September 24th, 2005

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remixing bravely

Today I worked very hard on several matters, well into the late afternoon/ early evening. I had some down time waiting for copies to be completed. I had to drive over to get the copies. I found myself in Mesquite, near the great sushi place located there. I took with me CP Snow's book of autobiographical sketches, and wheeled through Churchill and most of Einstein, when I realized that my main course, a simple ten piece sushi order, was taking inordinate amounts of time to arrive.

Finally, my main course arrived, albeit short two pieces of yellowtail sushi. I finished the plate in record time--it was quite fresh and well-put-together, which is almost all sushi has to be. Then various members of the staff kept trying to bring me an entire plate of yellowtail sushi. Apparently, the waiter had treated my order as including a "yellowtail appetizer", which would have fed several sharks for days. I demurred about the sampler, mentioned that I only ordered two pieces, and then asked for my check. The waiter, more than a bit abashed by what he knew was poor sushi chef timing, proceeded to box the unwanted yellowtail for free. I appreciated his kindness, and told him so, and increased my tip somewhat.

When I finally got home, after 10:30 p.m., between errand and sushi, my wife and I watched the weather.
The storm's turn east likely rules out all but mild thunderstorm potential for our city. We watched silly newsfolk trying to figure out things to say other than "it's raining" and "those sparks are another transformer blowing out".

I scrubbed a trip to Arkansas this weekend, which I wanted very much to make, due to work things. I spent my "keyed up" time doing remixes of samples posted by people at, after a very unspectacular run of on-line blitz chess. I did a remix I felt good enough about to post at, after disposing of many earlier drafts of earlier remixes. It's a lot less like my usual dark ambience, and is instead a remix of someone's really great original mix of a jazzy pop song. So it's a remix of a mix so good that it didn't need remixing. But I enjoyed remixing it anyway. It's fun to morph songs about, as shown in the remix I did, Brave and Deep , which varies a fair bit from the source material, wtihout being untrue to it.

But now I must take my spare adrenaline, and use it to seek out sleep.
  • Current Music
    Henri Petterson, Traveller EP
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after we were unaffected

"I'm acutely aware of being involved in something that ought to be making more of a difference than it is. But art has not ceased to affect us; it's just that the process we call art is happening elsewhere, in areas that might be called by other names. I always think of medieval heraldry: so intensely relevant for hundreds of years, and now a total mystery to nearly all of us. The traditional sites for art activity seem to be losing their power, while new sites for art are becoming powerful. We have been looking for art in the wrong places".
--Brian Eno

Today I am all about work, exercise, and a good dinner with my wife and my brother's family. The sky is overcast, but no rain falls. I think about folks in south Texas, and wait the day or two it will take to see how badly this storm impacts them and us all.

I've been listening to new music on the radio station, which always delights. I also found a free- to-download minimalist melodic electronic album I quite enjoy, by Henri Petterson. But soon I'm off to face my office, and stare it down.