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Pyrrho wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:22 am
I regret not completing my college degree.
I regret not learning martial arts.

I studied Sil Lum Kung Fu when I was a younger, thinner man (in my early 20s, to be precise). I learned three important things

1) How to throw a punch hard without breaking my hand or wrist.
2) How to minimize the pain and damage of falling.
3) How to ignore pain, to a degree.

Everything else was either pretty much for show. I appreciate what I learned, but as for actual fighting, one pretty much learns that by getting into fights. Whether those are formal martial arts bouts or getting into bar room scraps. That last flows from the concept that if you get your ass kicked enough times you figure out ways to not get your ass kicked.

I remember when my sifu went to demonstrate "pressure points on me", and hit me in a spot that was supposed to be debilitating. When he hit the spot I told him "Well, I would rather you didn't do that any more. But it's mostly just annoying"

I became very skeptical of martial arts after that.
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My biggest regret is not pursuing my dream of going to film school. I have kicked myself every day of my cinephile life for not doing that.
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Nyarlathotep wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:43 am
My biggest regret is not pursuing my dream of going to film school. I have kicked myself every day of my cinephile life for not doing that.
Older "film-makers" than you have made complete garbage and were still, somehow successful. I say follow your dreams!

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These days you could film cockroach races and monetize it on YouTube.
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Pyrrho wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:32 am
These days you could film cockroach races and monetize it on YouTube.

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QED

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Nyarlathotep wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:43 am
My biggest regret is not pursuing my dream of going to film school. I have kicked myself every day of my cinephile life for not doing that.
No need for a school.

It has never been easier to make movies. Any half decent camera (or smartphone) can also shoot good clips and there are tons of free software to combine them afterwards.

Get on it! :figamagee:

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Calling back to an older thread:

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We've seen that before. Still as full of Dumbth as it was first time around.
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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I understand the posting then deleting the post thing
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Well, I suppose, if forced to respond, I'd say that my biggest regret was not taking up music when I was wee lad. I suppose I should blame my parents for that. They could have forced me, right?

They let me down by not getting me formal lessons.

I took up guitar at the old age of 19. I never got any good at it; I'm like Guitar George, I know all the cords. But unlike Guitar George, my rhythm is like:

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It's really quite embarrassing.

I have learned to read music over the years, but just barely; I can 'work out' a melody from sheet music, but it is so difficult that I never bother; it's easier to just fake it by ear than to get it right. But I'm not really good at that either. I've pretty much set it aside.

Son3, OTOH, picked up my ragged electric at seven, and hasn't put it down since. I taught him all I knew by the time he was 12. By 13, he would dutifully accompany me but would get frustrated at my lack of rhythm and technique. He's a little like me in that he can just barely read music, but unlike me he can hear it once and just know it.

I let him down by not getting him formal lessons.

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By the third one you must have been exhausted.