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Daily Obstruction: In Mozart’s Workshop

23 Sep

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In Mozart’s Workshop

 

Radios transmit, they don’t create.  So too with minds.

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Daily Obstruction: Ascetic Ideal

12 Aug

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Ascetic Ideal

 

Asceticism may be as much a substitute for spirituality as psychedelics, but it is undeniably an alternative impetus for creativity.

Daily Obstruction: Competitors

4 Aug

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Competitors

 

Com + petere – To strive, to seek together.  Competitors strive for their personal best together because a worthy opponent pushes one to do better.  Competitors seek for their greatest self together because a true adversary brings out the best in oneself.

Daily Obstruction: The Sad State of the Written Word

17 Jul

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The Sad State of the Written Word

 

 

The idea of an author, creator, inspired visionary is rapidly losing ground to data-driven documents published on demand.  These data-drivers aren’t even producing books, but e-books, which are not testaments in time, but rather, literally, movable type that may say something else tomorrow than they do today if the data so dictates.

Daily Obstruction: No One Knows the Hour or the Place

1 Jul

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No One Knows the Hour or the Place

 

Fear not.  If you remain silent at this time, relief will arrive from some other place.

 

Daily Obstruction: The Creative Process

26 May

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Creative Process

 

A good measure of obscurity, opacity, and self-ignorance is necessary for the creative process.  As a result, the person least fit to elucidate a work of art is the artist.

 

[Though it may appear that the Daily Obstruction for 05/25/2016 is missing, this is actually the post for that date because where I am now it is still May 25.  Earlier today I didn’t have access to internet at the beach or in the mountains (thank goodness).  Aloha!]

Daily Obstruction: In a Word

26 Apr
46TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS -- Prince performs "Purple Rain" as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004. LOS ANGELES TIMES PHOTO BY RICHARD HARTOG

46TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS — Prince performs “Purple Rain” as the opening act during the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004. LOS ANGELES TIMES PHOTO BY RICHARD HARTOG

 

In a Word

 

You can amputate my gangly limbs, stuff me up and put me in a bottle, slap a label on it and sell me on the shelf, but I’ll never remain bottled up.  Eventually my phantom limbs will strangle your choking categories and leave them along the side of the road, empty husks that they are.