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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top 20 movies

I'm not a huge film buff and I don't watch movies very often, but here's my top 20 list.

1. The Godfather, Part II
2. The Godfather
3. No Country For Old Men
4. Goodfellas
5. Amadeus
6. Inglorious Basters
7. Fargo
8. The Shawshank Redemption
9. Iron Man
10. The Truman Show
11. Singin' In The Rain
12. The Terminal
13. To Kill A Mockingbird
14. Deliverance
15. Raising Arizona
16. Django Unchained
17. Gran Torino
18. Superbad
19. Under The Same Moon
20. The Pianist
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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Italy

For my own recording purposes, I'm making this list of every city/town/place I have been to and stopped in that I can remember. For the most part, chronological and by country/state.

 

Texas:

 

Houston

Galveston

Texas City

Austin

Brownsville

El Paso

San Antonio

New Braunfels

Dallas

Sealy

San Angelo

Bastrop

 

Arizona:

Phoenix

Tucson

Grand Canyon

 

Nevada:

Las Vegas

 

California:

Los Angeles

San Diego

San Francisco

Yosemite

San Luis Obispo

Carmel

 

Florida:

Orlando

Pensacola

 

Hawaii:

Oahu

 

 

Mexico:

Acapulco

 

 

France:

Paris

 

 

UK:

London

Suburban town I spent the night in not far from London but I can't remember the name

 

 

Italy:

Rome

Naples

Florence

Venice

Pisa

Tavernuzze

Sorrento

Amalfi

Orvieto

Volterra

Siena

Vatican City (technically not part of Italy, although in Rome)

 

 

I'm sure there's more that I can't remember at the moment

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

How to make threads on UG

I noticed some discussion on my threads on UG, and it basically said "His threads suck and they still get a ton of replies."

Well, here's why.

First, why do I make threads: I log on to UG, and none of the discussions particularly interest me. So I make one that does. End of story.

Now, why do they tend to often exceed 100 replies or more? Because I usually consider these things:

- The thread promotes discussion and banter between users.

- The thread is about a topic users would actually be interested in.

- I also make sure my OP doesn't have any typos or unintended sexual innuendo for the thread to get derailed.

- Sometimes I make a thread where UGers can talk about their feels. I had one that was really successful where we shared stories of times we made dumbasses of ourselves with girls we like.

Basically after considering that stuff, I make the thread. Sometimes I make threads that have nothing to do with any of that, and usually I'm making it for a personal reason and it doesn't exceed more than a few replies.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

People and music tastes

Why do people listen to the music they listen to?

That's mainly what this blog is about. I'm generalizing of course and there's always exceptions here and there, but this is my opinion.

I'd say if you take 90% (or often even 100%) of the music a person likes and listens to, the main thing that dictates what they like is determined by the reality that they either live in, want to live in, or strongly appreciate.

If a person loves to go dancing at clubs, drinking liquor and partying in metropolitan areas, they'll be much more likely to like someone like Lady Gaga than Nickelback. If people grow up in a ghetto black neighborhood, they'll prefer gangsta rap over Shania Twain. It's because they relate to their music, and they understand it.

When a person doesn't like music, like say country, he probably doesn't like the environment of country music (southern U.S., white republican America, etc.). Or if a person likes a genre of music, but doesn't like a certain artist in that genre, perhaps it's because to them, the artist does a poor job of representing that environment.

But this doesn't just go with a person's environment, but like I said, their entire reality. Their perspective, the way they see the world, their opinions, their experiences, etc. People like break up songs the most when they're going through a break up and can relate.

Also, musicians are more likely (but no exclusively) to like music with high technical skills. More often I meet people who listen to Liszt or Alkan who play an instrument than don't. Or if a person doesn't play a musical instrument, but still enjoys Liszt's etudes or something, as I said earlier, he strongly appreciates and admires virtuosity. This doesn't have to be just with technical skill, but it can be composition, production, etc.

So I don't agree with criticism of music based on things like lacking technical skill, or compositional complexity, or even poor music production. A piece of music doesn't have to be technically advanced or compositionally complex in order to accurately represent a reality or perspective a person might have. When a person criticizes music because of its composition, technical requirements, or they just say they don't like it, it's ultimately saying "this music does not match the way I perceive (or want to perceive) the world."

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

The best joke I've ever heard

There was once a child who's family was very rich. He could have anything his heart desired. One day, his father came up to him:

"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?"

The father expected a response like "A new computer" or "a newer "iPod", but his response was:
"Well....honestly, father? You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing"
"What is that?"
"A pink ping pong ball."
The father got very confused, but he decided not to ask questions.

On the boy's birthday, the father gave the boy one pink ping pong ball. The boy put it on his desk and went to bed. The father went to his room the next morning and the ping pong ball was gone. The father decided his son might feel bad about losing the gift, so he decided not to ask questions.

The next year came and the father went up to the boy:

"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?"
"Once again, dad; You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing"
"What is that?"
"A set of pink ping pong balls"
The father got very confused again, but he decided not to ask questions.

The father bought and gave his son a set of pink ping pong balls. The boy once again set them on the desk and went to bed. The father went to the boy's room the next day and the set was gone again. He decided not to ask questions.

The next year came

"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?"
"Once again, dad; You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing"
"What is that?"
"A box of pink ping pong balls"
The father got very confused again, but he decided not to ask questions.

The father bought and gave his son a package of pink ping pong balls. The boy once again set them on the desk and went to bed. The father went to the boy's room the next day and the package was gone again. He decided not to ask questions.

The next year came

"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?"
"Once again, dad; You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing"
"What is that?"
"An entire factory that makes pink ping pong balls"
The father got very confused again, but he decided not to ask questions.

The father bought and gave his son an entire factory that makes pink ping pong balls. The next day, the father went to drive to the factory, and saw it was gone. He could not believe it. He drove to his house to ask his son what happened all these years. On his way, he received a phone call from his wife:

"Our son accidentally was hit by a car. He's in the hospital"

The father frantically drove to the hospital to see his son. When he arrived in the room, his son was in critical condition.

"Son, are you okay?"
"I don't know...I might not make it"
"Want do you want? I will do anything for you right now. If this if your last moment, I want it to be as pleasurable as possible."
"All I want is one pink ping pong ball"
"Son, I must ask you; what did you do with all of those pink ping pong balls over the years?"
"I promise I will tell you as soon as you complete my last wish"

The father quickly drove, bought a pink ping pong ball and gave it to his son.

"Thank you father..."
"...your promise? I'm sorry, but I have to know what you did with all of those pink ping pong balls"
"I....I...."
"YES?!"
"I....I...I......."

And then he died.......
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