Midlife crises: (was Re: Switching to Bass)

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by Don't forget to bring a TOWEL!, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. "NJD" <njd@NIXSPAAMcultv.com> wrote

    > > I hope I'm done with mine. It's been a hell of one crazy idea after
    > > another.

    >
    > Hmmm. That's reassuring. Glad I'm not the only one.


    My latest is on a political tangent. I've become
    so outraged and jaded regarding our current
    administration's aberrant, abhorrent, incoherent
    actions & policies (and the lazy-ass media coverage
    thereof), I really feel I need to act on this one.

    It involves video equipment, grassroots, web sites,
    man-in-the-street, show-me-your-voter-registration-card,
    what-will-YOU-remember-in-November-2004.

    URL to follow.

    --
    If Toucan, four can
    Six bits, a dollar.
    Reply to me @ toucan@mailblocks.com
  2. NJD

    NJD Guest

    In article <OrycnUtbsarhOdKiXTWJhw@comcast.com>, touscan4kin@com-
    diddley-castaway.net says...
    > My latest is on a political tangent. I've become
    > so outraged and jaded regarding our current
    > administration's aberrant, abhorrent, incoherent
    > actions & policies (and the lazy-ass media coverage
    > thereof), I really feel I need to act on this one.


    Well that is a Quixotic idea at best. Your efforts will have no
    material affect on future elections no matter how hard you try.

    --
    Nick
    http://www.cultv.com Fine arts & more
    http://www.ironia.net My last band
  3. "NJD" <njd@NIXSPAAMcultv.com> wrote

    > Well that is a Quixotic idea at best. Your efforts will have no
    > material affect on future elections no matter how hard you try.


    Well, it's nice to know we can come here to
    RMMG and support one another. :)

    --
    If Toucan, four can
    Six bits, a dollar.
    Reply to me @ toucan@mailblocks.com
  4. Odin

    Odin Guest

    "Don't forget to bring a TOWEL!"
    <touscan4kin@com-diddley-castaway.net> wrote in message

    > My latest is on a political tangent. I've become
    > so outraged and jaded regarding our current
    > administration's aberrant, abhorrent, incoherent
    > actions & policies (and the lazy-ass media coverage
    > thereof), I really feel I need to act on this one.


    Darn that pesky vast right-wing conspiracy, now it's
    infected the media.


    > It involves video equipment, grassroots, web sites,
    > man-in-the-street, show-me-your-voter-registration-card,
    > what-will-YOU-remember-in-November-2004.


    Will you be choosing Polfus as a running mate?
  5. NJD

    NJD Guest

    In article <kbqdneYk7Jg6M9KiU-KYuA@comcast.com>, touscan4kin@com-
    diddley-castaway.net says...
    > Well, it's nice to know we can come here to
    > RMMG and support one another. :)


    A reality check is good now and then.

    I like Bush myself and think he's doing a good job, but see no point in
    debating it. Such discussions never change anyone's mind in my
    experience.

    About the only way to become a significant opinion maker is by working
    up to an editorial position at a major and reputable news institution,
    which could happen I suppose. Those pesky fact-checkers at such places
    can be real kill joys though, especially when you're just dying to write
    about scandals that can't be substantiated with multiple, reliable
    sources. There's no such problem on the web, but the only people who
    would take your site at all seriously are people who already completely
    agree with your political views.

    I guess it is possible for a webzine to build up enough credibility to
    be taken seriously, but it would take a long time and would have to
    include a track record of major scoops that consistently turned out to
    be right. Simply regurgitating what's written in other publications
    probably won't yield a following beyond the chorus of true believers you
    would already have from the get go.

    But if you feel like chasin' windmills then, by all means, carpe diem!
    More power to ya.

    And hell! There's nothing more Quixotic than taking music seriously, so
    I'm hardly one to talk. I've been battlin' windmills for years and, for
    the life of me, can't explain why or to what end. ;-)

    --
    Nick
    http://www.cultv.com Fine arts & more
    http://www.ironia.net My last band
  6. Richard

    Richard Guest

    njd@NIXSPAAMcultv.com wrote...
    > touscan4kin@com says...
    > > My latest is on a political tangent. I've become
    > > so outraged and jaded regarding our current
    > > administration's aberrant, abhorrent, incoherent
    > > actions & policies (and the lazy-ass media coverage
    > > thereof), I really feel I need to act on this one.

