apel: (berkeley)
This afternoon I went up to the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley for lunch. I chose Saul's Russian deli. It's a great place. Love their food and the ambiance. They have lots of veggie stuff too on their menu so I could take [livejournal.com profile] ciaran01 there. Their potato latkes are wonderful.

I also spent quite a lot of time at the Elephant Pharmacy. Thanks for the tip, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles. I got some dried kava and other stuff.

Then I drove over to Telegraph. Parking there is hopeless. I got tired of going round in circles and parked in a place that charged $10. Outrageous. Tips on where to park in the area near the university, convenient to Moe's etc, would be gratefully accepted. I don't mind walking a couple of blocks, I do mind having to hunt for parking and I hardly ever have quarters.

While there was still some light, I strolled a bit on campus. Naturally I wanted to take a photo of the Campanile. It is famous, after all.

Campanile on University of California, Berkeley Campus
Wallpaper, feel free to use

Just to show that this campus is no different from other American campuses, I also took a photo of a squirrel. It wasn't afraid of me at all.
Squirrel on campus
Wallpaper, feel free to use

Then I walked along Telegraph to soak up the atmosphere and maybe buy something. There was only one street vendor. Maybe there are more on the weekends. I had wanted to check out their bumper stickers. Having a silver sedan ain't easy. On the other hand, I forgot to mention that in San Jose there was a very cute Japanese shop. There I bought a plush Totoro. So now I've got a little grey fellow looking out the rightside, rear window.

To return to Telegraph, there was a street musician who played a strange, stringed and amplified instrument. He used long metal picks on most of his fingers. It sounded eerie but quite beautiful. I was almost tempted to buy one of his CDs. But I still have lots of CDs from my boxes that I haven't unpacked and ripped yet, so I shouldn't buy any more music for a while now.

I found an ethnic boutique I quite liked and bought a scarf there. Then I went over to the herbalist shop with the funny name, Lhasa Karnak, and got a tincture.

On my way home I discovered that I don't have Ancient Ways stored as a favourite on my GPS, so I didn't make it there. Maybe on Sunday, on my way to [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson. Maybe they'll have bumper stickers.
apel: (orly)


Careful with the sound, it's loud at times. Do watch all the way to the end. If nothing else will bring a smile to your lips, the bow-out will.

Found on taxi-blog.de, a German-language blog written by a cab driver in Paderborn, Germany.
apel: (train)
I've just come home because of the tube strike. The strike is announced to start at 18 but Transport for London was asking people to complete their journeys by 17 and saying that they would have to start reducing service by 16.30. Since I live pretty far out, I thought I'd be better off going home early. I hate it when I have to spend hours waiting for trains that may or may not be working.

It's the ever strike-happy RMT that is holding Londoners hostage as usual. The strike is supposed to last for 72 hours. TfL say that normal service can be expected by Friday morning. Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will be running but are expected to be extremely crowded. Buses and DLR are running. The congestion charge is NOT suspended.

On the radio on my drive home from the station just now I heard the presenter, Jamie Crick, tell an extremely bad joke. I won't mangle it by retelling it here except to say that the punch line was "ex-tractor fan". Right after the "ex-tractor fan" the presenter switched on Verdi's Prisoners' Chorus (Va, pensiero). It was perfectly deadpan. I was still groaning as I parked my car, through the beautiful music.
apel: (riley)
The origin of the Bechdel-Wallace rule for movies. Can also be applied to books, of course.

Alison Bechdel's blog about her life on the frozen tundra of Vermont and drawing Dykes to Watch Out For.

Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog, the FAQ and jargon file

Anti-Comics-Feminist Bingo Card and its explanations.

Many of the arguments explained in links from the card can of course just as well be applied to other pop culture genres. Although I'd really like to see something similar done for popular music. Gangsta rap is probably too easy but how about RNB lyrics? Anyone, anyone? Bueller? (Telling me why Bueller couldn't have been a female character is too easy and scores no points. Not understanding why, means you need to read and understand the FAQ for Finally, a Feminism 101 blog before I will consider taking you seriously.)

This post was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur's post Laundrygate.
apel: (attention)
 TitleQuantityPriceSum


Album

Spandau Ballet - Best Of - Centenary Collection

1

€ 8.95

€ 8.95


Album

Sinatra Frank - My Way - The Best Of Frank Sinatra (2CD)

