The Lucero LC-200SCE. Inquiries

17 Sep

 

This is the Lucero LC-200SCE! I recently got this guitar and I am happy with it, except for a few things. 
Few Specs:

 

Scale Length: 25.5″

 

Body Wood: Indian Rosewood

 

Top wood: Solid Red Cedar

 

Bridge: Rosewood BridgePickup: Fishman™ Sonecore Piezo

 

Controls: Fishman™ Clasica preamp – Volume, 2 band EQ, Phase switch, built-in Chromatic Tuner

 
If you have any suggestions as to how to improve or fix these imperfections please share. Thank you!

 

The guitar was appealing to me since it had the cutaway, which provides access to the higher frets, and it could be plugged in. It all seemed reasonable for the price I paid which was roughly about $250 since I used Coupon Cactus’s Musician’s Friend coupon and cashback. Now the main problem I’m having is that the guitar is simply not loud enough. The acoustics are not working well enough to sound as loud as other acoustic guitars. I understand that steel-string guitars are generally louder since steel is louder than nylon. How can I go about making the guitar sound louder acoustically? Also I find that the bridge sets the action too high…Is it recommended that I use sand paper to shorten the height of the bridge?

 

Father’s Day Savings

12 Jun

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AT&T U-verse Promo Codes

10 May

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16 Apr

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AT&T U-verse Quadruple Play Coupon

19 Mar

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Confucianism and the Classical Chinese Society

4 Mar

Confucius, a Chinese thinker and philosopher, is responsible for having the greatest impact on classical Chinese society, politics, and religion. Born on 551 B.C.E. to a poor, but noble family, Confucius grew to be a very educated man, whose intentions were to modify Chinese politics and society. Confucian philosophy and thinking is captured in a series of selected passages called The Analects, which emphasize certain ideals and ethics necessary to achieve a perfect society. The practice of Confucianism in classical Chinese society was the rebirth of forgotten terms whose value was lost throughout pre-classical Chinese culture. Through his teachings, Confucius sought to give value to meaningless words such as benevolence, ritual, morality, honesty, and integrity, as well as promote education.
The ethical values relating to family and society represented by Confucianism are based on the Five Constants of the True and the relationships each member must have with the rest of society. The Five Constants of the True: Rén, Li, Yi, Chi, and Hsin are terms that relate to goodness, decorum, morality, honesty, and integrity of every individual. These words were known to Chinese culture, but people did not understand the true meaning behind them. All of these words symbolize absolute ideals that every person has and knows about. Rén or good-heartedness is based on the idea that everyone is born as a good person and remains to be good deep inside, even if one has made wrong choices in his life. Rén is where the Dao, or path, of life starts, contrary to Christian doctrine that states that all men are born with sin. Li and Yi both refer to morals and a code of etiquette that people must follow depending on the situation. One who achieves to have and employ these five virtues properly becomes a chun-tzu (gentleman). Relationships between friends, father and son, emperor and official, man and wife, etc. cannot be considered true relationships if both members of a relationship do not follow Rén, Li, Yi Chi, and Hsin. Confucius argues that a friend is not a friend if he is not loyal or honest. This model of comparison is applied to every member of society from children in a poor family to the emperor himself. This type of morality causes for every member of society to know his or her place in the community. In this ideal structural hierarchical society, other concepts such as freedom and equality are not present and are not needed to achieve a perfect society. Since everyone knows their place, and everyone practices the Five Constants, each member of society is content.
The structure of political values according to Confucianism ideologies deal with the emperor’s divine right to rule, virtue, and a strong sense of paternalism toward his empire. The emperor resembles the father figure of a family, but on a much larger scale. As the parent of the empire, the emperor is bound to nourish, educate, and protect his empire and everyone within. The emperor must also follow the Five Constants to be considered a good emperor. His power to rule, the mandate of heaven, is the God-given right to be in charge of the population. If the emperor was overthrown then whoever led the coup had the God-given right over the emperor to rule. Confucius urges that leaders govern with righteousness, integrity, and honesty so that the masses follow the leader’s example as chun-tzu emperor. “Give them enough food, give them enough arms, and the common people will have trust in you.” Confucius believes it is better to win the people by being a virtuous leader than putting fear into them. Virtues lead to a harmonious relationship between the emperor and his officials. Often times when rulers are feared, officials take care of their duties not because they want, but because they are forced to. A law created by the emperor ceases to be a law when it is enforced because the law is not a law anymore, it is force. If a leader rules by force, his underlings will fear breaking the law because of the punishment as a consequence, as opposed to not breaking the law because one believes doing so is immoral.
A major advancement in the political system of elected officials was the implementation of civil service exams. In contrast with other societies, classical Chinese culture does not appoint officials based on social standing, race, or hereditary status, but rather by how much the individual knows and what he is capable of. This type of political system, a meritocracy, demanded a lot from its applicants since only the best would be considered for a government job. Young men who showed mental fortitude were tutored to take the civil service exam. The ones who did not have money to take on higher education were sponsored by the town in which they lived in. In return for the township’s help, the student once he becomes an elected official will act as the voice of his community. In the long run this benefits small communities, whose applicant is successful. Classical Chinese education differs from that of the Western world in the sense that western academia focuses on critical reasoning and not memorization. The three day long test was based on the memorization of classical Chinese works including Confucius’s The Analects. Education was flourishing tremendously since government jobs did not require one to be part of the nobility, but part of a more intellectual group of candidates.
Confucian philosophy is not explicit about religion, but rather focuses on the aspects of this life over the afterlife. Confucius is questioned about death to which he replies, “You do not even understand this life. How can you understand death?” Confucius believes that morality and ways of behaving are important in determining who one is in this life. One should care about becoming chun-tzu rather than worry about what is after this life. Since this life comes first it is logical to do one’s best in mastering the five constants and not be concerned about death: the great unknown. Religion is not as important as spirituality in Chinese culture. To be at peace with oneself and others while fulfilling the requirements of being a good person is a challenge that people take on, instead of worshiping what they do not know. However, one thing is certain: The heavens choose who the highest person in the sociopolitical ladder is. This relates to destiny in the sense that if one who opposes the emperor defeats him, he is then emperor and people do not question the overthrowing, but rather feel as though destiny or the heavens has given them a better emperor.
Classical Chinese culture was rectified immensely by Confucianism. Words that used to symbolize ideals were not taken seriously until the Confucian movement applied morality and absolutism into society. The result was a strong hierarchical culture where everyone knew their duties and complied with society’s demands. The political body was a ruling system based on morals and intellect, having the people who deserved to be part of it instead people who are chosen because of nepotism. Since this became a thriving culture, religion was not as important as being focused on the present situation of the empire. The Confucian system gave way to immense progress in Chinese culture, revolutionizing the concept of morality.

