Monday, June 21, 2010

The less serious stuff.

Currently listening to: Mae playlist

So, I had a chance last week to spend some time with a friend I haven't seen in a while. We chilled around town, watched some Doctor Who (best show evah), and did a little hiking. While we were hanging out I also got a chance to do some photography, which was very nice.

Here's a rule of thumb: If you're going to be photographing outside, the best time to do it is when the shadows are longer than you are--i.e. sunrise and sunset. These are the times when you have the most interesting light, and understanding how to use light is crucial to making quality photographs.

Well, I need to start packing. I'm leaving tonight to go help a boy scout troop with their summer scout camp. Being a leader will be pretty easy: I'll make sure they get up on time, make sure they go to bed on time, make sure they don't kill each other, and make sure they get to their classes after breakfast every day. Once they're all off at classes, I'll just be chillin' in camp with a good book, taking plenty of naps, and taking walks through the woods. I'm looking forward to it. I'll be back in a few days, so I'll give a quick report then.

Take it easy everybody!

--Matt (the guy in the hat)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Current Events Rambles

Currently listening to: Classical Music Playlist

I've been reading up on the BP oil spill in the gulf. According to FOXNews, BP is hoping that by late June they'll be capturing about 90% of the oil flow and keeping it from entering the ocean. The relief wells are expected to be finished in August. Fingers crossed. I hope the situation is resolved quickly.

Politics have been another matter of concern lately. Pres. Obama continues to irk me to say the least. He's frequently insulting our allies, Britain in particular. The BP oil spill has truly been a tragic event, but Obama seems to be using it as an excuse to attack a major British company. Though Pres. Obama, of course, denies this. On top of that, there is the recent issue of Representative Joe Wilson shouting "You lie" at Pres. Obama during a speech concerning the healthcare bill. According to the New York Times, the republican and democratic parties seem to agree that the outburst was inappropriate. I feel the same way. But what bothers me is that even though Joe Wilson formally apologized, he is now the target of many efforts trying to undermine his personal character and the republican party as a whole. In my personal opinion, this is drawing dangerously close to "silencing those who speak out against the government". Sigh, perhaps I should stop my rant here, just in case "Big Brother" is listening. But I'd just like to say that this disgusting tripe that we call Politics is NOT good government. Politics is all about personal gain, and I feel that this is a major underlying motivator in the Obama administration. They are not interested in the American public our or allies. They are interested in getting more power; in making our nation ever more socialistic. It worries me greatly. Government should be FOR the people.

Anyway, gonna post some less serious stuff in a few minutes. Right now, I'm gonna go whip up some dinner. Mac & chees, pork tenderloin, mixed vegetables. Mmm.

--Matt (the guy in the hat)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Matt!

Heyya guys!

Sorry for the long break between posts once again, but I'm back! I hope you've enjoyed the music while I've been gone. I've added a little here and there. As always, the best taste in music is an ecclectic one.

So, brief update, the semester went immensely well in the end, despite some periods of doubt in certain classes. *cough* CHEMISTRY *cough, cough* But like I said things went very well, and I'm quite satisfied. Now it's just a matter of finding a job for the summer (a venture which I have in particular been pursuing today, but to no avail as of yet). In the meantime, I have applied to be a volunteer at the humane society, which I look forward to. I thought it would be cool to do something like that on the side so that I can start taking steps as an Environmental Conservative. I'd like to prove to people that such a thing exists.

Ah! I have also started playing piano again. I took lessons for eight years when I was younger and did quite well, but I haven't really played since starting college. So far I've been enjoying picking it back up. I need to start practicing guitar again as well. I really do want to start a band....We'd be so cool.....

I'm interested in starting to blog in earnest, and I'm curious about new things to talk about, so if you have any ideas, send 'em my way. And as always, the guy in the hat is happy to answer questions about life, the universe, and everything, so if you have any, ask away!

Anyway, later!

--Matt (the guy in the hat)