Phew, I feel much better after that short rant. It all stems from my ill-fated stops at kuro5hin, which has developed this marvelously pretentious atmosphere and soured me on the whole concept of rated-posting message boards. Why I keep coming back, I don’t… well, ok, I do know, and it’s because I like to feel superior and make stupid pissant comments in a place where not only am I not sanctioned for them, I actually get decent marks! And I don’t visit all that often, anyway. *soothes ego*
Meanwhile, I’ve acquired a hammered dulcimer which is in working condition, if not in tune. And just keeping the bugger tuned to the right scale, let alone the exact pitch, is a Herculean endeavor. In one day, I’ve gained an amazing amount of respect for harpists.