September 4th, 2003

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Random update

It's been forever since I posted about me. It's always harder to write an interesting post when you've put off posting for a while, so I'm only going to half-heartedly try to be interesting here and concentrate on getting past the Post Barrier.

I'm sure most of you have figured out by now that nyxie and I are not only dating but are living together now (and have been for a couple months). We've moved past the "Eeeeeee!" stage now -- although there are an awful lot of "Eeeee!" moments still -- and have had a handful of disagreements and a bit more stress than usual, and things are still so crazy wonderful and I'm still madly in love and happier than I've been in a very long time and wheeeeeeeeeeeee. Ok, so maybe I'm still in an "Eeeee!" stage but this one seems pretty permanent, really.

Work is a little tense these days -- while usually I welcome the summer doldrums as a chance to relax a bit while getting paid, the inevitable drop in workload at the end of August has been met this year with a paranoid mix of "I must find things to do so that I will not appear to be expendable" and "Holy cow, this is boring". This mostly leads to disorganization and misprioritization and blargh. There's a state-of-the-nation meeting coming up soon though, so I hope I'll at least get a picture of where things are at then; unfortunately those are almost always immediately preceded by a round of layoffs if necessary. Over beer after work with coworkers tonight I realized that I'm a bit more secure than I thought I was, really -- I'd been nervous because my new manager talks to us maybe once every two weeks, and it turns out that that's more a matter of him not understanding what we do, since we're a Unix group dedicated to customer-facing machines providing one product, and he's an NT/Notes guy in central IT.

The summer went by too quickly what with all the adapting going on around our place. I really must get out and do more. I plan on manifesting this primarily in rollerblades, local indie rock shows, and repertory cinema films. And posting more often. Really.

  • Current Music
    The White Stripes -- De Stijl
pinkie pie

Also I have opinions on music

And what would my posts be without me going on about more music I've bought, anyhow?

So I was down in Montreal last weekend -- maybe I'll write about that later, as it was interesting in many, many ways -- and amongst other things stopped into the HMV there to pick up some things that I can't easily find here in Ottawa.

Immediately before the HMV, we stopped in Urban Outfitters where nyxie bought herself a cute t-shirt with bugs on it. They were playing old White Stripes, so when I got to HMV I decided I should buy some old White Stripes, and since there were two albums prior to White Blood Cells nyxie and I each bought one -- I got their eponymous debut album, and she got De Stijl.

Now, you may remember that I was raving previously about how on Elephant the family White slipped into some solid blues playing amongst their power pop. Now I see that White Blood Cells was really the exception of the four -- I'd almost consider their debut album as representative of modern (Jon Spencer et al) blues as I would of "Fell In Love With A Girl"-style indie rock, and De Stijl isn't far off. If you enjoyed "Ball and a Biscuit" on Elephant, check out the early stuff. You'll enjoy it.

Also bought the Raveonettes' Chain Gang Of Love, a great followup to their previous album Whip It On -- you can hear just enough Jesus and Mary Chain and Cramps in there to make it interesting but it is distinctively (all Bb, all less than three minutes, no more than three chords) Raveonette. Must pick up new Holly Golightly (yay!) soon.

Unfortunately this month's Magnet magazine, their 10th Anniversary issue, features a bunch of lists of influential recordings from the magazine's lifetime, office favorites, oft-overlooked recordings that shouldn't be, and so forth, and now I want to hear them all.

  • Current Music
    Arab Strap -- Monday at the Hug and Pint