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Top 5 Christmas Music Videos

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

With Christmas time coming up, I figured I would share some of my favorite songs. Most of these are older songs being performed by contemporary bands. Enjoy

O Come All Ye Faithful, by Casting Crowns

We Wish You A Merry Christmas, by Relient K

The Night Santa Went Crazy, by Weird Al

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo, by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

While You Were Sleeping, Casting Crowns

Now, it should be known that I have very limited music knowledge, so I would appreciate feedback. What are your favorite Christmas songs?

-Trenton Stahl

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REVAMP!

December 5, 2009 1 comment

Ever since I started this site back in April, I have been running it under a very loose sense of timeliness. For the most part, I posted articles about whatever, whenever the mood struck me and that was fine.

However, I have decided to step it up. From now on I will be uploading content on Tuesdays and Fridays. More well thought-out topics and discussions will be held for Fridays, and things like funny pictures and interesting links will be for Tuesdays. There isn’t any particular reason I am choosing those two days, it’s more of a whim. All posts will be (hopefully) submitted by about 8am.

To commemorate this shift, I have changed themes to fit the more serious nature of the dedication behind the site, I hope you all like it. In addition, I have changed the secondary title of the site. Where before it read “a meandering of thought without form”, it now reads “a meandering of thought given form”. I can assure you, it is quite true. This is a blog about failed perceptions of reality, and how they can twist society into something it should never be. It being named AdvancedApathy is to make clearer the sense of message I am trying to get across, society needs to wake up.

Also, I have a couple of friends who are working on starting their own podcast series. Knowing these two, it will be some of the most entertaining material you are likely to find. The episodes will be hosted in AdvancedApathy, and I will post when I am sure they will be ready to launch.

Thanks to everyone who has been supportive of my efforts, and enjoy.

-Trenton Stahl

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Food For Thought II

December 3, 2009 6 comments

There are many people who are atheist. My question is why do they celebrate Christmas? It is a Christian holiday by it’s very nature! It seems to me more than a bit hypocritical.

-Trenton Stahl

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Cameras In Classrooms: The Pros And Cons

November 27, 2009 10 comments

Having just recently started attending public school, I have found the topic of cameras interesting. Something I have noticed is that no one seems to care. People go about their day oblivious to the round, black semi-spheres that watch their every move as they go about their business. It seems to no one that this is a problem. Let me give you two opinions on the subject.

Yes, we are watching.

Pros:

Being what they are, and what their purpose is, it isn’t too hard to make an argument for cameras in school.  Currently, they are only in the hallways and this allows for privacy in the classroom. If someone were to be hurt in the hallways, and accusations were flung, it is simple to see what happened and why.

I am sure there are many instances when a person is accused of doing some wrong and not being able to defend themselves. No doubt those people would have loved having irrefutable evidence of their innocence, I know I would have appreciated it in varying situations with my past.

And lets not forget another important way it could be important for student arguments: evil teachers. If you have ever had any serious problems in school with authority, you can agree that administrators almost always take the side of the teacher in a he-said, she-said predicament. Let me give you an example; your a student in a classroom and your breath is terrible, and a girl you really like is about to sit down next to you. Being the stud you want to portray, you take a piece of gum and are about to begin chewing, when you remember you aren’t allowed to chew gum in that room. You put it away and simply go about the class period.

Detention!

Now, at the end of class you are about to leave but the teacher asks you to stay after class for a minute. They tell you they saw you chewing gum and issue you a detention. You object, explaining the situation. They don’t believe you and proceed to take you to the principals office because your being disrespectful. There, the principal automatically takes the side of the teacher just because shes in charge.

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ME. And I know I would have wanted a video to prove me right and the evil mistaken teacher wrong. So what could be bad about having cameras in the classroom?

Cons:

The slippery slope is whats wrong. The intrinsic problem with giving power to people is that it will eventually be abused. Some argue that our school system is not as easily corruptible as, say, the government. However, this has been shown to be false, as seen in Safford United School District No. 1 v. Redding. In this case, a 13 year old was strip searched at school, without any kind of parental contact,  under the belief that she had ibuprofen. She didn’t. The fact remains that any system needs checks and balances to its authority, or else people and powers are abused.