    >
    > Well that is a Quixotic idea at best. Your efforts will have no
    > material affect on future elections no matter how hard you try.


    It's a matter of conscience. Silence == complicity.

    --
    Gonna miss seeing you play, Pete Sampras.
  7. "NJD" <njd@NIXSPAAMcultv.com> wrote

    > But if you feel like chasin' windmills then, by all means, carpe diem!
    > More power to ya.


    Well, I didn't explain fully what I had in mind,
    so it'd be quite natural for anyone to misunderstand
    my goal. It ain't to be Matt Drudge or some blog
    star. It is simply to be a small, local funnel for the
    average citizen who, despite their best intentions,
    don't participate (or much so) in our political
    discourse and decision-making processes. Some
    certainly don't care to participate -- and they're
    gonna stay on the sidelines. Frankly, a lot of folks
    are either too preoccupied, too inundated with noisy,
    spun-up news reports, and/or just plain Too Damn
    Lazy to even write a letter to the editor, let alone to
    a Congresscritter. So, I plan to schedule times at
    local hangouts to capture short video monologues
    from ordinary Americans who are registered to vote,
    centered around what they will want to remember
    before casting their vote in Nov., 2004. They need to
    show their voter registration card, and have a
    cogent point to make... those that pass both
    prerequisites go into a weekly feature, burned to
    video & sent to our reps. Also available via WWW.

    I just plan to use my existing technology to construct
    the funnel. Hell, I'm out of work now, too, and not
    actively seeking work; I want to do something now
    that matters to me, money or none. I keep thinking
    back to Edmund Burke. He said, "When bad men
    combine, the good must associate; else they will fall
    one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible
    struggle."

    > And hell! There's nothing more Quixotic than taking music seriously, so
    > I'm hardly one to talk. I've been battlin' windmills for years and, for
    > the life of me, can't explain why or to what end. ;-)


    Now that's the truth, plain & unvarnished
    (which is exactly how I plan to operate the
    above-outlined political experiment... wonder if I
    need to get "plain & unvarnished" trademarked?). ;)

    --
    If Toucan, four can
    Six bits, a dollar.
    Reply to me @ toucan@mailblocks.com
  8. NJD

    NJD Guest

    In article <MPG.19b98fd86fd1dee298980f@news.verizon.net>, rh310
    @hotmail.com says...
    > It's a matter of conscience. Silence == complicity.


    Not if silence keeps you on topic.

    --
    Nick
    http://www.cultv.com Fine arts & more
    http://www.ironia.net My last band
  9. "Richard" <rh310@hotmail.com> wrote

    > It's a matter of conscience. Silence == complicity.


    I hope this catches on. All it takes is a DV cam,
    some simple video editing s/w (like the latest version
    of *shudder* -- Windows Movie Maker, even!), and a
    good connection to my eventual server.

    I'd like to see it in 100 cities before Election Day.

    --
    Toucan
    "I could never force
    A Three-Legged Cat
    To do anything like that
    To do anything like that"
  10. NJD

    NJD Guest

    In article <n7GcnecgfbSNVtKiXTWJhg@comcast.com>, touscan4kin@com-
    diddley-castaway.net says...
    > Now that's the truth, plain & unvarnished
    > (which is exactly how I plan to operate the
    > above-outlined political experiment... wonder if I
    > need to get "plain & unvarnished" trademarked?). ;)


    Hey! Great idea!

    If I start making guitars with Danny, I'll trade mark phrases like "low
    action" and "great tone." Then only I can use them.

    ;-)

    --
    Nick
    http://www.cultv.com Fine arts & more
    http://www.ironia.net My last band
  11. Richard

    Richard Guest

    njd@NIXSPAAMcultv.com wrote...
    > rh310@hotmail.com says...
    > > It's a matter of conscience. Silence == complicity.

    >
    > Not if silence keeps you on topic.


    Yeah, that's much more important. (Rolls eyes.)

    --
    Gonna miss seeing you play, Pete Sampras.
  12. "Odin" <res0jmoj@verizon.net> wrote

    > Darn that pesky vast right-wing conspiracy, now it's
    > infected the media.
    >
    >
    > > It involves video equipment, grassroots, web sites,
    > > man-in-the-street, show-me-your-voter-registration-card,
    > > what-will-YOU-remember-in-November-2004.

    >
    > Will you be choosing Polfus as a running mate?


    -5, disingenuous. What the hell does this have to
    do with Polface? Who's running? I'm *rolling*.

