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SoundCloud set [Feb. 10th, 2014|07:20 pm]
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[Now playing .. |You Just Might Be Dreaming]

Over an hour of my music!

Enjoy!
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Job listing: "Consultative Sales-Mattress" [Jan. 29th, 2014|03:10 am]
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I take it the duties are to let people come and lie on me.

And once they're good and comfortable, I whisper, "You should buy some of our stuff."
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What the hell does "Hot Job" mean? [Dec. 31st, 2013|01:06 am]
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[Feeling kinda |I'm being duped]

It was stolen?

You can dance to it?
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The Most Insidious Brainwashing [Nov. 7th, 2013|03:23 am]
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That television ad which attempts to convince us that when some mentally challenged person reads off aloud some slogan from a billboard ad or a newspaper ad, it is acceptable for the person next to them to mumble, "Everybody knows that," and then hold still for a TOTAL LIE, as opposed to immediately punching the first person in the face.
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You Just Might Be Dreaming (New Song!!) [Nov. 5th, 2013|07:31 pm]
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[Current Location |Hyde Park, NY]
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[Now playing .. |You Just Might Be Dreaming]

https://soundcloud.com/just-john-jj/you-just-might-be-dreaming

It's a little song about stuff you encounter in dreams, and usually ONLY in dreams.

Find the BtVS reference!

Here are the lyrics:

If you're searching for it but forgot what it is
You just might be dreaming
If the walls won't stay put and something's amiss
You just might be dreaming
If you can’t find a private place to take a piss
You just might be dreaming

If you're at your hall locker back in your old school
With your hand on the combo, you feel like a fool
'Cuz you know you should know it. Your brain is so cruel
'Cuz really, you're just dreaming

If you're watching a vid and now you're inside it
Then you might be dreaming
If, instead of walking, you find yourself gliding
Then you might be dreaming
If you can't decide if you're riding or driving
You just might be dreaming

If you raise up your hand to turn on your light
And you look and you see it's still sitting there right
Where you left it, try moving a leg and you might
Discover you've been dreaming

If you find yourself pantsless while out and about
Then you might be dreaming
If nobody hears it when you start to shout
Then you might be dreaming
If your teeth are so loose you can pull them right out
You just might be dreaming

If comic book characters give you what for
If you find it impossible to lock your door
If your kitchen has turf there instead of a floor
You just might be dreaming

(Remember, you wear the cheese, it does not wear you!)

If pictures all change when you try to trace them
Then you might be dreaming
If lights burn out even right as you replace them
Could be that you're dreaming
If folks disappear when you turn to face 'em
You just might be dreaming

If you can't recall how you got where you are
If you have no idea where you parked your car
If it hits you what Frank meant by "sleep in a jar"
Then you might be dreaming
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In which I dare to come out against "Buffalo" spicing. [Sep. 28th, 2013|11:25 pm]
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It's heat without heart. I hope it has passed its peak as a fashion.
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Watching "Breaking Bad" marathon ... first couple episodes [Sep. 25th, 2013|10:14 pm]
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I'd forgotten the intense slapstick aspect of the early show. Heck, they even showed some Three Stooges clips.

And I'm reminded why everybody hated Skyler. Sixteen years with Walter and she still can't tell when he's lying?

Oh, and about the finale, I have a theory. I initially thought the show with the Shwartzes was a trap, but what were the odds Walter would have seen it?

But it was mentioned the blue meth was still around, which told Walt that Jesse was still cooking.

My theory is that Walt is heading back there to rescue Jesse.
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New TV series "Sleepy Hollow" is stupid and insane, but gloriously so. [Sep. 19th, 2013|11:43 pm]
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[Current Location |Mid Hudson Valley]

Imagine if a TV series aspired to be the next Da Vinci Code, and had already got the budget but the entire source material was half a page from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and half a paragraph from the locale's other famous story, Rip Van Winkle.

Here's an example of the stupidity. Our Hero is guided to a gravestone in an old church cemetery, and the inscription specifies, "... burned as a witch ..."

Okay, two things.

1) If she was burned as a witch, why is she buried in a church cemetery?

2) If she was burned, be it as a witch or no, what was there to bury?

And there are a LOT of very dumb things like that. Evidently, George Washington was some sort of sorcerer.

