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

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scissortail  ·  5 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 352st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

scissortail  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Death of a Kinkster

Fascinating and disturbing.

scissortail  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump abandons the Kurds

So long to one of the most vital experiments in societal organization that the world has seen. I hope the DFNS can somehow survive this, but I'm not exactly optimistic about their chances.

It's likely coincidental, but today is also Putin's birthday.

scissortail  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what's your favorite cover version of a song?

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.

scissortail  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hi, Hubski! What's weird about your morning routine?

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.

scissortail  ·  91 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 339th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

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

scissortail  ·  106 days ago  ·  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.

scissortail  ·  131 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 333rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

This is downright luxurious music. That introduction is magic.

scissortail  ·  131 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Apple introduces ‘Sign in with Apple’ to help protect your privacy

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  ·  131 days ago  ·  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  ·  133 days ago  ·  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  ·  134 days ago  ·  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  ·  347 days ago  ·  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.

scissortail  ·  483 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Men's Hearts - Michael Crichton for Playboy 1989

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).

scissortail  ·  484 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 283rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

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.

scissortail  ·  484 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 283rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

I've been running through the SOPHIE album that finally dropped. It's really something else--it might be the craziest pop release I've heard in ages (and certainly my favorite since Kirin Callinan's Bravado last year). It's got dreamy synth textures, filthy distorted bass and industrial sounds, elements of ambient and noise, and one of my favorite new pop bangers ("Immaterial"). It's a weird and wild ride and I definitely recommend it to fans of unusual pop and electronic music.

scissortail  ·  484 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Men's Hearts - Michael Crichton for Playboy 1989

There are some shreds of truth and insight in here, but also a whole lot of [citation needed] material and faulty rhetoric. Chrichton pulling from anecdotal experience to reveal that (surprise!) women are humans with human faults was particularly tough to read. I suppose it's a good indicatior for our current social climate that this piece reads as being rather dated.

Well, it's hard to say anything for sure without both seeing the horn in person and knowing the geographic area you are in--prices in the industry have no real standards, and fluctuate wildly depending on where you are.

My first and most important recommendation is to take it to your local repairperson. If they are worth their salt, they will assess the instrument's condition honestly and for free. Not many of us are skilled at valuation for sales, but they should be able to tell you what it needs and how much it will cost. Try to get someone with at least a decade of experience in woodwind repair, if possible.

The Mark VI is a quality horn, and will likely fetch a decent price even with a broken/missing spring (so long as you are up-front about it, of course). I personally would get it repaired before selling, though. If your assessment is pretty close and it only needs one spring replacement and some regulation work, it should cost very roughly between $45 and $85 (again depending on where you are). That said, horns sitting for a decade often need more than that, usually because of the age of the pads (or if they have been eaten by bugs). A full repad of a tenor (sometimes a necessity in these cases) will almost definitely run north of $350 and sometimes $600 or more.

Again, an assesment by a trusted technician in person is the best way to understand what your horn needs. It should only take a few minutes for a good technician to make an accurate assesment. I hope this was helpful in some way, and good luck on the sale!

scissortail  ·  485 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised

Those images are incredible. Crazy to think that we had that sort of technology in 1966--makes me wonder what technologies governments currently have access to.

I feel extremely lucky--I landed in a career I love right out of college. I repair wind instruments for a living, and it's satisfying in quite a few ways:

>I constantly have to solve problems every day. I have decision trees that I run through, and am always refining them and establishing new ones. In the same vein, I encounter completely new problems on a regular basis, and have to solve them creatively. This is partially because I am still green (<5 years of experience), but even my mentors who have been doing this for 3-4 decades still see completely new problems fairly frequently.

>I get to help people make music. Even though my own musicianship is covered in meters of rust, I am still meaningfully involved in making music happen. Perhaps most meaningfully, I help kids play (and hopefully learn to love) music. Even though kids are often little shits who bang up really nice instruments, I want them to have as few external barriers to success as possible.

>I get to work with my hands. There's something satisfying about this that is difficult to describe. I get serious satisfaction from making something that can barely wheeze out a note into something that sings. There is definitely a fine degree of craftsmanship and aesthetic judgement that can be applied to the work, too. There are also tons of adjacent skills and bodies of knowledge that I can refine to make my work better--woodworking, metalworking, chemisty, toolmaking, the list goes on. Hell, I even plan to learn drafting and 3-D printing in the future.

Plus, scheduling is flexible and I get to play with fire and acids all day. What's not to like?