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No, I’m Not Gone

Tuesday July 1, 2008 1 comment

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here. Just been busy with other things. I do have a couple things in the works right now, though. Never fear!

The first thing I’m working on, which I’m pretty excited about is Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. Yeah, no kidding… insane. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the movie “Shine.” Best movie ever, in my opinion – and it also happens to be a true story. Here’s a video from that movie. The main character (David Helfgott) stumbles into a restaurant only to baffle the customers at his skill in playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight Of The Bumblebee.”

In Shine, David (aside from all of the other things going on in the movie) finally learns the “Rach 3,” Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, after spending his life studying it. This kind of gives you an idea of what I’m tackling here.

There are many videos on YouTube of people playing parts of it… my favorite is the Cadenza (Ossia). Here’s one of my favorite videos…

I’m not tackling the Rach 3 all at once. For anyone familiar with the piece, and who has the sheet music (in particular, the Schirmer’s Library version), you’ll notice that it’s conveniently broken into sections; 79 sections to be exact. I will be studying it on a section by section basis… in no particular order.

If all goes well, I plan on putting the videos of each section that I learn on my YouTube page. They’ll probably be titled “The Rach 3 Project” or something like that.

I’m starting with section 10, for anyone who has the sheet music. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful melody in the whole piece. I’d considered taking on the Cadenza (Ossia), but right now, it’s looking pretty intimidating. I’ll leave it for later… probably much later.

The other thing I’m working on is a skepticism piece on 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists. While it focuses on the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory, it’s also on why you can’t have an honest debate with someone who’s a “True Believer.” Someone who believes something regardless of evidence to the contrary.

I don’t want to reveal too much now, but just know that these things are in the works.

To conclude… read a book. It’s good for you.

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Is Nonsense A Good Measure Of Reality?

Saturday May 3, 2008 3 comments

Recently, I’d read a post on the existence of ghosts, and left a comment. A very short comment…

I’ve written a logical refutation as far as the existence of ghosts goes. It’s actually impossible for ghosts to exist in the way that people claim they do.

There Are No Such Things As Ghosts

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I’m just asking for trouble, posting on an entry like this. Call me a glutton for punishment.

Needless to say, I got what I was looking for. Immediately, Middle Man replied to me. I couldn’t have asked for more nonsense in a single reply. But why try to describe it? Take a look for yourself.

Oh godkillzyou if only logic and science was the measure of reality. Ghosts, like alien abductions, are because we fall asleep?

Belief in things makes things real. For some, God is real because of religion. For others, vodoo can inflict real pain and hurt. Others, believe in ghosts.

The psychic can be powerful from the intuition or instict that makes children afraid of natural dangers such as spiders, through to the inner power that enables small women lift heavy cars to free a trapped child.

In theory, if you build a big enough telescope you will be able to catch up with the light emitted from planet earth and view history being played out in real time.

Ghosts, real? Trapped energy? Psychic imprints? Dunno. But, you cannot tell me that what I have personally experienced was not real. Your logic may tell you so but you have no theory to give me an alternative cause of what I have seen, felt and heard.

That aside, how is life on planet Vulcan?

Thanks for visiting.

I’m just going to come out and say it. This guy is a nutcase. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but let me dissect this big ol’ pile of poopy.

Let’s take a look at his first mal-formed paragraph.

Oh godkillzyou if only logic and science was the measure of reality. Ghosts, like alien abductions, are because we fall asleep?

This guy obviously has no interest in facts, or reading the entire entry he’s commenting about. Ghosts, alien abductions and the like can be explained by sleep paralysis, not “because we fall asleep.” Nice try, though.

Now comes some real nonsense for you…

Belief in things makes things real. For some, God is real because of religion. For others, vodoo can inflict real pain and hurt. Others, believe in ghosts.

Wow. This guy is really detached from reality. And he’s trying to tell me logic and science aren’t the measure of reality? I believe that gas only costs $1.00 per gallon. Guess what? That didn’t work.

This guy has absolutely no critical thinking skills, whatsoever. What would make him think that belief in something makes it real? Does he really believe this? How deluded must one be to think this way?

And just how easy is it to test this idea? Well, there some very simple ways to disprove it right here.

