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Last night a DJ saved my life.

Leigh and I renewed our wedding vows today. It's not something we'd thought much about, but a ski resort was having a mountaintop wedding and renewal ceremony, and everyone that participated got free lift tickets. So it's a bit mercenary - we still meant every word, the ceremony was very nice, and we got free cupcakes.

But the main reason I'm posting is to share a playlist. On the three hour drive back, Leigh was at the wheel, and I was DJing. The rule was that I was trying to somehow connect each song. I was sort of proud of the results. I started with "September" because it had been stuck in my head all day.

September - Earth Wind & Fire
Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
Autumn Leaves - Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones
Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday
New York City - They Might Be Giants
Christopher Street - Wonderful Town - Broadway Cast
Cranes - Moonshake
It's A Mistake - Men At Work
Maggie's Farm - The Specials
Love On A Farmboy's Wages - XTC
Synchronicity II - The Police
Supercop - Devo
That's Really Super, Supergirl - XTC
Army Of Me - Björk
Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Victory Polka - Kyser, Kay
Cold War - Janelle Monáe
Embassy Lament (from "Chess") - Andersson-Ulvaeus
Low Rider - WAR
Magic Carpet Ride (Steir's 1999 Ride Club Mix) - Steppenwolf
Magic Bus - The Who
Omnibus - XTC
Bus To Beelzebub - Soul Coughing
Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
No. 18 Cancan (From "Orpheus in the Underworld") - Offenbach, Jacques
I Died So I Could Haunt You - Stars
Last Living Souls - Gorillaz
Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Keep It Gay - The Producers - Original Cast
I'm Super - South Park - Movie Cast
The Girls Want To Be With The Girls - Talking Heads
This Is the Remix - Girl Talk
Dum Dum Girl - Talk Talk
Valley Girl - Frank & Moon Zappa
Airhead - Thomas Dolby
If You See My Savior (by Thomas Dorsey) - Alex Bradford

The only really obscure one (in my opinion) is from "Last Living Souls" to "Enola Gay," but it's because, as Leigh pointed out, the two introductions are nearly identical.
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Tucson

Every time we have yet another senseless gun massacre in this country, I find myself asking the same questions: "Is this ENOUGH people dead? NOW can we have some sensible gun control? If not HOW MANY corpses is the number? Are we there yet NOW? How about NOW?"

The answer is always no. We still haven't slaughtered enough of our own innocents to even consider restricting access to semi- and fully automatic weapons, extended magazines, hollow-tipped bullets, or any other form of firearm that simply has no place in hunting or "home defense."

Let alone doing away with the damned things entirely. Or even requiring licensing procedures at least as strict as those we require to cut hair or drive an automobile, both of which have legitimate purposes other than killing people.

Frankly, I don't see why private citizens should have a right to own anything other than single-shot hunting rifles. If you favor an "originalist" reading of the constitution, fine - let's do EXACTLY what the framers had in mind, and issue everyone a muzzle loading musket. And if you favor an "evolving" constitution, fine - let's take the second amendment to refer to the national guard, and ban EVERYONE from owning guns except for hunting.

I do not feel safe when others are armed. I would not feel safer if I were armed too.
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Punchity Punch..

Yesterday was my last day at my job. It's amazing.. you wouldn't think getting fired would be so much WORK. There's this exit procedure form I had to get six different people to sign, indicating that I didn't have any library books, that I had returned my keys, etc etc etc. The best part of the form was that it had a clause indicating that I hadn't made copies of any college owned software or hardware.

???

Do a LOT of people schlep their monitors down to the copy room and make photocopies of them?
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#1 Song Meme, via principia_coh

What was the #1 song the day you were born? Google the date and #1 song and then post your #1 song on your LJ - preferably with a Youtube vid if you can find one!

US: Oddly enough, ALSO Roberta Flack, just like the person I stole the meme from: "Feel Like Makin' Love"

UK: George McCrae - Rock Your Baby

Actually, you know what? I can't be arsed to find a video of EITHER of those songs.
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Holiday Vacation Update (late as usual)

I've been forgetting to talk about our wonderful holiday vacation. We had planned everything and purchased the tickets before we found out my job was going away, so there was no way we were going to back out. We determined to just have a good time, and start saving like crazy once we got back.

We went to San Francisco, which is our very favorite city in the world. The trip was just perfect. drdingbat found us a fantastic apartment to rent just three blocks away from Haight & Ashbury. This being SF, it was three blocks straight up, but that kept the stoners away. We didn't muck around with a car, but just got a bus pass, and had a fantastic time bonking around the city.

We saw Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker the first night, and McCoy Tyner the third. Both were amazing in their own particular idioms, and it was just such a change to be able to go see bands we've actually heard of. Tuesday night we went to the Red Vic, a legendary repertory movie house on Haight. Again, there are so few repertory theaters anywhere in the country, it was just a delight to see something on a big screen on actual film. (Even if "something" in this case was a somewhat odd David Bowie concert movie)

Daytime activities included wandering around Land's End (beautiful), scoring one of the two the best cheeseburgers in America on Tuesday morning, visiting the SF Museum of Modern art, not riding a cable car, and being alternately irritated and grateful that the nearest Amoeba music is 3,000 miles from where we live.

New Years Eve was spent with the always delightful dejablue in a remote location. With Alpacas! (That looks like something you could see on a product pacakge: "Now, 20% more Alpacas!")

At the end of the week, we rented a car and drove to Tahoe, where I went skiing for the first time on an actual mountain. It was amazing. All the crowds had left, I had a really good lesson, and by the end of the trip was skiing successfully on slopes that didn't bore Leigh. The views of the mountains and the lake were stunning, and the weather was perfect.

All in all, an amazing trip. I hope we can afford to do it again someday.
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New Computer

My current computer is 4 years old. It still works just fine, and I've kept up with upgrading the things I can upgrade, but it's been long enough that little things aren't working like they ought to any more.

Plus, four years is a long time. I am developing computer lust. Add to that the fact that my piano will be paid off in two weeks and my car will be paid off in two months, and it's time for a new one.

This time I'm chucking Dell overboard and building my own, and here's what I have so far:

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 ($200)
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D ($150)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 5850 1GB ($260)
Hard Disk: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 ($80)
Memory: 4 GB (2x2GB) Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kit ($70)
Cooling: Cooler Master HC 212 ($30)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit ($109 for OEM version via Vista upgrade coupon)
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 ($100)
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ($100)
Drives: LG Black Blu-Ray Burner ($180)

Total: $1279

I'd love to hear some thoughts on this rig from the techie folks. 'twill be used for gaming and general productivity stuff. (Obviously the gaming is driving the selections.) Any suggestions/additions/deletions?