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so I’ve been playing pool regularly since about January or February and have been playing with house cues the whole time.

I’m finally taking the step and dishing out some dollars to have a nice one of my own… it’s not the most amazing thing in the world, but it is a Joss, so it will be good

I can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait, and did I mention the part where I can’t wait? Yeah, it’s that cool.

So, this will pretty much guarantee that I will be at the pool hall 7 days a week for the next month or so. Which I’m okay with, why shouldn’t I be. The place is about 1.5 miles from my house, I can’t go wrong.

Oh, and Leno sucks but for some reason I haven’t changed the channel.

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Hmmmm, audioblogger kicks major ass. Don’t pay much attention to the audio below, it was mostly just a test to see how cool it was. Very freakin cool.
AudioBlogger link dead

Now it’s just time to find some reasonable use for it…. wait, screw reasonable, it’s fun.

Enjoy every sandwich.

Ok, so hopefully you all are familiar with Warren Zevon, if not, then just remember that he’s the guy who wrote “Werewolves of London” among many other great songs…

Short version of the long story, great songwriter diagnosed with lung cancer, decided not to do anything about it and then wrote an album about his forthcoming death….

Depressing stuff, but enlightening all the same.

Before I knew anything about Warren, David Letterman dedicated an entire show to him, an interview, 3 songs, amazing stuff… The most moving part of the conversation they had was the following:

David Letterman: from your perspective now, do you know something about life and death that maybe I don’t know now?

Warren Zevon: not unless I know how much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich. you know.

Why was that so moving? I have no idea. But for some reason, it has made me think about that line almost every time I eat a sandwich. And he’s right, sandwiches are good. If you don’t stop and enjoy them, what else in life can you stop and enjoy?

Anyhow, the related story…

A couple nights ago I went to go make a sandwich. Standard peanut butter and jelly, nothing fancy. As I opened the pantry door, I thought to myself “enjoy every sandwich”. I pulled out the bread, pulled out the peanut butter, went to the fridge and pulled out the jelly (actually jam, but nobody says peanut butter and jam). Put everything on the counter and was ready to make my sandwich.

Then…. I open the bread bag to find that a mouse had eaten through a part of every slice and left droppings in return.

I could not enjoy my sandwich.

Now normally, I think I would just shrug this aside and curse the mouse for being hungry, but all because of that quote, I was disturbed.

Enjoy every sandwich, because one day you might not have a sandwich to enjoy.

Enjoy everything, because one day you might not be alive to enjoy it.

Inspired Wage Logic

You may like reading the article at this website:

“What if we doubled the minimum wage?”

Total pure explicit logic………  how can you argue?  This isn’t even one of those concepts that requires the government to step in and regulate.  All this requires is a couple creative thinkers at the top of Walmart or some other large company and everybody wins.  Just ask IKEA what happens when you treat people right….  Walmart would come out on top, they’re employees would come out on top, the rest of the country could follow, everybody is a lot happier…. 

Get college executives (Cutting Harvard Tuition by $5000) to follow suit and all of a sudden you have a happy and educated population that can afford to live and enjoy life.

There is absolutely no reason anybody needs to make as much money as some of these people do.  Honestly, what’s the difference between even $500,000/year and $30mil/year???

Absolutely nothing but $29,500,00 of waste.

“You’re telling me that you wouldn’t take 30mil/year?”  

Exactly. 

What am I going to do with that?  Sit on my ass all year and spend, spend, spend…  Sure, all that spending, as I walk down the aisles at the local store feeling like a total ass because the guy checking me out isn’t making enough to afford car insurance……. right…  I’d get kicks from that every day.

You may have noticed that all three of those links were to the same person’s website…  I would provide a wider variety of references, but what part of that didn’t make sense enough?  He also provides links to his original articles on each post, read as you wish……

And to top it off, it’s the creator of http://www.howstuffworks.com, you know he’s not going to get it wrong…..

Explicit Logic Defined – Part II (The Reason)

Why bother….  What’s the point of trying to define a philosophy to life with simple logic? 

Well, because I think it can be done, that’s all there is to it.  I’ve racked my brain over and over again trying to figure out reasons for this not to apply to everything that I do, and I can’t.  There’s only one thing that comes close to not fitting, and that’s love.  When it comes down to it though, the fact that it makes no sense is logical,  therefore it fits into the “follow your emotions and damn the consequences” category.

What’s so logical about that? 

Well, refer to example two below, “I want to have a happy life.  I only live once…..”

If we do what makes us happy, we’ll be happy.  If you’re busy damning the consequences and following your emotions, then you’re living life and that makes perfect sense.

