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What’s Playing: Don’t Panic by Coldplay

Don’t Panic by Coldplay

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
Homes, places we’ve grown,
All of us are done for.

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world,

Bones, sinking like stones,
All that we fought for,
And homes, places we’ve grown,
All of us are done for.

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Here we go, here we go

And we live in a beautiful world,
Yeah we do, yeah we do,
We live in a beautiful world.

Oh, all that I know,
There’s nothing here to run from,
‘Cause everybody here’s got somebody to lean on.

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rePost:Strangely Comforting 20090515:Story of his life: Time and again, American Music Masters honoree Les Paul saw a need and invented something to fill it – Music – Cleveland.com

'88 Gibson Les Paul Standard
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As for his greatest claim to fame — the solid-body electric guitar — Paul takes it in stride.

“I just feel as though if I hadn’t done it, someone else would have,” he said. “It was meant to be. Why me, I’ll never know, but I’m very grateful it was me.”

via Story of his life: Time and again, American Music Masters honoree Les Paul saw a need and invented something to fill it – Music – Cleveland.com.

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What’s Playing? Jumper by Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind
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Jumper

Third Eye Blind

I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend
You could cut ties with all the lies
That you’ve been living in
And if you do not want to see me again
I would understand
I would understand
The angry boy, a bit too insane
Icing over a secret pain
You know you don’t belong
You’re the first to fight
You’re way too loud
You’re the flash of light
On a burial shroud
I know something’s wrong
Well everyone I know has got a reason
To say
Put the past away
I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend
You could cut ties with all the lies
That you’ve been living in
And if you do not want to see me again
I would understand
I would understand
Well, he’s on the table
And he’s gone to code
And I do not think anyone knows
What they are doing here
And your friends have left
You’ve been dismissed
I never thought it would come to this
And I
I want you to know
Everyone’s got to face down the demons
Maybe today
We can put the past away
I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend
You could cut ties with all the lies
That you’ve been living in
And if you do not want to see me again
I would understand
I would understand
I would understand
Can you put the past away
I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend
I would understand…

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Things To Ponder: Reclaiming The Space :Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Realtime kills real space

My friend
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Call me a Luddite but I think its time to fight back!

Not by isolating ourselves and not using the web and all its gifts but by trying to one up the web and making our real world interactions better. Trying to find the kinds of interactions that would flow naturally from using the web and living a connected life.

This is a new category , “Reclaiming Space”. trying to find the ways that would help make the web a complement , and not a substitute to real connections!

A government survey conducted last year concluded that eighty-two per cent of those between the ages of ten and twenty-nine use cell phones, and it is hard to overstate the utter absorption of the populace in the intimate portable worlds that these phones represent. A generation is growing up using their phones to shop, surf, play video games, and watch live TV, on Web sites specially designed for the mobile phone. “It used to be you would get on the train with junior-high-school girls and it would be noisy as hell with all their chatting,” Yumiko Sugiura, a journalist who writes about Japanese youth culture, told me. “Now it’s very quiet—just the little tapping of thumbs.”

Realtime, you see, doesn’t just change the nature of time, obliterating past and future. It annihilates real space. It removes us from three-dimensional space and places us in the two-dimensional space of the screen – the “intimate portable world” that increasingly encloses us. Depth is the lost dimension.

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Realtime kills real space.

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rePost:Finding Your Thing:Stumbling and Mumbling: Consumption deskilling & utility

Petite Tricia
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I am proud to say that i see this in a few of my friends, where other people might ask why? they just do!

Why is this? Based on my all too biased personal experience I find that the majority of people I know are like this, consumption maximisers and probably all that I can blame is probably environment. TV is the national obssession.

I remember a local rock legend ranting about how the kids nowadays just buy off the rack punks wear, etc. Things like this are akin to exercise , you need to get to form a habit of doing, creating and when you are you probably just can’t stop.

But how?

-Find what you enjoy by doing a multitude of things and try to do it till you feel at least two levels of pay-offs, so you can evaluate if something is “your thing!” Why two levels? Well most experiences either have different pay-offs and different level of pay-off per skill level, you may not get to evaluate how much you would value something if you quit to quickly!

-Just like the previous post try to incorporate it to your life/habit. Remember how Randy Paush, when he is thinking always had a football in his hands, you could do this with guitar playing whilst watching tv play the guitar, or while walking think of poems if you’re into poetry, think of blogposts while waiting for your train, you have the time, you are just not using it wisely.

-Find a friend to help you with your hobbies. Remember its always fun to do something with someone.

-When something is beginning to define you step back and think if this is really something you want to be defined by.

-Evaluate the effort you put in to your thing. You must always strive to improve because you might end up just with another reflex action.

-Evaluate you thing. Sometimes doing your thing would hold you back on some important parts of life, Like how my Internet addiction is slowly making me more socially inept than I already am.

Read the whole post its packed with information.

I suspect something else is going on. That something is the spread of purely instrumental rationality – the idea that utility maximization consists solely in maximizing consumption for minimal expenditure of time and money. Many of us take it for granted that it’s rational to spend as little time cooking as possible, and that music should only be a consumption good.

What this ignores is that many things are worth doing for their own sake. I’ll never play the guitar as well as Martin Simpson, or cook as well as Gordon Ramsey, or grow enough vegetables to be self-sufficient. But I play the guitar, cook and grow my own because these things are worth doing for their own sake.

Labour is not just a cost, to minimized. It is – or can be – a form of satisfaction in itself – a way of asserting who we are.

Stumbling and Mumbling: Consumption deskilling & utility.

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rePost:Yearning For Dad:Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: The avatar of my father

A child riding piggy-back.
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Read the quoted page, hope I can get a copy of that rolling stones issue.

The machines will capture everything: the piggyback ride to the grocery store, the bedtime reading of Tom Swift, the moment he and his father rejoiced when the letter of acceptance from MIT arrived.

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: The avatar of my father.

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