The bookcase was something I've been putting off purchasing for awhile, but it needed to be done. The last straw came yesterday when I went to Half Price Books on the west side and redeemed the gift certificate I'd gotten for my birthday on stuff I'd never otherwise buy -- $50.47 worth. I had a conversation with the girl behind the counter who was lamenting the fact that the second season of Twin Peaks doesn't seem to be coming out any time soon. I told her to consider getting it from SuperHappyFun.com, but I'm sure she won't. Incidentally, SuperHappyFun is the place to go if you're looking for the Star Wars Holiday Special, you sicko.
Anyway, I'm back at work today for the first time in nearly two weeks (unless you count when I stopped in on Friday to pick up my paycheck and go through my e-mail (I filled out a timecard claiming 12 minutes of work, and my boss denied it)). I'm glad to see that I'm not as swamped as I could be. Not that I'm not swamped, though -- I should not be posting to my livejournal right now. Still, vacation in South Dakota was a good thing. I have about a million phone calls to return, and will probably wind up making a trip to Janesville to hang out with Tom (for the first time since mid-June) and another to see ribsinbacon. I should probably also make good on my promises to get together with agaysexicon, fuzzyinthehead, and evil_jim.
In case anybody who cares hasn't checked, I uploaded August's MP3 of the Month yesterday. I decided to try my hand at writing a piece of music that's meant to be played backwards, and Answer is the result. It's a musical palindrome -- the notes are the same forwards as they are backwards. I considered making it a true sonic palindrome by recording the first half of the piece, and appending a reversed version of itself to the end, but I think I like it better this way. If you have the software (and care enough to do it), you can reverse the file and hear that the instruments are piano and harp.
If, on the other hand, you're looking to download an MP3 that I didn't compose, I suggest that you check out this guy, who has combined Mmm Bop by Hanson and In My Life by The Beatles into a (not quite as bad as you'd think) mess called In Mmmy Bop Life. Actually, I'm lying -- I don't suggest that you download it, but I want somebody else to experience my pain.