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Posted on 2008.08.23 at 18:50
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Sandcastles & Breadcrumbs
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Spent most of the day trying to get my son's computer to see my shared iTunes library, to no avail. My DSL comes in through a 2-Wire router/modem which broadcasts wireless to his Mac Mini. My router acts as the modem's DMZ, absorbing all requests and handing them in turn. I pointed the ports iTunes uses (3689 TCP/5353 UDP) to my host for outside inquiries - All the computers this side of the router can see my library - but his cannot. He can ping past his router, and ping my router, but he cannot ping boxes on the other side of my router. I even tried manipulating his routing table with no effect. The wireless clients simply cannot see boxes on the other side of my router. FAIL.

While I was secure shell'd into his mac, I had the computer call his name, then tell him, "Your daddy says you can leave your room. He wants to see you. He's in his office. Go now." He comes running through the house giggling, admitting that when the computer first called his name, he looked around, spooked. EPIC WIN.

Finished Season 2 of NCIS and have all four seasons ready to go out Monday for galinda822 (I even pre-made her an avatar, just in case). When I was ready to send a package of laserdiscs, I sat in my floor and cut styrofoam with my pocketknife for two days, crafting a secure mold in which to travel. Once they were secured, I placed the entire bundle into the styrofoam's original container (my wife's widescreen monitor) for secure traveling. Then I went to the FedEx store where they packaged that box themselves in their own box which was the only way to have the contents insured. Not falling for the same ruse twice, I intend to show up at the FedEx store with only the box sets and let them handle the entire process in-house this time. As an aside, Season Five is released Tuesday. WIN.

When swashbuckler332 released his tracklist for his newest mix, Sandcastles & Breadcrumbs I read the liner notes to each track as I followed along in iTunes, later popping all three scores onto my iPod to began a journey across the sands of Africa and into the Far East. Rousing, adventurous scores which kept me company all week at work, but I must admit, the cohesiveness of the album brings out the richness of the individual scores. The best of themes across all the films is integrated in such a way that you don't miss any of the lesser tracks and he even managed to (once again) so smoothly piece together disparate selections in such a way to miss title changes. In fact 2,3,4 & 5 were so flawlessly stitched, that until the beating of the kettle drums in Night Boarders (Sandcastles & Breadcrumbs' fifth track) I was unaware I had listened through three selections. MAGNIFICENT.

The subtle beauty of the cover art masks the stimulating contents


This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2008-08-24 00:33 (UTC) (Link)

That part of this entry is endlessly creepy
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2008-08-24 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
Gah. What he said.
ehowton at 2008-08-24 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
I stole the idea from Real Genius.
ehowton at 2008-08-24 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
Its not often I get to really pull one over on them anymore, they're getting too smart. Great fun when it happens!
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-24 05:32 (UTC) (Link)

This is God speaking, Kent...

I'm glad you're enjoying Sandcastles and Breadcrumbs! It was a project I was chomping at the bit to be able to do, but never could until recently as there was no third film to break up the scores from the previous two. It was a lot of fun to put together, and I'm very happy with how it came out structurally (it never gets stuck in a rut). I'm really happy with the "Shangri-La" and "A Death in the Family" suites in particular.

I have to say that I think that not only the front cover art, but the inside cover as well came out looking really nice.
ehowton at 2008-08-24 06:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: This is God speaking, Kent...

Never getting stuck in a rut means its 81+ minute playing time feels very misleading; though it is a rather long-playing album, the time passes very quickly. And the art & layout on the CD itself gets my vote for your best to date. Thank you.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-24 12:42 (UTC) (Link)

Why am I the only one who has that dream?

Thank you very much for your kind words. It is gratifying to hear such positive comments about something which I had put so much effort into.
galinda822 at 2008-08-24 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully I'll be able to watch all those NCIS seasons quickly so I can get them back to you for the next person on your list. I'll let you know how it goes.

ehowton at 2008-08-24 16:00 (UTC) (Link)
While its my hope that you'll enjoy them so thoroughly, that much as I did, you'll simply consume them at an incredible rate, please be advised that there is no time frame on the goods. Enjoy them at your own pace. I'll have Season Five to keep me warm at night (and you and I can finally start talking NCIS!) And mr_dowg will take much longer to watch them, and is in no hurry whatsoever. Even accidentally. But yes, please let me know how it goes - I can't give away too much, but I'll want to know how much you know! WHO SHOT J.R.?

galinda822 at 2008-08-25 04:21 (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to being able to discuss the show with you...finally.
ehowton at 2008-08-25 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
They go out today.
This Is Me, Ten Sticks
lehah at 2008-08-25 01:58 (UTC) (Link)
I approve of your icon choice
galinda822 at 2008-08-25 04:20 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It was a gift, compliments of ehowton.
Joshua Gizelt
swashbuckler332 at 2008-08-26 04:44 (UTC) (Link)
Argh!!! I have to send you a copy of the only slightly different but structurally superior re-edit of this disc now!

: slinks away :
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