Bibliography

Confucius. The Analects. New York: Penguin Books, 1979

“The Chinese Civil Service Exam” in Worlds of History: A Comparative Reader Third Edition ed. Kevin Reilly. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007

The Media’s Impact on Traditional Gender-Dualities

1 Mar

In Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body, feminist writer Susan Bordo invites readers to identify advertisements that appear to infringe upon “traditional gender roles and the ideological messages contained in them.” These, she explains, “display a complicated and bewitching tangle of new possibilities and old patterns of representation.” The analysis of such aspects differs depend on the time period one analyzes. Old patterns of society, including the roles of men and women changed through time, creating new possibilities for both men and women. The roles of men and women transcend former modalities because of the way body image is displayed in today’s culture. Today, advertising sculpts society’s perception of what the male and female body should entail. Messages permeate throughout advertisements, creating an ideal perception of what beauty is. Susan Bordo analyzes and criticizes the use of the male figure in advertising and how male bodies are presented as tools of pleasure. Bordo’s perspective on the male and female body can be easily reproduced when analyzing any advertisement dealing with gender, but certain aspects can be expanded and redefined when put to the test.

            The roles of men and women were very defined by society’s standards until the latter half of the 20th century in American society. It was the norm for men to be the ones responsible for providing the family with food and protection, while a woman could not excel or even dare try to do a man’s job. Women were limited to doing household duties such as cooking, cleaning, sewing, and caring for the children. Body image is the particular reason why this way of life survived for so long. Everyone was judged by physical appearances; because women have genetically smaller bodies than men, weakness and inferiority was associated with them. The institutionalized male mentality saw women as inferior to men not only in every physical way, but intellectually as well. A woman was thought of as incapable of carrying out any intellectual task, so her role revolved around household duties. Soon enough women attended higher education and proved to be as capable as men in various fields like finance, medicine, politics, and so forth. Traditionally, the female figure was used for its beauty and elegance, traits that were connected with womanhood while masculinity and ruggedness were identifiable with the ideal man figure.

