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mischief managed

Last week I had a hard drive die on me. There were two "luckilies" that made this situation much better than it could have been. First, the warranty was still working and my company (HP) actually provided decent service. They made it easy for me to ship the machine in and got it back to me in just under a week. I am looking to buy a desktop in the next year or two, and this experience has made it pretty likely I'll stick with their company.

The other luckily: All of my important files - including all of my writings and a draft of my conference paper - were backed up on DropBox, a cloud file-storage system. I did lose all of my videos and about half my music, but that's replaceable. (Speaking of replacing, I'd like music recommendations. More on that in a minute.)

The repaired machine arrived safely today. I have reinstalled by Nintendo game emulator, Office, and Chrome. Office was the worst; turned out I had a key but no disk so I had to download it, and Microsoft makes it practically impossible to find the link for anything other than the current version of the software. Plus they wanted money to even talk to them; finally got through by using the sales chat online agent. I even got all of my email accounts and RSS feeds added back to Windows Mail. So far it seems to work okay.

This last week I have felt very disorganized online. I've had a lot going on (start of the semester, conference and all) but also was stuck on a five-year-old laptop, using web interface. I know I didn't reply to a lot of blog comments and probably won't get caught up. I'll try to do better in the future, though. I also cut back on my blog feeds, since I found I was reading too much related to politics and religious news, which (contrary to what I post about) isn't what I most like thinking about. What goes in your mind tends to come out of it as well, I guess.

I also wanted to ask for music recommendations. As I said, I lost a good bit of my music library. Plus I've got a long airplane flight next week and would love to fill up my MP3 player. The songs I did have saved are below the cut. Any recommendations?

  • Audio Adrenaline: Some Kind of Zombie; Hands and Feet; Get Down
  • Tal Bachman: She's So High
  • Black-Eyed Peas: Let's Get It Started
  • Crazy Town: Betterfly
  • Sheryl Crow: If It Makes You Happy
  • Destiny's Child: Jumpin', Jumpin';
  • Duke Ellington: Caravan
  • Eve 6: Inside Out
  • Goo Goo Dolls: Slide
  • Benny Goodman: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
  • Rupert Holmes: Pina Colada Song
  • Jars of Clay: Crazy Times; Flood
  • Billy Joel: It's Still Rock and Roll
  • Jack Johnson: Upside Down
  • Norah Jones: Turn Me On
  • Gary Jules: Mad World
  • K'Naan: Bang Bang
  • Lady Gaga: Poker Face
  • Avril Lavigne: Nobody's Fool
  • Maroon 5: This Love
  • John Mayer: Waiting on the World to Change; Say
  • Moby: One of These Mornings
  • Jason Mraz: Lucky; Life is Wonderful; Mr. Curiosity; Wordplay
  • Randy Newman: A Few Words in Defense of Our Country; Rednecks
  • Newsboys: Entertaining Angels
  • Nine Days: Story of a Girl
  • PFR: Wonder Why; Pour Me Out
  • Pink: My Vietnam; Raise Your Glass
  • Queen: Bicycle Race

    Happy B-day, Freddie!

  • Rockapella: Glow Worm
  • Jay Sean: Do You Remember
  • Smash Mouth: All Star
  • James Taylor: Fire and Rain
  • Timbaland: Apologize
  • Tinie Tempah: Written in the Stars

Reading over that list, it makes me sound a bit vanilla. All my cool eccentric stuff seems to have gotten lost, and I was left with the Valentine in the Morning easy rock "filler" that lets me get work done but is hardly likely to get me smiling, to say nothing of writing (I seem to need music to get me in the proper mood). But maybe it will give a clue about the kind of thing I like.

Help a girl out?

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( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 7th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sadly I am never helpful with music recommendations as probably 90% of what I listen to is 80s pop/rock...
Sep. 8th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Ah, well. Thanks for reading anyway. :-)
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
For "cool eccentric" (well, cool and eccentric for me), have you heard any of the songs by The Fireman? It's Paul McCartney's stage name when he wants to record music that's more experimental/outside his normal style.
Sep. 8th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
No, I have never heard of that label. I'll have to check it out, though. Do you recommend any specific songs?
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Just about everything from the 2008 album, Electric Arguments (the only one in print), is really good. If you want a sense of what the songs are generally like (and mind you, they vary a lot), I'd recommend "Dance Till We're High" and "Travelling Light."
Sep. 8th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
I must admit there are only a few songs on there that I have heard, I recognise the names of most of the artists, but couldn't put a sound to them, so that makes it hard to offer advice.

If it helps, I'm currently listening to a playlist that consists mostly of Blind Guardian (At the Edge of Time), the Eurythmics (Best of), the Horslips (The Tain), Anne Briggs (pretty much everything of hers), and the soundtrack to Game of Thrones.

(edited for typo)

Edited at 2011-09-08 06:02 am (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nath. I know the Eurythmics of course and also BLind Guardian from their Lord of the Rings song, but the others are new to me. I shall look them up on YouTube, see if I can find anything and if so if I like the sound.
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Right now I'm kind of loving Emily Barker's album Almanac (look for her on YouTube, especially the song "Pause", which was just used as the theme tune for a BBC drama). And I'm also listening repeatedly to Mozart's Requiem, particularly the Recordare.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Currently, I seem to have mostly Leonard Cohen on repeat, but he is depressive as hell. I also rather like The Decemberists and Mumford & Sons if you can abide hipsterish indie rock / folk rock. And while I'm not very much into hip-hop, I do love Janelle Monae's concept album Archandroid.
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