People used to believe Thor caused lightning. Nope, that’s not real. There are countless religions in the world. They can’t all be right. They, for the most part, all make contradictory claims. Christianity and Islam can’t both be true.

Why is this kind of thought process detached from reality? Because he’s created for himself a paradigm where nothing can be proven incorrect. Unfalsifiable. Nothing is open to testing. If you believe it, it’s true and that’s all there is to it – regardless of evidence to the contrary. That is a chaotic existence that I would want no part of.

If what he was saying were true, what could be said about paranoid schizophrenics? They would make our world a living hell with all of the things they believe! Imagine if every delusion any person had became reality!

The psychic can be powerful from the intuition or instict that makes children afraid of natural dangers such as spiders, through to the inner power that enables small women lift heavy cars to free a trapped child.

Again, wow. What exactly is he trying to say? That being afraid of spiders makes one psychic? Children don’t become afraid of spiders until you tell them that they bite. And as far as “small women lift heavy cars,” I’d like him to state his sources. Judging from his earlier statements, I can’t give him enough credit (benefit of the doubt) to assume he’s not just making this up in order to advance his ideology.

In theory, if you build a big enough telescope you will be able to catch up with the light emitted from planet earth and view history being played out in real time.

Now he’s trying to play the part of the physicist. The problem here is that he knows nothing about physics, apparently. Unbelievable. You cannot “catch up” with light emitted from earth. When you perceive light, it is travelling in your direction, entering your eyes. And I’m not just making this up. I’ll even cite my sources. Reality-based, scientific sources. Here’s the study.

And by the way, what exactly does this have to do with being “psychic?” He seems to be making an excuse, or at least a scientific explanation for psychic ability. Do psychics actually just have really big telescopes or something? But then, you can’t catch up with light from the future, right? Maybe in this guy’s mind, you can.

He believes it. Therefore, it’s real.

Ghosts, real? Trapped energy? Psychic imprints? Dunno. But, you cannot tell me that what I have personally experienced was not real. Your logic may tell you so but you have no theory to give me an alternative cause of what I have seen, felt and heard.

I’m not exactly sure why he says that “you cannot tell me that what I have personally experienced was not real.” I mean, judging from his apparently delusional nature, I think I’ve got more than sufficient evidence to think that what he’s “seen” is not real.

Ghosts, trapped energy and psychic imprints. I’m wondering if he even knows what he’s talking about.

As far as not having an alternative cause for what he’s allegedly seen, I wasn’t there. So I have no idea. The possibilities are endless. I could speculate, but I won’t.

I’ll just conclude by saying that, strangely, I love being berated by delusional individuals. I mean, it gives me great material to write about. It also gives my “Bullshit Detector” a thorough workout. Dissecting these little trinkets is a great exercise in skepticism. I fully appreciate all the help I get with that.

So, thanks for reading. Read a book.

What’s New? A Blog

Wednesday April 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Looks like it’s been while since I’ve written anything here. Just about an entire month! What’s going on with me?

Well, I’m pretty happy, so far, with my new blog. It’s not actually a “blog” in the normal sense of a blog, like this one is. It’s a place where I publish my short fictions and little creative writing things I’m working on.

It’s still in its very early stages. So far I’ve only got 2 pieces up. The first one, entitled “Video Game’d Out,” shows a picture of two kids sitting on a couch, playing video games. I wrote a caption to go along with it, kind of a short snippet of what their life might possibly be like. The second one is entitled “Hanging From This Tree.” I’m very happy with how this one turned out.

It begins with a strange photo. A dark setting, a tree with what seems to be small packages hanging from each limb. In the background there are mountains. It conveys a feeling of isolation. The story is basically about happiness, and how far we are willing to go to find it… and more importantly, how unwilling we are to look where we are right now to find it. Remember “The Wizard of Oz?”

Aside from this, not very much in the way of “new stuff” has really been going on with me. I suppose that’s why I haven’t written anything lately.

So anyway, take a look at my new blog. I think you’ll find it interesting. I’d also appreciate some comments on it.

Read a book.

Some New Old Stuff

Saturday September 9, 2006 Leave a comment

Today I was going through some old CD-R’s, throwing away stuff that I don’t need, sorting stuff out. I came across a CD which had on it what used to be a site I had back around 2001. I took a look at the stuff that I wrote and figured I’d post them here. Pretty good stuff.

