I dumped some photos off of my camera today. Some of them dated back to August. I'm over photography as much as I'm over LiveJournal it appears. Just more things in the long list of interests which I get really excited about then takes a back seat to newer, shinier things. My penchant for novelty is one of the main reasons I never pursued any formal career or discipline of study, at least one that I couldn't get into quickly and easily without much forethought or investment. I don't really miss trying to capture every single little thing with a camera all the time. I'm sure I was insufferable to a lot of people and in the end, I feel I was detached from a lot of the actual experiences. On the other hand, I miss having almost no photos of my life from the past couple of years. I need to strike some sort of balance between the two. Maybe sometime in the coming days I'll put some of these random photos online for an LJ entry.
So, I'm not on LiveJournal as much and I'm sure as hell not on Twitter and FaceBook doesn't really do much for me. So where the hell am I these days? Mostly I play Kingdom of Loathing or a Carcasonne clone at Aso Brain Games called Toulouse. It's typical of my "online life" I guess. First it was e-socializing via the BBS community for a few years, then it was gaming on MUDs for a few years, then back to socializing on IRC for a few years, then more gaming via Hearts and Chess at the old MSN Game Zone, then back to socializing on LJ for a few years. I guess you can find me at one of those two places for the next couple of years until the next e-socializing sensation captures my attention. I'll still be around here, but it's obvious it's not like it used to be, and probably never will again.
I had a dream last weekend that I slept for 49 years. Freaked my shit right out.
As a youngster, I cut my musical teeth on classic hard rock from the 60s and 70s. Lately, I've come full circle and have been revisiting a lot of the music from that era. I've been exploring full albums and the repertoire of artists largely unfamiliar to me outside of mainstream AOR programming, but definitely in the larger mainstream vein. A lot of Deep Purple has been in my ears. Lynyrd Skynyrd's first record. Some early ZZ Top. Ted Nugent. Also for the first time, I watched the Woodstock movie. Jimi Hendrix was an early rock hero of mine and watching his performance at Woodstock reminded me of how amazing he really was. I mean, it doesn't even look like a guitar in his hands when he's playing. As a result I've lined-up some more Hendrix related documentaries, biopics, and performance films to watch in the coming months. I've often wondered if Hendrix experienced the phenomena known as synesthesia, and many have certainly speculated it. I read once that he often spoke of sound in terms of color and texture. The end result is what leads me to the conclusion though. The thing I notice the most when listening to Hendrix is how rich, robust, and varied his tone was. I think it's what made Hendrix The Great One. The way I see it, there are three primary components to rock guitar: technical ability, tone, and soul. You can make a career out of any one of the three. You can be one of the greats if you can master two. You nail all three and you're a legend. Hendrix not only nailed all three, but he did them all better than anyone and died before he had a chance to suck.