From a conversation with a friend on IRC -- I wonder if all the people who listen to dark music are looking for the same darkness, or if there are different kinds of darkness that pull at people. To some people, supernatural darkness is the most potent -- werewolves, vampires, elements of horror. I'm not sure I understand when I see this -- is it that they identify with the vampire, perhaps the idea of the horror of doing things one hates in order to survives, to look at one's flesh and feel no warmth? Or is it more how the idea of these creatures frightens them? Said friend suggested that it's mainly that they're looking for attention. This may be true, to varying degrees, but the manner in which they seek attention, while possibly shallow, has some substance, and I've met people who are drawn to dark thoughts, perhaps including myself, who largely do it alone. To me, especially in the music I listen to, the darkest music is about human despair and loss. While sometimes the music gets a metaphorical bent, there must be at least that if it's going to connect with me in that way. All this is mainly based on mood anyhow. It certainly makes for problems with my music player -- there are a lot of songs I only want to hear when I'm in a certain mood, and there's no good way to arrange them so they don't come up randomly. I kind of need anti-playlist support. The Neuros does have an opensource firmware, so perhaps sometime I'll UTSL.
A Wikipedia group is meeting in DC in a few weeks, and someone's offered to put me and The Behemoth up (couch) for the night. It sounds like fun. I don't often have an excuse to travel, and don't like doing so alone, but this sounds like a nice, inexpensive, brief vacation.
Sometimes I get some amusement when I see people adopting britishisms in their spelling or mannerisms when they chat or hang out with me. A lot of people, I think, don't have quite perfect spelling, and pick up better spelling when dealing with people who are impeccable in that regard. Sometimes I feel like I should warn someone that they're not getting American spelling when they pick up cues from me, but then I think that perhaps the net effect of this over my life may contribute in some small way to linguistic drift. The most recent example is the word analogue.
This is an interesting article on environmental activism, and whether it is based on good science. Personally, I'm of the opinion that the article makes some good points, but is part of a general backlash by conservatives against ecology. Unfortunately for them, recently the damage that stupid policies and development have done to the ecosphere is becoming rather visible, and so those folks are seeking ways to discredit the now mature consensus against them. Alas, we don't need consensus when we have ownership.. And of course it doesn't help that there are some areas where some prominent parts of the environmental movement has really dropped the ball.An interesting element in that article is that cities are good for society -- as the election results have shown us, city folk are very different than country folk in America. City folk are more wealthy, more liberal, less traditional, less religious, and more educated. Again, the Two Americas idea that I've been tossing around.