Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Great Music Collection Organization Update

As of today, I’ll have completed going through the A’s on my iPod. Actually, if you want to be accurate, I’m finishing it up this afternoon, but I’m in the middle of the Avenue Q Original Cast Recording, an album I’ve listened to enough times that I could skip it if I didn’t love it so damn much. It’s been pretty great so far. I’ve always enjoyed listening to albums more than shuffling around. It’s cool to listen to those songs you might never hear on a shuffle because you’d just skip them to get to another Elvis Costello song.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the A’s. I really like data, so I thought I would collect a little bit. Is there anything else you, my gentle reader, would like to know that I could quantify into data points? I tried to remember to rate the songs, but often times I'm only half paying attention. Anyhow, here's the report on the A's.

Albums Deleted: 3
Albums Reorganized : 1
Duplicates Deleted: 1
Favorite “A” Album: “Acid Tongue” by Jenny Lewis
Runner Ups: “Almost Killed Me” by The Hold Steady, “All Day” by Girl Talk, “Artificial Heart” by Johnathan Coulton, and “And Out Come The Wolves” by Rancid
Suprise Gem: “Automatic For People” by R.E.M.

Onto the B’s!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Making My Mark

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I’m going to make my mark on this world. What’s my purpose? How will I contribute? I’ve always wanted to do something creative but I feel like I lack ideas. Whenever I see a cool new invention, I dream of being an inventor and then I say “If I were an inventor, I’d invent....ah.....grilled cheese? forget it.”

Today I walked past a coworker who was wearing a hoody and from afar it looked like the hood strings were in his ears. As I approached, I learned that I wasn’t going mad and in fact his hood strings were in his ears and for good reason. THEY HAD HEADPHONES IN THEM! He puts his iPod in the pouch pocket, which has a headphone jack, and headphones at the end of the hood strings.

By now most people are probably saying “Well, yeah. How have you not heard of that?” That’s not really the point though. The point is I find myself constantly wondering about my legacy. I believe that everyone is born for a reason, but I’m having trouble figuring out what mine was. It’s like my brain is at war between what I think it should be and what it really could be. I’d love to own Detroit’s coolest comic book store and run it with my friends. I’d love to write plays and get paid to have them produced. I’d love to run a theatre company. All of these are completely attainable goals and who knows, I might take the shot one day. A Wayne Gretzky quote that was imparted to me by Kevin Smith’s new book “Tough Shit: Life Advice From a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good” has been sticking with me lately. “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” I think that’s inspired me to sit down and start working on some of the ideas for new plays that I’ve had. Sure, there’s a chance I won’t get past 5 or 6 pages before realizing I don’t like the idea anymore or it doesn’t have the legs I thought it did. But I can be certain I’m not going to write a great play if I don’t try.

In weight loss goals news (since I promised the wife), today was not the best week calorie wise, but it was balanced out by an increase in lunch time walks. I actually really enjoy lunchtime walks. It gets my exercise out of the way so that when I get home from work, I don’t have to worry about it and it’s easy to do. I only spend like 15 minutes of my lunch hour working, so why not get outside and wander around the Loop for the rest of the time. My weight itself has stayed the same since last week. Nothing lost, but nothing gained.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Let's Get Organized....Organized

Oh hi there. You’re still here. Where have I been you ask? I’ve been getting married, working, traveling, and just living life. All the stuff that should be fodder for a blog, but if you want the truth, I was just lazy. Oh well, maybe 7th time is a charm. But today I want to talk about organization.

The wife asked me to do a fitness, I don’t know, challenge I guess you’d call it. The basic goal is to lose 15 pounds by Father’s day. This is done by carefully tracking calories and making a point to excercise. To this point, I’ve done so - so. I’ve tracked my calories every day (and gone over my limit most days, but not to an obscene amount) and I took walks at lunchtime 3 times last week. I’m trying to step it up to 5 this week, but I missed yesterday and I might have to have working lunches for the rest of the week to go to a doctor’s appointment. Might have to do some night time walks, which is totally fine considering the weather is getting nicer here in Chicago.

Fitness is not necessarily my thing. I understand it’s importance and I try to participate as much as I can, but fitness challenges are not exactly my favorite thing in the world. Working out is not fun for me. So I decided I needed a project of my own to do alongside the fitness challenge. Something for my brain. I picked organization of many aspects of my life. My first target was my iTunes library. It’s crazy. There’s duplicates, broken songs, and a bunch of stuff I don’t even like. My 80 gb iPod is quickly approaching maximum capacity and I know there are albums on here I just can’t stand.

The first step is listening to all the albums I have, in order, and deciding if I really like the album. I’m only like 7 albums in and until today, everything made had made the cut. Today, I decided I wasn’t nuts about “Aha Shake Heartbreak” by Kings of Leon. It wasn’t that it was an awful album. I kind of like Kings of Leon. Still, it wasn’t too hard. I just had to realize that I’ll most likely never listen to this album again. Tonight, that album gets the axe (along with a duplicate of Stand By Me).

I have trouble getting rid of things. I’m afraid that the second I throw something out, I’ll want it. It even stretches to my comic book collection (I’m reticent to use that word, I’ve only been collecting again for about 8 months and only in the last month started trying to build a collection of back issues.). When DC came out with the new 52, I picked an assortment of books to follow and set a cap so as not to return to the way I was in my late teens (I used to spend 50-70 dollars a week on comics.) Amongst those titles lies Justice League International. I’m a big Booster Gold fan and he’s the leader of said super team, so I decided to give it a go. It took some soul searching, but Issue #8 will be the last for me. The Avengers will be taking it’s place in my reserve box.

I’d love to hear some tips on organization if you have any. For organizing anything. Anything at all!