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Thursday, August 29th, 2013
7:32 pm
Monday, January 14th, 2013
1:54 pm
New Mixtape!
I made one. It's a mish-mash of clubby stuff for the dressed-in-black set. http://djspinmonkey.com/music_for_the_black_clad_masses.mp3

Also, I am still alive and -- apparently! -- occasionally even post to my LiveJournal.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
10:40 am
Apparently an ancient and long-forgotten account of mine was part of the recent yahoo security breach. If you've received anything from "djspinmonkey@yahoo.com" it is totally spam and should be deleted.
Saturday, July 14th, 2012
4:58 pm

She said yes. :-)
Monday, April 5th, 2010
1:22 pm
But on the other hand...
So, my check engine light came on and the car started idling sort of rough. After a modest amount of hassle, I managed to get it in to the shop, where they told me that it was very minor (idle air control motor needed cleaning), and in fact didn't charge me at all to fix it. So, great, right? That worked well enough for a little while, but then the light came back on and the rough idling started up again. I figured I'd take it in over the weekend, but then on friday it wouldn't start. Doh. So I had it towed back to the shop. In theory, they would have it ready by Sunday.

And then on Saturday I get a call. Apparently, somebody drove off the road, on to the lot, and right in to my car. Probably totaled, but they're having their insurance people look at it today.

Also last week, I got a letter from the police. Apparently, somebody called code enforcement about a tree in my yard that is leaning (and has been since before I moved in, four or five years ago). Long story short, there are two trees in my yard that need to come down, with a deadline of 5 days before I received the notice. O_o When I called the number, apparently "code enforcement" is one guy, and he's on vacation. So, not great that I couldn't get things sorted out, but good I guess that he'll be out of town until after I can (hopefully) get the trees taken care of.

And, um, I think my air conditioner is broken. I guess this shouldn't be a surprise, since it happens pretty much every year.

So, yeah, money troubles. But at the same time, the weather's beautiful, I'm healthy and happy, I have a job I like and am generally surrounded by people who are awesome. When I step back and look at my life overall, it is pretty fantastic. My only real complaint is that I haven't seen a few old friends in a while, but that's a problem I can do something about.

You know, once I have a car. :-)

Current Mood: Pretty all right!
Friday, November 27th, 2009
11:40 pm
Free steak! Free beer!
...Free labor! (That's you.)

So, I'm back in my house, and there is an enormous amount of work I need to do to get it back in shape. Most of it is cleaning and yardwork, plus moving some furniture around that I got from my grandparents. I figured I could do it all by myself and be grumpy, or I could invite people over and make it a thing.

So! Some people are already planning to come by around 2:00 or 3:00, and at some point we're heading over to the Regal 24 for Ninja Assassin, and later in the evening we'll be cooking steak over the fire bowl in the back yard. I'll also have some cheese and bread, so you know... meat s'mores! Also beer, soda, and assorted booze will be available. (Drunken meat s'mores!)

Feel free to come over whenever. If you're going to be there between 2:00 or 3:00, you can just show up. After 3:00, you should probably call in case we're watching the movie, since we haven't decided which showing we're going to yet. (I'll have the phone off in the theater, of course, so leave a message and I'll call you back.) My number is 404-723-6558.

Thanks! And hey, if you just want to come by later for the food, that's fine. I'd enjoy the company.
Friday, June 26th, 2009
8:33 pm
"Service Engine Soon"
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
8:26 am
My grandmother died last night. I bought my mom some plane tickets yesterday, and I'm glad I did, because she was able to see her before she passed. I was going to try to get myself some today.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
1:32 pm
LJ as Personal Messaging
Carl! The email address I have for you is old and full of fail. Can you shoot me a line at "me at dj spinmonkey dot com" so we can talk about plans for this Saturday? Thanks!
Friday, February 6th, 2009
3:21 pm
Messiest Sounding Gig Ever
So hey! I'm spinning Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School next tuesday for the Valentine's Day Massacre at the East Atlanta IceHouse, which will be the first joint event with Boozer Doodle. The models this month are DevilDoll (aka Brook) and Kellie LaPlegua, and I hear there's going to be a runway battle and a "chocolate wrestling match." I'm not sure what that involves, but it sounds like good times.

