March 9, 2007

sHAVING without foam, just water,I am a Spartan..

there was a documentary on History channel a few days ago and it was about Ancient Greece which as you may already know it was mainly Athens and Sparta, the two strong armies that were hateful enemies. Don't you remember Leonidas, who by the age of 18 was fully educated and trained in order to be able to overcome any battle as well as give orders to his soldiers?
The competition among the two cities/states of Greece waas fierce. It was somehow different though when the Persian army of Xerxis with more than 300,000 soldiers planned to attack Athens due to some past vendeta that arose among the kings.
The Athenians although brave and confident so far, at that point realized that they couldn't possibly resist since the Persians outnumbered them tremendously. therefore, they asked for help from their neighbors and enemies.They relied on Leonidas for help, the greatest warrior in Greece at that point in History. He thought things over and saw that the enemies of his enemies were his friends and later chose his best soldiers but only those who had raised sons so in case they were killed their sons would be left behind.
the Greeks won the war and the powerful Persians were defeated. Sparta remained the most powerful city after that for a long time. See, their main difference was that the Athenians were more intellectualy aware and dreamt of the great city of Athens with nice buildings. their artistic nature came into conflict with that of the Spartans who cut themselves from any form of literature and good manners. All they cared about was becoming good soldiers.
Everytime a new son was born, Leonidas would take it to the Taygetos, a tall, rocky mountain and make a bright decision whether the male infant was good or bad. It was only between good and bad kid, the latter was thrown into the sea. The good kids were trained all day, every day! the training they had to go through was mazochistic and touches insanity in our today's world. They used to beat their fuckin' brains out of each other and Leonidas was standing there forcing them and showing them moves and smart tactics necessary in wartime.Their mothers were also watching but women were amazingly tough and they kept well in mind that their son was going to be treated harshly but that was the point. They didn't seem to care much! They could even beat the hell out of a man in case of rape or theft.
The newly-made soldiers were given different weapons during training and they literally broke each other's face. And all that, at the age of 8!
in conclusion i would like to make a comment. Ideas, ethics, way of life, people, minds, cultures, everything, every single aspect of humanity is changing dramatically at least every hundred years.
Nowadays almost everyone opposes war except politicians who have other things in mind. You can compare George W. Bush and Leonidas of Sparta! They are aliens to each other, the only similarity.they wanted young kids to go to war and fight and return to their homeland with the victory. However, we are moving through the 21st century which differs much from sometime B.C. No more wars because the only revolution we have in today's world is education. This is how one is distinguished as good and/or bad. This is also a war but of a somehow different and less painful training!

March 6, 2007

Skiffle Groups

I have come across unprofessional music groups who perform even better than a few pro. bands, and i am quite sure that almost everyone who lives in big cities like LA(although never been there) Ny as well as around Europe, London etc, are familiar with seeing people in the street, usually gathered at parks and public places, subway stations, and of people of both genders standing at their fixed positions and singing, playing instruments and even dancing. When Jazz music began in the 1920's and was soon liked and adopted by many.
great artists like Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, "King Oliver", Jelly Roll Mortonthe were introduced in the field and were soon proved to be Kings of the kind. The need for producing good music was booming. Many saw it as the perfect way to express themselves. Becoming well known wasn't the initial motive though.

dURING THE EARLY 50's Jazz music was related to the wealthy and those who could attend to go to a Jazz concert for example.The idea of creating music spread out really quick and especially among those who were talented but couldn't afford to buy instruments due to the high prices. So these people, mostly an African American majority began forming Skiffle groups.Using any means available like match boxes, empty bottles and metals, what they were doing was actually manufacturing hand made instruments and using them to entertain people as well as make their living. The main reason for doing that was to pay off the rent and bills. Skiffle groups became popular all over and producing your own piece of instrumental device wasn't very complicated but totally inexpensive.
Skiffle groups became famous and still impress and share their fun and excitment with us. Creating a Skiffle Group cannot actually be planned simply because it is rather spontaneously and naturally the way these bands come together.
I am personally caught by this one guy who uses empty paint cases made of plastic, together with two wooden sticks . In a Drum N' Bass rhythm , this guy hits faster than you can imagine..the sound is so good that it is quite hard to detect a mistake. He must be making really good living out of that. No doubt, he is a musician who expresses himself informally but in a relatively unique way. He could definetely perform on higher standards because he is extremely talented. One can usually see this dude at Lex. station, taking the 6 uptown train.
All of the great Jazz Stars mentioned above were nothing else but skiffle members who gradually reached the top and became rich, famous and well respected by all.

March 5, 2007

Sex, drugs and Rock "n" roll!

I' ve blacked out,had seizures,had my stomach pumped. They
took me to hospital in New Orleans once and i came round to
find this guy on his hands and knees by the side of my bed going,
"Psstt, are you Ozzy Osbourne?Are you dying? I said,"i don't know".
He said , "Before you go, can you give me yout autograph?" And shoves this
piece of paper into my hand. No respect, these fuckers.

Ozzy Osbourne

Writing as blogging!

Blogging forces you to write.By writing you absorb your strongest thoughts and make them crystal clear after you put them on a paper. It could be anything from a food recipe to a new-venture businees plan. And i want to stand on the business plan for a while and mention that although a lot of people assume and find it more practical to keep everything up in the head in formulating and accomplishing a business plan there is a serious detail to consider...
I personally believe that having all the steps and resources in mind would be great but actually putting them down on paper could make all the difference in the world.
Companies like Pizza-Hut, Crate&Barrel and others, although didn't have an actual business plan to get started with ended up such a great success.These could be the exceptions!
A new enterpeneur will not be alone at least in the beginning of a start up since the person must approach investors and sponsors to support a specific idea and also convince them as well that the 'thing' is going to work and generate profit that will repay the effort and risk that has been taken/
In case the person is accurately charismatic in articulating perfectly..well, that's fair enough to avoid a comprehensive business plan of up to forty pages.
kEEP iT ^^ and be in touch!

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