September 2nd, 2003


Meme Me

Snagged from theodosia, the song title acrostic meme. All songs written by Ray Davies.

Art Lover
Complicated Life
Heart of Gold
I'm Not Like Everybody Else
Natural Gift

Almost too easy, given how big Ray's catalog is. I mean, he even has a song that starts with "X".
  • Current Music
    "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" - The Kinks

The Italian Jobs

Saw The Italian Job with Ellen and theodosia last night. That wasn't the original plan. We were supposed to go see Bend It Like Beckham after having a quick dinner in Davis Square. It turned out to be not so quick. The place prides itself on cooking things to order, but that means it takes longer than usual, and certainly more time than we had alloted. Plus they completely screwed up Theo's meal, so she wound up with nothing to eat at all. Not recommended.

Theo had seen Beckham already, and none of us had seen The Italian Job, which had a later start, so that's what we did. I'd been avoiding TIJ because of my feelings towards the original Michael Caine version. Collapse )

The new version turned out to be great fun. There are a couple of huge logic holes, but the action is so fast that you're past them before you can think about it. It's only on the ride home that you say, "Waitaminnit..." (The bad guy may be the dumbest criminal mastermind since Wile E. Coyote. OTOH, the good guys help him out by doing something really stupid a one point.) Seth Green has the Benny Hill part, and all the actors are fun to watch. Certainly worth a look. As is the old version, at least for the first 95 minutes.
  • Current Mood

In Search of a Lost Chord

I've been gluing the facings to the shelves. Twelve done so far, twenty more to go. Yeesh. Once the glue has set, I still need to trim the facing flush with the shelf, and then trim the shelf to it's final depth. Or is it width? I'm running into problems with frame of reference. If you describe the shelves as independent pieces of wood, they are about 30" long by 9" wide by 1" deep. OTOH, if you refer to them in the context of the bookcase, each shelf is 30" wide by 9" deep by 1" high. Isn't that fun? Anyway, I still need to trim the shelves so that they are about 9" wide (or deep). Then I can sand them and start staining. Joy. What I ought to do now that I have a bunch glued up is do the final trim work and staining while I'm gluing up the rest, because the jobs can be done concurrently, and I would be staining in small batches anyway. I don't have the room to lay out all thirty-two shelves for staining at the same time. It'd be efficient. I'll get right on that...

In between glue-ups, I was searching OLGA for the chord file for a song I did a filk of last week. No luck, but I did find a couple of other songs I like, so I printed them out, and decided to try them. Now, I haven't touched either of my Casio keyboards in probably more than a year. With good reason for one, because my WK-1200 is deader than a doornail. I don't know what happened, but it suddenly stopped producing sounds. The LCD worked, and you could see it recording key presses, but no sound. When I tried it tonight, even the LCD didn't work. Bother. I also have a much older CT-680 that does still work, but it has one less octave than the 1200, and nowhere near the options, so I just sort of left it in the attic, while considering what to get to replace the 1200. Also, with my coughing since November, and thus being unable to sing along much, I haven't really been all that interested.

So tonight I dragged to 680 down from the attic and plugged it in. Still works. I played around a little bit. Understand, my playing is totally different from what a musician would call playing. I play an electronic keyboard sort of like a guitar, letting the left hand play the built in chord patterns, and usually mirroring the same chords with the right hand. I use guitar tabs because I can't read music very well (I can translate music, not fast enough to play along, but I have memorized the notes for a couple of songs), but I do know how to play and transpose chords. It's not much, but it works for me. And dayum, am I out of practice. I really sucked, even for me, but it was fun to do it again, and now I'm feeling the need to go get a replacement for the 1200. We'll see.
  • Current Music
    "Wonderboy" - The Kinks