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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hoping to reduce my time spent in the Pit

Current mood: calm

Hi everyone,

Just got the idea to post a little blog about what I'm hoping to do.

Coming to the awareness that I'm spending many hours on UG each day, I've decided to hopefully reduce that time. You're probably familiar with the addiction that comes with being in there longer and longer... well, a lot of the time I use it to pass empty hours. Other times I use it as a distraction from the things bothering me in my life, and I've known for a long time that these things need to be faced head-on. Time to yourself is good, but it can be spent more productively than in the Pit. This is aiming to pursue a better pace of mind and life. Sounding serious right? It's not major, just something I'm putting down for a bit of accountability.

I plan at this point to remain active in the Hugging Thread and expect that this will happen anyway. I get a lot out of reassuring others with what I've come to know with experience, and in turn reassuring myself. I've been really pleased to see more people becoming active in that thread where for a while it was looking quite dead. A few names off the bat are, Stealer, Metal Axe, Todd Hart, Wizards, Stevehouse. You are appreciated no matter how small or insignificant you think your contributions may be. Just to be acknowledged in the Pit is something else.

So! Will this be a successful endeavor? Day 1, I've spent under an hour and have so far not missed it. The only problem I predict may arise are the hours at work that can be unoccupied if you don't make an effort to find something to do. On that note, my life will be changing in the next few months in terms of work and study but it's really not scary at all - life is changing perpetually, as are each of us.

I will be around, and feel free to message me or comment whenever you feel the need to.
LB.
4:25 am - 5 comments - 2 Kudos
Friday, December 25, 2009

Things I Have Learnt from Working in the City

Current mood: enlightened

So after having spent the majority of this year working full-time in an office in the city, I’ve come across a few things that were a little unexpected...


1. Contrary to my previous expectations, the city does not smell like vomit. It actually smells like piss, cigarettes and expensive coffee.
 
2. You really don't need to buy that.

3. How to avoid being asked for money or time: look straight ahead, walk with a purpose. If they're good at what they do and catch you, smile and nod in acknowledgement, and continue.

4. Attitude is important. It can make a big difference.

5. How to speak properly on the phone. You'd be surprised at how many people lack ettiquette or at the very least a clue.

6. How to address and send mail. I did not know beforehand.

7. Smile and be friendly no matter what. People reciprocate, and they tend to remember you if you're nice. If for nothing else, do it to spread a little goodness. If you're in a bad mood, fake it and people will give you a smile to take with you.

8. Free stuff. Ain't it great?

9. Avoid certain areas like the plague. NO I DO NOT HAVE CHANGE FOR YOU SIR.

10. The world is not like school, so don't fret.

11. The IT department are miracle workers and can save your ass (or work) either quickly, or slowly. Be nice to them.

12. Yes, we all know some people are incompetent. You can't really do anything about it so suck it up and do the best you can with what you have.

13. All about travelling on trains. ALL about travelling on trains.

14. Be patient and courteous. No need to blend in and do the same thing as any prick, who drones on in his or her life with no joy or common feeling. Time isn't so important as it's cracked up to be - feeling good is better.

15. How to catch a bargain. Ohhhh yes.

16. How to play Freecell. 50+% win rate every round, beat that. (That’s not a challenge to you dear reader.)

17. Each day is a new one, and you can let it be like every other day that you've made mistakes and repeat them, or you can move forward.

18. Be generous of yourself and you will receive much back.

19. Motivation comes to those who motivate themselves.

20. Never trust the office kitchen.


So it got a little harder to think toward the end. Anyway I hope this provided at least a little insight or amusement to its readers. What do you think, and did you agree with any one in particular?
5:53 am - 6 comments - 8 Kudos
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rise of the Clones

Current mood: calm

People occasionally talk about the future and the possibility that we'll soon live among robots. I think we're getting there already – but not via artificial intelligence. Scientists and engineers may be working on things like that, but in a society which technology effectively enables, I think we're somewhat melding into the machines ourselves.

This thought came to me in a moment following my observation of an older person using a computer. Having not been brought up amongst PCs, she was poking the screen when asking how to move one file into another folder. Poking the screen. I later thought about this and considered it entirely unnecessary as the cursor is like an extension of your finger. When you're using a computer, the cursor is your finger. Keyboard shortcuts enable even more mobility, like kicking a door closed when both hands are occupied.

