In an effort to fight the somber mood, I’ve declared today “Bing Crosby” day. I’ve got 160 Bing Crosby songs on my iPod and I’m listening to them all throughout the day today.
Today was a lazy day for me. For one thing, I did not end up going to the gym today. For another, I slept a lot. I didn’t get up until 9 AM, which is late for me. After breakfast, I lazed around, watching TV until just after noon, when I decided to read. That lasted all of a few minutes. I dozed off on the couch for almost 2 hours, during which time I had those kinds of dreams where you dream you are asleep on the couch but can’t quite wake up.
In the late afternoon, instead of going to the gym, I headed over to the Outback Steakhouse, where I ordered the Aussie Cheese Fries (sans bacon) and watched two episodes of The Office on my iPod.
Incidentally, my video iPod has become the second biggest conversation-started, second only to my New York Yankees jacket. I tend to watch stuff on my video iPod when I’m at restaurants by myself. Lately, I’ve had a number of people (often the restaurant employees) come by and ask me what it is I’m watching, and telling me that they didn’t know you could watch TV shows and movies on an iPod. And if they don’t ask about the iPod, then some Red Sox fan will comment on my Yankees jacket.
I finally got a bit more productive later in the day. I completed by second recap of SF AGE. I completed the first draft of my story, “4005 B.C.” I made good progress reading through issue 3 of SF AGE. I spoke to Dad and Jen and Doug on the phone. I sent out some reminder email that I needed to send. I booked my flight into NYC the weekend of March 10-11 (I am taking a bunch of friends to the Rainbow Room Grill at the top of Rockefeller Center for my birthday, just as I did last year.)
I watched the latest episodes of 24 and Scrubs. And I downloaded the pilot episode of Babylon 5, after mabfan gave it a strong recommendation.
When all is said and done, it sounds like a busy day, but I still feel like I was pretty lazy today.
And eerily, I’m having a jkashlock moment: already I’m thinking about and looking forward to breakfast tomorrow morning.
I have this Rock & Pop play list that I listen to from time to time. It’s a “smart” playlist and the criteria of the playlist are such that it eliminates anything that isn’t in the rock or pop domain of music. This leaves me with about 2,400 songs in the play list. On some days, like today, I spend much of the day listening to this playlist in shuffle mode. Today I listened 60 songs on the list. I want to continue to do this tomorrow.
On the of the problems with doing that, though, is that if I start over tomorrow, I’m likely to hear some of the same songs as I did today and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to hear the same song again for at least 24 hours. On the train home, I wondered if I could come up with something that would solve this problem for me. I just did.
I added one additional criteria to my smart play list:
[Last Played] [Is not in the last]  [days]
This means that once I sync up my iPod tonight, I can play the list again tomorrow and I won’t hear any songs that have already been played in the last 24 hours. Pretty cool, eh?
Well, I closed about 11 bugs on the application today (some took longer than others, some were enhancements, not bugs) and I’m actually pretty pleased with my overall progress. More tomorrow.
AJ called a little while ago to tell me they’d be here by about 7:20 PM, which is only 50 minutes later than they originally said. I’m craving Mexican so maybe I can convince them to go over to Chevy’s for dinner.
Had a call from Dad who was checking to see if my car is still at the Metro station. I suppose it is. I didn’t check when I went back this morning, but I guess I’ll find out when I get there tonight. I also had a call from jen_ashlock and we ended up talking on the phone for about 30 minutes.
My iPod battery is dead. First time I’ve let it drain all the way since I got it. I couldn’t even use it for my workout earlier.
I’m quitting for the night. I brought along volume 1, issue 2 of SCIENCE FICTION AGE and I started reading it on the train this morning. I’ll read a little more now while I wait for AJ and Denisse.