    --
    If Toucan, four can
    Six bits, a dollar.
    Reply to me @ toucan@mailblocks.com
  13. Odin

    Odin Guest

    "Don't forget to bring a TOWEL!" <touscan4kin@com-diddley-castaway.net>
    wrote in message

    > > > It involves video equipment, grassroots, web sites,
    > > > man-in-the-street, show-me-your-voter-registration-card,
    > > > what-will-YOU-remember-in-November-2004.

    > >
    > > Will you be choosing Polfus as a running mate?

    >
    > -5, disingenuous. What the hell does this have to
    > do with Polface? Who's running? I'm *rolling*.


    I thought you had some political aspirations of your own.
  14. Les Cargill

    Les Cargill Guest

    Odin wrote:
    >
    > "Don't forget to bring a TOWEL!" <touscan4kin@com-diddley-castaway.net>
    > wrote in message
    >
    > > > > It involves video equipment, grassroots, web sites,
    > > > > man-in-the-street, show-me-your-voter-registration-card,
    > > > > what-will-YOU-remember-in-November-2004.
    > > >
    > > > Will you be choosing Polfus as a running mate?

    > >
    > > -5, disingenuous. What the hell does this have to
    > > do with Polface? Who's running? I'm *rolling*.

    >
    > I thought you had some political aspirations of your own.


    </joke>
    That's a vicious lie. You can't dust for vomit, anyway.
    </j>

    --
    Les Cargill
  15. Odin

    Odin Guest

    "Atlas" <c1sublux@hotmail.comNOSPAM> wrote in message

    > >-5, disingenuous. What the hell does this have to
    > >do with Polface? Who's running? I'm *rolling*.

    >
    > Rolling? You want some Rolling Rock? Ha! I thought as much.
    >
    > I'll bring the beer.
    >
    > You bring the nachos.


    Thanks, now I know what I'm having for dinner.
  16. Atlas

    Atlas Guest

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    On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 18:44:29 -0500, "Don't forget to bring a TOWEL!"
    <touscan4kin@com-diddley-castaway.net> wrote:

    >-5, disingenuous. What the hell does this have to
    >do with Polface? Who's running? I'm *rolling*.


    Rolling? You want some Rolling Rock? Ha! I thought as much.

    I'll bring the beer.

    You bring the nachos.



    Atlas
    --
    http://www.geocities.com/cbpdoc/DiscHerniation_Main.html
  17. "Richard" <rh310@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.19b999b6ad767f81989810@news.verizon.net...
    > njd@NIXSPAAMcultv.com wrote...
    > > rh310@hotmail.com says...
    > > > It's a matter of conscience. Silence == complicity.

    > >
    > > Not if silence keeps you on topic.

    >
    > Yeah, that's much more important. (Rolls eyes.)
    >
    > --
    > Gonna miss seeing you play, Pete Sampras.


    Nick makes a good point, though. RMMG is hardly the place for serious
    political discussions. He's right, IMO, in thinking that this particular
    venue is not particularly well-suited to persuading others to your
    viewpoint. I think that's what he was getting at. But hey, there's your
    horse, you got your armor on...Tilt away...;+)
  18. "Odin" <res0jmoj@verizon.net> wrote in message news:3f4fbaf8@shknews01...
    >
    > "Don't forget to bring a TOWEL!"
    > <touscan4kin@com-diddley-castaway.net> wrote in message
    >
    > > My latest is on a political tangent. I've become
    > > so outraged and jaded regarding our current
    > > administration's aberrant, abhorrent, incoherent
    > > actions & policies (and the lazy-ass media coverage
    > > thereof), I really feel I need to act on this one.

    >
    > Darn that pesky vast right-wing conspiracy, now it's
    > infected the media.
    >
    >
    > > It involves video equipment, grassroots, web sites,
    > > man-in-the-street, show-me-your-voter-registration-card,
    > > what-will-YOU-remember-in-November-2004.

    >
    > Will you be choosing Polfus as a running mate?
    >
    >

    AH HA!!!! Once again, we have 'prOoF' of Odins 'obsession' with 'Polfus',
    indeed, as I have conculsively said all along..;+)
  19. On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 13:06:43 GMT, "Robert Barker"
    <rwbarker@spambegonecox.net> wrote:

    >Nick makes a good point, though. RMMG is hardly the place for serious
    >political discussions.


    That would be alt.guitar.amps.

    Texas Pete

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