Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Even with my limited sense of smell I could tell that there was something afoul in the air as soon as I emerged my house. It was like walking straight out of my house directly into The EARL. Is this all from south Georgia?

Fujitsu 2.5″ Hard Drive, 2004-2007 R.I.P.
I attempted to resurrect my Windows laptop last night to no avail. After taking the recovery process through its paces all attempts at rebooting the machine failed.

Luckily, unlike the iBook on which I type currently, the hard drive bay on my old HP Pavilion is easily accessible so I will be able to put in a new hard drive and stick the old one into an external enclosure at least until I am certain that I’ve pulled as much data as possible from it.

There is a sick part of me that is happy to have to start over again. That machine had so much clutter on it I had always wanted to reformat and reinstall. However, I failed to do so because of a fear of data loss and the fact that its CD drive had become rather finicky since I ripped a million CDs on it a few years ago (I am sure the RIAA had something to do with that).

And I Nearly Turned A Shuffle Into A Smashed
A few months ago I purchased an iPod Shuffle (in green) for my exercising efforts. Knowing this it should come as no surprise that it was making its maiden voyage with me last Saturday. Well it would have been if it had any music on it.

I’ve not been terribly impressed with the Shuffle. First there is the matter of its charging. I leave the damn thing plugged in forever and it never gets charged to the point where the LED turns green. Also, when I attempt to “Autofill” from a playlist that I’ve created, none of the music gets transfered to the Shuffle. I poked around the Apple Discussion Boards last night and have found that I am not the only one with these issues.

Today I am trying some of the Discussion Board suggestions — I have manually loaded music on it and am letting the battery discharge by playing the music. If this doesn’t work I will be marching the Shuffle back to an Apple store for a replacement (sadly sans the engraving).

Don’t get me wrong, I fucking love my other two iPods, but this Shuffle so far has won no love from me.

ITP Flickr Pic
One more from my trip to Smith’s Olde Bar last week.

Stars Of Track And Field

This is one of the guys from Stars Of Track And Field. If you are not familiar with their music you should try and check them out.

I Wish I Could Take Myself Out To The Ball Game
But time is my enemy. Somehow my Arizona trip has crept up on me and I find myself unprepared. At least I got all of my laundry done last night. So tonight will find me at home with the Mets v. Braves game on the telly whilst I attempt to finish “the last” of whatever crap sits in the refrigerator and figure out where in the hell I am going when I get to Arizona. Nothing like a little procrastination to get the day started…

What, No Office Chatter?
I finally got around to watching last week’s Season Finale of The Office last night. I’m surprised no one has called me out on this…

First, I have to thank my friend Lisa (who will never admit to reading this drivel) for getting me hooked on the American version. I was a BBC snob (shocking, I know) and didn’t give the American version a long look before writing it off.

I figure that the show has one more good season it where Karen leaves Dunder Mifflin (am I the only one shocked to find out that NBC didn’t purchase the domain, Jim and Pam “do it”, Dwight and Angela get “outed”, Michael leaves (is forced out of) the company, and the Scranton branch gets shut down. If my assumptions are correct this leaves the “Jim and Pam Wedding Episode” as the Series Finale next Spring.

CD Pick Of The Week
Three “indie” rockers have releases today — The Bravery, The National, and Voxtrot. One “classic” rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, also has a release today. Given that I don’t think that Ozzy has released anything noteworthy since “Blizzard of Oz”, it’s safe to guess that I am not picking that.

Of the other three I am most likely to enjoy the efforts of Voxtrot. Voxtrot is also putting my in a bind because they are playing in Atlanta on June 27th, the same evening that Polyphonic Spree. Decisions. Decision.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – smoky, nervous, excited, rushed, scattered, you name it, it’s happening today
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing R.E.M. — “Radio Free Europe”
Website Of The DayBargaineering bills itself as “the art of engineering great bargains”. While I am not convinced yet, I might be found poking around for a new hard drive during my lunch today.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, still recovering
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

May Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight 200 lbs)
2) Exercise at least five days per week.
3) Read two books, specifically
3a) “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York”
3b) “The Evolution Of Useful Things…”

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

  1. Barb says:

    nice all purple outfit……
    Don’t forget to stop by the Great Alaskan Bush Company in Phoenix, say you are a friend of Connie & Craig’s sister, and you might get lucky & get in free (if either of them are there of course). Phoenix will most likely be pretty warm, head up north to Flagstaff & Sedona & of course the Grand Canyon, all the places I want to go, but haven’t gotten to yet.

  2. D.D.D.Dave says:

    Dude, its all about that National Record…top 3 for the year The voxtrot record is pretty boring and disappointing everyone I know that was into the EPs.

    not to mention they are BORING live. go see polyphonic.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Alright D.D.D.Dave, now I’m intrigued. I just might have to get my hands on both and hear for myself.

    What the fuck, I spend money hand-over-fist these days anyway (a teaser for tomorrow)

  4. martha says:

    Yeah, I thought the same thing when I woke up this morning…I didn’t remember being at the early but it sure smelled like I had been…on a positive note, its a damn good excuse to not run tonight.

  5. Leah says:

    I read good stuff about the Voxtrot album.

    And I’ve read the new Bravery isn’t like the old Bravery. Which I really need to look into.

  6. D.D.D.Dave says:

    “New Bravery isn’t like the old Bravery”

    What style does their label have them playing this time?

    Definitely get The National record…it was my favorite of the year until the new spoon album leaked.

    Another great disc out today: Battles-Mirrored.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And if you want to give The National disc a listen before you buy you can do so here

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