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02 May 2019 @ 11:27 am
Last day to vote (*bites nails*)  
Voting for the final round of LJ Idol ends at 9pm EDT today, which is both exciting and nervewracking! You can find my story and the poll here. Please read and vote, if you haven't already done so. ♥


My head has been a random jukebox for the last couple of days—MUCH more than USUAL.

It started on Tuesday morning, when I woke up with Taras Bulba running through my brain. This may be because I was listening to some other Janacek music on Monday. That was to drown out the vacuuming and banging around going on upstairs while I was frantically trying to focus and finish writing my Idol entry. I also turned to Janacek at my office last Thursday, to try to blot out a couple of co-workers 2 and 3 aisles away who are chatty and really project. \o?

I listened to Spotify at work Tuesday, and a few other random songs kicked up in my head throughout the day that were NOT things I'd heard on Spotify. Yay? Maybe some sort of free-association thing was happening? I've been short on sleep all week.

Simon & Garfunkel's America showed up again (it was on repeat a couple of weeks ago due to a different Idol entry). While biking on Tuesday, something else started up that I can't even remember now—only that it was the same cadence as my go-to cycling song, Chris Cornell's Change The World, so I didn't try to drive it out. And a completely different from-the-wayback-machine song after dinner. It was busy up there. :O

Wednesday's biking dredged up The Sabre Dance (for the random!), and then Finlandia. Hey, at least the Sabre Dance is really up-tempo.

And then just before driving home yesterday... Golden Years *Hwa-hwa-hwa*

WHYYYYY??? Though I immediately inflicted that one on HalfshellHusband when I got home. As you do.

Wonderwhat's on tap for today? And hey—now that Spotify has become completely annoying by adding audio to their ads on PC streaming, is there another streaming music app I should consider? I know some people like Pandora. Does it still randomly suggest songs while streaming, or has that gone away?

Got caught up on my Dreamwidth friends-list reading yesterday, and hope to finish doing the same for LJ today. What's epic in YOUR life right now?

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Jennkickthehobbit on May 2nd, 2019 06:54 pm (UTC)
Ha, you mentioning Taras Bulba made me think of my dad — it's one of his favorite movies (the 1960s one with Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis). Funny connection. :)

I like Spotify, but I pay for it (I go off-grid a lot, and I want to be able to listen to stuff while I'm off-grid). I used to use YouTube, because there are workarounds to miss the ads (coughAdBlockcough). Might be an option if you don't want to pay for anything...?

I've never particularly cared for Pandora, but, well, the algorithm didn't really work for me!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2019 07:27 pm (UTC)
When I told HalfshellHusband about Taras Bulba, the first thing he said was, "I think I've heard that music."

Because he has seen the Yul Brynner movie, and it does have music. But not by Janacek. :D

I used to listen to YouTube more at work on my PC, but I really only want to be streaming the music rather than also the video! My playlists of music there are almost all the lyrics-only versions, or the ones with a single image displayed.

But neither YouTube nor Spotify gives me the randomizing that an iPod or MP3 player would, which is too bad.

So, what did you think of HSH's suggestion for Little Cat's new name? :O
Jennkickthehobbit on May 2nd, 2019 07:30 pm (UTC)
Haha! I was wondering if it was related. I guess in name only! :)

That's more or less what I used YouTube for, too. It started making mixes for me that were pretty good. Spotify does Daily Mixes (I'm not sure if it's a paid thing or not), and those usually fit the bill for me, but you're right that there's no 'true' randomization. Goddam algorithms. :P

I didn't see that comment until you mentioned it just now (DW is spotty about sending me emails), and, um, LOL. My sister says that we should call her the Tripod, but Max named her Lily, and Lily she will stay, because even if it does not fit she recognizes that it's her name now! Oh well. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heh-Hehhalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
It's helpful when cats learn their names, and never guaranteed. The ones in our house tend to get additional nicknames, so "Tigger" also became "Tiggety". And then later, our son started to call her "Babs" for no reason even HE could offer.

OTOH, our last cat did not even appear to know that "kitty" meant her. :O

We started to wonder if her last owner was not a native English-speaker, and might only have called her by her actual name or by some other language's version of "kitty". And in our area, there are a lot of candidate languages. :O
Jennkickthehobbit on May 2nd, 2019 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely not guaranteed! But Lily knows her name is Little Cat (she will come to "Lily" or "Lily Cat" too...), and Ted knows that his name is Ted, so that's good. :D Lily also knows the word for "string" (she has a string toy she loves), and she'll go run and lead you to it if you ask, "Where's your string?" I swear she speaks English, though, or tries to! She tries to 'talk' to us pretty often...

Ted, well, he knows his name and the word for "treats", and I think that's about it! :)

Have you had any luck finding a new kitty yet? I saw from your entries that the answer seemed to be "no"... :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2019 08:12 pm (UTC)
We did find out randomly, once, that the Whale not only definitely knew what "No" meant, but that he could also say it if he really, really needed to. :O

We still haven't found a kitty. :(

We'll be looking at shelter/pound cats again, but now we have to hold off for about six weeks. We're going away Memorial Day weekend, and then again for 3-4 days mid-June down to SoCal for our daughter's college graduation and to bring our son back up for the summer.

It would just be too hard on a new kitty to have its family disappear so soon after finding a home, sOOOoooo...

We sure never thought it would take this long!
Jennkickthehobbit on May 2nd, 2019 08:14 pm (UTC)
Aww! The Little Cat doesn't seem to know "no", or she willfully ignores it, but she's generally well-behaved, so it doesn't come up too often! :D

I'm sorry that the kitty search has been so difficult! :( It took us a few months to find the Little Cat, but now we've got her and she's great — hopefully you're in the same boat? <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 2nd, 2019 08:21 pm (UTC)
I sure hope so!

It's hard to complain about there not being a lot of young adult cats available for adoption at the pound, because overall that's a good thing! But we SO want a new kitty. :(
Jennkickthehobbit on May 2nd, 2019 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the boat we were in. :( I hope you find a good fit for your house soon!
passing_through: music is my boyfriendpassing_through on May 3rd, 2019 02:40 am (UTC)
I used to come awake at night and it was as if someone switched on a radio because a song would start playing in my head and insomnia would kick in and I'd be left lying awake with some random song playing over and over in my head.

After two decades of this happening every night, I noticed last year that it had stopped. I'm assuming that my meds are finally doing their job and between the sleep aid and the antipsychotic my mind is able to actually rest during the night and not play late night DJ :D

I pay for Spotify each month so I don't get the ads. I like being able to listen to it on my phone no matter where I am and my subscription lets me do that.

I used to listen to Pandora but they way it chose songs for me was too weird. It would play music I didn't like and if I remember correctly, you either couldn't skip past a song or you could only skip past so many and then you lost the option. Either way, Pandora didn't work for me.

I listened to some of the music you mentioned and it's funny when I get music stuck in my head it always has lyrics. I never just get music only. I wonder why that is?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2019 03:51 am (UTC)
Ooh, that would be annoying! Though I like the "late-night DJ" description of it. :D

I have a big background in classical music, so there is a lot of extra opportunity for "stuck-ed-ness."

But also... I often have the basic melody of a song worked out halfway through the first or second time I hear it, and then I'll sing the notes along with it and never actually learn the lyrics. Which, if I try, I will often mis-hear anyway. :O