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COMMENT 1d ago

You don't want to be on a label anyway. I write music, play shows, release music etc. and some of my favorite stuff is just those little things that no one else will ever hear. You really just have to do it because you love it; you can never approach art thinking it will bring you success. Just not how society is.

Example: We made a pro-shot 40-minute concert video of original music in a friend's warehouse studio space during the pandemic, pay what you want with all proceeds to benefit the local arts organization. Band is very well-liked, sells out every show in our town, video is fantastic, really proud of it, etc. And...We've made the organization about $1700 or so in several months now.

Now, you'd think I'd be proud of that. Then, I want you to think about at least twenty professionals (between musicians, recording guy, video guys, photographer, studio rental time, donated food service) all donating their time and talent for an entire day 9am to midnight, and how much you think that would cost. A lot right? No shit. Five figures, easily. These are all skilled individuals. Had we split the money, we would've made about $80 apiece, lower than pre-tax minimum wage in the US for time spent. People seem to think this shit is free, so you just have to let it go.

Depression you can sort of hack with routine. Food or drink you like to have in the morning, one chore even if it's throwing out one empty, work is always 90% showing up on time and not worth caring about so much, my work days are completely blank, like I'm not even a person during those times, try to go for a walk or something, drink a lot, repeat. It's all in the first few hours after waking though. Coffee if you do that, programmable coffee makers are cheap and saved my life on multiple occasions (though I don't do caffeine anymore). Prying yourself out of bed and forcing doing one thing can drastically change your day.

We all have suicidal ideation; it's a common drinking thing. But it's just fantasy, really. The only guarantee you got is that life goes on, indifferent, take your lumps and move along. It's extremely easy to lie on a resume since HR people are notoriously wack as far as I know and don't give a shit. You'll be fine, my dude.

Wow, this got ranty, props if you read it all.

Edit: oh and you should keep absolutely everything you make, even if you never show it to anyone. I've had whole great songs spring out of some shit I hated two years ago. Keep it all.

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COMMENT 1d ago

...if that isn't a joke I desperately want to hear it

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COMMENT 2d ago

So I'm white, from the area, and painstakingly researching a tribe that's almost gone for their part in a novel I'm writing. I desperately want their part to be seen more as exposure of their plight than any kind of what you're talking about, in no way is any of it "fodder", and you're saying I shouldn't do this? Genuinely asking.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Was going to recommend this too, I can dip into my childhood rhetoric and say this book fucking rules.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Reeks of back to Newcastle for 8m. Shame he lost, found, then lost his form again but he just isn't good enough.

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COMMENT 5d ago

Yep. Blasphemous/Salt and Sanctuary/Dead Cells/Death's Gambit/etc I like them all, being a big Souls fan, so I thought it would be a home run for me, but not yet. Feeling underpowered and losing all progress if you die (that's right, you lose everything, have to start over from the last time you saved, and cannot recover anything. It's brutal) is kinda killing it for me. Very limited opportunities to heal as well.

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COMMENT 5d ago

I had some drinks to celebrate the night I got my second shot. All I can say is - don't do that.

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COMMENT 5d ago

Hell yeah it is. Wife and I hadn't seen it since we were young so we started over from the beginning and it's been a great watch.

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COMMENT 5d ago

3 is great, been meaning to replay it to see if it holds up, since I last played it on 360. Might do this weekend actually, good tip. Never finished a Witcher game despite trying all 3 multiple times. I just get bored and the combat is trash throughout.

Trying to get into Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night since I usually like that type of game but the art style and all the random Kickstarter bullshit is pretty lame. Add in being difficult as hell and completely obtuse as to where to go next and I'm not sure I'm going to stick with it.

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COMMENT 6d ago

No, but if another company offered me at least double my current wages you can bet I'd be putting in my notice.

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COMMENT 6d ago

Mostly seen Gil on the left wing, could this mean we don't have to play Son into the ground?

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COMMENT 6d ago

Happy: the injuries and frankly ridiculous one-footedness

Sad: shithousing, team spirit

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COMMENT 8d ago

I haven't watched much NBA basketball since Jordan's Bulls so I don't have much to draw on since then, but this finals has been monstrous from Giannis. Just huge. Jrue with the defense and Middleton picking up the offensive slack. Can't believe I've just seen a WI team that isn't the Packers win it all.

Construction of the statue of THAT block should begin immediately.

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COMMENT 10d ago

Just finished season one of Hannibal on Hulu. All around great. Been rewatching X Files from the start as well. Channel Zero, Sweet Home, His House, The Platform, The Ritual, The Void, The Beach House, Headhunter, no shortage of good horror currently spread around streaming platforms.

If you like horror take a look at Shudder, horror-only streaming service for like $4 a month. Rotating classics and some fantastic originals on there too.

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COMMENT 12d ago

You're in for a treat if you've never played a Souls game before. They are "hard" but typically fair and just require a bit of learning. Very satisfying though.

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COMMENT 12d ago

Had a bunch of mozzarella ramp and Moroccan sausage so we've been all sausage all week. Moroccan sausage and goat cheese pizzas, Moroccan sausage with kale, onions, peppers, cheese tortellini with marinara and mozz-ramp sausage, finally I made a kind of cheesy mozz-ramp/pepper/kale dip thing that we ate with crunchy bread. Delicious and versatile. Think I'll be aiming for some lighter fare next week though.

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COMMENT 12d ago

I wasn't sold until I saw the docking, that bit is brilliant.

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COMMENT 12d ago

It shouldn't be allowed to gamble real money on packs like in FIFA. I straight up quit buying the games after 18 because I'd tell myself every time that I wouldn't spend money but would end up dropping hundreds over time for no reason.

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COMMENT 12d ago

Congrats! Been about four weeks without caffeine for me, after being a fiend for as long as I can remember. I did it by going from an energy drink per day, to those Mio squirt things that have caffeine in them in sparkling water (basically DIY energy drink), putting less and less in until none.

If only I could have this discipline with alcohol...

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COMMENT 13d ago

This might seem odd as no hate should be thrown at any of them, but come on now, Rashford didn't even hit the target (kidding). I hope Sancho, Saka, and Rashford could get together afterward and bang it out therapy-wise. I look up to Marcus Rashford and I'm a 34 year old white man.

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COMMENT 13d ago

I was meh on it until the docking bit. Having a decently-powered PC that's THAT portable would be incredible for, say, taking to friends' houses that don't have gaming rigs without lugging my own behemoth rig.

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COMMENT 14d ago

Twellman sounds like a heavily drunk frat guy you kind of know at a party all the time. Ian Darke (legend) must shake his head as he counts his money.

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COMMENT 14d ago

Had half a bar full of people watching in very small town US. Generally an American football bar. Most of them don't regularly watch and don't know much about the game (bless their hearts, stop saying 'offsides' though please), but it is nice to see the game catching on a bit.

I don't watch basketball aside from the occasional NCAA sweet 16 to finish, and this NBA finals (because Bucks), but I have to say the NBA isn't very watchable. It just isn't. I've watched my first four NBA games in a row in about 25 years and at no point have I been enthralled the way a good footy game can get me. The refereeing just seems fixed or bad or both. And I'm used to bad refs across all soccer leagues. More rare to get a good performance from a ref than mostly questionable dogshit, even with VAR, but NBA refs just kill any momentum or excitement that might be happening. Not a good look.

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COMMENT 15d ago

From YouTube videos and with complete bias, Hojbjerg?

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COMMENT 18d ago

This is dumb and if I were sitting there I'd be in the ump's ear until I got tossed too.