Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Strut on a line, its discord and rhyme

Work and dogs, work and dogs. That's pretty much it for me.

Oh, I did radio Monday. iot was not at all a terrible show, if I do say so myself. Here's the playlist.

Otherwise, I've only got enough to say for one blog right now, and since it's pretty much dog-related I've put it all over here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Mondo mundane

In true "I had corn flakes for breakfast" stylee, I present to you a mostly true roundup of news and activities since I last bothered to blog:
  • I did not have corn flakes for breakfast.

  • Cute puppy Pinky Laverne probably has a home. She goes there tonight, and assuming they don't suddenly come to their senses after a few days she's theirs to keep. Big thank yous to a couple of Mr. Pants' co-workers who have cared for her while he's out of town this week and I'm unable to come home during the day and attend to her copious bodily needs.

  • There is something dead under my deck. I have been unable to locate it visually, and unwilling to crawl under the deck (ground clearance: about 2 1/2 feet) and search for it. I hope it's a rat.

  • I went to the fair Wednesday and met up with Santa Salsera. We ate apple fries:
    apple fries
    She ate a corn dog:
    corn dog
    and a frozen banana on a stick:
    frozen banana on a stick
    We ogled but did not partake in french fries:
    french fries
    And I went up to some complete strangers and asked if I could photograph the food they were carrying:
    italian and polishpotato chips
    We need the photos at for work, see.

  • In response to a question on our listserv about how many trick-or-treaters to expect, someone in my 'hood is planning to make a mash-up map of Hallowe'en candy disbursement across Trinity Park. We are all to report in our totals after the fact and he will map them, thus helping us all to plan accordingly for next year. A fine example of using geekiness for good and not evil. If they weren't relatively expensive compared to candy I'd consider giving out some freethought non-tracts so the kids in my hood could feel the disappointment I felt whenever somebody gave me a Chick tract instead of candy.

Friday, October 12, 2007

27 8 x10 glossies with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one

Oh hey there. I've been working late every night helping to bring you The Big Event which starts today. But the good news is we have a home for the cute little puppy we've been fostering. I guess I should say pending home, because the people aren't picking her up until Sunday night and they can always change their minds. But if that happens there's a waiting list of two other people who are interested. I'm very glad, because puppies are too much work. When we add another dog to our household, it's going to be about a year old already.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The return of my friend Ted

I'm busy, busy, busy. Plus we're caring for yet another puppy (anybody want a puppy?), so I'm turning this here blog over to my friend Ted. He has something he really wants to say (hint: this is one of those MUSIC posts).

Ro Ro Ro Your Boat

By Ted Norton
Word has swept the world of Ex Moloko singer Roisin Murphy’s debut album for EMI UK. “Overpowered” will be released in theory next week in England, but the postal strike is threatening to delay shipments. Thus a “loverly” suspense is now in place after the album was, somewhat-serendipitously, leaked on the web this weekend. Roisin’s newly-amassed following of gay euro-clubbers (some of them returning to the Murphy fold with fond memories of Moloko’s “Sing it Back”) buzzed the discussion boards of every big name popstress in the business. Most notably, the Madonna, Kylie, and Goldfrapp discussion boards were awash in the discussion of this scene-stealers latest release.

Murphy is not only an engaging lyricist, but a seasoned and provocative artist of considerable breadth, and depth. “Overpowered” is one of the most well-rounded pop releases in history, featuring everything from revived-cowbell-disco on crack (“Cry Baby”) to the gorgeous reggae-tinged lullaby “Scarlet Ribbons” (a song written for her father), which showcases one the most promising vocal talents to emerge from the ashes of ’90s trip hop. Roisin’s current U.K. single “Let Me Know” nonchalantly serves up a jawdropping homage to Dusty Springfield that’s already got the entire industry gazing upon her with the look of love. Springfield has never been imitated with such finesse.

The real showstopper is a track produced by iLL FACTOR (a rapidly-rising whiz-kid based in the Miami ). “Primitive” is pure Moloko: thought provoking, spooky, and a wee bit goofy, but iLL’s production is pure classic rock drama filtered through a latin-influenced hip hop sensibility and showcases one of his trademarks: a percussive male backing that has been likened to “a frog chorus spouting Right Said Fred samples,” but is infinitely scarier. Murphy has apparently mastered the art of dynamics in her time away, and the resulting track is not unlike the thought of Shirley Bassey singing the Pixies “Monkey Gone to Heaven” with said frog chorus singing from the audience. This one track has created such a buzz that some are now rumoring EMI to have started the postal strike in order to be able to fill shipments of the album!

Some of Murphy’s fans might argue whether EMI could successfully arrange anything: their A&R department insulted Murphy, her fanbase and their own profession by publicly disparaging her last work (released on an EMI distributed label) entitled “Ruby Blue,” which was universally applauded by the critical community but failed to achieve top 40 sales. Despite the lack of U.S. distribution that kept the album from Stateside consumers for a year and half after its release, several of the album’s standout tracks were deemed good enough for television (“Gray’s Anatomy” and “So You Think You Can Dance” both featured songs from the album). During what was supposed to be promotion for the new album, Murphy’s rep. stated that the work was something she “had to get out of her system.” Murphy’s classic response to her A&R man’s gaff: “says more about him than it does about me.”

It’s pronounced “Ro-sheen” with an accent on the first syllable. “Overpowered” can be ordered now as an import title from all the major online retailers, and purchased through overseas digital services. You will be hearing her name a LOT in the coming year.

Roisin on YouTube:
Let Me Know

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Mindblowingly cool:

Man Builds Secret Apartment At Mall, Gets Away With It For Four Years. There's also a very detailed article in The Providence Journal.

One of my favorite books as a child was From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, in which two kids run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wanted to do the same, but I was living in Texas at the time and had no idea how to go about getting myself to New York. And then of course there are The Boxcar Children, who made me want to live in a boxcar. And there was another book for very young children about a group or family who go live in a cave, but I can't remember what it was called.

At any rate, I still want to live somewhere bizarre and cool, but I've settled for a bungalow.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Data breach!

So someone hacked into wherever they store employee and dependent info at my husband's job and stole folks' digits and whatnot. His info was most likely compromised, and mine was possibly. So we had to call the Masters of the Universe (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian) to place a fraud alert on our credit info. So for the next 90 days if anyone wants to access my credit info, they will call me first.

But here's the thing that gets me: Why isn't that the default operating procedure? Why is our credit data just open to whomever the hell wants to check it? Seems to me that we SHOULD be notified every time someone pings our info unless we specifically ask not to be. So I think that in 90 days, when this fraud alert expires, I'm going to call them up and place another one. I wonder if there is a way to just put a permanent fraud alert on my credit info?