It's been kind of an annoying week, and it wasn't made better by a visit from the Jehova's Witnesses this afternoon. A filipino woman asking to speak to my Mom--yeah, that's good, nothing like a double whammy: remind me of my Mom's death and the bullshit handed to me by a filipina barely four years ago.
The whole fiancee thing makes my brain ache anyway. It only serves to remind me how spectacularly unlucky I've been since 2001.
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I had intended to have beef stroganoff for dinner, but I ended up sleeping badly at night and making up for it in the afternoon, so around 6:45 I ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut.
They had a special--any pizza for $10, carry-out only--so I got a large Super Supreme, and went and got it. That improved my mood considerably.
The other thing that helped was that I did a random with Emwyn; and this time instead of switching to balance spec and using Moonkin form, I stayed in Feral spec and used my cat form. This works much better than moonkin--I do a hell of a lot more damage--and I discovered something else.
In one fight (we were in Utgarde Keep) the tank got killed; I switched to bear form and substitute-tanked the rest of the mob--and did a pretty fair job at it. So I think from now on I won't even bother switching to balance spec, except to assign talent points, because I find it utterly useless.
I am splattering monsters at my level in bear form.
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Last night (Friday night) I was playing WoW and suddenly came down with a hankering to listen to the Ladyhawke soundtrack. I had to dig a bit (only a bit) to find it, as it wasn't on the hard drive, but I found it, dumped it to the HD, and ran WinAmp.
(I also copied the Buckaroo Banzai OST to the hard drive.)
I discovered that if you listen to the Ladyhawke OST while flying around in bird form in WoW, it becomes an adventure in itself.
The Ladyhawke OST was written by Andrew Powell. He's the guy who did all the orchestral arrangements for various songs done by the Alan Parsons Project (APP). The Ladyhawke OST was engineered by Parsons--the same as every single APP album ever--and in fact it turns out that while Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons are credited with writing all the songs, in fact Eric Woolfson did the bulk of the songwriting. Alan Parsons mainly was a sound engineer who really knows his stuff, knows how to make music sound good, and his input into the songs mainly came from that angle. (He did write the instrumentals.) All the musicians who appeared on the APP albums took part in the production of the Ladyhawke OST. And it was the accompanyment for a movie, which makes it kind of a concept album--and all the APP albums were concept albums.
It is, in effect, another APP album. If you're a Projectologist (as I am) you can hear all the elements of a typical APP album right frickin' there with the exception of vocals by Eric Woolfson; there are no vocal tracks on the album.
...listening to it in 2011, it sounds horribly dated and just a little cheesy in spots. But this soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar...the same year that Amadeus was released. *sigh* Guess which film won the Oscar for "Best score"? (Hint: it was not written by a living composer.)
There is, in fact, another faux-Parsons album out there. It's by a band called Keats, and the album is eponymous. Engineer: Alan Parsons. Band members: a bunch of the guys who played instruments and sang for APP. Only difference? The band members wrote the songs.
Another interesting tie-in: the Kansas album "In The Spirit of Things". Engineered by Parsons, orchestral arrangements by Andrew Powell...and it was a concept album.
APP never toured before their album "Try Anything Once", mainly because Parsons himself was of the opinion that no one would understand why the star of the show was in the engineering booth instead of on stage. He's a capable enough musician but he's first and foremost a sound engineer--but I gather that the man did perform on stage and left the sound engineering to others during their tour.
I curse the fact that I didn't know when or where they toured until after the bleeding fact. If I had known about that show before it happened I WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE. Shit.
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It's a hell of a thing when you feel as if people are avoiding you because you were in the psych ward. My brother has been down here once; my sister-in-law and their kids, not at all.
Of course they're busy people, and they keep their kids busy with about 50,000 things, too; but it'd be nice if they came down here once in a while. Well--there's still the back patio to tear out, and thanke to a suggestion from Og I have the beginnings of an idea how to accomplish it. I'm going to make the suggestion to my brother and see what he thinks--but me and him and the rest of that crew could make an afternoon of it, and be done with it.
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I almost took the Fiero to Pizza Hut this evening, but decided against it. I still need to adjust the brakes on that thing. They work well enough, but I'd prefer to have more authority; right now the car will stop moderately fast but the brakes won't lock up, and they ought to be locking up.
It's possible that I got the wrong rear rotors for it, but I won't know that until I get the rear wheels off and measure them and check against the specs in the manual. There's an adjustment procedure that requires a shim, a couple screwdrivers, and a working parking brake, but I think if I can get a pair of vice-grips on the parking brake lever on the calipers, I can get some of the excess travel worked out. It's worth a shot, anyway.
There was a car show south of here, in Goodenow Grove (a forest preserve) that I totally forgot about until I got the flyer this afternoon. I saw an ad for it in the local weekly paper. Oh well.
Cruise night on Monday, of course, but it's going to be so bloody hot I'm not sure I want to go this week. *sigh*
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Jeeze, it's already 2 AM. WTF.