Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Global Warming... My Pasty English Back-side


Look!

It's spring...


I have declared it to be spring. And in response, my garden has brought forth flowers of all kinds.

And then this morning… I find this…

Al Gore and Global warming can kiss my back-side!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Midlife Crisis


I must be starting my mid-life crisis or something, because over the last few weeks, I have really been feeing nostalgic. I’ve started wearing all black a lot more often. It’s something I used to do quite a bit in high school. I always liked the way that it made me look kinda washed out and such. This was long before the whole goth movement got going, so, it’s not that. It was just a thing… you know.
I walked into a gaming store the other day, and after perusing the different gaming books and systems, I bought a set of dice. For those of you who aren’t gamers, a “set of dice” is a set of 7 different dice (a 20 sided, a 12 sided, two 10 sided, an 8 sided, a 6 sided, and a 4 sided). And I got them for no other reason than to sit on my desk and remind me of the old days.
Believe me, I don’t want to be a teenager again. Holy cow! What kind of twisted freak came up with adolescence? A sick joke is what that was. So no… I don’t ever want to go through that again. But sometimes I wish that I could have held on to some of the things that I loved when I was younger.
I loved gaming. I used to SCUBA dive. I loved just hanging with my friends, and doing nothing, or going to 7-11 to bug Abdul at 2am. (really… that was his name, I kid you not). I used to have time to fly-fish. Shall I continue…
But did I really loose anything by growing up?
I don’t game at all anymore, except to play Settlers of Catan with my wife and kids, which I really do love to do. I never have time to take a weekend and go fishing and I haven’t gone SCUBA diving since I’ve been married.
I don’t see my high school friends more than a couple of times a year, but I’m kinda ok with that. Don’t get me wrong… I wish I could hang with them every weekend. But, my wife has kinda replaced them. They may be my best friends, but she is so much more than that to me. And I enjoy just sitting in silence with her, ever bit as much as I enjoyed just hanging out with them.
I think that I know what it is. Ever since I took over as a course director, for the National Youth Leadership Training program in our Boy Scout Council, and have been given more and more responsibility at work, and as my time has started to not be my time anymore… I think that I have been longing for those simple days when I was a kid. No responsibilities, just time… time to hang and to game and to have fun.
Boy, that would be nice to do again. D&D anyone?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A new blog site

I just put up a new blog site. Why? When I already have two sites, and I can barely keep the first one updated, why would I want a third?

Because…

The new site is called P.E.T.S. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Salad) at peoplesalad.blogspot.com

It’s a place where I can make fun if everyone and everything that bothers me… especially PETA.

So go and visit, and tell me how much you hate my guts…
Thanks

(>_<)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Just some fun for the end of a Sucky Week

Toy Dolls


It's been a really sucky week for me... So I thought that a little fun would be in order.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

For the Love of... Vinyl!



I have seen the future… and it is not bright.

The other night we went to parent teacher conference at my daughter’s middle school and we walk into the choir room.
Now the fact that I am walking into a choir room is amazing since my singing has been outlawed in most western countries, and has been deemed punishable by death in England and Scandinavia. But anyway…
The first thing I notice is a vinyl LP taped to the door of the room. Expecting to find Johnny Mathis or Neal Diamond on the label, I look.

Elvis Presley
Blue Hawaii

Clearly printed in nice block letters. What!?! Who tapes, glues, staples or otherwise defaces a vinyl record for pre-secondary education? And what psychopath does this to Elvis? Now I’m not a big Elvis fan so I entered the room, somewhat shaken, only to see another vinyl album taped to another door. This one I recognize instantly because of the ...dare I say it... green apple on the label.

The Beatles
Help!

This teacher is deranged. What music teacher in their right mind would do that to a vinyl copy of The Beatles, Help! Album? I was about to pull my daughter out of that class and quite possibly out of that school. Maybe out of the district. Who would hire such a musically ignorant music teacher?
All I can say… she’s young and has no idea what she has.
There were other albums on the wall, but fearing I would find The Who’s Tommy or Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon hanging on those cursed walls, I didn’t look. My heart could not have taken that.

For those of you who don’t know… don’t destroy your vinyl! Give them to someone who will love them and cherish them and treat them like the dying black pool of greatness that they are.
Someone like ...well... like me!
You see...
A Vinyl recording is an analogue.
I know *sigh* in this digital age, we frown upon analogue anything… but hear me out.
Have you ever heard of a digital sample rate? Now I’m no expert, but hear me out. A “sample” is a sound bite, a piece as it were. When you digitally record something, you are sampling it, taking a part of it. Now these samples occur millions of times every second, but still, you are only getting a part of the full sound. The higher the sample rate, the better the sound quality.
With analogue, you get the whole thing. You could say that the sample rate is infinite. On a vinyl record you have every sound produced by the musician, even the ones the human ear is incapable of hearing and so with the kickin’ speaker technology we have today, a properly cared for vinyl record can give you a deeper, richer… dare I say… more spiritually lifting sound than any CD ever dreamed of.

This teacher should never be allowed to teach music. She knows nothing. I’ll bet she’s listening to a Britney Spears CD even now.
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