A Few Random Thoughts

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things recently, here are some of them:the-hr-cartoon-100408s

  1. I enjoy watching old cartoons with my children.  One of the best things about “On Demand” cable is that we can watch The Flintstones or Scooby-Doo, Where are You? or old Looney Tunes cartoons that were the staples of Saturday mornings when I was a child.  They are still pretty darn funny, and there’s really nothing better than hearing the belly laughs kids give when they see something funny.  They don’t laugh like that at Hannah Montana or Sonic-X or whatever else is “kids programming” these days.  We watched classic Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 1930’s the other night and I guarantee they laughed more during those four cartoons (including the classics The Brave Little Tailor and Thru the Mirror) than they laugh during a 1/2 hour of regular Disney Channel programming.  Seems like the programming executives could learn something here.
  2. I am convinced the iPod is one of the greatest inventions of all time.  When I was a teenager, I made mix tapes so I could enjoy all my favorite tunes.  I even had a “classic” one that we listened to all through my senior year of high school.  Classic songs by artists like OMD, a-ha, The Housemartins, Psychedelic Furs, etc.  I loved being able to listen to “my” music when I wanted to, without hearing commercials or yammering radio DJ’s.  I made mix tapes for the loves of my life, although it had to be a sign that I was finally going to get married to my wife because she received nearly 30 mix tapes in the year before we got married.  It had to be love.
    I received one of the first commercial CD burners (before they were standard in our computers) from my wife for our first Christmas.  The power of creating my own CD’s was even cooler than creating my own tapes.  I made a lullaby CD for my yet-to-be-born daughter (starting a tradition I have continued through the subsequent three children), my own Chrstmas CD’s, etc.  I was thrilled when advancing technology allowed us to create data cd’s full of music I had burned to my computer harddrive–now I could hold up to 300 songs on one CD!  I made classic mix cd’s full of my favorite genres: showtunes, film music, Disney songs, great pop music, etc.
    But all of this pales in relation to the power of the iPod.  I can’t put all my music on my 30GB iPod–I have nearly 80 GB in music, not counting the extra 40 GB of Christmas music I have–but I can create my own random playlists of favorite songs and enjoy them whenever I want.  And my car radio seemlessly interacts with my iPod so I can shuffle through songs at the touch of a button while sitting in traffic.  The sheer joy of having that much music available for me is just awesome.  The hard part is, I’m constantly skipping forward to hear what the next song will be!
  3. I’m a huge fan of the Xbox 360.  I love being able to stream music and videos from my computer, to use Netflix instant streaming, and to play amazing games.  I’m currently playing Bioshock, which I got for Father’s Day last year (cool gift!), and am absolutely loving the graphics, the moral choices, the art deco goes to hell design of the underwater city of Rapture, the music, and the way it all sounds in digital surround sound.  When I get enough money to buy a new television, I will enjoy playing it in beautiful HD as well.  I am grateful that my friend gave me our Xbox 360 as a gift for the birth of my third child.  Best.  Baby Gift.  Ever.
  4. The funniest show on television right now is The Office.  Last night’s Willy Wonka themed episode was masterfully done.  Second funniest show is How I Met Your Mother.  It gets funnier all the time, and it pays to pay attention–even the slightest sight gag can become a major joke.  I’m also really enjoying CSI: New York and the original CSI: right now.  I like NY because I’m a huge fan of Gary Sinise.  The man is a great actor and a great American.  I’m enjoying Laurence Fishburne on CSI:and the way the show is helping us see what we’ve become so familiar with over the years through his “new” eyes.
  5. I am disgusted by what I continue to see happen in Washington, DC and believe we have never had a more hypocritical, inept, and foolish bunch of people running our country.  Seriously, they are giving the administrations of Ulysses S. Grant and Millard Fillmore a run for their money.  Does anyone there know what they are doing?
  6. I do not think God has an iPod.  He doesn’t need to, because he gets the live music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc., every freaking moment.  When you have an entire eternity full of people singing to you, you probably don’t need to put on your headphones and listen to the latest offerings from iTunes.
  7. Social networking sites are awesome.  I love reconnecting with old friends, keeping track of what’s going on in the lives of people I care about, etc.  But I am not going to do Twitter.  That almost seems a little too OCD.  If you want to know what I’m doing, just ask me.  I typically just put movie or TV quotes in my Facebook status anyway because I like to see if people can figure out what I’m talking about.  It’s funny when they don’t realize it’s a quote–because it makes my life sound even stranger than it really is.
  8. I have the most amazing wife and kids in the universe.  Yes, they are better than yours.
  9. I have been a bit obsessed with Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s modern “oratorio,” King David.  It has only been perfomed a handful of times.  Originally written to premiere at a huge amphitheater in Israel (the peformance was cancelled due to safety concerns), it was instead the premiere show at the reopening of the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York (the original home of the Ziegfield Follies).  The original concert recording was released in limited availability and I managed to snag a recording a few years ago.  It’s an amazing piece of work, with some phenomenal songs and performances.  I suggest you look it up.
  10. I can’t believe how many people are reading my post on the gum commercial.  Yes, it’s the 3rd most popular result when you google the darn thing, but it’s kind of crazy.  I hit nearly 200 people here yesterday.  Crazy!

That’s all for now. New posts coming next soon on various subjects including religion, politics, and more.

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