August 08, 2015
Here's the one that I sang in an empty beer patio.
She knew I was a theatre guy, but she wasn't expecting me to have a singing voice. Or to use the entire area as my personal stage... Vauc, it was the Olympic's, if you're curious. In any case, it was a perfect night, and sometimes the heavens align just right. Vocal magic ensued.
The second one was this:
The room I work in has somewhere around 100 people in it, and the background noise of 100 keyboards alone is enough to drive someone mad. Earplugs don't work... all I can hear then is my own breathing, which is distracting as hell. Most people have mp3 players or some variant thereof, but I can't currently afford one that can shuffle. So if any of The Pond Scum has a spare mp3 player you're not using and would be willing to send me, let me know in comments. I'm ridiculously embarrassed to ask, but there you are. My brain does dredge up songs that it'll replay in memory, and this was one of them recently. So was this:
Some years ago, an argument was posted at one of them there news aggregate sites that Eminence Front was the quintessential '80s song. I disagreed, believing that Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight holds that title. But I listen to Eminence Front a helluva lot more.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. If you're curious about the first story, I can try to make it interesting enough to post. If you're able to help out on the second, you'll have my undying gratitude. And if neither works out, at least you've got these songs.
Posted by: Ben at August 08, 2015 11:17 PM (DRaH+)
I've got a cellphone which is both a marvelous music player and a lackluster camera, but I turn it off before I enter the building. No, it has to be a stand-alone player. I use "mp3 player" as a generic term... if someone wanted to give me an iPond, I wouldn't turn it down.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2015 12:22 AM (jGQR+)
I have no trouble believing that your company has a no-personal-devices policy so that their butt is fully covered in the event that someone DOES come in and hoover out a billion medical records or something. Our office might have something similar if we weren't constantly breaking out stacks of flash drives and copying data to them and dropping them in FedEx - if you're doing that in the course of business you're not really worried about someone snapping a cell cam pic of a screen, heh.
I actually do have an old MP3 player, been forever since I turned it on. Only 1 GB of storage though, so you might want something with a bit more space?
Posted by: Avatar at August 09, 2015 04:22 AM (qxzj1)
Posted by: Mauser at August 09, 2015 07:27 AM (TJ7ih)
We're expressly forbidden to plug ANYTHING into our computers other than a mouse and keyboard. Hell, I can't bring a flash drive into the office. Again, it's all about preventing walking out with data, and yes, you're right, that's the HIPAA violation, not the equipment per se.
...you think they ban cell phones in those?
Knowing the penalties involved? I'll bet docs and nurses don't carry 'em casually. I know they don't in my doc's office (I checked last time I was there).
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2015 12:03 PM (jGQR+)
I'll charge it up and see what happens. It's kind of clunky by 2015 standards, but if the battery's still good it should serve your needs just fine.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 09, 2015 07:17 PM (2yngH)
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2015 09:11 PM (jGQR+)
Crap. Parcel rates start at up to 20kg. Maybe I could iron it flat and send it as a postcard...
Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 09, 2015 09:39 PM (2yngH)
Still, if it works, and no-one else has something suitable, I'll send it to you.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 09, 2015 09:43 PM (2yngH)
Though USPS to Australia is about $30 (and air mail the other way is the same)... that's nowhere near as expensive as I expected. Then again, I'm only used to shipping via UPS. Still, it's an awful lot.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2015 10:13 PM (jGQR+)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 09, 2015 10:58 PM (2yngH)
Either way, Pixy... wow and thank you. Even if it doesn't work, thank you!
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2015 11:16 PM (jGQR+)
Posted by: ReallyBored at August 10, 2015 05:39 AM (DOcWF)
Thank you, everybody!
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 10, 2015 06:12 AM (jGQR+)
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