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Ima have to doubt that.  In my experience, women aren't awkward.  Girls, boys, nerds of all genders and ages... sure.  But generally women all tend to be either graceful, girly, or sporty in terms of physical movement.  Actually, now that I think about it, The Spice Girls were a pretty good cross-section.

 

 

Doubt away! Meanwhile I will continue to run into my desk and various chairs, bang my knobby elbows, knock stuff over with my uncoordinated hands, and trip over my own oversized feet.

 

Either way, awkwardness can be very girly. There's an entire set of tropes based on this perception, in fact. You yourself say girls can be awkward, and then go on to ascribe a subcategory of women the descriptor "girly." Additionally you say "nerds of all genders and ages" implying nerdy women can be awkward. I was primarily talking about body types and proportions when bringing up awkwardness, and I think your above description of general women is a rather narrow set of standards that excludes plenty of body types like lanky or heavy set women. Then there are differing levels of androgyny, and while graceful and sporty can describe dimensions of this, it doesn't encapsulate it.

 

You knew I was going to comment on this, surely. This is some scheme to get me to post more. i mean... the Spice Girls are a pretty good cross section of womanhood? Oh that's a load, and you know it. U_U

 

 


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Ahh meerkats... nature's fashion models.

 

 

 

Or the perfect fursona for a fashion model.

 

 


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Really?  Would NOT have guessed that.  biggrin.gif

 

Kiteki and I used to be long distance smoking buddies. I'll always associate portable audio with smoking as a result.

 

Also I've mentioned my clove cigarette vice a few times in here.

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You knew I was going to comment on this, surely. This is some scheme to get me to post more. i mean... the Spice Girls are a pretty good cross section of womanhood? Oh that's a load, and you know it. U_U

Hook, line and sinker.
(I just want to be Jeremy Irons)
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"MuppetFace Friday"...quite the delight! Can't wait for you to return some focus on DACs going in and out of your listening room.

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Best concert I have ever been to? Hmm - that's a tough one. It would probably be one of these three:

A) The Tubes in ~1976 or 1977, when they were still doing all the "White Punks on Dope" stuff - before they went New Wave. Best stage show EVER.

B) The Who at the LA Coliseum - not sure of the year, I think it was the late 80s or early 90s. The Who had a full orchestra on stage with them and it was AWESOME.

C) Front row for Rush at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007, directly in front of Alex Lifeson (and Geddy Lee when he would walk over to play with him). A once in a lifetime opportunity for me that will probably never happen again.

Worst concert I have ever been to? There are two that are burned into my brain:

A) Motley Crue opening for Aerosmith in 2006. Aerosmith was great, Motley Crue was HORRIBLE. Vince Neil has NO voice left. He wasn't even singing into the microphone, he was holding it way off by his ear. When you did hear him, it was like two alley cats fighting.

B) Page & Plant at the LA Forum in 1995. I am a HUGE Zeppelin fan and I was too young to see them when Led Zep toured LA in the early 70s. My wife bought the tickets and she did not understand what "taper seats" meant. No, they do not mean the sloping section - they mean you can bring a tape/video recorder. They also mean that your view is obstructed. We were directly *behind* the big mixing console. We could not see the stage AT ALL. I was so frustrated that I just sat there the whole time being disappointed. Scarred me for life...
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Off to see Man of Steel! I've been waiting for this moment for over a year.
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Best concert experiences for me would have to include all the The Flaming Lips shows and, most of all, seeing Boredoms in LA in 2005. The energy at those shows was just incredibly positive, even life changing. It's kind of hard for me to put into words, especially in the case of the latter event, but I should endeaver to post more about it at some point.

 

Though come to think of it, I think I have some posts about Boredoms' 2000-2013 concert activities buried somewhere in this thread.

 

Worst shows? Too many to name. When you see a lot of small, barely-a-blip-on-the-radar type bands, there are a lot of really hackneyed performances opening up for them. The Get Hustle stands out as being particularly atrocious. Also Daughters circa Canada Songs was really quite terrible.

