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07 Nov 2006, 3:12 am

1. Music. I must divide this into two subcategories.

A. Finding it. Top 40 will never be good enough. I must dig and dig and dig... forever. Daniel Johnston, Melt-Banana, Telefon Tel Aviv, Einzerstraude Neubauten, Television, Amebix, Rhapsody, Wesley Willis, Merzbow, Pig Destroyer, Killing Joke... those are just a few of the things I scratch off the top of my head. I must find it. I can never stop. I must find more. I can never rest. I must find more. I must find more. I must find every last thing out there that's worth hearing. My quest will never end, because just when I've exhausted everything, somebody out there (including me) will make something new and novel. This may be the postmodern age where everything's just one big puked-up mess of floating signifiers from the contemporary past... but pastiche, nay, even bricolage can still lead to great new sensations.

B. Making it. I would describe what I do as improvizational outsider noise-core. I want to learn as many instruments as I can. I'm figuring out the guitar. I'm pro-level at bass. Need to get my hands on a drumset. I wish I could play every instrument in the orchestra. And all kinds of odds and ends that aren't (conventionally). I want to be like Aphex Twin and expand electro-sounds to places nobody else is capable of. It's all in my head, churning away perpetually... I only need the keys to bring it to life.

2. Women. I want one. More than anything. It drives me insane, nearly mentally murdering me. I don't fully understand why. Maybe it's just raw evolutionary constitution (agonizingly unfulfilled), or existential longing above and beyond mere hormonal mechanics. Either way, I must have one. Before I die. While I'm relatively young, I hope.

3. Building my home. I want to make a visionary environment. A postmodern wonderland. Kind of like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palais_Ideal

4. Weapons. I could deliver a two hour lecture on Northern European swords between the years 450 and 1000 A.D.

Strangely, my academic vocation doesn't get me all that worked up. The reason I do what I do is because it's better than the alternative: a mundane "real job" that would mentally murder me. Academia is the earthly salvation that preserves my fragile psychological well-being. Though I tell you what, a trust fund of a few million dollars would be even better! Fat chance of that ever coming my way; my richest relative's job involves pulling levers on a machine that could kill fifty workmen with one misstep. Though academia is my earthly salvation, it is not my cosmic aspiration.



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07 Nov 2006, 3:03 pm

This is not a priority list, it's just a list of my obsessions. So it isn't sorted from intense to narrow obsessions.

1. Interesting random facts
2. First person shooters
3. Martial arts/fighting sports
4. The brain
5. Firearms
6. Sexual stuff
7. South Park
8. Chappelle's sketch/stand-up comedy
9. Wikipedia

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07 Nov 2006, 5:25 pm

I can feel a new one coming on
Electronic Pencil Sharpeners

Previous:
Mariners of Hull for family tree
Cash boxes
Sean Penn
The Castle and Kafka
Tills
Visa Machines
Drink Machines
AS
Ted Hughes



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07 Nov 2006, 6:19 pm

Here's a list of my current ones...:

  • computers / code
  • traditional american tattoo art (finding it, making it, posting it...) & psychobilly / rockabilly music (that would mean playing / writing and listening to...)
  • Wrong Planet and Asperger's
  • spiders
  • black and red (the colors)


That's all I got at this time in my life. I think I'll try to make a list of all the obsessions I've ever been through! :lol:



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07 Nov 2006, 6:50 pm

OK, let's see...

  • Unionism (that is, the belief in the preservation of the Union between all parts of the United Kingdom)
  • Geography
  • Flags (particularly ones related with Britain and overseas dependencies. In fact, the British Empire and the remaining UK overseas territories are an interest on their own. I'd like to visit one someday, the most likely one being Gibraltar next year)
  • Lancashire (the county where I have lived all my life)
  • Photography
  • Computers and the Internet
  • Politics, and more specifically, civil liberties (I would say I am on the libertarian end of the spectrum. In the UK there is no party that really caters to libertarian beliefs. UKIP is in the right area but they aren't credible and the Liberal Democrats are an authoritarian, statist joke)
  • Books (this is an occasional and not very strong interest - I don't tend to read that much but when I do it's always non-fiction)
  • Visiting places (I like to visit places, have a look around, take some pictures and come home and upload them to Flickr, where others can see them)
  • The colour orange (This is a strange one for me. I don't know why I like the colour so much, but there you go)



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08 Nov 2006, 2:33 pm

1337, in Leetspeak, means "Leet."

