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Sunday, November 4, 2012

9:13PM - Why I'm voting against Romney/Ryan

I'm afraid I snapped, and in so doing, I wrote this essay on Facebook. It seems to have been rather well-received by my small readership, so I am boosting my signal here and on @jspencerlove.

(I hardly ever post here any more, though I still read my friends list, occasionally comment, and am paying for a bunch of user pics I hardly ever use, and to avoid ads. But I haven't actually left the net. I'm a bit more comfortable linking to that from here rather than the other way around.)

Current mood: worried

Friday, May 4, 2012

11:25PM - Happy Birthday, Talis!

[Raises periscope.]

It's been altogether too long since I actually posted here. Several friends have deleted their accounts, perhaps moving to other services. In fact, some of them have gone inactive on Facebook, perhaps to G+. But not dead yet.

So for most people I don't waste the bandwidth, but for our favourite English musician after whom we named our daughter, I hope you have a fabulous day. And maybe, that she actually notices this post. Probably some few others might, and if you don't already know whom I'm talking about, check out her web site, and perhaps give her a listen here, here, here, or here. They all appear to be from the same gig, but it's what YouTube turned up.

[Lowers periscope.]

Current mood: pensive

Sunday, May 3, 2009

1:58PM - Get in on ground floor of OWL audience feedback

I commend to your attention the OWL channel.

They haven't formally announced yet, but it's imminent. They would be a Science Fiction, Fantasy and Alternate History channel with all-original programming, to start delivering content in 2010. It's all contingent on financing, which would eventually depend on a subscription model.

Their site includes a BBS where you could ask questions and find out more, but there will be a chat (IRC) at their site at 4 PM (U.S. Eastern Time) today, and at various times in the future. There are Chat and BBS links on their home page, and even an IRC client.

Start-up financing is contingent on interest. Also, this is largely run by fans dissatisfied by existing SF offerings, and they are very receptive to feedback and suggestions. I hope this will become of particular interest to filkers, but if you read SF or watch SF movies, I suggest checking this out. Making your interest visible would be even better.

Monday, November 3, 2008

6:09PM - Why Obama can count on my vote tomorrow

I'm not much of a joiner. In particular, I am not a member of a political party. I certainly have no desire ever to run for any office. For some people, political affiliations are like their religions, but I am an agnostic.

I encounter web sites (and magazine articles) that try to classify my politics. Those simplistic political quizzes generally classify me as a centrist. I am so not a centrist; my opinions on various issues are all over the map. The quizzes always ask for simplistic answers to complex questions, and the kindest replies I can give them are, "Yes, but..." Party platforms are generally a grab-bag of such simplistic answers, and I have yet to encounter such a package I'd be willing to adopt. There are always at least half a dozen show-stoppers on both sides.

Confessions of a voter for 34 years...Collapse )

I wrote in another forum (a huge, off-topic thread in rec.music.filk) a number of years ago about my position on invading Afghanistan, before that invasion. I have to find that old posting before expanding on that theme here, so it also will have to wait for another day, since I want to post this before Election Day. The summary, as I recall it, was that going into Afghanistan was the right thing to do; Iraq was not, and I feared the latter would starve the former and prevent doing what was necessary. Which is what happened. So this is where I store up I-told-you-so points, if I am lucky.

Friday, May 23, 2008

4:41PM - Bob Asprin has left the building

That's a euphemism that seems oddly fitting, though he's hardly Elvis. I'm so sorry to see him go. I was very sad to read of his passing this morning; I just bought his latest book the day before yesterday.

I recall him quite clearly, filking at Boskone back in the 1970s. There would be a group sing in the early evening, before midnight, anyway, after which most of the fans would filter away. Then Bob and a few other die-hards would gather to talk and sing most or all night, adjourning like-as-not for breakfast between 6 and 7 the next day. He was an oddly charismatic character.

I would have to say that he sort of helped recruit me into the filk-running business, in which I was quite active for more than twenty years. I can't say that Bob was a friend, exactly, but I enjoyed him and his work, and I'm pretty sure he remembered who I am when he saw me at a couple of dozen various cons over the years.

