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Other Entertainment / Hobbies / Re: Poems that move you
« Last post by Redz on Today at 02:49:39 PM »
My poet friend tells me what I wrote was an “Ars Poetica”.  Which, of coourse, I had to a google.

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Ars Poetica
A poem that explains the “art of poetry,” or a meditation on poetry using the form and techniques of a poem. Horace’s Ars Poetica is an early example, and the foundation for the tradition. While Horace writes of the importance of delighting and instructing audiences, modernist ars poetica poets argue that poems should be written for their own sake, as art for the sake of art. Archibald MacLeish’s famous “Ars Poetica” sums up the argument: “A poem should not mean / But be.” See also Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism,” William Wordsworth’s Prelude, and Wallace Stevens’s “Of Modern Poetry.”

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I’m more of an Arse than an Ars...
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His name is Mudd.  Check out this exchange.  For some reason Mudd reminds me of Brennan.  Its all about if keeping security clearances after being in office are profitable or not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxJznkrcoPg

The guy is a psychopath, just like Brennan .

Even admits there is a shadow government lol.....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7i0P44hgD4

All these intelligence weasels need their clearances removed.

Drain the swamp!

No, he did not "admit" that "there is a shadow government". Words matter and he's not saying that.
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Other Entertainment / Hobbies / Re: Poems that move you
« Last post by greece666 on Today at 02:41:11 PM »
Always liked this Dylan Thomas poem. I try not to overthink my enjoyment of things like poetry, but it makes me think of renewal and the transcendence of human experience.


Light breaks where no sun shines

Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides;
And, broken ghosts with glow-worms in their heads,
The things of light
File through the flesh where no flesh decks the bones.

A candle in the thighs
Warms youth and seed and burns the seeds of age;
Where no seed stirs,
The fruit of man unwrinkles in the stars,
Bright as a fig;
Where no wax is, the candle shows its hairs.

Dawn breaks behind the eyes;
From poles of skull and toe the windy blood
Slides like a sea;
Nor fenced, nor staked, the gushers of the sky
Spout to the rod
Divining in a smile the oil of tears.

Night in the sockets rounds,
Like some pitch moon, the limit of the globes;
Day lights the bone;
Where no cold is, the skinning gales unpin
The winter’s robes;
The film of spring is hanging from the lids.

Light breaks on secret lots,
On tips of thought where thoughts smell in the rain;
When logics die,
The secret of the soil grows through the eye,
And blood jumps in the sun;
Above the waste allotments the dawn halts.

Dylan Thomas is among my favourites. His verses have depth without having to use "difficult" words. An ex from Wales had bought me a collection of his poems. My favourite is And Death Shall Have No Dominion.
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Celtics Talk / Re: Zion Williamson is the final piece
« Last post by ETNCeltics on Today at 02:37:14 PM »
Some of the questions about him are legit. The ones above about his athleticism are not.

He's also a very good ball handler and has excellent body control.

If he could consistently shoot 3s - and I don't think the jury is in that he can't - he'd be the #1 overall pick and there wouldn't be any question about it. There some video in the exhibition games Duke has been playing of him showing a pretty decent pull up jumper (with amazing lift, he'll be able to shoot over pretty much anyone), but we're going to have to watch him over the course of the season on his 3s.

On his D, yes, you can see him look sloppy, but let's be honest: he's spent most of his basketball life on D with half (or most) of his mind ready to take off for a youtube highlight dunk. With his athleticism, he can play D, it's just a matter of whether or not he's one of those guys who doesn't have a want-to.

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Celtics Talk / Re: Zion Williamson is the final piece
« Last post by GreenShooter on Today at 02:19:43 PM »
His combination of size and athleticism is breathtaking. If he can become proficient in the other facets of the game, and that is a big if, he has the potential to be great, even at a less than ideal height.

Does some things incredibly, other things not as well. It doesn’t look like he has the lateral quickness to defend on the perimeter right now - at all. So he either has to fix that (lose 30 pounds?) or show he can defend the 4 or 5. Scroll about halfway down this page to see Langford get by him easily.

https://www.thestepien.com/2018/08/12/early-2019-draft-thoughts-zion-williamson/
Doesn't mean a thing. Langford will be doing that to A LOT of people this year. He's super quick.

Not just Langford. If you go to the page, you'll see three other guys have their way with him on the perimeter, not just Langford. His anticipation isn't good, and he lacks the quickness to recover. Maybe it's fixable, maybe it isn't. If you want to be a small-ball five, you better be able to at least stay in front of your man on the perimeter to force a jump shot.
Fair enough. There are a lot of videos on that link so I'll check them out later. Zion is a very intriguing prospect and no one that size has the athleticism he has. He'll be fun to follow, along with Reddish on the same team. I'm not all that high on Barrett but that's only because he's a consensus first pick in the mock drafts and I see more value elsewhere (Langford being one you mentioned...he's very good). Then again, Anthony Bennett went first overall. Ugh!! Barrett is not that low on my meter.
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ON SEPT. 25, 2000, Paul Pierce was stabbed multiple times at the Buzz Club in Boston. One of the knife wounds was seven inches deep, just inches from his heart. Pierce underwent emergency surgery for a collapsed lung and later contended that the thickness of his leather jacket saved his life.

