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General Misc. / Epitaphs, for fun and profit.....
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:49:26 pm »
I came up with the following epitaph for myself while composing a response on another thread. Perhaps others would like to join in? What do you want to have written on your tombstone?
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"Herein lies old BFK.
Sixty years not less a day
Walked he on this garden green.
Ne'er his like eftsoon be seen."

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The Unholy Consult / Re: TUC Reviews
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:43:02 pm »
Ah well...I'll be pleasantly surprised if he publishes any fiction before 2025.
"Seven years? Seven f***ing years?"

-to be written on my tombstone in the sad event that I should die suddenly anytime in 2018.......or.......http://www.second-apocalypse.com/index.php?topic=2626.msg43499#msg43499

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:21:16 pm »
I play guitar. I'm really bad at it, but slowly improving. I have no songs yet, only a couple of riffs I need to stitch together.
Are you playing acoustic guitar, or electric? Either way, stick with it. Listen to other guitarists. Copy from the good, steal from the best, then make it your own.

Stitching riffs together....ahhh, that's where the shit gets interesting! (Sometimes that's where the shit hits the fan, but hey, that's showbiz!)
I have one of each, but I suppose your question is whether I play with fingers or a pick. I play with a plectre, because metal  8). I try to practice every day for at least 30 minutes. The dream would be to get good enough and have enough material to release an EP or something a year or two from now.
Does a guitarist gain speed and accuracy of attack by using a pick?

As a keyboardist, I've always been fascinated by the guitar. The multiple ways of playing the same pitch is so foreign to a pianist.

Live the dream!
You certainly gain speed! Other than that, it just unlocks a different set of options and it's easier to learn. Can't really tremolo pick sweet chords with fingers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO1VL09nWrU
For me the thing that stands out most when comparing piano and guitar is sustain of tones. One of my favorite things in music is "evil" arpeggios with minor seconds and they sound quite different on piano and guitar. More of a screechy sound on guitar.
I'm guessing that the enhanced sustain of an amplified guitar tone makes those minor seconds really squeal, compared to a piano (even with the sustain pedal engaged). How far do you take those arpeggios? One octave? Two?

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Philosophy & Science / Re: What do you believe? (Redux)
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:12:50 pm »
I don't get where one might claim catholicism, or christianity, isn't a political power.
Wealth prescribes power in a world that turns on capitalism, and as such, major religious institutions are some of the wealthiest entities in the world. (Secretly, of course, wouldn't want to make public the ledgers).
Most major world powers follow , in many respects, the religious doctrine setforth therein. As pointed out above, the declaration of a particular allegiance to a religion is a massive deciding factor in who gets elected president in the US - and I imagine something similar in most countries.
Perhaps reality if far different, but that's the conclusion I've drawn from what I've seen.

If the Pope called for a crusade, an army would show up where he pointed, the place on the map would disappear. Choosing not to use power does not mean that power isn't held. And nothing could be more dangerous on a worldwide level than such a declaration. No way to test this difference in opinion until it happens - I hope I'm wrong. (beating a dead horse on that one, I'll stop bringing it up lol)

The altruistic view of religious people largely 'doing good' is illusory, in my experience. Plenty of other entities perform such functions - declaring 'god' and putting a cross on the deed doesn't make it inherently more or less good. Or actually, if I'm being honest, it makes it less good. Unfortunately, for me I see such declarations as selfish, a means to buy one's way into heaven, a method of placing oneself in higher regard to other's. Using religion, or god, to back up ones actions is a power play. In my mind it has no other use than to manipulate people's minds and thoughts, or a cheap recruitment tactic. It rankles.
Example: Want to donate to a charity? Great! Calling it a tithe really ruins it for me.

While I might feel that a future where any religion as a major power no longer exists, and is no longer used to excuse actions, I don't think such a reality will exist. Nor do I think that there is anything to be gained by trying to force that change in any way.

I think the practice of restricting any religion is ridiculous. IMO, there are no differences between banned death cults and the trillion dollar industry of catholicism. No difference between extremest terror groups and the parent religions they come from. No one claim to divine inspiration is any more legitimate than any other. I think they are all equally invalid, but if for those who believe in one, it seems hypocritical to not accept all of them. (that's not really fair, more like hypocritical to not accept most major views that don't appear to be purposefully created for personal gain). How can you possibly sort them out? ... So to me better none than all.