I spend way too much time in front of monitors, as it has become apparent. And yet, it would be safe to say that the majority reading this right now do the same in spending hours on the net, or gaming. Whatever floats the proverbial boat. Don't you feel completely at ease with it? I've gotten a bunch of comments from older people about how capable I am with using computers, and have been asked (as evidenced earlier) a number of times by different people for help using them. I'm not brilliant using technology, but I am of this generation when it’s all so readily accessible, and so encouraged.

Now I come to the point of the generation gap, but am hesitant to comment due to the sheer number of variables to take into consideration. I can’t generalise either, but get the sense that this younger generation, being so ‘connected’, may at times lose touch with reality. I notice older people tend to be more open with strangers. I’ve been spoken to by many more over the age of 60 than under that age when in public. This isn’t factoring in obligatory interchanges such as with bus drivers and salespeople. My mother (who coincidently is terrible with modern technology) is often willing to speak to people on the bus, whereas I keep to myself entirely.

I can’t say that this rings true for all people, but have noticed this trend in varying degrees. I read, mostly online, of people feeling isolated and alone, and yet unable to reach out. We Google symptoms and make threads when we think something’s wrong instead of talking to a family member about it. We instant message people that are easily accessed, bypassing certain aspects of conversation such as shades of meaning and removing faces from the equation.

Is the abundant availability of technology creating in our society a generation of robots?

That may be going a bit far. Only the future can tell us how we will be as adults, as parents; and what our children will be exposed to, what those things will create in them. This isn’t a cynical blog, I still believe in the abilities of the individual, the virtues and personalities, but our detachment as being one with machines and not people may hinder our great potentials. How hypocritical of me to be stating all this.

Do you agree, UG?

LB over and out.

11:52 pm - 6 comments - 6 Kudos
Thursday, October 01, 2009

The beginning of spring

Current mood: contemplative

I’m again at work with time and thought to expend, and the slight feeling that it’s been too long since I’ve contributed anything to UG. I’ve been rather busy lately, a few new things have come up for me to deal with and learn from – a good thing in itself whether or not the experience was entirely pleasant. Life is complex; it seems more and more to be a complicated string of matter strewn upon the floor of possibility. Funny how the more you know, the more you know you don’t.

Enough of that. It’s not even midday. Don’t you just love the idle, static moments of life in which you think and feel nothing, but rather experience? What a relief those instances can be. Sometimes I’ll be walking and just look up at the sky and be so incredibly grateful. Other times I’ll have things in the back of my mind such as a problem plaguing humanity at any given moment, and realise that tomorrow’s deadline or how my hair is today really don’t matter. Unimportant things clog our minds way too much, changing our perspectives and attitudes.

So the next quiet moment you get to look at the sky, or smell a flower, or feel the grass, or feel music, whatever- remember what’s important. And that’s you. Building yourself up and learning and growing, for that’s all we can individually do to impact the world around us.

When bad things happen to me I’m reminded of who I want to be. The forces that seem to push against me are really the opportunities that appear in order that I can see what I’m really made of. My friends of UG, keep enduring. For spring is coming.

In abrupt conclusion, the point of this blog was for me to figure out what this new season means to me. In this moment, it means redemption and hope. I’m getting pretty corny here, and vague in philosophy, but it’s what is there in my mind right now, whether or not I’ll read this over later on and think I’m being silly. We’re all this or that at one time or another, so I guess there’s no need to worry about that sort of stuff.

Thank you for reading.

Le_Bunny.

4:15 pm - 4 comments - 4 Kudos
Monday, July 06, 2009

Memoir of a normal day

Current mood: curious

Good day UGers,
 
This blog will evidently be the result of a very uneventful day at work. I sit here at my desk next to a window overlooking the high-rises of Sydney’s central business district. The structure across the road is still being built but is arising quickly. The days pass by so swiftly to the effect that it seems the building is growing before us.
 
I sometimes watch the workers hanging around at the fencing to the side; I watch others hanging around too- there are three or four schoolboys that sit on the ground right at the end of an open-air station that I pass on the train, I look at them and wonder what their lives are like, sometimes wishing I was one of them.
 
