Monday, November 6, 2017

Radio Radio... Why Do You Subject Us To Crap?

I live in terrestrial radio hell.  We have minimal rock stations, a couple of cookie cutter hiphop stations, and a shitload of country music (calling that crap music is a stretch, I know) formatted garbage.  Mainstream audio broadcasts suffer heavily from "all sizzle, no steak".  There is almost zero substance to what they play, and in the case of my area, filled with on air talent (yes, I know, stretching again) like a local craptastic guy we shall refer to as Bobby Notalent.

So, I admit, I'm in my mid 30's.  I'm old, I'm out of touch, I don't understand the music of today's generation.  Well, I didn't understand it when I was 16 either.  It was overly produced pop crap and hillbilly bullshit designed to appeal to people with no sense of individuality and are desperate to be part of the in crowd.  What they played 20 years ago sucked just as bad as what they play today.  And don't get me started on hipsters, bunch of pretentious tools with a superiority complex that have made it such a point to avoid the mainstream that they became a part of it.  You aren't cool because you like obscure stuff, hell, you aren't cool at all.

My coming of age was on the tail end of being able to identify the city you were driving in by the radio station.  I somewhat long for the days where I could take a road trip from Lafayette to Houston and get a different listening experience as I crossed over into different regions.  Now, thanks to Clear Channel/I heart Radio or whatever the fuck they call themselves, I can get the same assembly line radio as I pass through Lake Charles, Beaumont, and onward to Houston.  It doesn't even matter that the stations are not owned by the same mega corporations, they all sound the same.

Radio is like McDonald's!  No matter where you go, the menu is identical save for a couple of specially marketed local options (Go to Texas, you can get a Texas Big Mac or whatever).  I suppose that it's fine when you have no options and need something that you know quick, but fuck, it's so boring.  It doesn't take that much of an adventuring spirit and a couple bucks more to hit up a place you have never been and experience something truly epic.  Of course, people want to play it safe, and so, what's what makes money, and that's what makes it all suck.

I miss when radio was fun.  Now it's lame as hell, and of course, I can't even enjoy a morning show without the hosts trying to be political.  Who the fuck programs a rock station with the most liberal artists ever to take the stage with two hacks who do stupid voices while pushing a right-wing agenda?  They have formats dedicated to political nut jobs on either side.  I don't want to hear it in between tracks of ZZ Top and Black Sabbath.

If it sucks now, how bad will it be in another 20 years?  At least we have podcasts, streaming music, and satellite radio for better entertainment options.

Monday, June 12, 2017

But I have this friend, Tyler Durden, who....

"I am Jack's sense of neglect"


It has been about two months since I have written anything on this page.  I suppose I'm due.  May and early June was an eventful month.  Friends had kids, fixed existing issues, and prevented a massive house flood.  You know, typical shit.

Most of the month of May was spent in kind of a funk.  The only good thing about going through that is rediscovering things that you enjoy doing.  Between getting back into a gym routine (finally), I also have been focusing on reading again.  And, I am working on digging into a lot more thoughtful literature.  I had difficulties reading fiction recently, and kind of fell into this confort zone of technical and biographical writing.

Nothing wrong with it, but now is the time to step outside of that zone.  It is easy to stay within a comfort zone and feel safe and warm, but in doing so, you deny yourself the opportunity to discover something new, to feel something other than just what you want to feel.  It is important to challenge yourself, step into the unknown, and embrace it.  Break out of your bubble.

"I am Jack's sense of change"

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If you are wondering why I am peppering this post with Fight Club references, it is because I just got in the first issue of Fight Club 2, and a friend has shown that he has way more love for the book and film than I did.  I'm considering re-reading the book (it has been five years), just to re-immerse myself back into that story.  I fell in love with that twisted story upon first discoverying it when I was 19 years old.  I picked up the book a couple years later and gained a whole new appreciation for the work that the writers, actors, and directors put into trying to stay as close to the source material as possible.

Today also marks day 1000 of documenting what I eat.  I think today is a good starting point to push my own Tyler Durden away and being focusing on positive things that improve body, mind, and spirit.  That's where breaking out of my comfort zone comes in.   As you improve one, it becomes easier to improve the others.  Change is not always awful, and sometimes, it can be for the best.

"I am Jack's determination"

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