Hello, everyone, and welcome to my new blog.
My former website, www.mattmurchison.com, now redirects to this blog, which I’m calling Rain of Things — a reference to part of a voicemail message as it was erroneously transcribed by Google Voice. I decided to transfer my domain name to a WordPress blog because of the relative ease of maintenance. I’m not a web designer; in fact, I’m still learning about WordPress as I go along. There will be changes made to Rain of Things as I figure out new stuff to do.
The name is also a kind of reference to what I expect the nature of the blog to be: there will be no particular focus, and I’ll be writing about whatever I want, whenever I want. It subject matter will consist of whatever things happen to rain down from my mind, and it will be as unpredictable as the weather.
There are, however, certain things that I’m interested in which are likely to be recurring themes in the blog. I’ll list a few of them, so you’ll have some idea what to expect:
1) Politics: I think of myself as an independent-minded progressive. I’m currently a strong supporter of President Obama and most of his initiatives. If it makes your blood boil to read anything positive opinions about Barack Obama, you may want to skip this blog — at least on the days when I’m discussing politics. If I think the president is wrong about something I’ll say so. But I believe that he’s a very intelligent, practical man and more often than not I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. My previous blog entry (the first of this blog) is about President Obama, and will give you some idea of where I stand on politics. Though it’s hard not to be cynical about political motivations and media reporting after reading stories like this one.
2) Geek stuff: I like gadgets, science, and technology — as well as science fiction. There’s kind of a wide range here, but I regularly read blogs like Gizmodo and Engadget, I subscribe to Wired magazine, I love Doctor Who, and I think Jonathan Coulton‘s songs are hilarious. So there’s an idea.
My personal gadgetry includes a Dell Studio 15 laptop, a Samsung Moment Android phone, and a Nintendo Wii. I’m probably most likely to discuss those items or related info (i.e. Android apps, Wii games, etc.), but I’m also interested in technology that I don’t currently use but might use in the future. So I may blog about that as well.
You’ll see my Twitter updates to your right if you’re on the home page, and they’ll give you a good idea of what I’m thinking about and what news stories I’m interested in. I subscribe to RSS feeds in Google Reader and I tend to tweet links to stories that I find most interesting throughout the day. My tweets and RSS feeds are also routed to Google Buzz, so if you prefer to find me there you’ll see much of the same stuff.
3) Food: I’ve recently started posting restaurant reviews on Yelp, and I expect to be doing more of those in the future. I consider myself a “foodie”, and I love to try new things. I don’t eat mammals, though, (because that would be class cannibalism) and I try to eat a relatively healthy diet. I like to cook, and I tend to be experimental in the kitchen. I’m also a big fan of tea.
4) Religion: A lot of my friends, family, and acquaintances identify themselves as Christians. I am not Christian, nor am I a member of any other organized religion. I’ll go into more depth on this subject in a future blog.
5) Writing: I’m a poet, songwriter, and novelist. I might even publish some free short stories to this blog, if it seems like the readers are interested. I also might talk about issues dealing with writing techniques and the publishing industry in general.
Those are just some examples to give you an idea; I might also use this blog for movie or book reviews, or anything else that I feel like writing about. There aren’t really any limitations.
If you have any questions to ask me or are interested in debating any of my opinions, feel free to post comments. I’ll most likely reply.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you check me out in the future. I wish you all the best.
For those of you who speak the language, these are a few of my favorite things: