Monday, September 26, 2005

"Intelligent" Design?

If life originated based on an intelligent creator, how come practically none of the original species survived extinction?

Could it be that the creator wasn't all that intelligent?

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Chronicles

What's so funny is some people think a composer's supposed to please them, but in a way, a composer is a chronicler, like a critic. He's supposed to report on what he's seen and heard.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Parenthesis States

I was driving between random errands last Saturday, and happened to have an NPR station playing in the car. I don't remember the show, the host, or the guest, but one statement made by the guest struck out so singularly, that it left me thinking about it for days.

He referred to the left-wing states as the "parenthesis" states.

I found that statment to be an incredibly useful metaphor on several levels. Geographically, the blue states are truly a parenthesis around the large chunk of red, but this is the simplest expression of the metaphor. We sit in these blue states with our intellectual colleagues, and assume that the rest of the country thinks the way we do. We have to realize that the majority of America simply thinks differently. They are staunchly religious, and conservative, but that's what makes up America. We, the liberals and moderates merely parenthesize what forms the mainstream of American thought and culture.

The fact that the election results of 2004 went the way they did is simply (and unfortunately) democracy at work.

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Why iPod???

I'm still puzzled by the lemming-like fascination that the world has with the iPod.

Here's why I prefer the iRiver flash-memory series of devices:
  1. Integrated FM receiver.
  2. Removable AA batteries.
  3. Plays OGG Vorbis as well as ASF, MP3 and WMA.
  4. Supported recording and direct encoding to MP3 from 3 sources: integrated microphone, FM radio, and line-in jack.
  5. Linux drivers available.
I'm an extremely satisfied owner of one of the 800-series flash memory players. The rechargeable battery life is well in excess of 40 hours of continuous playing time, and there's no spinning hard drive that will eventually fail and turn your device into nothing more than an aesthetically pleasing doorstop.

The disadvantage of the flash-based device is of course the (presently) limited capacity, but the convenience of the extended battery-life, tiny footprint, and recording capability far outweigh the downside.

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