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Schefflera Arboricola

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  1. (I am assuming that what you were asking was what the audience here at ObjectivismOnline thinks of the photographs. Forgive the nitpicky side of my nature here.) They look like a happy couple, and they will be treasuring those photographs for years to come. If you are aiming to make the $4,000 per wedding that your local photographers are making, here are some criticisms and suggestions. Criticisms: In a few of the photographs, there are background elements at a tilt (like the gazebo, or the shades of the window). And in the closeup of the bride and the groom where their faces are clo
  2. I dislike Also Sprach Zarathustra so much that I bumped Strauss down in the queue of composers I'm learning. I like to spend a couple months to a couple years really learning one composer's music, before I spend too much time listening to new music from someone else. I think I have several hundred Schubert lieder committed to memory now, and it is time to move on. I loved the Brahms symphony I heard a concert a few months ago, so I've been gradually shifting in that direction. Tell me more about what you like about Richard Strauss, though, and I could be swayed to try it out. I'd especiall
  3. Yes. You have to get a good orchestra, a good conductor, and a good performer. It's not a matter of classical snobbery and fussiness; it's a matter of coherence. There are some classical pieces out there, like The Nutcracker, that are so simple that the main idea will come across no matter what. Even if you're listening to a third-rate Eastern European radio symphony orchestra trying to survive by churning out LaserLight recordings, it still falls together in the ear. But for Rachmaninoff's difficult and complex piano music, there are many variations in tempo and phrasing (just for starters).
  4. In Allan Bloom's book The Closing of the American Mind, he saw students' fondness for Ravel's Bolero as a mark of cultural decay. The single piece of classical music that young people had any affection for, he mourned, was this banal piece of orchestral music that repeats the same figure over and over, louder and louder, to the close. In my book, Allan Bloom can be a nitwit. --Schefflera "Don't Be Cruel" (Elvis Presley) --Schefflera
  5. I enjoyed reading your comments on the techniques used, and their effects. Thank you for sharing them. For me, this poem was somewhat like one of those George Winston tapes my mother has. George Winston is a pianist who records for Windham Hill, a New Age-ish label of sorts. Think "music you'd hear at the massage therapist." There are plenty of moments where you can say, "Oh, that was a poignant Neapolitan 6th chord," or "a clever little turn in the oboe accompaniment," but it doesn't add up to a piece of music. The difference is that with massage-piano music, I don't think it's suppos
  6. That's like saying that since I use a pen and paper, and you use a calculator, we add differently. (Of course, that's not a precise analogy. There are more differences between pen/paper and calculator than between male/female brains.) --Schefflera
  7. Please be careful. It is wrong to say men and women "think differently" if all you mean is that some researchers have shown statistical differences in what men and women think about, or their style of verbal expression. "Think" is more specific. Men and women do not have different methods of cognition. If men and women do think differently, then I'm transgendered! --Schefflera
  8. I'm not sure if this is the right place, but since this is not about a specific LTE, I think this is the best place to put my questions. I write well, and I follow current events, but I don't connect the two. I write letters-to-the-editor very rarely and keep them very narrow. The first set of questions are for people who write and send letters to the editor, or letters to their elected officials. 1. Were you in the habit you had before you became an Objectivist? How long were you "intellectual" before you became "activist"? 2. What was the first LTE you wrote and sent? What was your
  9. Not so. I took the test and turned up INFJ. And I am certainly an Objectivist. --Schefflera
  10. You would be hard pressed to convince me that what goes on in strip clubs between men and women is something I would classify as "admiration." --Schefflera
  11. I don't like to suggest something without being available to give a lot more backup, which I can't do right now due to an imminent cross-country move. But I'm reading your post right now, and thinking how it's so similar in some crucial respects to the way I was at university 10 years ago. So let me just say: consider medication a possibility. Talk to a doctor; talk to ten of them if that's what it takes to get one who is knowledgeable and answers your questions. But don't rule it out. Some things cannot be fixed by willpower. I speak from experience. --Schefflera
  12. You take advantage of the distinctive cover art on Ayn Rand's books. It can be spotted from half a mile away. Sit in the park, or on the quad, or the lunchroom, and read Atlas Shrugged. I know someone who got a girlfriend that way, and it was not even intentional on his part. He was reading AS on break at work. "So," said a voice, "is this the first time you read that?" It was. The voice belonged to the attractive co-worker he'd noticed a few days before. Chance favors the prepared mind. --Schefflera
  13. It's great. But you don't get to stop explaining; instead, you find more and more things to explain to each other. I think I understand what you meant, though. You want to stop explaining the basics. And you don't always want to be the teacher or explainer. You want someone else to bring something new to you, too. --Schefflera
  14. So the problem is that it brings out the irrationality in other people? My guess: I think you're frustrated because you feel like you didn't make a good showing, not because the other person disagreed with you. There's something left fuzzy or untangled, and you feel like the debate made things more fuzzy and tangled, not less. You don't feel like you got to say what you really wanted to say. You spent a lot of time talking at cross-purposes with someone who you value enough to spend time with, and that was naturally frusterating. I am not privy to the context, but I think you didn't
  15. Edward Lampert, the investor, is definitely at the top of my "most admired currently active businesspeople" list. --Schefflera
  16. The person you were responding to said that their frequent difficulty with paying attention was a symptom of a disorder. If you are able to cognitively work your way through it in the way you described above, then of course it is a mistake for you to attempt to treat the problem with drugs instead. But not all cognitive symptoms have purely cognitive solutions! --Schefflera Edited to remove a word typed twice, ironically enough.
  17. How is that a handicap? Not in the romantic arena, surely. I find a clear, light, precise voice to be extremely sexy. Much sexier than a subsonic rumble. This isn't to say that I don't think "castrato" when I hear boy bands... --Schefflera
  18. Tsk, tsk. May I remind you of the existence of the Macintosh and Linux operating systems, among others? b1LL 0\|/n$ u!!! --Schefflera P.S. Your post made me laugh.
  19. That statement would require a lot of backup. Did the North Korean government follow through on its end? I thought that the US government's "promises" were made conditionally. My recollection could be wrong, of course, and so I would welcome the opportunity to examine whatever backup detail you can present for your position. Of course, I'm not arguing that our government should have made or kept such a suicidal bargain. --Schefflera
  20. Well, I have an idea. It's not about why you feel numb, though, but why I might feel numb if I were in the same situation. I would like the idea of being free to pursue a relationship with someone whose long-term interests and goals were more closely aligned with my own. But I would also feel guilty over that, because I'm "supposed" to feel sad over a breakup, and because I would blame myself for making the decisions that put me in this situation in the first place. Also, I'd feel guilty if I were at all happy while my ex (who still is a valuable person to me, or so I tell myself) was presu
  21. I thought for a moment that the title was How Capitalism Survived America. That would be interesting. --Schefflera
  22. The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don't take things personally. 3. Don't make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. The Four Agreements is written by a shaman/faith healer who says that his book is based on ancient Toltec wisdom. Even if the historical gaps were small enough to allow his claim to be plausible (the Aztecs invented a lot of what we "know" about the Toltecs), I wonder why anyone would choose to base a belief system on "wisdom" from a culture widely credited with the introduction of mass human sacrifice. TOLTEC PEASANT: This looks kind of scary.
  23. The book White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts, by Daniel Wegner, has plenty of good material and leads. --Schefflera
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