Evil Jim (evil_jim) wrote,
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Some classical music & then back to work

WERN is playing Pictures at an Exhibition again. Yesterday it was just as I was driving to work from 1:30 on and now The Old Castle has just finished at 11:34 PM. It's quite a treat & an interesting coincidence since sacredspud & I spent some time discussing the work & its variations when we visited on Monday.

Besides talking about classical music & loaning him my entire CD collection, Colin & I spent much of the afternoon together on my last day of medical leave. Since my Public Radio Membership card finally arrived we selected Damon's to break it in & get a free entre with the purchase of one of equal or greater blah blah. The food was good & I'll probably go back again but it's not the type of establishment I dine at without company.

The card is great. It's good for 2-for-1 entree at many restaurants across Wisconsin until next December and... hang on....

Oh wow that was beautiful! The Great Gate of Kiev just finished & they did it right. When listening to Pictures in its entirety this piece is the most important & has the biggest emotional payoff. There are many tempo & volume changes & so many performances feel rushed, ruining the experience. The pacing on this one was done well & the only things I would change is giving some oomph to the bass drums at key beats leading up to the finale & adding bell strokes during certain points of the crescendo. Otherwise it's solid & I might even add it to my collection.

Pertinent Info: Ravel Orchestration, Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras, Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra (link)

Anyway, if you want to split a cheap meal out, lemme know.

Our original plan for Monday was to watch a lot of Æon Flux since we had by then both seen the movie & Colin was finally ready to see what all the hoopla was years ago. We watched the pilot & MTV shorts but didn't get any further because he was also interested in my newest acquisition of Allegro non Troppo. I know I've done right when more than once he'll look over at me and say very plainly "This is very weird, Jim." If you're reading this there is a good chance I'll try to subject you to this movie sometime soon.

Come to think of it, we discussed a great deal of music that day. After the movie we researched more online where I found (among other things) Ravel's Greatest Hit: The Ultimate Bolero. After he left to practice with Offbeat I resolved to find a store selling the album & get it that night. However, tho' Barnes & Nobles did have a copy, this conflicted with my plans with laviorli & crabmoon also that evening so I chose the social route & visited with them instead. But it will be mine. Oh yes, it WILL be mine!

On a side-note, I found this album by Offbeat at the east-side Half Price Books last week in the electronica section.

Ugh. Getting sketchier. Harder to focus.. unngh. Time to abbv.

Tuesday was my first day back at work after medical leave & I survived just fine. I just need to remember to do my exercises periodically so my leg doesn't stiffen up. It's been pretty slow which is fortunate, but it's also really boring which is unfortunate. The highlight of the week was receiving the company Christmas gift after the pre-shift meeting yesterday. It consisted of a pullover windbreaker with the company logo, $50 cash & a bag of random office supplies. Also included in my bundle was a pullover sweatshirt with a zippered collar & the company logo because the facility went an entire year without a recordable injury. I'll probably sew my Pink Floyd: The Wall patch over the logo so I can wear this in public

Jumping subjects again, last night I started on Mrs. G's origami gift, using up 20 sheets before realizing I had the wrong size paper. Now I must decide if I should start over using the larger size (& thus wasting 20 sheets of pretty, decorative & expensive paper because you don't see the first part of the model they form) or keep what I've already done & trim a couple inches off the larger paper (& thus tripling the amount of work I must do & putting myself at risk of creating imperfections in size that could drastically affect the final model.) Just to be safe I should remember to ask Lindsay to pick me up a large pack of sturdy, plain, six-inch square paper. I don't like using pretty stuff on parts you can't see.

I started work on my webpage last week. I purchased a domain name, webspace, created a placeholder page to at least have something up. I also found some used books to help with web design. Unfortunately, I can't figure out the FTP program that lets me upload my files. I feel so stupid but I just can't find or discern the right information I need to plug into the program so it will access the proper server. tlhinganhom, wanna make some easy cash? Walk me through this when you get back online.

Arrgh! Those damn popups. This bloody "winfixer" crap is on my permanent shit list. I'm getting browser popups advertising a number of webpages & I have to physically move each one to get at the "close" button. These fuggin' windows appear even when I'm not using the Internet, like when I'm browsing my own files. It's also interfering when I try to load files into my music player. It's messing with my toolbar settings. It's screwed up my popup blockers. (Fuck! Just now my word processing program glitched & died & it's never done that before.) I've never had these problems before the winfixer crap started. Aggressive advertising like this makes me resent & BOYCOTT businesses. I don't know someone would think this works in any sort of positive manner. This is starting to piss me off & if I can't fix it myself I'll have to break down I take old Elvira to SCS for some serious cleaning. GAAA!

On a better note, this is the best Christmas comic I've seen so far this year.

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