EDITORIAL / MORNING ROUTINE
Don't read this, because I am not qualified to be making opinions about something I've only known about for 15 seconds. The views expressed here are not my own. Well, they are, they come from my body, but they're not mine, because the idiot in me sometimes (more times than I'd care to admit) gets the floor and spouts off crap like this. So allow me to introduce my inner idiot...
I typically say that violence is never the answer. To anything. Killing, destroying, shit like that doesn't solve anything. It just gets you in deeper trouble, because there's way more of THEM than there are of US. THEIR numbers are infinite. OUR numbers are limited. You can't win. The best course of action is to blend in and/or avoid THEM altogether.
I also don't typically pay any attention to the news. But the girl who chooses to live with me watches the news every morning while she gets dressed for work. Normally, I'm off in another room listening to Ticket AM or doing something not related to watching the news. But this morning, my belly was full of diarrhea sounds, so I laid in bed and stared at the TV.
They did a segment on the thing in Ferguson Missouri, where some asshole fucking racist cop shot an unarmed kid for no reason other than the cop has a gun and the power to shoot just about anyone s/he wants. And I guess whoever is in charge of making sure cops don't get away with going around shooting whoever they feel like shooting decided that this particular cop didn't do anything wrong. My speculation is, if the kid he'd shot had been white, the cop would already be in prison for life. But since the kid was black, well, who fucking cares, right?
The deeper story is why we allow cops to carry guns at all. And why, since there's no fucking way we'll ever be able to take the guns away from the cops, do we continue to defend ANY cop who shoots ANYONE? And further, why do we need cops in the first place?
You're saying, "well, we have to let 'em carry guns and shoot back because what if the bad guy has a gun and is planning on using it?" To which I say, "why put yourself in a position to get shot at in the first place?" To which you may say, "well, because we gotta keep the bad guys off the street." To which I say, "they're on the street regardless of if the cop is out there 'protecting' US or not, so why bother?" Cops are reactionary anyway. Why not clear them off the street, where they only make situations worse, and only "deploy" them when absolutely necessary? And yes, I know, the solution is way more complex than my over-simplification.
OUR best bet is to stay as far away from cops as possible. If you get involved with them, you're asking for trouble. Sometimes it's unavoidable, in which case you roll over and play dead.
I think I have an affinity for getting stuck in the idea phase of creating a business. Maybe it's because I've failed before and feel like I need the most perfect, unique, can't miss idea in order to get started. What's wrong with working with the things and skills I already got? What's wrong with doing something that's already been done 1,000 times over successfully? I don't know. That's how I seem to work. And making the decision that I'm going to start a business (it's one my goals for the next few months) only adds to the paralysis of the idea phase.
Regardless, or in spite, of my obvious disability, I came up with an idea for starting a mobile gym and being a mobile personal trainer. I've seen these guys around town on occasion just set up shop in a park. They drive a truck that houses all the equipment and the people come to him. Every time I see them I think, "I could do that."
The only logistical problem is I don't have a truck. And I don't have any equipment. So I'd have to either buy the equipment and rent a truck, or I'd have to get creative and work with things that will fit in my car. And also, I gotta get the fuck in shape first, before I start preaching to people how things should be done.
I also thought I could create a website and put up "workouts of the day," and start an email group (that maybe people pay for) that sends a workout every day to their inbox and asks them to fill out some online form after they do the workout, for accountability. And if they don't fill out the form for X number of days without a good excuse, they get dropped from the program. This would definitely solve the whole needing a truck and a shit ton of equipment problem.
I've already got a name for it. Engineering Fit. Pretty good, huh?
EVENING ROUTINE / TACO PERIOD
I found a cool little music app by Propellerhead called Figure. It's got a kick ass UI and can actually create some interesting snippets of techno music. It's not anything that can create full scores, but I think it's good for creating loops that can be used as part of a larger project.
I've been jambling around thinking about how to create backing music for my upcoming new podcast, Taco Period. I don't have a format or a particular subject or structure in mind. I'm pretty much just flying by the seat of my pants, doing things as they come to me. Sometimes it's the best way to proceed, instead of floundering around and getting nothing done. If you haven't already done so, or you've already forgotten, re-read the first paragraph above under IDEA. Getting stuck trying to decide between different options is something I'm really fucking good at.
Anyway, I'm still going back and forth with either using the guitar or using some techno synth app drum machine thing to create the backing music. Since I suck at guitar now (out of practice), and since it's not really fucking easy to record acoustic guitar well, I'm leaning towards the pure digital approach. I'll most likely wind up mixing the two, because that's the way I like to roll.