The world is depressing right now, with all the crap happening in politics and economics such as people thinking fetuses in food is an important (or even relevant) issue, the entire mess with SOPA and PIPA, and CEOs making hundreds of millions of dollars when they leave their companies. Hell, even Leo Apotheker, who was *fired* from his position as HP CEO, made more in his severance package than I will make in my lifetime. And I’m one of the lucky ones who has an excellent job with a great salary.


In the list of things bringing glimmers of light to the world, there’s Dia Frampton’s new album (that was $3.99 earlier on Amazon today when I bought it, but apparently has gone up in price). In particular, the duet I Will is just really happy and uplifting and pleasant to listen to.
(Didn’t realize until after I bought the album that she was on the reality show The Voice. Her album was interesting primarily because it was #1 on Amazon’s albums list when I was browsing this morning.)

In other music things, there is also SafetySuit’s new album that I purchased a week or so ago. Never Stop is probably my favorite track from the album, probably because it’s a good representation of my personal life. :)

In yet more music things, there is this rather old album by (now defunct?) band Over It. Gunslinger is probably my favorite track, but the entire album is pleasant to have running in the background while you work.

Also noteworthy is The Glitch Mob, which Ben pointed me to. We Can Make The World Stop is amazing and I listened to it on loop for a day straight, and their other works are great too.

(I suppose it’s unfortunate that, by purchasing these albums, I’m supporting the backward and antiquated policies of the SOPA-supporting music industry, but hopefully at least some of it goes to the awesome artists creating the music.)

In pleasant non-music things, there’s good food. This last week included tasty dinner (and wine) at the Union Grill and nice lunch at Orient Kitchen with Ben. (It also included halfprice at Mad Mex, which was a place I was boycotting due to their exceeding rudeness a few years back, but it has not really improved, so it is not a pleasant thing.)
I think I’ve decided that really nice food is not something I need in my life. Good quality, plentiful quantity food is what makes me the happiest… not paying $30 for some super-rare or super-fancy dish. Cooking also makes me happy. I really should do that more often.

There’s also my job, which has stopped being (too) frustrating in the past few weeks. I’m starting to get back into the groove of things, and I’m not unhappy most of the time I’m working anymore. Which is awesome.

So yeah. I suppose the world as a whole is full of stupid and horrible, but my life as it stands is pretty nice at the moment.


Politics are making me extremely bitter. :-\
Do not want.

Maybe that’s why I keep feeling the need to shut myself off from the world.

Edit: Here is the thread where I tried to express my views, but it is mostly best summarized as:

Prior to McCain’s recent attempts at calming down his base, I stated it was absolutely unacceptable that anyone would vote for McCain (NOT Republicans, but McCain) because it is unacceptable to put policy before morals and integrity (once the candidate crosses a threshhold of unacceptable morals and integrity) regardless of your agreement with the policies.

My reasoning for this conclusion that McCain had crossed an unacceptable threshold is that McCain was inciting violence among his supporters and putting Obama’s life in danger. Given this, it is unacceptable to vote for him.

My reasoning for him inciting violence is that:

  • Regardless of whether or not McCain was *attempting* to incite violence, he had because there are radical people in the audience who interpret it that way, and this was reported in the media.
  • Once something is reported in the media, it is assumed that he knows about it.
  • If he knows about it, it is his responsibility to speak out and say that isn’t what he meant and distance himself from the remarks. If he doesn’t he gives off the impression that he supports this view, at least to the radical who esposes these views in the first place (which is precicely who needs to be told otherwise).
  • The fact that he hadn’t responded in many days (and indeed, continued on the same line of attacks knowing the consequences) is unacceptable and that more than anything is the issue I was trying to bring up (but not expressing very clearly).

Now that he has stated at rallies that he respects Obama and is trying to make clear that he does not believe Obama is a terrorist, it is once again okay in my mind to vote for him.

Edit edit: What the hell is wrong with people?

McCain fail

McCain, WTF is wrong with you?

Stop playing politics. Seriously. Stop.
You were losing ground in the polls because you fail at handling the economy, and you decide that pulling something like this is the best way to make you seem like you’re on top of the situation.
Thank god Obama is calling you out on your shenanigans.

Between this, your outright lies in your ads, and your dirty campaign, I have lost all respect for you and what you stand for. You used to be the politician I respected the most… always spoke his mind, stood for his beliefs and what was right, and never yielded. Now you’re worse than Bush.

Now I hope to god that the nation isn’t so blinded that they won’t see this blatant political move for what it is.

Also, good job Congress for not passing Bush’s irresponsible bailout bill. Now find a way to fix it.

Edit: I see what ur doin thar.
If it’s really so important that you don’t debate this Friday, why didn’t you suggest that the VP debate take place this Friday instead and the debate between you and Obama take place when the VP debate was scheduled for? After all, it’s not like Palin has to be back in Congress for photo ops to politically benefit from fix the economic mess despite not being on the committee in charge of negotiating the bailout.

Edit edit:

Mr. Letterman told his audience that Senator McCain had called him directly on short notice Wednesday, to tell him he had to cancel his appearance.

Mr. Letterman said Mr. McCain had said the economy was “about to crater” which necessitated that he get to Washington right away.

[Mr. Letterman’s] critique reached a high point when he learned that at the very moment Mr. McCain was supposed to be on the couch next to him being interviewed, the senator was at the CBS News center three blocks away in Manhattan, getting ready to be interviewed by the CBS News anchor, Katie Couric.

I am so incredibly disgusted right now.
Video here.


The economy is exploding (or, I suppose, imploding).

Presidential candidates: Stop arguing over whose fault it is and give us a good plan to fix it.

Congress: Plz to not be spending $700 billion of our tax dollars propping up failing businesses. You passed laws that made this mess in the first place… can’t you find ways to fix it without spending quite so much?

Also, unrelated, hear hear.