(My other major influence from that time was the late Lisa Raskind. Of course, I've had many influences, plus and minus, but of the three I held in this particular esteem, filkwise, only one is left.)

There has been a lot to remind me of mortality of late, what with our losing Lois Mangan almost two weeks ago, and dealing with my uncle's estate in February, among others. Both Bob and Lois were not that much older than I, and now we're gaining on them.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

9:28PM - I am so sick of U.S. national behavior

Speaking as a U.S. citizen and voter, I believe the next administration and senate should sign and ratify the treaties to join the International Criminal Court. No one should be above the law, and especially not us.

Like that will ever happen. And then...Collapse )

And now back to lurking under a rock...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

5:39PM - So, terms of service?

A bit of context...Collapse )

So I have looked at the Live Journal terms of service, with its discussion of unauthorized advertising, and I find myself wondering, would realistic solicitation of ads and/or sponsorship be a violation of the LJ terms of service? This is not, after all, a charity fund drive or something like that. The line seems fuzzy here.

Failing that, and being more oblique, suggestions for fund-raising strategies would be welcome, especially ones that could be completed in three weeks or less.

Current mood: curious

Thursday, April 26, 2007

2:21PM - Well, that puts me in my place

I am working on the lighting plan for the studio control room (and, by extension, for the isolation booth and main recording room).

What kind of lights should I use?Collapse )

So I have been doing research, especially into LED systems. One of the front runners seemed to be the Xtreme Linear LED light fixture. At the specified luminosity and price, it looked like I could have adequate light for about $500, which is not too bad.

However, there seem to be some problems with the data sheet, so I wrote them a letterCollapse )

This was their reply:

From:      the LED Light
Subject:   Re: Xtreme Linear Light

Spencer, 

You are too much smarter than the engineers who designed the Xtremes.
Therefore, we cannot sell the product to you because you will not be happy
with them.

Regards,

The LED Light, Inc.
Ph 775-841-4490
Fax 775-841-4491
http://www.theledlight.com/index.html

That's what I get for writing such a long letter, I guess.
(I have redacted the personal name of the respondent.)

Current mood: eh?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

2:53AM - Studio construction

Egad! It's been over a year since my last public post. As I type this, it's quite late, which will help me be brief (normally quite unlike me), I hope.

We moved in here at the end of April, 1997, which is very nearly ten years ago, and started constructing a recording studio in the basement. We raised the ceiling of the main studio (essentially replacing 2x10 wooden joists with 4-inch steel C-beams), and ran out of steam.

Consequently, almost all recording since has been on location, and the equipment has occupied one and a half bedrooms of our house, sufficient for a editing/mixing/mastering room, but nothing else.

Return of the steam...Collapse )

Current mood: hopeful

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

12:58PM - A spill of Hippo Birdies, sinking slowly, singing

Political petrochemistry...Collapse )

Hippo Birdies...Collapse )

The fat lady ain't sung yet...Collapse )

What we'll miss...Collapse )

And now off to drop a bunch of dead tape decks at my favorite authorized TASCAM technician's, in Providence. Whee. I have to be back by 4, to pick up my daughter's friend, M, at school, so they can hang out together.

Current mood: frantic

Friday, March 10, 2006

12:02PM - On turning 50...

That was last week. Tomorrow is the party.

A word of thanks where appropriate...Collapse )

Boy is the AARP quick on the trigger...Collapse )

Here is party info...Collapse )

A few notes about food...Collapse )

There will be singing at this party...Collapse )

...some in four-part harmony...Collapse )

We have a ten-year-old daughter. You are encouraged to bring your kids, particularly if they might want to hang out with her. The house is no longer especially toddler-safe. We have two guinea pigs, two fish, and a turtle; there is nothing particularly allergenic. Four steps up, coming in, if that is a problem for you.

Current mood: frantic

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

12:15AM - Sometimes you are doomed

Haven't posted in a while, but life has not been boring.

My brother-in-law, P, has had a very hard time. It's his iBook that was doomed...Collapse )

I should set rates for this.

