Damian Barajas

Tijuana, B. C., Mexico

About Damian

Languages

English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Music

An idea worth spreading

You are not who you say you are, you are not what I think you are, you are not what you pretend to be.
After all is said and done, you are your legacy, whatever bit of you survives into the future, that's who you were.

This is the relevance we are looking for today, the meaning that's lacking, and the immortality our ancestors longed for.

I'm passionate about

I'm passionate about finding wisdom.

Talk to me about

Music, art, critical thinking, science, happiness, meaning of life, social change, attitudes, teaching, writing, learning.

People don't know I'm good at

Reading people's intentions.

Comments & conversations

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Damian Barajas
Posted about 3 years ago
Usman Riaz + Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero
Michael, I won't take issue with your statement "neither of these 2 did anything to take the technique further, or develop it, or improve on it in any way" I disagree with "Can you pick out the melody of the tunes these guys did? It was in there somewhere, but buried by loud, crashing chords and bongo like banging on the guitar." Because I clearly heard a melody, (Even though I don't think melody is that important, but that's another topic for another time) I also don't believe people here believe that they invented this style of guitar, not from the comments in this forum at least. I dont take issue with your taste in music and I don't agree with you but that's not the point. The point is you don't get to tell other people they have bad taste in music because they enjoyed something you didn't without exposing yourself to look like a fool for telling people they should not like what they already experienced. (Or you can, but this is not the way to go about it.)
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Damian Barajas
Posted about 3 years ago
Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found
Holey bartender Batman!, that is one of the most brilliant ideas ever!!! I bow to your wisdom! (Disclaimer: I didn't think the talk was that good only because he made getting a 404 error so dramatic, and I really hope no one gets persuaded by that piece of rhetoric, but to be a 404 sort of easter egg itself, is brilliant!)
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Damian Barajas
Posted about 3 years ago
Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found
The talk was fine for the most part, but do you really feel broken? do yo really expect technology to be infallible and to give you dancing unicorns? I think that's the biggest problem I have with this talk, this sort of validation of expectation of perfection for a very complex cobbled together network that's sometimes barely hanging by a thread. I guess I just hope that people would appreciate the internet a bit more than for its utilitarian usefulness, otherwise it could easily become one more cultural trapping damning us to being slave to the experiences created for us on the web.
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Damian Barajas
Posted almost 4 years ago
How are we going to get Conscious Listening into schools?
Well let me try to tackle this problem from a different viewpoint: Theres a lot of noise. That noise isi't going away, to tell the truth anybody that cant adapt to the way things are is going the way of the dinosaurs. So the problem isn't one of reception, you cannot avoid receiving so many signals, the problem is transmission. How do we communicate in a world full of noise? The truth is that students are not the limiting factor for learning ins schools, but teachers. So, how do we communicate with students in order to engage them in learning? Now that I've built up my premise, that is that the world is noisy and we need to be able to be heard in that world of noise, let me challenge something else, the fact that the world is really that noisy i he first place. kids certainly don't think so, its pretty normal for them, its the old guys who both caused the world to be this way in the first place, then lament the way things are. I do this in order to make sure that everybody understands the issue as complex, having said that, my point of view is this: Teach your kids yourselves, forget about school treat it as a complement to learning and teach your child what you want them to know, the moment you pay attention to your child, your child pays attention back. Schools are not the issue here, if schools fail in any way its primarily the fault of the teachers, I mean, the people who really teach their kids how to pay attention in the world. The parents. Kids learn what they see, not what they hear. If you don't pay attention to your kids, the kids learn how not to pay attention to the world.
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Damian Barajas
Posted about 4 years ago
Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence
Theres something to what you say, this is undeniable. But the only good thing he said is, that violence and corruption are not the real problem, I agree, they are not the root of the problem, I just don't agree with his assessment of the underlying issues.
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Damian Barajas
Posted about 4 years ago
Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence
Now thats one thing he could do that would change Mexico. Criminals are not a race or a nationality, they are, for better or worse a part of any countries society, Mexicans in this case, for the most part, I do not associate with drug dealers but I do know of people who do, not because they want to, but because they are they're, brothers, sons, daughters neighbors. Emiliano, I hope you take the time to read through this, Tell us your father is a thief, tell us you reaped the benefits of that, YOU put your security on the line, you fight the evil you know but are complicit with and then ask everybody else to do the same. Credibility, you have none.
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Damian Barajas
Posted about 4 years ago
Emiliano Salinas: A civil response to violence
You might also want to think about that "we are more than them" Lets see, who are them: Every drug dealer from south america hoping to get their goods to america. Every american buying the poison that the drug dealers are selling. Every criminal, someones brother, sister or son, looking to escape his sorry lot in life. Every wealthy or powerful person that has to make the choice, cooperate and get richer or die. They are a lot of people.