Friday, August 26, 2005

On Defensive Driving

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for this important message:

Whilst driving to work today, some guy in a beat-up pickup whipped out in front of me from a gas station driveway. No big deal, happens all the time. I don't stress about it because, after all, I am 'Chilldaddy'. Now it goes without saying that traffic was clear for a half mile behind me, but after he needlessly cuts me off, we end up at a stop sign, traffic's not heavy at this time of day -- but he's scared to pull out. You know how a vehicle rocks when you take your foot off the brake, and your tail-lights blink? He does this over and over, with each sweet opening that passes before his rusted hood. I'm not exaggerating, he must have let seven perfectly wide holes get past him. He courageously darts in front of my vehicle like he's driving at Daytona, then he refuses to leave the safety of our stop sign. I swear it must have taken me an extra two minutes to get to work.

Now here's the really annoying part. His vehicle was making some kind of loud whistle, which almost gave me a headache because of the proximity of my subsequent sustained tailgating.

This is Chilldaddy, signing off, reminding you to always drive defensivly.

And... if somebody cuts you off, remember also that sometimes the best defense is a strong offense.

(BTW Mom, I don't really tailgate -- it's too scary.)

Friday, August 12, 2005

On Blogspam

...and we're back.

I don't have many on Chilldaddy yet, but my other blog, http://imthedad.blogspot.com, the one I update more regularly, is chock full of them.

For those of you who don't know, blogspam (a term I'm using) is when you get anonymous comments on your blog from advertisers. I don't know for a fact how this works because I refuse to click on their links, but it's particularly cruel, as any blogger can tell you, because comments are our validation, our paydirt. They always start off with an insincere comment about how great your blog is, and then politely suggest you visit their blog in return -- but it's always a link to a website for some corperation or business or something else equally rude. I think these people pay the spammer for doing these comments as a way of getting hits on their websites, get it? It's a clever way of finally getting unwelcome ads into our blogs.

Dave Ramsey, of 'Financial Peace' fame, gives out these great tools called 'shark letters'. What you do is, when you get a credit card application in the mail, you put this letter into their pre-paid envelope and send it back to the company. The letter basically says, "I don't want your credit card and I don't appreciate you trying to saddle my already difficult finances with more debt. But... thanks for paying for me to send you this letter."

There's got to be an equally diabolic way to get even with these 'blogspammers'. Many blogs I've been to have just started changing the settings on their comments so that only registered bloggers can make comments, but I don't want to do that, my Mom doesn't have a blog.

Anybody got any ideas?

Operators are standing by to take your call.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

On intelligent design

Thanks for tuning in.

Yes, I firmly believe in intelligent design.

That being said, I have to wonder what this latest debate is truly about. The way I see it, it's just the latest round in the bitter fued between conservative Christians who believe that all the ills of society are to be blamed on the departure of society from a 'Godly' worldview, and liberal activists who believe it's because of conservative Christians. The one thing these two groups have in common is that they're convinced that the only way to avoid the certain demise of our great nation would be for everyone to think exactly the way they do.

As for intelligent design, I've boiled the debate down to two fundamental questions:

Question number one; what is the harm in teaching intelligent design in public schools?

Question number two; what would it help?

The answer to both questions is -- nothing.

As always, my piont of view is, everybody just needs to chill out. You're salivating over the juicy debate, not the potential benefits or damage. This is an issue that amounts to nothing more than a stepping stone to shooting down the other guys position. Do we really need more angry remarks and a wider chasm between the tribes? If it's progress we want, how about finding common, constructive ground? There are more obvious problems in our society which need the funding, activism, and sheer effort being put into this pointless debate. How about 'fatherlessness'? There's something we could all agree has a cascade effect on crime, poverty, emotional illness, the economy, and just about everything else that seems to be going wrong. A paragraph in a text book isn't going to solve anything, it's just going to create more hatred.

I say, let them teach science in science class, and let parents and churches teach their children about God. These are both things that developing minds need to have a grasp of, they're not mutually exclusive, but they sure don't belong in the same forum.

Let's go to the phone, callers, how do you feel about teaching intelligent design in public schools?