Down the main street to either side are intersections at which people cross in an ‘X’ shape. When I was new to working in the city, I thought it a magnificent sight. I still do. There is always movement on the streets and sidewalks (sometimes less than one would desire: get outta the way!) and it reminds me of blood moving through a body. Always going this way or that, always with a purpose. There are more formally-suited people than anyone else, though you do often spot teenagers in strange and wacky attire.
 
I prefer people in the city. They value order and etiquette. Most of the time, they are cluey and considerate. The drivers, on the other hand- I’ve never seen such disregard for the road rules. Actually, I have, that was when I lived around the corner from a private school.
 
The train station tends to be the same, in that there is a rush of people, I’ve heard commented by people going in the opposite direction, "We’re going against the tide here". I’ve thought the same at one point or another. It makes me wonder, with all this life and movement, am I really going against any major tide? My sense of realism says no, not at all, don’t kid yourself. But something inside me says that I’m different, so very different and it’s because I can’t connect with people. Because I just don’t think the same.
 
All of that is rather empty rhetoric, I suppose, with the many nuances to be taken into consideration. I could write a novel about all that I think and feel (in fact I’m attempting to) but I won’t. I won’t even expect that anyone has the patience to read this far, concentration is a difficult thing to find these days. It just feels good to spill all that there is to access in my mind right now. I don’t do so often for fear of what I can’t do. Fear is a big part of my life, such a human trait probably caused by surroundings and upbringing... because after all, I’m just a product of my environment. I don’t understand what it’s like to be disadvantaged, or have lost anything great; I don’t know what it’s like for others, but when speaking and relating I try and tap into universal truths common to all humans. In just the past few years I believe I’ve learnt a few- and hopefully in the coming years will learn many more.
 
Dear UG, I can hardly believe I’ve produced so much text in less than – I’ve lost track of time – half an hour or so. Beautiful things can happen when you have nothing to do. Don’t worry, it’s not always this boring; just on certain days such as this sunny albeit freezing Monday morning.
 
Le_Bunny.
5:40 pm - 11 comments - 15 Kudos
Friday, June 12, 2009

Search for the worst lyrics

Current mood: chipper

Hello and welcome.

I've finally gotten around to writing a new blog, it actually took me that long to think of something worth reading. It's a topic that lightly impacts everyone in some way- infuriatingly bad lyrics. I'd like to take this preface as an opportunity to recognise that this topic is subjective, and that these are opinions stated in a way that is intended to amuse, not offend.

I know, I have to write a disclaimer. :rolleyes:

The categories I have identified when it comes to terrible lyrics include simplicity, lacking literary technique, being too literal, excessive rhyming/repetition/using lacklustre words to maintain a rhyme, using cliches as lyrical motifs, and using extremely mundane themes.

As you may have noticed, a song may run over one into another category into a bevy of lyrical offences. The following are songs as examples of literary fast food- palatable for many but never good for a person. These may be consumed in moderation, or, if you will, they sit at the top of this metaphorical food pyramid.
And we begin.

Simplicity
Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly
I'd fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please
Oh I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah yeah yeah
Oh Lenny, who of us hasn't wanted to be a bird and just fly away from the problems and complications of modern-day life? Hang on a second- is that your point?
What is your point?

Lacking literary technique, or any technique for that matter besides being blatantly sexual and rhyming
I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
No, I don't even know your name, it doesn't matter
You're my experimental game, just human nature
It's not what good girls do, not how they should behave
My head gets so confused, hard to obey
I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chapstick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don't mind it
When a food lacks substance, it always makes up for it in taste. Sadly, Ms Perry fails to deliver anything worthwhile besides an overt attempt at sexuality so blunt that it seems she needs to look up the meaning of subtlety. My God, girl, if you're a singer surely you can get by on your talent! The marketability of this one pains me- and surely reveals the essence of many pop anthems. Ka-ching.

Being too literal
Pictures of You - The Last Goodbye
Pictures of you, pictures of me
Hung up on your wall for the world to see
Pictures of you, pictures of me
Remind us all of what we could have been
…As if we didn’t already realise the significance of a photograph, The Last Goodbye felt the need to reiterate that for us all. Taking things at face value seems to be the name of this game.

