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hammydon

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    Filmmaking (it's my second career), camera, field, landscape, hiking, bicycle,
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  1. Quittin with the plebes - hammydon 820n/455a
  2. I like the musical selections mentioned in this thread, love me some heavy metal. In fact, Mondays are dedicated to heavy metal in my household: turns out our 62 year old Polish cleaning lady loves heavy metal too, fuckin hilarious. To change it up a little I'm sharing a video I filmed featuring Zachariah Schmidt. I've mentored him since he was very little. In high school he became my piano student (my only student) where I prepared him in advanced piano, and he is now pursuing a degree in piano at Georgia State in Atlanta (my home state!). He's a huge Dave Matthews fan, so he's covering one of his songs, with me on the piano. He's got trained classical piano chops, but his vocal chops are all his own, cultivated by himself, fucking talented kid. I filmed it with two Canon cameras, and a simple binaural mic, put it together in Final Cut. You just wouldn't believe what this kid has been through, and what he has faced in order to become a healthy young adult: brave kid and I'm super proud of him. Sharing some goodness tonight: https://vimeo.com/135758063
  3. If Vegas passed a ban on smoking then the clean up of the smell might cost millions. When the ban went into place in Chicago suddenly everyone was aware that the bars (without fresh cigarette smoke) smelled like rancid nicotine and sweat. So it's a gauntlet to run on the sidewalks/smoking areas outside of all the bars and restaurants.
  4. Well I don't know how long ago your class was... and conflicting studies are always good in that they challenge the body of knowledge that already exists. I think this article really onto something - at least with hard drugs. However I don't feel the same about nicotine. It's probably because nicotine is socially acceptable (well... was..) and "separation" isn't usually necessary in order to partake. Well of course that has all changed now, with bans on public smoking, etc.
  5. This is an interesting article on "addiction as separation." I especially like this section: Here's one example of an experiment that is happening all around you, and may well happen to you one day. If you get run over today and you break your hip, you will probably be given diamorphine, the medical name for heroin. In the hospital around you, there will be plenty of people also given heroin for long periods, for pain relief. The heroin you will get from the doctor will have a much higher purity and potency than the heroin being used by street-addicts, who have to buy from criminals who adulterate it. So if the old theory of addiction is right -- it's the drugs that cause it; they make your body need them -- then it's obvious what should happen. Loads of people should leave the hospital and try to score smack on the streets to meet their habit. But here's the strange thing: It virtually never happens. As the Canadian doctor Gabor Mate was the first to explain to me, medical users just stop, despite months of use. The same drug, used for the same length of time, turns street-users into desperate addicts and leaves medical patients unaffected. If you still believe -- as I used to -- that addiction is caused by chemical hooks, this makes no sense. But if you believe Bruce Alexander's theory, the picture falls into place. The street-addict is like the rats in the first cage, isolated, alone, with only one source of solace to turn to. The medical patient is like the rats in the second cage. She is going home to a life where she is surrounded by the people she loves. The drug is the same, but the environment is different. The entire article is linked here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html
  6. hammydon 814n/449a Congrats Armmaya on 7 hunnerd!
  7. hammydon 813n/448a congrats zachary on 4 hunnerd
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