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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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I wonder if teh thread kitteh is named Maurits Cornelis or Mauk (after M.C. Escher, who was known to family and friends as “Mauk”.)

The Sierra Club reported last week that more than 50 cities across the state are considering or have passed policies that will over time, eliminate the use of natural gas and support new construction that is only all-electric.

I’m sure that will work out well; criminy.

Also: what will new restaurants do if they can’t use natural gas?

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dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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This is a moronic policy. But… probably restaurants will use induction ranges like they use on cruise ships. It’s the only technology the approximates a response time to temperature change as a gas range. All the heat is in the pan and not coming from a heating element.

These climate NAZIs still have no explanation for why there have been 80 or 90 major climate predictions, all of which have fallen woefully short of predicting anything.

I’m not one for conspiracies, really, but this climate thing, to me seems more like part “preference cascade” and part marxist social engineering.

Many non left or at least politically non doctrinaire scientists believe that there are so many natural checks and balances in the environment that there will never be anything akin to runaway climate cascade phenomena--at least not in the foreseeable future.

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And, I guess I’m tired of seeing everyone’s lives ruined by leftist/marxist nonsense.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Good morning, Fatwa. No rain just yet.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Yesterday wasn’t the day, so today MUST be the day.

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Reply to  Sven 2-0

we’re getting a bunch of rain today. We’re getting a few days of it, I guess. Very unusual for up here.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!

We had a little rain last night, but not much. Hoping for more today.

So, the plan seems to be to put more and more stress on the electrical grid until it collapses and we revert to a pre-industrial civilization.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

Apparently SoCal Edison didn’t like my comment -- we had a brief (<1 hour) power outage.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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What is it about leftist states and power outages? When we first moved to Portland, Oregon, there were so many power outages that I considered getting a backup generator that would run on natural gas. I never did, though because over time, the outages got more rare, but for a while there, they were more common than in any other place I’ve been.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hi, Sven and Paddy!

Busy email and phones today; the slight rain has a bunch of folks in a tizzy. (Shoudn’t have waited until late November, dumbasses.)

Paddy --

Bummer you had a power outage today. Hope you get some significant rain soon so that perhaps SCE will stop doing that shit.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Supposed to be working on a music project. It’s hard when you are not sure what exactly to do. It’s all you. Which direction do I go? I’m potentially doing some unique stuff. It doesn’t exist unless I make it exist. I think I was born with “impostor syndrome.”

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
1 year ago

As a child, whenever I was told to draw something, or make something out of clay, my response was always, “What should I make?” Creativity is not my strong suit.

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In this project there are the things that I do naturally. Such as improvise multiple lines at once. It produces a vaguely orchestral or cinematic sound. There is no planning involved. The lack of planning is part of the presentation/performance. On the other hand, if I want to perform something already written down, either by me, or by someone else, Then there is planning and presentation. Multiple audio takes. Video master takes and many additional takes for different angles, Which I don’t have much experience in doing.

I can sit at my keyboard or my piano in my pajamas and improvise for an hour or for 5 minutes or whatever, just using a webcam. No planning; what happens happens. Even if I get a good result, it’s not high quality content. Might be interesting to some. Who knows.

Because I keep thinking of produced vs. spontaneous content, I keep stalling myself wondering what to do next. I LIKE to make spontaneous content--hence my almost 2 years of impromtu game streaming. I WANT to make planned content, but I have little idea of how to go about it. I probably have enough equipment to do it, but no experience.

I kinda wish I had more room also. My house is so tiny and I have too much stuff.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hey, dv8!

When I was in L.A. and had to deliver music demos fast (like 48 hours or less on a main title demo), I generally only had vague direction of what the producers wanted.

So I’d noodle around until that vague direction inspired something, and then just develop it without overthinking. (‘Cause I didn’t have time for that; needed something close to “broadcast quality” quickly.) 😉

Dunno if that helps; most of the time, I tried not to be too “judgy” of what I was cranking out.

I’m no compositional genius, but 19 times out of 20, I wound-up with something I was not embarrassed to deliver. Getting started was usually the tough part for me, but once I had some kernel of a musical idea, it got a lot easier.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Reply to  Machinist

that sounds pretty damn creative to me. We all have our strengths. I learned a long time ago that I could draw, for example after hearing a lecture from an artistic friend, but I couldn’t compose a drawing out of my imagination. I could copy a scene or a picture, so I saw how I could get better at that--which, by the way, I never bothered to do. In my whole life, I only drew three things. A picture of Eddie Rabbit, a self portrait, and a portrait of Harper. That was the end of my drawing adventures.

I dunno, really…. I think a lot of artistic endeavors are a combination of techniques which have to be mastered. When I’ve created a piece of music I like, it usually involved a lot of steps using a number of different disciplines.

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Hey Mac: I responded to you on the previous thread and some other threads as well.

https://tehsqueak.com/2019/11/19/tuesday-347/#comment-31008

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I feel like I have no idea how to make content that is presentable…. That being said, if I do what I am able to do, and do it consistently I should at least get some feedback on how it can be better.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
1 year ago

Good evening, folks. Not much rain here today -- sorry, Fatwa.

Made an error in judgement tonight and watched about 15 minutes of the dem debate. That’s all I could handle -- where’s Marianne Williamson? What a disgusting bunch of people.

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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Theater of the insane.