But that's the easy part ;) . *Wilshire:* declares "I think this!", affects nothing, then moves on to other forum posts. Lol. I should stick to watching for a while, I think of my 'belives' have been put down at this point.
I thought about attempting to counter your post paragraph by paragraph, but I will limit myself to a couple of observations.

1. Imho, your view of the Pope's ability to call for a crusade demonstrates the real-world limits of the power of the Papacy. What army, in actual fact, would show up? Presumably, some nation's army. What nation would literally take "marching orders" from the Vatican? As Vizzini would say, "Inconceivable!"

2. I'm really disheartened to read that you view religiously-motivated charitable activity as "manipulative" and "a cheap recruitment tactic". As for the "buy your way into heaven" accusation.....all I'll say is that it would take a pretty ignorant Catholic to try that long-discredited method. Besides, charitable activity shouldn't be "shouted from the rooftops", and certainly not private individual charity. I realize that some public acknowledgement seems to be unavoidable, mostly due to the hecklers inside and outside the Church asking "Where's the money going?"

Thanks for sharing, Wilshire!

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: January 29, 2018, 11:18:31 am »
I play guitar. I'm really bad at it, but slowly improving. I have no songs yet, only a couple of riffs I need to stitch together.
Are you playing acoustic guitar, or electric? Either way, stick with it. Listen to other guitarists. Copy from the good, steal from the best, then make it your own.

Stitching riffs together....ahhh, that's where the shit gets interesting! (Sometimes that's where the shit hits the fan, but hey, that's showbiz!)
I have one of each, but I suppose your question is whether I play with fingers or a pick. I play with a plectre, because metal  8). I try to practice every day for at least 30 minutes. The dream would be to get good enough and have enough material to release an EP or something a year or two from now.
Does a guitarist gain speed and accuracy of attack by using a pick?

As a keyboardist, I've always been fascinated by the guitar. The multiple ways of playing the same pitch is so foreign to a pianist.

Live the dream!

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:19:42 am »
I play guitar. I'm really bad at it, but slowly improving. I have no songs yet, only a couple of riffs I need to stitch together.
Are you playing acoustic guitar, or electric? Either way, stick with it. Listen to other guitarists. Copy from the good, steal from the best, then make it your own.

Stitching riffs together....ahhh, that's where the shit gets interesting! (Sometimes that's where the shit hits the fan, but hey, that's showbiz!)

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Correlation and causation....when do they finally meet and fall madly in love?

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:22:21 am »
I don't want to give the impression that some level of technical accomplishment is necessary to participate in the conversation. Deep end, shallow end; just jump in!

Although, if it somehow gets to Three Pound Blog level of difficulty....I'd be rummaging around for my old music theory texts: "As Fux in 'Counterpoint' declares....". No, no, no....let's just talk music!

I'm thinking the thread could be more leisurely than the "Obligatory Music Thread". More long-form posts. That allows the OMT to be a home for quick recommendations (emphasizing the "now").

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Philosophy & Science / Re: What do you believe? (Redux)
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:05:35 am »
The wealth of the Vatican doesn't give it worldly political power. Wealth is not a source of political power. Plutocracies, if they exist, are not powerful. I would consider them the equivalent of gated communities or tax-shelter nations. Powerful enough to be left alone, and that's pretty much the geopolitical status of the Vatican.

I'm not sure that's accurate.
Well, since one of the many areas of discussion in this thread has become whether or not Christianity is still a worldly political power, I would argue that the reduced geopolitical status of Vatican City (at one time part of the Papal States) is a political fact of our times. My other points (e.g., the relationship between wealth and political power) are certainly debatable.
Quote from: Madness
Quote from: TaoHorror
Tangent to the discussion on the history of religious war, I proffer that religion is so ingrained in human history, so much of the human experience, that to say what it would be like without it is like saying what would we have been like if we didn't have the opposable thumb, prohibiting the grasp of a gun. Even if any/all religions "are wrong", it's significance saturates human reality so much so it transcends the significance of it's accuracy. So much is going on with religion on so many levels, to dismiss it as mere manipulation is to overly simplify perhaps the most powerful moving sociological force in human history with several of you yielding so much ground to it that you're "blaming" it for most of the wars.
Exactly right, my friend. The fact that the religious impulse is so ingrained in humanity is the only way it makes any sense at all to blame a modern war like WWII on religion.

I don't think I necessarily agree with either MSJ or Tao but the rhetoric on the part of the Allies certainly seemed to rely on religiosity.
So, Madness, would your perception of Allied rhetoric during WWII being reliant on "religiosity" then lead you to a conclusion that Christianity is still a worldly political power?

