Author Archives: Shyft

Generalizations

From an important perspective, there are three kinds of generalizations.  One reflects a minimal personal observation.  One reflects coincidental norms.  One reflects systemic behaviors.  Why make a distinction?  Because not all issues can be discussed on the macro or individual … Continue reading

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Cing of Cogs

I knew that I wanted it to be a concept album.  I knew that I wanted it to represent the aesthetic of the Cogs, the army of gods and anomalies that are the only beings in a distant future capable … Continue reading

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Art, Entertainment, Escapism

In a dark and twisted world too much of pleasant and cheerful aesthetics is escapism. Last time I talked about happiness-seeking and how it relates to apathy toward societies.  As an artist, it’s only natural for me to stem from … Continue reading

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The Time is Not Right For Happiness

Happiness, as a state of mind, is a pacifier.  For all practical purposes in an imperfect Universe, the words ‘happiness’ and ‘complacency’ are exactly synonymous. Idiot, via Old French via the Latin idiota, which came from Greek in the form … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on personal validation

  Reassuring our selves that others validate us is different from the active validation of others, though both phenomena depend heavily on our perception of other people.  Why?  Is it because we do not trust our memories?  Per haps it … Continue reading

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An other story comes to a close

On January ninth 2016 I began writing the third part of my second trilogy, an existential, speculative fiction piece about time travel, war, friendship, ethics, and purpose. On August third 2016 (at about two-thirty AM) I wrote the ending to … Continue reading

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Explaining our interest

This six-year-old ‘darkly cute’ instrumental piece on glock, heavily edited tuba and bowed violin, and drum and steam samples accurately represents how I feel this morning (and I composed, arranged, and produced it). Almost two months ago, after three and … Continue reading

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Hippy-woo Energy Magic

Spiritualism.  The purpose of spiritualism was once to add a mystical element, an unmeasurable variable, to the natural world, to fill all of the gaps in our understanding of physics/chemistry/biology/psychology.  It subdued our fear of the unknown, so that said … Continue reading

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The Matrix: Smith is the One, but who cares?

SPECIAL EDITION FILM CRITICISM! I was recently exposed to a fan theory about The Matrix trilogy that proposes that Agent Smith was the One, Neo merely being a tool to meet the One’s end.  This theory is attractive, because… 1. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Pride

  From a significant perspective, there are two hierarchies of pride: one ranging from pride in one’s physical body to pride in country and one ranging from pride in small achievement to pride in large achievement.  The difference is between … Continue reading

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