I've noticed that when I am out running after dark lots of people have started blinding me with LED's. Now a LED torch might be useful if you are say repairing a fence or collecting snails after but if you are using it in a low light environment the high intensity beam extinguishes your night vision leaving you mostly blind and with no spatial awareness or peripheral vision, and that's just when it is pointing away from you.
Now are people getting stupider and more divorced from genuine sensory appreciation ? Do they really figure 'well if it can be sold I want one and I am gonna use it all the time. to the max' ? I find it real hard to answer no to this.
Because the thing is I can always see perfectly all the time at night until one of these torch wielding dudes is rude enough to shine it directly in my eyes, there is simply so much light pollution that in urban areas it never really gets dark, it takes very few minutes to notice this without a torch on and eternity with one.
But maybe there is something I am missing (there isn't), perhaps an LED salesman could explain it to me, or maybe just post a link to some gorgeous looking torches.
On a related note, has anyone noticed lots of guys playing rhythm super loud on expensive guitars with no voice leading ? Maybe they like to hit a dominant seventh here and there for the tonic on a standard and not notice how unbelievably awful it sounds, maybe arguing that it said 7 somewhere in a book. Maybe they don't fell the need to including a seventh before a modulation. Or maybe a soloist whose foot taps all jagged and random or just swoops in whenever he feels like playing in the exact same register and with the same rhythmic intensity as the soloist ? Or maybe everyone uses natural ninths for the dominant all the time even in a minor key ? Or maybe someone likes to hit two and four early whenever they get excited, or again maybe drift up to 220 on a waltz that starts at 170, or maybe just a real loose 80 'in one'. And maybe they prefer no dynamics at all, preferably with everyone as loud as possible and loving the sound of the only instrument they are listening to, their own and everything drifting inevitably up to a speed where noone is comfortable.
And do you hear them talking about their next purchase more than they talk about music ?
How often is it fun ?
Incidentally I am not really a very good runner, I just really like running and really don't like being blinded.
Anyone have any similar experiences ?