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Album Stars.
05/11/10 at 06:13 AM by LikeAnAvalanche
The Academy Is...
Album: Almost Here, 3.4 out of 5
Highs: Slow Down, Skeptics and True Believers
Lows: Checkmarks, Black Mamba

Album: Fast Times at Barrington High, 2.8 out of 5
Highs: Automatic Eyes, After The Last Midtown Show
Lows: The Test, Coppertone

American Football
Album: American Football, 3.1 out of 5
Highs: The Summer Ends, Stay Home
Lows: But The Regrets Are Killing Me, Honestly

Anarbor
Album: The Words You Don't Swallow, 2.3 out of 5
Highs: Carefree Highway, Useless
Lows: Going To Jail, The Whole World.
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Book progress #2. When The Brick Met The Builder.
04/11/10 at 04:00 AM by LikeAnAvalanche
I've written this three times now. Each time cutting out substance, thoughts, ideas, and unclassified motions in my brain. For I could tell you everything I know, and you can only perceive what it is I think. This paper simply serves as a materialization of my skewed thoughts. My mind has created things you couldn't comprehend, and I wouldn't ask you to. Your mind is just as twisted and brilliant and fucked as mine. I will change your opinions, your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideas. Nothing you have known before you read this story will have any value. Nothing is objective, everything is perceived.

One could argue that the origins of the Conflict began when gravity split from the other three fundamental forces, or that it wasn’t really until the first multi-nucleon atom, helium, formed from hydrogen. The historian’s state that the assassination of Julius Caesar truly set the Conflict in motion. I cannot tell you that any of the aforementioned theories are incorrect, for they are theories and therefore not even assumed to be fact. However, I can tell you when the governments of the world recognized that the Conflict would occur. No one government ‘knew’ anything of substantiality but if they had summated their individual knowledges the world, as a whole, would have foreseen the events I will come to speak of. That has always been the case. The individual never can know enough to see the future. But logically, if one man had the cumulative knowledge of every living organism on the planet it would be natural for him to know what will occur in the future. This is the reason that we look back in history and shun our ancestors for the wars and famines that previously occurred. To the one looking back, history is a gradual and logical progression of the human race; a simple pattern of cause and effect.

In 2001, on the eleventh day of the ninth cycle, the towers fell. My personal opinion is that this was the true beginning of the Conflict just as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand set off World War I. The large difference is the time between the initial cause, and the ultimate effect. The Archduke was killed, the war began shortly thereafter. The towers fell, the Conflict remains a non-event for 399 years. This can be attributed to the relative impacts the respective ‘effects’ had on the world. I do not wish to demean the first World War but when compared to the Conflict, the two are analogous to a teenage boy stepping on an ant-hill and the destruction of the entire city of New York. I do not need to re-teach the history you are living through so I will skip to the parts you have yet to see. In 2018 the Israeli government received intelligence of an impending attack by their neighbors; Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, and Turkey. Unfortunately the United Nations had been dissolved two years earlier due to the inadequacy of its ambassadors so the chance of peace was hopeless. Luckily for Israel, America had intercepted the same transmissions as did Israel and immediately threatened the previously stated enemies with nuclear war. Before the President finished issuing this threat the entire western coast was bombed (with nuclear bombs) by China, who had apparently been preparing to attack once the Middle Eastern nations invaded Israel. Seattle and sixteen other locations in Washington were leveled leaving roughly 18,000 survivors. Portland, Oregon was entirely destroyed leaving the city’s population at zero. California was attacked at eight locations including San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

Thus began World War 3.

China lasted roughly 6.8 seconds as 4,800 nukes blanketed the sky. Thus began Nuclear winter. The war lasted until 2021. Israel swallowed Lebanon and Jordan before the remaining enemies signed a peace treaty. You never fuck with a country who’s inhabitants are trained to fight while in the womb. I would compare it to if one-thousand high school students armed with brass knuckles took on twelve fully armed Spartan infantry. The devastation of the war created a peace that world leader suspected would last forever. Very wrong. Human nature is to fight. On the whole we are just a large planet of schmucks who, when infuriated, never consider the consequences of our actions. Peace is a rarity when history is analyzed. Why would the future stray from that path?

The scene is set.

This is the story of Ly Partum, through his technicolor eyes, written with his golden hands.

I hate waking before the sun. Where my only company is my concious and the odd time of day when the stars are visible, but the sun is not. I layed in bed for four hours, creating puzzles, solving them. Listening to the tide come in and go out, go out and come in. Finally, after nostalgia had fallen, I got up. I turned on the radio, although only one frequency came in clearly, and no music was ever played, the man with the resounding voice talking about government, always managed to capture my attention. I made breakfast, burning myself twice because I've always been a piss poor cook. The radio DJ was singing songs to himself about the assasination of a carpenter, I remember perfectly because the melody was stuck in my head the rest of that day. It was a day for opticals, I painted a picture that day, and I wrote a song full of metaphors that vaguely fit the song but portaryed the audio image. Neither pieces of art were worth keeping, but both kept me warm. That was the Monday before the Tuesday, before the Wednesday I write this.

