August 2005

2 Aug 2005 [link to here]
nine songs and some albums

I don't normally get sucked into web memes, but my Lyn overcame my immune system by naming me specifically. My memetic defense grid prevents me from passing it along, but I can still play along.

List ten songs that you are currently digging...it doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're no good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other people to see what they're listening to.

I mostly let my music appliance randomly weave through its 40GB of joy like a stoned magpie in a tinsel factory, so while I often hear songs I like, repeats are infrequent, which makes it tough to pick out special favorites of the day. That said, here are some special favorites of the day.

Jim's Big Ego - The Ballad of Barry Allen
For a while a few months ago I was listening to this song every day, often a couple times in a row. I usually don't pay much attention to lyrics, but these grabbed me as much as the music did.
Underworld - King of Snake
I've been overplaying both the original and the several remixes I found on an EP. I can always count on this song in all its versions to lift my spirits and my heart rate.
Portishead - Toy Box
This is my favorite of the Glory Box remixes found on Glory Box, a 2-CD set of remixes of Glory Box and Sour Times.
Flying Pickets - Roxanne
Spartan and soulful. With nothing to hide behind, the soloist makes an old song fresh right there in front of you.
Sheryl Crow - On The Outside
Discovered via Songs in the Key of X, this haunts me reliably.
Radio Free Vestibule - The Ballad Of Marshall McLuhan
My favorite thing on this album is the Sound Store sketch, but this song is pretty good too. And their Canadian accents are funny.
Underworld - Born Slippy
Just like everyone else, the one I've got is the NUXX Trainspotting mix, but after figuring that out for the purposes of this post I went ahead and ordered of collection of remixes since this song is so awesome.
Barcelona - Robot Trouble
From the band that brought you such geeky hits as Shell Account and Social Engineering. It's not exactly a good song, but it's cute and it's about a robot.
Propellerheads - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Someday, when I have a theme song, I want Propellerheads to cover it so I have music to strive by. Until then, I'll use this.

Also noteworthy are the soundtracks to Run Lola Run and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham; Negativland's Escape From Noise, which is awesome, but from which I just couldn't pick a song to single out; and Blue Man Group's Audio, which I generally listen to all at once as if it were one big song.

8 Aug 2005 [link to here]
paltry in motion

Somehow, when I wasn't paying attention, I became more flexible. I'm still not flexible, but it seems I'm more than I was before, which admittedly isn't saying much. While I've intellectually known all along that I must be improving gradually, I don't measure it, hadn't noticed any change, and was fairly pessimistic about the whole thing.

Today I noticed. Or rather, everyone else in the class noticed and, mouths agape, congratulated me, much to my surprise. And it really did make a difference. I unlocked the next level of the game and got to explore the challenges of a new area. Rather than just going through the motions of yet another form of grueling exercise, I got to work on the actual technique of straddle-up handstands, which I'd been resignedly ignoring for the foreseeable future as something Other People do.

Also, a note to future self: two weeks ago I held a handstand against the wall for 50 seconds, a new personal best. Today I only managed 45, but that's still a good time for me. I look forward to looking back on this as a rather measly milestone. I still can't do it as long as anyone else, but I'm making an effort not to think too much about that and to focus on personal progress.

28 Aug 2005 [link to here]

I'm late to the Flickr party, but I set up an account ("sethoscope") and have uploaded a few photos, some of which aren't even on my own site yet.

I'm gradually coming to grips with the fact that managing photos on my own site is a huge pain, it'll be a ton of work to do it the way I want, and I get a lot of what I want for free with Flickr. Also I enjoy being part of a photo collective.

Alas, Flickr doesn't have any support for geocoded photos and it will never connect with Google Maps because it's owned by Yahoo, but it seems to be the best game in town for now.