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Stupid Achievement of the Week: Getting the Brewmaster achievement in World of Warcraft. Yes, I went back after creating a dummy email account and locking everything down as much as possible.

Less Stupid Achievement of the Week: Learning a George Clinton bass line. Nice and simple, but hard to really master with a focus on right-hand technique.

Current Anxiety: Testing to see of my particular flavor of crazy might involve some previously undiagnosed ADHD. It certainly might make sense but I'm always nervous about brain chemistry issues.

Television Snark: I had been somewhat interested in Warehouse 13. Then it made the same mistake of a bunch of cute sci-fi shows and made everything about a rambling conspiracy backstory, and not enough CCH Pounder to cover up for it. I realized last night while watching "Vendetta" that I just didn't care about Artie's family.

Television Raves: Avatar, The Last Airbender. For a long time, I thought this particular fandom was exaggerating, and I have to admit, I had to push halfway through the first season before it clicked for me.
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Ordered a guitar strap on Friday and got it on Monday. I might also pick up one of their wallets.

Figured out how to transpose A Chantar M'er the other night. Still figuring out how to wrap my fingers around it. If my sources are right, it's a 12th century blues song. Lyric copypasta:

A Chanter m'er
(stanzas 1, 4 & 5, from the translation by Meg Bogin)

Of things I'd rather keep in silence I must sing:
so bitter do I feel toward him
whom I love more than anything.
With him my mercy and fine manners are in vain,
my beauty, virtue, and intelligence.
For I've been tricked and cheated
as if I were completely loathesome

The great renown that in your heart resides
and your great worth disquiet me,
for there's no woman near or far
who wouldn't fall for you if love were on her mind.
But you, my freind, should have the acumen
to tell which one stands out above the rest.
And don't forget the stanzas we exchanged.

My worth and noble birth should have some weight,
my beauty and especially my noble thoughts:
so I send you there on your estate,
this song as messenger and delegate.
I want to know, my handsome, noble friend,
why I deserve so savage and so cruel a fate.
I can't tell whether it is pride or malice you intend.

But above all, messenger, make him comprehend
that too much pride had undone many men.

Comtessa de Dia, "A Chanter m'er" and "Estat ai" with music by the trobairitz Dame Castelloza on CD titled, "The Romance of the Rose: Feminine Voices from Medieval France," by HelioTrope, directed by Joyce Todd with Joyce Todd, soprano, percussion, harp; Natalie Cox, harp; Shira kammen, vielle, rebec; Kit Robberson, vielle; Kim Swatsler, hurdy-gurdy, monochord; David Tayler, oud. Koch 3-7103-2 H1, 1995.

Got tested for ADHD or ADD or something last week. Have mixed feelings about the whole process.

Coming back to WoW, sorta, after jumping through a mess of hoops to redirect, misdirect, and hide my identity.

Cool stuff

Jul. 16th, 2008 10:21 am
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Lesser known superheroes: a brilliant comic collection of superheroes in everyday life. "Larry traveled back in time to retire. He’s a cop, or rather, was a cop from the year 3000. He likes our time, he can relax, and nobody bothers him about his jumpsuit."

Beyond Masculinity: a previously published anthology brought online in html, pdf, and audiobook format.

Part of the problem is that we are bothering to taxonomize our sexuality in the first place. There are no psychologists charting out the percentage of people who prefer broccoli to asparagus, no pastors decrying the sinfulness of enjoying chocolate rather than vanilla. I have little doubt that these preferences are equally complicated as sexual orientation (broccoli goes better with stir-fry, but what about barbecued in tin-foil? Normally I like chocolate, but the other day, vanilla really hit the spot), but we simply don’t bother to categorize people that way. -Patrick Julius

The current This American Life is worthwile for one reason: popularizing the term modern jackass for those moments when you extrapolate a lot of BS from a tiny bit of knowledge.

The State We're In from Radio Netherlands is one of those things I love about international broadcasting, an hour focused on human rights. But tooling around for international English radio broadcasts on shortwave is helpful for at least providing some perspective at how much of a tempest in a teapot American politics is.

The two funniest things I heard on SW last night, an American evangelist who managed to link Bush, Obama, and Harry Potter to the antichrist in one seamless end-time paranoia rant, and hitting Radio Habana Cuba at 6000kHz to hear an extended discussion about how to convert a vacuum tube radio to solid-state components.
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Moved into the almost empty lot. At least it has a beach-front view, and I had enough gear to set up a small camp.

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