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  1. um.. is regina anti vegan?

    My thinking on most creative, or any important, activity is that it comes from God, without getting into details, in the sense that we are only mediums. If we are open to something then it passes through us for everybody out there. The question then is how much distortion comes with the message when it passes through the messenger. To that I think it's important how we view the messenger. If we come with judgements as to how credible a message is then we will always have even those views distorted whereas if we hold to no judging bias then maybe it's possible to see the underlying sentiment.So off I go to brainyquote.com to find some innocence quotes that may tell the story better than I and hopefully they'll cut and paste. "Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone." Mary Astor "Innocence is always unsuspicious." Joseph Joubert "Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it." Louis Kronenberger "Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?" Arthur Miller That Arthur Miller quote is a doozy don't you think? But back to the subject I think it comes down to having an open mind. If one is curious and unjudging them the cover the book comes in is never a detriment to having a quick peek inside. But then we have to weigh that against the dangers that acting within, or under, such a veil of innocence might bring. Forgive me, before I go further, if I play with words, I don't want to define any height above or below, but merely have aspirations to roll in the mud with them as easily as I might fly through clouds. So I'll leave here now because comedy's coming on the TV and I wanna be there for it. Cheers chaps and chapettes.
  2. um.. is regina anti vegan?

    Hey Beechcraft, your mostly right. But I do like meat, I love it but I find it lowers me somewhat so I don't eat it as often as I could. Mostly I eat brown rice seeds and beans with lotsa garlic and chili. I completely disagree with the farming of animals to the extent that we do and think we'ed all be alot better off if land was allowed to revert back to what it was but that's completely ideological and doesn't make much sense considering how many people in the world need fed. I guess theres somewhere in the middle where we can treat the animals and the plants well, allow them some freedom before we cut them down, yet still have enough farming going on that is efficient. I think the main problem is that too many people just eat meat and not enough of the other high protein foods like beans which are far less burden on the planet. I'm reading Alvin Toffler "The Third Wave" at the moment and I think his ideas about informed communities doing for them selves would be a good way to go. The crux of his thinking is that the first wave agricultural wave, supplanted then by the second wave industrial wave, was based on producers and consumers being the same and then the second wave industrial pradigm came along and split those two into different contexts and had to create the market for them to communicate. Therein lies the big divider between production and needs and the distortions are evident everywhere. With the third wave Mr Toffler thinks the market will break down and we will produce more of what we consume. Markets will shrink right down and more decision making will be localised. Read the book, it's great, deep though. Thanks Perks, I'm sure your a swell guy. Marry Ann, what do you mean by "Please post your thoughts about the author!" Does this mean my thoughts about you? I do occasionally read biographies about musicians but it's more about the time period they occupied than about the people themselves. When I read biographies about people it's usually for their technical breakthroughs and the time they too occupied. I'm very interested in the sequence of events that leads to breakthroughs as opposed to someones personal contribution. Case in point could be my relationship with David Bryne from talking heads. I love both his music and his blog but for me the words and thoughts in both don't matter so much as the distance between instances. That is to say that he could do a song about whales and fishing boats and then the next song or article is about an old man who likes heinz beans. I like the way his mind works as opposed to the details it creates. With some of regina's work, I've only got the latest, I like the way she structures particular songs and plays through the changes. It's the vantage points and how they're chosen that interests me and what being looked at isn't so important. How you see it as opposed to what you're seeing.
  3. my drawings of regina

    Ronni, your use of line is really strong and confident. It's kinda pop and cartoony, which isn't saying it's bad, but rather thats it's a stylisation that the fine art world might look down on but at their peril because such honesty in drawing is big in the underground artworld these days. Really your blackline work is great and once you spend more time with your shading you'll have some handy tools in your belt. I reckon you, maybe you are already, should spend time doing drawings from life and drawing exactly what you see to get the shading stuff but don't forget your grounding in the style you already have because once you get the two working together your going to be doing some great stuff.
  4. um.. is regina anti vegan?

    Hey I'm sorry everybody. I really didn't take enough time to properly consider my replies and must admit that the subsequent shooting from the hip was entirely over the top and for that I humbly appologise. But then again playing devils advocate has brought alot of considered writing to the fore and I suppose I'm rather glad that that has happened. Marry Ann, I loved your post and didn't mind how long it was at all and would actually be well pleased if all posts were that long. I think that the work I've been doing in the past has left me with some issues I have to deal with. I ended up building a recording studio for a friends brother over a whole year and he's quite famous here and alot of other pop stars ended up coming by to work with him and I got to know them all quite well. The thing was that they are all quite normal people, if somewhat more sensitive than most, and I ended up in alot of situations where the pop stars were put in quite untenable positions which were embarrasing for everybody concerned. That said I'd have to say that I most probably came here with a sub-conscious grudge against hero worship, I can see that now, and so I started hitting out at people who seemed only to be idolizing and protecting icons; a purely sub-conscious reaction on my part and I shouldn't be battling my own demons without realising what they actually are. Theese returns from yourselves have got me thinking and I won't run away, I'll live with the shell I've created for myself, and I'll try to be more thoughtful in future. But even in real life I'm know by friends as someone who challenges the way things stand but you gotta believe me when I say I have got a whole bunch of people who enjoy my company. So if you give me a chance and realise I may stray into a bit of baiting once in a while it's so we can go a bit deeper and get to deeper truths. Thanks y'all for bein' here.
  5. um.. is regina anti vegan?

    Hey, look I didn't think your reactions would be so... bland. I'm outta here because I thought that with a thoughtful artist I might find some thoughtful people but I'm just not findin' it. I'm finding sycophants. Don't you all realise that the kind of behaviour you all play out your just keeping all the worlds problems plowing on. Think for yourselves people. Become your own heroes and stop putting your responsibilities to be active in the world on other peoples shoulders.
  6. Regina Spektor Talks...

    Well, you too can be just like Regina, or should I say you too can actually be more of yourself than you are at present. Just open up your eyes and let the traffic come in. Let the green lights of the possible be on and not the red lights you hold your precious ego behind. It's not rocket science to be intelligent and thoughtful. But it may be hard because it's usually about making mistakes and owning up to them for the lessons they offer as well encountering frustration because your not yet a genius at what you want to be genius at. Allow yourself to be stupid and you may just find out it's the only way for the brain to start working as well as it could.
  7. um.. is regina anti vegan?

    On one hand my post was about our needs to categorize and specifically why we do do this. Why if someone eats a completely vegetarian diet 85 percent of the time and of the the other fifteen percent adds a small portion of meat then a carnivore? This kind of ridiculous attachment to specific ideologies, with there subtle and not so subtle rules of engagement, are taking us away from the real truths we need to consider and dividing us all in the process. It is intellectual appartide. What we eat doesn't matter as regards our intellectual though the morality of our eating habits seems to be on of the greatest divisions in society that stops us all understanding one another and making silly judgements before we can even properly address the problems that effect us all. Now do you understand me?
  8. Thewaymouth,thats some interesting writing mister. I hope you do it all the time and about lots of other stuff other than... someone else who does. I'm a fan of reading and try to do my own writing as often as I can and from reading yours theres definitely talent going on in there. The ears that aren't ears and the eyes that ain't eyes are listening and seeing and it's finding its way onto pages. tHEwAymouTh.
  9. um.. is regina anti vegan?

    I'm a vegetarian who eats meat. I'm almost anti organic though I believe in the concept I don't quite like how it plays out with only the rich folks being able to afford it-and more importantly, having easy access to it. But who cares? I don't.And if I don't care how the world perceives my mish mash and hypocritical mixture of choices then why would anyone else? This is a question I come to places like this to answer. Why do the choices celebrities and people of talent matter to any of us. Do I care what Benjamin Franklin ate for his breakfasts? Are the questions we ask here anthropological or are they psychological?
  10. I'm going to bed soon

    So I've introduced myself through answers tacked on the ends but before I go snoozy and hope I get some indication of the dreams I had last night... I'll go inside and curl up for abit with a new book. I live in, not on, an island down at the bottom of the world and theres not too many of us here so we're pretty down to earth. You might find that my posts are as well and they might also be a bit stingy sometimes. Well thats me, I think alot of it's to do with the land I live, we don't suffer fools gladly, we don't even suffer fools, we just ignore them and let them make all the mistakes they need to before they come to their senses. Well, we used to be like that, but now theres a tendency by the great and the educated to take an interest and the peddling of institutionalised caring is on the rise.Like they really give a $%^#. I'm a happy chap though and that's all that really matters. I will compromise but only when I turn into a hypocrite simply because if I can't admit my own hypocracy then I was taking myself far too seriously anyways. So take it easy all you'se up there in MacDonalds land and thanks for all those plastic toys.
  11. I'm going to bed soon

    So I've introduced myself through answers tacked on the ends but before I go snoozy and hope I get some indication of the dreams I had last night... I'll go inside and curl up for abit with a new book. I live in, not on, an island down at the bottom of the world and theres not too many of us here so we're pretty down to earth. You might find that my posts are as well and they might also be a bit stingy sometimes. Well thats me, I think alot of it's to do with the land I live, we don't suffer fools gladly, we don't even suffer fools, we just ignore them and let them make all the mistakes they need to before they come to their senses. Well, we used to be like that, but now theres a tendency by the great and the educated to take an interest and the peddling of institutionalised caring is on the rise.Like they really give a $%^#. I'm a happy chap though and that's all that really matters. I will compromise but only when I turn into a hypocrite simply because if I can't admit my own hypocracy then I was taking myself far too seriously anyways. So take it easy all you'se up there in MacDonalds land and thanks for all those plastic toys.
  12. what is with the new sound?!

