August 10th, 2005

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Misadventures in audio

Burned a couple of mix CDs this week, and I'm already looking at re-doing one of them - the Peter Gabriel CD appears to have some bad tracks on it, both from the Security album. Fortunately the tunes are both on other anthology CDs that I own, so it shouldn't be a problem to re-rip the songs and burn a replacement. The other CD is the Ultravox mix, which I did this morning before work after listening to the recently-received Ha! Ha! Ha! CD and ripping "Frozen Ones" and "Fear In The Western World". Seems to have turned out okay so far.

Also finally got around to getting my library card out of hock. I dropped by the Southdale branch last night with the long-lost copy of 1633 and wrote them a check for the late fees. Picked up Larry Niven's Ringworld's Children, his The Magic Goes Away collection, and the John Ringo/Linda Evans Bolo novel The Road to Damascus. I generally like Ringo's SF work but don't know Evans; on the other hand, most of the stories written in the shared universe of the Bolo Combat Units since Keith Laumer's death have been good ones, so it should be decent brain candy at the very least.
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    Ultravox - Rockwrok
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Interviews worth your time

Couple of Camille Paglia interviews out, one mainly relating to her new poetry anthology Break, Blow, Burn and another by Virginia Postrel in Reason magazine on more general cultural and political topics. Both well worth reading, of course. Paglia may be the last leftist on the national stage whose opinions I actually respect and honor, and she's been a big part of the reason I'm working on changing careers and going into teaching.

Professor Death is apparently taking a busman's holiday, as he inaugurates his Tech Central Station column today with an interview with S.M. Stirling. (Via Mike Totten @Instapundit.

Update: Megan McArdle, a.k.a Jane Galt has an interesting post at Instapundit riffing off a WaPo article on how high-paying jobs are sometimes boring too. In a way, it relates to comments in the Paglia interviews on the disconnect between academics in the humanities and those of us in the working world, although Paglia's point has more to do with blue-collar workers, soldiers, policemen and firemen.
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    Ultravox - Young Savage
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