As you can tell if you have followed this blog at all – I haven’t written anything in quite awhile. I changed things up and have been using Tumblr and writing a new blog called Road To Minimal. I decided to simplify things by keeping up on one blog and that one has won my attention. I am in the process right now of pointing the anndar.net domain over to the other blog so that will be forwarding soon. If you have read any of my posts here and got something from them, I hope that you will check out Road to Minimal.

Peace, Love, and Happiness


Make sure you read the article here first – stop whining, it’s not that long 😉

Comment I posted:

Ok, isn’t anyone else deeply disturbed by the fact that she stayed for a meeting when her husband needed emergency surgery? She was actually applauded for that? What sort of society is this where we value our willingness to put work over family and then praised for our “dedication”…a sad one. Everyone wake up  – enemies? They were never enemies – this is a game and show played out to a world audience on both sides of the aisle predetermined by strings you will never see.

I haven’t written any posts for a while and can’t believe that the last time I did write a post was back in January – especially when it’s now March. Time is weird isn’t it?! Funny too that my last post was basically trashing e-readers like the Kindle and comparing them to a version of “modern book burning” (catchy post title though).

Well a couple of weeks after I wrote that post I found out some more facts about the Kindle and e-readers in general and even went so far as to buy one – well 2 actually (one for the girl). In all fairness I didn’t feel quite right demonizing  a device that I had not personally used.  I have used a Kindle for about a month now and have to say that I love the damn thing. Yes, I have done a complete 180, but we should all be open to changing our opinions when exposed to new information or experiences.

After further research I found I was wrong about many of the points I made in my post or that there was at least another side to the story:

  • I said every book that is downloaded can be tracked, but so can any book you borrow from the library or buy at a book store these days – it’s called the effing Patriot Act
  • I claimed that the “system” could control what books are available but then found out that it’s the publishers themselves that control the channels of distribution –  like when a book comes out in hardcover and if and when it will be released in paperback and also if it will  be available electronically via a device like the Kindle
  • I also questioned how libraries and indy book stores would be affected and come to find out that many libraries today already “check out” electronic versions of their books for devices and that it allows more people to have access to the same book than if it were only in a physical form. As far as borrowing goes, Barnes and Noble’s service allows you to lend your books to others for blocks of time and in the case of the Kindle any devices on the same account can share the same book. The girl and I can both be reading the same book at the same time having only paid for it once.  There is still the question about how independent book sellers will fare in all this which remains to be seen.

There are actually many advantages to e-readers like the Kindle:

  • It saves on resources  – less printing – less waste – “printed” or delivered to meet the current demand
  • It’s cheaper – a lot of times its A LOT cheaper. I can buy a new book that is only available in hardcover on the Kindle for usually $9.99 compared to $35+
  • It’s an electronic device that actually promotes single-tasking and minimalism. My Kindle does one thing and it does it really well. On minimalism – it can hold something like 1500 books and is smaller than one book. We have about 350 physical books in our house that take up A LOT of room and create a lot of clutter (though it does look cool and intellectual to have piles of books everywhere)
  • It has a built in dictionary, bookmarks, highlighting, search, and note taking
  • It’s light. I used to bring a bag on trips that was just for books because I never knew if I would finish what I was currently reading in the middle of a trip or simply feel like reading something else. Now, I carry just the Kindle.
  • It can download books in less than 60 seconds and the service to download it to my Kindle is free. I have to say that it’s pretty awesome to hear about a book or read about a book that someone recommends and then have the ability to be reading it in a few minutes – no ordering it online to be shipped (lots of resources) or driving to the book store (more resources and more expensive)
  • It’s not limited to just books – a lot of periodicals are now available including ones that may be difficult to find at the store

I do still miss the smell and feel of a real book from time to time but wouldn’t give up my Kindle now (damn you Amazon – damn you!)


I was disturbed to read a headline at the end of December that said electronic books outsold real ones this past holiday season. My initial reaction was that I would never prefer to read an electronic version of a book over  a real one. I love the way a book smells and feels in my hands. Who cares if you can instantly download thousands of titles with little effort or carry thousands of books on one device when you can still only read one at a time?! Well apparently a lot of people do considering the recent sales and demands of these devices.