On other fronts:

I gave the most important women in my life jewelry for Valentine's Day. Quality control does not seem to be my strong point...Collapse )

I have a new chiropractor, and will get adjusted in the morning. All my stress goes straight to my back, and I've been having sciatic pain, which suggests the stress is getting out of hand. The lovely dlanger gave Doctor Dan a glowing recommendation, and I have signed my whole family up there. It's an experiment; I hope it isn't also doomed.

Current mood: resigned

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

5:37PM - Happy Birthday cacie!

I'll have something intelligent to say on this and perhaps other topics when I find my brain. I'm sure I left it around here somewhere! Meanwhile, I wanted to get this out while it was still her birthday.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

7:05PM - Happy New Year

This is a meme (not a quiz, though) which I can share and endorse.

I will hit half a century this year. So far, so good.

For reasons I deem unsuitable for describing in a family publication on Live Journal, I find myself a much happier camper than I was at this time last year, with a likely rising trend through 2006.

I hope your life is going equally well. I guess not everyone can be above average, but I don't know which side of average I am on, just that the trend seems to be upward. We can all be improving and optimistic.

Current mood: sleepy

Thursday, December 15, 2005

11:55AM - On the War on Christmas

This post is, more or less, where I demonstrate that I am some kind of nutcase. Of course, my readers who know me well already may have developed that opinion. Grrrrr...

Why strike back in a war that isn't happening?Collapse )

I now return you to your regularly scheduled paranoid rant. And I have work to do that I'll get back to.

Current mood: appalled

Saturday, December 3, 2005

5:13PM - Goblet of Fire, take two

I saw this movie on the Sunday of its opening weekend. I'd meant to go with friends, but they canceled. I took my daughter, T.

But that wasn't IMAX.Collapse )

I am definitely going back to the IMAX theater, even though it costs about 30% more than the regular cineplex.

Current mood: shark to human

4:27PM - Happy Birthday to smoooom (and catsittingstill), and a question

May both of you celebrate many more.

I am sitting here eating a chocolate bar that I am pretty sure I got at OVFF. As for why I am eating it now, well, it got mixed in with the extra Halloween candy, and that takes a while to go through. It's a Nestle Smarties bar, which appears to be milk chocolate with tiny M&M-like candies in it. Seems redundant.

So why do I think it came from OVFF? Well, there is a sticker on it, which reads:

Compliments of
FilKONtario
www.filkontario.com
March 31 - April 2, 2006

I can't reproduce the little maple leaf inside the middle O of KON, but you get the idea. It's from Canada, anyway; it's labeled in both French and English. Now, what is wrong with this picture?

Answer inside...Collapse )

And by the way, thanks for the chocolate.

Current mood: WTF

Friday, November 25, 2005

12:57AM - Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all within sight of this journal

We ended up having nine for Thanksgiving, and sitting down after four o'clock. Several people we had invited canceled, so we had: folkmew; edstauff; their kids, R and C; madfilkentist; orawnzva, whom I'd fetched from Waltham earlier in the day; our daughter, T; persis; and me.

The detailsCollapse )

We have much to be thankful for. Family and friends, food on the table, a roof over our heads, a warm house – the list goes on and on and on. If I even tried to list the people, I'd be sure to leave some out. If I listed everything else, perhaps I would find out the limit on the size of a journal entry. (I started a couple of lists, as many of my friends have posted, but I am too detail-oriented; they quickly became too long to put here.) We are aware of much of our bounty; I hope there is not too much that we won't appreciate properly until it's gone.

And now to bed. Snore.

Current mood: stuffed

Monday, September 12, 2005

3:05PM - May your day be better than mine

Happy Birthday to cindy_lu and otherdeb! May you have many more, and may they be much better than our day is at the moment.

(Generally, I resist posting these, but I have some other things to say.) General griping... [Edited]Collapse )

These are just the latest of the distractions. I am at least 2,000 messages behind on my friends list at this point and will probably never catch up. So there is a big hole in my reading. I doubt I have missed anything important enough to be worth e-mailing me about, but if I seem to be ignoring you, it's not personal.

Friday, July 29, 2005

10:44AM - I hate camping...

...but I am off to baitcon, anyway, with persis, our daughter, and our house guests for the past week, suecochran and her son. I don't really expect camping to ruin the experience. Perhaps a report here on Monday, but don't hold your breath. Have a good weekend, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

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