I haven’t blogged in almost a month and I definitely feel a little guilty about it.
It’s not as if there’s no technology news to discuss. And I have a small pile of gadgets I’ve recently tried out (quick highlights: SuperTalent 8GB USB Pico drive is awesome, orbitsound T12 seems pretty impressive so far, Targus Grove combo backpack/messenger bag is my new favorite, i want a new macbook air, my maxtor shared storage plus NAS just crapped out, NHL 09 for xbox 360 is amazing, and my vaio is acting up again – no joke). So I can’t say I have nothing to talk about.
I’ve come to realize that the reading about and discussing both the elections and the financial situation are consuming the time I used to use for blogging. Unlike my “pro blogger” friends, I only have a small amount of time I can dedicate to it each day, and I’m spending that time researching other things right now. Not to mention the fact that hockey’s back in full swing (Go Habs!).
For the few of you who follow me on FriendFeed, you’ve probably seen much of my thoughts on both politics and the economic climate. I’ll take a moment to address both briefly here:
Regarding the economy, my opinion is that it is far too soon to make any kind of judgment call regarding “another Great Depression”. Granted I’m an optimist, but I have yet to see a single financial expert who’s actually been correct through this entire mess, so I see no reason to begin trusting any of them – regardless of their position. I encourage you to read multiple articles on the various topics, and do some reading on other historical “panics” prior to stocking up on canned soup in your bomb shelter.
Regarding politics (yes, I know this isn’t the place you come to read politics, so if you don’t want to hear any politics, just skip this paragraph, it’s that easy), I’ll take a moment to endorse Obama for President. In 2000, I thought McCain was an excellent candidate and got sabotaged by Bush’s extreme negativism and Leninesque attacks. Today I believe McCain has changed, and is no longer the visionary leader I once respected (selecting Palin, distracting the campaign with a focus on “possible terrorist connections” and other shenanigans – elegantly summarized here). While I can’t say Obama’s perfect either, I believe this country will be better off with an idealistic visionary as leader than with more of the same style of “leading” we’ve seen in recent years. Note: if you would like to debate politics with me, please use FriendFeed, Twitter, email, or some other interactive tool for it. Thanks.
I think my blogging will remain fairly erratic in the next few weeks, until at least one of the above topics is settled (though depending on outcome, a sudden relocation to Canada may be necessary).
As your reward for getting all the way through this post, please enjoy the following video: