I missed a meeting at work.
I missed a meeting at work because I'd set an alarm in my calendar to go off at 1:20 reminding me that I had a meeting in ten minutes, and instead it went off at 2:46. I even printed a screenshot as proof, not that it's going to matter. I'm a little pissed off about this, more because I should have remembered the meeting than for any other reason.
On a different subject, I was right about this month's MP3, These Doors Are Open. A day later, I'm listening to it through headphones, and parts sound really weird. I know how to fix this. In fact, there are a lot of little things that could be fixed either by a) a lot of sonic spiffing and tweaking, or b) simply recording it through a different instrument set. Guess which I'm about to choose?
Originally, These Doors Are Open was composed on the other instrument set, which I happen to really, really like. The samples mesh better than any other complete GM set I've ever used or managed to cobble together from other sets. The major drawback is that while the samples all work together, most of them are muddy or contain background hiss (read: "are really muddy"). It's a tradeoff, but with a little filtering I can make it listenable through headphones, and I think it'll come out better than the MP3 that's actually posted on my site. I'll probably see what I can do to make it less repetitive, too. I am not willing to change this piece enough to keep it from sounding like something I would have composed in 1999.
In 1999 I'd decided that I wanted to be Bobby Prince when I grew up.
I also just got an e-mail from my dad asking what I want for my birthday which is coming up next week. I said all I wanted was manicotti and a carrot cake, but I know that he and my mom are really looking for gift suggestions. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm not getting an army of robot monkeys. Ever. 's fine, but I've had a pretty hard time coming up with gift suggestions since I've been employed. It's not that I want for nothing, but I'm also not comfortable begging for stuff anymore. I guess I could've said "gift cards redeemable toward clothing and gas."
I should also decide what I want to do for my birthday. "Nothing" is a fine answer for me, but the Janesville Troupe keeps pestering me about it. I think Ellen has something planned, but I don't think it's a "let's invite everybody" sort of event. And I wonder what -- if anything -- my housemates want to do. Out of deference to the ones I love, last year's hijinks will not be repeated, nor will they be spoken of in this forum. Rumors involving six milk bottles and a tuning fork are totally unfounded, and the twenty seven eight-by-ten color, glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us are still classified.
No points to those who got those references, but no penalties will be issued either because nobody remembers Return of the Killer Tomatoes, and anybody who is unfamiliar with the song Alice's Restaurant must be some kind of heathen savage.
Anyway, here's one of those lists of songs that show up occasionally in livejournals. Most people don't read these things, or they just skim them to see if there are any songs on the list worth checking out. I, of course, read them to see what songs make my friends cry so I can ridicule them. Why fill things like this out if I consider them a waste of time? Because I get bored at work.
Reminds you of an ex-lover: Watermark -- Enya, performed by Taliesin Orchestra
Reminds you of an ex-friend: Priest 85 -- Irritating Rainbow
Reminds you of a family member: White Rabbit -- Jefferson Airplane
Makes you want to cry: Afterglow -- Genesis
Makes you laugh: Frog and Banjo -- M. Doughty
Makes you wanna dance: Happy Doesn't Have To Have An Ending -- They Might Be Giants
Reminds you of what you want: Cold Wind -- Buck Dharma
Reminds you of the one you love: Crybaby -- Information Society
Reminds you of a best friend: Pirate -- Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Reminds you of High School: How Soon Is Now? -- The Smiths
Reminds you of a great Holiday/trip: Real World -- Blue Öyster Cult
You wish you wrote: 12th Warrior -- Bjorn Lynne
You never want to hear again: Any acapella arrangement of Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band
Makes you want to mosh/bang your head: Medusa -- The Brain Surgeons
Sums up your teenage years: You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here -- Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
You like out of your parents record collection: In The Court of the Crimson King -- King Crimson
You love that you wouldn't know about if it wasn't for a friend: Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
You love to listen to at night: Only A Northern Song -- The Beatles
Reminds you of your first crush: Another Brick In The Wall -- Pink Floyd
Makes you think of sex: Castlevania -- Minibosses
Makes you think of being alone: Everybody Out -- Mailbox
Would play at your wedding: Strictly Genteel -- Frank Zappa, London Symphony Orchestra version
Would like to sum up your life: Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst
Would play at your funeral: Adagio for Strings -- Samuel Barber