Doesn’t this kind of take the fun out of life, if everything is the same as 1+1=2?

No, that’s what makes it fun.  Once you realize how to deal with everything that you run into, then it leaves more time for dealing with situations that you want to run into.  This isn’t a sterile, clean-cut, boring outlook on what’s to come.  Surprises are still around every corner.

In fact, if you give those three examples a shot, life starts to kick ass a lot more.  This isn’t about the standard “wake up, drive car to work, stay at work to afford car, drive car home, sleep” logic that just keeps you alive long enough to die. 

This is about the “wake up, look at the sky, drive to work while listening to your favorite band, work with people that you want to work with doing what you want to do, drive home with your hand out the window, sit on the porch enjoying the breeze and talking with friends, going to sleep to late” logic that keeps you alive long enough to enjoy living more.

Why bother….  What’s the point of blogging all your ramblings about “explicit logic”, who cares? 

Hmmm, who knows, what’s the point of writing down anything?  I figure that if I’m going to be writing it down anyway (it helps to sort out the thoughts), then why not post it so that everybody can read.  Good enough reason?

In reality, it’d be cool to find people that think the same way about things, or even people that think it’s completely wrong.  Conversation is one of my favorite things, so if nothing else, this could be an interesting topic.

What else is going to go here now that this is out of the way?

You can see the first two posts didn’t exactly fit the perfect mold of the second two… That’s because there is no perfect mold.  I’m going to try my best not to post anything based on solid opinion only.  Of course, most of the things I’ll put on here will be related to an opinion that I have, but I’ll try to explain it logically (in my mind) with facts so that it should make sense to both sides.

the weather man

The weather man just called me his friend twice in the first 2 sentences of his introduction on Overnight Outlook.

That is definitely a weird way to approach your audience.

I guess I should feel closer to the staff at The Weather Channel now.  They’re “friendly“.

Maybe I would be a bigger fan of Ann Coulter if she called me her friend.  Of course then I’d have to make it through the first 2 sentences and that probably wouldn’t happen unless there was a backup tv to recover from the brick throwing incident………

music… guitars… life

have I mentioned that I love playing music?

I love playing music in the morning, when I’m tired and need something to wake me up… no matter how tired I am, it does not get old…

I love playing music in the afternoon, when the day is in full swing and I need a break, or when it’s a day off and it’s sunny and breezy outside and I can sit on the porch writing a song about how great it is….

I love playing music at night because it’s so mysterious and calm, almost necessary for some kind of theme music…

I love playing music when I’m in a good mood… It enhances the goodness and makes me happy longer.

I love playing music when I’m in a sad mood… It helps me get through what I’m feeling down about or when necessary expresses my feelings enough that I’m comfortable being sad at that moment..

I love playing music by myself.  What I think in my head while I’m playing could keep me going all day.

I love playing music with other people. The energy created between a group of people that have gotten into a grove is inspiring.. .

I love playing music in front of people.  Sharing my soul is exciting and frightening at the same time…. trying to send the message of the song across with your instrument is an experience not soon forgotten…

I love writing songs for people I know even if they’ll never hear them…

I love sharing songs with people I know that I’ve written about them…

I love writing songs.
I love playing music.
I love listening to music.
I love watching music.
I love learning music.
I love living music.

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Explicit Logic Defined – Part I (The Philosophy)

The definition on the side bar sums it up pretty well:

explicitlogic = reasoned and reasonable judgement leaving nothing to implication

However, before I start tossing more ramblings onto this page, I figured that I should define my reasons behind it.

Explicitlogic started as a phrase that my friend wanted to put on a band t-shirt: “parental adversary: explicit logic.” That summed up everything that we were thinking in 4 words. The more I think about it, the harder I try to live life with explicit logic in mind.

What do you do if your child all of a sudden stops believing everything that he/she was told their entire lives and comes to a logical conclusion about what they believe? Some parents would probably be scared as hell. Other parents, proud.

That’s how it should work though. We shouldn’t believe things because people tell us to believe them. We shouldn’t have faith in something because somebody told us to have faith in it. We shouldn’t follow a path in life laid out for us by somebody else. We should act and think with explicit logic.

1 + 1 = 2

The logic behind that equation is pretty explicit. Not too hard to figure out. If you break things down in life, a lot of them are that easy to figure out.

If you try, you can apply this pseudo-philosophy to anything that you do in life. It doesn’t have to be mathmatic, but it usually comes down to a few certain circumstances equalling one overall circumstance.

