[ExI] silly 'rules'

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 22:11:31 UTC 2015

But if no one can really say why they're great, the best thing to do is
either be precise with "many people think they're great" or find out if and
why they are.)

Anyway, it's not like the world's going to end anytime sooner because of
this discussion. :)

Regards,  Dan

I have looked into the philosophy of aesthetics at some (not great) depth.
I still have not found any valid argument that can contradict "I don't know
much about X but I know what I like."

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you want the cliche'.

I advised my children and grandchildren:  "Never let anyone tell you that
your tastes are bad or wrong.  You like what you like and that's all it
takes.  Never be ashamed at what you like.  However, do expose yourself to
other opinions and tastes to see if you might like them too."  Nobody gets
to be the arbiter of my tastes except me.

I love gourmet cooking and I also like those little gutbombers they sell at

(I left out all the obvious things about snobs [does it matter *who *likes
what?] and elitism, etc.)
bill w

On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 3:51 PM, Dan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Friday, September 18, 2015 1:04 PM Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I recall a high school English teacher assigning me
> > to write a story, exactly two paragraphs per day -
> > no more, no less.  I could buffer ideas for future
> > days' paragraphs, but not actually write them.  I
> > remember doing that exercise more than once, the last
> > time taking a bit past 3 weeks (getting the story to a
> > good conclusion).
> I envy you. I think I had one high school class where we had to write a
> story. I don't remember the teacher giving us any more instruction then to
> just have it in by the end of the week. Mine was a kind of utopian look at
> the future. :)
> > The idea was to practice discipline.  I'd already done
> > some story writing.  And...even adults, but definitely
> > children, might appreciate certain forms of art more if
> > they have at least dabbled in the rudiments of the craft,
> > rather than leaving the whole thing as a black box to
> > them.  (Though there is a fear among many that this
> > actually reduces the capacity for enjoyment, seeing
> > everything in bland mechanics.  I can not say for
> > certain whether this actually happens to some, even
> > many, but I live an example proof that it need not be so.)
> I can see both sides of that. :)
> Regards,
> Dan
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> http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Ust/e/B00J6HPX8M/
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