Jan. 28th, 2009

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T-Shirt Hell is going out of business. You know, I read the little rant from the owner, and shook my head at the stupidity of some people. Do I think a lot of the shirts on that site are offensive? Sure. Do I fully support their right to print 'em and the right of other people to wear 'em? You bet your ASS I do. Freedom of speech is of paramount importance to me. It upsets me that the guy is taking his toys and going home because he's tired of dealing with hate mail and people spamming his inbox with "u suk n u r a RACEST" crap. Look at the other T-shirts, people. The site's an equal-opportunity mocker. It pokes fun at EVERYBODY. Yeah, some of the shirts are offensive even to me. But somebody else might find 'em funny, so let 'em wear what they want.

Good grief, I'm a horrible packrat. I don't like a MESSY place, which means that my apartment is usually cluttered, but the areas that are cluttered are designated that way. My dining room table, for example, is mostly covered with papers, books, and things, with a tiny space reserved for eating. I also have a nasty tendency to open mail and then put it down someplace without taking proper note of where it needs to be sorted, or where it should be placed so that I will pay the bill / note the policy changes / keep the useful receipt. This means that (just as a COMPLETELY HYPOTHETICAL situation) when I am looking for my moving receipts so that I can claim my expenses incurred by moving to Texas as tax deductions, I have a hell of a lot of trouble finding them under all the other random papers, documents, receipts, copies of the Austin Chronicle, and so on. It's also not helped by the fact that I'm having to repack a lot of stuff now.

It has been quite amusing seeing people around here freak out over the warning of a bit of cold weather. [livejournal.com profile] datalopez came to me this morning and in a pitiful voice, said, "Can you check my school's website to see if school's been postponed or cancelled today?" She looked so woebegone standing there, all bundled up like she was about to compete in the Iditarod, that I just had to laugh. (School had NOT, of course, been postponed or cancelled due to just a mild cold snap).

Today's filesharing offering is one of my favorite albums of all time: Fates Warning's A Pleasant Shade of Gray. The album is a 55-minute concept song, split into twelve parts. On a cold, rainy, gray morning a man wakes up about an hour before he needs to actually get up. The album reflects what's going through his mind as he lies there, listening to the rain and thinking. It's a powerful and emotional album, featuring some of Ray Alder's best vocals ever. The music is intricate and complex, full of time and rhythm changes, and featuring ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore on piano and keyboards. Try it, and if you don't like it I'll buy it back from you at twice the price. :) 61 MB size album in .M4A iTunes format, also playable by Winamp or Windows Media Player.

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