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wijagain  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Child Prodigy Improvises Sonata In Under One Minute

She def practices 40 hrs per day

wijagain  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Child Prodigy Improvises Sonata In Under One Minute

    There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind ... the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it's successful; if it doesn't it has failed.

- Duke Ellington

In my experience, when I run into blanket judgments about musical genres or bands or individual musicians, it usually comes down to someone repeating an opinion they heard from someone else, without really examining it first. Opinions like, "the Beetles only knew 4 chords", or, "jazz is a corruption of classic music" or, "hip-hop has no merit".

At some point, someone offers a blanket opinion that leaves an impression on us. That opinion might come from someone we respect, like a teacher or a parent or a really smart friend. Then we go around repeating it like it's based on our own knowledge. And everybody does this, or at least everyone I've met. And not just about music either. I've done it, and I'm guessing everyone here has done it.

The quoted opinions above are all examples from real life:

The one about the Beetles was told to me by a good friend of mine. After questioning why she thought that, I realized she meant to say they are overrated. But she took a shortcut right around the truth based on an acquired opinion.

The following one about Jazz is from Ben Shapiro. When claiming rap wasn't music, he explained his theory of the de-evolution of music from classical down to hip hop. He got this from his dad.

The last one, about hip-hop, is from Wynton Marsalis. He agrees with Ben that hip hop is basically not music ("It has no merit, rhythmically, musically, lyrically."). Not gonna get into why Wynton thinks this, but let's just say some people question his knowledge of musical genres besides jazz.

Which brings me back to the first quote. There are simply two kinds of music...

wijagain  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Child Prodigy Improvises Sonata In Under One Minute

I agree the hate on jazz is... Well.. We need Adam Neely back again apparently.

Although we don't typically improvise sonatas now, many sonatas and other pieces were originally improvised or had sections for improvisation. Especially Mozart and Beethoven. Mozart didn't write down the improvisation though. Many of the sections we have Mozart music today are transcribed from Beethovens improvisations on those sonatas.

Jazz is awesome. Classical is awesome. Hating on jazz says more about haters than jazz.

The last free and fair German election in 1932 had an 80% turnout, compared to 84%, 81%, and 75% in the previous three elections.

wijagain  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

It's just good advice lol

wijagain  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

Yeah "sperm" is the least charitable translation of 精 in this case, and also the funniest. The 物 is upside down, and not because it's rotated, it's actually reflected along the horizontal axis lol.

Yeah I know the walking dude all too well. He literally means "stop and look first".

wijagain  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

Thing gratis sperm.

wijagain  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Multiverse

Oh hi, I live here! This video is super well editied, thanks for posting it. That off ramp with all the scooters became a very famous spot after someone published the scooter waterfall photo

Scooters are the most common type of transportation in Taiwan, and are really a part of life and local culture. Unfortunately scooters are also contributing to Taiwan's already bad air pollution. The government previously committed to move to all electric scooters by 2035, but are walking that back.

Gogoro is a famous Taiwanese brand of electric scooter (at least here and in parts of Europe). They set up battery swap stations around Taiwan. The scooters look pretty good:

Gogoro also recreated the "scooter waterfall" photo:

Traffic can be very hectic looking, especially if you're a Westerner, but congestion isn't very bad compared to other places in E/SE Asia. Taipei has great public transportation as well, with lots of bus routes and one of the best metros in the world.

wijagain  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The view from outside.

Yeah I don't use FB either for lots of reasons. The data mining, the self fulfilling algorithm decisions about me, Zuckerberg being a total fuck wit, etc. I've seen FB do serious national damage up close and personal in a former job, so I hate the echo chamber and disinformation aspects. Also, the product itself sucks now. Except! The events feature, that is actual useful and I would consider signing up if I had more time to go out (maybe when the kids are older if FB is still a thing).

I use Twitter as a topic reader, the lists feature is really good for building focused microblog feeds. I also share some lists with people I work with if I feel they should know more about what's going on in the industry.

A private Instagram account turned out to be the most efficient way to share family photos. Yeah, it's still FB. I just set it to private and treat it like a shared album that specific people can access regardless of platform.

wijagain  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Culture wars’ are fought by tiny minority – UK study

I would use the word "reactionary".

This is something I have struggled with consistently for about two decades.

There was a lot of Gen X and grunge influence in my early adolescence, which left me with some rather bad ideas equating irony and detachment with authenticity and coolness.

This attitude affected my politics. I was an empathetic young person and spent a lot of time working for social causes. The more I tried to help, and the more I saw how awful things around America really were, I grew to hate those in power and their supporters. Then there was George Bush and the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. I have never really recovered from watching people cheer that on. It left a deep scar of pessimism in me. For example, I consider Trump's presidency a natural result of American ideals rather than some aberration.

But the younger millenials and generation z seem to, on average, have much healthier and positive ideas about what is cool, including sincerity and caring about others. It is inspiring and gives me hope. Maybe I can even find some small ways to help out again.

wijagain  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

We passed 200 days since our last confirmed case of coronavirus last week. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March, except for citizens and residents, but I've noticed some friends and coworkers are starting to travel to see family again despite spikes in places like the US and EU. Hope our mandatory quarantine can prevent returning travelers from spreading it here.

wijagain  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: An Intuition for Lisp Syntax

Cool, I didn't know there was a HN connection but now I can see it. I've only used some Lisp-like languages with tools Emacs and now logseq, but never in production.

In my experience, the linear algebra / differential equation analogy for software development is OOP / functional.

Have fun learning Swift, I really enjoy using it, especially compared to Obj-C (though I know that is a controversial opinion in some circles). Swift has some interesting applications outside of iOS / MacOS as well, including being one of the few languages which currently supports differentiable programming!

wijagain  ·  30 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: An Intuition for Lisp Syntax

Mk, did you write hubski in Lisp?

wijagain  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions

Thor in one of those movies

wijagain  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Funski: A goofy bit of fun with movie descriptions


wijagain  ·  38 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Alt.binaries.images.underwater.non-violent.moderated: a deep dive

The distant familiarity of this saga reminds me of the refrain from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time:

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.
wijagain  ·  43 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 403rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Library Takeouty by the Duke University library

wijagain  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shade

Wow, thanks for updating here. Would have never seen it otherwise.

It sounds like you are worried that by changing your lifestyle to match your values, you will ostracize yourself. In my experience, the opposite is true. Once you start to focus on things you really care about and/or or proud of, you will meet new people who share some of your values and enrich your life in ways you won't be able to predict.

I could give lots of specific examples from my own experience, but to keep it short: I am currently living out many of the examples you listed out and many others. They all made my life better, and the communities I am a part of now because of those changes are amazing. "Better" and "amazing", but not perfect. Nothing is perfect, but you can find/make a life style that makes it feel like putting up with the imperfections is worth it. (I'm echoing this advice from another reply here in this paragraph because the advice is really solid.)