So, what could be done with cameras? Think about that for a second. At this moment, many public schools already have cameras in the hallway without problems, seeing everything. If they are in the classrooms then there really is no privacy anywhere (except maybe the restrooms). What will happen then is up to your imagination. Conversations between students could no longer be private, any small indiscretion and slip of the tongue will be remembered always, and if anything is said that does not meet the standards of the establishment…well, just read 1984 by Orwell to get a picture of what I mean.

Conclusion:

In a perfect world, you could trust the government and their representatives (school) to carry out the law equally and fairly. However, since this not a perfect world, we cannot. The fact is we need to not allow ourselves to give up every right we have, in the case being privacy. So much of our lives are monitored and watched, that I can’t help but feel we shouldn’t force upon the students of America any more pressure than we already are.

Because, really, how much more as students can we deal with?

-Trenton Stahl

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Top 4 Free Audio Book Selections

November 8, 2009 3 comments

ITS FREE!

Sorry about that, but it had to be said. The first line is many times what is heard most clearly. I am a big believer in free, and love to pass around what I learn about for others to experience. If you had checked out my links to the left, you would notice that they all lead to free software, programs, and entertainment for everyone. So in this article, i am going to give you a short list of the best (in my opinion) 4 audio books you can get (FOR FREE).

Infected

1) Infected & Contagious by Scott Sigler

Infected is the most thrilling book you will ever read (rivaled only by Contagious). It is about a disease that is running rampant through communities, making people become homicidal maniacs, and killing even there own family. Paranoia, fear, rage, and suspicion are all that the infected become. Contagious is the sequel to infected, and I know you will be dying to listen to it once you hear Infected.

 

 

 

2) 7th Son Trilogy by J.C. Hutchins

When a story starts with the President of the United States being murdered, you know its going to be good. Clones, conspiracies, high technology, military coups, plotting, killing and ultimate evil is alive and well in this trilogy. Arguably the best part of all of this is that its a series, meaning that much more material to experience!

 

 

 

3) One Among The Sleepless by Mike Bennett

Ever had a noisy neighbor? How about someone who just annoyed you unbelievably? Ever wanted them dead, even for a moment? Mike Bennett explores many facets of human emotions and how we interact with one another. And while this story takes place in England, it relates to anyone and everyone. Bennett does a marvelous job bringing you to the edge of your proverbial seat with anticipation of what he’s going to put the characters through next.

 

 

 

4) Shadowmagic by John Lenahan

John Lenahan wrote this novel with the purpose being to create a family-friendly story for his young son. What came out of his work was, in my humble opinion, one of the finest pieces of fantasy I have had the pleasure to experience. The story has a teenage guy being transported to Tir na Nog, the mystical land of the ancient Celts. “Dont you just hate when that happens?”

What follows is his account of finding completely unexpected twists and turns that change his world in ways he can barely understand. Warning! This story may make you wish you were in a fantasy world.

 

 

So there you go. In no particular order, those are my favorites. Because of fairness to the other authors, I didn’t include Scott Sigler’s other works (which means read them people!). If you are not already on the Podcast novel scene, consider this your invitation. Believe it or not, all of these are legally on Podiobooks.com for free. Pass this around and by doing so you will be spreading happiness and appreciation for a new form of story telling.

Do you have favorite podcast novels? Thinking of writing one? Comment below! It’s anonymous!

-Trenton Stahl

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A Petty Gripe With TVs Everywhere

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment
Notice it doesn't say "muting"?

Notice it doesn't say "muting"?

You’ve seen it before. You may not have paid it much attention, or thought it something worth mentioning, but you have all noticed it.

Some TV manufacturers have this annoying habit of programing their products to say “Muting” when you press the mute button. This, I hate. Let me tell you why!

When you press the mute button you aren’t asking it to consider muting, you are telling it “Hey! I need silence now!”. And while it does do this, I always get a small rise in my blood pressure when I see this.

Pathetic? Maybe. Meaningful? Probably not. Worth my time to worry about? Not a chance! Which is why you all just got to experience it.

Thank you :)

-Trenton Stahl

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The Warrior Song

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

I recently came upon this song. Depending on who you are you will either see it as highly inspirational and pleasing, or you will see it as promoting violence. Either way, I think it is something to listen to.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do have issues with the war in Iraq (not that I am against it all together, that’s another article all together) but I believe this song has more to do with the “Warrior” in general rather than what we are doing now. All credit goes to The Warrior Song Project.

(Note: There is a small amount of cursing)

-Trenton Stahl

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