Yesterday . It was one of those days where the commute was just ridiculous. You know the kind, where you say, "Excuse me, I'd like to make it to work sometime before my shift is over, thank you." Well, I finally did get in, but before I managed to get to my first job, my belt broke. I'd worn this belt for seven years, and yesterday it just decided to pack it in once and for all.
I ended up on a trouble ticket that was a complete bomb. It had been worked on as an install by no less than four other field technicians and somehow was mysteriously turned up by the test bureau just in time for its due date... and lo and behold it came out as a repair the next day. It came off of an old mux without a repeater bay, which means that there was no signal amplification and it terminated on an RJ48X block (a nifty little eight-pin jack that provides a hardwire loopback if there's nothing plugged into it), and it deteriorated significantly going up eleven stories to the X jack and then the eleven stories down.
Now... while the signal from the network was very lossy, if I got into the circuit at the mux with my T-Berd, because I was generating the signal there, I would take no errors. This meant that I was performing the repair almost blind because as far as my equipment was showing, the circuit was running clean. I had to get a tester at the bureau to work with me to see if anything I did accomplished anything.
Nothing did - and I took this circuit apart from top to bottom - until I gave up and called up my manager to informed him that I would be bending a few rules and putting up separate repeater unit at the mux (basically one of the smartjacks we use to terminate a circuit on, but powered and with a special card that acts as a repeater), which regenerated the signal and brought it upstairs. Basically, the conversation went something like this:
Me: Listen, the only thing I can do is try to put this on a repeater card.And with that, I ended up basically re-installing the circuit.
Frank: Do you think you can get one in there?
Me: I can just squeeze on in on the backboard of the mux, and if I'm very careful, I might be able to mount one upstairs. But they don't have a backboard up there, and it's going to be very tight down here.
Frank: But you think you'll be able to get it in.
Me: Just. But when the time comes to do quality checks, you might want to pass this particular location by, got me?
Frank: Got you. Do what you have to do.
That basically took up my entire work day, and so I wanted to go home and enjoy a nice, quiet evening, finish up the commentary track on The Illusionist and maybe read a little. I went to Fontana's for some souvlaki, bought a baklava to take home with me and went to get a new belt. I parked in the lot, went to the store and came out with a rather nice one, which I am wearing even as I type this.
But... when I got to my car and looked at my keychain, I found that my car key... was missing!!! I had it on a quick-release bullet, and it decided to release quickly... somewhere. I examined the ground around the car, the path I took in the store, and I couldn't find it anywhere. It took A.A.A. a bit of time to get a locksmith out to me, during which time the cold started setting in. Once the guy got there, though, I was able to take a bit of a walk (I was too far away to just go home and come back), a moment that thankfully coincided with a book-laden commute for waystone, who apparently prefers conversations with me over listening to Tom Leykus (I'd say that she needs a CD player in her car, but I reap the benefit). I ate the baklava standing up in the cold (very messy), the guy made me a new key and I was able to drive home, with a stop at the grocery store for toothpaste, toilet paper and aftershave.
So my quiet evening after a lousy day became a cold and wet evening after a lousy day.
On the other hand, just before we signed off, waystone spotted a family unit of rabbits passing by her car. I thought this was cute... and when I got home, lo and behold, there was a rabbit on the front lawn of the house! I didn't know we even had rabbits in my neighborhood!
Wow. John Scott is the man. Every single album I have of his is wildly entertaining. While King Kong Lives technically qualifies as a re-discovery, the other albums I have of his are all fantastic. Red King, White Knight made me consider a Cold War compilation, and The Final Countdown is a lot of fun. Witchcraft and Antony and Cleopatra were the best of the bunch, but I also found myself really enjoying the fun The Second Jungle Book, which was a prequel to the 1994 film (scored by Basil Poledouris).
I ordered a bunch more Scott yesterday, along with, coincidentally enough, the archival release of the original tracks from Alexander Korda's production of The Jungle Book by Miklós Rózsa. Special thanks to lehah for reminding me about that one, as it is limited to 1000 copies. While the sound may be an issue for many, this is such an important score in Rózsa's filmography that it is great that it's lack of a decent album presentation - previous incarnations were mostly limited to excerpts or a suite that had narration - is being rectified. Besides, one of my favorite Max Steiner CDs is not a re-recording, but instead the splendid Brigham Young University issue of his sprightly The Adventures of Don Juan score.
