UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Commentus Interruptus

I think I may have offended Paul Kimball by noting in my posting, the other day, about Comments here that his musical links tended to interrupt the flow of thought (or non-thought) in a line of comments about a topic.

Paul is obsessed with music, and offers links to his favorite pieces at Facebook and beyond. He's done that for some time now.

But music is such a personal thing that one has to be careful not to offer selections that others eschew for personal reasons.

I, for instance, am not a fan of current music, especially rap!

Nor am I beholden to classic rock -- the Beatles being a passing fad for me. However I do find Radiohead to be interesting or R.E.M. but that's about it.

I'm a classical music/opera buff, and want to use my ears and short time on this Earth to get as much of that sound in my psyche as possible.

My YouTube uploads are examples, even though there is an Earth Kitt moment (based on a Rachmaninoff theme) and a Christian hymn that one of our guys' [Wes] grandmother like to play on the piano and sing.

That said, let me explain my plaint about links in mid-stream of a topic's back-and-forth.

In my psych classes, we had to engage in "free association" sessions, even though the Psychology department favored B. F. Skinner's approach to therapy. Freud was still in vogue back then.

During a faux "free association" session, we were subject to door knockings and radio interruptions to show how such things interfered with a "patients" association flow.

That has always stuck with me.

When we have a debate flow here, in comments, I'd like to stay on topic -- you've all read my railings about how Kevin Randle's blog is often marred by visitors there taking control by opting to change the topic in mid-stream. Kevin begs them to stay on topic but they rudely ignore his pleas and the subject matter goes to hell.

I hope to keep that from happening at this blog (and our other blogs).

If Paul is a little angry for my bitching about his musical suggestions, then I apologize.

But even Paul has to understand that one man's music is another man's noise.

Or a link to music inside a run about UFOs is a quirky suggestion that defeats the purpose of this blog or any blog about UFOs or something non-musically oriented.

So, Paul, come back -- and give us that link to your podcast with Kevin Randle. We long to be made aware of the Dream Team's progress, and your other, non-musical edifications.

RR

Timing is everything!

We appreciate comments, and my previous posting about them should indicate that, but comments need to be timely, to amount to anything.

We often get comments several days after a posted item appears here; sometimes several years after an item was posted.

Visitors here, commenters here, move along, like us, in this fast-paced world.

Commenting on a posting or comment here several days after they appear is futile, a waste of your time and thought.

We're not comment happy, like some Blog owners who need comments to sustain an advertising milieu: Kevin Randle's blog, Above Top Secret, and Unexplained-Mysteries, among others.

We don't sell anything, so it doesn't matter if we get only one comment or a hundred.

We like comments to advance a debate or "discussion" that's all.

If a pithy comments comes in several days after a discussion has wound down, what's the point?

If you stumble upon an old item here and wish to note something about it, add your comment to a new item, noting that you're referring to an old, moribund topic.

We'll make the adjustment, if your comment is relevant.

RR