 

It's especially irritating when a band sucks, and they refuse to leave the stage. They insist on playing every last bit of their awful set and then some. Dude. People aren't clapping furiously when you say "one more song!" because they're thinking oh man another one how lucky are we. They're thinking oh it's almost over hallelujah.

 

Come to think of it, some of the best and worst concert experiences center around the band I was involved in during my early college days. It was a noisy synth punk / coldwave type thing. Played with a lot of our friends at holes in the wall, and those nights were really rather crazy. I distinctly remember a friend of mine hanging from the rafters upside-down, two microphones attached to his head via electrical tape, howling like a lunatic. There may have been nudity and paint involved at one point. Also a cymbal went flying off of someone's drumkit and nearly decapitated this cute goth girl in the audience.

 

I spent a semester as a DJ in SoCal. A truly horrible time in my life for various self-destructive reasons. I still haven't integrated a lot of that period into my overall self understanding and mental map of my life, and I wonder if I ever will.

 

Aside from that, I've done some solo stuff: a few sound installations and performance art pieces using string-based drones, tape loops, and electronics. I'm actually most proud of these. My friend had a recording of one such performance uploaded to YouTube at one point, but it seems to be gone now. It involved an artificially constructed mini forest with wires suspended from a network of scaffolding and speakers in several "trees" that played looping low frequency soundscapes I created over the course of one otherwise uneventful winter. At several designated times I accompanied the installation with a performance on an old digital piano that was tuned ridiculously low and run through all sorts of filters. Simple progressions of a few low notes repeated at differing intervals and looped / manipulated using a cheap-o sampler.

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Doubt away! Meanwhile I will continue to run into my desk and various chairs, bang my knobby elbows, knock stuff over with my uncoordinated hands, and trip over my own oversized feet.

 

Either way, awkwardness can be very girly. There's an entire set of tropes based on this perception, in fact. You yourself say girls can be awkward, and then go on to ascribe a subcategory of women the descriptor "girly." Additionally you say "nerds of all genders and ages" implying nerdy women can be awkward. I was primarily talking about body types and proportions when bringing up awkwardness, and I think your above description of general women is a rather narrow set of standards that excludes plenty of body types like lanky or heavy set women. Then there are differing levels of androgyny, and while graceful and sporty can describe dimensions of this, it doesn't encapsulate it.

 

You knew I was going to comment on this, surely. This is some scheme to get me to post more. i mean... the Spice Girls are a pretty good cross section of womanhood? Oh that's a load, and you know it. U_U

 

 

 

Go to any high end fashion show. The models clomp and bobble down the runway as though they came from Ikea and were badly assembled in a hurry. The whole waif girl thing wasn't constructed to showcase feminine poise , grace, and athleticism. A rep for a fairly well known haute coteur called them "human hangers"

 

 


 


 

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Kiteki and I used to be long distance smoking buddies. I'll always associate portable audio with smoking as a result.

 

Also I've mentioned my clove cigarette vice a few times in here.

 

Ha ha. Spent an evening in New Orleans smoking a deck of the mighty clove and drinking Hurricanes while listening to some great live music.

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 Drunk guys vomiting on smaller drunk guys?

 

That sounds like content for something that is distinctly *not* a concert. Ahem.

 

I do like concerts but really have a hard time with the noise. I'm thinking of getting some of those Ety earplugs. The problem is that I see people coming out of concerts saying "gee that was so loud IT WAS AWESOME!!!" and then I feel like a miserly 'kids get off my lawn' old man. The loudest concert I went to was a Crystal Castles concert where Alice Glass was also completely off her face. It was intensely, ear shatteringly loud, and Glass repeatedly kept trying to stand on the crowd.

 

My favourite concert was actually more of a VJ performance - Chris Cunningham doing VJ work at the Sydney Opera House. It was an hour of being assaulted with horrifying imagery and horrifyingly abrasive sound, but because it was the opera house the speakers could actually take it - so it sounded like being in some kind of future war against the machines! My favourite aspects of it were:

 

a) because of the venue and seating, no one knew how to react. Applause didn't seem appropriate, and the opera house did not seem like a place where you stood up and moshed. So everyone sat there in what I imagine was muted terror. Twas hilarious.

