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Tales From the Crip
i'm ready for my close up mr demille
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To be honest, I'm actually doing quite a bit, just not a lot that is really worth writing about. So in the spirit of proper journaling, here's what I've been up to for the past couple of weeks:

- I've been working with my mom on putting the finishing touches on the Midnight Sun web page. I now have a kick-ass photo gallery for the website, complete with new pictures from the rehearsal weekend that I went to. If you've been following any of this and care, check it out, the new photos (and video) of the guys jamming is kinda cool. Also, I put up a discussion board for the fellas, who thought it would be useful. My favorite picture from that weekend wasn't of the band though, it was this one:



- The program I used to make the photo gallery for Midnight Sun is called JAlbum, a bit of freeware which utilizes Java to create the galleries and amateur enthusiasts contribute to the process by designing various skins you can just plug in to the program. The end result is a fairly hearty, robust program for creating a variety of photo galleries depending on your tastes and needs. As you may have guessed by all this glowing praise, I was rather impressed by it. If you're looking for something to spruce up your photo collection, give it a look-see.

- I've been plowing through my music collection and re-naming/re-burning it. While it goes rather quickly, it's boring work and something I have trouble finding the motivation to stay on top of. I've successfully re-done about 25 of 220 discs. I've got quite a ways to go, but I shall soldier on.

- While surfing around last night, I found an interesting blog called Belle Du Jour, kept by a young lady in London who makes her living as a call girl. Aside from the lurid, voyeuristic appeal of the blog, it also has some amazing writing. I actually looked around at quite a few blogs last night and it made me realize how pitiful of a job I do. Not so much in quantity, but in quality. I'd be lying if I said I'm not giving some thought to how I utilize this monster I've created.

- I have a collection of slightly over 1,300 jpegs of punk/indie-rock gig posters that I got from somewhere years ago (Usenet I think). While browsing through some LJ icons someone had made last night, I got to thinking that these posters might make some nifty icons. So I fiddled with them a bit, and some of them might and some of them might not. But then I got the idea to play with them in JAlbum and scaled the thumbnails down to 100x100 (LJ's icon size). I don't know if I have the patience to uploaded the entire gallery to my website (nearly 80 megs) at dialup speed, it may have to wait until I get back in a truck and have the broadband speed of WiFi.

- I've mentioned that I've got my computer running a lot tighter since I did all of the updating and in a lot of respects, it is, but now I have a new problem. I put a used hard drive in the machine that my dad gave me. It's a little 10G drive, but it's a 7200 speed drive. My other two drives are old 5600 speed drives. I had some issues putting it in because for some reason, I can only get the machine to recognize it on cable select. No big deal, I put another drive on the cable on CS and then did the other cable with a normal Master/Slave relationship. Now I get hard disk and controller errors in the Event Log and anytime I do a significant read/write process from either of the two toher drives, it pegs the CPU performance to 100% and it takes about 1.5 times longer to perform the read/write. The "new" drive works just fine though, leading me to think it's not a controller or cabling problem. On the other hand, I have a hard time believing that my two other drives both decided to completely flake out on me at the same time; that would just be too much coincidence. So, I dunno.... maybe it's some holdover issue from the worms/viruses I've been dealing with. I tried removing the partitions on both of the drives and re-formatting them but it didn't help. I guess I will attempt another re-install now that I know the machine is clean and stable and see if it clears things up. If some of you more tech-inclined folk have any ideas, lemme know.

- The Strokes are playing in both Louisville and Cincinnati next week. Taking in a show would be difficult-to-near impossible given my current state. Of course the irony is, if my leg weren't broken, I wouldn't be home in the middle of the week anyway. Of course, chances are, they're probably both sold-out anyway. In other live music news though, The Vines are gonna be in Rupp Arena ("in support" or Incubus I presume) in July. I'm not big on arena shows. I've been to exactly two since I saw Guns and Roses in 1989 - one of them was The Boss with a newly reunited E Street Band and the other was "for a girl", both staggering occasions to break my general rule about arena concerts. The Vines... in Lexington... on a Saturday. I may break my rule again.

I'm writng less often but they're big ol' books when I do, I guess. I'm terribly behind on my journal reading again and will pay for it dearly tomorrow, I'm sure - my guilt will get the best of me.

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