Archive for April, 2008

There’ll be no sadness / There’ll be no sorrow

Last night I tried two new things. I drank a “Flirtini” and I painted my nails a fairly bold shade of pink. (Nars’ nail polish in “Schiap.”) The Flirtini was okay but I love how glossy and smooth and shockingly pink my nails are. I keep running my fingertips over them and it feels so lovely.

It looks like this month is going to end on Bruce Springsteen / Einstürzende Neubauten notes. The highest, most shining ones being “Drive All Night” and “Steh auf Berlin,” the latter of which sounds absolutely delightful but the construction sounds across the hall from my office—I could do without that noise.

Recent feed reads include Who Are We? Coming of Age on Antidepressants which seemed especially relevant because I accidentally went cold turkey on my meds. I was still okay on day four but I’ve been feeling my condition slowly deteriorate since then. It’s been an interesting experience but I’m finally picking up my refill tomorrow.

Anyway, I’ve just finished gorging myself on Santitas tortilla chips, Gefen Coconut Flavored Macaroons and cranberry juice. (Last night I had duck with almond-encrusted brie!) I amend my previous report on music month-end because today I was also Live Seeds obsessed. Go into a little space, shut the door and play “The Weeping Song,” “Jack The Ripper” and “New Morning” as loud as your poor ear drums can handle.

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I have the cake!

Life has been lovely—truly pleasant. I’m still—quite oddly—very over the moon about my job. Not only do I have the pleasure of enjoying my work, I also get to wear great outfits every day. Yummy, I’m glad I finally get to eat the damn cake.

Building a financial management program for myself has become a popular extracurricular activity, soon to be joined by either running or racquetball since I finally bought a proper pair of sneakers today. At Diff’s somewhat insistence, the pair I ended up buying were pink. The big sneakers in the sky must have been smiling down on me at that moment because the pink cross-trainers also fit my budget and non-aesthetic needs.

I’ve been utterly obsessed with more or lessly one mix all month. I keep expecting Stork to tell me to turn it off. It has a core of day-in-day-outers and a peripheral of nonessentials which are sometimes themselves reoccurring. The main core is Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Bruce Springsteen, Einstürzende Neubauten and Goon Moon. Right now my formula is one album, one artist. The regulars are wearing their Abattoir Blues Tour (I picture myself as Warren Ellis), Nebraska, Kollaps (some of Blixa’s vocal movements put me completely beside myself with delight) and Licker’s Last Leg album covers. The rest is made up of an Alien Sex Field best-of (practically a regular on the rotation), Billy Bragg’s Taxman, I Say I Say I Say by Erasure (which came out the same year as the following album and I owned them both even then) and Portrait of an American Family. Other recent second fiddles include The Tear Garden (especially Last Man), Nine Inch Nails’ Still, Welcome to My Nightmare, Smashing Pumpkins and Juju by Siouxsie & the Banshees. Now that I have the cake, I’m piling the icing on pretty thick. I love how reliably music can take a good thing and make it even better.

What have you been listening to?

Isn’t she beautiful?

Happy Earth Day: Beautiful Pictures of Our Planet

My life is awesome today.

Incredible day. High of 78°. Loved my outfit. Solved all the problems that came up by myself. Didn’t realize I knew how to fix them. I’m learning! Want to build a program for everything. Shuffled Henry’s Dream (Nick Cave), Halber Mensch (Neubauten) and The Last Man To Fly (Tear Garden). All day. This week’s epiphany: holy shit, I’m learning to build software! Look at me, on the career path. How did that happen? Left work with my closest friends. Sipping on a hazelnut mocha with the door open. Eating spinach salad with bacon, eggs and avocado for dinner. My life is awesome today.

Revelation!

We have a decent method for listening to music—it could be better but it could also be much worse. We don’t have a stereo but we do have an iPod which, coupled with an iTrip, plays simultaneously over two Bose radios in two separate rooms. (Keep in mind, we only have four rooms.) I wouldn’t call it stereophonic but it can certainly be loud and sometimes lots of volume can give the illusion of being surrounded by sound. Generally speaking, I like the Two Bose Method.

But today I decided to plug the iPod into our piano speakers and truly, nothing can make you realize how inadequate your life is like a subwoofer. (I imagine Charles Goodyear felt similarly when he accidentally discovered vulcanized rubber.) It still isn’t glorious surround sound but it’s formidable bass! It’s more depth! It’s great.

I haven’t completely given up on the Two Bose Method, though. There’s a time and a place for the Bose—mainly when we’re in the kitchen—but the Piano Method will probably dominate all other times. This is especially exciting because with all of the warm weather we’ve been getting, it’s inevitable that evenings be spent outside on the porch, which is out of Bose range. Skippy!

Food For Thought

Global food security has been on my mind a lot lately, greatly due to the fact that this issue has been in the news so much. (I’m an avid feed reader.) Some of the articles that have passed through my Inbox include:

UN calls for farming revolution – “The Unesco study recommends better safeguards to protect resources and more sustainable farming practices, such as producing food locally.”

World Bank tackles food emergency – “World Bank head Robert Zoellick warned that 100 million people in poor countries could be pushed deeper into poverty by spiralling prices.”

Rising Food Prices Spark Growing Concern – “Deadly rioting broke out this week across Haiti and Egypt, where rampaging inflation has driven up food prices.”

Can People Have Meat and a Planet, Too? – “But one could envision someday a model, say, of a solar-powered facility in southern California or Singapore basically turning sunlight and desalinated seawater into growth medium and then tons of cruelty-free, sustainable nuggets of chicken essence.”

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