Archive for October, 2013

An interesting choice

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Looking for Halloween related albums to play at work today, and I stumble across a 100-track compilation of “Gothic & Industrial for Vampires & Halloween”…from the title I assume it will be crap, but it starts with an Alien Sex Fiend track, and streams are free on Rhapsody, so we’ll see I say, and hit play. As I’m listening to the first track, I scroll down to some of the tracks that weren’t visible on the first page, and there it is, “The Promise” by When In Rome. Don’t get me wrong, I like the song plenty, I just never considered it an especially Goth-y song, much less Halloween-y. So now I have to re-listen to it, to see if it has some sort of stalker vibe that I never picked up before.

Yeah, don’t get it.

Another mix, “Songs About Candy” includes a Shirley Temple track, immediately followed by an Insane Clown Posse track.

I’m starting to think they let all of the people who actually knew something about music go, in the last round of lay-offs.

While we were waiting

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

While we were waiting to meet,
I climbed a mountain.

While we were waiting to meet,
I learned the piano.

While we were waiting to meet,
I drew the Sistine Chapel.

I certainly didn’t sit around all day,
waiting for the phone to ring.

Nor think I had no more songs to sing,
and suffer in silence.

While we were waiting to meet,
I was out being alive,
Just like you.

The 7-11 I thought was a laundromat

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Some time ago, I lucked into an amazing living situation, 4000 square feet of space in an industrial building. The area around the building was mostly abandoned buildings, and hangers-on from better times, with little ground floor retail of any type.

Out my back window, I could see a parking lot and store front, on a side street, but could not see the actual sign on the building, or it’s interior. I could see lots of fluorescent lights, and what seemed like a plain all-white interior. I thought it was a laundromat, and didn’t pay any more attention to it, till the night the police stopped by my place, and while wandering around and looking for who-knows-what, he points out the store-in-question, and starts talking about how my back window would make “a great place to spy on the drug dealers that hang out in the parking lot.”

After he left, I went over, and got a chili-cheese-dog. I ate many a late-saturday-night meal from there in the remaining time I lived there.

Small circular world

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Someone posts a story on MF, I respond in RL, and now my response is part of the thread. lol

Done Good

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Done? Good!
Done Good?
Done, Good.
Done! Good?
Done Good!

Yelling at the tide

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

When a musician complains about people recording their shows and sharing it on youtube, I can’t help but picture a petulant child, yelling at the tide, as it washes away her sand castle.  There is no doubt you built a thing of beauty, but the world is always changing, and if you make a stand in the path of progress, there is likely to be little left but momentary ripples in the waves, as the future passes you by.  The world will not reshape it’s path to your will, it won’t for any artist, in any medium (fine-art, 3d-printing is coming for you next… in less than 10 years from now, everyone will be wearing cameras capable of building hyper-accurate 3-d models just walking around a museum or gallery, if not sooner).  And yet there are others who survive and thrive in this new world.  You can learn from them, adapt and embrace, or you can continue to stand in the sand, as your dreams melt around your feet, yelling at the tide.

Woodland Park Zoo elephant cruelty

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

My proposal, all of the horrible people who put their name to the dishonest piece of whitewashing trash they put out defending their Elephant Cruelty Program, should be forced to spend the next 6 years of their life in a studio apartment with 3 people, 1 of whom is physically violent towards the others, see how healthy they feel after that.

I wish…

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Restoring network mountings at home, after upgrading to Mavericks, and I notice that the remote linux box is reporting the free space on the ‘drive’ mounted from OSX has 536T available out of 699T total. I wish. The actual drive has 2.1T free out of 2.7T. Lots of space, but no half-pentabyte.

The question now becomes, thinking back on when the idea of a personal terabyte was silly, much less a half-dozen, how long will it be before pentabyte drives are commonplace. If I was one of those nerds that likes math, I’d calculate it out.

iPhone battery quirks

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Yesterday, it seemed like the battery on my phone was going down fast. When I got up this morning, and it was down to 23%, I plugged it in, and was up to 100% before I left for work. 30 mins later, and the phone is below 80% and falling fast. I power down, power up, recharge, and it is back to normal. I wonder what was sucking down the juice.

I’d rather just give you cash….

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I don’t get companies like Hulu and Twitter. Advertising rates are generally listed in fractional pennies per thousands, at best, so the marginal value of forcing people to view ads, instead of offering a paid ad-free tier, makes no sense to me. At best, from an advertising perspective, I suspect an individual account is worth less than a dollar a year in advertising revenue, and yet I’d be willing to pay $20/year to avoid the ads. I suspect millions of people agree with me. Look at the profitability of HBO.

And so I avoid Hulu entirely, and I mark every Twitter ad in my feed as spam.