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Aspects of Perception

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There’s no such thing as lazy. It’s a term used by people who don’t have the capacity to understand the varying levels of motivation, focus, access and energy felt by people who have live with different circumstances than themselves. It’s a classist, derogatory, individualist and often racist term which completely ignores people’s real issues. It’s not like there’s people out there with the motivation, access and capability to do something and don’t. If someone really wants something and can’t get it then there’s barriers and these barriers can be invisible to those who don’t live with them. Calling women lazy while ignoring the patriarchy, calling the jobless lazy while ignoring that there is simply not enough work, calling someone who suffers with mental health issues lazy when their mental health stops them from gaining access to the things they need, basically blaming any individual who doesn’t have something for not having it. Calling people lazy is a political tactic used to divide the population against itself instead of uniting people against the political classes.

Just like you need access to a new car and a new phone to be an uber driver, there’s barriers to all goals. Maybe there’s someone who’ll read this message with the knowledge to help you with the start you need? At the same time I know that my mental health and self esteem are barriers to being able to utilise networks. Some people would call that lazy but I’d call it anxiety and depression.

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Hung to Dry

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The Spoken MS Word

For Windows open a Word document, anything with text in it will do. At the top left of the main window, to the right of the save button and the button that looks like a printer, click the small downward facing arrow with a line on top of it. From the drop down select “More Commands”, this opens the options menu for the Quick Access Toolbar. Where it says “Choose commands from:” Choose “all Commands” and find in that list the “speak” option. When it is selected push the button in the middle with the right facing arrow and push the save button to quit the options menu. You can now highlight any text and push your new Speak Button on the top of the windows and a nice robotic lady will read your highlighted text for you.

On a Mac you click the apple logo, click into the system preferences and into the accessibility menu. From there you should see a speech tab. Inside the speech menu you can change the robots voice and speaking rate but what you really want is to tick the “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” option. Now when you highlight text and press Option+ESC you get to hear the nice robotic lady speak.

It might sound a little weird at first but simply play some Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre in the background before highlighting your essay and getting the robot to talk. Now the robotic voice makes sense and you’re proof reading your essay with your ears while flying through space.

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The world has broken me for the better

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Admission of Guilt

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It’s not that I don’t believe what you’re saying, it’s just that the word you’re using doesn’t mean what you think it means. You’re telling me with no sense of irony that this person is too nice, and that this is a reason not to not peruse a relationship or even friendship with them. What you seem to mean is that they bore you, lack assertiveness, lack the emotional experience to deal with your crazy moments, aren’t behaving in a manner considered cool, don’t dress in accordance with your particular sub-cultural preference, just don’t get it and they don’t make you perspire behind the knees with toe curling desire. I’m not blaming you for not liking this person, they are terrible after all, but I might be blaming you for thinking that the word applied here when it’s just misleading. Despite popular belief, none of these attributes have anything much to do at all with how nice a person is. You don’t look at someone and think, that person would totally drive me to the airport on their only day off in a fortnight, how repulsive.

I know the self proclaimed Nice don’t help much, with that not actually being nice thing. It seems their idea of nice is just as messed up as yours. Maybe they’ve been told they’re too nice and now they believe it, despite their fundamental lack of empathy or consideration for the hopes and feelings of others. That and their plain shitty outlook on life. I can see that if they’ve been told at some point that they’re too nice, it does seems a lot like an open invitation to become the most jaded asshole they always had the potential of becoming. We sure could do with a whole lot less of those people in this world. The worst are those who think the world has done wrong by them so they should act accordingly in retaliation.

I’d personally like everyone to be super cool to each other, help each other out in times of need with no immediate expectations, just the hope that putting good into the world will make it a cooler place to live. I’m thinking about teachers and all the awesome work they put in to help the next generation not imminently become criminals. The grocery store lady who lets me buy a pear when I’m 5c short and that friend in highschool who wouldn’t draw on your face when you passed out. While the world is largely, jaded these people are awesome and nice and I certainly wouldn’t want to make being nice to be any less desirable. In fact I’m going to put my hand up and say it. I want to make out with nice people, pretty much all the time. And can you imaging if our politicians were nice people with good intentions? Can you even imagine that shit?

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Fever Spike 2am

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Methods

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1 – Make a list of titles. Names that would make you think of someone else’s awesome song that you’d love the hell out of, if you ever actually got to hear them.

2 – Pick a song title from the list that catches your eye, something that feels bigger than the few words it’s made of. This seed has all the information needed to make a rad song. Imagine how this song feels? How it tastes? Is it punchy, aggressive, boisterous, cheeky, deep, brooding, satirical, sombre, stodgy, sprightly, meaningful, blunt, brutal, pretty, political, raunchy, vile, loving, warm, cool, dull, pornographic, exhilarating, charming or alluring? What else is it? Would you enjoy it instantly or is it complex, does it mature over time with multiple consumptions? If it was a pool or lake you wanted to swim in, what colour would the water be? What other animals would live in there? Is there stuff under the water that you can’t see? Maybe it’s not a body of water but a city or the autoban or a lovers body? None of these questions need answering but it will lead you to answer the next question:

3 – What does the power or meaning in this song look like, what’s the hook. It’s probably the chorus and you’ve probably got half of it written down in the title already. Make it a full statement that sounds strong, that you can hear people catching onto. It’s time to sell your point, divide your audience in to those who are with you or those who are against you if you have to, leave the soft touch for the verses. If you sing it with pride they’ll always be with you anyway and you gave them the opportunity to be on your side by drawing the line in the sand. Basic understandable language is best, of the whole song you want your chorus to be universal, versus give you more leeway to play with words. You now have your chorus and a good deal of direction. This is the backbone of your song, you just have to fill in the blanks.

4 – Back up your statement with a half verse. What emotional occurrence lead you to come to the conclusion that the chorus draws. Why should anyone care about your statement? Are we confirming knowledge that people know or is it a new concept? Does it need explaining or do we just need to set the scene for this particular occurrence of the phenomenon we’re describing.

5 – Make it rhyme. It probably already does cause you could hear it in your head before you started working on the words. If you get stuck there is no shame in getting a little help: rhymer.com/. The rhymed words you’ll end up finding will make make writing the words before them pretty easy, you’ll probably come up with some lines you would have never thought of.

6 – The song is no longer about the individual experience that it spawned from, the song has taken it’s own life and form and universal meaning. As it’s own entity, is it complete without your story? Could elements change to strengthen the meaning that this new story tells? If the imaginary holds true meaning it is not a lie, we have transcended from telling a story about what it is to be you to a story of what it is to be.

7 – Check it and discard stuff. The song is now greater than it’s parts, but is it a harmonious experience? There’s usually a part that you fudged for now so you can fix later. That’s perfectly natural and helps get the damn thing written. We’ll now it’s time to fix those clumsy bits. Sing it to your self, what words sounded great on paper but don’t work so well out loud? what’s a mouthful that doesn’t add meaning or structure to the song?

8 – Leave it be for a few days. If it still holds up you have a winner! Congrats! Party time! I mean, hours and hours rehearsing/studio time.

Alternatively you could just replace all the words of a song you already like, hide the results in a draw. Pull them out 6 months later when you’ve long forgotten who you got your cues from. You now have original lyrics, make up the melody and you’re done.

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