Sunday, January 30, 2005

speaking of...

After further review of the aforementioned blog I realized one of the sidebar sections is "daily dosing." And here for months I thought I had come up with a somewhat unique name with cool shorthand (DDT) to boot, and right after I start it I find that it's not quite so unique. Figures. Oh well, the name sticks!

abortion and the constitution

JQP has a very interesting take on abortion here.

I can't keep up with his discussion on natural rights and quickening (in a Biblical sense, I wonder?), but his point is one that I hadn't heard before. If he's right, and our Constitution doesn't protect life until it's 21 weeks old, then I may have to rethink just how much of a constructionist I really am.

As I see it, the issue here is life and death. And a person has the right to live until that person does something deserving of death. (Note that I'm not talking about eternal life and death here.) If the Constitution doesn't explicitly prohibit one form of murder, should such murder still be allowed? Of course not. So I suppose I'm closer to the "living, breathing document" side than JQP is, but if the alternative is to throw our hands up and allow actions we know are unjust simply because they happened to be allowed by our founding document then I think I'm in the right on this one.

Another thing...the Constitution doesn't go into detail on exactly when life begins so it seems futile to try to pin the language down in this case. It's hard to imagine the Founding Fathers condoning any type of abortion. I suspect it wasn't even on the radar screen at that time. If we're going on intent then I would think the Constitution would imply the opposite; that is, that all humans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness regardless of age.

Very interesting...maybe I'll have more on this soon. I'd sure like to learn a bit more about the details.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

top 10 metallica songs

This is something I ponder every now and then. I don't listen to Met much anymore but they were one of my favorites back in the day. And I still like to hear it every so often. I've heard some much more than others and probalby wouldn't even recognize some if I heard them today, so the list will of course be biased toward what I'm more familiar with. But it's impossible to rank so many good songs anyway. I'll surely leave plenty of deserving ones off the list and have changed my mind before this is even published. But hey, why not?

1. Creeping Death
This one is obvious. Not just because it was our AD&D theme song once upon a time, but because it's one of the best hard rock songs ever written. This is always the Met song I want to hear more than any other. And the live version...perhaps the best concert song of all time.

2. One
A very close call, but I have to give One the nod over Fade to Black. The machine-gun-style drum work that starts just before the heavier part of the song is great. Nice mix of hard and soft guitar too.

3. Fade to Black
Wow, two of three from Ride the Lightning. Impressive. Very similar to One--slow, almost soothing guitar followed by the heavy stuff we all love Metallica for. So they almost have to be back to back.

4. And Justice For All
Lyrics-wise this is probably the best Met song of them all. The words fit so well in this day and age, and the music is plenty good enough to get it into the top 10.

5. For Whom the Bell Tolls
A bit more mainstream, if you will than most other old Met. Perhaps they should have done more "normal" stuff, or at least closer to normal. Or maybe not. Music without all those old Metallica songs just wouldn't be the same.

6. Orion
Yeah, it's an instrumental and it doesn't pick up until late in the song, but it has to be here. Not on the same level as the three above it though.

7. Four Horsemen
Another one of those more mainstream types. But still plenty heavy enough to be good. And also the best song on Kill 'Em All.

8. Blackened
Another good one from And Justice--perhaps their best album. The lyrics in this one aren't very family-friendly but are actually kinda funny. At least I think so.

9. Seek and Destroy
Another nice AD&D song that fits well into any game. And the live version with Hetfield working the crowd is awesome, too. Every time I hear this I think of my gaming days...

10. Hit the Lights
Overall this one isn't really deserving of a spot on the list, but the Hammett solo is so over the top it simply has to be represented. And, shockingly, this is the third Kill 'Em All song on the list. I've never considered the album one of my favorites; it's certainly not on par with Ride the Lightning and And Justice For All.

And there you have it. I'm sure I've overlooked several others but there's my list for now. Subject to change depending on what song I feel like hearing. And I'm far from a music pro anyway. Getting tired...

site improvement already!

Finally managed to put up a photo...the perfect vacation picture, as I like to call it. It just says paradise, to me anyway. And bonus points to whoever can guess where it was taken. (Hint: The sailboat is a felucca.)

UPDATE: There's supposed to be a picture there but the link isn't working right. What's up with that?

Friday, January 28, 2005

first post

testing.....will write more later....assuming I actually do anything with this thing

Saturday, January 01, 2005

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