My point is that Christendom as a worldly political entity no longer exists. There's no Holy Roman Empire. There's no Holy Roman Emperor. Those days are over. I suppose I should have specified "Christendom" at the outset, but I truly thought my description of Christianity as a "worldly political power" was sufficient.

In other words, I'm not saying that Christianity is politically irrelevant. I'm saying that Pope Francis cannot realistically wage war against another geopolitical state. (Well, maybe Malta.... ;))

(Unless I'm overlooking something, "Quick Reply" doesn't seem to have a "cut and paste" feature. That would really help me cope with these multiquote posts.)

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Philosophy & Science / Re: What do you believe? (Redux)
« on: January 28, 2018, 02:31:47 am »
Quote from:  BFK
Well, MSJ informs us that there's all kinds of random crap hidden away, most of it valuable. There's gotta be a sealed room with a sign saying "Open ONLY in the event of extraterrestrial invasion!"

I'm not getting what you mean here?
Sorry, MSJ, that's a reference to our Vatican discussion (the Coffers!) and to my little joke about a mysterious black Sarcophagus hidden among the valuables. Wouldn't that be something?

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Philosophy & Science / Re: What do you believe? (Redux)
« on: January 27, 2018, 11:58:12 pm »
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Unless.....there's a mysterious black Sarcophagus....

I laughed hard at this one, BFK - brilliant response  :)
Well, MSJ informs us that there's all kinds of random crap hidden away, most of it valuable. There's gotta be a sealed room with a sign saying "Open ONLY in the event of extraterrestrial invasion!"
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Tangent to the discussion on the history of religious war, I proffer that religion is so ingrained in human history, so much of the human experience, that to say what it would be like without it is like saying what would we have been like if we didn't have the opposable thumb, prohibiting the grasp of a gun. Even if any/all religions "are wrong", it's significance saturates human reality so much so it transcends the significance of it's accuracy. So much is going on with religion on so many levels, to dismiss it as mere manipulation is to overly simplify perhaps the most powerful moving sociological force in human history with several of you yielding so much ground to it that you're "blaming" it for most of the wars.
Exactly right, my friend. The fact that the religious impulse is so ingrained in humanity is the only way it makes any sense at all to blame a modern war like WWII on religion.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Imaginative Conservative
« on: January 27, 2018, 11:38:32 pm »
http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/01/read-write-poetry-dwight-longenecker.html

"Why You Should Read And Write Poetry"

Why? Emotions, language, imagination.

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General Misc. / BFK's Music Corner
« on: January 27, 2018, 04:32:42 pm »
I am starting this thread for anyone who wants to delve a little deeper into the aesthetics and/or the "Tekne" of the music in which he/she is interested. "Tekne" talk could range from the tech of musical instruments (love the Moog synthesizer!) to virtuosity to music theory.

I'm a very inactive amateur pianist these days, but I still have some  vestigial chops. I think my ear is improving, simply due to the fact that I listen to so much music. Right now, I'm listening to a compilation of Mozart piano concertos pretty steadily and I'm gaining an appreciation for the brilliance of the classical formal structure. Three movements; fast-slow-fast; each movement states a theme, develops it, then returns to it. That's a wild oversimplification, of course, and there are other formal structures (suite based on dance forms, e.g.). But one always knows where one is and where one is going. Timeless music.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: What do you believe? (Redux)
« on: January 27, 2018, 12:20:21 am »
Quote from:  BFK
The collegial, respectful attitude that you foster here at the TSA Forum is an example of what all Christians, indeed, all people should strive for.

Quote from:  Madness
It's important to remember that the average person of any creed/ideology isn't able to have the conversation we're having right now. This might render us all heretics to the average embedded faithful.

No, its a testament to what you and Wilshire and many other have created. A place discuss an issue like Religion and someone not totally flip out.

Hey, your dad could've just watched Ancient Aliens! ;)
^ Can't reiterate this enough. I've been on a number of forums but this is the first one where I could discuss my religious views and have this kind of discussion. This is not normal for the internet or maybe even real life for that matter. Truth be told, you guys have likely given my posts more courtesy than their content actually deserves.

It probably helps that you make an effort to include new members on the podcast. I suspect establishing that vocal connection fosters a bit more civility than we would otherwise have.
The judicious brandishing and occasional application of the BanHammer certainly helps.... ;)

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