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Seeking who I am
Tomorrow Begins Today
Seeking who we are








I ... will be with you again ... )

I love you, Fire of my Heart. Happy New Year.

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I had a very pleasant Christmas with my family.

I got dress shirts and a splendid tie! They're wonderful -- my sister managed to guess my size from memory better than Quel and I have ever managed with me standing right there (XL, size 17 collar).

Dinner was excellent -- scallops something-or-other over pasta. And, of course, a wide range of alcohol.

Most of the day was spent introducing my stepfather to the wonders of YouTube as a source for music and film footage of old stars; he's a serious jazz aficionado, and kept coming up with more and more obscure performers to hunt down. The only times we couldn't find anything were when the performers in question had names identical to some other individual, more recent or better-known -- a very short-lived ensemble called "Matrix" was a good example.

We also watched a few seasonal treats, as well, including this duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie; Bowie's lyrics have, to me, always captured what this time of year really means, and why my family of atheists, agnostics and pagans still celebrate Christmas -- it's not the religious aspect, but the mythic.







I departed around 19:30, though I was invited to stay another night. I probably should have; yes, I work tomorrow, but not until 14:00. Ah, well. Second thoughts are better served at the other end of a 50-mile drive.

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope you had the best of the good and none of the bad.

Peace be with you, and with us all.

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The other morning, I posted that I didn't feel quite real, nor was I anywhere near happy.

Yesterday, my psychologist said a few things that brought a lot of things into focus.

I think I've finally come to terms with the separation itself, and worked past some of the emotional knots I've been tying myself into. From this point, I really can start concentrating on finding a decent, full-time job.

I walked out of his office feeling happy for the first time in months, feeling hope that wasn't tinged with desperation.

And this morning, when I woke up...

I felt real.







And the world shines for me today! )

(Cheesy Disco Music Video HERE!)

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I just read a BoingBoing article entitled "Heavy illegal downloaders buy more music", and felt compelled to respond. I'm copypasting my response here.

The particular passage that prompted my participation was in the final paragraph, where someone defending file sharing is quoted as saying:

"The people who file-share are the ones who are interested in music," said Mark Mulligan of Forrester Research. "They use file-sharing as a discovery mechanism. We have a generation of young people who don't have any concept of music as a paid-for commodity," he continued. "You need to have it at a price point you won't notice."


Even Mr. Mulligan doesn't quite get it, when he says things like "We have a generation of young people who don't have any concept of music as a paid-for commodity". It still presents the Net Generation as somehow lacking, somehow qualitatively different in their ethos than those who came before.

My generation and my father's generation didn't think of music as a "paid-for commodity", either. All you needed was a radio. If you had a good-quality stereo with a tape deck, and a station with a reliable request line, poof! It was yours. The Net improved the quality, reliability, selection and simplicity of the process, but that's it.

And who went to that kind of trouble in the Eight-Track era?

People who really loved music, and also bought a lot of it.

Free music and free downloads, like free radio, are primarily "discovery tools", and always have been. They're the best advertising any musician could ask for.

When Napster first arrived on the scene in the '90s, I said, "this is the 21st century version of radio." When the record companies freaked out about it, and about MP3.com, it wasn't because of their products getting distributed for free, no matter what they said. It was because independent bands without big label contracts were getting just as much exposure as the indentured servants that the labels had put so much marketing machinery behind. People were getting music that wasn't being vetted by the Priests of the Temple of Syrinx.

That's the big threat to the music industry, and all this talk about "piracy" is just smoke and mirrors.

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"Man in the Wilderness"
Styx
lyrics by Tommy Shaw




Lyrics... )


...and kids today think they invented emo...

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It's a song about the loss of innocence... and we've all lost a little today.

Good night, Mary.


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I really wish there was a way to watch all the marvelous animation for The Beatles: Rock Band without that annoying button-strip filling the middle of the screen, and without having to play multi-player Simon.


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The song title meme!

Answer the questions with song titles from a favorite group.

Repost as "My Life According to Whoeverthosedudeswereanyway."

Read more... )

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] paka.
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Tomorrow, for the first time since returning to school and graduating with a Real Degree, [livejournal.com profile] halfelf goes back to work, starting a new job that, gasp, actually relates to his education.


In honor of this, I thought I would offer some appropriate music:

Have fun, [livejournal.com profile] halfelf, and remember -- from now on, every Monday is really a Monday.


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I had a slice of pumpkin pie, on Boxing Day, on Boxing Day
I had a slice of pumpkin pie, on Boxing Day in the morning!



(For the full impact, this should be sung in the voice of BRIAN BLESSED.)
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Solstice Greetings, everyone, and peace and good will to one and all!

On this, the shortest day and longest night of the year, let us remember that it is, indeed, darkest before the dawn, and in the cold of winter, embrace each other in a spirit of love, fellowship, and joy.


"Praise be to the distant sister sun, joyful as the silver planets run."