On the way to work today, I had the chance to listen to Ennio Morricone's unused score for What Dreams May Come. I very much enjoy Michael Kamen's replacement score, and was extremely curious as to hearing this work that was rejected for being "too liturgical." Having finally heard it, I have to admit that while Morricone's music is indeed quite beautiful, it would have been at odds with the tone of the film. It's strange that nowadays it isn't too difficult to come across rejected scores that often give a glimpse of a film that might have been. It is possible that the version of What Dreams May Come that Morricone scored is significantly different from the one that eventually came out (this is true of many rejected scores), but I feel that the very Catholic sound that Morricone strives for, complete with a choir, would have focussed the film a bit too much, if that makes any sense. Nevertheless, as a stand alone listening experience, it is pretty good, if a fairly standard Morricone score.
This is one of my favorite scenes in both the film and the book of Dune. I have to say I find the reasoning behind the test to be rather valid.
Yoinked from janetweiss69 is this:
You scored 54% Organization, 60% abstract, and 61% extroverted!
This test measured 3 variables.
My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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If you take this meme, you get a factoid that due to the ribbing of Big Bird, Snuffleupagus was changed from an imaginary character into a real one. That is the official story, but it is not what really happened. The sad truth is that Big Bird was a big acid head, and, fed up with everybody making fun of his hallucinations, spiked the water supply for the neighborhood. Now everbody can see the Snuffleupagus because they're all tripping as well.
Yoinked from my cousin on MySpace is this:
- What side of the heart do you draw first?
Left (I'm left-handed).
- Can you dive without plugging your nose?
I can't dive.
- What color is your toothbrush?
Blue and white.
- What is your blood-type?
T negative. Actually, I don't know, but if you get the "T negative" reference, all I can say is, you're a big nerd.
- Who would you want to be tied to you for 24 hours?
- How do you feel about carrots?
I like them if they're not soggy.
- How many chairs at the dining room table do you have?
I don't have a dining room.
- Who is the best Spice Girl?
Sweet Basil Spice.
- Do you know what time it is?
As I type this, it is 12:16.
- Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song?
Nope. I didn't even know it had a theme song.
- What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Use the emergency phone. Duh. Then I'd listen to some music. If I was really hungry and there was no hope of rescue within the next twenty minutes, I'd eat one of the other passengers.
- What's your favorite kind of gum?
I don't chew gum.
- All's fair in love and war, true or false?
How's about saying "life ain't fair" and leaving it at that?
- You have a crush on someone?
Not at the moment.
- Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning?
No. If I am using a word, I know what it means. I hate hearing people speak who use words they don't understand. It makes me want to slap them.
- Do you like to sleep?
I love to sleep. Especially since I bought my comfortable new bed.
- Do you know which US states don't use Daylight Savings?
Yes, as I have several friends which live in said states, including the aforementioned waystone.
- Do you know the song Total Eclipse of the Heart?
I'd recognize it if I heard it. I much prefer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's brilliant score for the Agnieska Holland film Total Eclipse which starred David Thewlis and Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Do you want a bright yellow '06 Mustang?
Yes, because I could sell it to somebody. I don't like Fords. Sorry.
- What's something you've always wanted?
I once asked for world peace for my birthday, and was informed by my stepdad that I didn't deserve it, so I'll settle for a 3 CD box set of Alex North's complete score from Spartacus.
- What does "Semper Fidelis" mean in English?
- Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?
Come to think of it, I've only swam in a lake once. It was a Great Lake, though.
- Do you wear a lot of black?
Many of my T-shirts are black, though this is not a reflection of some sort of inner goth struggling to find expression. It just happens to be the background for them.
- Describe your hair?
My head hair is dirty blonde and unruly while my beard is reddish blonde.
- Do you have Entomophobia?
What is that, a fear of Entenmann's products? No, I do not have such a fear. (Actually, the word refers to an abnormal fear of bugs, which I don't think I have even though I'm not a big fan of them)
- Are you an adult?
I most certainly am not and I resent the implication.
- Where is your best friend?
- Do you have a tan?
I don't tan. I go directly from pale to red and peeling.
- Are you a television addict?
Not even slightly. I don't have cable nor an antennae. The only show I'm up to date on is Battlestar Galactica because jailnurse DVRs them.
- Do you enjoy spending time with your mother?
Very much so.
- Are you a sugar freak?
I have a sweet tooth, to be sure. But I am also very particular.
- Do you like orange juice?
Yes I do.
- What sign are you?
I'm an "Eat at Joe's" sandwich board.
- Where do you wish you were right now?
The Bahamas, with a stupid frozen fruity drink that incorporates bananas and an umbrella.
- Who did you copy this from?
My cousin Laurie.
- How do you know them?
She is my mother's brother's daughter.
- Where would you go on vacation, if money weren't a factor?
- What are your plans for the weekend?
Risk on Saturday. On Sunday, Raz told me he'd come over with a bunch of programs for my computer, including Adobe Pagemaker which I need that I might be able to access the artwork for my mixes once more.