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Confessions

Confession #3: I’m Easily Distracted

If you happened to have read my last two posts, or you happen to know me pretty well, you probably already realized this. I knew about it all along, but after seeing the previous two “confessions” I realized just how bad it really is!

Even though I had a set direction and path that I wanted to take with these, I totally veered off an some wild tangent. Even after seeing where I took it I’m left scratching my head as to how I got from “Point A” to “Point R”, when it was supposed to go to “Point B”! LOL!

I’ almost the same way with other things, too. I have several projects that have been on the back burner since I thought of them. Most of the reason for that, though, I can attribute to school obligations.

You really should see me any time I try to do house cleaning! I may start out cleaning my desk, then realize my dishes need to be done, then I notice my bathroom is looking particularly disgusting, followed by recognizing that I haven’t vacuumed in a while [repeat ad nausea…]. Those are the times that annoy me most, because by the end of the day, I’ve accomplished little to nothing! It made it even more hilarious, when I realized that I have all the symptoms of adult A.D.D.!

Oh! Look! Breakfast!

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Confession #2: I’m a geek

This is the one I thought I’d have the most fun with! Even though I’m nowhere near what I’d like to be, I still claim full geekhood. That said, I’ve discovered over the last few months that there different degrees of geekiness. You got your game geeks, movie geeks, music geeks (here’s where I fit in!), and various other categories as well.
Now I have to point out that there are differences between geeks and nerds. Geeks have that thing that they’re really into, whereas nerds are your smart, brainiac academic types. Though they tend to overlap once in a while, they are two totally different creatures (of course, it’s been said that those who can keep track of the differences are dorks, but I digress…).
Being a music geek, I’m the guy that — in most cases — can hear a song, and identify it within the first five notes. Of course, I have to point out that school and work have made it a little more difficult to keep track of the newer stuff (not to mention my aggravation with radio stations that loop the same playlist for months!), so I’m not as accurate as I could be….
Essentially, I’m really into music, and being poor/broke most of the time, I’ve had to resort to independant artists and “other methods” for most of what I have. Normally I’d be the kind of guy that says “support the artist” but the only way to do that, unless the artist is an independant, is to go to their concerts. Now, I wouldn’t have a problem with this, except that I don’t have a car. and living where I am the closest large-scale venue is about a 2-hour drive. That means I’d have to either hitch-hike, or get a ticket for someone else with a car and add gas money on top of that. Then there’s the added complication of having friends who don’t necessarily like the same kind of music as I do (I tend to prefer Rock and metal, though I do listen to the occasional game soundtrack from time to time…). So I’m pretty much out of the running for a concert. As for buying albums, I’ll just say that most labels are ripping off their artists and move on…
Even though I’m broke a fair amount of the time, I still buy an album from time to time, if, and when I have the resources to do so. One thing that makes that a little more difficult is the lack of selection in my area. Here in Southern Illinois, I have to say that none of the christian stations have the music I like to listen to. I’ve found a few internet stations that will play my Christian Rock and Alternative, but I don’t have my own internet connection at home. or work. So I can only listen to them when I’m at my parents’ house or one of the coffee places I go to. Going back to the money thing, I can’t always do that, either. So….
I have to say that I have mixed feelings on the whole concept of “Illegal Downloads”. I mean, if I, for example, BitTorrent the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack (I actually bought this one through iTunes), I can decide from there whether or not I like the album before purchasing it. Now most places that you can buy an album from online have samples of the music to listen to, but 30 seconds is typically not enough to get the full feel of a song. I mean, I’ve heard samples that made me go “hey! That songs sounds pretty awesome!” and been majorly disappointed. On the flip side, I’ve had a few samples that had me thinking a song was totally lame and later heard the full thing and realized it’s full potential. So, enter the “Illegal downloads”. Now when I say illegal downloads, I am lumping in the music that the independant artists have made and released free of charge, and I’ll explain why a little later.
Before I purchased the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, I found a bootleg copy and gave it a listen. After listening to it a few times I decided that I liked it (of course, I like Daft Punk anyway, but I wanted to make sure. I’ve been disappointed by the occasional bad release many times.), so I went and purchased it.
Another route I’ve taken is getting free recommended tracks from Last.FM. Though I don’t always like what I get, I’m usually pretty happy with what whatever they have to offer.
Now, as to why I lump free, independant releases into the mix with illegal downloads: To my understanding, the RIAA is kind of _____ [insert random insult here] on ANY kind of music download that they don’t profit from. So an independant artist puts their own work on their homepage and offers it [free or purchase] and next thing you know, the site disappears! I don’t know…
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Y’know, I had no intention of making this a rant, so I’m gonna cut it here….

Confession #1: I’m not perfect

here’s the main idea behind “confessions”: I find life in general amusing. Hopefully you will find a little humor in the way I see things… or at least raise an eyebrow at my musings…

That out of the way…

The first confession is an obvious, if not general, one. Yet despite how obvious it is, i feel it needs to be restated… constantly…

Its kinda like this:
let’S say your given an objective, like climbing Mt Everest with only your pajamas. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not physically fit enough to climb a hill without getting seriously winded… even with gear! So there are challenges out there that push our limits. Though it seems that when we push ourselves, sometimes we can get passed what we thought was our own limitations. That last bit was a freebie…

So essentially I was trying to point out I am human though there are times that it seems I’M asked to do more than I can get done in the time I have to do it! Not to say that I won’t make the effort, but it makes my head swim!

I’m not sure when I’ll post the next Confessions. I typed this one up with my phone… I don’T like how painstaiking it is having to CONSTANTLY backspace every mistake that I make. Plus having to wait for my phone to catch up to me!!!