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MrMojok
04-19-2007, 01:18 PM
Yeah, it's another OT thread. I found this article fascinating:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...AR2007040401721.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html)

I don't want to say anything about it yet. Read it and watch the videos.

MrMojok
04-19-2007, 01:18 PM
Yeah, it's another OT thread. I found this article fascinating:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...AR2007040401721.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html)

I don't want to say anything about it yet. Read it and watch the videos.

leitmotiv
04-19-2007, 02:17 PM
Knowing how brain dead I would be in the bleak morning as I wended my way along the tube system in London on the way to work: grim, bloody-minded, blank, eyes tunneled---hell, I could have passed by Picasso painting murals, by Eliot reciting THE WASTELAND and the London Symphony without recognition. Unfair testing. However, free, not on the way to work, on a pleasant afternoon, I'd be attuned to any pleasant sight or sound---primarily female.

shahram177
04-19-2007, 02:21 PM
Here is the gig
He was in DC.
DC is full of needle **** cheap *** bottom of the barrel classless government employees making **** pay while trying to live in one of the most expensive cities in the US.
So I'm not surprised that this man got so little respect. They are government employees after all, if they were worth half their weight in salt and had any personality to them besides being cheap they would have high paying jobs working for fortune 500 companies.

Huxley_S
04-19-2007, 05:15 PM
As an experiment it doesn't really prove anything. It would need to be conducted in different cities across the world.

Personally, this guy would have stopped me dead in my tracks.

ploughman
04-20-2007, 03:03 AM
Wow, kid's got some skillz but he's too out of context for most people to want to deal with him. I read about the Moscows Philharmonic or whatever they're called busking outside of Woolworths in Cardiff in the 1990s, trying to make a few quid before they went back to Yesltin's meltdown, on the one hand it was great, but on the other it was humiliating for them.

Friendly_flyer
04-20-2007, 04:04 AM
I guess it's all about context. He is a great fidler, but in the morning rush I guess most people aren't really in a mood for violin music.

leitmotiv
04-20-2007, 07:36 AM
I think its the context---like the symphony at Auschwitz. Some venues are not conducive to aesthetic delectation.

LStarosta
04-20-2007, 07:53 AM
I'm going to call this as I see it, Shahram. You're full of sh*t. Jesus Christ, have you not ever lived in a city? There's people like that ALL over the city, granted not all of them play as well as he does. That's why people dismiss the whole act, especially since people tend to go to subway stations when they're hauling *** to work, school or home; not for entertainment.

But go ahead and sit on your high chair by calling commuters "needle d*cks". I dare you to go out to New York and let everyone know how you feel about people. Wonder how long you'll last.

horseback
04-20-2007, 09:43 AM
Given how touchy some employers are about people showing up for work on time, of course people went right on by.

I leave for work at the last possible minute because I don't get paid for my commute time, and if I want a decent parking space, I can't stop on the way unless it's a life and death situation. No matter how beautiful the music is, these people had only so much time budgeted before they had a commitment to be somewhere else.

Questionable experiment, at best.

cheers

horseback