The little black bear – Pieni musta Karhu (my black steel steed) is waiting trustworthy; as always… just sitting there quietly in the dark – just parked outside (that would be my bike).
The little golden Puma – Pieni kultainen Puuma is missing most of its parts and is parked on the balcony at the moment (and winter is coming) and the third, hereto unnamed one is locked in an (at the moment) unattainable government storage facility.
Are there plans? Yes, indeed there are; little black bear is perfect (rear-breaks would not hurt anybody), golden? needs parts (many), unamned? Frame will be stripped downed to bear metal and then we will see.
The welding and fittings will decide? Yes, it will either get a clear-cote lacquer or it will be naturally (and unevenly) alu-oxidated depending on what is underneath the paint…
The “Japanese” way-of-living and/or culture? The closeness and admiration/devotion/worship of nature in combination of a super high-tech culture?
The idea of “craft”, (as I’ve understood it…), is that it is not what is being produced that is important.
The materia that is produced does not matter, rather it is the way in which it is produced that is important – it is the knowledge, history, tradition, craftsmanship and the techniques used, that matters. I do believe there is an analogue to music and music playing.
For example; the most holy temple in Japan, the one belonging to the Emperors’ family (and as far as I know it is only members of the family that are actually allowed to visit it. Since the Emperor is a direct decent of God) is being completely rebuilt every twenty years or so… for many hundreds of years and at great cost.
That is such a completely different view of the World compared to my materialistic European upbringing. A building in the city is a ephemeral construct, the actual building in its self is not meant to be eternal – it may have a life-span of twenty odd years or so (on the plot), however the idea of the building is eternal.
In short it is an alien concept too me. And it has been fascinating me forever and it still does.
And the many other ideas that are utterly foreign, yet familiar and coveted. The realization that even if I’m just a curious visitor, I will per definition always and for ever be a Ganjin, a foreigner – which something that I used to.
There are so many similarities with my upbringing and I draw this simple conclusion. It seems to be a universal thing, based on the human existence. “- Me and You, rollin’ down the strip slammin’ Cadillac doors.”
My father was dubious towards the whole concept to say the least… he did not trust “them” and did not see any greatness in the far east what so ever. We had lengthy and animated discussions on this very subject.
“- Have you ever been to the far east?”
“- No, unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to visit the far east.”
“- Did your father ever visit?”
“- I can’t know for sure, but I’m quite confident that he never ever actually visited the far east and that his conclusions where utterly based in theory.”
Theory and the life of the mind? It is not necessarily the same thing. Ideas are always stronger – in the end. However, I’m confident that it is important to separate the two though.
AC shuffled all the songs in the collection…?
The whole idea caught me by surprise. I left my computer unattended for a while and then I returned bewildered… no, it is, extremely, fascinated, truly.
I would never even I have thought of that idea… shuffle them all?
The concept is somewhat understandable, however the collection is 25000 songs’ strong?
“Shuffle all?” On a 25K collection? In time that is in excess of 85 days of continuous playing… and that is a funny concept!
What’s all the fuzz about? Well, to begin with it is not a stream or a playlist. We’re talking about an (my) actual record collection.
It is my collection and it is comprised of actual files* stored on one of a multitude of hard-drives.
The tracks collected are my labor-of-love the past 35 yrs or so and not all, but most of them have a physical counterpart, a majority of them have counterpart existing in this very World.
I’ve never, ever shuffled anything and I do not have playlists. I listen an album/record at the time. As I enjoy my rather selective 25000 songs’ strong collection.
This happens to be related to another specific problem. Regarding history and traceability on the great Nokia-net, i.e Internet. It may not seem important or problematic just yet, however, according to me it is already a problem in this very day…
There are serious temporal grievousness, that I have written/spoken of many times before. Traceability is deteriorating/disappearing rapidly. Faux-relativism is taking over and things like; albel/catalogue-nr/release date/genre (which I’ve always had tremendous problems with) are becoming concepts that are void of meaning.
All these things combined are un-good, and especially for the collector…
History is memory, and memory is the future, right?