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Personal: A Summary Upon Returning from Easter Break 
17th-Apr-2006 11:53 pm
Nieces Grace and Haley were tightly-wound and very much clinging to Mommy for the first hour or two at the family gathering at my Aunt Pat's. They finally mellowed out with Grace getting used to me again, moreso than Haley, which is to be understood as they're approaching ages 4 and 2, respectively. Leslie reported with great weariness that they'd had her hiding eggs over and over for the past week. As Grace found it quality entertainment to watch me pretend to find pretend invisible eggs she pretend invisibly hid, I can only imagine. We played a little hide-and-seek upstairs and Haley seemed to recognize my counting right away and scrambled to join in, but then would "hide" by running into a room and standing still, trying to look inconspicuous. Because hey – she's not quite 2.

• Mom missed out by just a day or two on my getting (and being able to bring for her own listening pleasure) Over The Rhine's new live compilation CD, Live From Nowhere, Volume One, to which I'm listening as I type. [A sideways knowing nod of shared delight to blistermoth, and to beyondthewell, with whom I heard some of this material in Madison, like the sultry, swinging rendition of "Moonlight."]

• I apparently bought more original art online the other night, whilst in the throes of sleep deprivation, than I had remembered. Hmm. Fortunately my taste had not gone the way of my inhibitions.

• I'm hooking up a wireless station because it's time for me to contribute to an open wireless world and not just – ahem! – benefit from one.

• Something freaky is happening to this page as I write, as every twenty seconds or so is slightly widens, and all the text adjusts accordingly. Weird.

• Heiko Oberman's Luther: Man Between God and the Devil is every bit as good as I've heard. And you thought it was just hype!

• I got a real insight from Oberman today on the connection of all forms of "progressive" politics in the West – this common attempt, or perhaps "universal belief" is better, that a perfected political order can be brought about through directed human effort – whether in populism, communism, political lefts and rights, to later medieval millennial beliefs of a thousand year reign of justice on the Earth, as derived from a reading of the book of Revelation. In terms of intellectual history, it suddenly became clear to me what a long pedigree this tendency in the West really had, and how there seemed to be nothing like it in Asia, or the Southern cultures.

• I just found out with Amanda Schramm that there's a free concert celebrating the completion of the new Miller Lite Oasis on the Summerfest grounds is going to be held here on Saturday, May 27, featuring Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes. Not bad. So that might be the occasion for a visit with her.
18th-Apr-2006 10:50 am (UTC)
Ah, free wireless. It's fine until someone comes along and starts downloading TV over it, or worse, hacking into your computer or recording keystokes as you access you online banking. However, it depends where you are. Ours is open at home, because it really doesn't go futher than the house, but in the flat it's all encrypted (and doesn't work very well for unknown reasons perhaps including the excess of networks all overlapping).
18th-Apr-2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. The media file manners were, I thought, the biggest potential problem. The "hacking into your computer or recording keystokes as you access you online banking" was, I thought, protected against by firewalls and secure websites. Maybe I need to read up on this some more...?
18th-Apr-2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Firewalls would stop someone getting into your computer, but it is still possible to intercept data sent between your computer and your wireless hub, and if that's not encrypted it's easy to decode. With an encrypted wireless, hackers can't get access to your wireless to begin with. I expect a secure site will have the data encrypted anyway, but I'm not sure of the details all in all.
19th-Apr-2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
and 'faithfully dangerous'!
19th-Apr-2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
A great opener, although I can't remember if that's how they did it at our show: I have a setlist somewhere, but I never posted it....
19th-Apr-2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
It's close to how they did it at our show, but our show was a blues show so I think it was a little slower and a little darker... What number did you get? I got 1136.
20th-Apr-2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Wow, they went that high? I got very clear signatures this time (compared to my copy of Drunkard's Prayer or Ohio) and came in at #129: Karin clearly loves me more than you.
20th-Apr-2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, Karin's signature looks like a Jesus fish in this one... She's clearly at the end of their nightly bottle of wine. Hah.
20th-Apr-2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I've got entirely elementary school-perfect handwriting for the both of them. I thought the signature was a fun little touch on Linford's paper, but I was surprised by the numbering: definitely creating the collector's market and competition with that.

But I'm perfectly happy to do my bit to pay for their lives: like I have a tiny stockholder's share of being a Medici-like Renaissance patron to great artists. I was also delighted to get my fifth distinct version of "My Love Is A Fever": I want to have a full disc-length collection of unique versions someday.
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