11 years ago (1998) today (may 8th), failure.net came into existence. it has spent its entire life thus far with me.
at some points in the last few weeks i watched the animatrix and fido via streaming netflix. some of the the animatrix stuff was pretty cool. in general, stuff based on the matrix is pretty nice — it’s just a good framework for lots of interesting concepts. fido, which is a story set in a 50’s style world about zombies that are controlled and used as servants, wasn’t as good as i’d thought or hoped it’d be. there were some pretty funny things, but overall i didn’t think it was as good as the promise it showed in the trailer.
wednesday before the show i had some extra time so i ate supper at burger king on westheimer and then headed across the street to the half price books. i ended up buying a few cds:
- the drum and bass collection – art of noise (china/discovery)
- fight songs old 97’s – (elektra)
- straightaways – son volt (warner)
the show was the first of three pledge shows for the kpft spring pledge drive. during the beginning of the show the program director walked into the studio with a concert snare on a shoulder strap. which was kind of odd. he couldn’t really play it, which led to me mentioning i’d played drums in the past. so they handed it to me and coaxed me into playing something for them. i was drawing a blank for what drum song to play for them (because there are so many well-known and cherished drum songs, you know), then someone suggested the old drummer standby: “wipeout”. so i demonstrated a bit of my rusty drum skills. the rest of the night they had me doing drum rolls before they announced the pledge totals. at some point jay tried to get me to play some backbeat, so i had to confess that when i play everything turns into a marching song because i cut my teeth in marching band playing a lot of john philip sousa numbers and other similar military style marching junk. i’ve got rhythm, but i’ve got no soul. (or funk.)
some of the bands i like have put out stuff only on vinyl over the years. some of them have put out vinyl versions of albums. every now and then i’ve ended up picking that stuff up, but i haven’t had a record player for years. well, recently i picked up even more vinyl.
- entertainment – adult. (ersatz audio)
- misinterpreted – various (ersatz audio)
- oral-olio – various (ersatz audio)
- auto-motif – le car (monoplaza / ersatz audio)
- entertainment – adult. (ersatz audio)
(yes, i bought two copies of entertainment. the second was a good deal.)
these are 12″ records that were put out in the late 90’s and early 00’s. there are still a few more put out by ersatz audio i’d like to get. i guess at some point i might have to break down and get a record player so i can hear them (and rip them to electronic copies).
i guess the biggest thing lately that i haven’t mentioned yet is that i bought a used apple tv on ebay. i got it for $150, which a fair penny less than the $250 it sells for new. i got it all hooked up in my home environment, and once i verified everything appeared to be working okay i created a patchstick and installed xmbc/boxee on it. it also gives me the ability to ssh into the apple tv. anyway, i just started playing with it some, so we’ll see where that leads, if anywhere.
my leg…it seems like it’s been about the same the last couple of weeks. i get up in the morning and it starts slowly swelling up. throughout the day it feels kind of numb and/or aches. my ankle ends up aching a fair bit. i get in bed for the night and overnight the swelling goes down a fair bit. get up the next day, repeat. a couple of weeks ago i went by and picked up the compression stockings the doctor had written a prescription for. i’ve only worn it a couple of times though, as it didn’t seem like it really kept my leg or ankle or foot from swelling all that much. i’m guessing at this point it’ll probably be months before the swelling stops, if it ever goes completely away.