Well, that's all about to change. Talking to Barbara and Steph last week, I mentioned that it would be interesting to post random thoughts inspired by the show so that we could start a discussion here on the blog about the topics the show covered. They liked the idea... so here I am.
Tonight's show brought up a lot of different topics for me...
1) Disgraced pediatric pathologist Dr. Charles Smith apologized through a statement read by his lawyer. Because you know, apologies read by someone else always ring with sincerity. This whole case infuriates me. This pathologist's work sent people to prison for crimes they didn't commit... and for crimes that never happened. How does an apology on paper fix that? Can anything fix that? The whole situation blows my mind. I can't write anything else because all I can do is shake my head... how does something like this resolve itself? How does something like this happen in the first place?
2) Record stores going the way of the Dodo: The last Canadian player in the music store business, MusicWorld, announced they are shuttering the business because they can't compete. Sir Richard Branson said that he thinks there will be no record stores in 10 years. And it's all to do with the shift in how we get our music (legal or otherwise). When was the last time you bought a CD or even set foot in a music store? I know the way I buy music has changed over the past few years, particularly since getting my iPod. The last time I bought a CD was 3 weeks ago... Feist's album (it's awesome... pick it up). The thought of not physically holding music in my hand kind of makes me sad... I love album art.
3) Celebrities going to Africa: I know this raises a lot of ire with some people I talk to. They see it as the celebrity exploiting the situation to make themselves look good. Branson seems to see a benefit to it, by raising awareness and money for the needs of the people of Africa. Good thing? Bad thing? I don't know. I can see both sides of the coin. I'm sure there are some celebs that go merely to raise their profile, but I also think that many go because they see something they can use their notoriety for good. And those that do try and make a difference, good for them. We need more people to step up and do what they can to make a difference in the world.
4) What does risk mean to you? To some, it's riding a motorcycle. To others, it's trying to get a car to go over 1000 miles per hour. To others, risk is not so out there, it's choosing to wear a red dress instead of the regular black one. Are you a risk taker? Do you step up and put yourself out there, like Steve Fossett who put his life on the line and achieve 125 world records after the age of 55? Or does risk mean taking a different route to work or trying something new? I think I walk the middle.
5) Alan Alda said he doesn't talk politics in public, but then made the following statement as the one political thing he will say: "Why won't they listen to each other?". He was referring to those in government who are supposed to be in charge and trying to make a difference for the people they govern, but are seemingly embroiled in a petty partisan battle that involves putting each other down instead of trying to get something done. I'm pretty sure he was talking about the American government, but it certainly rings true in our own federal government. I don't know about you, but I haven't figured out how I'm supposed to take a political party seriously, if all they do is attack each other, instead of doing what they are supposed to. I don't care if you (the political party) thinks that the other person is a big poopy head, just learn to get along for the sake of the group. Isn't that what we're taught in kindergarten, you may not like someone but you have to learn to get along for the sake of the greater good?
And on an unrelated, yet related note... I found an article online today from The Muse, Memorial University's paper. It's from the Geminis, but it's a good read. Though if you are not a fan of the F-word, be warned, it's used a couple of times. Shocking. I know.