March 2nd, 2004


Another great afternoon

K is feeling under the weather, so I came home early. Took the bus up Mass. Ave., walked to the school on the way, voted, then arrived home. The kids were napping; soon I will emerge from the underground lair, feed 'em and then we will go out for ice cream before bathtime and bedtime.
  • Current Music
    Foo Fighters One By One
  • Tags

I Don't Think So

This spam/virus crap is getting out of hand.
Date: Tue Mar 2, 2004  5:38:05 PM US/Eastern
To: ______
Subject: Email account utilization warning.
Return-Path: <>
Received: [....] vvvvv ^^^^^^ [DO YOU THINK I'M STUPID ?]
Received: from lab161 ( []
    (may be forged)) by (8.12.8p2/8.12.8)
    with SMTP id i22Mc5iG013371
    for <_______>; Tue, 02 Mar 2004 17:38:05 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <>
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=--------dldaxevufiajrtrlmxkt
X-Efl-Spamscore: 0%
X-Spam-Flag: NO
Original-Recipient: rfc822;_____________
Attachments: There is 1 attachment

Dear user  of  gateway e-mail  server,

Our antivirus  software has detected a large ammount  of  viruses outgoing 
from your email account, you  may use our  free  anti-virus tool to clean up
your  computer software.

For further details  see the  attach.

For security  reasons attached file  is  password protected. The password  is "46857".

I've received about ten of these tonight !

  • Current Mood
    angry angry
  • Tags
into battle

It's Like Quadraphonic All Over Again !

So, I finally have some quiet time to listen to the DVD-Audio (Dolby Digital 5.1) surround mix of Vespertine, and it's great. The surround mix really opens up the music, and little asides and other effects are positioned at the rear corners sometimes, which kind of “nips” your ears and actually makes you notice them more. The music boxes used on the album seem to fill the room with their chiming.

Anyway, I just visited her site, which I haven't done for a while, and noticed that Vespertine has also just been released in the other newfangled format, SACD. It's no big deal, since both will likely coexist and you can get a player at Best Buy that will play them both for about $130, but this is also like the quadraphonic format wars of the 70s, where you had discrete, matrix, QS, SQ, and so on. The fortunate thing now is that we're in the digital age, and give or take a few licensing fees, the chaos can be tamed with DSP chips and software.