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I'm selling a Washburn D-20 Acoustic Guitar.

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Attributes
Make Washburn
Model D-20
Serial Number 96120119
Country manufactured Korea
Year Manufactured 1996
Purchased 2004, New
Body type Standard dreadnought
Electronics Fishman Classic 4 Battery-powered EQ with balance, high, mid, and low
Pickup element sits under the saddle.
Top, body, and sides Most likely Mahogany, not sure though
Fret board Rosewood

I've personally customized this guitar over the years to decrease buzz, lower action, and increase playability in general. I've also added a Fishman acoustic pickup so the guitar can be amplified.

The guitar has a very warm sound, considerable sustain, and excellent intonation.

I'm selling it with a generic Ibanez gig bag. It has several pockets of various sizes, a velcro neck-security strap, an MP3 player holder with a headphone cord hole, front handle, side handle, two padded shoulder straps, a waist strap, and even a small hanging piece. It's fairly well-padded, and certainly the best gig bag I've ever owned.

If you have questions, you may ask questions below using the comment feature, or email me at admin@ls-a.org. Offers via email only, please. Thanks!

2011/07/02 16:27 · admin

Why I don't like blogs

I just got done watching three episodes of the Walking Dead and decided it was time to write in my blog. I pondered for a while what I could “blog” about:

And, as always while mulling over potential blog topics, I'm forced to cope with the fact that, when writing a blog worth reading, one generally has to tell people something they don't already know or haven't thought much about. Then, the realization occurs: I can't do that.

After all, what do I have to offer? I'd like to think that I'm smarter than the average person, and that I sometimes have relevant information to deliver if only to a friend or colleague. But, a lot of average people have blogs. In fact, you might be able to say that the majority of blogs in existence are created by people of the same or lower intelligence than myself. Therefore, if I have nothing to offer, most blogs must have nothing to offer1) 2). This allows me to roughly transition into the subject of this post.

There are too many blogs out there and most of them suck. In fact, the last thing this world needs is another blog. I can't tell you the number of blogs that I've read listing the benefits of Linux over Windows, reviewing the top ten alternative operating systems, or explaining the best anime series you've never heard of.

But maybe my blog-surfing isn't diverse enough, as I'm sure there are good blogs out there. A lot of the stuff I know, after all, I know from blogs. But much of what blogs do is so meaningless and trite that I don't even bother reading much more than the title, the image caption, and the first sentence of each paragraph. Even respectable, professional blogs still have a hard time picking topics that are relevant, meaningful, and, all the while, doing so with proper grammar.

In fact, I might argue that blogs are a form of public masturbation. People do it because they get off to the thought of the masses appreciating unprovoked strokes of intellect. Look at what I'm doing- typing my thoughts into a computer on a Friday night when I could be doing something worth-while, and for what? So people might read my thoughts, say to themselves, “Yeah, this guy's got it all figured out,” and then look at yet another picture of a dog in a lobster costume.

Hardly anyone will care what I have to say, and utilizing an over-used, over-rated format certainly won't make me seem anymore legitimate, but I write because it makes me feel good that other people might get something from it.

Blogs exist, at least partly, because some smart people thought they would share what makes them smart using a medium that is easily accessible and usable. It's a form of service- that's why blogs exist… and because they can be monetized.

All you really need to make money from a blog are ideas that the average Joe can understand, a presentation that makes those ideas seem relevant to him, and stupid sidebar advertisements on which Joe will click, thus generating revenue for an author of mostly worthless, mundane essays.

While I understand the irony in delivering this message using the very medium against which I am railing (which should, in some twisted way, bring a sense of legitimacy to blogging), I'm not sure why I continue to do it3). Perhaps because I, too, think that people might appreciate reading my garbled thoughts; perhaps it will inspire me to peruse more meaningful endeavors, if only so I can quickly boot up my laptop and regurgitate my latest experience on the Internet.

Or perhaps I shouldn't worry about it. Maybe I'll just sidestep the politics, avoid the philosophical dilemma, and benefit only through a regular review of syntax, composition, and creative thinking; it's more productive than masturbating.

2011/03/19 13:47
1)
This assumes, of course, that most people who are writing blogs don't know that they have nothing to offer, or do know but continue to write for some ungodly reason.
2)
I'd like to clarify this logical argument. If one assumes that most people have average intelligence, and that I have above-average intelligence, and that a direct correlation exists between having a successful blog and a blogger's level of intelligence, therefore, most blogs out there are unsuccessful because the blogger has intelligence less than or equal to mine because I have an unsuccessful blog. Conversely, one would need to have a level of intelligence at least greater than mine to have a successful blog. My perceived level of intelligence and the validy of the intelligence:success correlation, however, is wholly up for debate.
3)
Thankfully, this blog is not titled “Why I don't like blogs but continue to write one anyway.”
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