Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter randomness

This post has nothing to do with Easter, but I posted it on Easter, so I have to at least mention Easter. Here's a picture of a deep-fried Cadbury Creme Egg:

Here's a funny picture:

Julie and I went to church this morning, out to brunch with her mom, dad, and grandma, and then went up to Wausau to watch golf and hang out with my parents. While we were there, Sarah reached into a cookbook and pulled out this note (it had a recipe on the back), which we are assuming was written about 20 years ago, when I was 9 or 10. Click to get the full details

For those who don't know, my mom passed away when I was 6, and my dad was left with 3 boys, ages 6, 4, and 2, and a fledgling business, so we were all expected to do stuff that most normal kids didn't have to deal with. It's kind of funny looking back at stuff that we just kind of assumed was normal at the time but very much wasn't.

We also had a long discussion about Facebook

I am still on the fence about this whole thing. While I do enjoy a good bit of technology now and then, there are some things I just don't see the value in, namely cell phones, instant messaging, and now Facebook. I don't like cell phones (we only have 1 - prepaid -, and only for emergencies), or instant messaging, because I consider them to be "intrusive" technologies. I mostly like being left alone to focus on important tasks, and I feel that having a phone ringing wherever I was or having an IM window pop up all the time is distracting and I end up resenting either the phone or person IM'ing me. Facebook is scary to me because I haven't always made the best decisions (actually hardly ever), and I don't want people remembering me from grade school, middle school, high school, college, etc..., but it would actually be cool to stay in touch with my family, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, grandparents, parents, etc..., all of whom are starting to use Facebook. Let me know your thoughts. Either Facebook is a gift from the heavens, made from dreams, rainbows, and unicorn farts (Candy mountain! Candy mountain! You fill me with sweets, sugary goodness!!! ), or it is pure evil. I actually already have an account, but I haven't used it all. If I actually start using the stupid thing, I will have to create a profile pic that uses one of my cats, as that seems to be the Gasper thing to do:

I have also been listening to new music lately, so I thought I would share my current list.

Trav clued me into this compilation, which has a ton of artists that I like on it, including an awesome song by Sufjan Stevens, Justin Vernon (from Bon Iver), YeaSayer, The National, and Beirut:

Pandora also recommended to me a song by Vetiver, and I am currently listening to both "Tight Knit", and "To Find Me Gone"

A standby favorite of mine is Sufjan Stevens. Both the Illinois and Michigan albums are spectacular:

In the same vein is Welcome Wagon. Sufjan Stevens had an obvious influence in this album. I'm not sure how I feel about the album cover, but it's good music.

For good up-tempo music, Fatboy Slim and OK Go are two of my many go-to choices. Doesn't hurt that they know how to make a music video:

Fatboy Slim Video (for some reason can't embed this one, but it's probably the best video ever. Christopher Walken is a genius.)

That's it for me. Random Easter post out -- word.


Angie said...

Um, yeah, that had very little to do with Easter...but Happy Easter to the both of you. As for my opinion on Facebook, I'm on the fence. I do find it great to connect with family and friends who live at a distance. But I also find it not so great when it comes to wasting time and sometimes knowing more information about a person than I really wanted. I don't know if that makes sense but there's my two cents.
Happy Easter!

Zachary and Jennifer said...

Zachary and I are both Facebook hold outs yet. Yes, we agree it would be nice for staying in touch with family, relatives, and any other friends that you do want in your life. But it comes with all the bad too, "staying in touch" with people from 3rd grade and yes, often too much information! I have signed up twice now, and then felt so dirty, deleted my account within 10 minutes. We started blogger last year and it seems to be the right amount "contact" for us. We are meeting new and interesting people from all over, and our family and real friends can still see our adventures. It feels not as creepy or competitive as Facebook or Myspace.
But don't let your non-use of Facebook stop you making a Cat Hat. :-) Cats are made for the Internet.

Nice music too.