L = 1
E = 3
E = 3
T = 7

It's the most current form of Leetspeak that was created in the early days of PC computing. "Leet" means Elite. It probably originated from early hackers and Phreakers (the earliest known hackers who hacked phone systems. The father of all hacking started with a guy nicknamed "Captain Crunch."). Somewhere along the way, the numerology came into play where numbers represented letters. As stated above.

Somewhere along the way, "Elite" evolved into "Leet." and "Leet" evolved into 1337.



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08 Nov 2006, 2:58 pm

Amazing replies here!


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08 Nov 2006, 2:58 pm

As far as my own obsessions, it slowly changes from one thing to another.

My main obsession is now fading and I don't think it will be coming back into swing any time soon. It's art. I'm an artist and I lived for my art up until the last few years. I used to love art so much that I was a man posessed. I drew and painted and sketched all day long. But that has changed. I'm no longer that man.

In the past, I have obsessed over gaming, computers, the internet in general, architecture, And probably a million other little things that came in short waves but which I don't rmember any more. Whatever I've done in the past, I haven't done anything half-assed. You know the routine...

But the fact I'm no longer the artist I used to be is scaring me. If I'm anything - I'm an artist. And if I'm no longer an artist, then what am I? It was the only identity I ever had.

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08 Nov 2006, 3:17 pm

These are my following current obsessions in no particular order:

Cars (the movie)

Charlie and Lola

Carmel, Indiana

Indiana Real Estate

a series I've been working on since 2001 inspired by another one I made in 1996 which was inspired by another one I made in 1992

mansions



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08 Nov 2006, 4:11 pm

Current:
1.Real time strategy games.
2.Computer hardware.
3.Military vehicles.
4.History of warfare.
5.Getting a girlfriend.
6.Revenge against my enemies.
7.NUKES!! !
8.Jeeps.

Former:
1.Dinosaurs.
2.Outer space.
3.??? i forgot...



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08 Nov 2006, 4:23 pm

1. Aspergers syndrome
2. Absurd Minds
3. Morquio syndrome


Previous:

1. Die Toten Hosen
2. Dwarfism
3. Industrial, rivethead subculture
4. Germany
5. Cats
6. Canary
7. Aliens
8. Black Holes
9. Moebius strip
10. Klein bottle



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11 Nov 2006, 2:00 pm

1. art
2. crafts
3. the weather
4. mythology
5. cats
6. angels
7. the news
8. The novels of Thomas Hardy
9. Thomas Hardy poetry
10. DH Lawrence poetry
11. Philip Larkin poetry
12. Science fiction
13. unlucky numbers
14. symbolism in art



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11 Nov 2006, 2:11 pm

F5c_wZ3_414e_X5 wrote:
1. Aspergers syndrome
2. Absurd Minds
3. Morquio syndrome


Previous:

1. Die Toten Hosen
2. Dwarfism
3. Industrial, rivethead subculture
4. Germany
5. Cats
6. Canary
7. Aliens
8. Black Holes
9. Moebius strip
10. Klein bottle


Funnily enough, I was reading about Morquio Syndrome yesterday.


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11 Nov 2006, 2:48 pm

1. Writing
2. Comedy
3. Philosophy
4. Sniper Rifles
5. Artillery
6. Rob Zombie
7. Toxicology
8. Virology
9. Censorship
10. Anarchy
11. V (Graphic Novel character)
12. the Dark Tower Series
13. Explosives
14. History (All Eras)
15. Mesoamerica
16. Norselands
17. Death Metal
18. Symphonic Metal
19. Guitar Playing
20. Violin Playing

Top 20 obsessions over my lifetime.


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11 Nov 2006, 4:52 pm

1. Flytying and related history
2. bicycling
3. motor scooters
4. music theory
5. intelligence community matters
6. cryptography
7. organizational development and organizational behavior
8. public policy analysis
9. research design
10. some areas of mathematics
11. ethnic cuisines
12. some current political events