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Friday, January 27, 2006

Of culture and other wonky stuff.

Pfft. Leave it up the the others and this blog would be totally devoid of any content at all.

Time to dust off my blogger hat and put a few words down, this time drawing inspiration from a conversation I overheard yesterday in the bus. Yes, I still refuse to pay through my nose for the priviledge of using the few narrow ribbons of asphalt in between the various craters which the natives insist on calling roads.

Now, this conversation between three young gentlemen started when one of them asked what had happened to a certain DJ who had apparently disappeared off the face of the planet. According to one of them, said DJ had stopped practicing because he had developed some ear problems, which event caused him some inconvenience in his musical efforts.

In chipped the third lad, who said something along the lines of "So what? Beethoven was stone deaf and still wrote."

The response to this was "What the hell has that got to do with anything? Beethoven just had to sit in front of his piano and bash away, this guy needs to hear properly to play!" and "Yeah, I mean, Betthoven didn't have the sound this guy has, there's no comparison!"

[Cue sound of strangled disbelief from my seat]

Although one has to thank [insert preferred divinity here] that these people had even heard of Beethoven, I must honestly state that, if I had any faith in Maltese culture (And that doesn't mean I had any to begin with) I well and truly lost it there and then.

I was reminded of a Doris Lessing quote which one of my friends (Hi Ralph) was rather fond of:
You can take a whore to culture, but you can't make her think.


Life today is sort of ok-ish. I'm working in Java again, and having constant metaphysical debates with the occupant of a neigbouring desk who believes, for some unfathomable reason, that C# is better. Takes all sorts I guess.


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