Thursday, April 23, 2009


In The Simpsons episode "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes", Homer gets a computer and creates a web page full of animated gif and wav files. He proudly shows off his page and says,
"You'd think it'd be annoying, but it's not!"

It turns out I feel like that about a lot of web pages and blogs that have the cute little music players. Yes, I'm in the minority. Yes, I'm an old stick in the mud. Yes, I can, and do, avoid the music by hitting pause or the mute button on my computer. Still I wonder why these little pieces of technological noise pollution are so popular. What if it was quiet?

The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:11-12 (New International Version)


Chris said...

I agree with you in your dislike of the music players. Such a pain when they start playing and then you have to scroll around sometimes to try to find it. And what if I was listening to my own music already?

Pete Nelson said...

Thank You!!!
I love that passage, but I kept looking in the prophets for it (kept thinking Habakkuk for some reason - must be the cool name) ... now I know where to find it!

The Homer quote is one of my favorites, too. I frequently use that one in meeting to encourage people to "rethink" their cool idea.