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March 23rd, 2017
07:28 am

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Birthday
Happy birthday, [personal profile] jeriendhal!

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March 14th, 2017
07:57 pm

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The Illusion of Antiquity
Yesterday, the song "Easy Come, Easy Go" came into my head, and I decided to look it up. (There are several songs by that title; this is the one with the lines "She wasn't kind / I wasn't smart".) It seemed to me to have a 50s-ish feel to it; I figured it was sung by someone like Frank Sinatra, or maybe Der Bingle. (Not Perry Como, certainly.) Nope; it was first recorded by Bobby Sherman in the late 1960s. Surprise!

Today, I was being earwormed by, um, "Today". (This is the one with the chorus beginning "Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine".) Thematically, it's pretty much the same song as "Gaudeamus Igitur", so I thought it was a fairly old folk song - "fairly old" meaning 16th century, maybe? Wrong again: it was written by one of the New Christy Minstrels, and first recorded by, of all people, Bobby Goldsboro, in 1974.

Arnold Zwicky writes of the Illusion of Recency, in which some linguistic phenomenon is taken to be a novelty (and, usually, reviled). There's evidently an Illusion of Antiquity as well.... (I suppose that would cover things like Scottish tartans and other pseudo-traditions.)

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Roxette, "One Wish"
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March 11th, 2017
09:05 am

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No Reply
This is odd, and rather annoying.

I do not have a Twitter account, but there are a dozen or so feeds that I follow. When I check on one of them, there is a link labelled "Tweets and Replies", which displays the obvious. I like clicking on that, in particular with some of the humorous feeds. But...

If I click there on my new desktop computer, I get a solicitation to sign up for Twitter - and the tweets-and-replies feed does not appear. This did not happen on the old computer, nor does it happen on my laptop.

Anybody know what could be happening there?

Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: Doors, "Roadhouse Blues"
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March 10th, 2017
12:22 pm

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Epistemology
I went over to Best Buy this morning and described my problem, with sketches. One of their salesman offered a solution, which I bought. On the way out the door, I looked again at what I'd purchased and realized there was still a problem. I went back in and laid out what I'd realized. The salesman was unbelieving, and we spent a few minutes discussing the nature of reality. The discussion led nowhere, and eventually I left again, rather disgruntled.

On returning home, I verified that the proposed solution wasn't, and that the salesman was, indeed, mistaken about the nature of reality. However, one of his comments led me to examine things again more closely, and eventually I hit on a solution. It involved cannibalizing a cable from an old monitor (said cable being, again, something the salesman had denied existed).

In any event, the deed is done, and I once again have dual monitors. A bit of futzing with the Display settings was necessary, but only a bit. I am content, and also a bit contemptuous.

Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: Shakira, "Donde Estas Corazon"
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March 9th, 2017
06:34 pm

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Moving Up
Well, today I bought my new desktop computer. The changeover went smoothly; I've been able to transfer almost all of my old system's capabilities. The one thing missing is the dual-monitor setup; the way I handled it last time isn't going to work now. I'll have to run over to Best Buy again tomorrow (three days in a row...) to alleviate the situation.

The keyboard layout on the new computer is a bit different from that on the old, and it'll take me a while to adjust my typing instincts. The "fn" key is where the "ctrl" key is supposed to be....

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Guess Who, "Heartbroken Bopper"
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March 7th, 2017
07:27 pm

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Voices
Browsing through YouTube, I decided to give ear to some more recent singers. (I've been listening to a lot of 50s & 60s lately.) I started off with Katy Perry's "Roar", which I still like but which brings back memories of the campaign video she cut for Hillary last year. That sore's still a little raw....

I then tried Adele's "Hello". I haven't, to my knowledge, heard her before, but oh, my, she has a powerful voice, in more than one sense. I may have to look further.

Meanwhile, my list of groups/singers to go after next shopping trip currently includes Katy Perry, Sweet, Lou Rawls, Joan Jett, Chad & Jeremy, and the Kinks; I also want to get the 2007 reissue of Al Stewart's Last Days of the Century album, for "Helen and Cassandra".

Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
Current Music: Herman's Hermits, "No Milk Today"
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March 5th, 2017
07:00 pm

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Low Calibre?
I just downloaded three books to my Kindle, and then, as usual, went to put them on Calibre. I was expecting that they'd be DRMed beyond Calibre's capacity to strip. I was not expecting Calibre not to be able to find them.

Anybody have any idea what's going on here?

Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
Current Music: Grass Roots, "Temptation Eyes"
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March 4th, 2017
03:17 pm

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Music YES!
I just placed an order for more music, as predicted earlier. The haul:
The Best of Brook Benton (mainly for "Rainy Night in Georgia")
The Very Best of Tower of Power (mainly for "So Very Hard to Go")
The Very Best of Ray Charles (because of course)
Alannah Myles (for "Black Velvet")
The Very Best of Starship
Hitchin' a Ride (by Vanity Fare, for the title track)
Roxbox (by Roxette, mainly for "It Must Have Been Love")

I also need to get some books, both paper and e-, but I wanted to get this order in so that I'd have it before break ends.

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09:59 am

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Moving My Office
I am planning on buying a new desktop computer this coming Thursday. On my current desktop, I have a number of Access databases and Word documents that I'd like to move over to the new machine. Is there a way that I can move my copy of Microsoft Office over as well, or am I going to have to get a new copy of MO?

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February 28th, 2017
09:38 am

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Hoocoodanode
Donald Trump, Feb. 27, 2017: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."

Barack Obama, Feb. 25, 2010: "You know, the truth of the matter is, is that—health care is very complicated."

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