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Monday, May 24, 2004

Why can't we walk?

The rule I remember growing up is that students within two miles of school walked to school. I attended one elementary school within the same subdivision as me, but others walked from farther away, including crossing a relatively busy street (important enough to put both a stoplight and a crossing guard at the crosswalk).

I spoke to a co-worker, who lives quite close to school, but his kids can't walk. The excuse is these are county roads without sidewalks. (Like we kids ever stayed on the sidewalks!) I wonder how much of it is really fear of getting sued?

So if you wonder why American kids are so overweight, maybe this is a reason.

A similar harangue: why can't I find stairs? I used to take the stairs frequently at the office. But if I'm in a hotel, for example, I can't find stairs by the elevators. In some cases, I've found a staircase, only to find that it only goes outside, or it doesn't connect to the lobby level without going through storage or the kitchen.

We'd all benefit if we walked a little more. Why are we making it so hard to do so?

Sunday, May 23, 2004

An idea for record promotion

I have been listening extensively to a compilation called State of Synthpop 2003. 5 CDs, 85 songs, 85 artists from several indie record labels, focusing on a style of music that doesn't get any popular attention anymore. The price is very reasonable: $28.00. The coolest thing is the compilation contains tracks from three labels and numerous independent artists, coming from several countries.

Other styles of music without the large base of pop, R&B, and country probably are in similar situations. I'd love to see indie labels work together to expand exposure for their own scenes!

I certainly don't have time to search out every band and every subgenre of music, so I rely on compilations to introduce me to new bands. A cool song leads to visiting the band's web site, listening to other sound clips, checking out the lyrics, and perhaps purchasing some new CDs. I've bought CDs from two bands already, and plenty of others from listening to earlier compilations.