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Interests meme via hey_jupiter

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

*Even if you don't want to post it in your journal, you could answer here in mine!!

Here are the interests hey_jupiter picked for me:

  1. moq - AKA "Metaphysics of Quality" is a way of thinking that was expounded upon by Robert M. Pirsig in his books Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and, later, Lila. I read the book when I was quite young and it made a huge impact on me, especially so since I had also been reading tons of other philosophy at the time. In fact, it affected me so much that I had the book's logo(my icon here) tattooed on my arm. :) In its most basic essence, m.o.q. is a lens or filter through which all of reality can be dissected and valued and understood.
  2. people-shooting hats - From Catcher in the Rye, Holden's famous line about his checkered hunting cap: "This is a people shooting hat. I shoot people in it." Another book that I've been obsessed with. It's so short and powerful and expresses so many feelings so many young men have felt so perfectly. Of course, at its heart, it's a book about juvenility, but it touches on so much more and Holden's emotions are shown so clearly through such simple language, mainly his own dialogue, that it just gets me *right there*.
  3. arete - from the Greek. "in its basic sense means "goodness", "excellence" or "virtue" of any kind." This came from Zen and the Art... as well and, like Rand's Rearden and Taggart or Nietzsche's Ubermensch, it was, to me, the ultimate ideal of how I wanted to live my life. Like I said, I was into a lot of philosophy and getting away from religion and I believed in trying to achieve excellence not for any particular reason other than wanting to be excellent. Now I'm just happy drinking beer and not harming anyone.
  4. fire - I'm a pyro, big time. I love fire. When I was a very young kid my mom took me to our family doctor because I was lighting fires at home whenever I could so he told her to take me in the back yard and put me in front of a BBQ with some matches and stuff to burn and let me get it out of my system. She did it and it was excellent, but it didn't get it out of my system, not by a long shot. One of my favorite movie quotes ever was from the stupid movie Backdraft:
    DeNiro's firechief: What about the world, Ronald? What would you like to do to the whole world?
    Sutherland's arsonist: Burn it all.
    Heh, yes!
  5. obsession - My favorite cologne. I haven't worn it in a while because I'm a fat cow and I haven't felt sexshay enough for cologne.
  6. Kandinsky - My favorite artist. I wasn't introduced to his art until I was older, probably in my early twenties. I knew I liked abstract art like Polluck and Picasso's cubist stuff but, as a lover of math and science already, I hadn't found anything so deliciously geometric and spatially appealing as Kandinsky. Later on I found Rothko and Mondrian, who I love, but they don't compare IMO. Strangely, I don't care too much for Kandinsky's non-abstract stuff.
  7. mindcontrol - Totally random interest, unless I'm forgetting something. I want to be able to control people's minds. Lame, sorry.

Comments

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stormodacentury
Oct. 2nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'll bite - but it likely won't make it to my journal. I think most of mine are relatively self-explanatory, but give it a shot!
democritus
Oct. 2nd, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
And away we go...
archtop guitars
flour city knuckleheads
rockester
stax/volt
teasing
trucking
zeke
stormodacentury
Oct. 2nd, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: And away we go...
1. Archtop guitars - Your standard electric guitar is a flat-top. That is, the surface to which the strings are mounted is flat. Archtops (which are usually fully or partially hollow (mine is a semi-hollowbody - it's got a block in the middle, inline with the neck, which helps reduce feedback)) have a bowed face. See also here for more details. The one I play is a copy of the Gibson ES-335 (although for some reason the link reads ES-355...).

2. Flour City Knuckleheads - Rochester was, in it's early history, a mill town on the Genesee River (which, incidentally, is one of the few rivers that flow north). An early nickname was the "Flour City". The Flour City Knuckleheads was a punk 'n' roll band I was friends with, until they split up a few months ago.

3. Rockester - Another nickname for Rochester within the local music scene. (Also, an often used joke is "Rochester: you might not get laid, but you'll get laid off".)

4. Stax/Volt - Two affiliated record labels, between them responsible for soul acts like Booker T & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes and The Staples Singers.

5. Teasing - I grew up with a younger sister, and good-natured ribbing was a big part of it. I still haven't really grown up in this respect.

6. Trucking - Driving a truck for a living. I really enjoy doing it, and figure someday (way) down the road I'll get back to doing it long-haul.

7. Zeke - An awesome band in the vein of Motorhead, but usually faster. Zekeyou.com
democritus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: And away we go...
Is that the same Genessee as Genessee Cream Ale? :)
stormodacentury
Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: And away we go...
Indeed it is.
withbutterflies
Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Fire, huh? You always did remind me a little of Beavis.

Obsession does smell really good. Next time you're at a department store, see if you can find Paul Sebastian. Not that many men wear it, which is probably a good thing since it makes me like those girls on the Axe commercials.
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democritus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
daniel dennett
historical linguistics
mnftiu
tom tomorrow
tron
having one unique interest
madonna

I was going to put WoW but... nyah nyah nyaaaahh!
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