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Woodwind repair by day, all sorts of shit by night.

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Now, PMJ is truly a mixed bag, and I think they've trended towards a bit of bland sameness over time. That said, they have done the best cover of all time:

They completely transform the attitude and vibe of the song while doing it justice musically.

Mine is fairly normal, but if I'm in a hurry I'll bring my apple to the car with me and eat the whole thing, core and all.

Stupid ol Pete Townshend has been stuck in my head over the last few days.

scissortail  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 26, 2019

I've been slowly getting out of a very similar situation from the things you describe. The big thing that has helped me is to prioritize building a platform of good habits, upon which you can build skills and projects. For me personally, this is being accomplished by strictly partitioning things in my life.

My big time-sink has historically been the internet, so I started by eliminating most social media and by not carrying a proper smartphone. I get (and make) lots of jokes about my ancient blackberry, but after a couple days I really felt like my brain could breathe again. I try to keep screen time at my desktop to 1.5 hours on workdays--timed shutdown programs help a lot with this.

To-do lists have also made a huge impact on my productivity--I try to make one at lunch every workday, and though I rarely hit everything on the list it helps me answer "uhh what am I doing again" with "throwing a few stitches in your project jeans" instead of "...reddit".

Making priorities of things like journaling, artistic expression, and especially meditation has also been extremely helpful. I took time off of my regularly scheduled hobbies (6 months!) just to work on un-fucking my brain. It took serious mental effort for me to make meaningful progress on this, and it's a battle I've fought for my entire adult life. If a goomba like me can start getting on the right path, though, then so can you. Work hard to make yourself better, but most importantly, be willing to forgive yourself when you fall off the wagon. Dust yourself off and keep going, you can do it.

This is downright luxurious music. That introduction is magic.

Friendly reminder that several of Apple's technologies (notably Siri and the alluded-to facial recognition) are detrimental to user privacy. Apple may be the lesser of evils here, but if folks are concerned about their privacy I'd encourage them to move to services that don't mine their data.

scissortail  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 5, 2019

I feel this in my bones. As my interests get more niche, I feel like I'm slightly (and quite unintentionally) pulling away from some of my friends. I bonded with the people I'm closest with partly through our shared interests (then music, anime, video games, tabletop games). Now that I don't watch shows or play games much at all without them, I feel like I have less to talk about with them. They will always be irreplaceable, but the slight distance is saddening.

I am making new friends with my newer interests, but as you allude to, the process is difficult and takes a lot of time. I wish you the best of luck.

scissortail  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

Thank you lil. I may write up a post of my reflections, and will definitely ping you if I do :)

scissortail  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

Back once again after a long hiatus, missed being here. Glad to see this site is still chugging along.

Just got back from my Mamaw's funeral service. It went well, but the whole thing has me in a minor existential funk. I've got a lot of writing, journaling, and organizing to do.

scissortail  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 31, 2018

I've finally been hopping back on here after swapping out my Raspberry Pi3 for an old craigslist desktop. I definitely missed reading the discussions.

In other news, I've started to learn to program in C and am having a minor existential crisis regarding my work/career/life direction in general. I've also been reading a ton lately, and strongly recommend John Gardner's Grendel and Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle to all of you.

Now, I never called Chrichton sexist, though I won't disallow the possibility. I found Chrichton pointing out that men and women both struggle with similar issues, as you mention, to be some of the better bits of the piece ("shreds of truth and insight"). This was particularly good:

    When I look at people, I see individual human beings struggling to find love and fulfillment, using the skills that they have, overcoming the drawbacks that they have. Each individual human being has some behavior that he or she can do easily, almost without thinking, and other behavior he or she can accomplish only with painful effort.

    From this individual standpoint, gender doesn’t seem very important. It’s a detail, like where you were born. I can’t say “All men are this way” any more than I can say “All Chicagoans are this way.”

    Generalizations won’t hold up.

However, even though Crichton may not have been attempting to be scientific, his citing of science without reference severely detracts from the credibility of his arguments:

    To take a single example, every good study of domestic violence concludes that women engage in it as often as men.

    We are biologically frail: more male infants die in the first year of life; we don’t live as long as women; and we fare less well living alone.

    These days, men and women can live comfortably as singles, and 25% of the adult population now chooses to do so.

I know some of this to be true, of course, but the lack of citations makes the claims rhetorically untenable. For my money, statistics mean nothing without a source. I also have no clue what he means by "[men] fare less well living alone." Does this refer to income? Happiness? I can't know without a source.

Now, a big part of what I take issue with here:

    There is no question that men feel under attack, and psychologically beaten down.

I was not around in the late 80s, but somehow I doubt that the anti-male narrative was worse then than it is now. And I don't know about you (and it may be because of my personal choices in media consumption), but I personally do not see this kind of narrative, ever. I am a remarkably average-looking man, and I have felt personally attacked for my maleness a grand total of...once. I of course cannot speak for anyone other than myself, but I think the vast majority of MRA-type rhetoric is engineered to create outrage from things that are rarely an actual issue.

This is not to say that men don't face issues on the basis of their maleness; they do. This is not to say that some systems in society are unfairly biased against men; some are. But, in the grand scheme of things, bias (personal and systemic) against men pales in comparison to what pretty much every other group of people face. While the small amount of injustices against men should be recognized and corrected, much, much more time and energy should be spent correcting the injustices against those facing more substantial oppression. Chrichton's bellyaching about the stereotyping of men comes off as silly because the stereotype carries so little weight into the real world in comparison to other stereotypes (that is, men rarely encounter difficulties because of their portrayal in stereotype).

This album is an old favorite of mine, especially "Becoming Insane" and "Change the Formality". I feel like Infected Mushroom understand texture better than most electronic acts; they have a gift for knowing when more (or fewer!) voices are needed, and transition between sections masterfully. This album is my favorite of their works. Great shit.

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