thursday random eleven – “no wonder i drink” edition

31 May

Because I’m off for a long weekend to do the ConCarolinas thing, I’m doing my random playlist this morning, because I like doing it, and I felt like playing some tunes before another day of virtual meeting data analysis starts for me today.

For two days so far, I’ve been doing an all-day data analysis thing to figure out where one of my data trading partners is horking up their transactions; as I’ve said, this is the exact thing I offered all of them two years ago and none of them had time for me. Now, when somebody is breathing down their neck, I gotta jump and derail all my resources and timing (I have a buttload of other efforts running now) to appease. Oh well. It’ll be over today, I hope. We are, slowly, but surely, learning some things, but damn, if it isn’t tedious.

I also learned yesterday my building’s fire alarm isn’t hooked into the larger installation system anymore…the bell went off yesterday morning, and nobody showed up to check for over half an hour (after I called the building manager). Last time this happened a few years ago (faulty sensor), the fire department, who’s right down the block, was here in 90 seconds. This is encouraging.

While running this data analysis thing all week (nine hours a day or so…yay), I’ve also been dealing with the most stereotypical public sector auditors as well – I’ve got an interagency data exchange agreement in the process of being renewed (no changes other than formatting – simple, right?) that hit a schedule snag at the other agency, but me and the other guy got it covered with an extension to span the gap. The auditors on our end (we’re always auditing, it’s life here in the public sector) decided that the documentation on the extension wasn’t technically correct because it didn’t have a sentence with the words in the right order (literally), though I think I’ve managed to finally head that off.

Oh, and when I tried to get a good bike ride in the other day, the only day it wasn’t a complete rainy washout, I got half a mile down the trail and blew a tire tube. Seriously blew it, as you can see from this photo of when I took the tire off:

That’s about a six inch split right from the tube stem; the green goo that automatically patches small breaches (that’s that stuff everywhere) wasn’t gonna fix that. Luckily I only had to walk the bike half a mile back to the car. Anyway, I have it fixed now (no biggie), and once the weather settles, I’ll be able to ride again.

…as the title says, no wonder I drink.

So…ConCarolinas promo time. The Humdingers have two shows on the schedule:

Saturday, June 2 – 5:00pm – “Blibbering Humdingers Happy Hour Fun Time!” – Fountainview
Sunday, June 3 – 2:00pm – “The Blibbering Humdingers” – Lakeshore 3/4

We’ll also be showing up with pretty much anything with the word “filk” in the title, plus probably engaging in some busking/hallway shenanigans with our other musical compatriots. I’ll probably drop some new-ish solo stuff in the circles, see if it goes as well as it did at the last con.

Anyway – tunes for the week – lots of roit grrl/punk/indie sort of stuff here. I’m okay with a little agression right now, to be honest.

  1. “That’s All” – Genesis
  2. “Police Blitz” – The Donnas
  3. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – AC/DC
  4. “Suffragette City” – David Bowie
  5. “Black Ice” – Kitten Forever
  6. “I Turn My Camera On” – Spoon
  7. “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Guns N’ Roses
  8. “Under The Sun” – DIIV
  9. “Mama’s Gonna Make Us A Cake” – The cCsual Dots
  10. “Jezaig” – Eluveitie
  11. “Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads
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