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May. 25th, 2015

10:12 am - Still another Facebook test

The way I set it up, LiveJournal is supposed to cross-post my updates to FaceBook. Looks like that's not happening.

This is the third part of a test, to see if I can discover the problem.

09:56 am - Another Facebook test

The way I set it up, LiveJournal is supposed to cross-post my updates to FaceBook. Looks like that's not happening.

This is the second part of a test, to see if I can discover the problem.

09:55 am - Facebook test

The way I set it up, LiveJournal is supposed to cross-post my updates to FaceBook. Looks like that's not happening.

This is the first part of a test, to see if I can discover the problem.

09:34 am - What it means when I dream I'm riding a bus, talking with Samuel L. Jackson

I've been blessed with interesting dreams, in recent days. This is probably an artifact of changes in weather which affect me while I sleep.

Last night I dreamt that I had parked my car somewhere in a New Jersey town, walked around looking for a certain store (which I never found) and then climbed aboard a bus in order to look for where I left my car. I realized that the bus might not stay in town, but might be headed to some other town entirely, and that I did not know the name of the town I parked the car in. I discussed this with Samuel L. Jackson, who was in the same predicament (no idea why I'm friends with Samuel L. Jackson in my dreams, but that was the detail which amuses me most, upon remembering) and we worked out a strategy for catching a return bus which would carry us back to our starting point.

I awoke briefly and thought: why am I dreaming I'm on the bus? I never dream of being on a bus. I realized the temperature in the bedroom was pretty cool, and that I might have some sinus congestion which could cause a sensation of motion (if it's on one side of my head, I sometimes wake up with vertigo, and sometimes I dream that I have shifted my car into reverse and the brakes fail to work)...and went right back to sleep.

Now, hours later, I am sitting here typing and also clearing my throat a lot (which supports my middle-of-the-night dream interpretation.) It just strikes me funny that I'd be having this elaborate dream about New Jersey (and I'm sparing you acres of useless detail which I recall, even after returning to sleep) and upon half-waking, explain it all away with the thought, "I must be congested."

I wonder what Samuel L. Jackson would say about it.

Current Mood: amusedamused

May. 21st, 2015

06:09 pm - Raise hands: Who liked "Ex Machina"...?

Yesterday I had a day off, so I went to the movies. I saw glowing reviews for "Ex Machina" on Rotten Tomatoes website, so I went to see that film.

I did not find the experience satisfying, and yet (considering the vast majority of viewers and critics regard it more highly than I did) I realize the problem is probably with me, and not with the movie.

If you liked "Ex Machina" would you please share with me why it worked for you? I thought the performances were fine; I think the writer/Director got exactly the performance he wanted, from each of them. There's something else I must have missed.

Apr. 12th, 2015

07:38 am - MoCCA 2015 Arts Festival

I had a lot of fun yesterday at the MoCCA 2015 Arts Festival! The new venue, at 548 Center, West 22nd Street, provides a lot of space on three floors; it would be even better if the stairs were not so steep.

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The event was well-attended. Perhaps I will have additional photos today, after the festival closes. Seems the Narrative clip camera is having a bit of trouble with focus indoors. I'm unsure if this is caused by lighting, or what's the issue. Perhaps things will photograph more clearly today.

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Mar. 21st, 2015

02:11 am - Went to a Blue Öyster Cult concert in NYC

Hey Joe, whattaya know?

I just got back from Blue Öyster Cult's show!

They played a nice long set in NYC, Friday night, and for the last two songs, they were joined onstage by original member Albert Bouchard.

Here they are, performing "Unknown Tongues." That's Eric Bloom, Jules Radino, Albert Bouchard, Buck Dharma and Kasim Sulton (Richie Castellano all the way off the frame, to the left, playing keyboard.)

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And for the finale, he played the drums and sang their anthem, "Cities on Flame with Rick and Roll."

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More photos tomorrow, most likely.

(If you're too young to quite remember who Blue Öyster Cult are, you might've seen a Saturday Night Live skit with Christopher Walken, producing a record and shouting "More cowbell!" That's a Blue Öyster Cult song, in the skit.)

Current Location: home
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Current Music: Blue Öyster Cult - "Unknown Tongues"

Dec. 3rd, 2014

09:03 am - I have successfully completed an actual task!

I just took out two garbage bags to the curb!

It doesn't sound like much, and yet I feel as if I completed a marathon. I've been struggling to do ordinary household tasks, ever since I pulled a back muscle, nearly two weeks ago. Up until now, my big achievements have included: 1) being able to sit in a chair for longer than five minutes; 2) being able to sleep longer than one hour; 3) brewing a cup of coffee (I've just finished my third cup of coffee since November 23rd.) Now I can add: 4) took out the garbage.

At this rate, I'll be back to my schemes for conquering the world, in no time.

(Special thanks, by the way, to the many family members who have been phoning me regularly in case I need anything, and world-famous character actor Conrad Brooks, who has been a veritable fountain of advice and well-wishes. And especially-special thanks to my Niece's husband, Roy Jaruk, who has provided transportation to the Emergency Room and other essential services, despite his own surgery last week!)

Current Location: home
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Au Pairs - "Come Again"

Nov. 29th, 2014

05:47 pm - Back in Emergency room again

Not a lot of improvement since Wednesday, so I'm back for another round of questions and tests. My back hurts slightly less, which is to say I can sit up for a little more than an hour at a time, and I feel like I've been kicked in the crotch only once an hour, instead of three, the way I did earlier in the week.

More later.

Nov. 27th, 2014

11:46 am - grooooan

Despite my emergency room visit yesterday, I remain mostly disabled. As described I pulled a muscle in my back, and am recovering from the effect.

Luckily I am surrounded by well-wishers who have ensured my continued existence, and have seen to my survival. Special shout-outs to Zander Jaruk and to the inimitable Conrad Brooks, who have kept daily contact with me to be certain I am ok.

I will provide details later but in the present, a happy Thanksgiving day to all, from someone who is truly thankful.

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