Mike’s Current Top 20

Here’s what I’m grooving to these days. Some are new. Some are flashbacks. If you haven’t heard anything here, I suggest you get with it.

Gene Loves Jezebel – Jealous

REM – Supernatural Superserious

The Killers – Shadowplay

The Killers – Read My Mind

Jazon Mraz – I’m Yours

Red Flag – Russian Radio

Rexway – Les Ember

Rexway – Francis

Rexway – Disco Joe

Collective Soul – Hollywood

The Brobecks – 2nd Boys Will Be 1st Choice

Matchbox 20 – Let’s See How Far We’ve Come

Fall Out Boy – Thanks For The Memories

Billy Squire – Lonely Is The Night

Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace (Album)

Linkin Park – Bleed It Out

Finger Eleven – Paralyzer

My Chemical Romance – Teenagers

Dropkick Murphys – I’m Shipping Up To Boston

Muse – Starlight


Thoreau Would be So Disappointed

After my recent reading of Walden, I had a strong desire to sell all my physical goods and live a very spartan life, but instead, I just went and bought a brand new TV, much bigger and more expensive than my last one, yet strangely, it still shows the same old garbage the old one did.  Thoreau would be so disappointed.  But enough complaining, let me tell you about my awesome new TV!

Old Henry might have changed his outlook on life if he had ever played HALO 3 in brilliant High Definition, experiencing every stunning detail as he mowed down alien Brutes and saved the Universe from evil.  Maybe.

The new TV is a 42″ Vizio 1080p LCD, and it looks great!  I’ve been looking at HDTVs for a few months now, but all the ones in my price range (under $1000) were only 720p resolution.  I really want to hook my PC up to the TV to watch movies, surf the internet, video conference, etc., so I wanted to get a 1080p so it would display properly.  I finally found what I was looking for on TigerDirect.com for $999, so I ordered it a week ago and it arrived yesterday.  Porter and Walker helped me set it up last night (by help, of course, I mean taking components I needed, whining about how long it was taking and wearing the plastic wrap from the TV as a dress) and Porter got to play Star Wars on the XBox to break it in.  Then we put the kids to bed and gave the TV a proper Christening by watching my new Special Edition Monty Python and the Holy Grail DVD that Jesse gave me for my birthday.

I still feel vaguely bad about spending so much money on a TV, something I consider mostly a huge waste of time, but what the hell, I’m stimulating the economy right?  Right?

Six Things

So, I was recently tagged in my friend’s blog and asked to write 6 interesting things about myself that people may not already know. I refuse to answer that tag, as I firmly believe that blog-tagging is for girls. However, on an unrelated note, here are 6 (possibly) interesting things about myself that you may or may not already know:

  1. I don’t believe in the Bible. OK, let me qualify that statement. As my LDS articles of faith proclaim, ‘I believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly.’ However, I don’t believe the Bible is an accurate historical document. I think much of the Bible is myth, allegory, faith-promoting story, or whatever else, but not necessarily how things really happened. Much of the Bible I would say may be historically accurate, but I don’t believe the world was created in 6 days (even 1000 year-long days as some would propose based on other references). I don’t believe there was ever a worldwide flood that killed every living person save Noah and his family. There are other stories which may or may not have happened (Sampson, talking donkeys, Elijah calling fire down from heaven). I really don’t know whether they happened or not, but it doesn’t really matter to me. To me, what matters are the life-lessons that can sometimes be gleaned from these stories. I think the Bible can be the word of God and still be historically untrue. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my take on it.
  2. I hate watching sports on TV. Sadly, I often end up watching home decorating or celebrity gossip shows, not my favorite by a long shot but that’s what my wife loves to watch so that’s what’s on in the background while I’m working or playing on the computer, and as much as I dislike TLC, E! and the Style channel, they are far preferable to Sports Center. TV Sports are SO boring! Especially college sports. Pro I can understand, but college is like watching a bunch of retards. Give me a break. I’m sure admitting this openly is going to seriously damage my straight cred, but I don’t care. I’d almost rather watch American Idol than TV sports. There are a few exceptions: I like to watch the NFL occasionally, especially the Super Bowl; I might tune in for the last inning of a World Series game, if the Cubs are playing (I know that’s not very often); and I could spend all day watching soccer, especially World Cup. Other than that, count me out!
  3. When I was about 5 years old I had to wear Forest Gump braces on my legs. There was something wrong with my joints or something, so I was the little handicapped boy on my block for part of my childhood. I don’t actually remember the braces (I think I’m repressing most of my youth), but I’ve seen the pictures, and they don’t look comfortable. I do remember my Dad having to teach me how to walk normally after getting the things off. Everywhere we’d go, he’d constantly remind me to walk heel-toe, heel-toe, instead of flat-footed. Eventually, I became the sterling athlete and all-around jock that I am today, so I guess, mission accomplished.
  4. I can’t stand country music, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me. My wife had a hard time our first year of marriage, not only because she was coming to terms with having married a total jerk, but because she loves country music and I, like the total jerk that I am, wouldn’t let her listen to it in my presence. I like a lot of different genres of music, but country has never been in the list. However, for some strange reason, I really like the band Alabama. It doesn’t get more country than Alabama, so I don’t know how I can claim to be a country-hater but a closet-Alabama fan, but there you go. I’m nothing if not complex.
  5. When I was in sixth grade I got arrested for making pipe bombs. I went to juvenile court and ended up having to do a bunch of community service hours to pay my debt to society. I’m happy to say, the rehabilitation didn’t take, though. I still love to blow stuff up and play with fire whenever possible. I have turned my powers to good, however, by joining the volunteer fire department.
  6. I hate everything to do with and I desperately hope never to go near Disneyland. I’m not sure exactly why, but in my mind Disneyland somehow represents everything that is evil. The idea of paying people gobs of money to stand in a line, shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of other idiots, and be marketed to just doesn’t appeal to me. I’ve had plenty of people, some of whose opinions I actually respect, tell me that Disneyland is great and I should just go and I would love it, but I don’t really believe them. My wife, on the other hand, loves Disneyland, and will, I’m sure, manage to drag me there one day, but I promise not to have any fun.