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Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:12:42 PM »
What's wrong with 'arrogant', anyway? Is it worse than acne? Or nose-picking?

I quit playing because I realized I'd been doing it purely to feed my own ego, right from the start.
It was all about me, and my vast need for praise and adulation from others.
That's an embarrassing thing to realize about oneself, no? It was for me.
I bought a new D-28 a few years back, but still I don't play it, beautiful instrument though it is.
Maybe one day...
Or maybe not.

Interzone / Re: Who attends this forum?
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:28:12 AM »

...I learned acoustic guitar during my teen years and have been learning electric guitar for about 5 years.   In order to be more than a talker I try to keep my weekly practice at at least 5 hours distributed throughout the whole week...

You'll have to do better than that :)
I played acoustic guitar for about 30 years, in all, and for many of those years, practiced 12 hours a day, every day.
I got pretty good. Here's an anomaly: whoever uploaded this to YouTube thinks it's Clapton, while others think it's Knoppfler. Some even claim it's Mason Williams, who wrote it. But it isn't any of them.


Played, incorrectly, missing out the middle eight, with only two fingers and a thumb, on a Martin D-35.
Dat is de crow!
Haha  :)

Interzone / Re: Magical utility
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:12:31 AM »
Magic, to me, is being able to recognize a fox I once knew, in an ageing mother raccoon, and my long-dead coyote in the crow I raised. It is sowing grass seed, for a new lawn, and seeing it show shoots in twenty minutes. Or folding a straight, flat highway up, into a roller-coaster, for two hitchhikers demanding to see a miracle.
It is the utter impossibility of a Pentecostal woman, calling me by a name nobody has called me since childhood, in the exact accent of my mother.
Magic is stuff that doesn't quite scare me, but fills me with an awe that demands respect and reverence.
Magic is, above all, mystery.

Interzone / Re: Magical utility
« on: October 30, 2013, 01:25:26 AM »
Anything inexplicable to the everyday experience of humanity might be thought of as magic.
How many people get to experience out-of-body states?
It's probably magic.

Interzone / Re: Magical utility
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:48:59 PM »
That was a succinct, yet exhaustive description. Nice one!

Interzone / Re: Peasant freedom results
« on: October 29, 2013, 12:39:27 AM »
That's a whole new perspective on the art of masturbation.

Interzone / Re: Magical utility
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:22:30 AM »
I see magic, generally, as the omnipresent power behind the miraculous, turned by humans to personal gain.
There can be good magic, pointless magic, and downright evil magic.
It's all the same stuff, defined only by what people choose to do with it.

Interzone / Work.
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:44:28 PM »
Everybody knows what work is.
Or do they?
Many avoid it, because it has unpleasant connotations. A sometimes necessary evil.
I look at work differently...

Work is any action that results in something getting done, and that is a good thing, not a bad thing.
It doesn't matter what that thing is, that gets done; what matters is that it gets done.

I remember living an extremely marginal life, homeless, starving and destitute, in the Sonoran Desert.
I had little energy to spare, for such dreary things as work.
And so I made a deal with myself: I would endeavour to get one thing done, per day.

One thing may not seem like much, and of course, it isn't.
But it is what it is: One Thing.
And, as Lao Tzu observed:
The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step.

Interzone / Re: Offering free metal logo design
« on: October 26, 2013, 05:51:38 PM »
Well there's nothing wrong with your sense of humour, anyway.
I suspect you'll go far :)

Interzone / Re: Offering free metal logo design
« on: October 26, 2013, 02:01:28 AM »
Well then, how about a logo for my little band of raccoons, and their band-leader, the rabbit?
With, perhaps, the rabbit wielding an eight-pound wood-splitting maul, for the heavy metal side of it.
Maybe, though, I should look for a heavy-vegetable theme, instead?
A giant pumpkin, possibly (since it's that time of year)?

Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: October 24, 2013, 07:52:01 PM »
Maybe crazy violent dreams are part of being young. I seem to remember having some pretty disturbing dreams, quite regularly, when I was afflicted with the tiresome burden of youth.
The last really violent dream I had involved the end of everything, which somehow was incredibly liberating.
Now I dream of generally pleasant things, when I dream at all.

Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: October 23, 2013, 11:14:11 PM »
Obviously it means you are a terrible mess.
But I wouldn't worry too much. Nearly everybody else is, too.

Interzone / Re: Death Cafes
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:20:02 PM »
What a strange idea, to "raise awareness of life" by raising awareness of death.
Paradoxical, isn't it?
Still, there's nothing like visiting death, to give heightened meaning to life.
And if you can't bring yourself to visit it, then talking about it is probably the next best thing.

I sort-of want to ridicule the whole idea, but as ideas go, it isn't such a bad one.

Interzone / Re: Life is not a vacation.
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:18:47 AM »
Ironically, after two weeks of wheel-barrowing tons of earth, uphill, and spreading them into laboriously built landscape-tie terraces, in heavy, wet fog, all I can think about is a bit of comfort and convenience.
Each barrow contains twenty shovelfuls of soil. Each terrace contains about 100 barrows. I think I've just used up my third truckload of soil...

On the other hand: not bad, for a sixty-year-old, 140 pound, bird-boned weakling.
And on the other, other hand, my seventy-year-old wife can still outwork me.
But she's a human.

Interzone / Re: Secular Humanism
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:41:50 PM »
That's a very good point, often (maybe always) overlooked.
But then, the one true constant of leftism is its pervasive, ever-present hypocrisy.
Unfortunately, hypocrites are - by their very nature - unable to see it in themselves, although they are very eager to see it in others, whether or not it is actually there.

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