1

€ 8.95

€ 8.95


Album

Ultravox - Best Of Ultravox

1

€ 5.95

€ 5.95


Album

Uno & Freda - Samling

1

€ 8.95

€ 8.95

Album

Scocco Mauro - La Dolce Vita - Det Bästa 1982-2003

1

€ 12.95

€ 12.95

Album

Dahlgren Eva - Ung Och Stolt

1

€ 4.95

€ 4.95

Album

Darin - Darin

1

€ 12.95

€ 12.95

Album

Carola - Carola Jul

1

€ 4.95

€ 4.95


What is charming is how they haven't quite got the multi-linguality right. If you choose EU as your "home country" you get a site in English. Well, mostly anyway. Every now and then some text will be in another language. The privacy notice is in German, the cross-sell message at the bottom of the shopping cart is in Danish and the order confirmation page says:
ORDER CONFIRMATION - STEP 3 OUT OF 3
DIN BESTÄLLNING ÄR MOTTAGEN EN ORDERBEKRÄFTELSE HAR SKICKATS TILL DIN REGISTRERADE E-POSTADRESS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ORDER.
Very charming, slightly disconcerting. Oh, and don't look at the code. Apparently they haven't quite understood that you can separate content from presentation using this newfangled CSS thing.
apel: (i knew it)
Yesterday I bought a cheap CD at Waitrose on my way home from the office. I popped it in the laptop when I got home but golly was I surprised! What came out of the speakers wasn't Diana's smooth jazz tones but instead some indefinable noise. It turned out to be Green Day, a "punk pop" band.

At Waitrose they have empty CD jewel cases standing on the shelf. Once you've paid for a CD, they take it away to a locked cupboard behind the customer services desk and put in the CD for you. Normally I check that it's the right one but not so yesterday.

Today I went back and got a new CD. The lady at the customer services desk was hugely apologetic. Now I'm listening to Diana singing "It could happen to you". It beats punk pop any day.
apel: (sweden)
Eighties music videos. These are hilarious. What could be more art studenty pomo than Bronsky Beat's Why video? And Depeche Mode's lead singer totally can't dance.

If hiccuping downloads ruin the enjoyment, hit mute and download the whole thing in a tab while you do other stuff. Then hit replay and the version that's cached on your hard drive will play without interruptions. That usually works for YouTube videos.

Now this is really cool. You can download mp3 files guiding you around Malmö. There's a map showing all the points that have recordings. The speaker is Jesper Aspegren, a well known TV personality from southern Sweden. If you know Swedish, you'll notice his regional accent.

Work for yourself first: a very inspiring article about setting aside a little time each day to work toward your goals.

TGIA4DW

Jun. 1st, 2006 10:30 pm
apel: (may)
Today was hectic and tomorrow promises to be worse. I think I've got enough work for 1.5-2 days that I'm supposed to get through tomorrow. Not sure how that's going to work out. I'll have my manager decide for me what will be down-prioritised.

I've got my Boz Scaggs channel on Pandora into a wonderful groove now. It was so good I almost didn't want to go home this evening.

This weekend I need to spend some quality time in the garden. And at a nursery. The weather is supposed to be pretty good. Hooray for that. I am sick and tired of freezing all the time.

I got a notice that my flat has been devalued as of 1996. Something tells me that this doesn't mean I'll get scads of money back on my council tax but I'm at least going to investigate. I've been here for five years. Even if I've just paid an extra five quid a month, that amounts to a neat little sum after five years.

I responded to my accountant, asking him if he got the scans I sent him on the weekend.

Also contacted another person I know on LinkedIn.com. But I can't say that I'm seeing where I'm going with the site. It costs a lot for a full membership and the free membership is very limited. I found somebody else I know on there but there's no way of contacting him. Either I pony up the fee or I try to figure out his email after his latest two trans-Atlantic moves. Frustrating. Oh, and there's that person soo. I may actually have her email. And she'll have him in her contacts, I'm sure. Yeah, this may work but it takes time and dedication. Those are assets I may be better off spending on other things.
apel: (Lucius)
Funny how music can evoke feelings. I got my Amazon order today and it contained a Boz Scaggs album, Fade Into Light. He's not actually singing about sex, at least not in the three songs into the CD that I've listened to so far but it's still incredibly sexy music. Mmm, yeah.

Conventional wisdom has it that we get hardwired to think that the music we listen to during formative experiences in late adolescence and early adulthood is what we later like and associate with sex and positive feelings towards MOTAS. But I would have scoffed at this kind of music back then. I was into synth -- Spandau Ballet, Yazoo, Duran Duran, Human League, that kind of thing. Anything that smacked of jazz was beneath my contempt.

I have a horrible suspicion that Boz Scaggs is my generation's James Last. Could it be?

Wish Lists

Oct. 8th, 2005 11:57 am
apel: (blue)
Amazon.co.uk have revamped their wish lists. You can now have several, named wish lists with various degrees of privacy. I've just sorted my ungainly list into several topics to make it easier to find what I'm looking for.
apel: (aphrodite)
[livejournal.com profile] earthmystic has a list of his favourite Christian choral music CDs with links to Amazon. The dozen recordings include a number of early works and music dedicated to the aspect of the Mother Goddess called Saint Mary.
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