 

b) Chris Cunningham appeared on the stage in darkness and left the stage in darkness and never said a single word. Twas awesome.

 

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"Hipsters" refers to a rather specific set of individuals fulfilling a rather specific set of parameters. It's becoming increasingly overused and overextended on the Internet however, with people using it as a derogatory catch-all for anything they feel is remotely absurd or elitist. It's losing any real meaning the more it becomes an umbrella for cyber schiitstorms.

 

There's a lot of things that I do that are actually very hipstery, but my strict definition of a hipster is anyone who has a distinct counter-cultural enthusiasm for the fashion, aesthetics and technology of stuff from the 20th century. I get a free pass in a lot of ways because I am Asian and there doesn't seem to be as much cultural context for Asians being hipsters (a lot of the style has already been folded in before it had a name). I have some friends who are unequivocal hipsters. I try not to judge but my friend who never learnt to use her expensive gift dSLR and instead buys old Lomos and other vintage camera gear sometimes infuriates me.

 

Here in Sydney we refer to "Melbourne hipsters" with particular disdain.

 

Here are my card carrying hipster credentials:

 

1. I wear skinny jeans

2. I occasionally wear drop crotch pants, but that's a monochrome thing that really seems to be associated more with weird androgynous art fashion more than hipsters...

3. I have thick rimmed plastic glasses

4. I got my asymmetrical hair cut all up ins

 

I can probably think of many more things. In my group of friends we like to rib each other for doing especially hipstery things. For instance, we often go to bars that are built out of old factories and where the drinks are outrageously expensive. Every hipster establishment is usually marked by the ceiling being completely unfurnished, with all pipes and other electrical lines visible and painted black. I usually turn to my friend whenever she takes us to these places (the same friend who collects Lomos) and say drily, "Oh look - an unfinished ceiling."  By now it has become accusatory - I will ask my friends if a place has an unfinished ceiling whenever they tell me it's great, and if it does I adjust my expectations accordingly.

 

I think it's my innate sense of value / stinginess that prevents me from walking off the deep end of the hipster continuum though. And my rampant neophilia.

 

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Will you hurry up and sell that Skullcandy already?!?!

 

Oh come now lol. But it's sold :3

 

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Aside from that, I've done some solo stuff: a few sound installations and performance art pieces using string-based drones, tape loops, and electronics. I'm actually most proud of these. My friend had a recording of one such performance uploaded to YouTube at one point, but it seems to be gone now. It involved an artificially constructed mini forest with wires suspended from a network of scaffolding and speakers in several "trees" that played looping low frequency soundscapes I created over the course of one otherwise uneventful winter. At several designated times I accompanied the installation with a performance on an old digital piano that was tuned ridiculously low and run through all sorts of filters. Simple progressions of a few low notes repeated at differing intervals and looped / manipulated using a cheap-o sampler.

 

You play piano? I am pretty sure any installation that you did would be pretty incredible.


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You knew I was going to comment on this, surely. This is some scheme to get me to post more. i mean... the Spice Girls are a pretty good cross section of womanhood? Oh that's a load, and you know it. U_U

 

As my entire post was a ruse, I have no comment - except to say that it worked didn't it?  wink.gif  Yes, I trolled you, but for the greater good.  smile.gif

 

EDIT:  I'm actually pretty proud that I had you going for two whole paragraphs... biggrin.gif  That doesn't happen very often you know.

 

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Ahh meerkats... nature's fashion models.

 

Or the perfect fursona for a fashion model.

 

I hadn't thought of that, but yes.  They've certainly got the posture to hold that pose for extended periods of time.

 

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Really?  Would NOT have guessed that.  biggrin.gif

 

Kiteki and I used to be long distance smoking buddies. I'll always associate portable audio with smoking as a result.

 

Also I've mentioned my clove cigarette vice a few times in here.

 

Oh cloves... okay.

 

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Will you hurry up and sell that Skullcandy already?!?!

