February 5th, 2006
|09:00 pm - The Adventures of Weekend Update Across the Eighth Dimension|
This has been a good weekend. Unfortunately, it's been the kind of good weekend which doesn't make for good reading, so I'm going to try to breeze through things here.
Friday: koriandrkitten's house-warming party. Small get-together. Started out reasonably well, but the discussion of social politics kind of ruined it for me. Then again, I was also depressed as a result of being tired and fatigued, and that can't have helped. Eventually Gemma had to go to work, so I joined agaysexicon and lord_alucard at the Orpheum for the midnight showing of John Carpenter's The Thing.
I'd never seen The Thing before, and since I'd only just found out that the movie was showing, I didn't know whether we'd be watching his version or The Thing from Another World. My verdict: Probably Carpenter's most mainstream work, but far from his best. Its current rank of #240 on IMDB's Top 250 Films seems a little ridiculous to me. The original 1951 version is a better movie all around (except in the special effects department) and holds up well after more than half a century, so if you've seen and enjoyed Carpenter's version, I recommend the other one for comparison.
Saturday: This Saturday was one of the most productive Saturdays I've had in months. ribsinbacon, RJ and I tackled cleaning the house from top to bottom. Yeah, it doesn't make a good story, but it feels good to have it done. We celebrated by going out for lunch.
On Saturday night, I went to devianttouch & wendybyrd's apartment for the Pre-Benny's Surgery/the_apricot's Birthday/Benny's Work Promotion Party. Had a good time, played Chez Geek, talked to people I hadn't seen in awhile, and then tactlessly left behind the book r3507 has been trying to loan me for a couple of months. Kyle, I'm sorry. I'll get it later. Promise.
Jimi and I ducked out early to go to Rocky Horror, where I watched xmerrie1039x down a Long Island iced tea in less than a minute, lost my voice by arguing with Nick about soup, and generally enjoyed myself. Afterward, I ended up driving Tom and Gemma to Country Kitchen. On the way I yelled at people named Brian and sent out a ridiculous number of text messages. If you find the previous sentence confusing, it will not be explained (though I'm happy to send out the text message to anyone who didn't receive it last night). At the restaurant we sat and brooded with seanorange and phil_bond over the fact that our food took forty minutes to arrive. Somehow my memory of this is a pleasant one.
Sunday: My sister and I went to our parents' house to check out the new puppies. Oh, for those who aren't me, there are new puppies at my parents' house. They're cute. Hung out with my parents, and then watched The Wizard of Speed and Time with my dad and sister after mom left for work. WOSAT was well-received because, well, you'd understand if you'd seen it.
Anyway, I'm home now. A little tired. Will attempt to turn in early this evening, but that never works.
Incidentally, the MP3 of the Month is up. Has been for a couple of days, but I'm only mentioning it just now.
Current Mood: mellow
Current Music: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra -- Killer Queen
Median 24 is a really nice piece. I especially like the transition at about the :54 second mark, as well as the piano & synth leading up to the sound at 1:52. I hope you share the finished piece someday.
Hey, thanks! You'll hear the complete version sooner or later (I'm hoping for sooner). Now that I've gotten a substantial amount of work done, I'll let you in on my current project, of which Median 24 is a small part: I'm working on a suite of four pieces of music inspired by the seasons of the year. Sleep Tight (which I featured as November's MP3) is part of the Autumn movement. You probably also remember Hypnos (April, '04), which will also be part of one of the movements.
I really like suites because frankly, they're cheap inspiration. I work better if I can focus on images or emotions, and choosing a topic like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse or the seasons gives me something to work with.
Would you believe that I sometimes listen to these MP3s at work in a loop, and every time you release a new one I just add it to the queue? Hahaha, I think I spent a lot of the day with that a capella thing you finally linked.
I think that was meant as a compliment, but now I'm afraid it just came off as incredibly weird...
On a side-note (no pun intended), I'm not sure how I should feel about being greeted at Rocky every week with "what are YOU doing here?" Because I always have Funn. It's true.
Fair enough, I'll stop saying that every time you show up. I'm just surprised that you make that drive so often. Then again, it may just be my distaste for making that particular drive (those who've driven to Chicago with me will have noticed that I'd rather pony up gas money for the whole trip than make the drive myself (don't get any ideas, Jim)). Either way, we're really happy to have you come week after week. Or rather, every other week after every other week.
As for the music, I'm terribly flattered. I take all the praise I get with a grain of salt though, because while I obviously can't create in a vacuum, I feel as if I receive reviews that way. The only people who ever comment on my music (at least recently) are people I know personally, and I have to wonder whether they're involuntarily hearing better music than if I were just some random guy whose website they stumbled across.
Well, I'd be lying if I said I didn't know anything about writing music, but I'm sure I know less than you, and therefore don't feel qualified to give criticism that's more... "constructive". Actually, I'm NOT qualified, because I honestly can't give any specifics for possible improvement, only general vagaries that may ultimately mean nothing in the end. I like the general style. I'm often reminded of the tone or pacing of several classic video games. Mostly, I just wonder what they would sound like in conjunction with a kickass video game (as the kickass-i-tude of both together would send any such project "over the top", as it were).
Also, you quite often admit that these works are not complete, and I guess without a few signposts about what makes you unhappy about its current state, I quite often have problem finding any glaring faults. Of course, that would require you to admit to the world what makes you unhappy about your work, and I don't know very many people at all where that kind of self-inspection comes easily (including yours truly).
The drive from Chicago isn't bad at all. I'm only in the suburbs, so that saves a lot of time. I also have an I-Pass, so that saves a lot more (in money as well, since cash users have to pay twice as much, if not more). Thanks to all the crazy construction, only three of the four tolls between here and Madison are actually open. Once the full-speed thingies are in place, it'll be even faster.
Hmm, you're talking to a guy who'd visit Caleb every once in a while during college, and the trip from Eau Claire to the Madison campus can be upwards of three hours at times. Typically I can make it to Stoughton/Madison's East Side in less than two. And the scenery's a bit better.
Incidentally, where does that icon come from?
It's from a Penny Arcade comic
that had something to do with a post Jim made about next-gen consoles (but I'm too lazy to find the exact post at this moment in time). It's especially funny to me because I have
an Xbox 360 now, and everything the interviewer said (so far) is true.
I often use this icon quite literally to describe the awesome-i-tude of something, but I fear that someone might think I'm using it sarcastically (it's actual context), which could indeed happen at some point.