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Just to pay appropriate note to the various and sundry other things that have been going on in my life:

Jam Reports. There have not been Jam Reports for the last couple of Jams, and I apologize in advance, but there will probably not be. I just haven't been focused enough to get proper Jam Reports written. However, it is worth noting that there is much promise with GBS' "Chemical Worker's Song" with the current set of voices. [ profile] cflute in particular has some very impressive harmonies coming together for that, and [ profile] kendaer is feeling some potential for rumbling out the lead on this on days when [ profile] mamishka isn't available.

On a related note, [ profile] solarbird and I went to go visit [ profile] stealthcello this past Friday night, which was made entirely of Win. She and her family have a lovely home full of lovely large Maine Coon cats as well as six two-week-old kittens, with whom we visited as well and ZOMG TINY KITTENS. Dara shared some of the music she's been working on, and Betsy answered with some of hers, and me, I was impressed by Betsy's shiny new black carbon-body guitar.

One giggleworthy moment of the evening: Dara hitting a chord on the mandolin and announcing that that sounded like "ass minor". Betsy's daughter lost it laughing, and Betsy herself pondered the question of what precisely "ass" sounds like. Dara's response, entirely inevitably: "Here, pull my finger!"

I will also not be doing review posts for the most recent BSG and Doctor, again because short on general levels of cope. I will however say that the most recent BSG was quite solid. We actually haven't watched the most recent Doctor yet, but will hopefully be getting that in soon.

Current book on the queue: [ profile] desperance's Bridge of Dreams, which I have scarcely begun, but already I am impressed by the liquid rhythm of the prose.

And because I could, I went and got RAM upgrades for both my MacBook and Dara's. Now Winnowill and Kiliandra both are at 2 GB, though I have observed that I'm still taxing the CPU a bit if I try to do too many things at once. Less so than before, granted, but the problem hasn't entirely gone away.

Working on listening to [ profile] s00j's Sirens, to be followed up by [ profile] vixyish and [ profile] tfabris's Thirteen. I have however also squeezed in Capercaillie's shiny brand new album Roses and Tears, as well as Nickel Creek's first album, since I've been meaning to listen to them for ages. This marks the first official time I have ever purchased an album calling itself country. However, listening to it, I find it definitely upholds the Alexander James Adams Principle of Celtic and Country Music, to wit: same music, different whiskey. ;)

Dara and I are planning our assault on Folklife this weekend and we are for once actually looking at doing three of the four days. We definitely want to hit the Celtic Band Scramble on Saturday, but there are things that interest us quite a bit on Sunday and Monday as well. I'm thinkin', a great big (not to be confused with Great Big) glorious burst of Folklife just before surgery should be a good way to get ready.

And, it has occurred to me that as I am about to be lying flat on my ass for two weeks, I can finally read Deathly Hallows.

And have another Movie Suckoff. Because there will be another Movie Suckoff, oh my yes.

Last but most definitely not least: tomorrow night, JONES. Meeting [ profile] casirafics and [ profile] mamishka for the midnight show at the Cinerama, and there will be much fangirling. What can I say. There are only a few people in the world that can really get me to fangirl, but Harrison Ford is one of them.

And, just because I haven't done this in ages, here's an exercise update as well. I am now on my way back to Hobbiton!

Miles since April 5th: 107.6
Miles out of Hobbiton: 2863.8
Miles out of Minas Tirith: 26.8
Miles to Hobbiton: 1598.2

ETA 10:42pm: Oh yes, I forgot to mention: my Ubuntu VM problem has been solved thanks to help from [ profile] blargh. The issue seemed to be that VMWare was confused by my machine's having both a CD-ROM and DVD drive, and when I changed the VM settings to tell it not to auto-detect a drive, it started behaving. So now I have a functional Ubuntu VM to use as a test platform at work. Go me! And thanks, Traest. :)

Date: 2008-05-21 06:16 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
[ profile] stealthcello is made of awesome and win and I hope some of that goodness rubs off... particularly in the "survived Round Two and came roaring back better than she ever was" category...

I disagree with AJA that Country is the same as Celtic. *Bluegrass*, as long as it's instrumental, yes. Modern Country, for the most part, is a cross-bred mutt with strains of rock and blues. That said, Nickel Creek itself tends more towards the traditional AP-Carter-style hillbilly music (bluegrass and Grand-Ole-Opry) played up and down the Shenendoah valley by folks two generations off the boat from Scotland or Ireland. About *that* music, AJA is right. Same stuff, different whiskey... 'cepting the steel-pedal.

I may have to duck out on Folklife; things are suddenly getting Busy... but with good reason, part of which is I'm hoping to get my Jones on Monday evening after picking folks up from the airport...

And way to go on the walking! Did you see where [ profile] ohiblather and [ profile] hsifyppah are both doing a virtual walking tour of all the filk cons in North America?

Date: 2008-05-21 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Mmm, no Folklife this year for the Ravenne (i.e. me) since I have the drilling team working straight through the weekend. But likely Sea Atoll run-away-from-home and blow-off-steam next weekend. Lunch or dinner or lager-louting at some point next weekend? (Friday night's already booked with family at Brier Pizza, sort of a long-standing date involving retsina, feta, and enjoyable flirtations with big furry Greeks, to which y'all are always welcome).

Itinerary, as always, also involves rummaging through bins at Seattle Goodwill outlet store -- we tend to aggregate quite the hunter-gatherer pack for that, to the general consternation of store staff. Also Re-PC and the like.

Squee at Harrison Ford for us all, heh? He's made of solid cute.

Guess I need a Space Needle icon, too.... ^_^

Date: 2008-05-21 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have a movie for the SuckOff. But sadly, I can't COME to a suckoff, unless it happens at a time when I can leave Lily with Erik, because she is now old enough to be screen-cognizant.

Date: 2008-05-21 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm given to understand that the latest (ie, the 5th) Highlander movie is a travesty beyond mention. I haven't worked myself up to watching it yet, though, so I can't say for sure. :)

Date: 2008-05-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know, my friends literally wouldn't let me go to the movie theatre to see the theatre release of Highlander 2, so I've only seen the director's cut, and while it's by no means a *good* movie, it's not, apparently, the unspeakable travesty of the theatre release. But then, Highlander 5 didn't make it to the theatre. It went straight to the SciFi channel. Which should tell you a great deal about it... :)

Date: 2008-05-22 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Movie Suckoff, eh? Have you ever seen the second and third Tremors movies? The second is bad. The third is...beyond description.

So, I take it a date has been set for your surgery?

Date: 2008-05-28 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're obviously not going to be able to see this for a while, but I'll forget to post it later... VM can be a pain in the neck; I have had an Ubuntu VM running inside Win XP at work, although I now have a separate Ubuntu machine running as a web server so I got rid of the VM. However, I now have Win XP running in a VM server on my Ubuntu at home, and... in neither instance could I get the virtual machine to "see" USB drives. I've tried every trick in the book, nothing works. Argh.

Date: 2008-05-30 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
BTW,I have learned about, and embraced, Sun xVM VirtualBox. It's a free download from ( . It required a number of mods to recognize my iPod, but recognize it, it did.

It just won't write CDs. Gotta be something...


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