So take a look back in the archives. They now start way back in May of 2001. I’d have to say that the archive of January 2002 is one of my favorites. I laughed pretty hard at some of it. Anyway, take a look.

Read a book.

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Farewell, "Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog."

Friday September 8, 2006 Leave a comment

Well, that whole thing with “Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog” went pretty well. I think I’ve had enough of it, though. I’ve, I think, pointed out the major offending traits of a bad blog through those 6 issues. So this post is mostly about me saying goodbye to the “Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog” series. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I dis-enjoyed reading the blogs involved. I hope you’ve gained some insight as to what not to do when creating a blog.

And with that, I say farewell to “Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog.” It’s been fun. I especially enjoyed the comments from my readers – postive or negative.

Read a book.

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Why I Wouldn’t Read This Comment

Tuesday September 5, 2006 Leave a comment

So I got this comment the other day about my most recent issue of “Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog.” Take a look at it first.

That’s lovely.

But rather than sitting scribbling art criticism on bathroom walls…

maybe you could bother MENTIONING your laser-sharp vision & suggestions to the author?

there is something so sad about those who get their jollies in criticize… but not demonstrate a measure of human kindness…

ironically, there wasn’t a word of positivity in your post.

perhaps you could help distribute some of that wisdom?

Ok, so maybe the author of this comment missed the title of the post/issue. “Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog.” I didn’t title it, “My Community Service In Order To Make People Feel Good About Themselves.” Am I required to put words of positivity in something titled “Why I Wouldn’t Do Such And Such…?” I’m sorry. This reader missed the point entirely.

There’s also a whole lot of incorrect grammar in this comment. The first sentence is flawless. “That’s lovely.”

I have contentions with the second “paragraph.”

But rather than sitting scribbling art criticism on bathroom walls…

maybe you could bother MENTIONING your laser-sharp vision & suggestions to the author?

“But” should be followed by a comma, as it is a conjunction placed at the beginning of a sentence. The ellipses is improperly used, causing a break in the sentence structure. If this is the way the author of the comment intended it to look, they should have capitalized the beginning of the sentence.

Now let’s take a look at the next series of random words:

there is something so sad about those who get their jollies in criticize… but not demonstrate a measure of human kindness…

I’m sorry, but I can’t take any “criticize” seriously when it’s not even in the correct grammatical form. Somehow, the noun “criticism” has become the verb (action word) “criticize.” I guess I get my jollies “in criticize.” AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I WOULDN’T READ THIS BLOG!? Why the hell do I write that column in the first place???

Oh yeah, and I’m so tired of people using endless ellipses (…). It’s not a substitute for the period (.).

The thing that gets me the most is that the author says I will “not demonstrate a measure of human kindness.” Am I obligated to? In a column titled “Why I Wouldn’t Read This Blog?” This isn’t a list of nice things about blogs. It’s only about reasons I WOULD NOT read them. Not why I WOULD. This is a simple word recognition exercise. “Would” or “Would Not.”

I take well to criticism, but I do not take well to “criticize.” Comments involving constructive criticism are more than welcome. But, poorly thought out rants about my preference of topics that I write about… (note correct use of ellipses: a break in thought, quickly resuming.) It’s completely unacceptable. This person’s schadenfreude is certainly displayed… their attempt to destroy my reputation through incorrect grammar and spelling – not to mention broken arguments. Strawman arguments, if you will.

And as far as the last portion of the author’s comment, I haven’t the desire, time or motivation to tell every single blog author about why I wouldn’t read it. That’s why I have a blog, myself. To put all this in writing, and if people are interested (as they seem to be), they will read it and find out about what I think.

And the reasons above, my friends, are why “I Wouldn’t Read This Comment.”

Read a book.

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Gaining International Fame…

Saturday August 26, 2006 Leave a comment

I just wanted to make a quick note, to let everyone know that my blog has found an international audience! Many people have been visiting my blog because of my opinions I’ve been giving about CyWorld (on my blog, as well as posting comments on other blogs), and the fact that I very much dislike it. Here’s one example.

That’s pretty much all I had to say for now.

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