 

Oh come now lol. But it's sold :3

 

Hey, just the very fact that you understood the jab speaks volumes.  biggrin.gif


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So jelly. I've always wanted to catch a live Lips show ever since I caught their documentary Fearless Flying Freaks a few years back. I've often entertained driving out to OKC to catch their New Year's Rockin Eve show but something's always kept me from doing so frown.gif
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Oh and I'm sorry to spam the thread but I actually forgot who it was that seemed interested in the Surface Pro when I was talking about it before... I got my review video up, but since Haswell is just around the corner it seems a bit irrelevant...

 

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I haven't seen a concert in years. I'm honestly not really interested in shows where the only way I can hear instruments is through an amp these days. But this does make me realize that I'd like to go see an orchestra. I saw some pretty talented young jazz musicians very much up close 2 months ago and that was pretty nice.

I mainly went to concerts during my mainstream heavy metal youth. For audience engagement and stage presence, especially in a smal venue, no one I saw was better than Overkill. They were thrash metal personified. A recent friend of mine who is a musician and still goes to shows confirmed recently that this is still true lol.

For large venues, I'd have to say my favorite was probably Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden soon after Bruce Dickenson came back. The Brave New World tour I think. Bruce Dickenson was out there like he had something to prove. The man was moving on fast forward. The stage had two levels and he was climbing ladders and jumping and running and it was ridiculous.

Btw, the Heaven V brought my Iron Maiden maiden CD's back from the dead.
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Godsmack!!! They kick azz live,... And Sully Erna can SING!!!
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Of all the threads on head-fi, I find it curious that mine---a diary whose author has IBS and an extremely limited appetite as a result---always turns into a discussion on food. I understand it comes up in normal conversation from time to time, but there's been like 30 pages of it now, and it's starting to kind of get to me. ;__;

So I'm awkwardly proposing a new topic of conversation: concerts.

What was the last concert you went to, or what concerts would you like to go to some day? What would be your dream lineup? For those of you who have never been to one, why not?! They're fun! Any amusing stories? Crowd banter? Drunk guys vomiting on smaller drunk guys? Stuff people do there that annoys you? Big venues versus small ones?

Summertime is a good time for concert going. I wish I could go to more.
Great topic ! When we lived in Paris we went to about two or three a month and did some truly awesome shows.

Some of the most memorable include mainstream stuff like Stevie Wonder WITH Prince on stage, The Strokes, Michael Jackson...

Less commercial but not underground per say: James Blake, Alela Diane, Laura Marling, Animal Collective, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, St Vincent, The Do, The Klaxons, Deerhoof, Jose Gonzales, MGMT and tons of others.

In the more sitting type of concerts I would quote Antony and the Johnsons (I cried), the great Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan, or a double Jazz concert with Hiromi Uehara and Esperanza spalding, as a carte blanche of Ahmad Jamal. Oh and of course Magma with like 50 people on stage.

Now in China we have almost nothing as the government does not like public gatherings. We still managed and AWESOME Grimes concert.
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The most fun I've had at a show happened after sneaking in to a They Might Be Giants concert in the late 90s. It was that primal joy of being a teenager combined with a band which was only out there to have a good time, puppet show and all. Also the first (& thankfully one of the last) times I recall my ears ringing until the next morning.

 

Best balance of strange and fun includes an A Perfect Circle show where I was followed around by an American Indian in a wheelchair wherever I went. He was mute the whole time. Now I wasn't exactly sober, but I did verify that other people saw him. And of course, Maynard killed it.

 

Glad that installations were brought up, because the runner up for strange/fun was a music/visual art installation that was staged at a cocktail party at the MIT Museum. After checking out some of the exhibits I spent the rest of the time sitting there transfixed by what could be whipped up with a keyboard, laptop and some clever lighting. Don't remember who the artist was.

 

About to head out to go see a show right now, a record release party for a local ska band called The Prizefighters.

 

 

It's odd that some of the old friends you'd have never guessed even played music wind up in bands years later while bands you remember growing up alongside with fall apart.

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