As I said earlier, my initial reaction was based on personal preference – a limit to what I will turn over to the virtual world. However, the more I thought about it the more I realized that electronic readers are new tools of  “the system”. Paranoia you say? Really? Think about it – every book you download is documented in a database or in other words; tracked. Furthermore, the system can better control what books are available – what the public reads or even has access to read – a new road to censorship. Where do the independent publishers, booksellers and libraries fit into this system? Um, they don’t.  How about borrowing a book from a friend or loaning one out?

I know that the media conglomerates control the majority of the book business today but the onslaught of electronic books will only add fuel to the fire – the fires of modern” book burning”. The masses are converging on a new technology without questioning what it may mean for the future of books or the future of freedom itself.


We are already 10 days into the “new year” – 2010 or so we believe. It occurred to me on New Year’s Eve that the date is really just a worldwide agreement we seem to have on what year it is for practical reasons. Even more interesting is that the year 2010 actually translates to the year 2010 A.D. meaning that it is a year based on the birth of Jesus Christ which didn’t happen (just an opinion). In other words the entire world’s sense of time and the year we all use is based on the Christian belief system which I find odd considering that Christianity is not even the most prominent religion in the world. So what year is it really? It’s more like 4,500,000,000 give or take a few million years but that would be really complicated – imagine how much longer it would take for people who still write checks! Are you kidding me right now? Let’s just stick with the system and stop thinking about these silly ideas.


I am not one to make “New Year’s” resolutions so I decided to make a 2010 wish list of things I would like to do more of or less of to serve as a reminder that I can visit from time to time during the year. It’s always interesting to see just where your head and heart were at certain points in time.

The 2010 Wish List:

  • Work less and live more
  • Read slowly – others admire my ability to speed read and retain the info but I think it sucks – I want to slow down and really absorb and ponder each sentence – not just buzz through it
  • I want to run a 5k which would not have been a big deal in years past since I ran all the time but about 2 years ago I shattered part of my leg/ankle in a freak indoor soccer accident and broke it in ways that you’re really not supposed to be able to do. To complicate matters I got compartment syndrome in which I had to get emergency surgery or they would have had to amputate my leg – it was craziness. I was in the hospital a week, a cast for 3 months and rehab for 3 months. I can do a lot of activities still but am not supposed to run or play soccer, basketball, etc. I started trying to run on it more (screw the doctors) last summer but had to stop (hurt like hell and couldn’t really walk the next day) This year I want to strengthen it, stretch it and hopefully work up to being able to run a 5k.
  • Do another adventure race with my partner – haven’t done one since the leg thing above
  • Go snowboarding and not kill myself
  • Ride my single-speed mountain bike more because it is super fun
  • Less screen time and more tree time during the week – make time for work week hikes after work
  • Expand on my rad guitar skills
  • Learn to paint
  • Draw more
  • Write more
  • Drink more martinis and wine
  • Go out to listen to more live music
  • Take the girl to the Grand Canyon
  • Be less stressed at work and not take everything so seriously   – things can be “good enough” and not “perfect”
  • Go to drum circles when the weather warms
  • Swim more in Lake Michigan in the summer
  • Less multi-tasking and more single tasking
  • Drink more chocolate milk because it is so delicious – and not 1% either!

one word #2

01Jan10

3 more entries from an awesome writing site called One Word. It’s purpose is explained below:

simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following page. you have sixty seconds to write about it.

as soon as you click ‘go’ the page will load with the cursor in place.

don’t think. just write.

Give:

how appropriate for Xmas day though we should be giving everyday – to give is to let down your wall – your ego – your self awareness – to give away a piece of yourself – give it all away

Mittens:

i will definitely need mittens if i go outside today – the high is like 31 degrees. Mittens kind of limit you finger movements though – it’s like you have a paw – yeah a paw – that’s what mittens seem like but probably ideal to slap someone upside the head with

Stack:

first word of the year is stack – stack? The years are stacking up – the problems are stacking up – it’s one big stack of crap so we need to reduce the stack – simplify – live a less complicated life – stop stacking up on crap we don’t need