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The Fifth Element


Posted on 2007.04.15 at 19:00
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: BSG: Season 1; Broken Arrow

Purchased the latest Enigma CD, A Posteriori, found a Rachel Portman release of Oliver Twist I didn't know anything about, and saw a CD with an interesting cover by a group I was unfamiliar with, Dreamcypher by the Cruxshadows. Looking into that last one now. I wanted to make a backup copy of Loreena McKennitt's latest album for my wife's car (I picked that CD up in Wichita) and a copy of the Enigma for myself. I snapped my BSG Season 1 disc in my car - I had the mp3's, but those of you who know me know I despise those - thankfully astro had burned me a CDDA copy to replace it. And here most recently I've scratched beyond playability Disc One of Pink Floyd's Ummagumma and the only person I can think of to ask to burn me a copy (not from mp3) is prog_guy69 who has just left on a whirlwind tour of the United States...Perhaps I'll meet up with him in Texas?

At any rate, I couldn't get Toast Titanium to launch in order to make copies for the vehicles. Odd. Reboot/reinstall it and it worked just fine. Even more perplexing, I couldn't get iTunes to launch. At all. A quick check of the /var/log/system.log revealed the following:

Apr 15 15:13:11 BorgQueen kernel[0]: USBF: 1756.821 AppleUSBEHCI[0x1e5c800]::Found a transaction past the completion deadline on bus 91, timing out!
Apr 15 15:13:42 BorgQueen kernel[0]: USBF: 1787.821 AppleUSBEHCI[0x1e5c800]::Found a transaction past the completion deadline on bus 91, timing out!
Apr 15 15:13:57 BorgQueen kernel[0]: USBF: 1802.143 AppleUSBEHCI[0x1e5c800]::DoControlTransfer sync request on workloop thread. Use async!

Hrm, what has changed, what has changed...Aha! I now have an iPod. Wonder if this is the first time I've rebooted with the iPod connected? Indeed, after swapping USB ports and starting iTunes with the Shuffle disconnected, all is well in the world once again.

I'm getting the Cav fitted with a towing harness, as strange as that sounds. I've been stressing over how I'm going to move everything I brought with me to STL and still have room for baby girl & two cats which will be traveling with me approximately 30-days prior to the arrival of my son & wife. Yesterday, I solved that problem with this:

All my problems solved in one fell swoop! And before you ask, no, I do not plan on putting my daughter and the two cats in the trailer.

Drank half a bottle of Glenfiddich 15 this past week, and its taken me that long to understand it. I need to update my Scotch entry spreadsheet and respond to bsdcat, the one who originally mentioned it to me. In my quest for purity, and truth, I've been doing a lot of research on scotch generally, and Glenfiddich in particular. I've been active on their blog, and have become a 'Fiddich Fellow in the hopes of someday following in drax0r's footsteps of Ambassadorship. Glenfiddich circles the globe with tastings, often bringing their entire line for sampling. Likely the only time I'll get to try their 21-year and 30-year offerings. More on this later.

Why blog? Right now, I'm trying to get some things out, only I don't know what those things are. It helps when I write them down. I wanted to listen to some music. I'm sitting in my basement office for the first time in months, actually enjoying a private screening of my iTunes library. Music which moves me, but which I don't often get an opportunity to sit and enjoy. I can listen at any volume in my office without disturbing anyone else, and writing is a good pastime to accompany instrumental scores.

When I'm faced with a particularly challenging problem, I sometimes walk away. It helps to clear the head. In the past, I've slept on it, with the solution often coming to me in my dreams. While I've had some particularly interesting, yet unmemorable dreams of late, last night I dreamt of the solution. Troublesome, as I awoke with no question as to the problem. All day I've been going in reverse, trying to discover the issue to which I now have the answer. I've been restless all day because of it. Its 1900, and I have no idea where the day went. I've pretty much decided at this point to not let the question bother me, for I know that when it comes, rather than be surprised by it, I'll already have the answer.


galinda822 at 2007-04-16 03:12 (UTC) (Link)
How do you know you have the answer when you don't know what the question is?

Why restless? Because you don't know the question?

ehowton at 2007-04-16 03:54 (UTC) (Link)
I'm unsure. I awoke with a peace over me, knowing I had the answer. I just couldn't remember what the question was. I sought after it most of the morning, and yes, that was likely the cause of my restlessness.
snapper521 at 2007-04-16 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
Love the trailer. :-D

I thought the cats were your wifes... but they are yours?? This ought to be quite the trip... *laugh*
ehowton at 2007-04-16 18:38 (UTC) (Link)
Trip like I do.
snapper521 at 2007-04-17 02:32 (UTC) (Link)
drax0r at 2007-04-16 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
I'm getting the Cav fitted with a towing harness

For some reason I envisioned you traveling in Max's truck. The little uhaul trailer looks like a 1-seat alien craft.

ehowton at 2007-04-16 20:22 (UTC) (Link)
Once I decided on the Portable On Demand Storage containers, I decided I didn't want to drive that bumpy, gas-guzzling 5.9l 3/4 ton truck with no radio all over God's creation and back. I'm much more comfortable in the Cav. And with that out-of-this-world trailer design, I'll be stylin' too ;)
drax0r at 2007-04-16 20:33 (UTC) (Link)
The lil' trailer looks cool but I can't imagine fitting much in it.
ehowton at 2007-04-16 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
It should allow me to at least double my capacity, allowing for everything I brought here to be hauled back, with the addition of little girl and two cats.

drax0r at 2007-04-16 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
Aah yes, I remember this particular packing.

photogoot at 2007-04-16 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
you are my hero. As a USAF Reserve Air Transportation Specialist I have personal experience moving literally 100's of metric tones of military cargo, and that sir is damn fine work!!
ehowton at 2007-04-16 22:12 (UTC) (Link)
Why thank you. High praise indeed. The back seat was also completely packed which caused the heeling you see here, causing the bow to raise. Once I got used to overall handling, though, I was unstoppable.

photogoot at 2007-04-16 22:15 (UTC) (Link)
I love kinetic energy! Objects in motion tend to stay in motion...
ehowton at 2007-04-16 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
Further, do you recognize the 4000 sq/ft hacienda at which the car is parked? That's right, midnight raid of stogies...
photogoot at 2007-04-16 22:27 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed I did from the first pic. It was the steep arching concrete drive which was the key ID feature for me.
ehowton at 2007-04-16 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
What do you know about Key ID features, film puke?
photogoot at 2007-04-17 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
Enough to keep you squints looking like you knew what you wanted!
ehowton at 2007-04-17 02:13 (UTC) (Link)
prog_guy69 at 2007-04-29 23:41 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry dude, "Ummagumma" is one of the Pink Floyd albums that I do not own. Sorry, man.
ehowton at 2007-04-30 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
Well damn. Its a GREAT album. Thanks for looking.
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