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FIRST and above all, an explanation must do justice to the thing that is to be explained, must not devaluate it, interpret it away, belittle it, or garble it, in order to make it easier to understand. The question is not "At what view of the phenomenon must we arrive in order to explain it in accordance with one or another philosophy?" but precisely the reverse: "What philosophy is requisite if we are to live up to the subject, be on a level with it?" The question is not how the phenomenon must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question is: "To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it shall be in proportion to the phenomenon..."

Schelling, Philosophie der Mythologie. qtd. in V. Zuckerkandl, Sound and Symbol.

"Heartache" is a poeticism, but here it becomes an actual fact because his pride would not let him suffer the pain in his soul. The "lump in the throat," the so-called globus hystericus, comes, as everyone knows, from swallowed tears. His consciousness had simply withdrawn from contents that were too painful to him, and these, left to themselves, could reach consciousness only indirectly, as symptoms. All this was a rationally understandable and perfectly intelligible process, which could just as well have passed off consciously, had it not been for his masculine pride.

The Portable Jung, p.31

The conviction of ignorance is a necessary first step to the acquisition of knowledge, for no one is going to seek knowledge on any subject if he is under the delusion that he already possesses it.

W.K.C. Guthrie. The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle.

... practically all the religions we know might be defined as state-specific technologies, operated in the service of a priori belief systems.

Charles T. Tart

What's your name?
You must have a name.
Of course.
I'm not just anybody.
Right.
What's so hard?
Just a name!
If you want,
spell it backwards.
What's your name?
Raven.
You must feel better already.
Spelled like the bird?
Yes, Raven.
- First name?
- Ralph.
What did you say?
Nothing.
Keep writing.
Refugee... victim
of robbers and horse thieves...
beginner... sensitive... destitute...
specialist and layman
all in one, you might say.
One thing at a time, Mr. Raven.
Where do you live?
Where do you sleep?
Around.
Around? Here and there?
The pizzeria, "Casa dell'Angelo."
You sleep in the oven, I suppose?
- You don't believe me?
- No!

Film: Faraway, So Close! (In Weiter Ferne So Nah)


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answered Is there a special way to notate a repeat for the right (treble) hand but not the left (bass) hand?
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comment How to keep guitar strings from breaking so quickly?
@nathpilland Check the other questions here about string breakage. Many people recommend 'coated' strings. I recommend a less-reactive metal for the wrapping (nickel).
Jul
17
comment how do you choose the correct stem length for notes on a beam?
Yes. A sort of trapezoid. If the short stem is less than some threshold (maybe try 2 to start?) then stretch them all to bring it to the min. ... A couple threads I started on this in comp.lang.postscript are here and here (I hope the links work, googlegroups is a bit "transitional" right now).
Jul
17
comment how do you choose the correct stem length for notes on a beam?
I'm still trying to dig up the book I've got on this. I suppose I'll have to resort to the Amazon history; I'm just not finding it. But all of these rules carry an implicit "...unless it looks better to do it differently."
Jul
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revised How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?
appendix
Jul
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answered how do you choose the correct stem length for notes on a beam?
Jul
15
answered How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?
Jul
12
comment How do you keep your mental accuity up during an extended practice session?
I agree, but I feel your tone may be a little overzealous (I've been known to do this too). If you could add a personal anecdote or more analysis, then this answer would likely attract more votes. :)
Jul
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revised How do you keep your mental accuity up during an extended practice session?
citation of authority
Jul
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answered What are some small, lightweight, electric guitars that are ultra portable?
Jul
7
accepted How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?
Jul
6
comment Is there a proper musical term for a piece's “roadmap”?
Darn, that's better than mine! But at least we agree that 'form' doesn't quite serve.
Jul
6
comment Is there a proper musical term for a piece's “roadmap”?
I just realized I completely flubbed the middle of that sentence. But, perhaps the sentence's very lack of form expresses some kind profound irony. Or a right-brain enantiodromia. :)
Jul
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comment How do you keep your mental accuity up during an extended practice session?
I've heard it said that smokers are more productive workers largely due to regular breaks. Incidentally I'm also waging a private war at work about the value of regular breaks. These Camels dont gonna smoke theyselfs!
Jul
6
comment What's the law on performing/recording a cover version?
Is there a Law.SE yet? Can we migrate? While I agree that the Q is off-topic, it is still of interest to our constituency. It'd be nice to have it alive somewhere. 2¢
Jul
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answered Is there a proper musical term for a piece's “roadmap”?
Jul
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answered How do you keep your mental accuity up during an extended practice session?
Jul
6
comment Fingertip sensitivity/pain related to nail separation
I just did that last night! Jabbed myself with the cat brush. ~24hrs later, pain is gone. Unless it's severe enough to cause you worry (psychosomatic amplification), you can tough it out. In fact, I think playing may help reduce pain faster by the creation of 'pleasant' sensations. FWIW, Apply with caution. :)
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asked How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?
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comment How does one write any melody that he/she hums/pops-into-his-head?
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