December 2009 Archives

Beautiful/Catchy Songs With Disagreeable Lyrics

December 26, 2009

For years I never thought twice about the lyrics to a favorite song from teeanager-dom, happily singing along to the wonderful melody and the simple baroque guitar riff of Morrisey's The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get. Sadly, each time I hear it now, I become a little more horrified by this song about stalking a would-be lover. The lyrics did, however, make a good example when trying to explain cognitive dissonance to my mother a few weeks ago. And, in his way, Morrissey manages to turn some out classic lines despite the disturbing context, such as "I bear more grudges than lonely high court judges," and "when you sleep I will creep into your thoughts like a bad debt that you can't pay, so take the easy way and give in."

Welcome Home Qantaqa (2009 HP Pavilion)

December 5, 2009

Earlier this week I was stymied in my attempt to buy a new desk & chair at Ikea – who would have thought that they would close at 8:00 PM on a weekday during Christmas shopping? Never occurred to me they might close before 9:00. So we cross the street to the horribly perfume-laden Mall of America, stopped at Best Buy, and brought home a new housemate, whom I have named Qantaqa. As an HP Pavilion dv8000, she looks nothing like her lupine namesake from the Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series: 16.9" display, AMD Turion M500, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Windows 7. Great RAM, decent processor: best computer I've ever purchased.

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