harper's" about the growth of 'disaster capitalism'
7(13.5%)
Jeremy Scahill's book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army"
8(15.4%)
David Rose's piece in "Vanity Fair" about how the Department of Justice is stonewalling investigations into contractor fraud in Iraq
3(5.8%)
Deborah Hastings' piece for the AP about how Iraq whistleblowers are being horribly mistreated by our own people
6(11.5%)
Jesus, Leonard, why not just spend your free time sticking needles in your eyes?
28(53.8%)

Pick one.

speed metal
0(0.0%)
thrash metal
3(5.6%)
doom metal
3(5.6%)
goth metal
2(3.7%)
prog metal
8(14.8%)
hair metal
7(13.0%)
alternative metal
2(3.7%)
power metal
1(1.9%)
black metal
2(3.7%)
death metal
2(3.7%)
blackened death metal
3(5.6%)
deathened black metal
1(1.9%)
metalled black deathness
5(9.3%)
other (see Comments)
3(5.6%)
I would rather go blind, deaf and dead than answer this question
12(22.2%)

Submit your idea for a new national holiday to take place in August, the month of no holidays.

Comments

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doraphilia
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
sleep aids: go to bed with a giant mug of piping hot chamomile tea. The only problem with that is that you wake up at 2am with a desperate urge to pee.
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Eh, I do that anyway because I have cancer. I'll give it a whirl.
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oilyrags
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
techno vs. metal - which has the most nearly indistinguishable subgenres?
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Techno, easily. Now, of course, this is probably due to my lack of familiarity with one and my excess familiarity with the other, but I could hear a dozen techno songs in a dozen genres -- dubstep, happy hardcore, Detroit techno, rave, Jtek -- and not be able to tell the difference. But to my ears, doom metal sounds nothing at all like speed metal, and melodic death metal sounds nothing like prog metal, and so on.
perich
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
I find Naomi Klein's new book depressing, though for different reasons than I suspect you do. Like when she accused Milton Friedman of being a shill for Pinochet, or when she said he would have approved of Blackwater ... ignorant shit like that.
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what's so ignorant about saying that Milton Friedman was a shill for Pinochet. Although I suppose it's even more accurate to say that Pinochet was a shill for Milton Friedman.
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hipsterdetritus
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
1) Now perhaps I am being a bit picky here in my attempts to differentiate between niches of a genre I only partially comprehend, but: you forgot stoner metal. Unless it's covered under "doom metal".

2) Maybe it's because I live a block from a major post office with a significant amount of semi truck traffic (including at least one "funny" driver who likes to serenade his fellow drivers by honking his air horn to the first four beats of "shave and a haircut" in the hopes that the other driver will respond with the "two bits" part), but I can't sleep for shit without a fan on full blast. Noise cancellation is a must. I've also stopped reading before going to bed because I tend to actually spend too much time mulling over the events and/or ideas in the book to actually fall asleep readily.
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blue_straggler
Oct. 9th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Sleep aids: clean sheets, cool room.
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
I bought some new sheets last night and I was so agitated from lack of sleep that I had a great deal of difficulty getting them on. Circular logic, I guess.
detlef
Oct. 9th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
What, no love for Finnish cello metal?
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
That would be "symphonic black metal" without the metal.
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perich
Oct. 9th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
also:
please help me out - what is the distinction between "black" metal and "death" metal?
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: also:
Death metal is an outgrowth of speed/thrash metal that appeared in the 1990s. It's influenced by punk insofar as it's louder and faster than earlier, slower metal, and it's thematically different from the previous generation of glam/hair metal -- darker and more aggressive. It also places a high value on technical proficiency. Its lyrics tend to focus on morbid, violent notions, hence the name. Its biggest proponents tend to be Americans.

Black metal is very similar -- superfast, aggressive, technically accomplished -- but it's even more extreme than death metal. It tends to eschew the more punk-influenced fashions of death metal and favors a more 'pure' metal look (long hair, leather, facepaint, etc.); and its lyrics are almost exclusively about Satanism, paganism, anti-Christianity and other mystical themes. Its biggest proponents tend to be Scandinavian.
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kleenexwoman
Oct. 9th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sleep aids
I'm pimping melatonin tablets to everyone. Cuts straight past the bullshit and pumps a couple hundred milligrams of the chemical that causes restful sleep directly into your brain.
ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Sleep aids
Yeah, calamityjon was pushin' that stuff too. Where might one lay a hand to it?
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ludickid
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
About every other day, I consider laying down on the floor of the elevator on the way up to work and just riding it up and down until I get a nice nap.
yuriverse
Oct. 9th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Sleep aids: I love that Aussie docs are happy to be pill-hurlers. I barely got past "I have trouble slee-" and a scrip for a valium cousin was in my hands. I need to manufacture a few more minor ills.

I assume Boris is doom metal-ish? I checked that. Is sludge metal any different?
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