November 29th, 2007

Gromit (Wallace & Gromit)

Jury Doody

happy birthday

Okay... jury duty was boring right until I was on a panel of prospective jurors for a particular case. I am not, as yet, in the jury box, but I was in the audience, and the way they've been whittling away at people, they might get around to me today. I actually found the jury selection process fascinating, and I have to admit that by this point I am actually interested in the case, morbid as it may be. Of course, I get paid for jury duty and am therefore under no financial strain from this - hell, I don't even have to show up until an hour and a half after I would be due into work - so serving doesn't seem like such a bad prospect.

Now, the Kew Gardens courthouse is a fairly easy place to get to from southern Queens, being a major hub of most of the major bus and subway routes in south of the Long Island Expressway. This, of course, presented a problem for me because I live north of the L.I.E., and all the major bus and routes here converge on the 7 line (which, of course, I complain about regularly). I could take a long and circuitous bus route to get there, or I could try to find parking somewhere in the Kew Gardens/Forest Hills portion of Queens Boulevard. Once you can breathe again because you have finished laughing from that latter suggestion... I decided to combine commuting styles. I drove to right around where Main Street intersects with Union Turnpike and parked (carefully, as there are alternate side of the street parking regulations there) and took the Q46 across the Grand Central/Jackie Robinson convergence. I sort of hit on this solution by accident, but what's good about it is that now that I know where I have to end up with the car, I have much better routes for getting there. All hail the Mighty Monthly MetroCard. Hail! Hail!

Because it's topical (for me at least):


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Right now, I would normally have to be gearing up to leave to get to work. Today, however, I will be taking another short nap first!!!
Xenomorph (Alien)


In an attempt to compensate for the differences between the customized file trees I had on the iAudio X5 with the id3 tag based filing system that the iPod uses, I have had to come up with a few more methods of indexing the music. One solution was to create several subgenres within the "Soundtrack" genre, such as "Soundtrack (Drama)," "Soundtrack (Comedy)," "Soundtrack (Fantasy)," "Soundtrack (Mystery)," and so on. From time to time you come across some odd decisions to make... Alien is "Soundtrack (Horror)," Aliens is "Soundtrack (Action/Adventure)" and Alien³ is "Soundtrack (Sci-Fi)," but on the whole it tends to work pretty well.

This opens up a whole can of worms because I now have a vast amount of film music on the iPod, and I have to go through all of the filed labeled "Soundtrack." I never bothered to do anything with the genre tag before before because I didn't really need to, but this gives me a few more search options that I can use both while commuting and also in the car. I got the idea from mentioning to Dan when he was checking out the stereo the other day that his best bet was to go to "genre" to find what he wanted... it occurred to me that could work for myself, if I was willing to split up the film music. This seemed reasonable enough.

It's damn tedious, though.

I am finding it interesting how many films of a genre seem to be clumped together in an alphabetical listing. That's weird.

I got my copy of Alien today!!! I listened to it blasting when I got home from jury duty (more on that in a moment). Now, I've had most of this music because the 1999 DVD had an isolated score track, with a lot of the alternates and whatnot, but this set not only is more comprehensive, but it sounds so much better than I've ever heard this score before! There's so much detail, and without the overbearing tape hiss that marred the DVD tracks.

I was selected to serve on the jury for the case. I will be working tomorrow, but reporting to the courthouse at 9:30 Monday morning to begin hearing the case, which is expected to last until Thursday; if the case is not concluded by then, we resume the following Monday. I can't really say I'm too annoyed at this... I will get paid for the days, and I have to admit that it has been a very interesting experience thus far. I had previously been called to jury duty but never got into the selection process, much less served on a jury. So here's to doing my civic duty as an American citizen.