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better all the time. for now, anyway.

Instead of staring at the internet, I've been reading actual books. Well, some of them are in .pdf's on my hard drive, but they were at one time published on paper. In fact I am thinking of cleaning up my old Powerbook just to put readings on it so that I have a beaten-up laptop to haul around as a portable library. This one is all wired in to various harddrives and speakers and hubs and crap so I cannot easily move it from my desk to my lap, but the Powerbook could easily be made autonomous in that regard. I even bought a new battery for it not long before I bought this machine, so unless sitting there unused for several months has had a deleterious effect on said battery, it might still hold a charge. Can't afford another new one, so it'll have to do, whatever it can do.

No I cannot afford a Kindle or a Sony reader either. It's Powerbook or paperbackbook for me. The main problem with the Powerbook is its broken screen frame; the screen is fine, but the bottom right corner of the metal frame is held together with a binder clip. I could probably put a small machine screw through it, but I am afraid of drilling a little hole lest I hit some essential electronic part. I imagine there is a safety margin but I'd have to do some research to find out what/where it was. Maybe that would be a good thing to do over xxxxxxmas.

But the truly good news is that Santiago seems about 99.99% recovered from whatever it was. I'm thinking he may well have had the flu, although Jackson seems to have escaped it (knock knock) even though he kept licking Santiago's head and ears when Santiago was looking like he felt like shit. Santiago didn't lick him back, though, and I suppose not that much viable virus would hang out on top of a sick cat's head.

Anyway, Santiago is running around the house like the little madcat that he is and I am only too happy to chase him around during wait-for-the-microwave-to-cook-my-supper breaks. He is so predictable but it is still very amusing to listen to him chirp as he dashes from room to room in a blur of black and white. You can't see anything in the dark but his socks—there is a reason only domesticated animals display white blazes: in the wild they get eaten! I only nibble on his belly a little bit, though.

He doesn't run around for long, but he's also almost five years old, so it is time for him to slow down a little. His birthday is February 19. Take note!

I took today off because I had to do a bunch of grades yesterday and I was still exhausted from the SSA ordeal even though it was anticlimactic—I had spent most of my adrenaline just getting to the building and emptying my pockets to go through the metal detector. Security is tighter downtown than at the Valencia Street office. It's like a friggin airport. Only thing different was I didn't have to take off my shoes. I did think to leave my pocketknives at home because I expected to be eyeballed, but I wasn't expecting the metal detector and baggage x-ray! Guess because it is in the Federal Building there is more to worry about than some poor sod holding up the Social Security clerks.

I am trying to practice guitar for busking purposes. I don't think my poetry is a good daytime sell, but I can sure learn pop songs and belt them out somewhere. I think I could, anyway. Or maybe just do instrumental arrangements—today I worked on one for "Bad Romance." I am utterly and completely serious. I'd feel dumb singing it but I think a big wall of distorted guitar could pull the whole thing off by itself.

We'll see. Someone else is already doing Johnny Cash at the 24th St BART so I need a different schtick. Maybe if I sang ABBA two octaves lower than they were originally recorded I might attract some attention. You think? I could do it really crunchy and slow, too. Sunn O))) meets disco. :)

Ooh! Ooh! I could throw in Laura Branigan's "Gloria" too!

I'm beginning to like this idea..

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daisydumont
Dec. 19th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
hooray for santiago! i like that jackson a lot, too. sweet the way he licked santiago's head. aw.

i could pick a bunch of songs for you to sing, whee! but i have minority tastes in general, so that wouldn't rake in the $. (i'd sing "Run" by Snow Patrol.)
eriktrips
Dec. 20th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
yeah Jackson is a sweet old guy. he licks my head when I'm feeling bad too!

Snow Patrol songs might make it here; SF has a fairly strong indie streak to it. although it may be that I'd do even better by taking some West Coast punk standards and doing something fun with them.
altamira16
Dec. 19th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I am so glad that your cat is doing better. Jonathan Coulton has a zombie song. Isn't that seasonally appropriate?
eriktrips
Dec. 20th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm sure the nice people shopping for inexpensive gifts on Mission Street would appreciate that one! "here: have some holiday spirit--er, ghost--er, zombie!"
agoraphiliac
Dec. 19th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yay.

I think slowed-down deep-voiced ABBA is a really good idea.
eriktrips
Dec. 20th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I think I even downloaded an ABBA songbook somewhere..
ridethegallows
Dec. 20th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
i like the sunn 0))) idea, but of course i would. :)

have you seen that youtube video somebody made of a few of their songs sped up? it sounds like really goofy old horror movie music, hehe.
eriktrips
Dec. 20th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I thought you might like the Sunn O))) idea. :)

I'll have to look for that video. I am fairly certain that if Bohren and der Club of Gore were sped up, it would sound like spaghetti western music. or some of their pieces would anyway. I think that is one reason I like them so much.
ridethegallows
Dec. 22nd, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
hahah, now i want to hear that! i'd be happy if indeed it did sound like spaghetti western music. it's interesting that you should bring them up- i've been listening to sunset mission quite a bit lately. i find it's a good band to have on while i'm playing poker, i think because it's both calm and intense at the same time (or at least that's how i feel about it).
eriktrips
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
maybe if I run out of ways to amuse myself tomorrow I will try speeding up my favorite Bohren piece ("1" on disc 1 of Midnight Radio), which I know sends western-y for at least the first few very loooooong bars. if I do, I'll upload it. probably without video though, unless I can find a bunch of cheesy images that work.

I agree that it is both calm and intense. I really would like to see them live, although I think I'd want a chair. :)
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eriktrips
Dec. 21st, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
::practices::
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