firecat: child's foot in adult's red high heeled shoe (nostalgia)
Tonight's web surfing subjects:
Radio stations I listened to in my youth: CKLW, WRIF with Arthur Penhallow, WWWW (W4), WLLZ
Radio stations I listen to now: KFOG, KLLC ("Radio Alice"), KSAN ("The Bone")
Radio station formats: "Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio", "Album Oriented Rock," "Hot Adult Contemporary", "Active Rock", "Adult Album Alternative", "Modern Rock"
Alternative music of the early 80s (, when I was a DJ at WESU (Wesleyan University radio station). The Wikipedia article mentions the phrase "postpunk pop avant-garde," which I remember using at the time (despite thinking it was a tad bit pretentious).
Quick tour through New Wave, grunge, and heavy metal.
Side trip to Joe Satriani, Ulli Jon Roth (guitarists), and the Scorpions (one of my favorite groups in the 70s, back when Ulli played with them, before they got popular).
New music genre term learned: "sleaze metal".

A bit of linkspam:
"Amnesia and the Self That Remains When Memory Is Lost" by Daniel Levitin
This article is interesting to me because my memory of my past seems to be more vague than that of many people I know. And because my mom had Alzheimers. She didn't have the kind of memory loss this article talks about, but there were some similar features.
"We were in Professor Pribram's class, and we worked in a lab together, Roger Shepard's lab."

"Roger Shepard. He had a music and perception lab."

"Wow. That sounds like it must have been interesting. What did I work on there?"
I had one or two conversations like that with my mom.
firecat: the face of my cat Biscuit (biscuit)
I really appreciate everyone's condolences about Biscuit. I'm fortunate that the people in my life understand it's hard to lose a pet.

cut for sad )


24 Oct 2010 01:00 am
firecat: tee-shirt with slogan "I see orange people" and SF Giants logo (go giants)
Tonight I listened to part of the Giants/Phillies playoff game and thoroughly enjoyed it. For me listening to a baseball game on the radio is the perfect way to engage with baseball. There's something about the whole soundscape that's profoundly comforting. Maybe "comforting" is not what most people want out of a sports experience, but...

I imprinted on baseball when I was 6 (almost 7) and the Detroit Tigers won the 1968 World Series. The kids were allowed to bring radios to school to listen to the game. I also used to stand in front of the TV in the living room and imitate the pitchers.
firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
via [ profile] serenejournal

1. Did you date someone from your school?

2. Did you win anything in Seniors Who's Who?
Nope. An acquaintance told me that she voted for me and my BF as "cutest couple."

3. What kind of car did you drive?
My senior year, I drove an [elided, because it is frequently a security question]. The other years I rode my bike to school.

4. It's Friday night...where are you?
Hanging out with my girlfriends or (senior year) with my bf.

5. Were you a party animal?
Not so much

6. Were you considered a flirt?

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
"Jazz ensemble," which was really a rock band, seeing as how the guitarist knew how to play Freebird and Stairway to Heaven and not much else. I also played bass guitar in the school musicals.

8. Were you a nerd?
Not really, I was in the artsy-crazy crowd.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?

10. Can you sing the fight song?

11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Mr Linder (English), Miss Ferguson (Latin). Miss Ferguson shows up in some of Jeff Eugenides' novels (Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides).

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
Lunchroom, usually facing the door

13. What was your school's full name?

14. School mascot?
Knight. There was a suit of armor in the lobby.

15. Homecoming court?

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
I liked some things about it. But I had a pretty messed-up brain.

17. What do you remember most about graduation?
I vaguely remember the valedictorian's speech. Less than a decade later he entered the Peace Corps and died of malaria.

18. Where did you go senior skip day?
I don't remember if there even was a senior skip day; I don't remember if I participated; and if I did, I don't remember where I/we went.

19. Have you gained some weight since then?
Lots. I and everyone else thought I was fat in high school, but when I look back on photos of myself, I wasn't. Now I am.

20. Who was your Senior prom date?
My bf and I didn't go.

21. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion?
That was over 15 years ago and I didn't go.

22. Who was your home room teacher?
I don't remember having home room in high school. If we did, the teacher varied from year to year.

23. Who will repost?
Don't know or really care.

24. Did you play any sports?
Basketball, softball. I had some talent at softball (mainly in hitting the ball farther than it looked like I could).

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
I'm mostly out of touch with all of them.

26. What year did you graduate?
firecat: crank (cranky)
In high school, I had a wonderful Latin teacher, a sharp little white-haired lady named Miss Ferguson.

(I took Latin class with Jeffrey Eugenides, who is now a famous author. Teachers rather like Miss Ferguson appear briefly in his books The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex.)

When students got a little too rambunctious in her class, Miss Ferguson would stand up very straight and snap


It always worked to get our attention—I think the slight absurdity of that word allowed it to slide right in and strike our self-consciousness centers.

I wish I could sic Miss Ferguson on alt.poly right now.

firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)

And now a post on one of the fun parts of aging...rediscovering stuff you used to like. (And still getting to discover new stuff!)

A while ago I came into possession of a bunch of iTunes song credits. Here's what I bought:Read more... )

What music have you (re)acquired lately?

firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
Thoughts on reading this post by [ profile] jackwilliambell via [ profile] supergee; the former post includes a link to this article from USA Today (warning, Firefox told me it tried to give me pop-ups):
"This is the Google side of your brain"

I find it interesting that the USA Today article doesn't make the connection between the usefulness of search engines and the aging of the population. More often than before, words and facts I used to know temporarily go missing. If I'm at my computer, I can look 'em up again.


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