So I’m curious…

I bought another license of Mint today so that I can keep track of this new blog here. I installed it this afternoon, and I’m wondering if that was a bad idea…I mean maybe I would’ve been happier not knowing that my traffic actually sucks. But on the flipside, I’ve only had it installed for a few hours and Feedburner does tell me that I’ve got people reading my feeds.

I know this is a brand new blog, but I’m still curious…Who’s reading this?

A dangerous statement.

Censorship is a distracting issue with which we should not even have to worry. Near the community in which I grew up in Norther Illinois, seventeen-year-olds cannot legally buy the Rage Against the Machine record. I wonder how much of it has to do with the people in power not wanting the virginal ears of seventeen-year-olds to hear the word (expletive) and how much they do not want them to hear, “Landlords and power whores on my people they took turns,” which is far more dangerous of a statement.

–Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Harvard graduate)
From Rock Stars on God by Doug Van Pelt

“Which is far more dangerous of a statement.”

It really makes me wonder, how often do Christians get so caught up in specific words that they miss the whole point? And why are many of them more offended by the Da Vinci Dode or a synonym for poop than they are by the fact that thousands of nonbelievers in Africa are currently dying of hunger and AIDS?

Lets look at a different type of scenario. Take one of my all-time favorite Creed songs, What’s this life for. Here’s the basic jist of it:

Hurray for a child
That makes it through
If there’s any way
Because the answer lies in you
They’re laid to rest
Before they know just what to do
Their souls are lost
Because they could never find
What’s this life for
I see your soul, it’s kind of gray
I see your heart, you look away
You see my wrist, I know your pain
I know your purpose on your plane
Don’t say a last prayer
Because you could never find
What’s this life for
But they ain’t here anymore
Don’t have to settle no goddamn score
Cause we all live
Under the reign of one king

There have been whole debates on this song, some even going as far as to question Stapp’s faith (google it). But that’s just messed up. I mean, were they even listening?

This song was written after a friend of both Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti committed suicide. It’s been said (though I haven’t been able to verify it) that the last thing he said before killing himself was, “Now who’s gonna settle the goddamn score?”

This song responds to that by saying, “Don’t have to settle no goddamn score, ’cause we all live under the reign of one king.” It morns the loss of “souls” that acted before realizing exactly “what’s this life for.” For me, the whole point of this song is that the damn score was settled on the cross 2000 years ago.

Honestly, that’s more profound than most of the Christian music I hear on the radio. With or without the “swearing,” it’s also much more dangerous–but that’s a good thing.

The finals.

For the finals, I think it should’ve been stepped up a notch more than it was. But overall, it still was pretty good.

I disagree with the judges about Kat’s final single–if you excuse the pitch problems, I think that could definitely compare with Over the Rainbow. Talylor’s single was great as well, though more than once he too sounded flat.

It’s pretty much a coinflip now, but I’m guessing Taylor will pull through as our next American Idol.

A summer todo list

Summer’s sneaking up on me, and with it comes fences to paint, windows to clean, lawns to mow, and a bunch of other crap. So before I’m completely smothered by this beautiful phenomenon caused by the rotation of the earth (or so they tell me), I’ve decided to make a list of things that must get done this summer.

  • Get a life.
  • Get a job (preferably one where you make truckloads of $$$ selling crap to a bunch of losers).
  • Have two kick-ass blogs.
  • Start manofpink.com.
  • Learn to moonwalk.

Oh yeah, this summer shall be awesome.

American Idol Tonight

So, I was expecting some good stuff tonight. When there’s only 4 people left, I think that’s the least I should be able to expect. Normally (with the exception of Elliott, he’d be a “occasionally” such as last week), these guys are pretty good.

But honestly, I think I got ripped off tonight. What was up with Chris’s second song? It was a disaster. I do have to admit though, Taylor did pretty good tonight.

So the question remains…who’s going home tomorrow?

Taylor’s definitely staying in. I’ve never really cared for Elliott (he did one good song last week, but that’s it), but I guess if you like that kind of thing he did good tonight. I never thought I’d have to make this choice until the finals, but either Katharine or Chris is going home tomorrow. Chris at least had an OK first song, so I’m going to have to say Katherine.

But if America suddenly acquires taste overnight and decides Elliott shall go home, I’ll be very happy.

On eating more than you should.

There comes many a time where there’s just way too much good food to eat. However, being a responsible consumer, we must of course eat it all. A challenge lies in this, a contest between you and the food.

Who will win? What will it take?

I find that following these few basic guidelines greatly increases one’s chances of winning this ever-so-great a battle.

  • Eat slowly. I’m talking extremely slowly. Like, one bite at a time.
  • Take breaks. Often. This goes along the lines of eating slowly. Take a bite, then take a break for a few minutes. This gives you time to pluck up the courage to take that next bite.
  • Vary your food intake. While not always possible, this is a wonderful little tip for things like potlucks. People tend to over-indulge on the sweets, then feel too sick to continue. See tip 2 then try a new type of food. Something like fruit, or maybe just get some water. After a while, you’ll be ready to rumble once again.
  • Do something physical. Be careful with this one, you don’t want to do something like jumping up and down–extreme discomfort is sure to follow. But definitely walk around, swing your arms around, etc.
  • And lastly, be prepared to not do much for the rest of the day. Because after you eat all that, there’s no way you’re going to be able to move.