Should I get a Twitter account?

If important conversations related to my interests (and especially my work) really are taking place on — and from what I can see, at least some are — it would count as a reason why I should consider getting an account of my own so I can take part.

But there are still a few reasons why I shouldn’t. Here are all the ones I can name off the top of my head right now:

  • I already have an outlet for my thoughts about things I’m interested in: this blog. Granted, that doesn’t get me into the conversations, it’s just a pressure valve for my own thoughts. Nevertheless, a pressure valve for my thoughts is probably 80% of what I need.
  • Even though it seems like serious people use it and have serious discussions there, at the end of the day I can’t shake the sense that Twitter is just another silly social media site where time is ultimately wasted.
  • Many of the people I might like to interact with on Twitter (the not super-famous ones at least) probably would respond if I sent them an email instead; email is much better suited to meaningful text-based dialog anyway.
  • I like being able to think of myself as someone who isn’t on any social media. It’s kind of dumb, I know, but it’s something I feel a little proud of. Other people who learn that I’m not on social media often congratulate me or say admiring things about it too, so I must be doing something right.
  • Knowing myself, there’s a good chance I would just get sucked in and addicted. Even though I don’t have a smartphone, I spend enough time in front of computers throughout the day that I could easily see Twitter becoming a time sink and infesting my brain.

Is the fact that I’m doing this cost-benefit analysis unusual? I wonder how many other people did some kind of mental calculation like this before they signed up for Twitter or decided not to.


Heavy music explained — now with fewer words!

If I had to describe what makes music heavy in the briefest possible way, I would say it’s gotta have aggressiveness without too much emotion, and raw abrasiveness and power without posturing or hyperflexing. There’s a little more to it on the technical side, but the concepts I mentioned get you 85% of the way there.

When I think of emotionless aggression, sincere abrasiveness, and effortless power, I think of a great white shark as it attacks. That’s why the Deftones video for “My Own Summer” might be the greatest music video ever made for a heavy rock song.

Lamb’s blood ideas

I’ve been thinking lately about something I’ll term “lambsblood” ideas. The name is taken from the Passover story in the Bible, in which the Israelites painted their doorways with lamb’s blood so the spirit of death would pass over their homes.

I wonder if certain patterns of argument and cultural displays subconsciously serve the purpose of making people feel like they will be spared from future harm that would otherwise affect them.

E.g.: “If I put a Black Lives Matter sign on my lawn then my house will be skipped over during the race riots”; “If I wear a pro-2nd Amendment t-shirt then none of those gun nuts will shoot me when they revolt about possibly having their guns taken away”.

While it’s easy to accuse people of this, it’s impossible to prove. But that doesn’t mean lambsblood ideas don’t factor into people’s reasoning.

A non-EDM-listener reacts to Mat Zo’s “Mad” EP

In Zen Buddhism there’s a concept called shoshin: beginner’s mind. The idea is that when you’re experiencing something for the first time, you perceive it in a unique way, often grasping insights and possibilities that vanish as you grow more accustomed. I’ve done a lot of listening to and writing about music (sometimes on this very blog), yet I have beginner’s ears for EDM, so I thought a review would be a fun and instructive exercise. First, some background on my sonic intake:

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