Woah! I still exist!


I guess I've been neglecting this blog for a while. It's all right- nobody reads it anyway, so who's going to notice? But I'm a bit bored today, so I thought perhaps I'd post again, just for old times' sake. As you might be able to guess, I'm back in Fall River again; I'm home for the summer. I made it through my first year at Harvey Mudd College with my lowest grade as a B- (in Chemistry, obviously).

Not too much exciting going on since I got back. I spend a couple of hours every day taking care of my grandparents- driving my grandmother to see my grandfather at the nursing home/hospital, doing errands and chores, etc. It's not glorious, but somebody has to do it and I have a pretty free schedule. I ended up going back to the Country Club, mostly because nowhere else would hire me. Unfortunately, it's been a very slow summer at the Country Club so far, so I'm not exactly making much in terms of money. C'est la vie.

What else...? Well, I had a birthday a few weeks ago. Woo, I'm 19. Apparently, it's one of the uninteresting years between 18 and 21. Who knew? Anyhow, I got some good loot. Mainly, I got a totally awesome pair of Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones (sealed, circum-aural, etc.) and a HeadRoom Total BitHead headphone amp. Combined, they let me hear more detail than I ever dreamed possible in music. Of course, I've got to put them to good use, so I've taken my iPod Color and installed Rockbox on it, giving me the ability to play back my Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files on it. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that in honor of my incredible new headphones, I've taken to encoding some of my music in FLAC format. It's not easy to tell the difference between q=0.7 Ogg Vorbis files and FLAC files, but for some things (Brian Wilson, Lisa Gerrard, and some others), the extra quality boost leads to really incredible sound in the headphones. And I've been listening to a lot of new music lately. Since I went to see the Richard Thompson show on Friday, I've been listening to a bit of his stuff lately. And for the last few months, I've been on a Dead Can Dance fling (including breakaways like Lisa Gerrard's solo albums). 's all good.

Perhaps you (my imaginary reader, that is) read this blog because of my up-to-the-minute tech information (that was sarcasm, if you didn't catch it). Well, there's lots of interesting stuff going on in the tech world. I guess the "biggest" thing since I last posted would be Apple's release of the iPhone. However, it doesn't particularly interest me. It's just a well-done smartphone, and, importantly, not one that I can afford. I would have been happier had they released a new Newton, but we all know that that will never happen. However, I am very impressed by the latest Leopard betas. Mac OS X 10.5 is shaping up the be a very well-done release. Perhaps I'll have to get me a new Mac this October...

Well, I'm gonna sign off. It's been fun, imaginary reader. Ciao.