            Product advertising before the 21st century was based on either one of two demographics: men or women. Since tasks associated with domestic duties were a woman’s job, advertisements dealing with cooking or cleaning were targeted specifically for female appeal. Ads contained the images of ideally beautiful women with the product. Such advertisements sent the message of what a woman should be like. Whether it is subliminal or intentional, advertisements always relay a stronger idea. Successful advertisements before the latter half of the 20th century sent a witty catch phrase which one could relate to, but the exploitation of a human’s body image did not occur until afterwards when, beauty became redefined in all aspects. 

            Throughout history, societies have been known to be patriarchal, a characteristic that is at a slow decay in contemporary Western culture. The roles of men and women are becoming less and less rigid. During the 80’s, women began to grasp a taste of what the professional world had to offer. Not only were women proving their ability to take on the professional world, but the way they were viewed began to change. Women’s character in society was becoming closely associated with sexuality unlike ever before. In a sense, society portrays women as trading one form of slavery for another: First they are slaves to the male chauvinist mentality, and now they are slaves to their own sexuality. Even though women now a day thrive in academics as much as men do if not more, media advertising portrays females based on how appealing and superficially beautiful they are. This not only sets a new standard in the way women ought to look, but also redefines beauty as a tall thin light-skinned young woman with 34C breasts. Sex sells. Contemporary means of advertising focus on women’s physical traits as a way to capture male attention and make women want to be desirable. As Bordo explains, “Women learn to anticipate, even play to the sexualizing gaze, trying to become what will please, captivate, turn shame into pride… when women sense that they are not being assessed sexually–for example, as we age, or if we are disabled–it may feel like we no longer exist” (135).  Advertisements have put so much emphasis on the male and female sexuality that people fail to take into consideration one’s values and virtues, but rather determine whether someone is good or bad depending on their sexual appeal. The exploitation of the male and female body image has become a part of advertising; consequently, it becomes a part of society.

The institution of advertising has evolved to the point that not only products are being displayed, but ideas as well. Vanity has always been a strong motif associated with the women figure; however, in the world of today, vanity is projected through advertisements as a trait common to men. Bordo explains that previous to today’s society, “The man who cares about his looks the way a woman does, self-esteem on the line, ready to be shattered at the slightest insult or weight gain, is unmanly, sexually suspect” (156). Advertising has changed society’s view of the male body in such a way that today male advertising suggests a hint of femininity which appeals to a man’s sense of vanity. Calvin Klein models pose differently than the old traditional advertized male figure. Rather than showing signs of aggressiveness or roughness, they pose in a graceful manner, presenting themselves as eye candy, focusing on sexuality and the new ideal look. As Bordo contrasts two different ads of the 90s, she sums up her thoughts in five words, “Men act and women appear” (154). Action and appearance were defining qualities to men and women respectively, but with the evolution of society, the gender dualities of men and women are dissolving away. Society throws more and more advertisements with the male figure appearing as beautiful rather than showing any sign of action or the traditional qualities of a man.

Accepting Bordo’s invitation to analyze and evaluate an ad, one may find truth to her reasoning. A Macy*s Christmas advertisement exposes an attractive blond woman wearing revealing clothing, posing next to Christmas gifts. Her attire resembles that of Santa Claus, but with a much different design meant to squeeze and reveal her breasts. No words are included in this page-long ad, only the image of perfection is displayed. This ad both directly and subliminally offers a forceful suggestion as to what the ideal Christmas should be in the typical household. It sends the message that presents and attractiveness are as much a part of the holiday as Jesus’ birthday. The thing that creates great emphasis on the product of “Christmas” is the woman’s subtle cleavage. One must understand that without the woman in the ad, the theme of Christmas shopping would not nearly be as effective, since there is no human body image that the viewer can relate to. By using the female image of an attractive woman, advertisers persuade men and women to “invest” in buying Christmas gifts from the Macy*s store. Men not only desire the idea of being with a woman like that, but also desire the idea of buying to be considered as having the Christmas spirit, while women desire to be as beautiful as the women in the advertisement.

Traditional gender roles have changed through time and still no man or woman is free from society’s judgment. What is referred to as “standard” adapts to changes. The roles of men and women depicted by media advertising become more and more undefined as time progresses. Body image loses its integrity as superficial desires overrule any type of interior beauty. Every ideological message focuses more on ideal beauty and ideal social status rather than an individual’s ability. The usage of sexuality in the portrayal of semi-naked male and female bodies, calls for human nature’s curiosity about sex. The media and advertising are launching the world into an era opposite to that of the Renaissance; a future that is becoming more dependent on temptations of the flesh than on intellect and morality.  With most traditional stereotypes of the gender dualities of men and women fading, human bodies are more revealing than ever creating a link to sexuality, a topic which appeals to all types of buyers.

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