friday random eleven twelve: “scattered data points” edition

21 Apr

Happy Friday, everybody. And, it’s been mostly happy this week. I’ve made incremental progress in a couple of areas at work (though I have a quarterly dog and pony show in DC next week I’m not thrilled about), I tracked a *lot* of parts for the new Blibbering Humdingers project in my evenings, hit level 30 in Pokemon Go thanks to the Easter event’s double XP, and remained remarkably patient in the face of frantic last-minute prom (mostly after-prom) plan changes from my eldest child.

I’ve also, on my doctor’s recommendation, been tracking weight since mid-week daily using some neat tools that came along with a prescription I’m on (I got a free internet-enabled scale that texts me motivational messages and tracks changes in an online spreadsheet – woo technology, I guess?), and have mostly learned that my weight fluctuates wildly day to day so far. A couple of more days and the signal-to-noise ratio will probably be better as I get more data points. Oh well. Thanks to this pill, though, my appetite is way down, my energy level is up, and the cravings/stress eating impulses are gone. I don’t know if I’m trending down yet (again, few data points), but I feel like I am, which is good at this point.

No huge plans for the weekend; there’s prom which will eat up a lot of it, and band rehearsal on Sunday (first gig for this incarnation of Dimensional Riffs is next weekend), but otherwise, I want to get out on the bike a bit, and, you know, not be at the office, because although the work itself is progressing, I’ve been having serious frustration with the trappings, things like leaving my ID behind, either at home (requiring me to turn around and go get it) or leaving it in my office when I go out for lunch (requiring me to do the security-window-walk-of-shame at the visitor gate), and I can’t really figure out why.

Anyway – tunes. I worked some “new indie” station into my shuffle this week (also “Yacht Rock”, because why the hell not?), and kind of fell in love with Amber Arcades‘s sound, which has a nice Liz Phair Guyville vibe to it, and a neat story. Gonna be big.

Also, apparently, I can’t count.

  1. No Quarter – Led Zepplin
  2. Life on Mars – David Bowie
  3. Making Art – JD Samson & MEN
  4. S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  5. The Torture Never Stops – Dweezil Zappa
  6. If You Leave – OMD
  7. Carolina Hard-Core Ecstacy (live) – Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
  8. Sara Smile – Daryl Hall and John Oates
  9. It Changes – Amber Arcades
  10. Again – Slow Hollows
  11. Something Here – Day Wave
  12. Ventura Highway – America

And hey – to keep the “eleven/Stranger Things” thing going, here’s the new MST3K crew riffing the first couple of minutes of the first episode!


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