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Randomness. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
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Randomness.
It was a busy weekend, although I didn't seem to accomplish much. I towed on Saturday (I'm so far behind in logging it's not even funny), did some maintenance on Sunday, and put another 250 miles on the bike. I was going to change the oil, but CycleGear didn't have my oil filter (PH4967), and the Harley dealership wasn't open, so it'll have to wait until next week. I did wash the bike and wax the yellow bits.

My boss has an iPod nano. It's so amazingly cute - anyone want to buy a used blue iPod Mini?

Work is heading back to 'hectic' from 'boring'. I suppose it's just the way software development works - I've had these cycles for years. I always thought if I just managed time better they wouldn't happen, but I suspect that isn't true.

What I'm reading: Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett. Well, actually, I'm listening to it, because I finally have an Audible.com subscription. In paper form, I'm finishing up Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. I've been working on this for a long time, and it's a bit slow-going, but it's a good story, so I keep coming back to it (although I did take a break to read Lolita, which I'd never read). I just finished Sunday's Silence again. And the book in the bathroom is the original Vagina Monologues.

BTW - I'd love someone to swap books with. I'll send you a stack of stuff I've read in return for a stack of stuff you're done with.

What I'm listening to: Still working on the stack of music I scarfed from Dylan. The iPod says I only have 341 more songs that I've never listened to. Girls & Boys (Blur) is my current favorite - I'll probably get their "Best Of" album from iTunes. It really, really annoys me that I have to have iTunes installed to search the music store.

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: October 11th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Girls who do boys and do boys who do girls (etc) always seemed to come on the radio when I was leaving IBM Portsmouth as a co-op student, and coming to the frantically busy roundabout junction to get onto the M-whatever it was road to get back home to Hayling Island (an even tinier island than the one on which I now live - only 3 miles by 3 miles). I did a lot of travelling with IBM that year, usually going up and down Britain in a rented car. Usually I listened to BBC Radio 1. They played a lot of crap music then, but there are some superb things that they played that summer which made it very memorable. Dawn Penn's "No no no, you don't love me and I know that" (reggae, don't know what it's really called) to loading IBM RS/6000s in the back of a station wagon. Oasis in the ever present traffic jam on the M6 northbound on the approach to Manchester. Tori Amos's Cornflake Girl on the clock radio at 7am. Playing Doom at a lan party to the soothing tone of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells II (although that was from a CD). Good times!

Park Life was the Nightclub Song. Nightclubs still play it from time to time. A great one to dance to when drunk out of your tree.

I bought the album with a record store voucher I got as thanks for doing some computer work for ACAD (Avon Council on Alcohol and Drugs) - myself and three other students designed and built a small system for their mailing list to other charities. We felt really special as students as the university paid us expenses! Many lunches were had at the greasy Greek place next door - large carton of soggy chips and a doner kebab. (Staple student diet). I bought the album just as I was finishing my final year. I first listened to it whilst revising for our final 4th year exams. It is intertwined with thoughts of Manchester Encoding, forward error correction, the OSI/ISO 7-layer model (yuck) and TCP/IP.

This Is A Low is my favorite track. I learned to play it on the piano when staying in a hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina not long after graduating and joining IBM proper. Blur were very helpful - they printed not just the words but the chords on the CD's inlay. I bought "The Great Escape" from Best Buy off US 70 in Raleigh, and listened to it on the plane back to Gatwick.

I recorded it to tape so I could play it in my Ford Sierra. My mother, who often travelled in my car with me hated it and wanted David Bowie instead. Not that I mind David Bowie.

I find music is a great superblock to some of my memory inodes...
kathrynblogs From: kathrynblogs Date: October 11th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love "Park Life," but I've never listened to the full album. Might I suggest the Gorillaz new CD for you? Damon sings for both groups, of course.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: October 14th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some dudes put the iPod Nano through a torture test...dropping it, throwing it out of car windows - even running it over with a Volkswagen Jetta - twice! - and it was still working after all that abuse! They ended up having to make it fall onto concrete from a great height to finally render it inoperative.
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