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Book List Meme Thing

One of those 'mark which books you've read' things, geared toward classic literature (with some, er, noteable exceptions to this rule). Things I've read have an X. Things I'm going to quibble over have, well, quibbling. I don't tag people, I find it demeaning for all concerned, so reproduce, or don't, as you please.

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Update

No news at all on the job; I'd guess the person at the place (wow, that's so descriptive) is still out sick. Hopefully will get word in a day or two.

Got a call from my uncle who's been trying to breathe life into the dead computer. Apparently the old hard drive is just as dead as the motherboard and the power supply. Fortunately, all of my music and stuff is on an external USB drive which, as far as I know, still works; the Win98 machine I'm on detected it fine (but had no drivers for it and I couldn't be bothered to hunt for any since I have no sound on this machine anyway). And the newer machine is still on track to be delivered tomorrw. Still, that's a mite upsetting, though I think very little of what was on the old drive is utterly irreplaceable.

It also leads me to believe that there was probably some kind of internal power surge that just killed everything in the machine, which doesn't thrill me.
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Dear Oracle (Mk. II)

DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE

And so forth.
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Though Much Is Taken, Much Abides

Just a bit of Tennyson's Ulysses I ran across while reading Ilium by Dan Simmons. I've probably read it before, actually; I know bits and pieces of it are familiar. But I really like this last bit.

Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in the old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal-temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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Car, Etc.

I am, in all honesty, tempted not to get the car fixed.

As much of a pain as it is getting around, especially if I want to leave Harrisonburg? I have to compare it to all the madness that goes into owning a car that's constantly (it seems) on the verge of breakdown (which is the only sort of car I'm likely to own; besides, brand new cars need crazy maintenance too), not to mention the whole insurance and registration and layers upon layers of money and bureaucracy...

Don't get me wrong. The bus pisses me off sometimes. Okay, a lot. But I live within walking distance of my job, most of the good restaurants in town deliver, and I can get to and from most everywhere I need to get to with a combination of the bus, my feet, a little advance planning (and a lot of spare time), and the occasional cab. And most everything other than groceries, I'm better off mail-ordering anyway, as far as prices go.

(Plus, "I don't have a working car" is a great excuse for not doing all sorts of things that I don't actually want to do.)

So, we'll see.
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Instead Of A Proper Update, Song Lyrics!

Some people say the world's a strange and evil place
And all the shadows fall across your face
Because the world's a strange and evil place
Then others say because the sun shines every day
That we should live life come what may
Because the sun shines every day

But I gotta say
That I just can't put you down
And all the girls think I'm insane
You know I can't put you down
And my dad can't recall my name
But I just can't put you down
And my friends won't call back at all
But I just can't put you down

Some people say
If you feed a dog a bloody bone
He's your best friend for your life
If you feed a dog a bloody bone
Patch up your dreams
With all the gold that falls at your feet
Stick your finger in a dike
All the gold falls at your feet

And I want to say
You know I just can't put you down
And all the women think that I'm insane
You know I just can't put you down
And my Mom won't call back at all
You know I just can't put you down
I rub my wounds with alcohol
You know I just can't put you down
I just can't put you down
There ain't a pill that'll cure that pain
But I just can't put you down

Some people say
That money can buy anything
All the drugs to cure the pain
Money can buy anything
Then some people want
All the sin and pleasure in this world
They don't care about the price
They pay for all the sin and pleasure in this world

But I've gotta say
You know I just can't put you down
I don't care how far I fall
You know I just can't put you down
And I don't care if they call back at all
I just can't put you down
All the women can forget my name
You know I just can't put you down
You know I just can't put you down
You know I just can't put you down
You know I just can't put you down
  • Current Music
    Alejandro Escovedo, Put You Down
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My biggest news (well, okay, the only big news I really have) is that I was offered a full-time position at work today, which I accepted and so I am (or will be, starting next Monday) officially an employee of Fairfield Language Technologies a.k.a. Rosetta Stone.

This makes me very happy. For obvious reasons. Been far too long without real, stable work.