The face of the Celtics franchise stunned everyone by recovering in time to play all 82 games that season. As everyone marveled at his speedy physical recovery, Pierce privately grappled with the mental scars of the incident, which took years to heal.

For the first time, Pierce discusses the debilitating bout of depression that left him so unglued that he ordered a 24-hour-a-day police detail outside his home in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

"I was stabbed 11 times," Pierce tells ESPN. "I felt like I was trapped in a box. I couldn't go nowhere.

"I battled depression for a year. The only thing that saved me was basketball."

Long after he was released from the hospital, Pierce remained nervous, jittery, anxious. He couldn't sleep. The Celtics urged him to seek counseling, but he waved them off. "I thought, 'I can do this myself,'" Pierce recalls. "I didn't want anybody else in my business."

But as the weeks dragged on, moving around in public spaces became almost unbearable for Pierce. The trauma of the event had stripped him of his confidence. His anxiety spiked while dining at Morton's restaurant in Boston just a few months after the stabbing, when the manager approached him with a house phone and said a friend was insistent on speaking with Pierce. He picked up the receiver, and a menacing voice sneered, "I'm going to kill you."

"So now I'm really paranoid," Pierce says. "I don't want to go anywhere. The police sat in the front of my house for months. I was a mess.

"I think that's the reason I got back on the court so fast. Me sitting at home thinking about [the stabbing] didn't work. I went to every practice, sat on the sideline for hours, because that's where I felt safe. I didn't want those practices to end because then I had to go back out there in this world that really scared me."

"I would tell everyone to get the help they need. My depression was bad -- really bad. I never want to feel that way again."

Incredibly, Pierce managed to average 25.3 points and 6.4 rebounds during the 2000-01 season. It was a tumultuous season for the Celtics, who won only 36 games and whose coach, Rick Pitino, quit midseason. Pierce didn't care. Basketball was his sanctuary.

"I couldn't be near crowds," he says. "If I got in a crowded place, I'd start shaking inside. It took me years to get over that. If I was walking and someone bumped into me or rubbed against me, I'd freak out."

Before the 2000 season opener, the Celtics ran a promotion in which they stationed players at the entrances of the arena to greet fans as they filed through the turnstiles. Pierce agreed to be part of it, but when it came time to participate, his heart rate spiked, his palms began sweating, and he started to experience shortness of breath. He was having a full-blown panic attack.

"I told the Celtics, 'I can't do this,"' Pierce says. "[The second year] I thought I was better, but I lasted about two minutes, and then that panicky feeling started up again. I was sure something bad was going to happen to me."

In retrospect, Pierce says, he wishes he had listened to the Celtics and talked with a mental health expert. His decision to deal with his post-traumatic stress on his own heightened his depression and isolated him from friends, family and teammates.

"I should have opened up earlier than I did," Pierce admits. "It was eating me alive. Once I finally started talking to a family member, it helped me.

"I realized, 'I should have done this sooner.' I would tell everyone to get the help they need. My depression was bad -- really bad. I never want to feel that way again."


http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/24382693/jackie-macmullan-kevin-love-paul-pierce-state-mental-health-nba
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Other Entertainment / Hobbies / Re: Poems that move you
« Last post by Redz on Today at 02:08:12 PM »
Poetry eludes me.  I’m impatient and literal.  I do a have a soul though, so there’s hope.

I signed up for a poetry class this summer that a friend was teaching.  As I type, I’m sitting in a seat where the class was taught.

Life got in the way.  Once again no time for poetry.

At least I’m writing something from this space.

He’d be proud.

What you just wrote could be a poem and a pretty good one.

The beauty of poetry is that it doesn't have to be anything just some words presented in any way you wish....

Well that was easy!

What’s all the fuss?

Kidding.  I do admire the craftsmanship of well constructed poems.

I struggle with implied meaning when reading poetry, but I guess that’s a skill to work on like anything. 
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Other Entertainment / Hobbies / Re: Poems that move you
« Last post by liam on Today at 02:02:33 PM »
Poetry eludes me.  I’m impatient and literal.  I do a have a soul though, so there’s hope.

I signed up for a poetry class this summer that a friend was teaching.  As I type, I’m sitting in a seat where the class was taught.

Life got in the way.  Once again no time for poetry.

At least I’m writing something from this space.

He’d be proud.

What you just wrote could be a poem and a pretty good one.

The beauty of poetry is that it doesn't have to be anything just some words presented in any way you wish....
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Celtics Talk / Re: Why Jaylen Brown is a Future Superstar (video)
« Last post by liam on Today at 02:00:38 PM »
Thanks for sharing. I think Brown's skills are a bit underrated. He is an amazing athlete, but he does have pretty good handle, vision, shooting, and moves.

Jaylen is also an excellent two way player and has a top notch work ethic. I love that kid. He was also playing through injury throughout the playoffs.
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Other Entertainment / Hobbies / Re: Poems that move you
« Last post by Redz on Today at 01:48:41 PM »
Poetry eludes me.  I’m impatient and literal.  I do a have a soul though, so there’s hope.

I signed up for a poetry class this summer that a friend was teaching.  As I type, I’m sitting in a seat where the class was taught.

Life got in the way.  Once again no time for poetry.

At least I’m writing something from this space.

He’d be proud.
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