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“It is simply no good trying to keep any thrill:

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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that is the very worst thing you can do. Let the thrill go—let it die away—go on through that period of death into the quieter interest and happiness that follow—and you will find you are living in a world of new thrills all the time. But if you decide to make thrills your regular diet and try to prolong them artificially, they will all get weaker and weaker, and fewer and fewer, and you will be a bored, disillusioned old man for the rest of your life.”
Excellent advice from CS Lewis. For myself, that is how I have gained interest in songwriting, music production and visual communications (to name a few)… they seem to lead to each other and offer a world of new learning, which, in my view is more important than some artificial bobblehead approval from the right critic or number of dollars in my pocket. Not only is the process of learning something more fun, interesting and “thrilling,” so too are the ensuing “stacks” of complementary talents which follow. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert touched on the concept of talent stacks and I think he has hit on a powerful truth, and he describes it in a unique way… basically he describes a talent stack is a way in which one person uniquely combines several moderate talents or skills to make their contribution (he says commercial value) to society greater than it would be if they simply stayed with one moderate skill. I agree. Adams emphasizes that a good talent stack makes for greater commercial viability, and while I don’t disagree with that – I think the emphasis should be on leading an interesting, fulfilled life – regardless of commercial success. Curiously, I have found both commercial success and exhilaration in the learning process, they are not mutually exclusive.

The point? Learn something new! Disregard the foul voice which whispers you aren’t any good at the task in front of you… how else can you learn other than by experimenting and practice anyway? Try a new skill. Read a new author. Study a new branch of learning. Pick up a new instrument. This world is full of wonder, enjoy!

various and sundry

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
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It is a crazy world we live in isn’t it? From where I look out I see an unusual amount of pure and unabated apoplexy. Our society appears to be in trouble. Personally I do my best to not let the general hysteria of the neurotic media influence my day to day too much… but the screams are getting hard to ignore. Friends, colleagues, neighbors all suffer from the din. GK Chesterton once said something to the effect of : we are only influenced by the apparatus we allow to influence us… meaning we can’t hear the insanity if we don’t listen. I agree. CS Lewis gave up newspapers entirely during WW2, primarily because he found them to be so consistently inaccurate. He said that though he was very interested in the “news” of hostile maneuvers and attacks – by the time it was reported and printed it was either hopelessly flawed or largely irrelevant. Regarding wars – I believe we are experiencing not only seismic shifts and increased violence in the Middle East, with great power and hate aimed at Israel, our own USA has devolved into what appears to be some kind of coup authored by Hillary Clinton and the FBI, and the stench appears to be all over the Obama DOJ and Democratic Party as well. Bizarre and epic all at once. From my own view it is hard to know who – if anyone, is really being honest. if things really are as criminal as the accusers say people will go to jail. Also in the news every day about 115 people die from opiates, prescription pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl. Fentanyl killed both Prince and Tom Petty. Its heartbreaking so many people are trying to numb themselves from feeling their pain, to the point of death. BTW I think many of these people suffer from physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological pain as well. I will write later about projects I am doing… in the meantime :

Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it. George MacDonald

thoughts on study >

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Study to begin with can never be easy; the determination to form systematic mental habits is the only secret. Don’t begin anything with reluctance.

Beware of any cleverness that keeps you from working. No one is born a worker; men are born poets and artists, but we have to make ourselves “laborers”.

The discipline of our mind is the one domain God has put in our keeping. It is impossible to be of any use to God if we are lazy. God won’t cure laziness, we have to cure it.

More danger arises from physical laziness than almost any other thing.

Inspiration won’t come irrespective of study, but only because of it. Don’t trust to inspiration, use your own “axe” (Psalm 74:5). Work! Think! Don’t luxuriate on the mount!

The demand for inspiration is the measure of our laziness. Do the things that don’t come by inspiration.

It is difficult to get yourself under control to do work you are not used to, the time spent seems wasted at first, but get at it again. The thing that hinders control is impulse.

Your mind can never be under your control unless you bring it there; there is no gift for control. You may pray till Doomsday but your brain will never concentrate if you don’t make it concentrate.

In the most superficial matters put yourself under control, your own control. Be as scrupulously punctual in your private habits as you would be in Government office.

Don’t insult God by telling Him He forgot to give you any brains when you were born. We all have brains, what we need is work.

