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12 January 2011 @ 10:17 pm
More music on the way  
Tonight's going to be cold. The low is supposed to be 29 so I brought in the budgies again. The lows for the next few days will be in the 30's so I'm stuck with all these budgies hehe.
I made an appointment for an eye exam on Saturday because I've been getting headaches and I think it's related to my glasses. I need new contacts and probably new glasses now. I've been going to this one eye place for years. I think I started going there back in 1984. So I've known the owner since I was a kid. He finally retired but was still working there. When I called today a new girl answered and I knew this wouldn't be good. I asked her if Danny and his assistant still worked there. She said no. I still made an appointment since I'm going to be in that side of town, but now there's no reason for me to keep going there. I've been a loyal customer for what over 20 years now? And I've been driving all the way out there because I'm like that once someone has my loyalty. But now that he's gone there's really no reason for me to go out there. I'm going to see what they can do about transfering my file to a local optical. There are tons of them out here. One's five minutes from the house. It's just weird. I can't believe that after 27 years that part of my life is over. I hope the new doctor will be just as good.

How many of you know the difference between Sympathy and Empathy? I see the word Empathy getting thrown around and used incorrectly. These two words are similar but mean two different things. Empathy means you feel for someone else's plight or good fortune but you haven't experienced that situation yourself. You can imagine what it's like and you feel for them.
Sympathy means you have gone through the exact same situation as the other person and you know EXACTLY what it feels like to go through that. Sympathy is more powerful than Empathy because you've been there done that. Then there's Apathy which means no feelings what so ever. I always enjoy throwing that one into the mix because it's funny how they all sound the same and two are so similar but Apathy is totally differnet. Just one of those linguistical things I've had floating around in my brain for the last few days.

I've got two potential raven names. I have a very hard time picking names as I'm very choosy. But I'm considering Black Beard and Enzo. I reset my comment setting on LJ. I had it so only friends can post but I don't like that it excludes everyone else. I had it that way because I don't want facebook, twitter and open source posting here. It defeats the purpose of having "members only" checked. So I've set it to screen non-friends. That way I can keep out the facebooks but still allow real LJ members. Still not ideal but I think better than what I had before.

xyndarella posted some very nice icons for Year of the Rabbit on toocuteicons. If any of you are year of the rabbit feel free to have a look and grab some.

I have recorded myself playing Stratovarius's Eagle Heart I'm quite proud of myself. We did three takes and I think I can splice the best stuff together. Though I'd still like to do one whole perfect take. I get nervous once the camera is on. That's the easiest song I play so I shouldn't have made any mistakes at all. Not that it's an easy song. Actually it's a harder piece but oddly enough the hard pieces are easier for me and the easy pieces are hard. Almost everything is that way for me. Actually I've found something very interesting out about myself now that I've been playing music. You guys know I pride myself on being a strong thinking type. It's helped me in all the areas of my life until now. I think being such a strong thinking type is actually a hinderance when it comes to playing music. Possibly even when making art too. Chris even has told me I have to feel the music and I don't. There's no feeling there. And when I get too comfortable I start thinking. My mind wonders and I make mistakes. I can't turn off my brain. Even when I'm sick it's still going a mile a minute. The mistakes I made today while recording were because I started thinking while I was playing. I think I was thinking of how to edit the video I was going to make (I'm a future thinker) and then I screwed up. Oops. I think the F's have the one up on us when it comes to feeling the music.

Oh and btw, if you guys see a really bad spelling error don't be afraid to point it out. I do have dyslexia after all. I tend to place wrong words in again because I'm thinking of other things instead of concentrating on what I'm doing. Because of this a spell checker wouldn't catch it. Sometimes I notice and let small errors slide. But Chris has caught some doozies days later that I wonder how anyone could have let that stand. Yikes! One mistake I've been making a lot is on contractions I've been putting the apostrophy on the outside. Like "Dont'". I make that mistake a lot. That I don't mind too much. But the bad ones I don't mind being told so I can fix them.
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: Stratovarius - Eagle Heart
actipton80actipton80 on January 13th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
I don't have empathy. Not at all, but then I'm autistic, and so that piece of brain wiring that does empathy isn't wired up normally. If I try to imagine someone's suffering that I haven't been through, the only thing I feel is my head hurting. The flip side is that I don't understand how people can be jerks or sadists (enjoy causing pain) either. Sympathy is easy though.

