War of the Worlds aired 65 years ago today

Today is the 65th anniversary of the radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds. Orson Welles showed the country that radio had the ability to stump people into believing what they hear. Many listeners cowered in fear, believing that the end of the world was at hand as aliens from another planet invaded and destroyed anything in their paths. The truth eventually became evident, people were relieved to learn that it was merely a hoax, and many vowed never to fall victim again.

Fast forward 60 years, and not much has changed. Today, our radio is television and the Internet. Now I don’t believe that all articles on the Internet are false; in fact, reliable sources usually do their homework and publish what they’ve learned. But there are those that publish false information, either because they want to prove a point or fool their friends (or who knows why). What have we learned 65 years after War of the Worlds? Apparently not much. That’s why I have links to sites that debunk hoaxes.

In other news, I’ve been using my iPod more than I expected. I really enjoy using my new little device, and purchased music from Apple for the first time the other night. The iPod article is almost finished and should be up either this weekend or next week. There will also be a little work on the new site; I have some ideas that may trickle onto this site before the new one goes live (if it ever gets done, right?). I also spent some time last weekend staining my desk (yes, I’m still working on it). This weekend I’ll be doing some volunteer work. Gee, you think I’ll find time to play a little guitar or watch the Packers play the Vikings Sunday night?

Oh yeah… I’ve rewritten the dedication below. I guess it reflects my beliefs of many things happening both in the world and at home right now.

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