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Nathan Shepperd
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stampy this may seem wired I am telling you this now but at the end of the game there is a bonose le level and I am not go ing to
Spoile any more my name is seb

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I was wondering what my "good guy" speech would be. I have come out of a rather bad relationship recently, but I don't think I produced a particularly good speech. I think Stu from The Hangover partially covers it. I like the concept of wisdom coming from realisation of reality, rather than clinging to some idea, like a relationship just can't be saved and isn't good for either half of it.
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Eliminated! One entire set of shelves from my living room. I tend to have these occasional days when I realise I can remove something substantial from my living space. Any other recent successes from anyone here?
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+Phyllis Coppolino You can take a picture of such things and then give/throw them away, so you save space and memories at once. 
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This is a great post.  Thanks for sharing.
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I find that music often has a cathartic effect, particularly with more intense or aggressive music. I have been listening to the somewhat dark and extreme heavy metal of Swedish group Meshuggah. This is not characteristic of my taste in general, as I will also listen to Jazz Fusion or Classical.

The words to one of their songs is quite interesting from the viewpoint of the minimalist tendency to avoid "the script" of what life is supposed to be about.

Do Not Look Down

Strive, strive, surmount the obstacles
Become the essence of your goals
Hereditary dream
Pray that you may attain that destiny
Fall into the coveted line
Where life is but a theme
Of pretense in lustrous guise

Claims and values
Charts of means and status
Plaques to show your strife
Do your neighbour clones approve

Picture perfect illustration
Imitation of life
Where the path is evened out
All obstructions removed

Great viable citizen
Are you happy now?
Then praise your God and bow

Shimmering surface
The gleam of blinding lies
Become the product
The thing you so desire

To what length would you go to reach your goals?
What mantra will you use to justify your means?
Who will you betray to secure your dream?
What sins will you commit to avoid your sins be seen?

Do not look down
Do not look down
Or the abysmal beast of non-conformity
Might stare some unpleasant truth
Into your desensitized mind

Shimmering surface
The gleam of blinding lies
Become the product
The thing you so desire


It's a dark interpretation of things obviously, possibly where pursuit of status, influence and money turns nasty. I think most people here are after positive vibes, but it is often that I find catharsis through something darker, like a sort of purging of anger. Something else can be angry for me so I don't have to hold on to it.
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+Sarah Ray I find it works for me with heavier rock music, or equally something classical like Ralph Vaughan Williams' 6th Symphony. It is quite unusual for me to get something from the words of songs because I usually listen to something instrumental. Songs of non-conformity are probably quite common in rock music...
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Why don't you build a wand shop

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I think there is a combination of literal-mindedness and relentless thinking at work. I don't have the specific problem with seeing actors playing different roles. It may be because many actors don't transform their performances that much. I still identify with that style of thought process where it's difficult to disengage from literal truth when people are clearly pretending to be something else. I'm wondering whether what I do with familiar actors is to simply see them practicing their craft as themselves. It's like I'm not entirely engaged with them as their character.

Also the whole empathy argument is just a simplistic view of people that don't understand the condition. We can empathise with people who have the same feelings in response to the same situation. It's difficult to empathise with people who feel things differently at different times. It's a sort of emotional disconnect rather than lack of the ability to empathise. Being overly sensitive is one expression of autistic emotional range, but I think it's more likely for girls to get upset and boys to get very angry. Tony Attwood described it as emotions going from 0 to 10 with no moderation in between. I feel like it's a multiplier that is totally off the NT scale myself.
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I just upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion. The big new feature seems to be the "Distraction Center" as I will call it from now on...
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What a tragedy! Still, OS X doesn't work for everyone...
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I have learned quite a bit about Indian classical music in the last few days, and I find it involves quite a mental shift to really appreciate it. There is no harmonic progression and most of the music is improvised based on a number of rules collected in a number of ragas.
Because there is so much improvisation no piece really "ends" as such, so it can be difficult for someone used to western music to concentrate on.
It seems to be quite connected to Hindu Philosophy, where notes are associated with the chakras. The music becomes like a meditation, and many performers seem to say this.
I can see why it is often used as "relaxation" music, but this only gives some superficial appreciation of what the music is about and how it works.
I am starting to tell the difference between different ragas in the Hindustani tradition, but you have to look less for concrete features and more for the overall feeling, how the notes are bent into each other and which notes are given more prominence.
I am wondering if it is the way it is because it aids meditation - it fits in with the reflective nature of Hindu philosophy - it seems to be very steeped into Indian culture in a way that doesn't compare to religion in the "West".
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+Nathan Shepperd thanks for sharing this music! I love Indian culture, I've learned playing harmonium, mrdanga and kartalas, but Sarod I didn't know. I have a book teaching about ragas. :) I's amazing.
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The establishment of habits is the key - you can say "discipline" but I would say it's really habit. The only way to get anything done...
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For distraction - "save for later tools", staring with Send to Kindle. As I use kindle on various devices this seemed to make sense, and it strips out all the distracting elements from the more annoying sites. I think a few of these came up before...
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I use readability, so I can read later on my iPad. But I'll try the Send to Kindle tool, cause I have the Kindle app installed there.
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    Physics, 1997 - 2000
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