On that Tuesday I lost three things in life, two of which are important to have. I watched my house of bricks that my father built collapse. Brick by brick I counted each one as milliseconds passed, each inch I had already measured out in my head a million times on a night where I was feeling despondent, it finally turned on me, the bricks had finally been tired of being counted as simply number and answeres to a mathematical question that didn't exist. I heard my mother scream until a ceramic material pressed the remaining air out of her lungs. Worst of all, knowing that my fathers love for masonry had finally killed him, which my mother always joked, I recognized that noone was going to re- build this house but me. The doctors came, but showed no sign of anything but apathy, knowing that there was no hope for my parents, and that finding a silver lining in this cloud is a dim attempt at finding justification for telling me "Keep your head up, your parents are watching you." I could kill the world if I wanted to. My emotions were in such a twirl that I could've taken a knife, cut along the Prime Meridian and the Equator, and watched the molten lava pour out of Earth's open wound. But I managed to remain calm for the sake of the strangers around me. My neighbor should not cry a single tear tonight. He may show sympathy to me, but he has lost nothing, we do not share emotions. As human beings we are all effected in one way or another by anothers actions, but anothers thoughts and emotions have absolutely zero effect on our lives if we do not let them have one. If my neighbors parents died, and I cried, am I better than him? Am I worse? This emotion will fade, I will laugh in the future, I will smile, I will love. For I view life with the same eyes that I did a day ago, my lens is simply skewed and slightly cracked at the moment. My colors lose saturation, my food loses taste, and my notes lose tone.

Tonight at the funeral of two lovers who were greater than the sum of the two parts, I will hum a melody that they never cared for. That I had burned in a brick fireplace. A song that had stolen their heartbeats for the selfish use of bass in a song. In this song. The neighbors, priest, friends, and soldiers had left. Me, 8 wooden walls that made two resting boxes for my parent's empty vessels to lay forever. Time to sing.

"She took a step and stared at the ground.
Never knew if ever you had fallen down.
Would it be, could it be his fault in their eyes?
And oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
And oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

The open casket had never been so,
empty and full since we killed Calypso.
Roses took place where the body should rest,
except for that hole deep within her chest.
And oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
And oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

Face down she laid,
he felt sorry.
And she deserved to be with her creator
six feet under,
she's a brick for the daisy soon to grow,
now that she's with the builder.

Turns out no one thought to check,
if she had any skeletons in her closet.
If they had opened up the door,
the would have covered the floor
in 20 skulls or more.
Who knows if she will be,
sipping tea with the big man in the big seat?
Who knows if she will be,
wearing white robes for eternity?

Face down she laid,
he felt sorry.
And she deserved to be with her creator
six feet under,
she's a brick for the daisy soon to grow,
now that she's with the builder.

(Curse your lips, spewing words quite meaningless.
Take a needle and thread to your kiss,
sew it shut for all of this)"
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Book progress #1. Intro.
04/08/10 at 12:37 AM by LikeAnAvalanche
I've written this three times now. Each time cutting out substance, thoughts, ideas, and unclassified motions in my brain. For I could tell you everything I know, and you can only perceive what it is I think. This paper simply serves as a materialization of my skewed thoughts. My mind has created things you couldn't comprehend, and I wouldn't ask you to. Your mind is just as twisted and brilliant and fucked as mine. I will change your opinions, your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideas. Nothing you have known before you read this story will have any value. Nothing is objective, everything is perceived.

One could argue that the origins of the Conflict began when gravity split from the other three fundamental forces, or that it wasn’t really until the first multi-nucleon atom, helium, formed from hydrogen. The historian’s state that the assassination of Julius Caesar truly set the Conflict in motion. I cannot tell you that any of the aforementioned theories are incorrect, for they are theories and therefore not even assumed to be fact. However, I can tell you when the governments of the world recognized that the Conflict would occur. No one government ‘knew’ anything of substantiality but if they had summated their individual knowledges the world, as a whole, would have foreseen the events I will come to speak of. That has always been the case. The individual never can know enough to see the future. But logically, if one man had the cumulative knowledge of every living organism on the planet it would be natural for him to know what will occur in the future. This is the reason that we look back in history and shun our ancestors for the wars and famines that previously occurred. To the one looking back, history is a gradual and logical progression of the human race; a simple pattern of cause and effect.

In 2001, on the eleventh day of the ninth cycle, the towers fell. My personal opinion is that this was the true beginning of the Conflict just as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand set off World War I. The large difference is the time between the initial cause, and the ultimate effect. The Archduke was killed, the war began shortly thereafter. The towers fell, the Conflict remains a non-event for 399 years. This can be attributed to the relative impacts the respective ‘effects’ had on the world. I do not wish to demean the first World War but when compared to the Conflict, the two are analogous to a teenage boy stepping on an ant-hill and the destruction of the entire city of New York. I do not need to re-teach the history you are living through so I will skip to the parts you have yet to see. In 2018 the Israeli government received intelligence of an impending attack by their neighbors; Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, and Turkey. Unfortunately the United Nations had been dissolved two years earlier due to the inadequacy of its ambassadors so the chance of peace was hopeless. Luckily for Israel, America had intercepted the same transmissions as did Israel and immediately threatened the previously stated enemies with nuclear war. Before the President finished issuing this threat the entire western coast was bombed (with nuclear bombs) by China, who had apparently been preparing to attack once the Middle Eastern nations invaded Israel. Seattle and sixteen other locations in Washington were leveled leaving roughly 18,000 survivors. Portland, Oregon was entirely destroyed leaving the city’s population at zero. California was attacked at eight locations including San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

Thus began World War 3.

China lasted roughly 6.8 seconds as 4,800 nukes blanketed the sky. Thus began Nuclear winter. The war lasted until 2021. Israel swallowed Lebanon and Jordan before the remaining enemies signed a peace treaty. You never fuck with a country who’s inhabitants are trained to fight while in the womb. I would compare it to if one-thousand high school students armed with brass knuckles took on twelve fully armed Spartan infantry. The devastation of the war created a peace that world leader suspected would last forever. Very wrong. Human nature is to fight. On the whole we are just a large planet of schmucks who, when infuriated, never consider the consequences of our actions. Peace is a rarity when history is analyzed. Why would the future stray from that path?
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