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Monday, October 15, 2001

in which i buy books

So I've been holed up in my apartment. The better to not spend money on anything (assuming I avoid online shopping sites. And I do. I just add to my wishlist and it almost feels like shopping). All I've bought for the last couple of months, pretty much, is groceries. And a few movie tickets.

But today I knew I really really needed to get out in an effort to cheer myself up. So I took myself out to eat, reread part of a good familiar book (Lois McMaster Bujold's Mirror Dance) while I dined. And then I went to ye olde Half Price Bookstore.

Bought two cool books.

I found two Karen Elizabeth Gordon books that I don't have yet! Woo! I got both Torn Wings and Faux Pas : A Flashbook of Style, a Beastly Guide Through the Writer's Labyrinth and Intimate Apparel : A Dictionary of the Senses. Both first edition hardcovers, each for $4.98. Yay!

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I've not seen many movies at all this year, really.

But I did go see Zoolander and found it . . . diverting. Stupid. But there were enough bits that made me laugh that I'd rate it as okay. I'm not sure I recommend it, exactly. I don't claim it's good. But it's diverting and if you're like me, you may laugh at some of it. That's what I'm saying.

And I've also seen Serendipity. Liked it. But then I'm predisposed to like it because it features both John Cusack and Jeremy Piven. And it's light and funny. As Jeremy Piven has said repeatedly: "It's not a romantic comedy, it's a comedy that's romantic." Er. Well. I went in with low expectations and enjoyed it, never mind any implausibilities, never mind the predictability. But then I'm an utter sap. And again: Cusack and Piven factors. Plus Eugene Levy. And John Corbett as a New Age musician (heh!).

I've also now seen Moulin Rouge five times. Yes, I'm obsessed. I love it. And it's a pity it's no longer showing at the ultra-cheap theater near me, but then that's good or I might just go see it every night and that might be a bit much.

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sorry about that

Sorry about that, chief.

I've been depressed. Yeah, I know . . . shocking! But between being unemployed and world events being what they are and baseball season ending and Tom Kelly resigning as manager of the Twins and winter approaching too rapidly and being broke and being cooped up in my apartment and . . . well, um, yeah. Hi, I'm Laurel and I'm depressed.

And as a result, it's been harder than ever to update. I'll try to get back in the habit, even if it's boring rambles about what little I'm up to.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2001

flash girls at amazon

You can now order the latest Flash Girls album Play Each Morning, Wild Queen from amazon.com. Yay! It's a wonderful record. Featuring songs by Emma Bull, the Fabulous Lorraine Garland, Neil Gaiman, Dorothy Parker, and A.A. Milne. No kidding! Produced by Adam Stemple (of Boiled in Lead, Tim Malloys, Cats Laughing fame).

You can also still order their earlier album, Maurice and I. Both have great cover art by Michael Zulli.

(You can also order the albums from Fabulous Records or Dreamhaven Books).

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Sunday, October 7, 2001

color palm phone

I think I'm in love. With this phone. I'm just saying, is all. Though the other non-color Palm smart phone is pretty cool, too.

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Friday, October 5, 2001

music catalog software

So . . . I have many many CDs (i.e. more than a thousand). And I want to get them in a database. One that, ideally, I can search by song title and song length and all sorts of criteria. I've tried a couple of software packages, but I'm sure I'm missing many others. I want something that can use the CDDB to get data into the database, of course, to save on a lot of data entry time.

If the database would somehow interact with an mp3 player or CD burning software, that'd be even cooler, since I'm all about coming up with cool playlists and making mix CDs. Well, I hope to be. Ahem.

I'm looking for software for a PC, though I'm also interested in Mac or UNIX options, too, since I use those platforms at least occasionally (and may yet switch over to a Mac permanently).

Anyone have suggestions? What's worked for you? What software should I try? Thanks.

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museum of questionable medical devices

Last week I visited The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. Wow. That's a lot of weird weird weird stuff. Really. Wow. If you can't visit it in person (it's in the basement of St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis), the webpage is really the next best thing.

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Gallowglass are coming! Well, they're reuniting. Yay! That's Lojo Russo, Ken Larson, and Michael Matheny. An irish trio thang.

This Sunday. Showtime is 7pm. At Kierans in Minneapolis in the back room/Titanic Lounge. Tix are $7. All ages show. Be there if you know what the heck I'm talking about. (If not, your loss).

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monty visits

I met Monty of montykins.com and teevee.org fame last week when he was in Mpls for a biz trip and would just like to state for the record that he's even cooler in person. I like it when that turns out to be the case.

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new tim finn album

Tim Finn (of Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers fame) has a new album out. And you can even listen to the whole thing if you have RealAudio (thanks to Jen for the heads up. Her weblog is worth visiting).

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more aftermath

There's a special post-Sept 11 issue of Crypto-Gram available from Bruce Schneier and Counterpane systems and I strongly recommend you read it (if you haven't already). Lots of great links, lots of interesting stuff about security and the changes in place (and yet to come).

Last week's issue of The Onion was amazing. Just in case you haven't seen it yet. It made me laugh, it also brought tears to my eyes.

Pictures (before, during, after).

Patrick and Teresa have been posting good stuff of late. I mean, not that they don't usually. But you know how it is.

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