Thursday, August 25, 2005

some stuff

Here's a bit of poetry that came to me - it's not really a new idea (for me or anyone else, just ask Handel :) ) but it's something I come back to every so often.

I've often noticed that when I'm listening to music (actively) I sort of zone out... and I've also thought about different things that music is like... and what that "zoned out" feeling is like. (If you're an academic - what it "resembles").

What I came up with in high school when I was forced (gasp!) to write some poetry for my AP English class, was that Music most resembles Water (to me). The basic characteristics of music, beat, rythym, flow, etc. all have close counter-parts in the various existences of water. And when I'm listening to music that I'm really wrapped up in, it can be like floating in a warm ocean current or like rafting down a churning rapids.

So without further useless rationalization/explanation - here's my "writing" :

Music = water
waves and moods push through my mind
rythyms and pulses and tides
everything evaporates
life floats by
floats away
i float away
adrift in sound
lost and yet found

I know, I know. The title needs work (to say the least). This is just some basic ideas that I jotted down before I forgot them, and I just cleaned 'em up a wee bit before putting them here for the whole world to see (what am I, crazy?)

So. Yeah. Please, uh, post and tell me what you think?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

fuzzy logic...

So the president's new rational for why we're still in Iraq is because lots of soldiers have already died there and we owe it to them to make their sacrafice worthwhile?

Let's analyze the message there. First, Bush admits and acknowledges the undeniable fact that "things aren't going well in Iraq" and more importantly, "things aren't going as I (Bush) promised they would."

Congratulations on learning how to admit your mistakes, Mr. President...

Now... who admits to a mistake - and then states that he's going to continue to do what resulted in the mistake in the first place? George W. Bush, that's who.

And to top it off, he says that doing so will make the fallen soldier's ultimate sacrafice worthwhile? It wasn't a worthwhile sacrafice before!? That's what it looks like he's saying to me...

And even if he isn't (we all know this president has problems with public speaking), how does more soldiers sacraficing their lives redeem the lives lost by previous soldiers?

This is the same kind of thinking that decided pointless trench warfare in WWI would be a good idea until entire generations were wasted. Nothing was accomplished then, and if we're sending more soldiers into Iraq just because the soldiers we sent in before have died, then nothing will be accomplished now.

Note: I'm not saying that nothing good is being accomplished in Iraq... I'm saying that staying there because people have died there, rather than the goal on accomplishing more good is stupid - and it's stupid to say that that's why we're there. Bush was better off when he was pointing to good goals that we hadn't accomplished yet as the reason for us being there...