Sunday, April 19, 2009

Listen to Jacob Zachary

Jacob Zachary writes and plays beautiful music. He writes deep lyrics filled with vivid imagery and profound insight. His guitar and voice overflow with gorgeous melodies. You can stream most of his music from his site, and if you contact him, you can purchase hard copies of his CD's (this is getting more and more rare). Listen to just one of his songs, and the odds are that you will find yourself bookmarking his site and telling a friend before you know it.

Photo by Ryan Portnoy.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

You Are What You Eat

Most of us find it difficult to eat healthy. For anyone stuck in an office all day, temptation abounds. Many people want to eat out, and some bring unhealthy snacks or goodies from home to share with co-workers. At the same time, even some who cook at home can create fat-saturated caloric nightmares.

Check out these examples of home-cooked heart attack platters.

Click here to see how fast food generally isn't what you thought it would be.

My advice- find a good deli and pack your own lunch.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day

April 15th produces consternation for many Americans. Some pay their taxes begrudgingly, others indifferently, and still others lie and cheat. In our time of increasingly partisan politics, with everything from Tea Parties to tax dodgers, many claim to know what the founders of this country wanted and intended. Many invoke their names as magical incantations to prove their point. Interestingly, they often prove as confusing and contradictory as the talking heads today. For example-

“Every proposal for a specific tax is sure to meet with opposition … It must be the province of the legislature to hold the scales with a judicious hand and balance one by another. The rich must be made to pay for their luxuries; which is the only proper way of taking their superior wealth.”- Alexander Hamilton
"Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual." --Thomas Jefferson

"No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant." - George Washington

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Great Music, Best Price

Generally, I purchase music from iTunes but with their new change in pricing, I decided to branch out and explore other possibilities. Today I downloaded the new album Swoon by Silversun Pickups from the Amazon MP3 store for only $3.99. Compare this with the price of $9.99 at iTunes. Just like the iTunes store, Amazon automatically adds the songs and album artwork to your iTunes library. Also, Amazon offers many samplers and songs for free (I downloaded free tracks today from Death Cab for Cutie, Bell X1, Iron & Wine, and others- completely legally!). Check out Amazon for a great way to stretch your dollar.


The blogosphere contains (too) much information and noise, but nevertheless I will enter into the fray. Here you will not find some thoughts, but mostly links to those who say it best. Think of this as the lite version of Between Two Worlds mixed with the Drudge Report.

Please check out the blogroll for guys who are worth reading, and have plenty of good information to share. I will pull from many of these sources to comment on theology, music, management, marketing, and politics.

Please feel free to comment and interact- "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."- George Bernard Shaw