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Example one: “I don’t like it when people hurt me physically or emotionally. I am a person. Therefore, I should try my best not to hurt anybody else physically or emotionally.” That didn’t seem to hard.

If you are religious or not, there can be something learned from “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Take God and the Bible out of the equation and that statement would still have us living in harmony if everybody played along. Although this is the shortest explanation, I believe that it is probably the most important goal to live by. It would help a lot if everybody lived with that goal. I guess I would have to turn that into my life lesson number one.

Example two: “I want to have a happy life. I only live life once. Therefore, I should do what makes me happy with my life.” hmmmm.

You only live once. I try to make that my logic behind a lot of things. It makes sense to me that it would be. It is true though, you only live life once. If you spent a little time thinking about what the 80 year old version of you would say about your life, you may start to realize things that you’re missing. It’s never too early to reflect on things like that. Work somewhere that you want to work, not just because it pays the bills. Live somewhere that you want to live, not just because it’s where you’ve always been. Be the person that you want to be, not the person that others want. You only have one chance at all these things, so why not do it right the first time. My life lesson number two.

Example three: “It would be cool to learn how to….. I have the ability to learn anything I want. Therefore, I will learn how to….”

Experience. This ties into “life lesson number two” a lot, but I thought it still deserved a section of it’s own. Possibly because there’s not too much else to cover. It’s a pretty simple philosophy.

It never hurts to experience things in life. I know, what do I know about it, I’m only 24. But especially in the last few years, I’ve made an effort to experience as much as possible and it seems to keep me happy for the most part. That’s why I’m including it, because it makes sense to me. Why else would we be alive if not to experience life.

Experience people. Experience art. Experience music. Experience movies. Experience food. Experience travel. Experience knowledge. Experience love. Experience language. Experience culture. Experience conversation.

The list can probably go on forever, but if you try to experience as much as possible, think about all the times you will be able to say to somebody “remeber that time…” Is it not worth it just for memories? Sounds sappy, but it makes sense. My life Lesson 3.

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So that’s it for the introduction to explicit logic. I’m not meaning to be preachy, that’s the last thing I want because I dislike being preached to. I just wanted to try and explain my thinking behind the things that I do. Part 2 will hopefully have more about how it relates to this site, being the name of it and all. Either that or it will end up being me revising part I because this is the first time I’ve thought enough about it to write it down and it’ll drive me crazy later……

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Rant: Our Relationship With Automobiles

I was going to discuss our complete inability to control the modern automobile sufficiently, but it expanded on it’s own. Now you get a few things for the price of one….

Cars. You would think that we could have figured them out by now. It’s been 90 years since the first assembly line in Michigan started cranking out Fords like crazy. They’ve gotten “safer”, faster, easier to manuver, better overall.

Ok, so think about that for a few seconds.

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We’ve had 90 years as a car buying public to figure out how to use the damn things. Somehow, we still suck at it.

80 years since some form of the stop light was invented, we still find ourselves believing that if we run the red, we’ll make it to our destination an hour faster.

170 years since the first form of an electric car was invented and we still think it’s cool to gobble up natural resources like they’re going out of style.

If you believe in creation and wanted to convince some more evolution minded people that they were wrong, explain this to them…. why haven’t we adapted to the use of something so simple. All it does is go forward, backward, and turn a bit. Don’t even think we could comprehend how to manage a flying car. Darwin would be pissed.

Of course, if you believe in creation, you still have to wonder if God sucked at driving too and that’s why we’re like this.

We Americans are too spoiled… imagine if gas prices had actually followed normal inflation, then you would have a pretty decent reason to carpool to work. Nobody likes paying $4.00/gallon to drive around. It would be worth it if our cars all got 60 miles to the gallon, but that doesn’t happen. Say you drive to work 15 miles every day. Round trip of 30 miles. You drive a gas powered Honda that’s a couple years old, get 30 miles to the gallon. Currently it costs you about $2.00 a day to go to work. 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, $500 in gas just to work. That’s not so bad, but that’s also only putting 7500 miles on your car. Who really does that? 10 or 15,000 is probably more like it. An even grand spent on gas every year. Inflation would make that $2,000. That’s getting up there. If you make $30k a year, that’s about 10 percent of your take home salary after taxes… supposed to give that to the church. Now imagine paying the prices that Europe pays.. $6 a gallon. $3,000 or 15 percent of your take home salary is gone. Don’t you love it. So next time somebody asks if you’re proud to be an American, let them know that you at least
don’t mind the gas prices.

STOP BUYING SUVs, you are part of the problem.