September 19th, 2003

ice cream

Yes, I have another hobby...

Well, a lot of people I know online don't know this but besides my mass transit "fetish" (which seems normal to me) and fandoms and web design and Downtown stuff, I am an urban planning / neourbanism / architecture freak of a very high order. I think I am much more geeky (and knowledgeble) than some people with actual urban planning degrees! My education consists of knowing cracicotus for 10 years and just hearing about 10,000 hours worth of him talking about it!

Anyway, to see evidence of this geekdom, check out what I just spent an hour and a half posting to SkySkraper Forum! Oh, and the 50+ pictures (which I took on way to work) took 1/2 hour probably too.

(Note, if you're got dial-up, you probably need to forget looking at these, there are like 30 on each post and at least 50K each.)

Part 1

Part 2

Lots of planner-speak!
  • Current Music
    The Piano
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Friday Five: Music, MP3's, etc.

I'm a bit grumpy this morning, sorry.


1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?

Well, since this question is in the form of a singular, I guess I am going to have to name a "standalone" musician instead of a band.

Popular Music: I'm supposed to pick a standalone but honestly, it's a three-way tie between Madonna, Sinead O'Connor and Bjork. (Wouldn't that be a cool three-way... um... nevermind.)

Classical: Vladmir Horowitz -- definite pact with the devil going on. Can't imagine what Paganini must have been like as a performer. Possessed!

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?

Ja Rule. Need I say more?

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?

Sure. I'm sure all three of the chicks I named have their bitchy sides but hell, not like I don't!

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?

Pet Shop Boys @ The Tabernacle in Downtown Atlanta. That was a SHOW!

For small indy shows, every Makeup show I saw (3) was incredible. Lead singer is possessed.

Also that Changelings concert I went to at Dragon*Con last year was pretty thrilling.

5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?

Personally, I don't download music unless it's from some sanctioned source, e.g. the band or album producer. I like a lot actually. I don't personally have any desire to grab music some other way and am not much into copying CDs either, although I have a burner and have made a few CDs as presents. The reasons for this are that I'm the sort of person who isn't always chasing the next new things or listening to a hundred different bands at any one time. I get into a group and get a few albums, listen over and over. I don't need some song-samplying downloading/swapping system.

That all said, I do agree the album-makers are money-grabbing and that CDs should no WAY cost $18. It's pretty much like major league baseball tickets are now -- the price is for those multi-million-dollar players and the giant stadiums, not for your little seat watching some guys hit a hard little ball. It's so inflated by their overhead and their quest for big profits. It's crazy... I still consider any CD over $14 to be overpriced and it galls me when I see some CD, even something that's just not very significant, and it's like $19. WTF? It's not even like I can't afford it (I can afford just about anything) but it just pisses me off. It's no surprise at all it's young people who are doing a lot of this downloading becuase buying albums is too expensive. It was expensive when I was in college 10 years ago, only I didn't have any option except either 1) buy or 2) ask a friend to make me a tape.

I'm rambling. Sorry. I guess I'm not really against fileswapping and copying, but mainly only if it's between friends or a few folks. I don't like the idea of some group or individual "liberating" all music out there and making it so nobody has to pay. That DOES seem very unfair to me. There's a certain amount of gimme's that HELP musicians/bands/whatever, after that it starts to hurt. I mean, hey, a band gets really popular from some album all these people got for free. What $ do they get out of it? I don't know... bit ambivalent when it's a mass-scale thing.
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    grumpy grumpy
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well, the manic energy of the past week finally burned me out and now i am exhausted, feeling really ill and oh, depressed. funny how that works. ugh. good news -- i left work at 4. now i am going to take my allergy meds (which i never take, even though eventually i get really sick with them), maybe take a shower, then lay on my couch for a few hours.

i have to spend an hour or so picking up around the house 'cause i've got someone coming over tomorrow morning, but that's all. i expect it will be a really shoddy pickup job ;)
  • Current Mood
    exhausted exhausted
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up... down... levelling out

slightly better now.

am treating myself like a sick person tonight.

left work early. for dinner, have had small servings spaced far apart, because i'm too tired to eat all at once. also too tired to cook: ate a bowl of fresh pineapple, 2 small raw carrots, reheated pasta from last night. *sat* in the shower stall with water on blasting hot for 10 minutes, then stood up and turned nozzle to shiatsu until the hot water ran out. changed into shorts and tanktop, then snuggled into couch with velux planet, lots of remote controls, and watched an hour of "world's funniest animals" -- which in addition to being the only appealing thing on directtv, was appropriately mindless!

i think i'm now feeling just normal enough to straighten up for my visitor tomorrow morning. i need to at least do the dishes in the sink and pick up this office.
  • Current Music
    outdoor concert at woodruff park i can hear from here
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wow, i was good... err... sort of

in picking up, i notice that ZERO crap accumulated on my kitchen island this week. since it's right by the door, normally by friday it's buried under a week's of mail, newspapers, pens, drygoods, and who knows what else, but today there was nothing. 'course then i note that there's a considerable pile of said mail, newspapers, pens etc. on the windowsill by my bed. at least i shifted it out of public view!

i am now about to drink some wine or something. i'm hoping it will ease me into some good sleep.