But it's gloriously shot! I may continue watching. It's just that crazy.
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It'll Blap In Your Face [Sep. 6th, 2013|07:49 pm]
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Watching Idris Elba in "Luther" and his character is warning somebody about messing with love, saying, "it'll blow up in your face."

But with his accent, it sounds like, "it'll blap in your face."

Come to think of it, I think I've had my face blapped in, once or twice.
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A trip to the Book Mines [Jun. 9th, 2013|08:02 pm]
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[Now playing .. |Bach (JS): Cello Suite #1 In G, Yo-Yo Ma]

Longtime correspondents may remember that back in 2001 when I was laid off from a relatively well-paying job, I was renting a whole house, and my possessions had expanded to fill just about every corner. After a year of not being able to find a new job in the area, I started packing. I got lots of boxes designed to hold LPs, CDs, VHS tapes, DVDs, and mass-market paperbacks.

I'd already amassed a large collection of luggage because, well, things with lots of pocketses to store things in have always attracted me. I was on the lookout for the perfect rolling case to take to gaming conventions. And from 1990 or so on, I was on the look out for the perfect laptop/laptop accessory bag.

(In 1983, when I took trains from DC to Poughkeepsie, I had a full four-track recording studio plus keyboard instruments packed into my duffel bag. Now I have the same capabilities in this MacBook and far more, tho plugging in external mics is preferred.)

But anyway, during the time of my unemployment, I also got 15 stacking plastic tubs, the sort that are translucent. I packed random stuff into those, including my then-current receipt filings. Up until maybe 1985, I'd filed all that stuff carefully into file boxes with handles. Then I realized that the number of times I looked things up was about once a decade but took only five minutes, and adding the time I spent carefully filing all my receipts in the first place, it made more sense to have a system that took NO time carefully filing things, but a few hours for any search for anything over a couple years old.

IE: With specific exceptions, I just started throwing things into a big drawer, and when that drawer filled, I emptied it into a tub. So one look into a tub tells me the approximate age of its contents ...

This filing now fills three fifteen gallon tubs, and whenever I get a package of something with one of those drying packets, or a bottle of pills with a drying thing, I toss the drying thing into a tub, so stuff stays all crisp.

Other tubs I put various other stuff in, like half my cabling collection. And in 2004, when it became clear I was going to get evicted, I put all my Terry Pratchett books in a tub and filled the rest with randomly-grabbed hardcover books. And I filled up my luggage.

So when I moved to Grundoon's I had lots of boxes and luggage and tubs, but only a bit of my furniture. And the next year, when I moved here, my CDs and LPs went into a storage place, and most of the rest of the stuff came with me. My first room configuration was to have the tubs all stacked next to my bed in a low wall. To get to something in a lower tub, I'd slide tubs around to clear a path to it.

My landlady is quite conscientious, and almost annually has carpet cleaners come through. So that's an opportunity to pack everything up onto things that roll around (like my bed) and roll them out of the way as the guy cleans. And after that, I put the room back into working order. It imposes a bit of a discipline, and each time through, the arrangement's optimized even better.

A couple years ago, I moved the tubs into my clothes closet. That's maybe eight feet by five feet. And, of course, the receipt tubs went to the back, with obsolete wiring and software tubs above them. I'd tossed most of the suitcases to the other side of the space.

Also, during this time, whenever somebody at work was about to throw out a laptop case (can't use them in a clean room,) I'd taken it.

Lest you think I do this luggage collection for no reason, my music hardware is nicely nestled in several bits of old luggage. F'rinstance, that JamHub and my good mic and phantom mic power are all nicely in an old favorite laptop bag, along with a whole lot of cables. My E-mu "command station" is in a wheeled bag, with accessories and documentation. And so on.

Last month, my landlady warned me she was going to have to get to the attic. This meant opening a door from that closet. SO, I packed everything up to the other side of the closet to allow this, and waited. This was frustrating, because while waiting for the attic excursion to happen (the guy kept postponing) I wanted to search the tubs for Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle.

I finally got to do that today. When arranging things, I checked my suitcases just to remind me what was in each. Most contained other suitcases, and I was able to jam a couple laptop cases (I'd accumulated a few more than I'd thought!) into these. As always, I found relics of my past; bits of paper that had no real place to go, like my plane ticket and info packets from my interview trip to the Mayo Clinic in 2001, and one page a printout of my address/phone number list from 1990.

And I re-stacked my tubs and filed recently read (and re-read) books into some and brought some others out, including the Baroque Cycle.
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