OC

new aural sketch > oh my my

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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I noticed I haven’t put any music up in a while – so I’ll be sharing some of the sounds I have been playing with…
kinda a squirty sumpin…

oh my my

thoughts on Psalm 2 > the Lord laughs in derision

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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behold the political midterms…potentially historic? Not important? Saving America? Six of one, half a dozen of another? I personally do follow politics and I do not ascribe to the “big government lots o’ free goodies to buy votes” approach to nation management. It is a true travesty that so many Americans would rather live off of the dole than work – especially if the difference between the welfare and the work dollar amount is negligable. I am aware that we need safety nets for those that cannot make it on their own, but that is not what I am talking about here. Our food stamp and various living subsidy programs are being scammed by people that do not need them, and are happy to steal from taxpayers. Additionally, we have a power run wild government assisting a perversion, forcing homosexuality (and abortion) on Americans at the expense of religious freedom. Churches and folks of the faith must subsidize abortions under Obamacare…and Christian business owners are being sued and threatened with jail time for not wanting to participate in gay marriage ceremonies. As far as political sides are concerned there is waste and fraud on all sides of the political spectrum…sometimes it seems a prerequisite to political leadership is a corrupt heart. This world is sick. (more…)

construction and status fyi

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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media players being what they are, and hardware and software requirements being what they are (all ever changing) I am in the process of updating and renewing different aspects of my website…you may find some surprises over the next few days, partially constructed pages and maybe even a full blown site redesign…its ok – take a deep breath and enjoy the ride, it’s meant to be.

M.C. Escher “I wish I’d learn to draw a little better! How much…

Friday, April 25th, 2014
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…effort and persistence it costs to try and do it well. Every once in a while the stress of it all drives me to the point of a nervous breakdown. It is really strictly a matter of persisting tenaciously with continuous and, if possible, pitiless self-criticism. I believe that to produce prints the way I do is almost strictly a matter of wanting so terribly much to do it well. Talent and all that are really for the most part just baloney. Any schoolboy with a little aptitude can perhaps draw better than I; but what he lacks in most cases is that tenacious desire to make it reality, that obstinate gnashing of teeth and saying, “Although it can’t be done, I want to do it anyway.”

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snakes - 1969

snakes – 1969

gk chesterton > the fallacy of success

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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first published in 1915 – but oh so relevant today!

There has appeared in our time a particular class of books and articles which I sincerely and solemnly think may be called the silliest ever known among men. They are much more wild than the wildest romances of chivalry and much more dull than the dullest religious tract. Moreover, the romances of chivalry were at least about chivalry; the religious tracts are about religion. But these things are about nothing; they are about what is called Success. On every bookstall, in every magazine, you may find works telling people how to succeed. They are books showing men how to succeed in everything; they are written by men who cannot even succeed in writing books. To begin with, of course, there is no such thing as Success. Or, if you like to put it so, there is nothing that is not successful. That a thing is successful merely means that it is; a millionaire is successful in being a millionaire and a donkey in being a donkey. Any live man has succeeded in living; any dead man may have succeeded in committing suicide. But, passing over the bad logic and bad philosophy in the phrase, we may take it, as these writers do, in the ordinary sense of success in obtaining money or worldly position. These writers profess to tell the ordinary man how he may succeed in his trade or speculation—how, if he is a builder, he may succeed as a builder; how, if he is a stockbroker, he may succeed as a stockbroker. They profess to show him how, if he is a grocer, he may become a sporting yachtsman; how, if he is a tenth-rate journalist, he may become a peer; and how, if he is a German Jew, he may become an Anglo-Saxon. This is a definite and business-like proposal, and I really think that the people who buy these books (if any people do buy them) have a moral, if not a legal, right to ask for their money back. Nobody would dare to publish a book about electricity which literally told one nothing about electricity; no one would dare to publish an article on botany which showed that the writer did not know which end of a plant grew in the earth. Yet our modern world is full of books about Success and successful people which literally contain no kind of idea, and scarcely any kind of verbal sense. (more…)

epic computer crash…

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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…well my friends, I had a rather unusual computer crash of epic proportions recently…it was in my main studio rig. I have spent the last days re-designing,  re-installing, re-registering, re-tweaking, re-configuring, re-animating, re-gurgitating, re-adjusting, re-affirming, realizing, reaping, re-apportioning, reascending, reassembling, reassuring, rebounding, rebelling, rebuking, receiving, recapitulating, receding, reclaiming, recognizing, recollecting, recommending, reconciling…and ultimately…RECORDING again…ahhhhhh….I still have a seeming insurmountable number of system tweaks and downloads and integrations to do – but, my friends, it is all worth it. It is really, do you know why? The reason is the untold stories that beckon…the whispers from the bright (and dim)  world other. The M initiative. Yes the M. What is the M initiative? All in good time, all in its place…hopefully as an apple of gold in a silver bowl. But for now – I must return to the enabling of the b-works rig – an assignment requiring  judicious focus.

davidhill.org > news and views

Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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