    It's not even a question about artists being able to grow and changing their spots if they want to. Or maybe it is. Imagine if you always wore jeans, blue jeans, not because you thought about it but because they were simply pants. Then one day you saw some red pants and thought, hey!, they're cool, I'm going to weare those. But everybody went ,"Oh no, you're our rock, you're our denim steadfastness. Take off those new red things and go back to being what you always were... for us." And you thought, my God, they're only pants, okay I did think they might change perceptions abit and maybe open up some new possibles, but hey, thats all incidental really. I'm still the same me. Nope, you're a new me. a becoming me. A me that takes risks even if the new risk is to be be seen as a no risk. Being less risky is definitely one of the biggest risks for the predominately risky.
  13. missing soup...

    We got this guy on the talkback radio here, Marcus Lush, and he did this series,on TV, where he rode around on our trains. He was down the bottom of the land and he bought a subway sandwich and made this great comment about how, no matter what you order, they always taste ( I can't remember exactly what the two tastes were but I'll try) like cheap basalmic vinegar and stale tomatoes. One day I'll remember, or get the series on DVD, but the point is that home cooking is what it's all about. That said, if you can buy yer food from someones own kitchen, then it's basically the same thing. But tinned soup is a cry for help people. Why h'aint (thats my word for hasn't and ain't joined together)aanybody talked about the muff head what left the soup out of the pretty pretty(double organic please!)were so neat package of carrot beet slushy meal. Oh and Tom Robbins "Jitterbug perfume" is the best bunch of words ever on the humble beet. Well sugar beet anyways. What a plonker for leavin' out the belly fillin', brain delightin', solid heart of the matter bit. But our expectations always find a way of teaching us the little lessons we didn't know we was asking for. ah? (but that's ah when A sounds like it does in say; it's not ah like A when it's in far.)
  14. MMMmmmMiso Soup (it's vegeterian)

    first course Miso is about digestion. It helps to get the stomach ready and break down the food about to follow. Best Miso, and all other Soy bean product is made not using aluminium pots. Best Miso also made using organic brown rice and "fermented bean curd" Personally I don't like it too much. Must have been in the past life when I was japanese. First time I ate with chopsticks was in a japanese restuarant and while everyone else had sushi I had hot beef stew with noodles and used those babies like I'd been using them from birth. I eat to live so soup is a non starter. If I want water I drink it. But then again I always drink the water I boil my beans in...except for soybean water. That stuff far too powerfl.
  15. Ave Maria???

    I made an artwork a while back and called it "reverse engineering conceptualism" which was a parody of post modernist style fine art which was about taking a bunch of obtuse things, without rhyme or reason, and mounting them together to see if it created the complex story as found by doing it the right way. The artwork was 1/72 WW2 model aeroplanes painted in aboriginal(australian natives)designs mounted on a tree branch which was balanced, with an old aluminium pressure cooker full of nuts and bolts hanging off the other end, on a stand made from a car shock absorber on a filigree cast iron victorian table stand. Interestingly enough the whole episode has given me a unique tool for understanding other peoples artworks. But also, regardless of the method the artist uses to choose and combine the elements they play with, we are also dealing with our conscious and sub-conscious reactions to their conscious and sub-conscious intentions. In that regard it's somewhat meaningless to try and define what the author is trying to see and maybe spend more time with what it means to us specifically. "A boy on a train with a birthmark on his forehead Listening to language tapes and all he hear is birds" to mean the birth mark describes alienation while the second line is maybe about accepting the possibilities of self motivation offered by alienation... self acceptance? "Everyone laughs cause he brings his own chair to the office Convinced that the cushions will give him steadier thoughts" second group offers the same metaphors but expands the concepts. Jeering from outside for original thought processes but we also have an unspoken dialogue to create the incident which hints at unsullied honesty and it's opposite. "The muscles of the intellectuals are atrophying Nobody’s running, nobody’s hiding They’re lit by a light that isn’t even the sun Lit by a light that isn’t even the moon Ave maria…" I'm not to sure about this but I think it's about rational intelligence versus intuitive cognition. The boy is the bright spark offering always hope... and they should run from such divine truth. Their own little deaths of spirit should need to run from the light but their ignorance of such makes them blind to their blunders. "Now how many times have i told you not to go there? How many times have i begged you not to go? And how many times have you snuck down to that cellar Just to watch how the roots begin to grow straight up through our floor?" Here we see where insatiable curiousity comes in, what drives it and keeps the wonder coming but we are also given the mis-understanding, the resistance that makes it stronger. Maybe this is what the author wants to speak of? Or maybe it's more of what I want to speak of? The answers in the blue Volkswagen.