Taking clichés to extremes
Listen To Your Heart – Roxette
Listen to your heart
When he’s calling for you.
Listen to your heart
Theres nothing else you can do.
I don’t know where you’re going
And I don't know why,
But listen to your heart
Before you tell him goodbye.
Based upon a cliché, this little beauty repeats empty sentiments so limited in creative reach that it could easily be the next 'Old McDonald's Farm'. This is so sweet and soppy someone could easily mistake it for the result of a roller coaster ride after a bit too much fairy floss…

Excessive rhyming/repetition/using lacklustre words to continue a rhyme
This Is Why I’m Hot – Mims
This is why I'm hot [x10]
I'm hot cause I'm fly (fly)
You ain't cause you're not (Mims)
This is why [2x]
This is why I'm hot [3x]
Shorty see the drop
Ask me what I paid and I say yeah I paid a guap
And then I hit the switch that take away the top
So chicks 'round the way they call me cream of the crop
If only this was the entry for being literal. If this is a clear reflection on the intelligence of even a fragment of society, I weep for our generation.

Using extremely mundane themes
Lip Gloss – Lil Mama
They say my lip gloss is cool
My lip gloss be popping
I'm standing at my locker
And all the boys keep stopping
What you know 'bout me?
What you [repeat]
Mac mac Loreal yep 'cause I'm worth it
Love the way I put it on so perfect
Wipe the corners of my mouth so I work it
When I walk down the hallway they can't say nothing
Oh oh oh my lips so luscious
The way I spice it up with the mac mac brushes
Loreal got the most watermelon crushes
That's probably the reason all these boys got crushes.
Good thing we're already in the ghetto for this one, that way it's easier to get shot and spare yourselves from this drivel. Perhaps even scarier than the sheer magnitude of Lil Mama's pressing desire to know what you know about her, is the fact that this monstrosity apparently took three people to write.

Le_Bunny’s most hated lyric
So What - Pink.
I got a brand new attitude
And I'm gonna wear it tonight
I'm gonna get in trouble
I wanna start a fight
So, so what, I'm still a rock star
I got my rock moves and I don't need you
And guess what, I'm havin' more fun
And now that we're done I'm gonna show you tonight
The waiter just took my table
And gave it to Jessica Simps
I guess I'll go sit with drum boy
At least he'll knows how to sing
Watch out everybody, a skinny midget girl wants to start a fight. Time to crack out the corpsepaint, this one is so hardcore. Apparently so hardcore that she has to advertise her in-your-face attitude in - ahem - her own song. Sure it's a marketing angle but this is just ridiculous. Funnily enough though, despite her claims to be a rockstar, this song is clearly pop which ironically puts her on par with the other "stupid girls" she so spitefully condemned in her other hit.

The Wheelchair Award (Lamest Song)
You Found Me –The Fray
Early morning
The city breaks
I've been callin'
For years and years and years and years
And you never left me no messages
Ya never send me no letters
You got some kinda nerve
Taking all my world
Lost and insecure
You found me, you found me
Lyin' on the floor
Where were you? Where were you?
I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, The Fray, I do indeed.
You can tell they were trying to be witty and inventive, I'll give them that. The thing is, I found this song to be overworked, and based on an idea that was kind of stupid to begin with. I bet it sounded damn good when jamming with the band- surely all of us have written a lyric of this calibre, but what makes that ok is that we never record these ideas, they never come to life. What I'm saying is, kill it. Kill it with fire.


In amidst the seemingly never-ending barrage of songs with dreadful lyrics, to identify some as such has brought me a little relief- to speak things I’ve thought and never had the chance to express. Though I recognise I may have come off as a little cynical, critical or even discriminatory, be assured that any such qualities are only reflections upon the work, not the individuals.

If you feel you have any other thoughts on these or other songs in regards to their lyrics, don’t hesitate to reply in the comments. I hope this provided you guys with as much entertainment as I experienced writing it at work. Oh and, flameshield engage.

Le_Bunny.
9:09 am - 18 comments - 10 Kudos
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Le_Bunny's guide to being post prudent

Current mood: contemplative

Definitions of prudent on the Web: careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to
hide than to fight; practically wise; judicious; careful; discreet; knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress.

