Friday, January 25, 2008


...... is one of my favorite expressions. Comes in quite handy when you're talking with someone who has an uncanny ability to unwittingly destroy items, especially items of a considerable heft and importance. A Brise-fer, roughly translated, is a person capable of breaking iron. Early on in our relationship, I bestowed this lovely moniker on my ever-loving (to-be) spouse as the electricity that she personally generated seemed to inexplicably blow up, first, my amplifier, second, my receiver and, third, my turntable. She had your classic (I know I'll be hearing about this shortly) female incompatibility with stereo equipment. No, it wasn't misuse on her part; she was extremely careful as to which buttons, dials, doo-dads to push, turn, or combobulate (if you can discombobulate then you can ....). Her electric personality just was not in synch with equipment made by mere mortal men.

She was/is a good sport about the Brise-feriness of her aura. She was even agreeable in my purchasing of slightly better (read that as "more expensive") equipment to replace the non-operative stuff she had her way with. It's been a long time since any circuits have been blown. I've taken that as indication that our two personalities have co-mingled such that we are exuding neutral energy.

Alas, that has changed recently. It now seems that it is time for me to bear the title of our house's Brise-fer. Two PC's have gone south recently and even a replacement (which is currently caught in the limbo of "Pickup by Seller" land) has refused to operate within my general vicinity. I'm seriously thinking of going this route for my personal computer needs.

I post this now as I am scheduled to do a dj-ing shift the next two Sundays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at WVUD doing The Morning After show from 9:00 until 12:00. In addition, I'll be sitting in for a friend and doing his Friday Jazz gig at the station for 4 weeks starting in February. That is a lot of me being at the station; I'm hoping my Brise-feriness is in abeyance during my proximity to Very Expensive Sounds Studio Equipment. I've not made plans to shell out my retirement funds to replace sound boards, microphones, etc.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Out of Operation

To my devoted readers and occassional flyovers,
I truly am not dogging it. Received my new (well, actually "Refurbished") HP Pavlion PC last Wed., complete with "Premium" Vista service...whatever the hell that means. Plugged it in. Turned it on and awaited connectivity. Initial turn-on was supposed to top out @ 20 minutes. After 40 minutes, I came back to the box to see that it had locked/seized up.
Turned it off and repeated.
Four times.
Called HP service, located in one of the caves in Afghanistan that hasn't been bombed.
No luck.

So, the "Refurbished" is being sent back to its point of shipping origin, PCMall (in my case PCMal) and attempt another choice.

Oh, for a few shekels more for a real personal computer.......

I'll be back as soon as the FedEx/UPS guy comes a calling.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Coming in (Randomly Generated) at #12

Tried this.
(From Mr. WP, who got it from Jim)
Got this.
Band Name : Baruva
Album Title: Wife Asks for Nothing
Album Cover:


Loonie Daze

As the Fed and the bearded Mr. Bernanke prepare to cut the Fed key interest rate by a half point, Countrywide Bank is set to be acquired by Bank of America. Oil is going to $100 a barrel within the month. Tata is acquiring Land Rover and Jaguar. Up is down and down is the dollar's direction.

Uncontrollable Aside Notice: I hate (!!!!) that Bank of Americaa behemoth name! You just know that this Bank of America naming thing is an excess of hubris that will bring them down like a flying gerbil.

So, in these troubled times, a chance to have a slight upturn of the mouth.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Apologies to the Faithful Visitors

Please accept my profound apologies. No fecundity here in a while. I've been buried (willingly and happily) in family-centered holiday events and trying to get through the trio of this book, this one, and also this one. Each is a treat; each is a juggle of a read.

I will be back. Shortly, or as soon as my home computer (the previously named Piece of Crap) is resuscitated. Unfortunately, no Apples falling from trees for this non-Newtonian dreamer.

Keeping me company in silence are these involving bits of music.

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