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QUACKCAST 420 - Substance abuse and use

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, April 2, 2019
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The entire gang is here this time again. This marks number 420 of the Quackcasts we've done. 420 is code among some for smoking dope, so going with that theme we're talking about the influence of substances on creative endeavours. People try and use substances to facilitate their creativity, we chat about why they do it, how it works, why it fails, the benefits and the issues. We DO NOT advocate taking illegal things in any way at all. This includes ANY substance, from dope, to coffee, to redbull, tea, wine, beer, cold and flu medication, headache pills, opium, adderall, ANYTHING at all, as long as it produces some mental or physiological change, it counts!

There's a long history of artists and writers taking things and this supposedly affecting their creativity. Brilliant Renaissance painter Caravaggio would become wildly drunk, famously the 18th century poets Byron and Shelly would indulge, the preRaphaelite painters also took their share of things… In the 20th century we have the famous drunk writer Bukowski, Hunter S Thompson and all his indulgences, not to mention the myriad of musicians, artists, and actors, especially from the 1960s onwards when the drug culture exploded.

One of the persistent myths is that substances help you access some from of external cosmic creativity or tap into a creative well inside of yourself. The former is pure nonsense and the latter is at best a partial truth… Buuuut we get deeper into the subject IN the Quackcast and the Patreon video so listen to or watch those to learn more.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to Cosmos Song. Ice cold stillness of eternity. Glittering sparkles reflected in an oil black sea of immeasurable depth. Ripples spread outwards, one after another, they collide and combine, distorting the reflections, till they die and all is still and calm once more.

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Featured comic:
Generation Y - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/mar/26/featured-comic-generation-y/

Featured music:
Cosmos Song - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Cosmos_Song/, by Peipei, rated M.

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Pit Face - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
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anonymous?

ozoneocean at 6:49AM, April 4, 2019

If it works for you and it's legal then its fine :D

Jason Moon at 8:24AM, April 3, 2019

Drinking alcohol and creating pages is a lot of fun but like you guys said in the long run you end up slacking more than you get work done especially the more you build a tolerance the more you need to drink. And you gain unwanted weight. But with weed you never really build a tolerance and it always works the same, its very cheap in washington because its legal and without it I wouldn't be able to draw and create the way I do. Also helps with lifting weights, relieves nausea and fatique. I can also draw all day when I'm on it

ozoneocean at 9:27PM, April 2, 2019

It's not good to rely on things, especially when you will develop a tolerance to them.

Jason Moon at 8:09AM, April 2, 2019

You gotta roll those joints with Faryan Bud. Only true way to buzz

usedbooks at 7:05AM, April 2, 2019

As someone who dislikes alcohol and coffee and takes nothing but decongestant and ibuprofen, I find the best ways to access my "muse" is napping (waking during REM lets you remember dreams), walking in the forest, or taking a long shower. Shower thoughts are the best.


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