Saturday, August 01, 2009

have to write something somewhere...

I want to write something today, and wanted maybe to post it to a forum, but no not really, and not to twitter. So here I write. Now, the others have an advantage in that I know someone will actually see the post there, but it is not so important that it be seen than I write something because for some reason I need to.

There are people in the world that I "get", and people that I don't. It is not bad if I don't get somebody, it just makes me aware that there are so many different ways to be in this world.

For example: I don't get physical therapists-- maybe by "don't get" I mean I perceive that I have zero aptitude for what they do. They have to deal with people day after day and work through procedures with them and hear about their pain and do this person after person. So they have to understand that someone is experiencing pain, and they have to touch them and care for them, but at the same time they have to run the procedure because this is what will help the person get over their problem. It is a very difficult thing for me to imagine myself dealing with. I have an appreciation for what they do, absolutely, and the notion of helping someone through a difficulty is a great thing. But I just could not do it.

I get people who work in retail. I did this when I was in high school, and in college. You stand at a counter, briefly interact with a customer, provide information to some limited extent, there is a potential for a minor exchange of pleasantries, sometimes for unpleasantries but there is always that, and then you go back to your world and they theirs. I was not great at it, because I don't like interacting with people so much, but I was ok enough.

Maybe oddly, as opposed to a physical therapist, I get doctors. I think the difference is that the doctor is troubleshooting as well as running procedures, and that is more complex. So I could see myself dealing with the intellectual aspect of that in a positive way, and there are lots of different kinds of doctors with an incredible variety of things to know in great detail. The physical therapist is observing and modifying the procedure, I guess, so there is that. But I couldn't see myself dealing with so many random people in such a tactile way I think.

So I am misanthropic I guess.

Today I am going to try to do a video that demonstrates using the Looper effect in Ableton Live. There are lots of people who use Live that seem to have huge amounts of time to really delve into it, so I'm surprised no one's come up with a fairly good tutorial video. But you have to actually perform in real time to get it to happen, so it is a different kind of thing. Anyway that is my goal for today and I hope I am able to do it. I kind of dread it though, because it is a lot of work. It is not so much the taping it and doing it, it is the editing. It can be real drudgery, but if you don't do it the video can be very dull, or half assed seeming, or just not seeming like it is worthwhile information.


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