In light of months of observation, it has become evident that there are many unwritten laws about the Pit that many seem to be oblivious to. Though I may not have all of them listed, the following is my interpretation, a guide, to avoiding a few blunders that are often made by newer or less active posters.
 
1. Understand that in every thread are obligitory insults to the thread starter, and it is most often in good jest. Do not get butthurt.
 
2. Do not be too hasty to post. This includes
  • responding quickly in your own thread
  • controversial posts or topics
  • if you don't thoroughly understand the topic
3. Spam and memes can be inappropriate and they can be applicable. Yes, even spam. This is important to keep in mind when considering a report: do we want to kill all the humour in the Pit? It's safe to say most of us would say no.
 
4. Take an objective look at your thread (or even reply) before posting. Is this inviting irrelevent spam, nasty backlash or flames? Prepare for the worst, but still expect the best-- or don't.
 
5. Don't always say what everyone else does or what's been said a hundred times before. There's no need to continue the tired legacy of searchbar jokes and 'Go back to 4chan'. So think for yourself: it brings variety to our community.
 
6. RESPECT DIFFERING OPINIONS. We are a variety of people and are bound to have thoughts that clash. By all means debate, but don't go over the top. That means refuting every post in a back-and-forth that never goes anywhere. Sometimes it is best to leave it be and to let others post their thoughts, even if you don't understand or agree. Do not make personal insults when debating, as it automatically renders your point void.
 
7. Don't try to be something you aren't naturally. It just doesn't work and people can see through it.
 
8. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, SEARCH before starting a thread! I recommend clicking on 'search' in between 'members list' and 'new posts', and doing a more refined search. I find 'search thread titles' to be the most specific and effective part of the search, and do specify the particular forum that the topic would typically be in. Remember there are different sections and FAQs in each to help with any general questions.
 
In summary, my golden rules: Relax. Take your time. Think. Respect. And have fun.
 
Thanks for reading, I hope I shed even a smidgen of forum-related enlightenment on somebody. Happy posting!
-Le_Bunny :cheers:

8:16 pm - 19 comments - 24 Kudos
Saturday, January 10, 2009

Quick note

Current mood: accomplished

...to say happy milestone to me. Nothing important, just I hit 1000 profile views, after just over two months of being registered at UG. Many thanks to all the lurkers, many of whom I have no clue why they came by, and thanks also to the cool dudes and dudettes that drop a greeting every so often.

I'm rather confused at the sudden increase of views, though, as yesterday they went up nearly 300 in twenty-four hours.

Somebody tell me what happened?
12:02 pm - 7 comments - 2 Kudos
Monday, December 15, 2008

December

Ok so I've been lazy. Apart from the usual finger execises all the progress I've made is speeding up my scales a bit.

As of tonight I have a few short-term goals which I will now list:
Learn and master 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' lead guitar - to my surprise I found the tab today and realised it wasn't as hard as I assumed it would be
Identify and memorise three impress-people-who-don't-know-anything-about-music songs, or 'campfire' songs (I draw a blank when people tell me to play something)
Improve solo technique

That's it for now. It's a bit of a busy week, but I'm sure I can get some jamming/practise in.
Pardon my sporadic and lacklustre blogs,
-Bunny.

11:26 am - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting back into the nitty gritty

Current mood: accomplished

Greetings bored ones yet another blog in the stylings of le Bunny. Here goes:

So I've been doing a bit of fingering/picking practise, doing scales up and down the fretboard (learning new ones also), and doing spider crawls with alternate picking. Odd that I'd wait this long to actually look into alternate picking, no? Well anyway I'd put off reading lessons etc and now I'm back into it.
The past few days I have:
-Learned pinch harmonics! Surprisingly easy after only reading a UG article on it
-Done speed exercises, will continue to do so
-Warming up exercises, confusing chromatics for left hand dexterity!
-Going through some scales
I'm finding playing open up for me more and more as I learn further theory. There are plenty of lessons left on UG of course, and you shall hear more of my progess soon enough!

Ta-ta for now
UG
10:06 am - 3 comments - 1 Kudos
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