people r people

This is something I have wondered about since I was a teenager. How come Jack is such a nice man, as long as he doesn’t mention politics? Jill helps all people in need, but when she opens her mouth nothing but the vilest opinions come out….I have met all kinds of humans during my four decades on earth: nice fascists, kind communists, gentle racists, sweet anarchists etc.
I learned this: don’t talk politics with a person you are not willing to disagree with. It has to be OK that you don’t see events in the same light. Don’t expect to change the other person’s mind. Chances are their political views were ingrained in childhood. Maybe it was something a father/mother/uncle/friend said, or something they experienced in school….Chances are, even if one of you pleads your case with the utmost logic and patience, the other cannot change their mind. The mind is like that. It can hold on to what it deems dear and right even if it senses that it is wrong….make that – even if it knows it is wrong…
Can we change anybody’s mind? Can *we* change? I believe we can, but at a glacial pace. Sometimes the only hope is that the change from one generation to the next will also lead to a change of consciousness…

Last smoke in New York

In Germany a person is allowed to go to bars and drink at age 16. I remember going out Friday evenings with my friends and hanging out in pubs. The smoke was thick and we felt soooo cool. I wasn’t a smoker then and I am not a smoker now, but I’ll miss the atmosphere. I think what I tend to dislike is *former* anything…as in former smoker Mayor Bloomberg….former smokers and former alcoholics are usually the people who push most for some kind of prohibition. Hey, just ’cause you couldn’t handle it doesn’t mean you should make everyone else stop. My opinion? I think every restaurant or bar owner should be allowed to choose whether his/her place of business allows smoking or not and then people can either choose to go there or not.

Of men and mice

Mr. Gordon, the optical mouse is indeed great, but what I really want is a gestural controller. I can’t sit still when I am working in the studio and always pace (or dance) around the control room….and it would be so sweet if I could adjust mixing parameters with gestures rather than having to stand still to grab that mouse. Please?

Smoke Pt2.

I don’t get it. Why can’t bars and pubs display simple sign at their entrance that declares the establishment smoking or non-smoking? If the sign says non-smoking and somebody lights up, go ahead and fine patron and pub. If the sign says smoking, then let people smoke. I mean, bars can keep you out for not wearing the right clothes (and that’s happened to me plenty of times!) – they should be able to decide whether they want smoking or non-smoking customers.

Giger Museum

This is one artist whose work attracts and repels me at the same time. Like driving by a car wreck and wanting to look…amazing stuff…his work *made* the movie Alien worth watching.
via BoingBoing