Ha ha suckers! In under the one year mark!
But yeah I’ve horribly neglected this blog. I’m going to try to fix that. Probably won’t, though.
Here’s my Political Compass results for the year:
That’s -9.12 Economic, -8.67 Social, which is pretty much inside my average for the last four years. Still a pinko commie bastard. Here’s my results from previous years, if you’re keeping score.
“Is Anyone Here Alive?” – Kill Hannah
“Is That All?” – U2
“Is There Anybody Out There?” – Pink Floyd
“Is There Something I Should Know?” – Duran Duran
“Isabella” – This Ascension
“Island” – Iris
“Island In The Sun” (Y100 Sonic Session) – Weezer
“The Isle of Dreaming” – Kate Price
“Isobel” – Björk
“Israel” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
“It Could Be Sweet” – Portishead
“It Generates” – Iris
“It Screams Disease” – Carfax Abbey
“It Shall Be No More” – Laura Powers
“Ito Okashi” – Passengers
“It’s A Fire” – Portishead
“It’s Come To This” – Fuel
“It’s Good To Be King” – Tom Petty
“It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
“It’s No Good” – Depeche Mode
“It’s Hurting For The First Time” – Wolfsheim
“It’s Not Me” – Neuroticfish
“It’s Oh So Quiet” – Björk
“It’s Probably Me” – Sting
“It’s The Law” – Social Distortion
Lots of synthpop and some Björk today.
THE ARTIST! HE BROOOODS!
This looks so much better than the picture I was working from.
Also, I should probably get a wheelchair so I can control you with my mind.
Now this one turned out much better than the others. It actually looks like the guy now.
There’s this neat website I found around a decade ago called the Political Compass. It’s basically a short test with a number of rather generic questions about your views on various economic and social issues. It’s short – takes about five minutes – and it gives you an X/Y axis position for your political views. The X axis represents your economic views, from left to right, and the Y axis represents your social views, from the extremes of Authoritarian to Libertarian.
The test forces you to answer all of the questions, and gives you four options: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree and Strongly Agree, which prevents hedging. It forces you to take a stance. The best part is that after it’s done asking you its analysis questions, it gives you your results! That’s right, no entering your email or a ton of demographic questions. It’s just a test to give you a result.
I take this test every year in May. It happens in May because that’s the first time I took it, and just happened to take it again almost exactly a year later. Now, I take it once a year in May, kind of as a benchmark for where I’m at. Spoiler alert: there are only minor fluctuations in my numbers after 2005.
Here are my results for 2013:
That’s -9.00 Economic, -8.05 Social. Basically, I’m a left libertarian. Waaaay left libertarian.
Now, the fun comes with the analysis of where I measure up compared to the various 2012 Presidential candidates. You might be surprised to see Barack Obama hanging out within one point of his “ideological opposite” Mitt Romney up in right-wing authoritarian land, but if you are, that means you really haven’t been paying attention.
Here are my previous nine results:
May 2012: -9.62 / -7.38
May 2011: -9.12 / -8.21
May 2010: -8.12 / -8.67
May 2009: -7.88 / -7.44
May 2008: -7.50 / -6.97
May 2007: -7.75 / -7.49
May 2006: -8.50 / -7.33
May 2005: -7.25 / -8.51
May 2004t: -8.00 / -5.79
So go take the test! I love seeing where other people place on the spectrum.
I got really mad at how this one was turning out and just started attacking the paper with the charcoal, then grabbed the oxblood stick and started going at it with that one too. Turned out better for the effort.
I had to rework the right leg about five times. I’m so far past Rob Liefeld right now.
“Intercede Light” – Iris
“Interceptor” – VNV Nation
“Interior Lulu (Acoustic)” – Marillion
“Interlude” – This Ascension
“International Dateline” – Ladytron
“Interstellar Overdrive” – Pink Floyd
“Into a Darkened Room” – Inertia 8
“Into the Fire (Extended Remix)” – Sarah McLachlan
“Into the Heart” – U2
“Into the Void” – Nine Inch Nails
“Intolerance” – Tool
“Intro” – God Lives Underwater
“Intro” – This Ascension
“Intro” – VNV Nation
“Introspectre” – Depeche Mode
“Inverse” – Neuroticfish
“Invisible” – Anthrax
“Invisible Ink” – Marillion
“The Invisible Man (Live)” – Marillion
Back in the crazy outlaw days of internet music, when Napster was still a thing and before piracy completely killed the music industry, I wwas busily downloading all of the music I owned and very little that I didn’t. Yes, I was pretty weird like that. I didn’t have a computer fast enough to rip the CDs that I owned, but I didn’t want to be constrained to single albums when I listened to music on my computer, so I went about finding it all online. Even when I did get stuff that I didn’t already own, I tended to not listen to it a lot. One day, as I was trolling around for music (it was largely disorganized and often of poor quality), I came across a file labeled “Depeche Mode/Nine Inch Nails/U2 – Into A Darkened Room.” Intrigued, I downloaded it. I was fairly certain it wasn’t a U2 song, as I’d never heard of it. Maybe it was some mythical live mash up with Bono, Trent Reznor and Dave Gahan all on stage?
Turns out, it was neither Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, nor U2. It took me years of searching, but I eventually found the name of the actual band: Sublevel 27. Of course, even as I looked for the video just now, I learned that it was recorded by Sublevel 27’s precursor, Inertia 8. Some people haven’t been willing to let go of the notion that it’s Depeche Mode, going as far to argue with the writer in the comments. I’ve been listening to this song for years, and it’s kind of awesome. So how fortunate that it makes it into this week’s lineup with some Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and U2?
Can’t say I was entirely happy with this one. I mean, it’s representative, but it’s not anywhere near my best work.
I hate cross contours sketches. Getting the concept from my brain to the paper is probably the most frustrating artistic thing I’ve ever encountered.
“Home” – Depeche Mode
“Home Boys Home” – The Dubliners
“Homesick” – Soul Asylum
“Homeward” – VNV Nation
“Honey Bee” – Tom Petty
“Hong Kong Garden” – Siouxie and the Banshees
“Honour” – VNV Nation
“Hope for the Future” – Marillion
“Horror Show” – The Birthday Massacre
“Horses” – Tori Amos
“Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen
“Hot Rails To Hell” – Blue Öyster Cult
“Hot Rails To Hell (Live)” – Blue Öyster Cult
“Hotel” – Tori Amos
“Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time of the Night” – Marillion
“Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time of the Night (Live)” – Marillion
“House in the Woods” – Tom Petty
“House of Death” – Manowar
“House of Leaves” – Poe
“House of Love” – Page & Plant
“House of Pain” – Van Halen
Underscoring that there my music library is… eclectic, I’ve got Manowar, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, and Tori Amos on this list. Not the type of lineup you’d expect to see at any music festival.
And if you haven’t yet, get yourself a tape measure and read House of Leaves while listening to Haunted… then loan them to someone, because no one should brave the underworld alone.