April 22nd, 2010

Warning: Cognitive Hazard

The Spirit of Radio: Moon Brick of the 2112 HemiKilroy as Thick as a Darkside Sphere Was Here.

For the record,1 last night's musical violence2 is one of the biggest reasons why I consider the "Random Play" functions found on every portable music player, digital music software application, and even some CD players to be an abomination. Just hearing a fragment of a concept suite is bad enough; imagine track after track of those fragments, all mashed up in the wrong order.

Moon Brick of the 2112 HemiKilroy as Thick as a Darkside Sphere Was Here.

My eclectic musical tastes also encompass classical, jazz (traditional, modern and fusion), New Age, and Late '60s Psychedelic, so the results would be even more jarring than that.

But, wait! It gets worse! You see, my collection of "music" files also includes a nontrivial number of Librivox audiobooks and Numbers Station Recordings.

Most music software, of course, will try to dump every MP3 or OGG file on your system into one big "library", and Shuffle the whole damned thing.

It should now be clear why I never take part in those "set your MP3 player to Random and answer questions based on what track comes up" memes:3

What is the story of my life?
[An eerie child's voice recites a long sequence of numbers, in Czechoslovakian.]

What should I do with my life?
"We had gone perhaps ten miles when the ground began to rise very rapidly. We were, as I was later to learn, nearing the edge of one of Mars' long-dead seas, in the bottom of which my encounter with the Martians had taken place... ."

So, yeah.

1No Pun Intended.
2Thank you for the phrase "musical violence", cpxbrex.
3I don't know this person; I snagged the first appropriate result from a Google search for "random mp3 meme".


Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin', Slippin...

I came home last night to discover there had been a power outage. My alarm clock was blinking, so I reset it.

For reasons unknown, it is currently an hour and 47 minutes behind.

I'm pretty sure I set it correctly last night; a two-hour difference might be do to not thinking clearly while setting a 12-hour display while using two 24-hour clocks as a reference, but I know I set the minutes correctly. I remember grumbling about having to go most of the way around to get to minute :57.

Oh, my stars and garters. I set the alarm to 9:57 instead of the clock.

In any event, I kept wondering why I was waking up so early this morning. "It's not even 7 yet! Roll over and go back to sleep! You need to be awake and alert tonight!"

I got up at "a reasonable hour", had coffee, and chatted with thoughtsdriftby, then went back to check email and LJ.

A few minutes ago, I looked at my computer clock, and said, "Wait, WHAT? It's 11:30? I got up at 7:30! I haven't been up for FOUR hours!"

This is going to mess with my brain for the rest of the day.

Especially since I still haven't quite figured out what happened to my clock. If there was another power outage in the night, why wasn't it blinking??

(It's still going to mess with my head.)