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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_gneech:



Remember "Title of the Song", by DaVinci's Notebook? This is the video equivalent.

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I woke up this morning with "Losing My Religion" running through my head, continually. As [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia can attest, I was singing bits of it all morning.

The alarm must have jarred me out of REM sleep.


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[livejournal.com profile] quelonzia just defined exactly what makes a good radio station:

"They play what you want to hear, when you didn't know you wanted to hear it."


This is why I often prefer to listen to the radio rather than focus strictly on my own collection of CDs or MP3s, and why I was so dismayed by the demise of KMAX.

She was prompted to this observation after this morning's coffee run, when KUFX responded to our nostalgic conversation about Elric of Melniboné with a "triple play" of Blue Öyster Cult.
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So what am I doing now that I'm wasting less time online?

Well, I finally got our stereo set up in the bedroom/office.

It's nice to have music that doesn't demand system resources. I'm listening to Greg Kihn on KFOX. Kihn does a lot of live stuff on his morning show, showcasing new bands in the area. This morning, he's just noodling with some friends, composing a song on-air, and laughing because the melody keeps trying to turn into "Wonderful World".

This is something that MP3s can't offer. Sometimes, I like to hear stuff I don't own, in an order I didn't select but isn't purely random (or pseudo-random). I like to hear new stuff. I like to hear the unrehearesed and the spontaneous.

This is what I miss about MTV and VH1, back in the early-to-mid '80s, when they played music 24/7. I love music videos -- the ones that tell a story, rather than just show a bunch of guys banging on their instruments. I miss having a source of background music with interesting visuals. Having to wait for a specific two-hour Music Video show squeezed in between the game shows and retrospectives just isn't the same -- nor is Video On Demand, where you have to spend as much time navigating the menus to cue up a new song as you do listening and watching.

I don't know how the MTV channels stick around and multiply -- I honestly don't know anyone who watches what they show. Even people who weren't BORN when MTV actually showed music videos complain that it doesn't show music videos anymore.

But, que sera, sera. I still have radio.

And I like radio.
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(doo doo doo doo)

On this, the shortest day of the year, [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia and I would like to wish all our friends and family all the gifts of Blessing, Renewal and Redemption for the coming year.

May we find laughter in the jokes that Coyote will play.

May we find strength to stand against greed and wickedness, and courage to speak the truth.

May we find peace, and joy, and love.

And I say... it's all right.

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The default music player in GNOME/Ubuntu is Rhythmbox, which works in exactly the way I don't want: the "Music Library" model.

"Music Library" apps sift through your directories, find your music files, and use filenames and ID3 tags to organize them by Artist, Album, Title, Genre, and other parameters. Some "Library" apps will immediately start searching as soon as you install and open them. Rhythmbox is more well-behaved, and won't do that until you add a "folder" to its list.

However, as far as I can tell, it will only sort music and generate playlists according to those categories.

I have my music files, OGG and MP3, organized into directories. These directories are based on my own peculiar categorization: "Protest Songs." "Music for the End of the World". "Filk Songs." "Soundtrack for Mage: the Ascension." "TV Theme Music." "Soundtrack For My Unfinished Webcomic." Some songs fit into more than one category, and hence can be found in more than one directory.

Rhythmbox will not recognize my organization. Rhythmbox will let me dump the contents of a directory into a playlist, but will not let me change the order of the songs unless it's by Track Number, Title, Genre, Artist, Album or Time. If I add songs from another directory, it will only integrate them into my list. If I added all my music to its library, I would have a mess.

I certainly wouldn't have what I wanted to listen to.

I have more control over my CD player.

The Totem Media Player also comes with Ubuntu. Despite being primarily a video player, it allows me to make spontaneous mix lists with a minimum of hassle. Still, it's a kludge. I'd prefer dedicated music software that gave me more flexibility.

I know the "mix tape" is considered something of a street-level art form these days. Surely, there has to be some Linux-compatible software that lets you make them?

Suggestions requested.
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Back in my days at Texas A&M, I spent a lot of time hanging with the SCA group there.

And with Cepheid Variable, the science fiction fan organization.

And with the now-defunct gaming group.

(...this may have a little something to do with my failure to graduate from that hallowed institution...)

Anyway, this afternoon, I happened to recall a song that was in the repertoire of an SCA friend of mine back in those days -- "Dragon Road". I did a Google search, looking for the lyrics, assuming it was an SCA standard.

Much to my surprise, I happened to find his own site -- and that was the only reference Google could find to that particular song. He doesn't know where it came from, either.

But he's got the MP3: Scroll down for "Dragon Road".

It's magnificently geeky: more D&D than SCA, to be honest, as the chorus reveals:

And there were dragons, dragons, flying o'er the road,
Wyverns all around us, and behind us, yellow mold,
And there were orcses, orcses, filling all the wood,
And they all jumped upon us because we were Lawful Good...


Update: I found the lyrics, with a credit line! "by Sir Cipriano d'Alvarez mka Guy Bradley "

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