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Saturday, October 14, 2006

October 14, 2006


Well, it snowed this week for the first time since the spring. It started on Wednesday evening, and when it was all said and done left us with about 3/4" of snow by Thursday midday. It didn't last long -- I left work early on Thursday afternoon. When I got home, most of the snow was still around, but by the time Beth got home most of it was gone. There's still some trace of snow where it accumulated a bit more (ditches, etc.), but that's about it. The only other really notable thing related to weather is the fact that it's been quite cold here the last few days. Highs in the upper 30's, and lows around 21 degrees. That's a C-M-F if you ask me. smile

Weekend List

I've got a few projects on my list for this weekend, but include (but not limited to):
  • Window Plastic,
  • Organize Shed,
  • Clean out Garage,
  • Clean out Basement,
  • Install Low-Voltage boxes in the upstairs,
  • Wash and Winterize outdoor stuff,
  • Pick apples

We'll see exactly how much of this stuff gets done, but any progress is better than no progress, right? smile

Interesting Documentary

I was killing some time last night since I didn't feel like doing anything else, so I watched some TV. I'm not a big fan of Friday night TV, because while there's stuff on of reasonable quality, most of the Friday evening lineups don't really hold my interest (and I usually find other things to do). So, as I was browsing through the guide lineup, I ran across an interesting title which required a brief viewing. It was on a channel I've never watched before, so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

Long story short, it was a documentary about the mainstream media and politics. It only took a few minutes for me to really become intrigued by this program. In particular, the documentary proposed the principle that the current republican powers (of the last 10 years or so) are in ways controlling the flow of information to the public. That's not a very good description of the program, so I'll quote a bit about it from the network website:

From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn’t, Orwell Rolls in his Grave moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the mainstream media. Are Americans being given the information a democracy needs to survive or have they been electronically lobotomized? Has the frenzy for media consolidation led to a dangerous irony where in an era of more news sources the majority of the population has actually become less informed?

While I don't necessarily agree with portions of the program I saw last night (like I said, I started watching in the middle of it), it was a very interesting presentation of material that has justified a re-viewing for me. I'm going to try capturing the video this afternoon (either digitally or VHS) so I can watch the full thing at some time. I really enjoy documentaries as such where they really get you thinking...

Until Next Time... it's warming up now I should go get the paper and prepare for the remainder of my day.

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