I learned to turn my brain off while performing while in marching band. I found that I screwed up less if I relaxed to the point of distraction, and then only focused on my surroundings and my task at hand so I don't bump into anyone. If I tried to psych myself up it would back fire. I did screw up a lot at practice because I'd be bored, and my mind would be somewhere else. The worst was when we practiced outside in a thunderstorm, and I couldn't block out the thunder, lightning, and sheer terror. Of course, I was very angry at the director's moronity for quite a while after that.
Des: Zampoñathagirion on January 13th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Empathy isn't just for bad feelings. What about someone that had something good happen. Can you imagine why they'd be in good cheer? I am sadistic, but I channel that through my characters. You can usually tell who I love the most because they usually have the suckiest lives.

I need to work on trying to turn off my brain. It won't be easy. I may not be capable of it.
actipton80actipton80 on January 13th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
I still have trouble. I usually just mechanically say "oh, that's nice," and be totally blah. If I care enough to want to know why, I have to ask. I don't understand why some people torture real people for fetishes and stuff. Torturing fictional people doesn't count as sadism to me.

Turning off my brain requires tremendous effort. If a normal person got to trade brains with me for a while, they would think I was on crack, with the high speed disorganized mess that I have to deal with every day. And then I don't fall into a deep enough sleep most nights even to dream, so no brain rest or feeling rested in the morning either.
Desthagirion on January 13th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. I couldn't do without my dreams. It's my other life. This is a good example of how I can empathize with this in a way. Well the opposite. I can't imagine going without. I'd go nuts. Hum or may-be I do since the times I don't dream I am not rested when I wake up.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak boxedsilvolf on January 13th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Lol you can have a budgie party!
I have an eye test sometime this year. Its every two years for me. I want new lenses in my shades but sadly they can't change them since they don't make those shades anymore so I have to put up with it.
Yes, I know the difference between sympathy and empathy!

I like Enzo. So far I've had no probs with Facebook but I've had spam comments linking to nasty sites on one of my other journals so I put the capcha thing on. If I still get them I'll have to set it so only members of LJ can comment. Which would be sad. Not that anyone comments anyway.

I'm glad you're getting on well with your bass, I need to pick up my guitar again since I have a lesson next week.

I've noticed some spelling mistakes but I've never said anything since I don't like being picky and I thought you might get annoyed. I tend not to point out stuff like that unless people ask.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on January 13th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the budgies have taken over and they're having a party hehe.
What? That's weird. They don't cut lenses to shape over there? Here you can have any frame fitted for lenses.
Yeah, it's one of those grammar things I just had to mention that people confuse the words.

Yeah, I also like the Enzo Ferarri so that's where I got that from. I've had one person comment with facebook here. And though they were good comments I don't like that people without LJ's can do that. If you're going to comment you have to have an LJ to do it.

Yes, I'm going to have to experiment with down tuning and see if I can play some of those songs that were for five string basses. So long as they aren't down tuned I might be able to get away with it. Yeah, I enjoy practicing. It's fun.

No, I don't mind. It's more embarassing when I find out way later on my own. I will get mad but not mad at you for pointing it out. Mad at myself for not noticing. It's just the really bad errors I don't want to slip by. Like if it changes the meaning of the word.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Cool Zoraksilvolf on January 13th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
These are wrap around shades and the lenses are curved to shape. I think that's why I can't get replacements. Also I THINK that they're glued in, not sure though.
rhodielady_47 on January 13th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
I took a course in proof reading years ago. I've seen your misspellings but didn't want to say anything for fear of hurting your feelings--not everyone likes being corrected.
I sometimes have problems keeping my tenses straight in a paragraph.

Des: Mr. Burns INTJthagirion on January 13th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hehe, you made me laugh. What feelings? It's very difficult to hurt my feelings. And I don't mind being corrected if it's for the better. I don't like nit pick but some errors I found were just wrong. Tomorrow I'll post he last personality profile which is the one I'm in. I keep the same company as Mr. Burns, The Grinch and Scrooge. I think you'll find it interesting to read.

Edited at 2011-01-13 10:51 pm (UTC)
rhodielady_47 on January 14th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
"It's very difficult to hurt my feelings."
Friends, real friends, don't hurt your feelings but neither do they let you wander around with t.tissue hanging on your shoe or out of your pants. Sometimes it's a very fine line you walk between these and I have to admit I'm clumsy about these things.