Turn That Damn Music Down!

OK, so I’ve been meaning to write about my Havasupai trip for the last week and I just can’t be bothered.  So instead, I will vent about something that’s been bothering me lately.

I love music.  I love to share music with others.  Music has always been one of the ways I express my personality.  When I discover a new band/artist, I love to drive around with my windows down, just so other people can hear and know that I’m awesome because I got the new [insert name here] CD.  I like to discover new music and I absolutely love to download songs I haven’t heard for 10 or 20 years.  Music is a huge part of my life.

That being said, I can hardly find words to express how annoying I find the Playlist.com blog widget.  I know most people obviously love that little guy, based on the fact that most everyone I know has one on their blog, but I can’t stand it.  I don’t think it’s a terrible idea, sharing your favorite music with your visitors, but just the fact that it starts playing automatically is what kills me.  When I’m surfing the internet, much like when I’m putting my boys down to sleep, I don’t like anything to start making noise unless I ask it to.  So, when I surf over to someone’s blog, and all of a sudden Celine Dion starts howling through my speakers, it makes me want to club a baby seal.



It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here.  Sorry for the long absence.  I’ve been busy working, moving, being homeless, etc.  I actually just got back from a great camping trip to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon, which was amazing!  I will be posting photos and a write-up about that trip very soon, but until then I thought I would write a word or two about the book I read on my trip.  It was The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Ron Paul.  Many of you know that I’ve been a Ron Paul supporter for quite a while now.  He’s the first political candidate that I’ve ever been excited about enough to attend a rally or make a campaign donation.  I realize that a lot of people think he’s a bit of a nut-ball and that his ideas are too far from the mainstream for him to ever gain any kind of political dominance.  That may be true, but regardless of how you may feel about Ron Paul, the man, I think you owe it to yourself to at least hear what he has to say.  His ideas are founded solidly in the bedrock of the Constitution, which most of us at least pretend to revere as an inspired document.  Some other political candidates are out preaching about change, but nobody has ever said exactly what that change would be.  Here is one man who at least has the courage to spell out what problems our nation is facing, and propose detailed, realistic, workable solutions to those problems.  Even if you don’t like Ron Paul, I think everyone should at least read what he has to say and take what wisdom you can from his ideas, apply them how you think best.

I can’t express how strongly I feel about our country, but I believe that if we continue on our present course, we will see terrible consequences in the near future.  We’ve built a house of cards that is in no way sustainable over the long run and we need to face the facts rather than hide our heads and heap more troubles on the next generation.  I don’t normally get this preachy about anything, but there you go.  If anybody reading this is in any way interested in reading this book, I’ll be happy to buy you a copy.  Just email me your address or leave it in a comment and I will have Amazon mail it out to you.  Thanks for reading.  More fun stuff will follow soon.