Musically speaking, at this point I have no idea what kind of stuff I'm going to be playing. I may just go through everything in the library and see what sticks - it'll be wildly eclectic, but hopefully fun.

So anyway, yeah, if you're in to figure drawing and also debauchery, you should try to make it out - it promises to be some awesome times.

Current Mood: busybusybusy
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
12:19 pm
Wild and Crazy
I think maybe I complain about things too much. I don't see myself as the sort of person who's bitching and moaning all the time, but if I really pay attention to all the things coming out of my mouth in a given day, a lot of it is negative. I'm going to try to go a full month without complaining about anything and see how that affects my outlook and general happiness. If I find I have to talk about something I'm not happy about, I will try to do so in the most constructive and non-judgemental way possible. If you catch me complaining about anything between now and February 21st, feel free to slap me - it's like a month-long game of Punch Bug except for complaints instead of Volkswagens.
12:02 pm
Tic Toc
My left ear is clicking in time to my heartbeat. It is driving me crazy.

(Short drive, I know.)
Friday, December 26th, 2008
11:17 am
My Wife Is Awesome
Bacon of the month club. I'm just sayin'.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
1:00 am
Why I Am Not Thrilled (Among Other Reasons)
One party now controls the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.

I think I would have rather seen the McCain / Lunatic Nutjob ticket win.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
12:53 am
I noticed smile lines forming around my eyes today. It made me happy.

In other news, still ripping CDs. Finished off both books, now working my way through the big case.
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
3:24 pm
Assorted Flavors
Sometimes music is painful because "Oh my god this is that song I locked myself in my bedroom for three days and played on repeat the first time Suzanne broke up with me." And sometimes, as bedivere points out, it's painful because "...why do I have Ace of Base?"
1:49 pm
So, I'm spinning at Spring 4th for Halloween, and I decided it was finally time to go through and rip my CD collection. I've grabbed a handful of the highlights over the years and listen to them periodically, but I hadn't realized just how long it had been since I heard most of what's in the old books. It has been a surprisingly wonderful - and occasionally painful - experience.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
8:30 pm
Gig Gig Gig Gig
Hey, so I'ma be spinning this Saturday for the Skin 2 Afterparty at the Spring 4th Center (aka, The Red Door). Or, well, technically I guess I'm spinning Sunday morning - the party runs from 2am to 7am. I'm supplying all the gear, so the is the first time I'll be using my Torq setup with the fly vinyl control system,[1] which is how I've been doing pretty much all of my practicing at home. It's just so much fun! Come on out, and I'll show you all the buttons and knobs.

I would have posted this in my djspinmonkey account, but apparently I've forgotten the password for that one. That's what I get for not posting about any of my gigs for the past year, I guess. I love finding new music and playing out at clubs, but I can fall pretty far behind on the whole self-promotion thing sometimes.

Maybe I should do a podcast.


[1] Am I allowed to say "fly"? I'm a dj, so... maybe? On the other hand, I'm also an out-of-shape white computer programmer who is no longer in my 20s. So... maybe not? Maybe I would have been, a decade ago when "fly" wasn't a decade out of date?
Monday, May 19th, 2008
5:25 pm
Travel Plans
So, I'm off to Portland for my annual site-seeing/family-visiting/technical-conference-attending trip in a couple days. RailsConf is out there again this year, so my company is paying for the plane ticket and hotel during the conference, and I've taken an extra week from the 21st to the 28th as personal time.

If anybody's going to be in the area, let me know and I'll say hello while I'm out there.
Friday, May 9th, 2008
4:51 pm
Not Grumpy About The Weather...
...for once. For all my bitching and moaning when it gets too warm (stay tuned!), Georgia really is amazingly beautiful for a few weeks in the spring and fall. There are roses in our back yard, and a vine has grown over the gate leading to the shed, forming a natural arch. Every morning for the last few weeks when I've gone to get my bicycle, I've stopped to admire them. There are petals and the scent of roses all through the walkway. It's really nice.
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